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11/18: Happy Monday NEW UNIT: Non-Fiction Essays: aka Writing in the Real World. DO NOW: Pick up notebooks, Organize Handouts, Turn in Family History Projects Review: Unit Calendar, Essay Assignment Read: David Sedaris: “Jesus Shaves” Do: PRESS/TEJ HW: PRESS/TEJ for “Jesus Shaves”.

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11 18 happy monday new unit non fiction essays aka writing in the real world
11/18: Happy MondayNEW UNIT: Non-Fiction Essays: aka Writing in the Real World

DO NOW: Pick up notebooks, Organize Handouts, Turn in Family History Projects

Review: Unit Calendar, Essay Assignment

Read: David Sedaris: “Jesus Shaves”

Do: PRESS/TEJ

HW:PRESS/TEJ for “Jesus Shaves”

11 19 happy tuesday
11/19: Happy Tuesday!

If you were not here yesterday, please see me for the handouts.

Let’s talk guys… 10/7/2013

Check out 50 Essays

Check: PRESS/TEJ for “Jesus”

Read: “On the Second Day of Sun” by Joshua Foster, PRESS only.

HW:

  • Read:Momaday, “The Way to Rainy Mountain” (50 Essays)
  • PRESS & TEJ for “Rainy Mountain”,
  • Read: The Art of Rhetoric (Edmodo/Am Lit/NF Essays Folder)
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PRESS:

PROBLEM, REASONS, EVIDENCE, STANCE

The Second Day of Sun

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PRESS:

PROBLEM, REASONS, EVIDENCE, STANCE

The Second Day of Sun

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PRESS:

PROBLEM, REASONS, EVIDENCE, STANCE

The Second Day of Sun

11 20 21 happy block day
11/20-21: Happy Block Day!
  • What essay would you write this morning?
  • Reading Assessments
  • Review the reading: “The Way to Rainy Mountain”
  • Share your PRESS/TEJ with the table.
  • Review: Triple Entry Journal Format for “The Way to Rainy Mountain” – add details for Pathos and 3 stories analysis.
  • Read: “Six Stages of Email” by Nora Ephron, PRESS & TEJ
  • HW: Finish PRESS & TEJ for “Email”
11 20 21
11/20-21
  • Review the reading: “The Way to Rainy Mountain” (35 minutes)
    • Answer the following questions in your notebooks:
    • What is the style and purpose of this essay? Explain your reasoning.
    • Momaday uses emotional appeals throughout his piece. How does Momaday use pathos to appeal to his readers? Find 2-3 specific passages that incorporate pathos appeal. Be prepared to explain the impact that each of your examples has on the writing/reader’s experience.
    • Momaday tells at least three stories – his, his grandmother’s, and that of the Kiowa people. Why does he tell them together? What effect does this story telling have in terms of how the audience (you) react to his piece?
    • Choose a Golden Line (2-3 sentences) that evokes a powerful image, incorporates figurative language (metaphor, personification, vivid sensory imagery, etc.). Explain why you selected this particular line/image and the impact it has on you as a reader.
11 22 happy friday
11/22: Happy Friday!

DO NOW: Review your TEJ on “Six Stages of Email”.

  • If you did not discuss at least TWO of the following in your Rhetorical Analysis section, please re-read the essay NOW and add to it:
    • Syntax (sentence structure)
    • Diction (word choice)
    • Repetition
    • Literary Contrast
    • Satire/Sarcasm
    • Structure & Organization: emotional progression through “stages”
  • Metacognitive work:
    • What do you know? How do you know it?
    • With the title?
    • Predictions
  • HW:Read and PRESS/TEJ for “On Compassion”
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The man’s grin is less the result of circumstance than dreams or madness. His buttonless shirt, with one sleeve missing, hangs outside the waist of his baggy trousers. Carefully plaited dreadlocks bespeak a better time, long ago. As he crosses Manhattan’s Seventy-Ninth Street, his gait is the shuffle of the forgotten ones held in place by gravity rather than plans. On the corner of Madison Avenue, he stops before a blond baby in an Aprica stroller. The baby’s mother waits for the light to change and her hands close tighter on the stroller’s handle as she sees the man approach. (1)

The others on the corner, five men and women waiting for the crosstown bus, look away. They daydream a bit and gaze into the weak rays of November light. A man with a briefcase lifts and lowers the shiny toes of his right shoe, watching the light reflect, trying to catch and balance it, as if he could hold and make it his, to ease the heavy gray of coming January, February, March. The winter months that will send snow around the feet, calves, and knees of the grinning man as he heads for the shelter of Grand Central or Pennsylvania Station. (2)

