English 4: Q3 Updates, Materials, Deadlines and Resources

Upcoming Agenda: 3/27-3/31

This week we’re focused on finalizing and submitting our expository research papers!!! Being able to turn in a quality final copy on Tuesday will go a long way toward showing your college readiness and building your confidence for the next level of academia.

A draft of your expository research essays are due on Monday, March 27, at the beginning of class. (Extra Credit – if completed will make up for missing Source Analysis sheets and/or low-scoring grades on previous assignments.)

The final copy of your expository research essays are due on Tuesday, March 28, at 11:59 pm. and must be submitted via turnitin.com. (Students will earn up to 50 Test points for submitting completed research papers that fulfill all of the requirements on-time and 10 points extra credit. Procrastinators, this is your chance to make up ground and prove you’re college ready!).

Note: If you don’t complete your research essay by the deadline, you will lose 10% off the top of your score each day it’s late. Final deadline for credit is Monday at 8:20 am.

Click here for Research Paper – Guidelines and Rubric (this includes all requirements, a scoring breakdown and your criteria for success)

After the deadline on Tuesday night, we’ll work on revising our Gopnik / De Botton essays, which must be submitted via turnitin.com by Monday, April 3, 8:20 am.

For those who maxed out their credit because of lateness will have the opportunity to make up some ground with a new assignment:

***Read and annotate “Live and Learn” by Louis Menand (download and print out 2-sided!), then write a complete 5-paragraph expository essay about it.

The Prompt: Why do we have college? Guidelines: Full heading (single-spaced), title, Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-space the body.

“Live and Learn” Annotations = replacement scores for missing “Ravioli” annotations or up to 2 source analysis sheets

“Live and Learn” Essay = up to 20 extra credit Test points

Research Materials

Click here for Research Paper – Guidelines and Rubric (this includes all requirements, a scoring breakdown and your criteria for success)

Source Analysis Sheets (need 4 total; include more for extra credit!)

EBSCO Research Guide and Requirements

Research Paper Checklist 2017 (Everything you should be thinking about as you write and before your finalize and submit your research paper!)

— Works Cited Guide

Click here more information on MLA style citation and Works Cited

— Quick Fix- Editing Checklist for Essays


“On Habit” by Alain de Botton

“Bumping into Mr. Ravioli” by Adam Gopnik


Gopnik/De Botton Essay Prompt (Due 2/13, 11:59 pm)

Detailed Outline Organizer for Essays


(All of your vocabulary work this year will be on vocabulary.com. Each quiz will consist of you mastering the given set of words on this site through practice and repetition in using the words in a variety of ways. See quiz deadlines and instructions below.)

Quiz #1: “Bumping into Mr. Ravioli” Quiz (must be mastered by 3/24)


Vocabulary.com Instructions: Much of our vocabulary work this year will be done online on Vocabulary.com, either during or outside of class. Your goal when using this site is to practice using the given words in several different ways in order to lock it into your mind and make it a part of your writing toolbox.

In your KIPP gmail account, Mr. Kratz sent you an invitation to join our class on Vocabulary.com. You can easily find it by searching “vocabulary.com” in the search bar at the top of your gmail inbox. After clicking on the link to join the class, follow the instructions and get started!

You can also enroll by clicking on this link associated with your class:

2nd Period: http://vocab.com/join/16CEJQ2

3rd Period: http://vocab.com/join/32MSACH

6th Period: http://vocab.com/join/11QKHNY

8th Period: http://vocab.com/join/1YTWCVN


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