Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Progress Reports and Thesis Exit Slip

LaVilla progress reports went home on Friday, September 23, and we sent home a detailed language arts report. If you would like to improve your grade, there will be several more grades added in before the end of the quarter.

The next grade is the thesis exit slip we worked on in class. If you didn't finish this assignment, you need to turn it next class period (Friday-A day and Monday-B day).

For this assignment, you need to choose three topics that interest you. Then, on a separate sheet of paper write a thesis statement for each topic.

Remember a thesis statement has three requirements: a claim/opinion, preview of reasons, and parallel structure. Remember to be concise. Do not explain your reasons because that's what you'll do in your body paragraphs. If you are struggling to come up with strong reasons, you should consider the acronym PERSUADE THEM (see below).

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You need your textbook.

You've got your first homework assignment!

Take the book home or read it in the online textbook.
Read The Treasure of Lemon Brown by Walter Dean Myers.  Use the Table of Contents to find the story in your textbook.. 
There will be a quiz about PLOT and conflict in this story.  Be sure you can identify each stage of the plot for this story and defend your choices.  Identify the types of conflict that are present in the story.

Tired of lugging home a big textbook? Well, you can access the entire textbook online. You can even listen to audio versions of the selections while you read along. To access the textbook, go to Actually, click here to go directly to your book. You'll need this access code: 3767769-50. You'll be asked to create an account and then you can start using the online textbook at home or wherever you have internet access.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Plot Reminder