Published on October 23rd, 2020
Welcome to English 3!
I will be updating this page weekly with an overview for the upcoming week. I know this year is unprescedented, but I hope it will be a great one that we spend together. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
- We'll begin the week by reviewing the rhetorical precis students wrote last week. We'll review samples to examine points of weakness.
- We'll then transition into examining a letter written by the Executive Vice President of the New York Times to the Coca-Cola Brand Manager in 1970. The focus will be to examine the structure and effectiveness of the argument.
- If time allows, we will begin reviewing the first draft of the Unit 1 Culminating Writing Assignment toward the end of the week.
- We're going to continue the introduction to rhetorical analysis by analyzing two ads on Monday and Tuesday.
- On block day, students will be introduced to precis writing, which is a concise and detailed paragraph that demonstates students' understanding of what a piece conveys and how it functions.
- Friday will be a writing day for the first draft of the Unit 1 Culminating Writing Assignment which is due that evening by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom.
- Monday and Tuesday of this week are writing days for the unit portfolio that is due on Wednesday night (by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom).
- Thursday, we will begin our new unit focused on rhetorical analysis and argumentation where students will analyze strong argumentative pieces, then write their own using the rhetorical strategies and devices seen in the pieces we analyzed while forming their argument to fit a specific audience.
- We'll begin this week by going over the Unit 1 Portfolio directions which will be due on Wednesday, October 14 by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom. Monday will be a writing day for the first three writing assignments.
- We'll spend the rest of the week going over Samples and Notes on Writing for the first draft of the "Girl" Writing Assignment with the students annotating their own first drafts as we review the notes.
- Glimpse into next week: Monday and Tusday (10/12 and 10/13) will be writing days for the portfolio.
- We'll spend most of this week reviewing the first drafts of the Internet Ad writing assignment by scoring and annotating samples, reviewing Notes on Writing, and annotating your own draft.
- Friday will be a writing day for the "Girl" writing assignment that was introduced last week, and it will be due that evening by 11:59 p.m. on Google Classroom.
- We'll begin this week with a writing day for the first draft of the Internet Writing Assignment.
- After that, students will read and analyze "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid with a focus on organization, syntax, and point of view. This will lead us into the introduction of the final writing assignment for this unit's portfolio.
- If we have time, we'll begin reviewing the first drafts of the Internet Ad assignment at the end of the week.
- We'll begin this week by completing our class discussion/analysis of the excerpt from The Fault in Our Stars. Students will be assigned their next writing assignment: internet ad about a sentimental object that reflects their emotions, values, and upbringing.
- In the middle of the week, we will go over the first drafts of the "One Being ______" assignment.
- Friday should be a Writing Day for the Internet Ad assignment that will be due that evening.
- The due date for the "On Being ____" assignment was pushed back to this Tuesday, September 8 with a writing day the same day.
- We'll then move onto analyzing an excerpt from The Fault in Our Stars with a continued focus on syntax, awareness of audience, and overall intentionality when wriitng.
- At the beginning of the week, we will wrap up the analysis of the excerpt from "On Being a Cripple" by Nancy Mairs, and I will introduce a short writing assignment based on that piece.
- We will then review the first drafts of the "Blah Blah Blah" writing assignment turned in last week.
- We'll end the week with a writing day for the "On Being _____" writing assignment which will be due on Friday, September 4.
- We will begin the week with a class discussion/analysis of "Blah Blah Blah" by Kim Kessler. This will lead us into the first writing assignment that will focus on developing style/voice, and more specifically on using examples to develop a point.
- There will be 1-2 writing days in class for the assignment that will give students time to work and provide them with opportunities to ask questions and ask for feedback from classmates and the teacher.
- At the end of the week, we will begin analyzing an excerpt from "On Being a Cripple" by Nancy Mairs. We'll focus out analysis on Mairs' intentional use of syntax.
- We will spend a couple of days and assignments getting to know one another/connecting.
- I will go over all of the most important information you need to be successful in this class.
- There will be a writing diagnostic on Wednedsay, August 19 to gauge students' analycal and writing skills in order to inform this year's instruction.
- Students will be intruduced to their first short reading toward the end of the week that will be the basis for reviewing annotation and leading us into the first, short, and creative wiriting assignment that focuses on developing style and voice in writing. This writing assignment will likely be assigned next week.