Ms. Megan Hattan

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  • 5/21/2020

    LAST CHANCE!  This is your LAST DAY to catch up!  Complete missing assignments.  Email me if you need me to reopen an assignment so that you may redo it or retake a quiz.  Let me know if you have questions or if you'd like to talk through anything together.


     

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  • 5/20/2020

    Take some time today to look over your grades.  If you have resubmitted an assignment or quiz and it is not yet in the gradebook, please let me know!

    Please use today to catch up!  Complete missing assignments.  Email me if you need me to reopen an assignment so that you may redo it or retake a quiz.  Let me know if you have questions or if you'd like to talk through anything together.


     

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  • 5/19/2020

    Please use today to catch up!  Complete missing assignments.  Email me if you need me to reopen an assignment so that you may redo it or retake a quiz.  Let me know if you have questions or if you'd like to talk through anything together.


     

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  • 5/18/2020

    We wrap up this unit by considering the lasting impact of the Civil War.  In StudySync, complete the Blast assignment, Fresh Start?  Read the Background text and explore the Research Links.  Use that information to help you compose a response to the question, What can we learn from the aftermath of the Civil War?  Be sure to respond with a complete sentence, but keep you answer concise in order to fit within the 140-character limit.  Then answer the Quick Poll question and submit your response.  Once you have submitted your response, give written feedback on at least five peer responses.  This is part of your grade for this assignment.  Your written feedback should be complete sentences, and should be constructive and respectful.


     

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  • 5/15/2020

    Complete PART 2 - Close Read: O Captain! My Captain! in StudySync.  Reread the text.  Then respond to the Writing Prompt.  It asks you to write a narrative about a perosn or event deserving tribute, then write a one or two stanza poem that uses a metaphor you introduce in your narrative.  Use the skills we've focused on this week: figurative language and poetic structure.  Your response must be a narrative, which should include one or two good paragraphs, and a poem of one or two stanzas.  One or two crummy sentences will not be enough.


     

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  • 5/14/2020

    In StudySync, complete PART 1 - Close Read: O Captain! My Captain!.  Complete the vocabulary activity by matching the definitions to the correct words; then write an original sentence for each vocabulary word that uses the word correctly in the sentence.

    Next, answer the five Focus Questions by annotating the text.  Please use the green, blue, or purple highlighter in order to differentiate between your First Read and Close Read annotations.  Be sure to answer with complete sentences and include the number of the question you are answering in your annotation.


     

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  • 5/13/2020

    Today in StudySync you will be focusing on Poetic Structure: O Captain! My Captain!  In this lesson you will be comparing this week's text to the poem "Paul Revere's Ride," which we read two weeks ago.  Watch and read the introduction.  Read and annotate the Model.  Then answer the Your Turn questions.


     

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  • 5/12/2020

    Today's lesson in StudySync is Figurative Language: O Captain! My Captain!  Watch and read the introduction.  Read and annotate the Model.  Then answer the Your Turn questions.  Don't rush!  Take time to really read the passage, both questions, and all possible answers before you attempt to answer either one.  Think about what you learned in the Identification and Application section as well as how this information is used in the Model.


     

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  • 5/11/2020

    Our final text for this unit focuses on another classic American poem, "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman.  In StudySync, read and watch the introduction.  Then read and annotate the text.  Watch the StudySync TV episode to gain further insights into the poem.  Finally, answer the five Think Questions.


     

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  • 5/8/2020

    Today please complete PART 2 - Close Read: Gettysburg Address.  Reread the text, then respond to the writing prompt.  You will need to respond with a detailed, well-written paragraph or two that uses specific evidence from the text to support your response.  Please also make sure you have completed the Vocabulary and Focus Questions from PART 1.


     

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  • 5/7/2020

    Log into StudySync and click on the assignment PART 1 - Close Read: Gettysburg Address. For this part of the assignment, please complete the following:

    Vocabulary:  Match the definitions to the vocabulary words.  Then write an original sentence for each word (that you think of) that uses the word correctly.

