January 16: B Day


We worked on finished our essays in class today. Students worked on The Introduction Paragraph and The Conclusion Paragraph (W11), as well as adding a Works Cited Page and a Title (W12). Finally, students received a checklist to make sure they finish everything in their essay: W13 Finishing an Essay.

I will print off the essay for students on Friday.

HW: Finish essay and begin studying for exam. Here is what will be covered on the general exam: 

L1 Theme

L3 Imagery and Slanted Imagery

L4 Indirect Characterization (Dialogue, Action, Description)

L5 Memoir Writing Techniques (Flashback, Foreshadowing, Internal Monologue, Reflection)

L6 Symbolism

L8 Similes and Metaphors

W1 Dialogue Rules

W2 Copyediting Marks

W3 Memoir Workshop Guidelines (study MLA format only)

V1 Vocabulary Unit 1

Plus: motif, plot of The Outsiders

90% Multiple Choice

10% Writing prompt about theme in The Outsiders.

All notes can be found by clicking the binder link above.

If you were absent, you should finish your paragraph in Google Drive.


Today was a work day. We finished our essays, learned the Works Cited Song (W12: The Works Cited Page/The Title) and went through our checklists (W13 Finishing an Essay).

HW: Finish your essay for tomorrow. Begin studying for final. There’s a set of flashcards here.


Today, students recorded themselves reading their essays. A few recordings did not go through. No fear! We will finish those in class on Friday. Here was our agenda:

1. How to AudioBoo. Practice reading aloud by yourself or with a friend. Make changes in your essay as you read.

2. Record yo’ Boo with an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

3. Post yo’ Boo in a comment next to your paragraph on Google Drive.

4. Collaborative Essay Reflection: Answer these questions in a Word document in complete sentences. “I don’t know” is obviously not an answer.

Print to 410 when you are done.

1. What was the most difficult part of this collaborative essay assignment?

2. How did your motif annotations help you come up with ideas or evidence for your essay?

3. What are you most proud of in this essay?

4. What do you think your essay still lacks?

5. What does it mean to provide evidence?

6. What is a thesis statement?

7. Where in the essay should you state your thesis?

8. Where in the essay should you restate your thesis?

9. What is a topic sentence?

10. What are two qualities that make a good title?

11. What was beneficial or problematic about reading your essay aloud?

12. For each group member, including yourself, write one strength they showed as a team member on this project. Consider helpfulness, troubleshooting, being on task, politeness, etc.

13. What grade do you think you, as an individual, deserve on the essay and why?

5. Done? Study for your midterm. Consider studying vocab on Quizlet or even creating your own set for writing and literary terms.

HW: Study for exam.