This week, we continued with our science fiction unit and our argumentative essays.
On Wednesday, we looked into the subject of space tourism. While it was once relegated to the realm of science fiction, the idea of space tourism is gradually becoming a reality. We began with a video:
Afterward, the class wrote on and discussed the following questions:
-Would you go to space if you had the opportunity? How long would you want to stay?
-How do you think going to space might change you as a person?
-How long do you think it will take before space travel is accessible to people of average means?
-What do you think of these attempts to “democratize” (make accessible to all) space travel?
-Do you think going to space is the “destiny” of humankind?
After the discussion, we reviewed Works Cited pages for the argumentative essays.
There was no additional homework from this class. See the post from last week for the homework due Friday.
On Friday, I collected the homework for chapters 4-9 of War of the Worlds. Then, we had a peer critique session on the rough drafts of the argumentative essays.
Your Homework for next week (meeting week) is to complete the final draft of your argumentative essay and to read to page 104 in War of the Worlds.
This week, we began our class novel, War of the Worlds, and we continued working on the argumentative essays.
The homework from the first class this week was to read chapters 1-3 of War of the Worlds and complete the response questions for the chapter (attached below).
In the second class of this week, I went over some important aspects of argumentative essay writing (resources attached below). Then I went over your homework.
Homework 4/14 - 4/15
If you are a Chula Vista student:
By the time you return to classes (May 3rd), complete the rough draft of your argumentative essay. Also, read to page 104 in War of the Worlds, and complete one of the book projects from the list attached below.
If you are a La Mesa student:
By next Friday, read chapters 4-9 of War of the Worlds, and complete the attached response questions. Also, complete your rough draft of your argumentative essay by next Friday.
This week, we began working on argumentative essays.
First, we went over the remaining pages of the "ethos, pathos, and logos" packet (handed out before meeting week).
Next, I gave out the assignment sheet and grading rubric for the argumentative essay. I also gave out an outline template to be completed before beginning the rough draft.
Over the course of this week, we completed steps 1-5 according to the assignment sheet.
All resources are attached below.
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.