Category: Rhetoric & Comp. 102

Rhetoric & Comp – Wednesday, April 22nd

FOCUS: Finalizing your MG papers!  (These can be turned in starting today anytime through May 1st).  You can still get help from your WRITE CLUB or friends or Mrs. C.  Check out the details here MULTI-GENRE 2020 finalizing and by watching quick videos on Flipgrid (rcmg20).  I’ll talk you through these finalizing slides and show you how to save your document as a pdf.

Extra Office Hours:  I sent out an email with an invite to an extra zoom session today.  If you need advice on your paper, stop by between 10 & 12.

Deadlines:

  • FINALMG due no later than end of day May 1st (You NEED this to not be withdrawn from SWIC Dual Credit)
  • Check the 4th quarter checklist tab above for target/due date reminders.

Grades:  If your grade changed drastically (see yesterday’s email), it’s because you have not made significant progress lately on your paper.  When you approach Mark#2 and/or finalize your paper, that grade will change.  But you have to complete work to earn credit.

Optional Xtras for Writers Who Want to Advance Their “Game” – 4/21/2020

To continue yesterday’s extra thoughts (which I let Tom Romano introduce for me), I’ve provided you with some notes on Grammar B and Alternate Style.  You will notice some overlap from yesterday’s reading and todays’ notes (and between these two sets of notes also).  However, I think it’s useful to think about how we can categorize these ways to attempt to subvert conventions/the rules.  Maybe try some of them out in your MG or your notebook or your upcoming senior memory writings.

GrammarB-Alternate Style

Tuesday, April 21st – ALL CLASSES

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS today from 10a – 12p via zoom (same invite – I just sent it to everyone again in today’s email/Google classroom post).  Stop in if you have questions, want extra feedback, or just want to check in.

Keep moving forward and be sure to check out yesterday’s post if you haven’t (it’s an important one with a lot of info for the week).

 Mrs. C = )

EXTRA: More office hours tomorrow (Wednesday) from 10 – 12 in case that works better for you as you wrap up the MG project.

Optional Xtras for Writers Who Want to Advance Their “Game” – 4/20/2020

I’ve been promising some extras for writers who want to advance their writing “game.”  So, for the next few days, expect extra posts with some info/pdf scans that you can check out for more advanced ways of writing.  Take what you can use, learn what you want, and skip this if it’s too overwhelming.

The first topic I want to take on today and tomorrow is about Breaking the Rules…  you know, all those rules you learned about English.  Once you know them, then you can creatively and on purpose take liberties with them.  And it can be incredibly fun.  Check out this chapter from Tom Romano’s Crafting Authentic Voice to get a feel for what I mean.  If you want to talk about it, stop by virtual office hours this week 🙂

Whatever It Takes – Romano

Monday, April 20th – ALL CLASSES

So….while it wasn’t surprising, it was still disappointing to get the official word on Friday that we won’t return to the classroom this year.  I can’t pretend to know exactly what it is like for you, but know after years of teaching seniors, it also makes me sad to miss all the end of year activities, sports, and even classroom lessons I had planned for you.  I will continue to help you through your projects and encourage you to keep moving forward toward graduation.  That, at least, is still some kind of reality.  Consider yourself an online student and let’s do this.

A brief overview of what you have left in English class:  the MG project/paper (some of you are almost done) and then one remaining senior project (for rhet-comp it’s the memory book – and I have adapted it for digital and remote learning purposes – and for English 8 a “seniors write” project) and some choice reading and writing.  I’ll do my best to make your learning meaningful and make myself available for questions, comments, help, and just check-ins.  Now, for today.

UPDATE:  I have added a tab/page at the top of the website titled “Spring 2020 Project/Assignment Handouts & Schedules” and I put all the MG project handouts and info there in one easy spot, so you don’t have to keep chasing back for them.  As I assign the final senior project, I’ll add those handouts there as well.  For deadlines/targets – check this list.

NOTE ON MG MARK#2:  Mark#2 does not have to be a separate document than Mark#1! You can just continue working in the same document and then once it hits Mark#2 length, change the document name to reflect that (yes, I check them).  No need to make two and then later have to combine them.  Also, that reminds me, if you are a writer who is making all your genres separate documents, you WILL have to combine them into one.  (You’ll get really familiar with copy/paste and adding page breaks).