    Focus Questions:  Reread the text.  Answer the Focus Questions by highlighting the text using the green, blue, or purple highlighter.  Write the answer to each Focus Question in your annotations; be sure to include the number of the question you are answering.  Respond with one or two complete sentences.


     

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  • 5/6/2020

    Today, we're focusing on the central and main idea of the Gettysburg Address.  In StudySync, click on the assignment Central and Main Idea: Gettysburg Address, then please watch and read the introduction.  Take time to carefully read the Identification and Application section and use that information to help you highlight and annotate the Model.  Then answer the Your Turn questions.  Please carefully read the passage, both questions, and all of the possible answers before you answer either one.


     

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  • 5/5/2020

    As we continue to study the Gettysburg Address, our focus today is on arguments and claims.  In StudySync, click on the skill focus lesson Arguments and Claims: Gettysburg Address.  Watch and read the introduction.  Read and annotate the Model.  Then answer the Your Turn questions.


     

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  • 5/4/2020

    Arguably, the most important speech in American history is the Gettysburg Address.  In StudySync, complete the First Read assignment.  Read and watch the introduction.  Then read and annotate the text.  Watch the StudySync TV episode.  Finally, answer the Think Questions.  Be sure to answer with more than one complete sentence and use specific evidence from the text to support your response.


     

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  • 5/1/2020

    Today, please catch up on your work.  Complete a missing assignment...or two.  Email me if you need to retake a quiz or if you need to re-submit an assignment.  If you have questions, please let me know and I will talk with you via email or we can set up a Zoom meeting to talk things through.


     

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  • 4/30/2020

    Today in StudySync, you'll be completing part 2 of the Close Read for the Speech to the Ohio Women's Conference: Ain't I a Woman.  Take time to reread the two accounts of the speech.  Then carefully read the writing prompt.  Respond to the prompt with thought and detail.  Use specific evidence from the text to support your answer.  Be careful to answer every part of the writing prompt.  Proofread before you click on the Submit button.  You will need to write at least one or two detailed paragraphs.


     

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  • 4/29/2020

    Today, we'll be completing Part 1 of the Close Read assignment for Speech to the Ohio Women's Conference: Ain't I a Woman.  Log into StudySync. 

    Be sure you complete the vocabulary activity by matching the definitions to the vocabulary words.  Then for each word write an original sentence (that YOU think of) that uses the vocabulary word.

    Answer the six Focus Questions by highlighting passages of the text and answering the questions in your annotations.  Please use the blue, green, or purple highlighter for this Close Read assignment.  Included the number of the question you are answering in your annotation.  Be sure to answer all parts of each question.  You may need to write more than one sentence to answer each Focus Question.


     

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  • 4/28/2020

    In StudySync, please complete the assignment Compare and Contrast: Sojourner Truth.  Watch and read the introduction.  Read and annotate the Model.  Finally, answer the Think Questions.


     

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  • 4/27/2020

    The text we're focusing on this week is the Speech to the Ohio Women's Conference: And Ain't I a Woman by Sojourner Truth.  Today, please log into StudySync and complete the First Read that gives excerpts from two different accounts of this powerful speech.  Watch and read the introduction.  Then read and annotate the text.  Next, watch the StudySync TV episode.  Finally, answer the Think Questions.


     

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  • 4/24/2020

    Today we're taking a break from our Civil War unit.  You will be completing a Blast assignment on StudySync titled "Treat Yo Self!"  Life has been weird for all of us lately.  We're all dealing with unfamiliar situations and new challenges.  Perhaps, like me, you're feeling the impact of today being the anniversary of the loss of our fellow Husky, Addison.  Today's blast focuses on self-care and mental health.  Read the Blast Background and explore the research links.  Then answer the Blast question: What does self-care mean to you?  Perhaps your response will be framed by current events.  Perhaps your response will be influenced by emotions you're feeling today.  I have increased the length limit for your Blast response from 140 to 280 characters.  Please use this opportunity to express how you're feeling and coping with what is going on in your life.  Once you have submitted your response and answered the quick poll question, you may use the peer reviews to communicate with and support each other today.  You will not be graded on the written feedback you give your peers for this Blast assignment; however, as always, please make sure your feedback is constructive, respectful, and - especially today - supportive.