11 25 happy monday
11/25: Happy Monday!
  • Do Now: Fill in the blank… Try to keep writing until I stop you. Choose ONE prompt.
  • The world needs more…
  • I believe in…
  • If you knew me, you would know…
  • I am happiest when…
  • The thing I want to say to _______ but haven’t is….
  • I wish I didn’t depend so much on…
  • If I ever have children, I will make sure I …
  • The thing I value most is…
  • I want to learn to…
  • If I could, I would…
    • Read: Frederick Douglass’ “Learning to Read and Write”
    • HW: Liu, “Notes of a Native Speaker” /PRESS & TEJ
11 25 happy monday1
11/25: Happy Monday!
  • Writing Workshop: Effective Style
    • Writing Skill: Word economy– if you had to “pay” for every word you used, how could you get the most “bang for your buck”? In a word… Specificity.
11 25 happy monday2
11/25: Happy Monday!
  • Let’s look at some of Ascher’s writing as models:
    • Generic: His shirt hangs outside his pants.
    • Specific: His buttonless shirt, with one sleeve missing, hangs outside the waist of his baggy trousers.
    • Generic: Up the street, there is a bakery, where you can go to get a bread and coffee.
    • Specific: Up the avenue, at Ninety-first street, there is a small French bread shop where you can sit and eat a buttery, overpriced croissant and wash it down with rich cappuccino.
    • Generic: He wears a blanket around him and has a hood pulled down to his eyebrows. His smell fills up the room.
    • Specific: He wears a stained blanket pulled up to his chin, and a woolen hood pulled down to his gray, bushy eyebrows. As he stands, the scent of the stale cigarettes and urine fills the small, overheated room.
    • Generic: He looks intensely at the baby.
    • Specific: Like a bridegroom waiting at the alter, his eyes pierce the white veil.
11 25 writing workshop active v passive voice
11/25: Writing Workshop: Active v. Passive Voice
  • Let’s look at some examples:

If your writing feels like it is slow and uneventful, perhaps dragging along, perhaps you have used too much passive voice.

    • Passive: The sky was struck by lighting. (Subject: Sky)
    • Active: Lightning struck the sky. (Subject: Lightning)
    • Passive: My grandfather is loved dearly by my father. (Subject: Grandfather)
    • Active:
    • Passive: Our sensibilities are offended by raw humanity. (Subject: Sensibilities)
    • Active:
11 26 happy tuesday
11/26: Happy Tuesday!
  • CHANGE TO NOTEBOOK COLLECTION:
    • I will collect ALL notebooks together on December 10
  • Do Now: Describe what it’s like for your family on Thanksgiving Day. Perhaps you celebrate it, perhaps you don’t. Just think about that time frame from 12pm-7pm on Thanksgiving Day and try to capture the experience in a narrative style.
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11/26: Happy Tuesday!
  • A little pre-Thanksgiving treat:
    • Whole Class Reading: Dave Barry, “Lost in the Kitchen”
    • How is he using humor in the essay? What effect does his humor have on the audience? Discuss with a partner and then be prepared to share with the class!
    • PRESS & TEJ
12 2 happy december
12/2 Happy December !
  • Journal: Write about a time when you encountered an authority figure for whom you had great fear or great love. How did the authority figure use fear or love to encourage you? Did it work? Why or why not? Explain… give details.
  • Read: NiccoloMachiavelli’s “The Morals of the Prince”
  • PRESS/TEJ
    • In your rhetorical analysis, be sure to discuss which of the three appeals (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) is most prevalent in the essay. Be sure to pick one passage that illustrates the appeal being used.
  • HW: Read an Opinion/Editorial (op/ed) from The New York Times that is written no earlier than July 2013. Bring a copy and be prepared to share the article and your analysis on the block day.
12 3 happy tuesday
12/3 Happy Tuesday!

Reminders: NOTEBOOKS DUE ON 12/10

TEJ for longer essays should have 2-3 passages being analyzed.

You Pick It Day: Choose one of the following to read and do PRESS/TEJ on:

Ortiz-Cofer “Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”

Ericsson “The Ways we Lie”

Mairs “On Being a Cripple”

Eighner“Dumpster Diving”

  • This PRESS/TEJ will be ONE of your reading assessment grades.

HW: Read an Opinion/Editorial (op/ed) from The New York Times that is written no earlier than July 2013.

Bring a copy for each person at your table and be prepared to share the article and your PRESS analysis on the block day. (No you cannot print them from my printer during class if you forget.)

