Subfreshman English--Ms. Rodems
Subfreshman English Policies
An important resource for Citing Sources: Purdue Owl
Uni's definition of Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic endeavor. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the knowing or intentional failure to attribute language or ideas to their original source, in the manner required by the academic discipline (such as by quotation marks, attribution in the text, proper paraphrasing and citation) in an academic exercise.
-----------Please remember to submit all Reading Journals, Writing Journals, and Final Drafts to our shared Google Drive folder-------------

Tuesday May 16, 2017
Here we go! This is the last writing assignment for Subfreshman English (for real this time).

Uni Myth:
-must use faculty, staff, and/or administration for Greek gods, goddesses, and creatures--BE RESPECTFUL
----at the beginning of the story, include a list of the gods/goddesses and teachers
-the myth must explain a Uni-phenomenon
-approximately 2-3 pages
-consider either a creation myth or hero's journey
-can use Subfreshman students as mortals but be kind and considerate
-must be PG
--MLA format
--submitted to your Google Docs Essays folder by 10:00 pm on Thursday May 18
--30 points

Wednesday May 3, 2017

Rough Draft Due Monday for a peer review. Bring a paper copy.
Final Draft due Wednesday (May 10) by 10:00 p m to your Google Docs Essay Folder
Notes and ideas to remember as you are crafting your essays:

Thesis statement: should include the title of the poem
make a claim about the main idea/message of the poem
Ex: The main message of "We Wear the Mask" is..... which is conveyed through.............

3rd person only!!!!!

Yes, you should cite your poem on your works cited page and in-text citations, but it does not count towards your 1-2 sources.

If citing less than three lines, use this format:

The poem begins with a description of his dream: "To fling my arms wide / In some place of the sun," (Hughes 1-2).
---(signal phrasing)(lines from poem with quotation marks--note the space on both sides of the slash )(citation with line numbers)----

If citing more than 3 lines of poetry, keep the original format and cite the poem like this (note the directions in italics right after this example because the Wiki will not format the block quote properly):

The poem begins with a description of his dream:
To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance (Hughes 1-3)

---(colon at the end of the signal phrase) (original format of poem with an tab indent at the beginning of each line)(citation with line numbers)---

Unless the poem is an epic (Ex: The Odyssey) the title should be in quotation marks.

Monday May 1, 2017
Here it is. The last major essay that you will write for Subfreshman English!

Poetry Explication

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Prospective Subfreshman Visit Day Schedule
Group 1
Aamer, Romaisa
Mr Buck / 210
Ms. Denos / 303
Ms. Rodems / 106S
Ms. Arnold and SSO/ Library
Adoni, Maher
Althaus, Curtis*
Armas, Joel
Barbour, Katelyn*
Bashir, Nabeel
Bojarsky, Soulara

Broaders, Reed

Burgstrom, Danielle*

Campos-Rojano, Daniel

Cho, Daniel*

Choi, Danbi*

Dolcos, Alex

Group 2
Donnini, Zachary
SSO / Library
Mr Buck / 210
Ms. Denos / 302
Ms. Rodems / 106S
Ebel, Charlotte*
Echambadi, Mira
Gandhi, Keshav*
Gao, Alice
Gargya, Aniket
Gengler, Elliot

Guo, Catherine*

Hernandez, Nicolas*

Islam, Muntaha

Jenny, Anya

Jones, Raymond*

Juhn, Grace*

Group 3
Jung, Collin
Ms. Rodems / 106N
Comp Lit / 314
Mr. Buck / 109
Ms. Denos / 302
Kalsotra, Adit*
Kim, Alicia
Kirwan, Jack
Kong, Edward*
Lalwani, Aryan*
Lau, Jonathan
Laurent, Mattea*

Lleras, Isabela*

Losch, Caylee

Loyet, Nancy

Ludaescher, Maximilian*

Lumetta, Lauren*

Group 4
Malik, Mayahuel
Comp Lit / 314
Ms. Rodems / 106N
Fing & Mr. Murphy / S. Attic
Mr. Buck / 109
Mansury, Nusayb*
Matatov, Daniel*
Omoniyi, Blessing*
Orlie-Frost, Simon
Patel, Nilkanth
Perry, Roshan*
Phillips, Nicholas

