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Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday, May 20

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Today's slides include a Jeopardy game you may use for review.  There is also information about MLA format and commas that will be helpful for the exam. 

Each of you has been a blessing to me during this past school year.  Thank you for being awesome students!  God bless your summer!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thursday, May 16

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS:  For what are you most grateful for today?

We spent some time reviewing parallel structure and continued with some vocabulary words review. 

If you have not yet turned in your vocab packet, it should be turned in by tomorrow.

Continue to look over your study guide and bring questions to class.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday, May 14

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Today was spent editing and typing the two paragraphs that are due on Thursday.

Tomorrow, your final vocab story is due, and of course, there will be one last vocab quiz.  Have you kept up on your vocabulary packet????

Our remaining class days will be used to review concepts and material for the final exam.

Final Exam Study Guide

Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday, May 13

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Today, after MUGshot Monday, we reviewed 3 ways of embedding quotations in our writing.  Time was spent considering ways to improve and perfect 2 of the paragraphs you have written in the past few weeks.  These 2 paragraphs are due on Thursday.

Here are some guidelines.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday, May 10

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Amy Tan wrote about language and writing, and Rita Dove does as well.  After reading her short reflective essay, answer one of the following questions with a well-written paragraph:

What makes books so wonderful, according to Rita Dove?
Explain the process that led to Rita Dove becoming a writer.
What is the main message (theme) of Rita Dove’s “For the Love of Books”?
Compare/contrast how Dove’s and Tan’s writing careers were shaped by words and books.

You can find the "work-in-progress" study guide for the semester exam here.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday, May 9

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Thursday Thoughts:  What do you think you will miss most about high school after you graduate?

We looked at Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue," and considered what makes it a reflective essay.  We also located places where she used parallel structure in her writing.

For tomorrow, answer one of the following questions in a well-written paragraph.

  • How did Tan’s mother influence Tan’s understanding of English?

  • In what ways does Tan suggest that a person who does not speak perfect standard English might be treated with less dignity than someone who is a fluent speaker of standard English?  How does she support that idea?

  • How did Tan’s perceptions of her mother and her version of English change over time?  

  • What does Tan indicate were the most important factors in her decision to become a writer?  

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday, May 8

What is parallel structure?

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After our Wednesday Words (last new words of the year!!), we investigated parallel structure.  We will look at parallel structure in our next literature selection, "Mother Tongue," by Amy Tan.  Please read this selection before class tomorrow.  

Monday, May 20

Today's slides include a Jeopardy game you may use for review.  There is also information about MLA format and commas that will be he...