I'm sure all of my students are aware by now that last Monday marked the end of digital learning at FSMS. To be perfectly clear, there is no lesson for today, nor will there be one for next Monday. The time is yours to catch up on any missing work. You must have all assignments … Continue reading Nothing Gets Done Without the Last Minute
Analyze a WHAT?! Agonizing over paragraph structure? Finding nothing worth smiling about regarding similies? Worrying that you won't sound like you know what you're talking about? Counting the words and writing line totals in the margins? Don't worry about poetry analysis - SLAM it! SLAM, in this case, isn't like a poetry slam. A poetry … Continue reading Don’t Analyze a Poem – SLAM IT!
As you continue to work on your original poem (see last week's assignment) and prepare to video the presentation, take time to really think about what you want your work to say, how you want it to make your reader feel, and what impressions you want to leave your reader with. Hopefully, you haven't rushed … Continue reading What Makes a Poem Good?
About the Expository Essay We discussed ways to develop an expository essay in my classes today. Here's a recap: An expository essay explains something, describes a process, or compares two somethings. An expository essay is similar to an argumentative essay EXCEPT that it does not take a position. It presents facts. Expository writing, therefore, is … Continue reading The Expository Essay & Topic Choices
So here's the situation: you know you have an argumentative essay due this Friday, February 2. In fact, you've known it for well over a week. But you still haven't started because you don't know what to write about. Never fear! Below is a list of over 30 argumentative topics* from which you can choose, … Continue reading Argumentative Essay Topics