     

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  • 4/23/2020

    Today we wrap up our focus on "Paul Revere's Ride" by performing a Close Read.  Log into StudySync.  Complete the vocabulary activity by matching the definitions to the correct words.  Then write an original sentence for each vocabulary word, using a word in each sentence.  Reread the poem.  Finally, respond to the writing prompt.  Be sure to read the prompt and follow the directions.  You will need to respond with more than one paragraph.  It's important that you use specific evidence from the text to support your response.  We will not be answering Focus questions for this Close Read assignment.


     

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  • 4/22/2020

    If you struggled with any of the assignments from last week's text, Across Five Aprils, please let me know!  I realize the excerpt was confusing for many of you.  I am here to answer questions through email, talk with you in a Zoom meeting, or reopen any assignment you would like to redo!  This goes for any/all of the lessons we have completed since the beginning of this quarter.

    Today, we continue with "Paul Revere's Ride" by focusing on connotation and denotation.  You will find this lesson in StudySync.  Watch and read the introduction video and paragraph.  Then use the Identification and Application section to help you read, highlight, and annotate the Model.  Finally, answer the Your Turn questions.  Please be sure to read and think before you answer either question!


     

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  • 4/21/2020

    Log into StudySync to complete today's lesson, Figurative Language: Paul Revere's Ride.  Watch and read the introduction to remind yourself about different types of figurative language such as imangery, simile and metaphor, alliteration, personification, and allusion, among others.  Then use the Identification and Application section to help you read, highlight, and annotate the Model.  Finally, answer the Your Turn questions.  Don't rush!  Carefully read the passage and think before you answer either question.  


     

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  • 4/20/2020

    It seems fitting that today you will read "Paul Revere's Ride" just two days, and 245 years, after that historical event.  Log into StudySync.  Click on First Read: Paul Revere's Ride.  Watch the introduction video.  Read and annotate the text using the yellow, red, or orange highlighter.  Watch the StudySync TV episode where students discuss the poem; this should give you further insight into the text.  Finally, answer the Think questions.  Be sure to write complete sentences and use specific evidence from the text to support your responses.


     

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  • 4/16/2020

    Today you will complete part two of the Close Read: Across Five Aprils assignment.  When you log into StudySync, you will see Close Read: Across Five Aprils again.  If you have not yet submitted yesterday's assignment, you will see it twice.  Yesterday you should have completed the vocabulary assignment and answered the Focus questions by annotating the text.  Today you need to respond to the writing prompt.  Please be sure to read the prompt.  You will need to respond with more than one paragraph in order to demonstrate character and point of view.  You will probably need to include dialogue as well.  Don't forget to proofread before you submit the assignment.


     

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  • 4/15/2020

    We will be completing the Close Read of Across Five Aprils in two parts.  Today, please log into StudySync and click on the assignment Close Read: Across Five Aprils.  Complete the vocabulary assignment by matching the definitions to the correct words.  Then write an original sentence that uses the vocabulary word correctly.  Next, answer the Focus questions by highlighting and annotating the text.  Please use the blue, green, or purple highlighter.  Highlight the passage from the text that answers each question.  Be sure to write the number of the question you are answering in your annotation.  Your annotation should be a complete sentence or two.


     

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  • 4/14/2020

    Your skill focus lesson today is on character.  Log into StudySync.  Complete the lesson Character: Across Five Aprils.  Watch and read the introduction.  Read and annotate the Model.  Answer the Your Turn questions.