PRIORITY:  Keep working the list of things to accomplish. I added a page for this as well. Check the tab at top for “4th Quarter Checklists” where I’ll keep updating what gets turned in and when.

NEW (last Friday):   Checklists* to help you make sure your MG project is complete.  I uploaded these to your Dropbox drafts folders.  They will have instructions on how to fill them out plus the ideals you are aiming for and you will turn them in with your complete draft (hopefully) by the end of Monday 4/20.  There are also videos on Flipgrid (rcmg20 for Rhet-Comp & e8mg20 for English 8).

*(Rhet-Comp students: be sure to choose the one for appropriate version you are working on – full version to keep a SWIC A or improve a grade / reduced to maintain your GCHS grade)

LAST WEEK:  If you haven’t yet, help me plan what’s next by filling out a quick Google survey.  Try linking here https://forms.gle/YK215rfZAoFFe2gj9 or check the message sent out last Wednesday 4/15.

NOTE:  Skyward was updated last week to reflect work turned in – MGIdeas & MGDesigns – pages complete in MGMark#1 and whether you completed a booktalk in Flipgrid.  For Rhet-Comp students, I also updated MemBook shorts to reflect how many are complete in your folder.  Start getting these items checked off the list.

THIS WEEK: This week (if you are on target) is about feedback.

  1. Reach out to your WRITE CLUB and/or your trusted friends and/or Mrs. C to get some feedback.
  2. For this purpose, I’ll host an extra office hours slot on Wednesday as well as the normal Tuesday & Thursday (I’ll send an invite later in the week. The Tues/Thurs one is the same).
  3. Fill out the optional MGPre-Conference sheet to help you think through what your paper “does,” how it works, what it might lack.  While it is optional, it is also recommended (especially if you plan to seek out feedback from Mrs. C or others). These will be uploaded to your folders later and posted on the handouts tab above.
  4. I will also start a Mark#2 sharing space later today in your group Flipgrids – talk through papers there if you’d like (you can even use the new screencast feature).

UPCOMING:  Finalizing tips later this week, plus some optional lessons on making your writing more powerful.  You can turn in FINALMG anytime starting 4/22 (directions on Wednesday).  Next week I will reveal final project instructions (updates & changes to the Rhet-Comp memory book assignment and for English 8 the “Seniors Write!” portfolio) and reading and writing goals going forward.

Directions for MG Checklists

(You are NOT ready for the checklist until you have a complete draft)

  1. Open the MG Checklist in your Dropbox drafts folder using MSWord
  2. Enter the page numbers (from your complete MG draft – aka Mark#2) in each box with a p. to show which page Mrs. C will find that genre on (not all of the boxes will be filled because not all of the pieces are required)
  3. Type in your project’s title and explain your unifying element in the appropriate spaces
  4. Type in other genres you added and their corresponding pages in the “extra genres you create” section
  5. Choose save and return to Dropbox
  6. CHANGE the document name to LastnameMGChecklist when this is complete

*Watch a video that explains this process with a screencast by visiting Flipgrid e8mg20 (for English 8) and rcmg20 (for Rhet-Comp) It’s in the MG Overview section.

The target for this assignment is next week.  Just build onto Mark #1 when working toward Mark #2.  You don’t need two separate documents (you would just have to combine them later, anyway).  Once it’s Mark#2 length, just change the doc name.

Friday, April 17th – ALL CLASSES

PRIORITY:  Keep working the list of things to accomplish on Wednesday’s post titled “Confused?”

NEW: Today, I’m working on checklists* to help you make sure your MG project is complete.  I’ll be uploading them to your Dropbox drafts folders later in the day.  They will have instructions on how to fill them out plus the ideals you are aiming for and you will turn them in with your complete draft (hopefully) by the end of Monday 4/20.

*(Rhet-Comp students: be sure to choose the one for appropriate version you are working on – full version to keep a SWIC A or improve a grade / reduced to maintain your GCHS grade)

EARLIER THIS WEEK:  If you haven’t yet, help me plan what’s next by filling out a quick Google survey.  Try linking here https://forms.gle/YK215rfZAoFFe2gj9 or check the message sent out on Wednesday 4/15.

NOTE:  Skyward was updated this week to reflect work turned in – MGIdeas & MGDesigns – pages complete in MGMark#1 and whether you completed a booktalk in Flipgrid.  For Rhet-Comp students, I also updated MemBook shorts to reflect how many are complete in your folder.  Start getting these items checked off the list.

UPCOMING: Next week will mean opportunities to get feedback on your MG paper/project, info on presenting your MG, and announcements about reading & writing going forward. The following week will be the unveiling of your final projects (updates & changes to the Rhet-Comp memory book assignment and for English 8 the “Seniors Write!” portfolio).

Thursday, April 16th – ALL CLASSES

VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS today from 10a – 12p via zoom (same invite – I just sent it to everyone again in today’s email/Google classroom post).  Stop in if you have questions, want extra feedback, or just want to check in.

Keep moving forward and use this week to get caught up.  Check the checklist from Tuesday for what you should be working on (or where to start if you are just now realizing you have to do something.)

❤ Mrs. C = )

P.S. Please take the survey on yesterday’s post that will help me plan what’s next.  Your feedback is necessary.

Wednesday, April 15th – ALL CLASSES

Have you checked out the post from yesterday with a checklist of what you should be working on?  If you are confused or just not caught up, I think it will answer many of your questions.

Have tried stopping into virtual office hours yet?  If you haven’t, give it a shot.  Next session is tomorrow anytime between 10a & 12p. If you are just unsure of how to use zoom, don’t let that be a barrier.  Follow the directions below:

  1. Download the zoom app on your device (it’s free in your app store)
  2. NO. You do not need to make an account.
  3. During call times, go to the email that has the invite (I sent it a couple of weeks ago, but will send the link out again tomorrow), and click the link to join.
  4. You can turn on the video (or not) – but you’ll need to turn on the audio to be heard.
  5. It will put you in a virtual waiting room and Mrs. C will let you in when it’s your turn. That simple!

TODAY:  Help me plan what’s next by filling out a quick Google survey.  You’ll find it in today’s Google classroom (I think it also emails you). Or try linking here https://forms.gle/YK215rfZAoFFe2gj9.

CONFUSED? Check this Checklist.

*Make sure you refer to the checklist for YOUR class (English 8 or Rhet-Comp)

RHET-COMP 102

☑Booktalk (due in Flipgrid – flipcode on BT sheet – or email Mrs. C for it again)
☑Memory Book Shorts (4 – in a folder in your submissions folder)
☑Preview what MG is (check posts from 3/18 & 19 & 23 + flipgrid talk thrus)
☑ ASSIGNMENT: FULL VERSION March 16th post, REDUCED VERSION April 6th post (be sure to look at Rhet-Comp)
☑MGIdeas (3 – 5 potential ideas w/ explanation – template in your Dropbox drafts) – target 3/24
☑MGDesign (narrow down to one idea & do some planning – template in Dropbox drafts) – target 3/29
☑MGMark#1 (start creating pieces of your MG – 6-8 pages) target 4/6
☑MGMark#2 (draft the rest of your MG 10 pages (reduced version – maintains your GCHS grade) or 13 – 17 pages (full version to keep a SWIC A or improve your grade) – target 4/20

Along the way, there were Quickwrites designed to help you search for topics (the 3 lists of questions) and later to help you start to generate some writing that you might use in your project (or at least some experimenting with genres to get you thinking).  If you skipped them, and you get stuck, try returning to your notebook and working a bit there. (QW #30 – 39)

ENGLISH 8

☑Booktalk (due in Flipgrid – flipcode on BT sheet – or email Mrs. C for it again)
☑Preview what MG is (check posts from 3/18 & 19 & 23 + flipgrid talk thrus)
☑ASSIGNMENT: REDUCED VERSION April 6th post (be sure to look at English 8)
☑MGIdeas (3 – 5 potential ideas w/ explanation – template in your Dropbox drafts) – target 3/25
☑MGDesign (narrow down to one idea & do some planning – template in Dropbox drafts) – target 4/1
☑MGMark#1 (start creating pieces of your MG – 4 – 6 pages) target 4/8
☑MGMark#2 (draft the rest of your MG – 7 pages (reduced version) – target 4/20

Along the way, there were Quickwrites designed to help you search for topics (the 3 lists of questions) and later to help you start to generate some writing that you might use in your project (or at least some experimenting with genres to get you thinking).  If you skipped them, and you get stuck, try returning to your notebook and working a bit there. (QW #17 – 26)