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  1. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12

  2. Mon., Nov. 12, 2012 What’s in a Name? “Why is a name so important?” • TODAY: • Acrostic Poem Art • “My Name” (excerpt from Esperanza Rising) by Sandra Cisneros • Homework • What you need: • Pen/pencil • Scissors/glue • Notebook • YOUR BRAIN! • REMINDERS: • Write the EQ in your agenda! • Panther Prep every Wednesday • Vocab Quiz #9 on Thursday ! • Homework assignment due on Tuesday DO NOW: “My Acrostic Name Poem” Knowledge-seeker Inquisitive about new things Shoe-lover (and collector…) Creative in everything that I do Humorous, but serious when it’s time to get down to business Mother of a beautiful, six-year old boy Analytical about big and little things Don’t forget to section this space off! DO NOW: Create an Acrostic Poem using your name. Knowledge-seeker Inquisitive about new things Shoe-lover (and collector…) Creative in everything that I do Humorous, but serious when it’s time to get down to business Mother of a beautiful, six-year old boy Analytical about big and little things

  3. Mr. Wise-g(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: CREATING AN “ARTISTIC ACROSTIC NAME POEM”

  4. “Artistic Acrostic Name Poem”: • Use your acrostic poem from the DO NOW to create a creative visual of it • Take the half-sheet and use magazine text and images to re-create your poem. nowledge-seeking nquisitive about new things hoe-lover (and collector…) reative in everything that I do umorous, but serious when it’s time to get down to business

  5. Mr. Wise-g(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: READING AND ANALYSIS OF “MY NAME” by SANDRA CISNEROS

  6. “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros from The House on Mango Street In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing. It was my great-grandmother's name and now it is mine. She was a horse woman too, born like me in the Chinese year of the horse--which is supposed to be bad luck if you're born female-but I think this is a Chinese lie because the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't like their women strong. My great-grandmother. I would've liked to have known her, a wild, horse of a woman, so wild she wouldn't marry. Until my great-grandfather threw a sack over her head and carried her off. Just like that, as if she were a fancy chandelier. That's the way he did it. And the story goes she never forgave him. She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn't be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window. At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth. But in Spanish my name is made out of a softer something, like silver, not quite as thick as sister's name Magdalena--which is uglier than mine. Magdalena who at least- - can come home and become Nenny. But I am always Esperanza. I would like to baptize myself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees. Esperanza as Lisandra or Maritza or Zeze the X. Yes. Something like Zeze the X will do. Who is the narrator/speaker? Describe what he/she is alike and use text evidence for support. (think back to the character analysis that we’ve done before.) In one sentence, state what is this piece about. What is the tone of this piece? Explain your response. Why do you think names are important? What would be a thematic statement for this piece? • “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros Analysis: • Paste/anchor tab the handout into your notebook. • In your groups, discuss responses to the questions.

  7. Who is the narrator/speaker? Describe using text evidence. • The name of the narrator is Esperanza. She seems to be a young girl who is very self-conscious about her identity, and her name seems to be a large part of that. Her name comes from her grandmother, who, when Esperanza states, “I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window”, does not want her life to be like. • 2. In one sentence, state what this piece is about. • This piece is about a young girl reflecting on the origin and meanings associated with her name and how she does not seem to like or want to be defined by her name. • 3. What is the tone of this piece? • The tone of this piece is critical. Esperanza seems to be breaking her identity down into elements of what it looks and sounds like, the history of her name, and what she would prefer her name to be. • Whey do you think that names are important? • Names are important because they can be a reflection of the who a person is or who a person is destined to be. • . • Write a thematic for this piece. • A name can be more than just a title. • The history of a person’s name does not have to dictate that person’s future. • “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros Analysis: • Who is the narrator/speaker? Describe what he/she is alike and use text evidence for support. (think back to the character analysis that we’ve done before.) • In one sentence, state what is this piece about. • What is the tone of this piece? Explain your response. • Why do you think names are important? • What could be a thematic statement for this piece?

