Tuesday, December 16, 2008

AGENDA 12/16

Sample Introductions for Researched Argument Paper: anecdote, statistic, or shocking statements and guidelines for thesis statements

Thesis statements should acknowledge complexity by including the following:
a "contrasting" transition to help raise the counterargument (while, although, etc.)
a "flipping" transition to signal a change to your position (ultimately, however, but, rather, despite the fact that, etc.)
an "affirming" transition (optional) to highlight your thesis (therefore, consequently, as a result, etc.)

HW: Finish reading Frankenstein. We'll discuss it, group-quiz style, beginning tomorrow and finishing on Thursday. Write EITHER a body paragraph or an introduction for your research paper that I can examine tomorrow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

AGENDA 12/15

Lesson: Writing Body Paragraphs for Research Papers

Handout: Practicing Claims & Integrating Quotations

Remember, all body paragraphs must begin with claims (opinion statements or reasons). Then transition to evidence, by introducing all quotations and paraphrase with meaningful half-sentences and argument verbs. After the quoted material, cite your source, then spend a few sentences explaining and interpreting what your source means, and how it connects to your overall argument.

HW: Finish reading Frankenstein for Wednesday. We'll discuss it, group-quiz style, beginning Wednesday and finishing on Thursday. Write EITHER a body paragraph or an introduction for your research paper that I can examine on Wednesday.

Friday, December 5, 2008


Computer Lab--work to amass sources & enter bibliography information.

Handout: Guidelines for Experience Source (interview, podcast, film or TV or radio program)

HW: Bring 12 sources (or however many you have) on Monday for a "work day" as we annotate the packets. Packet of 12 sources due Tuesday. Read chapters 11-15 of Frankenstein for Tuesday--but know that we probably won't discuss them until Wednesday because we need to finish our Chapter 10 scenes in class on Tuesday. Working Bibliography of 12 sources due Friday.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Library trip - try to find your tangible PRINT source today (one source photocopied from a book, magazine, or newspaper...or actually clipped out of a newspaper or magazine...). This source MAY NOT be printed from an electronic database or anywhere on the web. :)

HW: Keep amassing your 12 sources & entering your bibliography info. Computer lab tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Since a number of you were a little "grumbly-boots" regarding discussing Frankenstein today, I decided to spice things up a bit--that'll teach you to complain! :)

Act out scenes from Chapter 10 of Frankenstein--the confrontation between Victor Frankenstein and his Creature:
Choose either the Short Scene or Long Scene to perform for us with a partner. Make it melodramatic--Gothic novels include plenty of "Life or Death" moments, so do your best to make it exaggerated and over-the-top with emotion!

HW: Read chapters 11-15 of Frankenstein for NEXT TUESDAY.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Introduce Science, Medicine, or Technology Issues Researched Argument Paper Topics.

Computer Lab - begin amassing 12 sources for your Science, Medicine, or Technology Issues Researched Argument Paper. See Guidelines for the paper here.

Handout: Source Packet Grading Cover Sheet
12 sources must include six "special" sources:
2 published in 2008
1 from a non-commercial website (.org, .gov, .edu, etc.)
1 "experience" (a personal interview you conduct, a podcast or radio program you listen to, or a film or video or TV program you watch--see Guidelines for Experience Sources here)
1 "print" source (a photocopy or clipping from a newspaper, magazine, or book--NOT from the web, but from an actual musty book, magazine, or newspaper!)
1 chart, map, graph, table, editorial cartoon, photograph, painting, or other image related to your topic

All 12 sources will need to be annotated 5 or more times - you can write comments, questions, opinions, reactions, connections, reflections, relations between/among sources, identify possible quotations to use in your paper, and more. For the graph/chart/map, make sure your annotations help explain and interpret the information--what does it mean, suggest, or imply? For a photograph, cartoon, painting, or other "image," use some of your OPTIC techniques to comment on it. The experience source will not be annotated--follow the Guidelines to write your notes and/or reflection.