Week 14: Wrap up Persuasive Speeches

This week, we will complete our persuasive speeches and wrap up unit 2. There is PLENTY of information on this post regarding the persuasive speech, so please be sure to refer back to this post often. Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, April 191. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday 
2. Transferring outlines to drafts
3. MLA Formatting
Please view the information and template on my blog below!
4. Start working on rough drafts
Tuesday, April 201. Warm-up: Lit Term Tuesday
2. Complete rough drafts in class
Wednesday, April 21Reminder: Regular School Day Today!
1. Warm-up: Words on Wednesday: “Said is Dead”
-Please view the “Said is Dead” list on my blog below!
2. Work session: revisions and final drafts
Thursday, April 221. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. How to create a Works Cited in MLA format mini-lesson
3. Work session: complete final drafts
Friday, April 23Reminder: Asynchronous Learning Day! 

1. Please use today’s time to complete your final drafts if you did not do so during class time. Please submit your completed persuasive speech by midnight on Sunday via CTLS.
2. You must also record yourself presenting your speech on the Padlet here!
3. Don’t forget that USATP is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday!

Transferring Outlines to Drafts

Once you’re done with your outline, move on to your rough draft. Since you outlined and organized your ideas in the outlining stage of the writing process, all you have to do is put it all together! Basically, you are taking your organized bullet points and turning them into complete sentences and paragraphs. Make sure you are always considering audience and purpose, as this will dictate your choices in rhetorical appeals and strategies used.

Please use this template to type your speech (File > Make a Copy).

Once you make a copy, please re-title your document to your first and last name.


Said is Dead!

Please use the list below for your Words on Wednesday Warm-up!


Works Cited

Please read the instructions below thoroughly to ensure you know how to complete a Works Cited!

Are ALL of your appeals to logic and credibility (ethos and logos) cited in your paper with quotation marks and parenthetical citations? If not, this is priority #1! CITE YOUR SOURCES! Sources and information that is not properly cited is considered PLAGIARISM and will earn you a big fat zero. Plus, Ms. A. will show you NO chill.

Now that you’ve finished up your rough drafts and included parenthetical citations for ALL of your sources, it’s time to move on to the Works Cited page. Your Works Cited will list all of the sources you have included in your essay.

Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create a Works Cited page!

(Please note that you will have to download the video to your computer to watch it. It is quite long, so it may take a minute to load.)

Or, follow the written steps below to create a Works Cited page, which will be the last page of your essay.

  1. When you’re at the end of your essay, hit “enter/return” until you hit a fresh, new page. At the top of that new page, center-align the title, “Works Cited.” Be sure to capitalize the “W” and the “C”!
  2. Hit “enter/return” one more time and left-align your cursor. (Your cursor is the blinking line that shows up as you type.)
  3. Open up all three (or more) of your sources in separate tabs in a browser. (It’s 2021, quit using Internet Explorer.)
  4. In another tab, open up www.easybib.com. EasyBib is an excellent citation generator you should use for ALL of your essays!
  5. Copy and paste the URL of your first source into EasyBib. Make sure you’re using the “Website” tab.
  6. Click “Cite it.”
  7. On the next page, you may have one or more options of citations to use. Choose the article name that fits yours, and click “Cite this.”
  8. Click “Continue to the final step.”
  9. Now here’s where it can get a little tricky. You’ll have to use your detective skills here, because websites are all formatted differently. First, make sure every word, other than words like “the,” “a,” “an,” “and,” “be,” etc. are capitalized. For example, “Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled – now” needs to be edited as, “Why Teachers’ Salaries Should be Doubled – Now”
  10. Under “Contributors,” include the first and last names of ALL authors listed on the website. The author’s name (or byline, as it’s called in journalism) is typically immediately below the headline, or title of the article.
  11. Include the website title. Again, be sure all major words are capitalized (for example, The Washington Post).
  12. You can leave the publisher/sponsor blank, if it’s not already filled in.
  13. Include the FULL URL.
  14. “Electronically published” is the date that the article was published online. You can typically find this in the byline by the author’s name. If there is no date, use the copyright year, which is typically found at the very, very bottom of the website.
  15. Click “Create Citation.” Hooray! Your first citation is done!
  16. Follow steps 5-15 above for each source. Make sure you’re using the same window on EasyBib, as it will automatically save all of your citations in one place, which is what you want!
  17. Once all of your sources are in one place, copy and paste the entire Works Cited into the page you titled “Works Cited.” Make sure your sources are all in alphabetical order by the first word in the source.
  18. Next, you will have to create a hanging indent. In Google Docs, make sure you have the ruler view on. If you see numbers at the top, the ruler is on. If you don’t, go to “View” > “Show ruler.”
  19. Highlight your ENTIRE Works Cited, with the exception of the words “Works Cited.”
  20. In the ruler, you will see a rectangle and a triangle. Move both over to the right to 0.5.
  21. Selecting ONLY the top rectangle, move the rectangle to the left, back to 0.0. Click here to see it in action!
  22. You’re all done! 🙂

