Final Count!

MONDAY 5/27 IS THE CUT-OFF DATE FOR THE 30 BOOK CHALLENGE!

So… how many books did you read this year? How many of us hit 30? How many of us read more this year than last year? Let’s also find out which English section read the most books — and which Advising read the most books!

Keep reading this summer! #USMReads

Fill out the Final Count GoogleForm here.

60-Second Book Talk

Learning Targets ~ I can…Give a brief compelling book talk that discusses the book without spoiling it.

On Monday 5/27, I will start randomly calling on students to give their 60-Second Book Talk. Be prepared to give it any day that week, either in English, History, or even at lunch!

Your goal is to pique your peers’ interest in the book you’re talking about. And you’ve got only 60 seconds to do so. So what will you say?

60-Second Book Talk:

  • an opening that ignites your audience’s curiosity and interest — a hook
  • vivid description that makes the setting, characters, and conflict come alive
  • an excited and engaging tone of voice that keeps audiences listening
  • a cliffhanger at the conclusion that leaves your audience wanting more and inspires them to read the book themselves
  • no spoilers!
  • the book itself or a large, clear, color image of the book cover

I’m literally going to time you! Practice, practice, practice your Book Talk until you can give it confidently and articulately in 60 seconds. Speak successfully with a clear voice, enthusiasm, and eye-contact.

You may have a single 3×5” notecard with bullet points to help you speak; however, really you should have the 60-Second Book Talk fully prepared and memorized. You shouldn’t really need notes.

Vocabulary

VOCABULARY ASSESSMENT FOR LISTS #1-6 ON TUESDAY 5/14 (Sections 1, 5, 7) OR WEDNESDAY 5/15 (Sections 2, 6). Study, study, study! You have only one shot at this. No reassessment will be available.

Edward Tulane cast and crew – you will take the assessment on the assigned day with the rest of your class. These are not the new lists; they are words from the beginning of the year up through WWII, so nothing new. Plan accordingly.

Then, we’re on to our last two vocabulary lists of the year:

For both of these lists, you will complete old-fashioned Word Maps by hand for each word. I will provide hard copies, but if you need more, you can find them here: Template for Word Maps.

NOTE: WORDS MAPS MUST BE COMPLETED BY HAND IN NEAT, LEGIBLE HANDWRITING; WORD MAPS CANNOT BE TYPED. SENTENCES MUST BE YOUR OWN ORIGINAL SENTENCES THAT YOU COMPOSE ON YOUR OWN.

Word Map Learning Targets:

  • Determine and clarify a word’s meaning, including its definition(s), part(s) of speech, synonyms, and antonyms.
  • Create an original sentence that shows I understand the word and can use it properly.
  • Create a visual representation of the word that shows its meaning in pictures.
  • Meet the expectations of the 8th grade Writing Specs.

The Use of the Atomic Bomb Formal Writing Assignment

Learning Targets:

  • I can categorize statements into groups that share a common topic or thread.
  • I can compose a main claim that encompasses an entire category.
  • I can support the main claim with sub-claims that fit into the category.
  • I can provide evidence and reasoning for my sub-claims.
  • I can meet the 8th grade Writing Specs, ESPECIALLY ACTIVE VOICE!
  • I can follow instructions and meet deadlines. (0 or 3 – you either do these things or not.)

It’s been called the most important single event of the 20th century, and the short-term and long-term impacts of the use of the atomic bomb have been debated since August of 1945. In class, we discussed and debated the use of atomic weapons as an end to the Pacific War in World War II. Now, look back at the claims presented. Make a decision – should the United States have used the atomic bomb in 1945?

Once you have decided “Yes” or “No,” write a main, overarching claim that summarizes why.

Then, support your main claim that summarizes why with three sub-claims that offer specific examples. All three examples should be related and should fit into the same category.

You know how Mr. Taft explains it — Yes because grapes. Green grapes. Purple grapes. Red grapes.

Turn your main claim, three sub-claims, evidence for three sub-claims, and reasoning for three sub-claims into one coherent paragraph. Use all of the notes you have taken on this topic. You may also want to use the outline provided.

Seek feedback from classmates. Help one another revise and proofread. Turn in what you consider a first-rate, polished, final draft. Turn in what you think is your best work. Reassessment will be available at my discretion, meaning I will decide who should reassess.

When you think your draft is as perfect as it can be, prepare it for submission on GoogleClassroom following instructions provided. Dr. Walczak will accept submissions via GoogleClassroom only up until the deadline. If your work is late, you must print and hand in the hard copy.

Please follow MLA guidelines for formatting your draft: 12 point Times New Roman, 1-inch margins, double-spaced.

Final Draft Instructions:

  1. Double-check formatting listed above.
  2. Use the 8th grade Writing Specs as a checklist. WRITE IN ACTIVE VOICE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
  3. HIGHLIGHT your main claim in YELLOW.
  4. HIGHLIGHT your three sub-claims in GREEN. Make sure all three relate to and support your main claim!
  5. HIGHLIGHT any vocabulary words or other impressive word choices that you’re proud of in BLUE.

Click here for the GoogleDoc of this assignment sheet. It’s also available on GoogleClassroom.

Section 2 and Edward Tulane cast and crew – you may turn your work in by Wednesday 5/15, but you’ll need to print and turn in a hardcopy. I will not check GoogleClassroom after Monday 5/13.

IF YOU WRITE YOUR PARAGRAPH ON THE ASSIGNMENT SHEET GOOGLEDOC ON GOOGLECLASSROOM, FOLLOW MLA FORMAT AND DELETE THE ASSIGNMENT SHEET AND OUTLINE PARTS ON THE GOOGLEDOC; I JUST WANT TO SEE YOUR PARAGRAPH!

YOU CAN ALSO CREATE AND SUBMIT A NEW GOOGLEDOC.

Click here to review MLA formatting.

Click here to review the Writing Specs.

A new reading assignment!

From WWII On: Historical Fiction/Nonfiction

By popular demand! On the 4th Quarter Reading Reflections, many of you asked for another opportunity to choose your own novel to read. We can do that!

Learning Targets ~ I can…

  • Explore a specific genre or topic.
  • Make connections between and draw conclusions about fiction, history, and current events.
  • Identify and explain the overarching theme(s) of a text and point to where the theme appears throughout the course of the text.

Instructions:

Now that we’re in the last part of the school year, we will turn to more recent times in America’s story. Choose a historical fiction or nonfiction book that explores American stories from World War II on to the present. You have tremendous freedom to choose the time period, topic, or aspect of America’s story for this project. Choose what interests you, what you want to learn more about, what you want to read about.

Now that we’re in the last part of the school year, we will turn to more recent times in America’s story. Choose a historical fiction or nonfiction book that explores American stories from World War II on to the present. You have tremendous freedom to choose the time period, topic, or aspect of America’s story for this project. Choose what interests you, what you want to learn more about, what you want to read about.

For this reading assignment, you must read books that you have not read before. Rereading isn’t an option.  If you have any question about whether or not a book qualifies for this assignment, please ask Doc.

As you read the novel or nonfiction book, prepare for a final assignment that asks you to briefly summarize the book without giving too much away; identify important themes in the book; make connections to what we’ve been working on in both American Studies History and English; make connections to current events; and draw conclusions about the book and those connections.

If you read novels in verse or graphic novels, you must read at least two, depending on length. If they’re short, you must read three.

If you finish a book quickly, then I’d love to see you go above and beyond by reading more than one!

CHOOSE YOUR BOOK AND CREATE YOUR LOCKER POSTER BY THURSDAY 4/18! You can purchase books, check them out from Mrs. E. or your local library, or borrow books from Mr. Taft and me. Remember, hang a hard copy of your poster on your locker and submit it to GoogleClassroom.

First…Choose your book(s).

Second…Take down your current locker poster(s). Replace it with a new one! See the assignment sheet for your new poster here.

Third…Read your book(s), and we’ll take it from there!

Resources:

GoogleDoc assignment sheets also available on GoogleClassroom.