Friday September 7th, 2012 in Review (and welcome aboard)

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Friday we brought together all that we had learned this week through a freestyle rap review in the style of Jimmy Fallon’s “Ready, Set, Flow.”  Not all of the classes got a chance to do this entirely, but all were exposed to this concept for future reviews (in a much more fun and interactive way).  It was then time for our weekly quiz over the sentence parts of predicate, direct object and indirect object.  After completing the quiz, it was then time to write our weekly BCR.  This week, to reflect our in-class discussions, the students had the opportunity to choose from one of the topics below:

  • Topic 1: Has ‘The American Dream’ been deferred as Langston Hughes mentions in his 1951 poem.  Include examples to support your claim.
  • Topic 2: Can men and women fully be equal in society?  Why or why not? Include examples to support your claim.
  • Topic 3: What issue do you think politicians should not address?  Why should this issue be off limits? Include examples to support your claim.

HOMEWORK: None!  Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

PowerPoint: 9-7-12 Truth, Justice, and the American Way

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 Recap

On this dreary Thursday we decided to see ethos, pathos, and logos in action by discussing the concept of “the American Dream” (which is an abstract noun by the way).  First, a look at Langston Hughes‘ “A Dream Deferred”  helped set the stage for the comparison and contrast of two divergent points of view with a Venn Diagram.  We watched Ann Romney’s speech from the Republican National Convention last week and then Michelle Obama’s from the Democratic National Convention this week.  Both women’s speeches sought to paint their husbands as the perfect person to be (or continue being) President of the United States.  We then closed by having a mock election based on both women’s speeches alone to see who would win.

*My 7th period class covered indirect objects before embarking on the lesson above.

HOMEWORK: Watch the news and/or the Democratic National Convention.  Make a list of some of the political issues that are addressed.  Then choose one of those issues and write a BCR persuading me to agree with your opinion on that one issue.  Be sure to present a convincing argument!

PowerPoint: 9-6-12 Ethos, Pathos, & Logos in Action

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 in Brief

Tuesday we reviewed the BIG FOX text feature identification strategy from this Monday.  Since we’re beginning to focus on argumentative writing (we used to call this “persuasive writing”), we then transitioned to a discussion on persuasion by viewing a video of the closing argument in the case against Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of indirectly causing Michael Jackson’s death.  Is he innocent or guilty?  Facts and examples from the video and each student’s prior knowledge were used to add substance to whether a student felt Dr. Murray was guilty or innocent.

The discussion on Dr. Murray’s guilt or innocence then moved into some note-taking on the terms below:

  • Claim: state your argument
  • Logos:appeal to one’s logic; facts, examples, and numbers (these are very convincing)
    • Examples of Logos:
      • Facts-can be proven
      • Expert opinions or quotations
      • Definitions-statement of the meaning of a word or phrase
      • Statistics-offer scientific support
      • Examples-powerful illustrations

 HOMEWORK: ACReader/Writer Workbook pg 194-199 answer in the margins, All classes– Watch a TV commercial and write a summary of it.  Then, write how it uses logos to persuade you.

Powerpoint: PERSUASIVE: pathos, ethos, & logos 8/28/12