March 24, 2011
Blocks 1 and 3: On Wednesday, we worked on the Odyssey test. I collected the Odyssey packets and entered the last homework grade, and I collected the foldable review booklet for the Odyssey. I graded that in two parts– so there were 2 class work grades. All of those were entered yesterday.
I collected the research papers at the end of class.
There is no new homework. Remember to bring your literature textbook.
If you have not turned in p. 713 or the review booklet, I will accept those on Friday. See you then!
Block 7: Yesterday, we wrote the essay for the Odyssey test and completed the peer review for the research papers.
The test will continue to today and I will collect the research papers.
March 21, 2011
BLOCKS 1 and 3:
Today, we practiced explicating the Odyssey, reviewed for the test, and peer reviewed our research papers.
1. I checked your packet today. I will take makeup work on Wednesday and I will check for the Homeric Simile page. Do page 713– (#6-13 only) in your textbook.
2. Complete your layered foldable booklet. The Odyssey TEST is Wednesday.
3. Revise your research paper. Due WEDNESDAY!
Today, we went over the expectations for the layered foldable, the characteristics of an epic, the people/places to study for the Odyssey test, etc.
We also explicated a section of the epic poem for a classwork grade.
Upcoming Dates for Block 7:
Tuesday– Research paper due; bring your Odyssey questions (packets) for me to check
Wednesday– Odyssey booklet and test due
Thursday– Research paper final draft
March 17, 2011
If you need more notes for the research paper than the ones that I have given in class, here are some sites that you can try out:
This is the best site for an overview of writing a research paper: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
If you need additional help, here are some resources:
1. Sample research papers to show you how to type and present your paper; these also show the parenthetical citations and works cited page:
Sample Research Paper
Sample Research Paper 2
Sample Research Paper 3
Here is a link to another one with specific directions about typing: http://rwc.hunter.cuny.edu/reading-writing/on-line/mla-sample-research-paper.html
2. MLA citation examples
Here is a chart of citation examples for MLA: http://www.studyguide.org/MLAdocumentation.htm
Here is a citation generator (a cite that will create the citation as you enter the information). You may find that it is quicker to just follow the examples/charts than to input the data into this “machine.”
Note: you have to select MLA in the upper LEFT hand corner.
3. How to write an outline
Here is a sample outline:
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/rules6e/latest/lmcontent/ch07/PDF/Hacker-Levi-MLA-Out.pdf (This document says that the outline page should be numbered differently than normal. You do NOT need to do that for our paper. Just keep your regular numbering).
You may use a topic or sentence outline. Make sure that you are consistent. For example, if you choose to use a sentence outline, then all of your sections have to be in “sentences.”
March 11, 2011
1. All blocks should be researching and writing source/note cards for the cause/effect papers. All research must be finished by the end of next week.
2. Complete p. 687 (the 7 questions at the end of part 1 of the Odyssey) (homework grade)
3. Read the Odyssey through “The Test of the Great Bow” and answer the packet questions. I have checked for the questions through the end of Part 1, so make sure that you finish these for a homework grade. Also make sure that you have completed the “Homeric Simile” page. We’ll have quiz on the people, places, and events up through our current reading. Make sure that you know Circe’s advice and the blind man’s prophecy!
4. Review your research notes for a brief quiz; questions such as “Why do we use index cards instead of notebook paper?” “What are the 3 types of notes taken on note cards?” etc. !
March 8, 2011
Yesterday and today, we worked on research skills and reading the Odyssey. We completed our Odyssey quiz.
Our homework is to read through The Cattle of the Sun God and answer the packet questions. Also you need to be researching your topic- 3 source cards & 5 notecards by Friday/ Monday. You need your research question by next class.
March 3, 2011
Today, we worked on reading The Odyssey. We watched a video about Trojan War and the Trojan Horse and we read sections.
Block 1 completed a paired-class work activity (grade) on The Cyclops and we read orally the sections on Circe and The Land of the Dead.
Block 3 completed the classwork but we were only able to read the section on Circe.
We reviewed key points for the quiz.
Homework: Study for your quiz (up through the section on Circe). Pay special attention to the sections in italics (do NOT skip those).
Here is a link to read the story online:
Here is the set of questions that we have been using:
March 2, 2011
Today, in blocks 4 and 6, we accomplished the following:
1. Watched a 7 minute video about The Odyssey and Greek mythology.
2. Took notes on the background and characteristics of an epic
3. Read orally– through to the Cyclops section.
4. Worked in pairs on the story map for the Cyclops section (CW grade)
Homework: Read and answer the quetsions through the end of Circe. (Question 35)
March 1, 2011
Yesterday and today, my classes worked on the following:
1. Anticipation guide for The Odyssey
2. Notetaking for the background and characteristics of the epic
3. Oral reading/discussion/homework review for the first two sections (through Calyspo)
4. Introduction to research
1. Read The Odyssey through the end of the Cyclops section AND answer the reading questions through #30.
2. With your partner, develop a research question. Here is a website for a sample list of topics: