Week 13: Back to the Persuasive Speech!

I hope you had a great Spring Break! This week, we will continue working on our persuasive speeches and take our unit 2 assessment. Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, April 12
  1. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday 
  2. Introductions and Conclusions
    • Please view the information on my blog below!
  3. Complete introduction and conclusion
Tuesday, April 13
  1. Warm-up: Lit Term Tuesday (diction and syntax; review rhetorical appeals)
  2. Assessment: Unit 2 post-assessment via CTLS Assess
Wednesday, April 14Reminder: Regular School Day Today!
  1. Warm-up: Words on Wednesday: Counterclaim
  2. Counterclaims mini-lesson
  3. Complete counterclaim; complete outline of persuasive speech
Thursday, April 15
  1. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
  2. How to embed quotations in MLA format mini-lesson
  3. Work session: complete entire outline
Friday, April 16

Reminder: Asynchronous Learning Day! 

  • Please use today’s time to complete your outline (intro, conclusion, and three body paragraphs) if you did not do so during class time. Don’t forget that USATP is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday!

 

research

Introductions

The introduction to a research paper can be the most challenging part of the paper to write. The length of the introduction will vary depending on the type of research paper you are writing. An introduction should announce your topic, provide context and a rationale for your work, before stating your research questions and hypothesis. Well-written introductions set the tone for the paper, catch the reader’s interest, and communicate the thesis statement.

  1. Announce your research topic. You can start your introduction with a few sentences which announce the topic of your paper and give an indication of the kind of research questions you will be asking. This is a good way to introduce your readers to your topic and pique their interest. The first few sentences should act as an indication of a broader problem which you will then focus in on more closely in the rest of your introduction, leading to your specific research questions.
  2. Define any key terms or concepts. It may be necessary for you to clarify any key terms or concepts early on in your introduction. You need to express yourself clearly throughout your paper so if you leave an unfamiliar term or concept unexplained, you risk your readers not having a clear understanding of your argument.

(From WikiHow)

Some suggestions on how to start your speech…

  • Pose a rhetorical question
  • Use imagery to pull your reader in (set the scene; opportunity for pathos!)
  • Start with a surprising or unusual fact/statistic
  • Provide a relevant anecdote
  • Reveal a common misconception
  • More examples here!

Be sure to consider your audience and purpose when writing the introduction!


Conclusions

Conclusions wrap up what you have been discussing in your paper. After moving from general to specific information in the introduction and body paragraphs, your conclusion should begin pulling back into more general information that restates the main points of your argument. Conclusions may also call for action or overview future possible research. The following outline may help you conclude your paper:

In a general way,

  • Restate your topic and why it is important,
  • Restate your thesis/claim,
  • Address opposing viewpoints and explain why readers should align with your position,
  • Call for action or overview future research possibilities.

Remember that once you accomplish these tasks, unless otherwise directed by your instructor, you are finished. Done. Complete. Don’t try to bring in new points or end with a whiz bang (!) conclusion or try to solve world hunger in the final sentence of your conclusion. Simplicity is best for a clear, convincing message.

The preacher’s maxim is one of the most effective formulas to follow for argument papers:

  1. Tell what you’re going to tell them (introduction).
  2. Tell them (body).
  3. Tell them what you told them (conclusion).

(From Purdue OWL)

Week 12: Wrap up The Crucible

This week, we take a little break from our persuasive speech and continue our reading of Arthur Miller’s play, The CruciblePlease be sure you are on time and present each day — we only have one more week until break! You can do it! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, March 291. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Review Character Map
The character map can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. Continue reading The Crucible
4. Ongoing Assignment: Act 1 text-dependent questions
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Tuesday, March 301. Continue reading The Crucible
2. Ongoing Assignment: Act 1 text-dependent questions
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Wednesday, March 31REMINDER: For this week only, we are back to Wednesday as our weekly asynchronous learning day!
Please use this day to get caught up on any missing work. I am missing quite a few EPL advertisement projects in particular.
Ms. Antonacci will be available via Remind, Email, or Zoom.
Thursday, April 11. Complete reading and text-dependent questions for Act 1
2. Start watching The Crucible
Friday, April 21. Complete watching The Crucible
USATP due by 11:59 pm on Sunday! 
Assignment: Spring Break Assignment The assignment can be found on my blog below (NOT in CTLS).

Week 11: The Crucible

Due to our change in schedule last week, this week, we will start our reading of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible! Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, March 221. Warm-up: MUG Monday
2. Start reading The Crucible
3. Ongoing Assignment: Act 1 text-dependent questions
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
Tuesday, March 231. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday
2. Continue reading The Crucible
3. Ongoing Assignment: Act 1 text-dependent questions
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
Wednesday, March 24Reminder: This Wednesday is a regular school day!
1. Warm-up: Words on Wednesday
2. Continue reading The Crucible
3. Ongoing Assignment: Act 1 text-dependent questions
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
Thursday, March 251. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
Scroll down to download the Persuasive Speech Rubric!
2. Persuasive Speech Writing Work Session (complete outline for body paragraphs)
Friday, March 26Asynchronous Learning Day — No Live Classes Today!
Please use this day to complete your speech outline (three body paragraphs) if you did not do so in class on Thursday.
**Don’t forget USA Test Prep (due Sunday)!

