Monday, February 7, 2011

An Unusually Loud Monday!

We started off today with a lot of questions and information about the paper! 
(In case you are confused/missed Friday/lazy my outline looks like this) 
·       Attention Getter
·       Background
·       Thesis
·       Topic sentence
·       Set up first example-learned
o   1984
o   Little Brother
o   Today
o   Explain/ tie together
o   Transition
·       Set up second example-not learned
o   1984
o   Little Brother
o   Today
o   Explain/ tie together
o   Transition
·       Set up third example
o   Predictions
·       Restatement of thesis.
·       Review points of body paragraph
·       End with satisfying conclusion- tie back to attention getter

Mrs. Smith told us a "schedule" for what parts of the paper we should do and when. It looks like this:

Monday- Webspiration or (I like bubbl:)) outline, research (works cited), thesis
Tuesday- Intro and 1st body
Wednesday- 1st and 2nd
Thursday- 2nd and 3rd
Friday- 3rd and conclusion
2nd week- Editing (writing lab Tuesday and Thursday- all day!)

She also added that if you don't like such a vigorous work layout, then just do one paragraph a day.
Then Smith told us about a helpful little site called diigo. It will let you link from your paper to a reference article so you can highlight quotes or main themes you used, and attach sticky notes to the website. Sounds very useful!  

Smith then explained ethos (ethical appeal, right and wrong), pathos (emotional appeal (pathological killers and puppy in a jail cell), and logos (logical appeal, facts and statistics (64% of males blah blah blah)). She suggests we should try to include all 3 in our papers so we can appeal to our readers, but to not use them if they don't make sense in context!

Then we moved on to grammar. Our sentence looks like this:
"carla looked at herself in the mirror and recited the poem fire and ice"
And the one for extra practice at home:
"we saw a midsummers nights dream at the buell theater after we saw the play at ahs"
This week we are starting dependent clauses (hint hint) and subordinating conjunctions (which start dependent clause). Subordinating conjunctions are tricky though, because they can either cue a dependent clause or a prepositional phrase.
Then we had time to work on our paper, which was interesting considering the noise volume in the classroom (not to say I wasn't part of it, but wow it was loud!) Smith went over a few peoples' thesises (thesi?) and intros with them, hopefully getting to the rest of us tomorrow.

Our homework:
Work on paper (tonight is intro and 1st body!)
CSAP packet "Safari" due Friday

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