  8. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

  9. Tues., Nov. 13, 2012 Analyzing a Narrative “How does a person’s name hold meaning ?” • TODAY: • “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis • Review DO NOW • Video Clips • Review Questions on “My Name” • What you need: • Pen/pencil • Notebook • YOUR BRAIN! • REMINDERS: • Write the EQ in your agenda! • Write your review questions in the margins! • Panther Prep every Wednesday • Vocab Quiz #9 on Thursday ! Don’t forget to section this space off! • DO NOW: • Paste the cartoon into your notebook. • Answer the following question: • Why would these parents want to give their child one of these names?

  10. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: THE ORIGIN OF THE PHRASE “WHAT’S IN A NAME?”

  11. 'Tisbut thy name that is my enemy;Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,Nor arm, nor face, nor any other partBelonging to a man. O, be some other name!What's in a name? that which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet;So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,Retain that dear perfection which he owesWithout that title. Romeo, doff thy name,And for that name which is no part of theeTake all myself. “ROMEO AND JULIET” Balcony Scene viewing: The origin of this phrase is traced back to the famous balcony scene of Act II, Scene II of Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet”. Juliet and Romeo cannot be together because their families do not like each other. In essence, it is because of their family names that prevents them from seeing each other. In her brief soliloquy (kind of like a monologue) in this scene, Juliet mentions that “What’s in a name, that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet?” Translation (taken from http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/quotes/whats-in-a-name/): Juliet is not allowed to associate with Romeo because he is a Montague. If he had any other name it would be fine. She’s complaining that his name is meaningless. If the rose had any other name it would still be the same. So with Romeo; he would still be the same beautiful young man even if he had a different name. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Juliet knows that the blood feud prevents her from loving a Montague. She ponders it. It’s only your name that’s the enemy. You are what you are, even though you may be a Montague. What’s ‘Montague’? It isn’t hand or foot or arm or face or any other part belonging to a man. Oh I wish you had a different name. What is so special about a name? A rose, even if it were called something else, would smell just as sweet. So Romeo would still have all the perfection that he has, even if he were not called Romeo. Romeo, take off your name and in exchange for that whole name, which is not really a part of what you are, you can have all of me.

  12. Let’s take a look at a modern theatrical presentation of this scene… “ROMEO AND JULIET” Balcony Scene viewing: As you watch the scene, listen out for any references made to a character’s name. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHoaPLO6Zd8 And here’s a modern translation of this scene… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6HpUndEtP8

  13. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: THE INSPIRATION FOR “THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET”

  14. “INTERVIEW WITH SANDRA CISNEROS” viewing: Watch the video clip of an interview with Sandra Cisneros. As you are watching, write down 3 facts about Sandra Cisneros and how she was inspired to write this novel. (View the setup in your notebook on the next slide.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXO8a6HYttw&feature=channel&list=UL

  15. Tues., Nov. 13, 2012 Expository Writing on a Narrative “How do I express my point-of-view about a piece of writing?” DO NOW: “INTERVIEW WITH SANDRA CISNEROS” viewing: Watch the video clip of an interview with Sandra Cisneros. As you are watching, write down 3 facts about Sandra Cisneros and how she was inspired to write this novel. Don’t forget to section this space off! Observations about Sandra Cisneros: 1. 2. 3.

  16. “THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET: MY NAME” viewing: Watch the video clip of the scene where Esperanza discusser her name in a theater adaptation of this novel. As you are watching, write 1 QCR. (View the setup in your notebook on the next slide.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZEuOM0TRjY

  17. Tues., Nov. 13, 2012 Expository Writing on a Narrative “How do I express my point-of-view about a piece of writing?” DO NOW: “THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET: MY NAME” viewing: Watch the video clip of the scene where Esperanza discusser her name in a theater adaptation of this novel. As you are watching, write 1 QCR. Don’t forget to section this space off! Observations about Sandra Cisneros: 1. 2. 3. QCR for “My Name” Theater Production: Q: C: R:

  18. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: REVIEWING YOUR RESPONSES TO “MY NAME” (from Monday)

  19. Who is the narrator/speaker? Describe using text evidence. • 2. In one sentence, state what this piece is about. • 3. What is the tone of this piece? • Whey do you think that names are important? • . • Write a thematic for this piece. • “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros Analysis: • In groups of 4, share your responses to the questions. Pay attention to the use of complete sentences. Make sure that your peers’ responses answer the question and express a complete and clear thought • Decide on the best response for each question to share out with the rest of the class.

