About mrsscales207

My life has taken many paths. I grew up in Farmland, Indiana and graduated from Monroe Central High School in 1979. Yes I know that seems like a long time ago to most of you. After I graduated from High School, I went into the U. S. Navy. Not a lot of women enlisted in the Navy back then. Boot camp was still segregated (that means there were only women in my boot camp) and yes, boot camp is as bad as they say it is. I survived though and began seeing a little more of the world than just our lovely corn and soy bean fields of Indiana. I was an advanced avionics technician and worked on F14 Tomcat jets in the Navy. Back then women couldn't go on ships but I was stationed in Bermuda for a little over a year. Bermuda is beautiful and the people are warm and friendly. I married my husband while in the Navy and we eventually moved to Minnesota.

MLA Works Cited

Learning how to find the required information for your MLA citations can be tricky. Today we are looking at two of the sources I provided for you during this unit. Because I provided the sources for you, it would be almost impossible for you to know or even find this information on your own. So here we go, let’s work through this information together.

We read the book (novella) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. However, you did not receive a printed copy of the book. We worked with an online copy that came from the Project Gutenberg online database. Therefore our citation on the works cited page will look a little different. Anytime you cite a book with one author you will use the following combination of information.


References to an entire book should include the following elements:

  • author(s) or editor(s)
  • the complete title
  • edition, if indicated
  • place of publication
  • the shortened name of the publisher
  • date of publication
  • medium of publication

Basic Format

Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.


Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis. Urbana, Illinois: Project Gutenberg, 2002. Web. 


Book Chapters (especially those in the public domain) may be found in online databases. Information about the publisher of a book can often be found in the description of the chapter in the database. Author and publisher information may be omitted from your citation if it is not available.


Ovid. “The Transformation of Arachne into a Spider,” Metamorphoses. CommonLit, 2014. Web.


So today everyone should have added the Works Cited page to their essay file. We will continue with the editing (or correcting and fixing ) stage of the writing process this week. Each day you will have a different subject or skill to work on and by Friday your essay should be fully edited and ready to resubmit for the editing grade.




Today, we moved on to a little poetry analysis. We started by introducing an new graphic organizer to use when ever we are reading a new poem. It is called the TP-CASTT for Poetry Analysis.

This form can be used with any type of poem. Our poem today is a Sestina, so we covered the basic definition of the poetic form, Sestina.

Today was a practice or run through of how to use the TP-CASTT and look a cold-read of a poem. We covered the answers to each part of the TP-CASTT for “Sestina” by Elizabeth Bishop in class today. Students were instructed to write their answers in the reading logs as they will be graded when the folders are collected on Friday.

Tomorrow, students will be given a different poem and ask to repeat the process for a different type of poem.

Day 2 Questions 1 – 7

Today we answered questions 1 – 7 concerning our cold read yesterday of the first chapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

The first six questions were reading comprehension questions over the text and included four of the Part A / Part B type questions we talked about yesterday. The last question was a writing prompt.

7. Write a narrative in which you describe the next scene that might take place in  “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Maintain the same point of view, mood/tone, and pacing of the original story. Be sure to observe the conventions of standard English. Your narrative should have an introduction, presentation and examination of the conflict, and a clear resolution.

We discussed the importance of understanding what the prompt is asking for. A narrative is a short story. Basically, students are being asked to write the next chapter of the story. We talked about what it means to maintain the point of view, mood / tone , and pacing.

Students who needed or wanted more time to do their very best work on the assignment worked during class today and took it home as a homework assignment.

Starting the 4th Grading Period

Can you believe it? Today is the first day of the final grading period for this school year. That means that we are 3/4 of the way finished with this school year.

We continued our unit on Magical Realism with our first Cold-Read Task. Today we read and annotated the first chapter of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Students were reminded that annotation is an active reading strategy that helps readers interact with the text as they are reading it. Annotation is a way to engage your mind in the activity of reading and thinking about what you are reading for better understanding. Along with noting and then looking up any unknown words, annotation includes identifying patterns, literary devices, ask questions, make predictions, or note anything else that may be significant in the text. Annotation is not simply underlining or highlighting test with no meaningful purpose.

The Day 2 handout was also provided in class today. The purpose of this is to give any student who thinks it may take extra time to complete the questions tomorrow in class a chance to work ahead as both Day 1 and Day 2 handouts will be collected for grading at the end of tomorrow’s class period.

