For our final project, we will be writing scripts based on an existing plot line (ie. a fairytale, book, or short story). We will then be filming the short films on a green screen.
I have posted an example script, the assignment outline, and a video of the green screen app below.
We have started our new poetry unit. In this unit students will write ten different poem types:
Here is the rubric with which I will be marking the persuasive essays. All students will also be given a hard copy.
Remember, keep on checking the rubric to make sure that you are meeting the assignment's expectations.
As you know, students are expected to write a 5 paragraph persuasive essay. This is due on Friday, April 28th. They are to answer one of the questions in the post below. Students are given graphic organizers to help them organize each paragraph.
Here is a photo of our classroom bulletin board which is designed to help students organize their work. The essay on the right is the essay that I am modelling for students.
Some key things to remember:
- Your thesis should be very clear and simple.
- You should state the three reasons for your thesis in the introduction and the conclusion.
- These three reasons should then make-up the body of the paragraph. That is, there should be one paragraph for each reason.
- Within each body/reason paragraph, you should have evidence for your reason. Only evidence pertaining to that reason should be included.
Students will need to write a persuasive essay on one of the following topics:
1) Should the minimum wage be increased?
2) Should the Ontario government clean-up the English River where Grassy Narrows is situated?
3) Should corporations be allowed to advertise in schools?
4) Should fracking be banned?
5) Should public transit be free for all?
6) Should CEOs of companies be allowed to make so much more money than their employees?
7) Should college education be free for everyone?
8) Should Canada try to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and increase our use of renewable energy?
9) Should make-up companies buy mica from places that might use child labour?
10) Should students have to pass a basic skills test to graduate high school?
11) Do violent video games and music have a negative impact on students?
12) Is the main cause of global warming human activity?
13) Should people consume less goods to be kinder to the environment?
14) Is Donald Trump justified in banning immigrants from his list of 6 countries?
15) Should smoking be made illegal?
16) Should Canada devote more money to mental health?
After our blizzard break, we continued to work on persuasive writing. We examined a persuasive paragraph on homework. We examined the structure and colour-coded it accordingly. We decided that the structure was like that of a hamburger. The buns were the topic and concluding sentences. The reasons were the three patties. Then the condiments between each patty were the supporting details and elaboration.
This diagram is not of a burger, but it is also a good representation of a persuasive paragraph.
Here is the file of the paragraph we analyzed.
Some students have been asking for an electronic version of the book talk assignment sheet. Here it is:
Today's journal response was to discuss the recent cell phone ban in a Toronto Middle School.
Here is the news report we watched.
Today we will be starting a biography project. This assignment counts as both an ELA and a Social Studies project. As such, we will be devoting time from both classes to it.
You will research and write a 5 paragraph biography on a human rights hero. You can pick from the following people:
- Mohandas Gandhi
- Malala Yousafzai
- Nelson Mandela
- Viola Desmond
- Aung San Suu Kyi
- Mildred Loving
- Harriet Tubman
Your 5 paragraph essay will be split into the following sections/paragraphs:
2) Early Years
3) Middle Years
4) Later Years
6) Works Cited / Sources
You need to pick your topic (ie. the person) from the list and then research them. You are to use at least 3 sources, although more are encouraged. I suggest you start at biography.com. Most, but not all, of the people on the list have a video or article there. Beyond that, you need to find at least 2 more sources. These can we websites or books.
Take notes on a lined piece of paper, with the source information at the top. Remember, when we take notes we do not copy parts of the articles word for word. That can lead to plagiarism. You should have separate jot-notes for each source.
As you read and take notes, ensure that you are getting all of the needed information to answer the questions and subject areas above.
Next, you will group the information together on the appropriate paragraph-planning templates (provided). That is, you will write the information that will go in the introduction on the Plan the Introduction sheet, for example.
Next, you will write your rough draft of the biography. This includes your Works Cited / Sources page.
You and a friend/family member will edit your work and use the checklist (provided) to ensure you have everything you need included.
You will produce a typed final copy of the assignment. Remember, you need to proofread and make any needed changes before handing it in.
Below, you will find the assignment sheet.