     

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  • 4/13/2020

    Please complete the Point of View: Across Five Aprils assignment in StudySync.  Watch and read the introduction about point of view.  Then click on the Model tab and watch the video where students discuss point of view in Across Five Aprils.  Read the Identification and Application section and use it to help you annotate the Model.  Finally, answer the Your Turn questions.


     

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  • 4/10/2020

    Be sure to click on the binder tab at the top of the StudySync page to see all of the assignments you have submitted and to read my comments on them.  If you'd like to redo any assignment or quiz, please let me know!  I am happy to talk through it with you just like when we were in class.

    Please complete the First Read of Across Five Aprils in StudySync.  Watch the introduction video and read the introduction paragraph.  Then read and annotate the text.  Watch the StudySync TV episode where students discuss the excerpt from Across Five Aprils.  Finally, answer the Think questions.  Please, please, please write several sentences and use evidence from the text to support your responses!


     

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  • 4/9/2020

    Today, please finish the Close Read of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in StudySync.  

    This assignment has THREE parts:

    1. VOCABULARY: Drag the definition to each correct vocabulary word. Then write an original sentence (that you think of, NOT copy from any source) for each vocabulary word.

    2. FOCUS QUESTIONS: Above the text are six focus questions.  As you reread the text, highlight passages using the purple, green, or blue highlighter that help you answer each focus question.  In your annotation, include the number of the focus question you are answering, and write a sentence or two to answer each question.

    3. WRITING PROMPT: Carefully read the prompt.  Respond to the writing prompt in a paragraph or two.  Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  Be sure to use the skills we focused on this week: informational text elements and figurative language.  Proofread before you submit your response.


     

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  • 4/8/2020

    Today, you will complete the Close Read of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in StudySync.  

    This assignment has THREE parts:

    1. VOCABULARY: Drag the definition to each correct vocabulary word. Then write an original sentence (that you think of, NOT copy from any source) for each vocabulary word.

    2. FOCUS QUESTIONS: Above the text are six focus questions.  As you reread the text, highlight passages using the purple, green, or blue highlighter that help you answer each focus question.  In your annotation, include the number of the focus question you are answering, and write a sentence or two to answer each question.

    3. WRITING PROMPT: Carefully read the prompt.  Respond to the writing prompt in a paragraph or two.  Cite evidence from the text to support your response.  Be sure to use the skills we focused on this week: informational text elements and figurative language.  Proofread before you submit your response.

    Don't stress about completing all of this assignment today.  Work on one or two pieces today.  Work on the rest tomorrow.  The three parts of this Close Read assignment will be due on Friday.


     

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  • 4/7/2020

    Your skill focus lesson today is on Figurative Language: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  Log into StudySync and click on the lesson.  Watch the concept definition video and read the introduction paragraphs.  Then watch the video under the Model tab where students discuss the way Frederick Douglass uses figurative language.  Read the Identification and Application section.  Use this to help you read and annotate the Model.  Then answer the Your Turn questions.  Please use the quiz-taking strategies we talk about often to help you answer the questions.


     

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  • 4/6/2020

    In StudySync, click on the skill focus lesson Informational Text Elements: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

    Watch the concept definition video and read the introduction paragraphs about informational text elements under the Define tab.

    Read, highlight, and annotate the Model.  Use the information in the Identification and Application section to help you annotate the text.

    Answer the Your Turn questions.  Carefully read the passage, both questions, and all possible responses before you attempt to answer either question.  Think about what you read and learned about informational text elements.  Look back at the definition and the Identification and Application information.  Mentally eliminate responses to help you narrow down the correct answers.  Use both questions together to help you answer each one.  Don't rush!  Read and think.