  20. Who is the narrator/speaker? Describe using text evidence. • The name of the narrator is Esperanza. She seems to be a young girl who is very self-conscious about her identity, and her name seems to be a large part of that. Her name comes from her grandmother, who, when Esperanza states, “I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window”, does not want her life to be like. • 2. In one sentence, state what this piece is about. • This piece is about a young girl reflecting on the origin and meanings associated with her name and how she does not seem to like or want to be defined by her name. • 3. What is the tone of this piece? • The tone of this piece is critical. Esperanza seems to be breaking her identity down into elements of what it looks and sounds like, the history of her name, and what she would prefer her name to be. • Whey do you think that names are important? • Names are important because they can be a reflection of the who a person is or who a person is destined to be. • . • Write a thematic for this piece. • A name can be more than just a title. • The history of a person’s name does not have to dictate that person’s future. • “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros Analysis: • Who is the narrator/speaker? Describe what he/she is alike and use text evidence for support. (think back to the character analysis that we’ve done before.) • In one sentence, state what is this piece about. • What is the tone of this piece? Explain your response. • Why do you think names are important? • What could be a thematic statement for this piece?

  21. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: YOUR HOMEWORK RESEARCH/ QUESTIONAIRRE!

  22. What’s In My Name? • My name means- • What is your name’s origin (country/language)? • It sounds like- • It looks like- • It is like a- (simile) • Why did your parents choose it? • Was it someone else’s name before you? Explain who they were and why they chose that person to name you after. What were they like? Are you like them? • What nicknames do you have from that name if any and why? Explain? • Do you like your name? Why or Why not? Explain? • If you could choose another name, would you, and what would it be? • “WHAT’S IN MY NAME?” HOMEWORK: • Anchor tab and glue this sheet into your notebook on the RIGHT-HAND SIDE. • Write the topic of “Research on My Name” in the upper right-hand corner of the page • Take this sheet home and do some research on the background behind your name. Have your parents and/or other family members help you. Use the internet to find the meaning(s) behind your name. If your name is unique, find any similar connections that your name may have to something else.

  23. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: CELEBRITIES WHO CHANGED THEIR NAMES FOR FAME!

  24. Just for fun… Videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e1_aaCp1ek http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZY3lgJ8mlE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnwUfG-KHdY #4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYM68hH-Ezs #2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cHQhqsBjXU #3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBSd9LGlXzM&feature=relmfu #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b14pWvQ1mGs&feature=relmfu Article http://www.businessinsider.com/here-are-the-real-names-of-tk-actors--celebrities-2012-7?op=1

  25. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

  26. Wed., Nov. 14, 2012 Expository Draft “How do I begin drafting an expository writing?” • TODAY: • Expository Organizational Patterns • 5 Pre-Writing Questions • Expository Writing Prompt • Expository Intro Paragraph Drafting • What you need: • Pen/pencil • Notebook • Scissors/Glue • YOUR BRAIN! • REMINDERS: • Write the EQ in your agenda! • Write your review questions in the margins! • Panther Prep every Wednesday • Vocab Quiz #9 on Thursday ! 5 Ways to Organize an Expository Piece (organizational patterns): Problem- Solution? Sequential/Chronological Order? Main Idea-Supporting Detail? Cause-Effect? Compare/Contrast? Don’t forget to section this space off! • DO NOW: • 1. Copy the title for the first set of notes. (You do not have to write the rest of on your notebook page.) Paste the notes about Organizational Patterns into your notebook. • Decide which description matches the patterns above. Now, write the above information into the appropriate spaces on your handout. • 3. Look back at the 3 articles from the dates of 10/29, 10/30, and 10/31. • Which question for each article relates to its organization? • Decide on which organizational pattern was used for each piece and write that down under the respective question on the handout were used for those pieces.