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR FINAL DRAFT…

Make sure you have reviewed the rubric provided in class a couple of weeks ago. Refer to each category to ensure you have all requirements.

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 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 4: Start A Raisin in the Sun

ar-191219657

Over the last few weeks, you all have been doing a great job analyzing poetry from different perspectives across America. This week, we will start with one more analysis of a Langston Hughes poem before diving in to Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun. Moving forward and especially between now and the February break, 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 discussing a great deal, and you won’t want to miss out!

Click here for a copy of the play.

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

Monday, January 25
  1. M.U.G. Monday Warm-up
  2. Annotate and analyze: “Harlem,” by Langston Hughes
  3. What is a SIFT Analysis?
  4. Assignment: SIFT Analysis for “Harlem” (scroll past the calendar to download)
Tuesday. January 26

Please note that the schedules for Tuesday and Wednesday are flipped for ALL Cobb County Students today. The ONLY students on campus will be those who have registered to take the PSAT at Pebblebrook. 

  1. Asynchronous Learning Day: No live classes
  2. Assignment: Before Wednesday’s class, please complete the “A Raisin in the Sun Anticipation Guide” in CTLS (scroll past the calendar to download and view my explanation video!).
Wednesday, January 27
  1. Lit. Term Tuesday: situational, dramatic, and verbal irony (see video below, past calendar)
  2. Anticipation Guide class debate
  3. Background on Lorraine Hansberry and historical context of the play
  4. Start reading A Raisin in the Sun
    • A copy of the full text can be found in “Resources” or on my blog above.
Thursday, January 28
  1. Test Prep Thursday: Assessment: Unit 1 Mid-assessment via CommonLit
  2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
    • A copy of the full text can be found in “Resources” or on my blog above.
  3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Study Questions (scroll past the calendar to download)
Friday, January 29
  1. Free Friday: Free Write!
  2. Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun
    • A copy of the full text can be found in “Resources” or on my blog above.
  3. Ongoing Assignment: A Raisin in the Sun Study Questions

 

Please view this short video that explains the Anticipation Guide!
Lit Term Tuesday: 3 Types of Irony

Week 3: Different Perspectives on The American Dream

Welcome to week three! Last week, we analyzed poetry describing America from different perspectives. This week, we continue our work with poetry and practice our first RACE response. We will close the week with an analysis of non-text using the OPTIC strategy. Don’t forget that ALL students are virtual this week! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, January 18

No school — Happy MLK Day!

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday. January 19
  1. Lit. Term Tuesday: Imagery and Allusion
    • Please make sure to grab the warm-up log from “Assignments” in CTLS or download below!
  2. What is a RACE response?
  3. Prompt analysis and breakdown
  4. How to pull and cite text in MLA format
  5. Thesis statements and evidence
Wednesday, January 20

Don’t forget that we have shortened class on Wednesdays, starting this week!

