Sophomore English 202. August 26 th , 2013. WELCOME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!. Today we will do the following: Quotes Debunking Writing Myths. What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?. Who said it?.
August 26th, 2013
Today we will do the following:
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
The moments we have behind us, you won't be able to see again. We're only responsible for what we live in right now.
Whether you are on the Right or the Left, everyone can agree that there are a lot of outside influences in American politics that are not good for the system. There's just too much money.
Beauty is grace and confidence. I've learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.
“Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.”
“Water is the only drink for a wise man.”
“Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
How many paragraphs should be in an essay? Why?
Most of you would say 5…but, this isn’t always true. Younger, struggling students should stick to 5 paragraphs as a guide. However, as we progress, you should let the content (subject) guide your essay.
True or False
A thesis statement should include the THREE main ideas of the paper.
True and False
The “three-point” essay is just like the 5 paragraph essay. Younger, struggling writers should use it as a guide, but more advanced thesis statements will be used in this class.
Try to explain how an introduction paragraph should be formatted.
Tough question. It should be formatted like a funnel:
Attention Getter (General)
Main Ideas (Specific)
How many sentences should be included in a paragraph? Why?
Many of you probably said 5. Well, some paragraphs are more effective with one sentence. However, if you need to elaborate more, the paragraph might be 9 sentences.
What should be included in a topic sentence? What’s the purpose of a topic sentence?
Ahhh, one of Mr. K’s pet peeves. You should include a transition in your topic sentence.
Also, the purpose of this sentence is to relate the subject BACK (link) to your thesis. So, the sentence should somehow relate to your thesis.
True or False
A concluding paragraph should almost be identical to your introduction?
Conclusions should be fresh and exciting. Leave the reader with someone to remember. They can REMIND the reader of the introduction, but not repeat!!!
In what perspective (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) should you write your papers in? Why?
Anytime you’re writing about literature, you need to use 3rd person (he, she, him) perspective. However, when writing a narrative (story about yourself), you would use 1st person. NEVER use 2nd person (you, your) in a paper!
Which verb tense should you use when writing a paper about literature?
ALWAYS use historical present tense when writing about literature- When Eric runs to the car…
Literature is a living, breathing thing and should be treated as so. Pretend as if the person reading your paper is experiencing the book for the very first time.
Today we will do the following:
What goes around the world, but stays in a corner?
Now that we’re 4 days into the school year, what about the summer do you lust over most? Why? Elaborate.
Basic format and order for a body paragraph:
What are quotes?
In fiction, you must introduce the quote so your reader knows what’s happening in the book. This is called- relevant context. This tells the who, what, and where of the quote.
Any good detective needs evidence to prove a case.
Your writing from now into junior and senior year will place a heavy emphasis on using the text as evidence.
Your personal feelings can only carry you so far. In order to get the most out of your paper (and to get a better grade) you need to use quotes to support your ideas.
Your quotes will support your argument in reference to your thesis
Don’t ever. Ever. EVER. Leave a quote by itself.
As a general rule of thumb, whenever your paper brings in a NEW point or is developing a VITAL point, it’s always good to use text evidence.
Once you use a quote from a book, you always need to cite it.
When you cite a quote from a book, YOU WILL USE THIS FORMAT:
“Blah blah blah blah blah” (Author page #).
Quote: “My mother is a guaranteed fox.”
Eric displays his weirdness when he says, “My mother is a guaranteed fox” (Crutcher 13).
Notice how the period goes AFTER the parentheses, and NOT in the actual quotation.
Exception: If there is a punctuation mark that is not a period in the original quote, it stays.
Eric displays his weirdness when he says, “My mother is a guaranteed fox!” (Crutcher 13).
Once you’ve presented your quote, you need to explain how it illustrates your topic sentence, and ultimately, how it links to your thesis.
An acronym to use is: I.C.E.
The purpose of this is to bring the reader back to the main topic:
Remember: REPHRASE, DON’T REPEAT
Today, August 28th, we will do the following:
I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
Write this information in your notes
Quality thesis statements possess the following:
Make your thesis statement a “thinker, not a stinker!”
Some ideas to ponder about thesis statements:
Reread the prompt in order to ensure you answered the prompt completely.
If your thesis has facts that no one would, or even could disagree with, it’s possible your thesis is simply a summary and not an argument.
If your thesis contains words like “good” or “successful,” see if you can be more specific: why is it “good” or “specific”?
If your reader’s response is “so what,” then your thesis probably needs clarification, or to connect to a larger issue.
If your reader’s response is “how” or “why,” it most likely needs to be more specific or contain more guidance for the reader.
What are the causes of violence?
A thesis statement is NOT a question.
The purpose of my paper is to identify the cause of violence.
A thesis statement is NOT a statement of purpose.
The influence of economics on education.
A thesis statement is NOT simply a topic.
Education in the United States can be improved through more funding from the federal government.
This statement takes a position and is arguable.
I would like to discuss how cars can achieve better fuel efficiency.
This needs a position! We can’t argue against this!
Thesis statements are impossible to write in “one shot.”
Thesis statements require your brain to hurt.
Thesis statements must be revised repeatedly.
Write a thesis statement in response to one of the following prompts. Remember to cover all of the points previously mentioned.
Brainstorm possible main ideas for that thesis.
Write topic sentences for at least 3 of your main ideas.
Many celebrities - such as actors, musicians, models, or athletes - make a great deal of money. Do you agree or disagree that celebrities make more money than they deserve? Write a paper in which you convince the reader that your side of the issue is correct.
If someone discovered a formula that would enable us to live forever would that be a blessing or a curse? Write a paper to convince others of your position.
Some of the parents at your school have started a campaign to limit the homework that teachers can assign to students. Teachers at your school have argued that the homework is necessary. What is your position? Write a paper to convince your teacher of your position.
Today, August 29th, we will do the following:
I fly, yet I have no wings. I cry, yet I have no eyes. Darkness follows me; lower light I never see.
HOMEWORK: BRING YOUR SUMMER READING BOOKS TOMORROW!!!
Now, take a out a clean sheet of paper, create a KWL chart on that paper. You will turn these in at the end of class!!!
What do you KNOW?
What do you WANT to know?
First introduction is on MONDAY!!!
Ryan, be ready!