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January 24, 2011- January 28, 2011 January 24, 2011

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Homework for the week:

Students that scored below 70% on the classwork from Friday, please correct your work and resubmit on Thursday, January 27, 2011.

All other students, please write two, thoughtful, one page journal entries on two different topics of your choice. Journal entries are due on Thursday, January 27, 2011.


Week of 12/13/10-12/17/10 December 13, 2010

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Students, for this week, you need to do the following:

1. Study for your ELA final on Wednesday.

2. Complete homework choice assignment A or B— due Thursday.

A.  Choose 3 strategies and write a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that will be read on the radio advertising a product. Remember, your audience can only hear  what you say, so choose your words strategically. Your PSA should be no longer than 45 seconds when read aloud. On a separate sheet of paper, identify the strategies used and your target audience.

B.  Create a poster for a product you imagine using at least 3 persuasive strategies.  Your poster should illustrate the strategies as in a magazine, not be explicitly stated or identified. On the back of your poster, identify the strategies used and your target audience.


12/10/10 Quiz December 8, 2010

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The quiz will be over the persuasive strategies studied in class. Click on the link below if you need to review the strategies and their definitions.

9 Propaganda or Persuasive Techniques Modified


Field Trip to the Alliance Theatre

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All students attending the field trip to the Alliance Theatre on Friday, December 10, 2010, please remember to bring a dressy change of clothes. You will attend your after-school class and then we will have dinner at 5:30PM. The bus will be leaving at 6:45PM, and we will return to school at 10:00PM. Please email me at:, send a message on the blog or call the school if you have any questions.



Week of 12/06/10

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12/6/10 Complete counter-argument based on chosen topic in class. Due on Tuesday, 12/7/10.

12/8/10 and 12/09/10 Review persuasive strategies for quiz on Friday. Be prepared to identify and explain strategies in both print and commercial advertisements.

Quiz over persuasive strategies on Friday, December 10, 2010.


Homework for the week of 11/29/10 November 29, 2010

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This week we are analyzing arguments in real world applications. Students will read both a newspaper article and a speech regarding the use of cell phones while driving.

The following homework will be due on Thursday, December 2, 2010.

1. Review both The Mercury news article and the speech by Arnold Schwarzenegger on p. 593-595.

2. Review the definitions of the following terms: oversimplification, false analogy, jumping on the bandwagon and insufficient evidence.

3. Answer the following questions:

A. What is the main proposition in each text?

B. What details does each text include as support?

C. Which text makes more effective use of supporting details? Explain your response.

4. Complete the following pre-writing activities:

A. Make a two column chart with a heading that states the editorial’s proposition. Then, reread the editorial on pages 593-594, and in the left column of the chart, note details and arguments that the author uses for support.

B. Use the right hand column of the chart to note errors in logic or inconsistent reasoning. Also, note details that provide strong support for the editorial’s proposition.

C. Based on your chart, decide if you agree or disagree with the editorial. Then, use the chart to create an outline that you can use as a framework for your letter.

5. Write a persuasive letter responding to the prompt below. Be sure to write in blue or black ink, as this is a final draft you are submitting. Typing is optional, but not required.

Write a letter to the editor to express y0ur agreement or disagreement with the editorial on hands-free cell phone legislation. Point out the strengths or weaknesses in the author’s logic and use of supporting details. If you disagree with the editorial, cite at least one exmple of logical error, bias or inconsistency. If you agree with the author, cite an argument that is well reasoned and logical.


2010 Writing Workshop November 21, 2010

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This week 8th grade students will participate in the 2nd Annual 8th Grade Writing Workshop on Novermber 22nd and 23rd. ELA teachers will present different strategies and techniques for students to use on the upcoming Writing Test in January. Classes will resume as normal upon return from Thanksgiving Break.