It was explained that the questions are examples of the type of questions that are often asked on standardize testing. The questions have a part A and a part B.  Credit can only be earned on the part B portion of the question if the part A part of the question is answered correctly. The idea behind this type of test question is that the correct answer to part A should lead the student to being able to identify evidence or reasoning for the part B portion of the question. This tests the connection or reasoning of ideas and logic.

What a Great Job

We accomplished a great deal this week. We tackled a really complex writing prompt over a complex text and did it in a four day time period. We had the highest overall completion and turn in rate of any assignment yet this year, and the grades were strong too. What a way to end the third grading period. Everyone deserves a nice weekend break.

See you all next week.

Revision and Edit Day

Now that you have used the steps listed on yesterday blog to make suggestions on another student’s essay, you might want to go through the same process on your own essay. Today you will use the full class period to revise and then edit your own essay.

  1. Open a new Google doc in Google Drive.
  2. Set your formatting to Times New Roman 12 point double spaced font and 1 inch margins on all sides.
  3. Type your four line heading as corrected on your timed essay.
  4. Type your revised essay paying close attention to the peer suggestions provided.
  5. Add your Works Cited page as the final page of your essay.

You will need to add a properly formatted Works Cited page to your essay. Here is the exact MLA formation for your Works Cited page.

Type the words      Works Cited     in the center of the top line of the last page of your essay.

Double space once and go to the left side alignment to begin your entry. It should look just like this:

Works Cited

Kafka, Franz. “The Metamorphosis.” Project Gutenberg,www.gutenberg.org/



Your final essay will be turned in through Turnitin.

When finished, turn your essay in through Turnitin.

Peer Review of Timed Essay

Today we will do Peer Reviews of yesterday’s timed essays. You have been given the essay of another student with the name removed. Put your name in the upper right hand corner of the essay you are reviewing. The goal is to help you develop your own writing skills through seeing how another student responded, as well as helping that other student revise their timed essay.

We are going to work today to determine what makes a quality essay. Let’s start by reviewing the scoring rubric. This is what I am going to use to score your essays.

  1.  Now that we understand how your essay will be graded, look at the essay you have been given. Read the first paragraph carefully. Ask your self the following questions about the thesis and then highlight or underline the thesis or main claim on the essay you are reviewing.

Guiding Questions and Prompts:

  • Is there a thesis?
  • Is it located at the end of the introduction?
  • Does it introduce the main ideas of the essay?

2. Great, now let’s move on to the body paragraphs. Ask your self the following questions about each body paragraph, and write a one-sentence summary next to each body paragraph. Then determine how the ideas of the body paragraph are connected to the main claim of the essay. You should then write a brief summary next to the thesis statement describing the organization and connection between various ideas of the essay.

Guiding Questions and Prompts:

  • Does each body paragraph have a main idea?
  • Do the body paragraphs support the thesis?

3. Next you will evaluate the evidence provided in the body paragraphs. Read the following questions and then underneath each of the summary sentences you wrote for each body paragraph, list the evidence used. Remember that the quotations, paraphrased information, or key details found directly in the text may all be used as evidence to support the claim.

Guiding Questions and Prompts:

  • Is there evidence from the text used to support the ideas in the paragraph?
  • Are there direct quotes or key details from the text?
  • Is the evidence relevant?
  • Is the reasoning logical?4. You are now ready to review the sentence structure and offer suggestions on how the writer can increase the complexity by adding more phrases and clauses and using parallel structure. Review the following questions and write suggestions directly on the essay you are reviewing.Guiding Questions and Prompts:
    • How can the writer combine sentences or add phrases and clauses to increase the complexity of the writing?
    • Are there sections that would benefit from a parallel structure?

5. After asking yourself the following questions, circle strong vocabulary words in the text and note any unnecessary repetitions.

Guiding Questions and Prompts:

  • Do any words stand out as particularly powerful?
  • Are any words repeated enough times to be monotonous?

6. Finally, you will edit the essay for spelling mistakes and use of proper punctuation. Ask yourself the following questions.

Guiding Questions and Prompts:

  • Are there any spelling mistakes?
  • Are there any errors in punctuation?

Turn your reviewed essay back into Mrs. Scales so that she can provide your feedback to the student for the revision process we will be doing tomorrow.