Pittendrigh, Natalia*

Polonus, Charles

Powers, Katrina*

Ramrattan, Rani

Rebei, Noah*

Group 5
Reed, Alexandra*
Ms. Denos / 303
SSO / Library
Ms. Arnold / Library
Fing & Mr. Murphy / S. Attic
Roth, Eric
Rubel, Bianca
Saadah, Raneem*
Shukla, Srijan*
Simpson-Palmer, Ethan*
Taylor, Olivia
Vandergriff, Tuscany*
Walker, Nathan*

Wood, Lucas

Yang, May

Yoo, Joanna*

Zilles, Adam*

Monday April 24, 2017

BlackPoetsSpeakOut Assignment

Thursday April 13, 2017
  • Please complete the following activities and record your answers to the questions in bold:

    1. Read the poem out loud: "Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins
    2. Make a list of words that you look up.
    3. Read the poem out loud again
    4. What is the tone of the poem? How do you know? What words are used to convey the tone?
    5. Make a list of poetic devices that you find in the poem.
  • Watch a portion of Billy Collin’s Ted Talk about his poetry:

    1. One of Collins' goals is to make poetry accessible to everyone by raising consciousness and appreciation.
    2. This is the poem “Forgetfulness” turned into a short film. Collins is the voice in the film.
    3. Begin at approximately 6:40 and watch until approximately 8:25.
    4. Once you finish the film, please answer the following questions:
i.In what ways did watching the short film and hearing Collins read the poem affect your response to the poem?
ii.Does it change any of the ideas you concluded about tone or main message?
  • Move onto the next poem: “Lighter” by Blas Falconer

    1. Read aloud
    2. Make a list of words that you look up
    3. Read the poem out loud again
    4. What is the tone of the poem? How do you know? What words are used to convey the tone?
    5. Make a list of poetic devices that you find in the poem.

Homework for Friday: None--it's a reading day so bring a book to reading day

Friday March 31, 2017
As you are working on your Scene Evaluations and Group Member Evaluations, remember that you CAN include direct quotes from the play, but you are not required to. Here is the format for in-text citations: (5.1.12-14) (Scene. Act. Line number(s))
Reminder that these evaluations (scene and group member) should be on one document submitted to your Google Docs folder by Wednesday April 5th.

Monday March 27, 2017
Here is your Scene Analysis assignment which is due next Wednesday (April 5). Please read the assignment and we will discuss it later this week.
You will also be required to complete a Group Member Evaluation as well--Group Member Eval Form

Tuesday February 14, 2017
Here is the Group Member Evaluation form. Each student should read the form, complete the evaluation in an email to me by Friday February 17 by 10pm. As a reminder, these evaluations are confidential.

Monday February 6, 2017
Final Drafts of I Am Malala Essays are due tonight by 10pm to your Google Docs Essays folder. Do NOT forget the Works Cited page!
Here is the schedule and assignments for our new unit for Much Ado About Nothing.
Possible Schedule
M 6
Group Work
T 7
Group Work
W 8
Group Work
R 9
Group Work
F 10
Group Work
M 13
Group Work
T 14
Elizabethan political history
Elizabethan social history
W 15
Globe Theater
Present Drama
R 16
William Shakespeare
F 17
FRead Day
M 20
No School
T 21
W 22
R 23
F 24
M 27
Begin Insult Duels
T 28
Reading Due:
Act 1, Scene 1
W 1
Reading Due: Act 1, Scene 2-3
R 2
Reading Due: Act 2, Scene 1
F 3
Teacher In-service
No School
M 6
Reading Due:
Act 2, Scene 2
T 7
Reading Due:
Act 2, Scene 3
W 8
Reading Due:
Act 3, Scene 1
R 9
Reading Due:
Act 3, Scene 2
F 10
FReading Day
M 13
Reading Due:
Act 3, Scene 3
T 14
Reading Due: Act 3, Scene 4-5
W 15
Reading Due:
Act 4, Scene 1
R 16
Reading Due:
Act 4, Scene 2
F 17
Reading Due:
Act 5, Scene1
M 20
Spring Break
T 21
Spring Break
W 22
Spring Break
R 23
Spring Break
F 24
Spring Break
M 27
Work Day
T 28
Reading: Act 5 Scene 2-4
W 29
Work Day
R 30
Scene Performance
F 31
Scene Performance
M 3
T 4
W 5
R 6
Short Class for Alumni Agora Day
Begin Poetry Unit
F 7
No School

Wednesday February 1, 2017
Some clarification for using literary present tense and a nonfiction text:
After Malala was shot, she states that she is not angry at anyone but rather that because she blacked out, she didn't get a chance to have a dialogue with the Taliban (787).
--Notice that when referring to the actual event, you would use past tense, but when discussing her words, you should use literary present tense.
I know--if's confusing. We'll keep working on this.