     

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  • 4/3/2020

    Do you remember when we used to talk about grammar?  Do you remember wriing in the back of your "handy-dandy notebook"?  Today we're reviewing grammar.  Specifically, active and passive voice. Today's lesson is in Google Classroom.  Read the Doc, and complete exercises A. B and C.  You need to write sentences 1-10  That's 10 sentences you need to write today.  Please use your extra time to work on any missing work.  Please log into StudySync and click on the Binder tab at the top.  Click on any assignment to see my comments.  If you need to redo any assignment or quiz, please let me know.

    Once again, today's assignment is in Google Classroom.


     

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  • 4/2/2020

    Please finish the First Read of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  If you have not yet highlighted and annotated the text, please do so.  Remember to highlight using yellow, orange, or red.  Watch the StudySync TV episode that discusses the text.  Then answer the Think questions.


     

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  • 4/1/2020

    Today's lesson is the First Read of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  In StudySync, read and watch the introduction to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  Then read and annotate the text.  For the first read, please highlight using yellow, orange, or red.  You may encounter several unfamiliar words throughout the text.  Use an online dictionary to look up the definitions and summarize them in your annotation.  Additionally, your annotations should include:

    1. use context clues to analyze and determine the meaning of the bolded vocabulary terms
    2. ask questions about passages of the text that may be unclear or unresolved
    3. identify key information, events, individuals, and ideas and make connections between them
    4. note unfamiliar vocabulary
    5. capture their reactions to the events in the text

    Then watch the StudySync TV episode that discusses the text.  You may start on the Think questions.  We will continue working on these Think questions in tomorrow's lesson as well.  Please don't rush through responding and submit poor work.  Your focus for today is to actively read and watch the StudySync TV discussion.


     

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  • 3/31/2020

    Today you'll be completing a Blast response in StudySync titled "Shots Heard Around the World."  Consider the Blast question, How can a civil war in one country affect the rest of the world?  Read the Blast Background and explore the research links at the bottom.  Then compose your Blast response.  Respond with a sentence or two that thoughtfully and completely answers the Blast question.  Take into account what you learned by reading the Background and exploring the research links.  Proofread before you submit your response.  Then answer the Quick Poll question and check out the Number Crunch.  Finally, give written feedback to at least five peer responses.  Be sure that your feedback is throughful, constructive, and respectful.  Respond with one or two complete sentences.


     

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  • 3/30/2020

    I posted a new video above that goes over some StudySync features and gives clarification on highlighting and annotating. Please check it out.

    I have begun putting grades into Infinite Campus.  If you have not yet completed an assignment, please make sure you do so.

    Students, it is important that you are highlighting and annotating the texts that you read.  This shows me that you are engaged with the text, lets me know if there's something you don't understand, and shows me what you are understanding.  Moving forward, I would like you to use the highlighting tool to differentiate between the First Read assignments and Close Read assignments.  Please use the three colors on the left - yellow, orange, and red when you annotate for a First Read and use the three colors on the right - green, blue, and purple for the Close Read.

    Today, I'd like for you to go back over the Close Read assignment from Friday.  If you have already submitted it, I reopened the assignment so that you can make changes to it.  That means you will need to resubmit it once you are finished.  To be clear, there are three parts to this assignment:

    1. Vocabulary: Match the definitions to the correct terms.  Write an original sentence (that you think of, not copy from another source) that uses the vocabulary word.
    2. Perform a close read of the House Divided speech.  Answer the Focus questions that are above the text.  Do this by highlighting the passage from the text that helps you answer the question.  Please use green, blue, or purple highlights to answer the Focus questions.  Be sure to label your annotation with the number question that you are answering.
    3. Respond to the writing prompt.  Please be sure to read the prompt carefully and follow the directions.  You need to write more than one paragraph.  Use the skills we focused on last week: informational text structure and tone as you respond to the prompt.  Please, please, please proofread before you submit the assignment.
       
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  • 3/27/2020

    Again, if you are missing any of this week's assignments, please complete them.  In particular, if you have not yet given written feedback on at least five peer responses to the blast question from Monday, please do so.  If you have submitted Think questions for the first read of the House Divided speech, I have reviewed them and given you comments.  You should be able to see that.  Finally, please remember that you need to highlight and annotate the texts that we read every day!  It is part of the assignment and shows me that you are engaged with the texts we are reading!