  1. Review poetry terms
  2. Finish Hughes/Alvarez poetry compare/contrast
Thursday, January 21
  1. Test Prep Thursday
  2. Writing Workshop  
  3. RACE Response Checklist
Friday, January 22
  1. Free Friday: How are we doing so far? Padlet
  2. How do you analyze non-text?
  3. Assignment: American Dream OPTIC Analysis
    1. This assignment can be found in “Lesson Assignments” on CTLS, or below.

Click here to download the Week 2 Virtual Learning Warm-up Log!

Click here for the Figurative Language RACE Response Planning Document.

Click here for the OPTIC Graphic Organizer!

 

(For Friday’s Class) Political Cartoon Options (please number on your paper):

3ee59-mike91201

1. by Mike Luckovich

 

just-add-money

2. by Steve Greenberg

 

americandream

3. by Monte Wolverton

 

cartoon

4. by David Horsey

 

its_true

5. by Ed Stein (hint: consider what year this cartoon was drawn)

 

17688

6. by Andy Singer

 

mike_luckovich_mike_luckovich_for_02182014_5_

7. by Mike Luckovich

 

00-05-12-political-cartoon-slashing-spending-02

8. by David Horsey

Week 2: American Perspectives Through Poetry

Welcome to our first full week! We will work with poetry this week, with a focus on different perspectives on America and the American Dream. Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together:

Monday, January 111. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday (scroll past the calendar to download)
2. Sign up for USA Test Prep (scroll down for directions)
3. Assessment: Pre-course assessment in CTLS Assess
If you finish early, please complete the Student Survey and the “Attitudes on English” assignment.
Tuesday. January 121. Warm-up: Lit. Term Tuesday (Tone and Theme)
2. “What is the tone of America?” Mentimeter
3. Whitman poetry analysis: “America” and “I Hear America Singing” (scroll past the calendar to download)
4. AssignmentWhitman analysis Padlet
Wednesday, January 13Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.
Click here to sign up for a check-in and/or tutoring session with Ms. Antonacci!

“Attitudes on English” assignment due by 11:59 pm in CTLS!
Thursday, January 141. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. Compare and Contrast: “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes and “I, Too, Sing America,” by Julia Alvarez
3. Crafting theme statements and practice
Friday, January 151. Warm-up: Free Friday and How are we doing NOW? Padlet
2. Poetic Techniques Review
3. Compare and Contrast: “I, Too,” by Langston Hughes and “I, Too, Sing America,” by Julia Alvarez
4. Assignment: American Perspectives Poetry Compare and Contrast

Sign up for USA Test Prep!

Outside of class, we will have weekly enrichment activities for you to complete. Every week, you will have a USA Test Prep assignment to complete, and it will go in the gradebook as a grade!

Follow the steps below to create an account and add our class. If you know you’ve made a USA Test Prep account at Pebblebrook but don’t remember your password, Ms. Antonacci can look it up for you.

  1. Go to http://www.usatestprep.com
    • Access ID: pebblebrook (all lowercase)
    • Student activation code: stu1223 (all lowercase)
  2. Once you have entered this information, create your personal user ID and password. Make sure you remember this information – write it down!
  3. Once you log in, click “Join a Class” (orange button on home page – NOT class party!).
  4. Find my name: Mariko Antonacci and add yourself to your class. Make sure you’re adding the correct class period!
  5. Once you have been added to the class, you’re done! Your first USA Test Prep assignment will be posted on Monday, January 11th.

All USA Test Prep assignments are due by 11:59pm every Sunday. I would recommend scheduling one day (Wednesdays are a good idea!) for yourself to complete these so that you don’t get overwhelmed on Sunday night. Go ahead and put it in your iCal, planner, reminders list, whatever works for you!