Tuesday January 31, 2017
As I noted in the essay prompt, proper documentation is an objective for this assignment, and proper documentation includes more than in-text citation. You should also seamlessly incorporate the quote into the essay. Check out this document for some suggestions: Signal Phrasing.
Jumping off point (thesis statement for a personal essay):
Jumping off point: thesis statement that is essentially an answer to your question. Use a less formal and it doesn’t need to include every facet of your argument.

    1. Example: While my educational experiences are very different from Malala’s, I can still relate to her determination to learn.
    2. Example: Malala’s determination to learn and grow inspires me to appreciate the opportunities in my life.

Monday January 30, 2017
Here is a link to the Class Project page where you can access the two databases you may use for this assignment: Newsbank and Lexis Nexis

Friday January 27, 2017
Attached please find the I Am Malala essay prompt.
The rough draft will be due in class on Thursday Feb. 2 and the final draft due on Monday Feb. 6.
A few notes to remember as you are brainstorming this weekend:
If you are answering
Question 1:
--identify means to relate, connect, share similar experiences, parallels, links; include your own personal experiences, Malala's personal experiences, 2-3 ways that you identify with Malala--passages from the text
Question 2:
--What are your opinions on education? What are Malala's opinion on education? 2-3 ways that they are different
Question 3:
--In what ways has Malala struggled for her education? How does that relate to your past and potential future experiences? 2-3 ways that her struggle inspires you
1. Decide which question you would like to answer.
2. Brainstorm ideas to answer the question using a chart, outline, freewrite, etc.

Monday January 9, 2017
Anticipated Schedule for I Am Malala
M 1.9
I Am Malala
T 1.10
Reading Due:
Prologue-Chapter 2
W 1.11
Chapter 3-5
R 1.12
Chapter 6-8
F 1.13
Chapter 9-11
M 1.16
No School
T 1.17
Chapter 12-14
W 1.18
Chapter 15-17
R 1.19
Chapter 18-20
F 1.20
Free Reading Day
M 1.23
Chapter 21-23
T 1.24
Chapter 24-26
W 1.25
Chapter 27-29
R 1.26
Chapter 30-32
F 1.27
Chapter 33-35
M 1.30
Essay Work Day
T 1.31
Work Day
W 2.1
Work Day
R 2.2
Peer Review
F 2.3
Work Day
Essay Due Monday by 10pm

Friday January 6, 2017
Bring your I Am Malala book to class on Monday.

Thursday December 15, 2016
We are in the final stretch. You've been working diligently on these Banned Book Evaluations which are due to your Google Docs Essay folders by Friday at 10pm.

Tuesday December 6, 2016
Today is your last day to read in class. You should have finished reading your book before you walk into class tomorrow.

Monday December 5, 2016
Here are a few tips on how to write your synopsis:
--rely on your memory or notes to write the synopsis. If you don't recall specific events, then go back and READ the chapter or section
--structure the synopsis in the same order as the events are presented in the book (if there is a flashback, keep those events as a flashback [rather than trying to place them earlier in the synopsis]). If your story has a complex format, TALK to me about the best way to format the synopsis.
--don't try to include every single detail. Think about cause and effect in terms of plot.
--if you are not quoting your book (which you don't need to but could if you want to), than you do not need a Works Cited page. If you are quoting your book, than you would need a Works Cited page.
--the synopsis should be approximately 1-2 pages, double spaced

Wednesday November 30, 2016
Just a reminder that tomorrow, your signed Banned Book proposal is due when you walk into class.
Please also remember to bring your Banned Book to class tomorrow and the rest of the semester.

