WRITING DAY

Today was a great day of writing in room 402 at WHS!!! With the exception of 3rd period each class finished their timed essays today. Third period was cut short due to a convocation starting much earlier than originally planned, so those students will finish their essay’s tomorrow.

Remember your heading should look like:

Kim Smith                                   Your Name

Mrs. Scales                                  Teacher’s Name

English 9 – Period 3                   Class Information

7 March 2017                               Date in MLA format

Introduction

  1. Your first paragraph should begin with a hook that draws the reader’s attention to your paper.
  2. You must identify the title and author of the text you are writing about. In this case that means writing The Metamorphosis in italics or underlined if being hand written and stating that it was written by Franz Kafka.
  3. Your first paragraph should end with your thesis statement.

Body paragraphs

  1. A topic sentence for each body paragraph. That is like a mini-thesis statement that supports the real thesis statement, and controls the direction of the essay.
  2. Support for topic sentences that are properly cited with the page # it came from. This would look like (42).
  3. Transitions to and from the previous and next paragraph.

Conclusion

  1. Clearly wraps up the paper
  2. Returns to, but does not simply repeat the thesis
  3. Tells the reader’s what you want them to take away from the paper

The Rubric being used for this assignment has five parts. You should read the descriptors for each level of all five parts and pay special attention to the differences represented by the bolded world.

UNDERSTANDING (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is outstanding. Writing demonstrates full comprehension of ideas both explicit and inferential indicated by grade-level reading standard. Accurate analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through ample textual evidence.

Good 15 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is strong. Writing demonstrates comprehension of ideas both explicit and inferential indicated by grade-level reading standard. Mostly accurate analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through adequate textual evidence.

Average 10 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is acceptable. Writing demonstrates limited comprehension of ideas both explicit and inferential indicated by grade-level reading standard. Minimally accurate analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through limited textual evidence.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is below grade-level expectations. Writing demonstrates weak comprehension of explicit ideas and no comprehension of inferential ideas indicated by grade-level reading standard. Very weak analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through faulty textual evidence.

Unacceptable 0 pts

Shows no comprehension of ideas indicated by grade-level reading standards. Inaccurate or no analysis and reasoning is demonstrated with little or no textual evidence.

IDEAS (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Addresses the prompt and introduces a complete thesis with precise claim(s). Body paragraphs have defined topic sentences that all support the thesis.

Good 15 pts

Addresses the prompt and introduces a thesis with claim(s). Body paragraphs have defined topic sentences that support the thesis.

Average 10 pts

Addresses the prompt and introduces a thesis attempt with a an attempt at a claim(s). Body paragraphs support the thesis.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Does not fully addresses the prompt or introduces a weak thesis. No claim(s) expressed. Body paragraphs do not adequately support the thesis.

Unacceptable 0 pts

No thesis statement.

ORGANIZATION (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Development is even and organized to make important connections and distinctions with relevant support. Language creates cohesion and clarifies relationship among ideas. Formal and objective style and tone consistently demonstrates awareness of purpose and audience.

Good 15 pts

Development is organized with some support and cohesion. Language creates cohesion and links ideas. Style and tone demonstrates awareness of purpose and audience.

Average 10 pts

Development and support are minimal. Language links ideas. Style and tone demonstrates limited awareness of purpose and audience.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Lacks organization, or is undeveloped, and provides little support. Or Language and style develop no awareness of purpose or audience.

Unacceptable 0 pts

Lacks organization, is undeveloped, and does not provide support. Language and style develop no awareness of purpose or audience.

CONVENTIONS (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Full command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Few minor errors do not interfere with the meaning of the text.

Good 15 pts

Command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. May have minor errors that occasionally interfere with overall meaning or readability.

Average 10 pts

Some command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Several minor errors that interfere with overall meaning or readability.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Limited command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Errors often interfere with overall meaning or readability.

Unacceptable 0 pts

No command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Frequent and varied errors often interfere with overall meaning or readability.

MLA (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Four line heading correct. Two or more in-text citations correctly used, and a properly formatted Works Cited page all demonstrate a strong grade-level command of MLA format.

Good 15 pts

Proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Four line heading mostly correct. One or more in-text citations correctly used, and a properly formatted Works Cited page all demonstrate an adequate grade-level command of MLA format.

Average 10 pts

Mostly proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Four line heading mostly correct. One or more in-text citations correctly used, and a properly formatted Works Cited page all demonstrate an understanding of grade-level MLA format requirements.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Errors in proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Missing any part of the four line heading, improper or missing in-tex citations and multiple errors on the Works Cited page indicate a weak understanding of grade-level MLA format requirements.

Unacceptable 0 pts

Multiple errors or missing MLA requirements.

Timed Essay Writing Day

Tomorrow, you will have the entire class to write your essay. You can either start with a hand written copy or a Google doc.

Make sure that you use the thesis statement you created today in class.

