Category: Rhetoric & Comp. 102

Thursday, April 2nd – ALL CLASSES

Reminder to keep working on work posted yesterday.  That means for English 8, share those reserach designs in your WC Flipgrid and for Rhet-Comp keep writing or get started writing.  Or whatever else gets you caught up.

TODAY is VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS.  Check you email for the invite and pop in sometime between 10am and 12noon to check-in, ask questions, get help in real-time.  Office hours are NOT required – just an option for you.  Email me if you didn’t get an invite.  (Same invite from before should get you in the meeting).

 Mrs. C = )

P.S. Today, I will again be checking for MGIdeas & MGDesigns and giving feedback in your Word doc.  Rhet-Comp students with last names A – L: if your design was in before about 5pm yesterday, you probably already have feedback.  Everyone else:  I’m working on yours today, so check your folders this afternoon.

Rhetoric & Comp – Wednesday, April 1st

DUE DATES:  If you are looking strictly at the MG Schedule, you’ll see we are a day or two behind and that is okay.  Just check the website deadlines for when things are actually due – I’ve been building in extra time to let you get online feedback from each other in Flipgrid and to leave time for questions via email and such.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 – everyday!
  2. Quickwrite* #37:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either a set of how-to instructions or a a list of originally created dictionary definitons (terms related to your topic with YOUR OWN definitions) (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).
  3. It’s time to start writing.  Where will you begin?  That is up to you.  You will need from 6 to 8 pages (not counting your title page) complete.  You might start with your research piece – or maybe poetry – or dear reader – or even extra genres that you have in mind (use your notebook for inspiration here – you might have something recent worth developing further).  This 6 – 8 pages, to be clear, can be a variety of things adding up to 6 to 8 pages.  You can move, change, and rearrange it all later.  Just write it.  You are welcome to keep it all one document (that’s what I would do) or you could make several individual docs for now and combine them later if you want (that’s more work, but organize as you wish).
  4. New videos later today to address common questions I’m getting from students via email and office hours.  Check them out in the rcmg20 Flipgrid to learn more (about what sources are acceptable and what exactly, these recent quickwrites are after).
  5. ANOTHER PLACE FOR HELP on the MG:  click the tab at the top labeled “Multi-Genre FAQs” – you’ll find a question-answer format that might address or clarify questions you have about this project.

Deadlines:

  • Mark #1 is 6 to 8 total pages (your choice as to what that might include) – we’re going to push this due date to SUNDAY 4/5
  • MGDesign due no later than end of day Monday 3/30 – YESTERDAY!  (See directions on Friday’s post & a template in Dropbox)
  • Check in in your WC Group Flipgrid to share your MGDesign

Reminders:

  • VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS again tomorrow from 10 – 12.  It was so good to see some of you yesterday!  Stop by to ask questions, get feedback, or just check-in. 🙂 (Use the same invite from Tuesday – I emailed it to your school email earlier this week)
  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (I have almost all of these.  Check the webpost or your school email for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

Tuesday, March 31st – ALL CLASSES

Reminder to keep working on work posted yesterday.  That means for English 8, finish those reserach designs and for Rhet-Comp keep sharing them in your WC group Flipgrid.  Or whatever else gets you caught up.

TODAY is VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS.  Check you email for the invite and pop in sometime between 10am and 12noon to check-in, ask questions, get help in real-time.  Office hours are NOT required – just an option for you.  Email me if you didn’t get an invite.

Mrs. C = )

 

 

ALL CLASSES Update: MG Ideas

Quick update to let you know that I rounded out my day of work today by reading all the completed MGIdeas (and looking for who might have turned them in since I last checked (Rhet-Comp) and giving you each a bit of individual feedback.  Open your file in MSWord and use the Review tab to “show comments.”

Next step:  narrow it down & design your research (some of you are already working on this).

Mrs. C = )

Virtual Office Hours – ALL CLASSES

Seniors –
In an effort to be able to address questions, concerns, just to check-in, or whatever, I’m inviting you to participate in office hours via zoom every Tuesday &/or Thursday from 10am to 12pm.  You don’t have to be there at 10 (and Heath’s chem classes should make chem a 10am priority) and you can join anytime until noon each day.  You also are NOT required to check into office hours right now (this might change when we get to the one-on-one MG conferencing).  And you are still welcome to post questions and ask for help via email.  Download zoom to your computer and/or phone and use the link sent to your school email to sign in during hours.  NOTE:  you don’t have to use the video if you just want to use audio that’s fine, too – zoom lets you choose a background or turn the video off if you’d like.  IF documents you want me to look at are in shared Dropbox folders that would be helpful so I can access them easily.
I look forward to “seeing” some of you soon.  I miss your faces.
-Mrs. C = )
P.S. If you don’t receive the code via school email, email me from your other email and I’ll send you the link.  I won’t post the link here to avoid spammers & hackers.

Rhetoric & Comp – Monday, March 30th

NEW FORMAT:  Since we are working on an extended project, let’s switch it up and go college-style.  You can now expect to see posts on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday with M & W bringing you new study and updates and quickwrites.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays we’ll do “office” hours via zoom where you can check in or ask questions and get real-time response.  (You can also still email questions and get responses.)  Friday’s posts will bring things for the week together, remind you up updates, deadlines, and anything you might need to catch up on.

DUE DATES:  If you are looking strictly at the MG Schedule, you’ll see we are a day or two behind and that is okay.  Just check the website deadlines for when things are actually due – I’ve been building in extra time to let you get online feedback from each other in Flipgrid and to leave time for questions via email and such.

Today:

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 – everyday!
  2. Quickwrite* #36:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either an abstract recipe (you’ll need ingredients & directions) or a tweet thread (commentary in short – less than 280 characters; but you can string together more than one & add fictional comments by others if you want) or a sales ad (is there a product to sell in relation to your topic?)  (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. After you submit your design via Dropbox drafts folder, hit up your GROUP Flipgrid (check the code from your email if you forgot it – or email me, I’ll send it to you again) and talk through your design there in the new topic “Designs for Research” – I’ll create that topic in the next hour or so.  THIS IS WHERE SEEING & HEARING ABOUT YOUR WC GROUP MEMBERS’ DESIGNS WILL HELP YOU MAKE YOURS BETTER (or know if you did it “right” or whatever).
  4. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)

P.S. Info about how to access “office” hours in a quick post later today (and an email version sent out to you as well).

Deadlines:

  • MGDesign due no later than end of day Monday 3/30 – TODAY!  (See directions on Friday’s post & a template in Dropbox)
  • Check in in your WC Group Flipgrid to share your MGDesign

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (I have almost all of these.  Remind your friends. I’ll call out whose are missing tomorrow  – check the webpost or your school email for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

Rhetoric & Comp – Friday, March 27th

NOTE:  Over the weekend, I will be checking to see who has completed the survey, who has posted updates & MGIdeas in Flipgrid & who has MGIdeas in Dropbox.  These will appear in Skyward as completed or not – so we can at least keep track of what you have accomplished.  If you have questions or need help in completing this work, please reach out.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least) all weekend long
  2. Quickwrite* #35:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Create either a greeting card or a comic (doesn’t matter if you “can’t draw” or a series of haikus (poems written in 3 lines with 5 – 7- 5 format;Google Haiku if you are unfamiliar) (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the others).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. IT’S TIME to narrow down topics – what will you pursue in your MG paper?
  4. Design your research plan.  Handout here: RESEARCH DESIGN (Find a  video to go over this handout on Flipgrid under flipcode rcmg20 in the Overview topic.  Please watch this short run through for some special sidenotes about topic selection).  You’ll find a template for this in your Dropbox drafts folder later today or download it here: MGDesign Template
  5. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)

Deadlines:

  • MGDesign due no later than end of day Monday 3/30
  • Next week: We’ll get started writing!!!

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (This was sent out MONDAY!! – check the webpost for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

TIPS to Keep Moving Forward (while learning from a distance) – ALL CLASSES

I know everyone keeps using the term unprecedented and it might be annoying – the more I think about it, the more I don’t even know what it means (is it even a real word?).  Anyway, we are in an unprecedented situation.  And you have been thrown into learning at a distance/digital/online/whatever.  And it is weird.  And kind of scary.  Liberating for some (even if lonely) and overwhelming for others.  But, now more than ever, it is important to keep on keeping on – we will get through this.

HERE ARE MRS. C’s TIPS TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD:

  1. A Schedule. You Need One.  NOT a strict hour by hour one, but a general, get up in the morning (maybe even get dressed), don’t stay up till 3am and sleep until noon…. Think about when you will be learning – morning with a break after lunch?  mostly after lunch?  maybe in the later afternoon after you’ve helped other little people in your house do stuff?  Also consider how you are sharing devices and/or wi-fi with others who need access.
  2. Creative Online Access.  If parents are working from home or siblings need computer time too, you might have to consider what you need big access for and what can be accomplished on your phone.  Get creative and don’t procrastinate waiting for perfect conditions – they may never arrive.
  3. A Support Network.  Push your friends, let your friends push you.  Be that friend who doesn’t buy into apathy and reminds your friends “take a break, take a quick walk, get back at it.”  Get together on zoom calls or fb video message or even just a group chat.  Check in on your friends, laugh a little, work a little, try for balance.  Don’t have a real group of friends? (Some of us are introverts or loners by nature.) Lean on your WRITE CLUB group (or in English 8 even the people you got to know in your BOOK CLUB) – you should have enough rapport now to support one another.
  4. Perspective/A New Mindset. Instead of mourning what we’ve lost in face-to-face classtime (and it’s okay to grieve what your losing here), try thinking of the opportunity you have to try out online coursework.  Do the best you can with the situation and then you can walk away from it knowing if you want to take online college classes in the future or if on campus classes will be better for you.  You won’t know if you don’t try.
  5. Get Interested. I can’t do anything to make calculus more fun for you (sorry, Ms. Albrecht), but I can tell you that for your MG project, it will all get better once you pick a topic you really can dive into and you put your creative efforts into researching and creating.  You can use this project as a way to escape.

I’m not gonna pretend that I can fix all this for you or that I even have all the answers.  Right now, know your teachers are grappling with how best to move forward also.  But I’ve done many of the above and they seem to help.

I get up each morning, get dressed, take care of some school stuff.  I take breaks to help my own kids and just to read, take a walk, play with the dog, enjoy a game on my phone, etc.  Then I get back to work to complete what else needs to be done – respond to email, check your Google responses, monitor the Flipgrids, etc. We tried to set up workspaces for each person in our house to have a place to work (I’m working from home along with a 6th grader, a 10th grader, and a college junior who is now home and doing all her work online for the rest of the semester.  My husband is an essential healthcare provider, so he still goes to work each day, being cautious and avoiding exposure to COVID-19 the best he can).  I’ve got a support network of some local teachers, teachers I’m friends with on Twitter and even some teachers who are providing daily online talks for free on fb and YouTube.  I’m trying to embrace the challenge of figuring out how to make this MG project doable in an online-only format while not overwhelming y’all. And in the process, I’m staying interested in what you are accomplishing and how you are responding to this whole situation.  (As I write this, I just love seeing your names pop up on my computer as you change documents in Dropbox.)

I know it feels uneventful to stay at home, but the experts say this is our best course of action. Stay well, stay put, and keep learning.

-Mrs. C = )

P.S. If you need me, I am here.

 

Rhetoric & Comp – Thursday, March 26th

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who responded to the survey.  The most important question was the last one (about your well-being) and today we’re gonna slow it down a bit and GET CAUGHT UP!  See my extra post today with tips to keep moving forward.

  1. Indie read – the usual 15 to 20 (at least)
  2. Quickwrite* #34:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a biography/character sketch (real or fictional) or a set of interview questions (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Do any things you have not yet done from the previous days.  (Make the Hamlet group survey a priority please – I need to hear back from everyone.  Text/Msg your friends/classmates/WC peeps.)
  4. NEXT UP:  narrowing your focus to ONE topic and generating pieces of writing.

Deadlines:

  • YESTERDAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you? …Really”
  • END OF DAY YESTERDAY 3/25 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • EXTENDED!! BY 3pm NOON (12pm) TODAY 3/26 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through – I’ll add a topic for this in just a bit.
  • EXTENDED!! BY end of 3/26 ANYTIME 3/27 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (This was sent out MONDAY!! – check the webpost for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)

Rhetoric & Comp – Wednesday, March 25th

IMPT:  Due to technical problems (YouTube is just impossible right now) you’ll notice some of the stuff for today is repeated from yesterday.  We’ll have to backtrack just a little.

ALSO:  I updated the MG Components slides (These are better, so if you downloaded or printed yesterday, maybe take a look to see how these are improved).  IF this is your first go round – you are all good.

  1. Indie read (you know you it)
  2. Quickwrite* #33:  Using one of your MG topic possibilities as inspiration, let’s play with genre in our notebooks.  Write either a list or a dialogue (if you run out of ideas for one genre, try the other).  *Keep in mind for Quickwrites in class, I give you 3 to 4 minutes ON A TIMER to write.  Feel free to use your phone or a clock or the microwave timer or whatever to time yourself and keep the writing moving.
  3. Watch the MG Videos #1 – 8 that go over the components for your MG.  You’ll find them in Flipgrid – code rcmg20 under the MG Overview & Schedule topic (total time is less than 20 minutes, but I tried for over 11 hours to upload to YouTube before deciding to break it down and put it here). Download, print, or read the pdf here: MG Components slides (note: this version does NOT have examples and the videos DO – so please watch them).
  4. Use the new WRITE CLUB Flipcodes!! to check-in with your WRITE CLUB sometime TODAY or so.  See the post below “WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid” for details & check your school email for codes.

Deadlines:

  • TODAY 3/25 – Sometime today (if you haven’t already) reconnect with your WRITE CLUB by adding a video to the topic “How are you? …Really”
  • END OF DAY TODAY 3/25 – Idea Exploration (LastnameMGIdeas.docx – there’s a template for it in your Dropbox drafts folder) 3 – 5 ideas.
  • BY NOON (12pm)TOMORROW 3/26 – Share w/ your WRITE CLUB via Flipgrid these ideas – talk them through – I’ll add a topic for this in just a bit.
  • END OF DAY TOMORROW 3/26 – Watch your group members’ videos and respond to them with your thoughts and opinions (I’ll be doing this too).

Reminders:

  • BookTalk!
  • Google survey about Hamlet group paper experience (This was sent out MONDAY!! – check the webpost for the link)
  • A total of 4 Memory Book one-pagers should be in a sub-folder in your Dropbox submissions folder.  (These are just hanging out waiting for Memory Book work in May. But if you haven’t written them, this would be a great time to do so.)