  27. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: RESPONSES TO THE DO NOW

  28. The organizational pattern is the specific way that an essay is set up in order to help with the readability of the piece, as well as to support what the author is attempting to show or share. The type of organizational pattern used may determine what transitions are used in the piece as well. The following chart shows the types of organizational patterns and the purpose(s) that they are used for: Sequential – Chronological Order Cause - Effect Compare - Contrast Main Idea- Supporting Detail Problem- Solution

  29. What is this piece about? • This piece is about… • The dangers of overfeeding pets • Why people shouldn’t overfeed their pets • What could happen if you overfeed your pet • What is the author’s position on the topic? Find the sentence toward the beginning of the piece that states what the author is talking about and that the rest of the piece connects back to. (We will do this together as a class.) • The author thinks that people should not overfeed their pets. He says, “Doing so (letting your pet eat as it wants) can be very hazardous to the health of your pet.” • List 3 points, or reasons, that the article contains that relates back to the sentence that you wrote down for #2. • One reason is because pets can develop heart problems. • A second reason is because your pet may develop arthritis. • A third reason is overfeeding can result in liver disease. • 4. Explain how this piece is organized. • This piece is organized where the author introduces the cause of animal owners not paying attention to how they feed their pets, and then he uses the rest of the piece to explain the effects of this cause. • What is the point of this piece…what should the take-away be for the reader? • To avoid harmful affects to a loved animal, pet owners should take precautions when feeding their pets. LOOK BACK AT THE ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 29, “THE DANGERS OF OVERFEEDING YOUR PET” • “Analyzing Expository Writing” • Which question for each article relates to its organization? • Decide on which organizational pattern was used for each piece and write that down under the respective question on the handout were used for those pieces. • (CAUSE AND EFFECT)

  30. What is this piece about? • This piece is about… • a young boy having the opportunity to live a normal life at school. She states that, “Devon’s parents knew that there was no way the young boy would be able to survive in a normal classroom…until they heard about this incredible avatar.” • What is the author’s position on the topic? Find a sentence or two that shows what the author’s position is and shows what the rest of the article will relate back to. • The author’s position is…. • …that thanks to a robotic device, a young boy has the opportunity to enjoy the near- normal school life that he thought he would never have. • How does the author support his/her position. • The author supports her opinion by… • …showing how the robotic device’s two-way audio/visual capabilities allows for the boy to be a part of the school setting • Complete the chart below. (on a later slide) • How is this piece organized? • This piece is organized…. • …by connecting the reader to a common sentiment about school, then presenting the problem that … has, and finally showing how the problem was overcome. The author also shows the downside to the situation, but the positives are presented to outweigh the negatives. • What is the point of this piece…what should the take-away be for the reader? • The point of this piece is… • …every child should have the opportunity to engage in a normal childhood while at school. LOOK BACK AT THE ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 30, “2ND GRADER GOES TO SCHOOL VIA AN AVATAR” • “Analyzing Expository Writing” • Which question for each article relates to its organization? • Decide on which organizational pattern was used for each piece and write that down under the respective question on the handout were used for those pieces. • (PROBLEM SOLUTION)

  31. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: 5 PRE-WRITING QUESTIONS FOR EXPOSITORY WRITING

  32. Wed., Nov. 14, 2012 Analyzing a Narrative “How does a person’s name hold meaning ?” Notes on Pre-writing Questions: Paste the handout into your notebook. As we discuss each item, fill in the blank with the missing word and write down the additional notes. Topic: What you are writing about Purpose: The reason that you are writing the piece. Thesis: A sentence (usually the last one) in your introductory paragraph that generally, but clearly states what the piece is about. Explanation: Insight and details telling more about the thesis in your own words. Support: Facts, stats, graphs, text evidence, etc. that you use to support your explanation. 5 Ways to Organize an Expository Piece: Don’t forget to section this space off! • 5 Pre-writing Questions for an Expository Piece: • What is the __________ of the piece? • What is your _________ in writing the piece? • What is your _________ statement? • How are you _________ your thesis? • How are you _________ your thesis? topic purpose thesis explaining supporting