Remember your heading should look like:

Kim Smith                                   Your Name

Mrs. Scales                                  Teacher’s Name

English 9 – Period 3                   Class Information

7 March 2017                               Date in MLA format

 

Introduction

  1. Your first paragraph should begin with a hook that draws the reader’s attention to your paper.
  2. You must identify the title and author of the text you are writing about. In this case that means writing The Metamorphosis in italics or underlined if being hand written and stating that it was written by Franz Kafka.
  3. Your first paragraph should end with your thesis statement.

Body paragraphs

  1. A topic sentence for each body paragraph. That is like a mini-thesis statement that supports the real thesis statement, and controls the direction of the essay.
  2. Support for topic sentences that are properly cited with the page # it came from. This would look like (42).
  3. Transitions to and from the previous and next paragraph.

Conclusion

  1. Clearly wraps up the paper
  2. Returns to, but does not simply repeat the thesis
  3. Tells the reader’s what you want them to take away from the paper

 

The Rubric being used for this assignment has five parts. You should read the descriptors for each level of all five parts and pay special attention to the differences represented by the bolded world.

UNDERSTANDING (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is outstanding. Writing demonstrates full comprehension of ideas both explicit and inferential indicated by grade-level reading standard. Accurate analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through ample textual evidence.

Good 15 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is strong. Writing demonstrates comprehension of ideas both explicit and inferential indicated by grade-level reading standard. Mostly accurate analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through adequate textual evidence.

Average 10 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is acceptable. Writing demonstrates limited comprehension of ideas both explicit and inferential indicated by grade-level reading standard. Minimally accurate analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through limited textual evidence.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Reading and Understanding of text is below grade-level expectations. Writing demonstrates weak comprehension of explicit ideas and no comprehension of inferential ideas indicated by grade-level reading standard. Very weak analysis and reasoning is demonstrated through faulty textual evidence.

Unacceptable 0 pts

Shows no comprehension of ideas indicated by grade-level reading standards. Inaccurate or no analysis and reasoning is demonstrated with little or no textual evidence.

IDEAS (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Addresses the prompt and introduces a complete thesis with precise claim(s). Body paragraphs have defined topic sentences that all support the thesis.

Good 15 pts

Addresses the prompt and introduces a thesis with claim(s). Body paragraphs have defined topic sentences that support the thesis.

Average 10 pts

Addresses the prompt and introduces a thesis attempt with a an attempt at a claim(s). Body paragraphs support the thesis.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Does not fully addresses the prompt or introduces a weak thesis. No claim(s) expressed. Body paragraphs do not adequately support the thesis.

Unacceptable 0 pts

No thesis statement.

ORGANIZATION (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Development is even and organized to make important connections and distinctions with relevant support. Language creates cohesion and clarifies relationship among ideas. Formal and objective style and tone consistently demonstrates awareness of purpose and audience.

Good 15 pts

Development is organized with some support and cohesion. Language creates cohesion and links ideas. Style and tone demonstrates awareness of purpose and audience.

Average 10 pts

Development and support are minimal. Language links ideas. Style and tone demonstrates limited awareness of purpose and audience.

Needs Improvement 5 pts

Lacks organization, or is undeveloped, and provides little support. Or Language and style develop no awareness of purpose or audience.

Unacceptable 0 pts

Lacks organization, is undeveloped, and does not provide support. Language and style develop no awareness of purpose or audience.

CONVENTIONS (20%)

Outstanding 20 pts

Full command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Few minor errors do not interfere with the meaning of the text.

Good 15 pts

Command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. May have minor errors that occasionally interfere with overall meaning or readability.

Average 10 pts

Some command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Several minor errors that interfere with overall meaning or readability.

Limited command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Errors often interfere with overall meaning or readability.

No command of conventions indicated by grade-level standards. Frequent and varied errors often interfere with overall meaning or readability.

MLA (20%)

Proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Four line heading correct. Two or more in-text citations correctly used, and a properly formatted Works Cited page all demonstrate a strong grade-level command of MLA format.

Proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Four line heading mostly correct. One or more in-text citations correctly used, and a properly formatted Works Cited page all demonstrate an adequate grade-level command of MLA format.

Mostly proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Four line heading mostly correct. One or more in-text citations correctly used, and a properly formatted Works Cited page all demonstrate an understanding of grade-level MLA format requirements.

Errors in proper Times New Roman 12 pt double spaced font with indented paragraphing. Missing any part of the four line heading, improper or missing in-tex citations and multiple errors on the Works Cited page indicate a weak understanding of grade-level MLA format requirements.

Multiple errors or missing MLA requirements.

 

 

Writing about The Metamorphosis

Last week you studied how to properly use quotation marks, and we reviewed all of the A-List Academic Vocabulary. We also did a very in-depth review of The Metamorphosis and the characters. This week, you get the opportunity to put all that together with the writing skills we have worked on this year.

Today you will begin writing the first of several essay’s concerning the texts we have read in our unit study of Magical Realism. The essay prompt is:

What role does each character play in Gregor’s metamorphosis and how does it affect the family?

You will need to select specific words, quotations, and scenes throughout the text that reveal the conflicting motivations of the characters. In your essay, you will explain how these scenes support inferences drawn about the familial relationships and reactions to the metamorphosis. How do these develop a theme of The Metamorphosis?

Today you will select those specific words, quotations, and scenes throughout the text that reveal the conflicting motivations of the characters. This should take you about 15 minutes.

The second step will take a little longer, you will have 25 minutes to take the prompt question and turn it into the thesis statement you plan to use in writing your essay.

Everyone must have a thesis statement fully written and approved prior to the end of class today.

Tomorrow you will write a full, timed essay in response to today’s prompt. It is not cheating to plan what you will be writing in class tomorrow.

Remember the following important parts of any essay:

Introduction

  • Hook
  • Title and Author
  • Thesis Statement

Body Paragraphs

  • A topic sentence for each paragraph that supports your theses
  • Support for topic sentence that is properly cited
  • Transitions to and from next paragraph

Conclusion

  • Restatement or Wrap Up of the thesis
  • So What statement

MLA Requirements

  • Proper 4 line heading
  • Proper in-text citations
  • Works Cited page

Essays may be hand written on paper or typed as a Google doc and printed off by the end of class as we will be doing a class activity with the printed copies of the essay’s the following day.

 

Finishing The Metamorphosis and the Grading Period

Today was the last full class workday for completing The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

Students were reminded to have their Week 6 – Quotation Marks WSQ turned in by tomorrow. Students were also reminded that no late work will be accepted for this grading period after tomorrow. 

Students were informed that next week (which is the last week of the grading period) will be a Week of Writing about The Metamorphosis. Each day’s task will be used in the next day’s lesson, so it is important to be here every day and complete each day’s task.

New Reading Groups

While today was the second of three work days for Section III of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, we also made the final selections of the books each group will be reading in their new groups.  The program will be a combination of Literary Circles and Independent Reading, both of which we have done in the past.

Each group will read the same book instead of each individual reading a different book. The group will read at their own pace as long as they are using their in class reading time appropriately. Appropriately for this group reading will be either reading or discussing the book. Once a book is finished the group will schedule with Mrs. Scales to do a group book talk for the class and a recommendation poster will be made. After a group has completed their book talk and poster, they will select another book and repeat the process. Dependent upon the length and complexity of the selected books, regular English class groups will be expected to complete 1 – 3 book talks by the end of the school year. Dependent upon the length and complexity of the selected books, Honors English class groups will be expected to complete 2 – 4 book talks by the end of the school year. Extra credit may be earned for book talks exceeding the expected number of book talks, with advance approval from Mrs. Scales. Each member of the group earns the same number of book talk points.

Book Talk Packets have been loaded into the Resources area of Canvas with all instructions.

A-List Word Review

Today, students were given a A-List Vocabulary crossword puzzle. The crossword puzzle is due on Friday. This is a review of the specific 14 A-List words that we have studied so far this year. Now we will put the words to work for us. Starting next week we will have a bell ringer activity each day focusing on the understanding and use of these 14 words. Remember that each of these words tell you what directions or writing prompts are asking you to do and a solid understanding of the differences in the meaning of each word is a fundamental skill that every student must master.

Our Independent Grammar lesson this week is labeled Week 6 – Quotation Marks in the resources section of Canvas. WSQ for Week 6 – Quotation Marks is due on Friday, and late submissions will not be accepted for any credit.

Any late work from this quarter must be turned in by this Friday to receive any credit for the work.

Over the next three days students will be reading the third and final section of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. The final questions were passed out today and students were reminded that questions must be answered with textual support in their Reading Log.

 

Reading Progress

Congratulation to the following students for having the greatest increase in their reading scores so far this school year:

On average, students are expected to grow approximately 75 – 100 Lexile points per school year.  Several of our students have increased by well over 200 Lexile points since last fall.  We will be focusing on helping all students continue to make increases in their reading levels, with Reading Workshops focused on both reading levels and growth made that will begin next week.

Folders will be collected tomorrow for grading. Questions through Part II #9 will be graded. 

SRI & The Metamorphosis

Today, you will take the SRI. We haven’t done the SRI since December and we have certainly been reading a variety of text so far this semester. Now it’s time to see how much that reading is paying off for you individually. Please log into SRI and do your very best on the test. This reading inventory is not a graded test and you are only competing against your previous reading level. So don’t get nervous, just read carefully and do the best you can. As usual, there will be extra credit for those raising their reading level from the previous scores.  Good Luck

After the test you should start or continue reading The Metamorphosis Section II (paragraphs 46 – 58) and answering Post Reading Questions 5 – 9 in your Reading Log. We will be reviewing the questions on Friday and your folders will be turned in for grading. Make sure you take this time to catch up any missing work in your Reading Log so you don’t lose any of the folder points.

Grete & Mr. Samsa

  • The word dutiful best describes Grete. She spends time figuring out what Gregor needs and adjusts accordingly. She also plans his meals and the cleaning of his room when “his parents and the maid were still asleep” out of consideration for them. Grete is a dynamic character.
  • The word enterprising best describes Mr. Samsa as he immediately worries about financial matters after Gregor’s transformation. He has not bothered himself with this burden ever since Gregor took it on, but on the first night of his son’s metamorphosis, he finds “some money available from the old days,” and tells the family that they should all look for jobs.