12 4 5 happy block day
12/4-5 Happy Block Day!
  • Please take out the OpEd that you read, your PRESS for it and the copies for your group.
  • Each person should lead the group in reading of their OpEd, then share your analysis.
  • Read each essay together
  • Share PRESS– have group discuss– are you all in consensus about the “issue or problem” as it as been identified?
  • Do you all understand the reasons for the problem/issue?
  • Each person should give their “stance” on the different OpEds.
12 4 5 this is water
12/4-5 This Is Water

Watch Interpretive Piece on This Is Water

Read and annotate text

  • Identify his main thesis idea and all supporting points.
  • Identify examples/exemplification: the specific places in the text that he supports his point. What kind of examples are they?
  • Identify specific rhetorical strategies, ie.

Structure, tone, appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), diction (word choice), syntax (sentence construction), questioning…

HW: Read MLK,Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” PRESS/TEJ

12 9 happy monday how to begin
12/9 Happy Monday!How to begin?

This Week: ESSAY WRITING

NO TUTORIAL TOMORROW

NOTEBOOKS DUE TOMORROW

BRING LAPTOPS TOMORROW

ROUGH DRAFTS DUE FRIDAY

HW: Finish Edmodo Openings Activity and write an opening for your essay.

12 9 happy monday how to begin1
12/9 Happy Monday!How to begin?

With a generalization:

"It happens this time every year."

Joshua Foster, "On the second day of sun"

"Men are basically scum when it comes to helping out in the kitchen."

Dave Barry, "Lost in the Kitchen"

how to begin
How to begin?

With narrative summary:

"The bank called today and I told them my deposit was in the mail, even though I hadn't written a check yet. It'd been a rough day. The baby I'm pregnant with decided to do aerobics on my lungs for two hours, our three-year-old daughter painted the living room couch with lipstick, the IRS put me on hold for an hour, and I was late to a business meeting because I was tired."

Stephanie Ericsson, "The Ways We Lie"

how to begin1
How to begin?

With a description of person or place.

"The man's grin is less the result of circumstance than dreams or madness. His buttonless shirt, with one sleeve missing, hangs outside the waist of his baggy trousers."

  • Barbara Lazear Ascher, "On Compassion“

“ On a bus trip from London to Oxford University where I was earning graduate credits one summer, a young man, obviously fresh from a pub, spotted me and as if struck by inspiration, went down on his knees in the aisle.”

- Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”

how to begin2
How to begin?

With a list:

"Here are some of the ways you could say that I am 'white.'"

Eric Liu, "Notes of a Native Speaker"

how to begin3
How to begin?

With dialogue:

"'We're going to have to control your tongue,' the dentist says, pulling out all the metal from my mouth."

Gloria Anzaldua, "How to Tame a Wild Tongue"

"'You must not tell anyone,' my mother said, 'what I am about to tell you.'"

Maxine Hong Kingston, "No Name Woman"

a word about titles they matter
A Word about Titles: They matter!

Consider the title and content:

"On Dumpster Diving" begins by addressing the rather surprising topic: "Long before I began Dumpster diving I was impressed with Dumpsters, enough so that I wrote the Merriam-Webster research service to discover what I could about the word 'Dumpster.'"

VS

"Why Don't We Complain?" begins with a complaint: "It was the very last coach and the only empty seat on the entire train, so there was no turning back. The problem was to breathe."

12 9 narrowing your topic 2 approaches
12/9 Narrowing your topic: 2 approaches

1. Pick a topic that you are passionate about and be as specific as possible.

  • Example: the influence of the media
  • Identify the problems:
    • people are easily influenced about what to buy because they need to feel “better” than others
    • people are led to believe that they can "buy away" their problems, rather than work to fix them
    • Media has the ability to control the public conversation, sometimes irresponsibly
    • *turns out my problem is with people, not media
12 9 narrowing your topic 2 approaches1
12/9 Narrowing your topic: 2 approaches

2. Begin listing observations/"mind rants"

12 9 essay topics from last year
12/9 Essay topics from last year
  • No shirt, no problem: questioning the no shirt policy for boys sports at LAHS
  • The Death of Chivalry: when did it become acceptable to be impolite?
  • Hardly Mindless Entertainment: video games as an artform
  • I love Calculus, so why am I bored in math class?
  • Golden Goodness: why I am over the organic food movement
12 9 happy monday
12/9 Happy Monday!
  • Writing Effective Openings/Edmodo
  • TURN IN YOUR REACTION via Edmodo.
  • HW: Develop opening for your essay
12 10 4 starts to your essay
12/10 4 Starts to your Essay
  • Choose 4 different types of “starts” and write a mini-paragraph (4-5 sentences) for each.
  • By the time you are finished you should have 4 different “starts” for the same essay topic.
  • Bring these to class with you tomorroww.
12 10 4 starts to my essay
12/10 4 Starts to my essay

Working Title:

WoMan’s Best Friend: how my life changed after LucyStart 1: GeneralizationI pretty much feel guilty all the time. And by all the time I mean any time I “could” be home with her, but am not. And even then, when I can’t be home, I still feel guilty.Start 2: Dialogue (yes we talk- what’s weird about that?)

"Get on your bed."

I carefully hold the duck flavored organic dog treat to her nose until she gently takes it from my hand. "Good girl. Bye Boogies… beeyah good girl today. See you laaaayter. I luhyous.”

Yes– that says “luh” and “yous”. I baby-talk to her. Don’t judge me.

12 10 4 starts to my essay1
12/10 4 Starts to my essay
  • Start 3: Narrative with DialogueEveryone thinks they have the cutest dog in the world. But I actually do. With her creamy white rabbit-y fur, charcoal brown-black eyes and nose protruding from amidst a pouf of wavy locks, she’s looks like a canine harp seal, minus the razor sharp teeth and the endangered species label.
  • Last weekend I while making my way back to my car from the Apple store at Stanford Mall, I had almost made it to the parking lot, when I heard the call of the wild. This time it came from a well dressed couple, clearly into their golden years, beckoning me.
  • People on the street, in the mall , at the park, stop me constantly and the litany repeats much like it always does:
    • Excuse me, but your dog is sooooo cute! She’s like a live teddy bear!Thank you. Yes, she is a great dog.
    • What’s her name?
    • Lucy.
    • What is she?
    • She’s a mini Golden doodle.
    • Oh, I’ve heard of those. They don’t shed, right?
    • She does shed but not as much as a Golden Retriever.
    • Do you mind telling me where you got her? (Sometimes they aren’t as polite.)
    • From a breeder in Toronto- Golden Belle Kennels.
    • How old is she?
    • A little over 2 1/2 years. She’s the best dog I've ever had.
  • And so it goes just like this. If I had a dollar for each time I’ve had this conversation in the last two and a half years, I could keep Lucy rolling in organic dog treats and therapeutic spa treatments for life.
12 10 4 starts to my essay2
12/10 4 Starts to my essay
  • Start 4: A List
  • How life has changed since I got Lucy:
    • I feel guilty constantly.
    • I never sleep in.
    • I vacuum all the time; she wasn't supposed to shed by the way.
    • I know more about organic dog food than its human counterpart.
    • I should own stock in those lint remover roller tape thingamajigs.
    • I have day care bills in my budget- Yes, I'm one of thosedog owners. See #1 above.
    • I cry when I read or watch anything about a dog dying. Damn you Of Mice and Men!
    • I think about something other than myself at all times.
    • I think of myself as a single parent.
    • I can't wait to open my front door each day when I get home.
    • I am rarely alone.
    • I am never alone.
12 11 12 happy friday
12/11-12 Happy Friday!
  • Review/Read Writing Packet sections 3-6
  • Peer Feedback Speed Dating.

Each table should work in pairs. Switch papers, read the four “starts” and then discuss with your partner which of the four you think is the most effective “start” and why. Then switch pairs. If there is an odd number of people at the table, work in threes.

  • Start working on an outline for your essay.

HW: Bring completed Essay outlines to class on Monday

12 13 happy friday
12/13 Happy Friday!
  • 7 school days until Finals! Checking in about Friday.
  • Reflecting on the Semester Journal:
    • Heads up! You will share SOMETHING with the class from this journal write…
    • Write about a high point and a low point from the first semester. This could be personal or academic. Explain what happened and how you’re feeling about those experiences now.
  • Checking in with essay– Get your work stamped.
  • Private semester reflection.
  • HW: Bring Rough Drafts of Essay tomorrow.
12 16 happy monday
12/16 Happy Monday!
  • 7 school days until Finals! Checking in about Friday.
  • Reflecting on the Semester Journal:
    • Heads up! You will share SOMETHING with the class from this journal write…
    • Write about a high point and a low point from the first semester. This could be personal or academic. Explain what happened and how you’re feeling about those experiences now.
  • Checking in with essay– Get your work stamped.
  • Private semester reflection.
  • HW: Bring Rough Drafts of Essay tomorrow.
12 16 happy tuesday
12/16 Happy Tuesday!
  • 7 school days until Finals! Checking in about Friday.
  • Reflecting on the Semester Journal:
    • Heads up! You will share SOMETHING with the class from this journal write…
    • Write about a high point and a low point from the first semester. This could be personal or academic. Explain what happened and how you’re feeling about those experiences now.
  • Checking in with essay– Get your work stamped.
  • Private semester reflection.
  • HW: Bring Rough Drafts of Essay tomorrow.