  33. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: YOUR EXPOSITORY WRITING PROMPT

  34. Expository Writing Prompt Read and consider the following statement: Names area funny thing. There is actually research that shows some success can be attributed to the name you were give or even the reverse, that your name can cause you challenges. Think carefully about the following: A person’s name can have an impact on his or her life. • STAAR Formatted Scaffolding • Write an essay explaining your response to the prompt. • Be sure to--- • Clearly state your controlling idea (a.k.a. thesis) • Organize and develop your explanation effectively • Choose your words carefully • Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and sentences • Think about the Cisneros piece and use it for textual support.

  35. EXPOSITORY WRITING PROMPT: 1. Anchor tab and paste the Expository Writing Prompt into your notebook. 2. Read through the handout and write down any questions that you may have on it. 3. Share your questions during the whole class review of the prompt. 4. On the outside flap, begin brainstorming how you are going to draft your expository writing by answering the 5 pre-writing questions from the previous slide. Pre-Writing Topic: Purpose: Thesis statement: Explanation: (leave enough room so that you can jot down your thoughts) Support: (write down the text evidence you will use based on your explanation)

  36. EXPOSITORY WRITING PROMPT: Together, let’s identify: The topic The purpose Pre-Writing Topic: Purpose: Thesis statement: Explanation: (leave enough room so that you can jot down your thoughts) Support: (write down the text evidence you will use based on your explanation) a person’s name Explain how it can impact a person’s life

  37. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: THESIS STATEMENTS

  38. What is this piece about? • This piece is about… • The dangers of overfeeding pets • Why people shouldn’t overfeed their pets • What could happen if you overfeed your pet • What is the author’s position on the topic? Find the sentence toward the beginning of the piece that states what the author is talking about and that the rest of the piece connects back to. (We will do this together as a class.) • The author thinks that people should not overfeed their pets. He says, “Doing so (letting your pet eat as it wants) can be very hazardous to the health of your pet.” • List 3 points, or reasons, that the article contains that relates back to the sentence that you wrote down for #2. • One reason is because pets can develop heart problems. • A second reason is because your pet may develop arthritis. • A third reason is overfeeding can result in liver disease. • 4. Explain how this piece is organized. • This piece is organized where the author introduces the cause of animal owners not paying attention to how they feed their pets, and then he uses the rest of the piece to explain the effects of this cause. • What is the point of this piece…what should the take-away be for the reader? • To avoid harmful affects to a loved animal, pet owners should take precautions when feeding their pets. LOOK BACK AT THE ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 29, “THE DANGERS OF OVERFEEDING YOUR PET” • “Analyzing Expository Writing” • Which question for this article relates to its thesis? • Decide on which sentence would best serve as the thesis statement for this piece. • “Doing so (letting your pet eat as it wants) can be very hazardous to the health of your pet.” • Based on this sentence, what is the rest of the piece going to be about? • How letting your pet eat what it wants can be harmful to its health.

  39. What is this piece about? • This piece is about… • a young boy having the opportunity to live a normal life at school. She states that, “Devon’s parents knew that there was no way the young boy would be able to survive in a normal classroom…until they heard about this incredible avatar.” • What is the author’s position on the topic? Find a sentence or two that shows what the author’s position is and shows what the rest of the article will relate back to. • The author’s position is…. • …that thanks to a robotic device, a young boy has the opportunity to enjoy the near- normal school life that he thought he would never have. • How does the author support his/her position. • The author supports her opinion by… • …showing how the robotic device’s two-way audio/visual capabilities allows for the boy to be a part of the school setting • Complete the chart below. (on a later slide) • How is this piece organized? • This piece is organized…. • …by connecting the reader to a common sentiment about school, then presenting the problem that … has, and finally showing how the problem was overcome. The author also shows the downside to the situation, but the positives are presented to outweigh the negatives. • What is the point of this piece…what should the take-away be for the reader? • The point of this piece is… • …every child should have the opportunity to engage in a normal childhood while at school. LOOK BACK AT THE ARTICLE FROM OCTOBER 30, “2ND GRADER GOES TO SCHOOL VIA AN AVATAR” • “Analyzing Expository Writing” • Which question for this article relates to its thesis? • Decide on which sentence would best serve as the thesis statement for this piece. • “Thanks to a robotic device, a young boy has the opportunity to enjoy the near-normal school life that he thought he would never have.” • Based on this sentence, what is the rest of the piece going to be about? • The rest of the piece is going to be about how a robot was the solution for a kid to have the opportunity at a normal life.

