Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm not sure how we started talking about The Jungle Book in class today,
but it reminded me of what an amazing film it is.

This is my favorite song.  

So underrated.

This weekend!

Okay, friends.  It's the weekend.  And you know what that means:


Be sure to:

1.)  Finish making flashcards for the words in Unit 6.  These are in your orange vocabulary books.

2.)  Finish writing two comments to post on Youth Voices.

Feeling stuck?  Uninspired?  Downright sad?

Check out Rica's post about being NORMAL.
Or Natalie's post about STEP PARENTS.
Or Akella's and Niya's posts about emotional ABUSE in relationships?
Or Mariama's thoughts on MARRIAGE?

So much great writing happened recently!  

You can read that one before or after you watch some TV.  It won't matter :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

By Sunday, 3.25.12

At the end of this week, you should have:
- 13 total comments
- 3 total posts

on Youth Voices.

This week's post must be a Personal Inquiry post, which comes from your original 20 questions and follows this guide

Some of you are getting frustrated/annoyed/bored with the Comments Guide on the site, and have asked to deviate from it.  That is totally cool, as long as you make sure you:
a.)  write at least ten sentences for each comment,
b.)  use at least two direct quotations from the original post, and 
c.)  make a personal connection to the post ("This reminds me of ..." or "Others should read this because ...")


Oh, and for those of you who didn't write down the Grammar Homework, which is due next class:
Read Section 28.4 in the purple Grammar book (pp. 504-518), and complete exercises 34-41 in your notebooks.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Posts and Comments and Things

Each week, your homework is to write three comments to posts on Youth Voices.  You can respond to any user's writing!

Also, each week you will be responsible for writing your own post.

If you need any of the formatting guides I gave you, you can find them on the website.
Go to

Use the General Discussion Response for your comments.

Use this guide for your Personal Connections to literature (including films).

Use this guide for a Response to a Wikipedia article (on a topic of your choice).

All of these formats are available on the website, so you can refer back to them any time!