This week, students will be completing an in-class and at home writing assignment which will count as a final for our English class. Below, I have attached the writing prompts. They all relate to our thematic discussions of the The Pearl, but you do not need to actually use material from The Pearl itself. Choose one of the three topics.
At the end of this week, I will be handing out a packet to be completed over the next two weeks of no on-site classes. Here is the packet:
In today's class, we launched our argumentative writing unit. We began with a mystery-solving exercise. Was it an accident... or was it murder? Dun Dun Dun! You, and your investigative team, will have to decide. The assignment, with instructions, is attached below:
After completing the activity, you may begin your homework. It is as follows: After collecting your evidence and deciding your position in the case, write up a report of your findings. The format is as follows:
1 Paragraph explaining the case and making your claim
3 Paragraphs offering evidence, rules, and conclusions
1 Paragraph concluding and restating your claim
Today in class, we looked at the front page of The New York Times and analyzed the type of stories that make it to the front page of a newspaper. We discussed some current events, and then I gave an in-class assignment.
The assignment was to get in groups and create the front page of a newspaper for your experiences over break. Each student was to create an article to contribute to the paper. Each group's newspaper front page was due at the end of class.
The homework from this period is as follows:
1. Find and read an opinionated news article that you disagree with,
2. Write a 2-3 paragraph response giving your view of the issue
-each paragraph should be at least 5 sentences
-respond to particular points brought up by the author of the article you read
Chris Trompas - English teacher at the Learning Choice Academy in Chula Vista and La Mesa, CA.