  40. Expository Draft PRACTICE WRITING A THESIS STATEMENT FOR YOUR ESSAY: 1. Think about your topic and purpose for this essay. What is your response? 2. Begin your response by stating: “I think that…” After you have completed that statement, remove the “I think that…” and edit the sentence as needed so that it still makes sense. Example using The Giving Tree: Step 1, Write your response: I think that the tree in this story gave unconditional love to the boy. Step 2, Cross out words: I think that the tree in this story gave unconditional love to the boy. Step 3, Revise for clarity: The tree in this story gave unconditional love to the boy. 3. Share your final sentence with your partner for feedback. Practice Thesis Statements: Don’t forget to section this space off!

  41. Mr. Wise G(eye) says…Let’s take a look at: INTRO PARAGRAPHS

  42. TIC TOC Tip FOR WRITING AN INTRO PARAGRAPH**: Anchor tab and paste the top portion of the handout into your notebook. As we review it, highlight/underline important details that you find important. After reviewing this, and once you have completed your pre-writing questions, begin a rough draft of your intro paragraph.

  43. Expository Draft • TIC TOC Tip FOR WRITING AN INTRO PARAGRAPH**: • Theme statement • Insight • Connection to topic • Thesis (or Opinion or Claim or Controlling Idea!) • Points to remember: • This is not an established formula that you are required to use. • Once you get comfortable in how to organize your thoughts for an intro paragraph, be creative and put your own spin on it. Add more details and sentences. • You can almost use this same approach when writing your conclusion…just revisit what you addressed in the intro. • The most important element is your thesis/opinion/claim. That indicates what your piece will be about. Make sure that you stick to that topic! • **PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I DEVELOPED TO SERVE ONLY AS A BEGINNING POINT UNTIL YOU CAN IMPROVE ON WRITING AN INTRO ON YOUR OWN. THIS IS NOT A PROVEN AND FOOLPROOF METHOD. A TIC TOC Tip to Writing an Intro Paragraph: “TIC TOC Introduction” - A Formula for Writing a Basic Intro Paragraph Use this formula to help you begin writing an introductory paragraph. This is not a dedicated formula that you have to follow, but rather a tool to help you get started. Theme – write a lead statement/hook that addresses a theme ex.: Chewing gum is essential for survival. Insight – write at least one sentence that gives your opinion or more information about the theme (without using personal pronouns) ex.: It is hard to imagine how people survived before the invention of chewing gum. Connection – now connect your theme to your essay topic with at least one sentence ex.: It is even harder to imagine that chewing gum is not allowed at Timberwood Middle School. Thesis/Opinion/Claim – your final statement telling your topic/opinion of the topic of your essay ex.: If students at Timberwood were allowed to chew gum, they would be more successful in school. Don’t forget to section this space off! Turn and paste the top of the page along the left margin.