    Today, you need to conduct a close read of the House Divided speech.  Begin by filling in the vocabulary tab.  Drag the definitions to their correct words.  Then write an original sentence for each vocabulary word.  Next you need to reread the House Divided speech.  Yes, that means that you need to read it again.  As you read the speech again, you should answer the Focus questions in your annotations.  Please list the number of the question that you are answering in your annotation.  Finally, please respond to the writing prompt by composing a speech about something important to you.  Please write more than one paragraph.  Consider the skills we have focused on this week: informational text structure and tone.


     

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  • 3/26/2020

    If you have not completed any/all of the assignments this week, please make sure you do so.  They build on each other, so each one is important to help you complete the others.

    Today, our skill focus is on the tone of the House Divided speech.  Log into StudySync, and click on the assignment titled "Tone - House Divided Speech."  Watch and read the concept definition under the "Define" tab.  Then read and annotate the Model.  Yes, highlighting and annotating is part of the assignment.  It shows me that you are engaged with the text and demonstrates your understanding and interpretation.  As you annotate, remember you should:

    • highlight key points
    • ask questions
    • identify places where the Model applies the strategies laid out in the Identification and Application section
    • comment on the effect the speaker's tone has on the text's meaning

    Finally, answer the Your Turn questions.  Be sure to practice the quiz-taking strategies we talk about in class.  Take your time, read, and think.


     

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  • 3/25/2020

    Today we're focusing on Informational Text Structure of the House Divided speech.   Please begin by watching the concept definition video and reading through the introduction definition underneath the video.  Then read and annotate the model.  Remember, as you annotate:

    • highlight key points
    • ask questions
    • identify places where the Model applies the strategies laid out in the Identification and Application section
    • comment on how the informational text structure an author chooses to present information can allow readers to better understand the author's purpose and point of view, as well as its effect on the ability of the author to inform or persuade

    Finally, answer the two Your Turn questions.  Practice the same quiz-taking strategies we have talked about in class: read the text, both questions, and all possible answers before you answer either question; look back at the text to help you answer the questions; mentally eliminate answers that you know are not correct in order to narrow down your possible correct answers; and - above all - read and think.


     

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  • 3/24/2020

    If you have not yet given written feedback on at least five peer responses for the Blast question, please make sure you do.  Remember, that is half of your grade for a Blast assignment.

    Today's assignment is the first read of Abraham Lincoln's "House Divided" speech.  Log into StudySync.  Watch and read the introduction.  Then read and annotate the text.  I will be looking at your annotations.  Remember that you should be highlighting and making notes just like you would in your book.  In particular, you should: 

    1. use context clues to analyze and determine the meaning of the bolded vocabulary terms
    2. ask questions about passages in the text that may be unclear or unresolved
    3. identify key information, events, and the connections between them
    4. note unfamiliar vocabulary
    5. capture your reactions to the information in the text

    Finally, answer the Think questions.  Be sure to refer back to the text as you answer the questions.  Remember to respond with multiple, complete sentences that are detailed and provide evidence from the text to support your response.


     

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  • 3/23/2020

    Today we start a new unit, The Civil War.  We begin with a Blast assignment.  Please click on the logo above to log into StudySync.  Complete the Blast assignment by reading the Blast Background.  Be sure to explore some of the information in the research links at the bottom.  They provide some great background information.  Then compose your Blast response.  As always, respond with a well-written sentence or two that completely answers the question, "How did the War Between the States redefine America?"  Choose an answer to the Quick Poll Question, then submit.  Be sure to check out the Number Crunch as well.  Then, give written feedback to at least five peer responses.  Remember, your feedback on peer responses should be constructive, respectul, and written in complete sentences.  Please email me if you have any questions.

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