Thursday November 17, 2016
It's here! It's time to start the Banned Book Project. We will spend the rest of the semester on this multi-section project. It's fun.
HW for Friday:
Begin researching on the Class Project Page in order to decide which book to read for next Tuesday's deadline (click on the "Finding Banned Books" Link)
Read "The Freedom to Read Act" and answer the below prompt in your Google Docs journal.
Writing prompt: Reflect on this sentence from the Freedom to Read Statement: “We believe that free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture.” How is creativity and new ideas related to the freedom to read? Should people be able to read what they want no matter what? 100-200 words
Anticipated Schedule
M 11.14
"The Necklace" work
T 11.15
"The Necklace" work
W 11.16
"The Necklace" work
R 11.17
Begin BBProject
and journal
"The Necklace" Essay
due by 10pm
F 11.18
Noodle Tools
M 11.21
Research Day
T 11.22
Research Day and
Chosen Book due
W 11.23
No School
R 11.24
No School
F 11.25
No School
M 11.28
Review Letter
T 11.29
Work Day-Letter
W 11.30
Work Day-Letter
R 12.1
Signed Letter
due in class
Review instructions
for Synopsis
F 12.2
BB Reading Day
M 12.5
BB Reading Day
T 12.6
BB Reading Day
W 12.7
Work Day-Synopsis
R 12.8
Work Day-Synopsis
Synopsis due
by 10pm
F 12.9
Review Evaluation
M 12.12
Work Day-Eval
T 12.13
Work Day-Eval
W 12.14
Work Day-Eval
R 12.15
Work Day-Eval
F 12.16
Work Day-Eval
Evaluation due
by 10pm

Tuesday November 15, 2016
Revisions to your "The Necklace" essay:
Begin by reviewing the comments that I've given you on the first two essays and the peer review you were given yesterday in class. Keep these goals and areas of improvement in mind while you revise and edit your essay.
Essay revision guidelines:

    • attention getter
    • 1-2 sentence introduction to the story
    • brief explanation of theme and literary conventions (character, plot, setting, irony, imagery, etc)
    • thesis statement (include the title of the story, theme, literary conventions)
Body paragraphs that discuss a literary convention or device

    • review the topic sentence (broadly announces the main idea of the paragraph--the literary convention and relating to the theme--and includes transition)
    • major and minor supporting points
      • support from "The Necklace"
      • support from secondary source (literary criticism from Bement or Pierce), if necessary
      • explanation of how these ideas relate, convey, support the theme

    • returns to attention getter
    • briefly rephrase each of your main ideas from your body paragraphs
    • give your reader a final statement or send off about your theme
  • review your intext citations (Maupassant 288) OR (Bement 2) OR (Pierce 2).

Do you have a works cited page?Title for the essay

    • Are the second and subsequent lines indented?

  • Have you used 1st or 2nd person (you, you're, your, me, we, us, I)
  • "The Necklace" in quotation marks
  • 3rd person only (he, she, they, proper names)
  • formal tone (no contractions, cliche, slang)
  • Check your MLA format (name, Ms. Rodems, English, date 15, November 2016, 12 point font, double spaced, no spaces between paragraphs)
Essay due *Thursday* by 10Pm to your Google Docs Essay Folder

Monday November 14, 2016
Homework: Continue working on your rough draft that is due for tomorrow's peer review. BRING A PAPER COPY to class tomorrow for the peer review.

Friday November 11, 2016
Continue working on your drafts.
To stay on track, you should have a basic draft before you walk into class on Monday. That means you should have the basic ideas for each paragraph in place, including your introduction and conclusion, along with a basic thesis statement. In class on Monday, you can spend the class period cleaning up the draft in preparation for the rough draft peer review on Tuesday.

Thursday November 10, 2016
Homework: Continue working on your rough drafts. In order to stay on track, you should have at least a rough thesis and rough body paragraphs before you come to class tomorrow.

Wednesday November 7, 2016
Here it is, your Short Story essay prompt
Just a reminder that the Writing Center is open today during UP and next Wednesday as well. You could take your work to the Writing Center today to begin sorting out your ideas and then again next Wednesday to polish those ideas.
Homework for Thursday:
-read and annotate Jason Pierce literary criticism
-identify 1-2 themes you might use for the essay
-read the story looking for supporting passages related to literary conventions/devices
-make a list, use post-its, or noodle tools note cards--just use something to keep track of your notes

Tuesday November 8, 2016
Finish reading annotations for "The Woof-Plot in 'The Necklace'"

Monday November 7, 2016
No homework

Thursday November 3, 2016
Homework for Monday: Read Guy de Maupassant's "The Necklace" on page 288. Remember that this is the story we will be using for the short story essay, so pay close attention to details. I would encourage you to read it more than once.
Reading Journal: Choose a character from the story. In 100-200 words, explain how the character's actions affect other people in the story.

