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Honors English Mrs. Kerr 2013. “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King. How to help your student succeed:. Encourage use of the Writing Lab Do not edit with a pen in hand

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honors english mrs kerr 2013
Honors English

Mrs. Kerr

2013

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

― Stephen King

how to help your student succeed
How to help your student succeed:
  • Encourage use of the Writing Lab
  • Do not edit with a pen in hand
  • Ban Sparknotes, Cliffnotes, etc. from your home
  • Talk to your student about personal responsibility (absences, field trips, note-taking, accurately recording homework, etc. )
  • Remind your student that grades are not given they are earned
  • Respect the difficulty of transitioning from unleveled to leveled classes.
  • *PowerSchool*
lit circles danger of a single story
Lit Circles: Danger of a Single Story

TED talk, ChimamandaAdichie

2009

literature
Literature

How has myth

shaped language?

It was the best

of times, it was the

worst of times…

[freshman year??]

But soft, what

Light through

yonder window

breaks?

literature1

What happens

to civilization

when

all the rules

disappear?

Literature
  • Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • Essays
  • Editorials

What happens

to a dream deferred?

freshman writing quarter
Freshman Writing Quarter

Goals:

  • Prepare students to meet the expectations of honors level writing at the high school
  • Use proven methods of providing Grammar instruction (Image grammar, sentence composing, sentence combining) to improve student writing and writing-awareness
here s what you can expect to learn this term
Here’s what you can expect to learn this term:

Students will be able to:

  • distinguish between abstract and concrete language
  • understand diction
  • use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of experiences, events, setting, and/or characters in short compositions
you will be able to identify and use the following
You will be able to identify and use the following:
  • Parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjective, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions)
  • Image Grammar: appositives, active verbs, participial phrases, etc.
  • Sentence parts (subject, predicate, clauses, and phrases)
  • Dependent and independent marker words and coordinating conjunctions
  • Sentence types (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex)
  • Punctuation (colon, semicolon, dash, comma)

“…the best-written student paragraphs contained complex sentences with dependent clauses like although and despite, signaling a shift in logic within a sentence. Struggling students, on the other hand, were unable to complete a complex sentence.”

The Atlantic, Oct. 2012

using the tools to improve writing
Using the Tools to Improve Writing

Professional example of adjective phrase:

Numb of all feeling, empty as a shell, still he clung to life, and the hours droned by.

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Imitate the sample:

________ and _______ , still he clung to life, and the hours droned by.

Professional example of an appositive:

It went away slowly, the feeling of disappointment that came sharply after the thrill that made his shoulders ache.

--Ernest Hemingway

the hook for students
The “Hook” for students:
  • Inventory of Grammatical Knowledge & promise I will raise their earning potential by at least $30,000 by the end of the year
  • I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.

by Kyle WiensJuly 20, 2012

freshman writing semester part ii paragraphs essays
Freshman Writing Semester Part II: Paragraphs - Essays
  • Topic and Thesis statements
  • Unity, Flow, Coherence
  • Evidence
  • Quotation Integration
  • Literary Analysis