  44. A Sample Intro Paragraph for a Persuasive Essay/Argument on the Importance of Money in Today’s Society (T) Greed, lying, cheating, and stealing are all horrible. (I) But are these sins that can be justified? (C) Nowadays, it is hard to have a good life if you don’t have money. For some people, the only way to get money is to lie, cheat, or steal. (TOC) Maybe it is time that we reconsider the importance of money in our society. TIC TOC Tips FOR WRITING AN INTRO PARAGRAPH**: Use these examples as inspiration. Begin drafting your introductory paragraph. Don’t forget to incorporate your thesis. A Sample Intro Paragraph for Expository Essay Informing the Audience on the effects of Watching Too Much TV (T) What is your favorite reality television show? (I) This is a question that many people would easily give a list of answers to. (C) Television has always been a popular form of entertainment and has evolved in the types of shows being broadcast over the decades. (TOC) However, it is important to realize that although it is entertaining, television could be harmful to your health. A Sample Intro Paragraph for a Personal Narrative (T/I) If you have ever had your face devoured by a sidewalk, then you can understand the sheer embarrassment of having to go to school the very next day after that happens. (C) Walking into your third grade class with a “concrete-eaten” face is beyond mortifying. What’s worse is having to admit that you should have listened to your mom. (That’s almost harder to swallow than concrete!) (TOC) But it’s true. When you don’t listen to your parents, bad things can happen. Trust me, I learned that the hard way. Literally. Concrete is very hard.

  45. Let’s take a look at: REVISITING WRITING A (SHORT) RESPONSE TO A POEM

  46. What do you think and/or feel about this poem? Write one sentence to express this. • The Giving Tree is a sad story that leaves the reader feeling empathy for the tree. • 2. Why do you think and/or feel this way about the poem? Write down 1 reason. • One cannot help but to feel sorry for the tree because it constantly yearns for the love and attention of the little boy, but doesn’t always receive them. • 3. Explain your reason in at least two sentences. • Since the boy was a youth, the tree would give all that she had to it. However, as much as she would give, was as much as the boy would take. The unfortunate part was that, throughout the story, the boy would always ask of the tree things that he should have been able to obtain on his own. • 4. Find text evidence from the piece to show or support your reason from #2. • He would ask such things as,“Can you give me some money? Can you give me a house? Can you give me a boat?” (paragraphs 5, 10, and 15) • . • 5. Explain how your text evidence supports your reason. • These requests from the boy show how he values the tree in that all he wants is for the tree to “give” him things. • 6. Write a thematic statement that could relate to your response to #1. Try to restate what you said in #1 into this statement. • The sadness of this story shows that it must be difficult to love something that does not love you in return. “Execution” by Edward Hirsch Reflection Summary: 1. Share your responses with your neighbor. 2. Provide feedback on how well your partner answered the questions.

  47. The Giving Tree is a sad story that leaves the reader feeling empathy for the tree. One cannot help but to feel sorry for the tree because it constantly gives unconditional love to the boy, but that love is not always reciprocated. • Since the boy was a youth, the tree would give all that she had to it. However, as much as she would give was as much as the boy would take. The unfortunate part was that, throughout the story, the boy would always ask of the tree things that he should have been able to obtain on his own. He would ask such things as, “Can you give me some money? Can you give me a house? Can you give me a boat?” (paragraphs 5, 10, and 15) These requests from the boy show how he values the tree in that all he wants is for the tree to “give” him things. • Although this story is fictional in that there is no such thing as a talking tree, the characters in this book could actually represent real people. There are many relationships that exist like the one that the tree and the boy have. Whether the relationship is between a parent and child, two friends, or a couple dating, the sadness of this story shows that it must be difficult to love something that does not love you in return. “Execution” by Edward Hirsch Reflection Summary: 1. Share your paragraph with your neighbor. 2. Provide feedback on how fluid and connected your partner’s paragraph sounds.

  48. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

  49. TODAY: • Vocab Quiz #9 • Student Writing Samples • Expository Organizational Patterns Review • 5 Pre-Writing Questions Review • Expository Writing Prompt Review • Continue Expository Intro Paragraph Drafting • What you need: • Pen/pencil • Notebook • YOUR BRAIN! • REMINDERS: • Write the EQ in your agenda! • Write your review questions in the margins! • Panther Prep every Wednesday DO NOW: Review for your vocab quiz.

  50. Sample Student Introduction Student Sample Introduction: What do you like about this paragraph? What is this author’s thesis statement? What do you expect to read about in the rest of the essay? What offer of improvement would you give to this author? What would happen if no one had a name? Would we be numbered? Would we have to wear tags? How would it be? A name is to a person what a label is to a product. But some people don’t like their name. A name can have a big impact on your like, especially if you’re sentimental.