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Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment: end of Quarter 1 given.
Unit One, “Perception is Everything” is finished.

Poetry & poetic language

Poetry & poetic language, Author’s Intention

Compare & Contrast Shakespeare’s Sonnets #116 & #130
Conversations about poetic language
Poetry readings – Understanding poems

(In class work: 3 classes in October)

Feel like a Stranger essays

Reflective essay
Has there ever been a time when you, or someone you know, felt like a stranger?

Describe this experience in a 5 paragraph essay, using details from the experience, descriptive words, and transition words or phrases.

Due October 10.

Timed Writing

A timed writing will be conducted in class focused on the events in Waco, Texas.

Throwing Light on Waco

Death in Waco, the Questions live on…

Pages 281 – 321 in Springboard.  In class, we read all about the FBI’s investigation of the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, the attempted raid, the subsequent 51-day standoff, and the final confrontation which resulted in 80+ dead of a fire.  We observed several different news videos about the tragedy, and completed page 320 and 321.

How the Media affects our Perception

Understanding how the Media affects our perception

We spent a few class periods analyzing how the media affects our points of view. Pages 276 – 280 in Springboard,

Logos, Ethos, Pathos

The Art of Rhetoric:
Learning How to Use the Three Main Rhetorical Styles
Rhetoric (n) – the art of speaking or writing effectively. (Webster’s Definition)
According to Aristotle, rhetoric is “the ability, in each particular case, to see the available means of persuasion.” He described three main forms of rhetoric: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos.

In order to be a more effective writer, you must understand these three terms. Understand the meaning of each argument and how it makes writing more persuasive. 

Logos is appeal based on logic or reason. Documents distributed by companies or corporations are logos-driven. Scholarly documents are also often logos-driven.

Ethos is appeal based on the character of the speaker. An ethos-driven document relies on the reputation of the author. 

Pathos is appeal based on emotion. Advertisements tend to be pathos-driven.

We spent several days understanding these terms, and practiced on page 275 in Springboard.