Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Scibe Period 3 9/6/11

Hello fellow students and welcome back from the long weekend!
During this morning's announcements, Mr. Booth wanted to remind us to go inside the school during lightning storms if we have an off hour, and thanked us for the cooperation on Friday with all the rainstorms and lightning. Ms. Smith’s English class today started off as usual, with all the students saying “HELLO SMITH” when she said hello to us as well.
We first talked about our SAT vocabulary words for the week, then moved to a more interactive project. Wanted posters if Ms Smith and Ms Moritz were made, including pictures, rewards, and even descriptions of the subject. We had to use all of our SAT vocabulary words from Lesson One on the poster to describe Ms Smith. 15 minutes were given to us to make the posters and hang them up. Ms Smith enjoyed ever one, even the ones that wanted her dead rather than alive.
We then talked about our thesis statements and we wanted to make sure that we knew that thesis statements needed to contain the answer to the question and also the why. (How can literature be a motivator for social change?) We did a big editing session next and helped people edit their thesis. REMEMBER: NEVER JUDGE WHEN OTHERS ARE SHARING! 
 SAT Words for this week:
  • Impotent
  • Antithesis
  • Maelstrom
  • Emendation
  • Chagrin
  • Bauble
  • Diaphanous
  • Labyrinth
  • Gloat
  • Impediment
  • Bestial
  • Effete
  • Shard
  • Bland
  • Nihilism

Thesis Editing Notes:
  • Positive or Negative motivator for social change
  • Description of point
  • What kind of beliefs?
  • What kind of exposure?
  • Not just reading, but what do we want literature to do?
  • Read more?
  • Think Differently?
  • Small sentences that capture your imagination and make you think
  • Keep your strongest reason for the end
  • Don’t use personal words (I, me, we, etc.)!
  • Thesis Statements should only be ONE SENTENCE!
  • Makes focus and makes it clearer and helps the reader to understand the point
  • Get into the point right away and don’t leave the reader questions
  • MAKE IT POWERFUL! Make sure the reader understands
  • Make sure that you answer the question specifically so that you can see it
  • Make sure the points are relevant to both books
  • Use good vocabulary
  • Tie it all together at the end, perhaps with a semi-colon and an “ah hah” statement

Tomorrow is Question Day for SAT!!
2 quizzes on Friday! Macbeth act one and SAT Vocabulary test!

SAT, thesis statements, outline, blog questions

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