February 15

DUE: Synthesis Paper (online)


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Announcement: You can boost your participation by posting your synthesis paper to our class message board on Nicenet.org (same message board for 2nd and 3rd periods).  This is optional.  You can also boost your participation by reading papers written by your peers and responding.  Responses should engage in the discussion that the paper has brought up.  Again, this is optional.  Participation credit will be counted on February 28.
  2. View three clips of satire:
    1. Opening scene of Team America
    2. Jon Stewart on CNN
    3. Stephen Colbert’s The Word
  3. Work with a partner type a paragraph that compares and contrasts the satire of two different satirists.  You might focus on similarities and differences in their targets, main ideas, and styles (how they use humor to convey their point).  Submit to Turnitin.com at the end of the period (in the “Satire Comparison” folder).  If you were absent you need to complete this individually.

HW:

  1. Select your own piece of satire (something short, like an episode, an article, a comedy sketch, etc.).
    1. 100-150 words: Summarize the piece.  What happens?
    2. 300+ words: Analyze the satire.  What is the target, humor and change?  How does the satirist use humor to attack the target(s)?
    3. Submit to Turnitin.com in the “Satire Analysis” folder. Due before class on Monday after break.
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February 7

DUE:

  1. Outline
  2. Notes #2 and #3

ACTIVITIES:

  1. Expectations for rough draft
    1. 3 full pages
    2. Works Cited page
    3. MLA format
  2. Work time
  3. Discuss books

HW:

  1. Synthesis paper rough draft

February 5

DUE: None.


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Turn your “response to the conversation” into a thesis.  (See thesis samples)
  2. Outline expectations
  3. Use note cards to organize argument
  4. Work time for outline

HW:

  1. Printed copy of the outline due at the start of next class.
  2. Finish your book and notes #3.

February 1

DUE: Source notes due at end of period


ACTIVITIES:

  1. View resources on the Synthesis Tab (top of this page)
  2. Work time / conference with Level
  3. Submit to Turnitin.com

HW:

  1. Type your response to the conversation, even specifically referring to voices within the conversation.
  2. 8-10 note cards (or similar size papers). Come to class with a list (in no particular order) of the types of paragraphs you might use in your essay.  Paragraphs might include personal anecdote, topic context, analysis of one source, analysis or comparison of two sources, context to raise a question, compare/contrast, counterargument / rebuttal, historical connection, response to the texts, etc.  Here are four examples of what I might put on a note card:
    1. Analysis of Ray Bradbury’s view of technology.  (Source: Fahrenheit 451 and Interview clips)
    2. Context of modern technology in America (Source: David Brooks article)
    3. Comparison of Bradury’s view vs. Andrew Stanton’s view (Sources: Wall-E and F451)
    4. Personal anecdote about my family at dinner with phones out

January 30

DUE: Book notes #2


ACTIVITIES:

  1. Discuss in book groups
    1. notes checked off
  2. Synthesis Essay Instructions (see tab above)
  3. Work time for choosing a prompt, reading articles, etc.

HW:

  1. Source notes due at the end of next class.  Come to class with your prompt and four sources selected.
  2. Next book group deadline is February 7th.