Week 10: The Persuasive Speech and The Crucible

This week, we will start the week with our persuasive speech and start our reading of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible on Friday. Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, March 141. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Assessment: Unit 2 mid-assessment via CommonLit
Please take your “Sinners in the Hands” assessment via CommonLit.org.
3. Assignment: The Crucible Anticipation Guide
The assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Tuesday, March 151. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday
2. Choosing supporting evidence for your persuasive speech
3. Providing commentary
4. Brief overview of outline format (download the template below!)
Wednesday, March 16Change in Schedule — regular classes today!
1. Warm-up: Words on Wednesday (transitional words and phrases)
Download the transitional words and phrases document below.
2. Outlining your persuasive speech
Thursday, March 171. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Mini-debate on Anticipation Guide
3. Start reading The Crucible
Friday, March 18Change in Schedule — this Friday will be an asynchronous learning day (no live classes). 
Ms. Antonacci will be holding Unit 1 Assessment make-ups on this day. 
Please use this day to get caught up on any missing work!

Week 9: Rhetoric and The Puritans

This week, we will continue our work with rhetorical appeals, devices, and techniques, and start some historical context before starting our reading of Arthur Miller’s play, The CruciblePlease be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, March 81. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Continue rhetorical analysis of “Speech to the Virginia Convention”
3. Assignment: “Speech to the Virginia Convention,” Patrick Henry
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on last week’s blog post.
Tuesday, March 91. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday
2. Fear as a Motivator Padlet
3. Heavy Metal or Jonathan Edwards?
4. Assignment: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,”Jonathan Edwards
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Wednesday, March 10Reminder: No ReWind Wednesday this week!
Please use Wednesday to catch up on any missing work.
Thursday, March 111. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Assignment: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,”Jonathan Edwards
The reading and assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog.
3. Assessment: Unit 2 Mid via CommonLit
Please follow the directions on your warm-up log to access the assessment.
Friday, March 121. Warm-up: Free Friday (Puritan Ten Commandments)
2. Assignment: The Crucible Anticipation Guide
The assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.

Week 8: The Persuasive Speech and Rhetorical Analysis

This week, we will continue our work on the persuasive speech and learn new rhetorical devices to analyze and utilize. Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, March 11. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Persuasive speech exemplar analysis
The readings can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. How to write a three-point thesis
4. Click here to submit your thesis statement!
Tuesday, March 21. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday: Repetition, restatement, antithesis, rhetorical question
2. Credible or Nah? How to know if your source is credible
Click here for the presentation if you were not in class.
3. Assignment: Research collection graphic organizer
Click here for the research graphic organizer Google Doc (make sure you’re signed into Google).
Wednesday, March 3ReWind Wednesday – please see schedule in “Class Board”
Reminder: EPL Mini-project due in CTLS by midnight!
Thursday, March 41. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Patrick Henry: “Speech to the Virginia Convention”
The reading can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. Assignment: “Speech to the Virginia Convention” Rhetorical Analysis
The assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” or on my blog below.
Friday, March 51. Warm-up: Free Friday! 
2. Assignment: “Speech to the Virginia Convention” CommonLit
Please complete this assignment on www.CommonLit.org.

Week 7: The Power of Persuasion

This week, we will start on our next unit, The Power of Persuasion. This unit will cover rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos), devices, and techniques, and we will examine the power of language. You will have many opportunities to effectively argue and debate! Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Scroll past the calendar for downloadable files.

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, February 221. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Notes: Argumentative Essay Structure; unpack Embedded Assessment #2
The note-taking template can be found in “Assignments” or on my blog below.
3. Click here to submit your persuasive speech topic!
Tuesday, February 231. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday: Parallel Structure and Counterclaim
2. Assignment: “National Address to Schoolchildren,” President Barack Obama
The reading can be found in “Lesson Resources” or on my blog below.
3. ​Click here to watch President Obama’s speech!​​​​​​​​​
Wednesday, February 24ReWind Wednesday – please see schedule in “Class Board” on CTLS
Thursday, February 251. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Discussion: The Danger of a Single Story
3. ​Click here for the TED Talk and a transcript of the speech.​​​​
4. Assignment: Click here for the Rhetorical Analysis Padlet.​​​
Friday, February 261. Warm-up: Free Friday! 
2. Assignment: Rhetorical Appeals Mini-Project (due by Sunday at 11:59 pm)
Please see assignment details under “assignments” or on my blog below.

Week 6: Wrapping up Unit 1

This week, we will wrap up our reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, as well as the American Dream unit. Since we are approaching the end of our unit, we will have a unit 1 test over the American Dream unit this Thursday. Please be sure you are on time and present each day!

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together; scroll past the calendar for file downloads.

Monday, February 81. Review: Act 1 and 2 plot points and characters
2. Complete A Raisin in the Sun (film viewing)
3. Wrap up play and discuss
4. Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Character Chart
Tuesday, February 91. Finish film study of A Raisin in the Sun
2. Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Character Chart
Wednesday, February 101. ReWind Wednesday: Question Stem Analysis for Unit 1 Assessment
Thursday, February 111. CTLS Assessment: Unit 1 Post-assessment
If you finish early, complete this week’s USA Test Prep assignment!
Friday, February 121. Introduction to Rhetoric Notes
2. Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Argumentative Writing (in Friday’s warm-up log)

Week 5: Continue A Raisin in the Sun

This week, we will continue reading Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. As I said in class last week, please do your best to be on time and present each day. It is particularly difficult to read a play and get caught up by yourself. We will also be discussig a great deal, and you won’t want to miss out! 

Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together (please scroll past the calendar for file downloads):

Monday, February 11. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday
2. Review: Act 1 plot points and characters
3. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
4. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act I)
Tuesday, February 21. Warm-up: Lit Term Tuesday (direct and indirect characterization)
2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act I)
Wednesday, February 3ReWind Wednesday
Thursday, February 41. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act II)
Friday, February 51. Warm-up: Free Friday!
2. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Text-dependent questions (Act II)
3. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun