Monday, September 26, 2016

Homework and Classwork

Hi there,
Today in class I went over how to write a literary essay. We looked at some claims we created last year. Each one has a claim and at least two reasons to support the claim. Then we looked at how the paragraphs are formed. Each one has a reason, evidence with quotes from the book, and explanations of the evidence.

Then I gave out a rubric that has four points on it to go by. First point was to state a clear claim/theory about the main character, supporting character, setting, or theme. Second point was to include two reasons in your claim statement and support these reasons by showing how, when, or with whom the claim is true. You are to use specific evidence across the book. The third point is to use particular details or quotes from the text to support the evidence. The last point is to use literary language (protagonist, antagonist, setting, theme, rising action, climax, conflict, etc.) in the essay.

Then you had a few minutes to create your claim, and then share it with your partners at your table. Lastly, you then began working on your flashdraft for the remainder of the period.

1. Read for the number of pages you have for a goal and use stickies for character development, setting, theme, flaws, strengths, and missing scenes. If you have not been doing this, you are to go back and reread and put stickies in your book.

2. Need to be sure by Wednesday you have an author that you would like to read two books by. You need to have at least one of the two books by Wednesday also. Today I showed you how to go onto the Lincoln Middle School Website and look for the books and on this website you can also access the Portland Public Library. You can ask the closet library to get it for you.

3. You need to be sure you have a Portland Public Library card. Most of you got them last year. If you have lost or misplaced it, be sure to visit a library and get a new one.

4. You will need another composition notebook for writing next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

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