Welcome to American Literature!

Welcome to another semester and welcome to Ms. Antonacci and Ms. Lowe’s American Literature course! Things certainly look and feel very different this year, but we look forward to having you in our class! This blog will be updated daily with what we do in class, as well as additional resources. Please be sure to bookmark this page so you can access it easily throughout the semester.

HLThEPn

A few things you must do in order to set yourself up for success this semester:

  1. Visit CTLS Learn and this blog daily, especially if you miss class – getting missed work due to absences is the responsibility of the student (you)!
  2. Sign up for Remind! PLEASE! Life gets busy and we all need reminders. Download the app or text the following code (including @) to 810-10
    1. First period: @msaamlit1
    2. Fourth period: @msaamlit
  3. Come to school! Seriously. According to the Indiana Partnerships Center, missing only two days of school per month lowers both your test scores and your chances of graduating high school. In a virtual setting, this is even more important!

Below is a brief schedule for our first week together:

Wednesday, January 61. Welcome to American Literature! 
2. Informal Meet and Greet Ms. A. and Ms. Lowe 
3. Teacher Welcome Videos
4. Sign up for Remind and bookmark this blog
5. Student Q&A
6. Student Survey
Thursday, January 71. How are we doing? Padlet
2. American Literature Intro Prezi
3. American Literature in Five Senses (Padlet)
4. Student Survey (for those who did not attend class on Wednesday)
Friday, January 81. Last semester reflection and goal-setting
2. Assignment: Attitudes on English
Please complete this assignment in CTLS over the weekend if you did not do so in class!

I look forward to a great semester of reading, writing, learning, and fun! Don’t forget – you have until Friday, February 26th to turn in your summer reading assignments. Check the PHS website for details.

Week 2: Verbal and Visual Theme

giphy

Welcome to week 2! This week, our focus will be on visual and verbal theme. We ended the week strong with some brainstorming, but we will finalize the look and feel of our book. Below is a brief schedule of our week together.

Since schedules are not yet finalized, please have your email open and ready to go before class time for our Zoom links. 

Monday, August 24
  1. Discuss athletics schedule and photography
  2. Solidify verbal theme
  3. Start working on visual theme
Tuesday. August 25
  1. Yearbook Lookbook
  2. Solidify visual theme
Wednesday, August 26 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

  1. Start eDesign training (new staff members)
  2. Start designing content for first week spread (Sheyla and Jenne)
Thursday, August 27
  1. Coverage: What is it and how do we do it?
  2. Start building 2021 ladder
Friday, August 28
  1. Continue building 2021 ladder
  2. Positivity Padlet

Welcome to Yearbook!

APLO MADO YBK

Welcome to the yerd life! You all know me by now, but my name is Ms. Antonacci (or Ms. A.) and I will be your yearbook adviser this year. Below is a brief schedule for our first week together. This will be my fourth yearbook at Pebblebrook and I can’t wait to see what you all create this year!

Monday, August 17
  1. Welcome to Yearbook!
  2. Meet the Teacher
  3. Survey: How are you doing?
  4. Staff Interviews
  5. Discuss athletics schedule and photography
  6. What is a yearbook?
Tuesday. August 18
  1. Rules and expectations for the virtual classroom
  2. Welcome video and presentation
  3. Yearbook Q&A
  4. Yearbook Basics
  5. What is theme?
Wednesday, August 19 Please note that Wednesdays are reserved for independent work time, tutoring, and small group learning.

  1. How do I sign up for a meeting or tutoring with my teacher?
Thursday, August 20
  1. How to navigate the system and submit an assignment
  2. Theme development brainstorm
  3. Assignment: Submit/upload staff agreement
  4. Homework: submit selfie to Ms. A. for press badge
Friday, August 21
  1. How to use Padlet
  2. Finalize visual and verbal theme
  3. How are you doing now?
  4. Positivity Padlet