Tuesday November 2, 2016
Homework: Read: "The Trail of the Green Blazer" by R.K. Narayan on page 179. Reading Journal: On page 185, find the section titled Significant Quotations and complete the activity (Choose two quotations, find them in the story, record the page/paragraph number, and explain the importance of the quotation).

Monday October 31, 2016
No homework tonight .

Thursday October 27, 2016
Friday is a reading day--bring a book.
For Monday: Read "The Rain Came" pg 192. Reading Journal (submitted to your Google Journal doc): Describe and explain why you would/would not like to have lived in the time or place of the story. Use specific examples from the story. Please write approximately 150-200 words.

Wednesday October 26, 2016
No homework

Tuesday October 25, 2016
You should expect a reading QUIZ tomorrow.
Homework: Read "It Used to Be Green" and complete reading journal October 25:
What quality of which character strikes you as a good characteristic to develop within yourself over the next several years? Why? How and where does the character demonstrate this quality?

Monday October 24, 2016
No homework. We will continue or discussion of "Cranes" tomorrow in class.

Friday October 21, 2016
You will receive your short story textbook in class. During that time, you should complete the following:
1. Carefully read this Character Power Point and take notes. Throughout the semester, I will expect you to use this language when discussing and analyzing characters, as will you upper level teachers. It's not necessary to record everything, unless that is what works best for you, but you should seek out important ideas to highlight.
2. Read the story "Cranes" on page 37 of your short story textbook.
3. Complete the following Reading Journal 5:
- Using the Character power point that you read during class today, identify the protagonist and antagonist and explain why you have chosen each character as such.
--Then find examples of each of the four ways we learn about the characters (from the power point) for both the protagonist and antagonist.
--Note the page and paragraph number in your Reading Journal.
--Upload the Reading Journal 5 to your Box account.
Whatever you do not complete in class will be homework due for Monday.

Thursday October 20, 2016
Answer these questions on a piece of paper before you come to class tomorrow:
Define the short story genre. What does it look like? How long is a short story? What would be "in" a short story? What would you not find in a short story that would be present in other genres?

Wednesday October 19, 2016
Read the assigned essay: "Colonizing Wild Tongues" and and then write a 100-200 word response to the following prompt:
Explain the character's problem and then offer advice on how to solve his/her problem.
Upload the response to your Reading Journal Box folder and label it "Reading Journal #4"

Monday October 17, 2016
Read the assigned essay: "What Embarrassed Me" and then write a 100-200 word response to the following prompt:
Explain the character's problem and then offer advice on how to solve his/her problem.
Upload the response to your Reading Journal Box folder and label it "Reading Journal #3"

Friday October 7, 2016
No homework over the long weekend. Enjoy!

Thursday October 6, 2016
Another great discussion today. I know this information is heavy and difficult to conceptualize, but you all have done a great job of making your way through and asking questions.
No homework for Friday because tomorrow is a FREE READING DAY! Bring a book to read.

Wednesday October 5, 2016
Great discussion today--No homework

Tuesday October 4, 2016
Homework: Read all of the essay "Defining Racism: 'Can We Talk?'" and be prepared to discuss the ideas in class.

Monday October 3, 2016
Keep these concepts in mind when writing an in-class essay:
1. Read the below prompt (again) and consider each of the questions.
2. Brainstorm ideas before you begin writing the essay.
3. Draft more than one paragraph.
4. Consider the paragraph objectives that we learned during the last unit.
5. Save time to proofread and edit the essay.
6. You will be required to write for the full class period. Use your time wisely.
7. During the last 10 minutes of class, you will print the essay and turn it in.
In class writing reflection:
Reflect on your conversation you had with your parent/guardian. What surprised you about the conversation that you had? What did you learn from this conversation? How are your experiences with diversity similar to or different from those of your parent/guardian? Is there anything else that you would like to add that is not already addressed in the above questions?

Friday September 30, 2016
Here is the parent conversation homework: Parent Conversation
Just a reminder, you should take notes so that tomorrow in English class, you will be able to write a reflection.

Thursday September 29, 2016
Homework for Friday:
Finish vocabulary terms
Read "Power and Racism" and "So What Are You, Anyway?"

Wednesday September 28, 2016
For our social justice unit we will begin and end the unit with a concept map:
1. Focus question: what is the definition of these words and in what ways are they related to each other?
Word Bank:
Social Justice
2. Begin by choosing a word that you feel belongs at the top of the map or the top of the hierarchy.
3. Consider which words would fall into the next category or next tier of the structure and so forth.
4. Draw bubbles for each word.
5. Define the word inside the bubble.
6. Explain the relationship between the words (these are called links).
--you could include specific examples of events and objects that clarify the meaning of a given concept
7. Add any additional words that you think are related and then define.

Tuesday September 27, 2016
Today you will use the peer review suggestions to complete final revisions and editing for all three paragraphs.
--use the peer review, Monday Sept 19th, and each essay prompt to be your guide as you revise and edit.
*All three paragraphs are due tonight by 10:00 pm to your Box account.
*Bring your peer review and rough draft to class tomorrow.

Monday September 26, 2016
Today, your goal is to finish writing and complete some preliminary revising and editing. Tonight, you will take home a peer review and draft.
Homework:peer review the paragraphs and bring it back to class on Tuesday.

Friday September 23, 2016
Today we begin our third paragraph for the unit.
Here are some options for prewriting: concept map, brainstorm list, paragraph worksheet, outline. Use something--don't just start writing!
Homework: complete the prewriting and get the sentences on a word document. You will have all of Monday in class to complete the revisions and editing.

Wednesday September 21, 2016
Here are the art paragraph instructions for the second paragraph of out unit.
Homework: no homework

Monday September 19, 2016
Today we will revise the first of three paragraphs that you will write over the next week or so.
Here is a list of criteria to consider:
1. Varied Sentence Structure: OWL Varied Sentence Structure
2. To Be Verbs
3. Repetition of key words and use of related words (synonyms)
4. Formal language vs. slang words
5. You may use 1st person (I, me, we, us)
6. Be precise, clear, and direct (be careful of the vague pronoun usages --this, these, that, those)
7. Transitions
8. Remember the items on this Power Point: topic sentences, unity, coherence, concluding sentence
Homework for Tuesday: Finish revising and editing the paragraph using the above criteria.

Thursday September 15, 2016
Homework: Complete the Crafting Paragraph Worksheet using one characteristic of Uni's students. Come to class on Monday with a completed worksheet and typed paragraph. Don't worry about revising, expanding, or editing the paragraph at this point. Just convert the words on the worksheet to a word document.
Friday is a free reading day. Bring a book to class.

Wednesday September 14, 2016
Paragraph Construction PowerPoint

Monday September 12, 2016
1. Editing objectives for today:
-No 1st person or 2nd person
-No contractions (don't)
-check your Literary present tense
-Title for the essay
-Title “The Snow Queen”
-Citations (Andersen 2).
-General editing—looking at commas and punctuation, misspelling, awkward wording
-Read over the essay prompt to be sure that you have completed the assignment correctly
2. Upload essay to Box by 10 pm this evening:
-label the essay first initial, last name, TSQ, FD (KRodems, TSQ, FD)
-bring the peer review, rough draft, concept map to class tomorrow
3. Meet in the library tomorrow for a library tour

Friday September 9, 2016
Today we revised essay and Monday will be an editing day. If you still have revisions to complete (not editing), then you should complete those for homework.
Your essays will be due by 10:00 pm on Monday night.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday September 8, 2016
Great work on the peer reviews. I saw some incredible support and feedback from you all.
Homework: None--you will have time in class tomorrow and Monday to revise your essays.

Wednesday September 7, 2016
PAPER COPY OF ROUGH DRAFT DUE TOMORROW! Print the copy before you come to class.
Be sure that your rough draft has:
-Introduction: with a thesis statement (main claim that includes the title of the story and the theme)
-Body paragraphs: topic sentences (mini claim), passage (with in-text citation Ex: (Andersen 2).), explanation of how the passage relates to the theme.

Tuesday September 6, 2016
Today is a work day, but we have a few concepts to discuss:
1. Thesis statement—it’s not an essay without a thesis statement
a. Arguable and supportable
b. One sentence no matter the length of the essay
c. One idea that gives the reader the main idea of the essay
d. Simple—in fact, the thesis should stick out like a sore thumb
e. Declarative—no maybes, seems, possible, etc.
f. Be prepared to revise it
g. Examples: I think that a prominent theme from “The Snow Queen” might be that the wise old women should not be ignored. BAD
The theme of the fairy tale, "The Snow Queen" is that ice and snow dehumanizes the characters. GOOD
2. Literary Present tense: the idea that the story exists in the eternal present. Example: Gerda states; The flowers hint at Gerda’s future journey; The Snow Queen forces…
a. If you are referring to something that happens in the past of a story, then you should maintain the past tense.
For example: Before the story begins, the robber girl had trapped several animals. (past perfect)
3. Citations: MLA uses an (author page number) format when citing within the text: (Andersen 2).
4. Basic structure: you are arguing that this theme is represented in the short story and your support for that argument is the three passages from the text. Each passage should be a body paragraph. Within that body paragraph, you should have a topic sentence (the first sentence of a paragraph that announces the main idea of the paragraph), passage, and explanation of how that passage relates, supports, conveys, OR communicates the theme. The essay should also contain a introductory and concluding paragraphs.
Homework for Wednesday:
Continue writing your rough draft. You will also have tomorrow in class to work on the essay. The rough draft should be complete before you walk into class on Thursday.
Reminder: I have lunch duty on the 3rd floor all week and will be in the library during 5th period Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. COME FIND ME if you have questions!!

Thursday September 1, 2016
Tomorrow is the Subbie Retreat! Don't forget your lunch, a water bottle, $2 for ice cream, sunscreen, hat, closed toe shoes, comfortable clothes, and remind your parents to pick you at 3:45!
Homework for next Tuesday:
--Finish your concept map.

Wednesday August 31, 2016
And so it begins. Here is our first writing assignment: HCA Essay Prompt. This essay will be your homework for the next several weeks.
Homework for Thursday:
-Bring MLA Handbook to class tomorrow
-finish locating passages in the story
-choose 7-8 passages for the concept map
-begin concept map (at least the theme and passages)

Tuesday August 30, 2016
Today we will discuss your thoughts on the film adaptation, and look at a poem titled "The Last Poem About the Snow Queen" by Sandra Gilbert: The Snow Queen Poems.
No homework tonight, but tomorrow we will begin working on your first polished essay.

Thursday August 25, 2016
According to Edmund Cusick, the the flowers in the witch's garden serve a purpose as "each flower's tale contains a hint of glimpse of her [Gerda's] own destiny. The narcissus tells of a girl half undressed, discovering herself; the convolvulus of a maiden waiting for her knight; the hyacinth of three sisters, the last clad in white, who, while beautiful, are dead; the tiger-lily of a Hindu woman, clad in red, burning herself for love; the buttercup of a holy kiss which turns everything to gold; and the snowdrop, of a burst bubble. The flowers themselves, and their tales, each reflect an aspect of the climatic scene of Kay's redemption. When Gerda has listened to each of their tales she is inwardly prepared. At once she finds the summer has gone and she must seek Kay in the winter world of the Snow Queen" (2).
Consider this paragraph, and look at the passage when Gerda saves Kay from the Snow Queen. Take a few moments as a group to discuss the idea that Cusick suggests above. Can you make concrete connections--passages in the scene that reflect Cusick's theory.
No Homework for tonight.

Wednesday August 24, 2016
No homework

Tuesday August 23, 2016
Homework: Finish reading "The Snow Queen", sections 5-7 and complete Reading Journal #2.

Monday August 22, 2016
Today we set up our Box accounts. Don't worry if things aren't working perfectly at this point because we will sort it all out.
No homework for Tuesday.

Thursday August 18, 2016
Today we begin our discussion of Hans Christian Andersen, but first, we need to learn a little about him. Complete this HCA Worksheet today in class.
For homework:
Friday is a free reading day--be sure to bring a book to read.
For Monday: read the first four sections/stories of "The Snow Queen" and complete this HCA Reading Journal #1. Save it to a folder on your computer until we set up your Box folder.

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Please complete your Student Information Sheet (attached here in case you need a new one), and be sure to charge your laptop tonight.
Tomorrow we will begin talking about Hans Christian Andersen.