Kratz’s English 4: Q4 Agenda, Assignments and Resources

E4 Agenda: End of the Year

 

For the remainder of the year, we’re focused on finishing the year strong and going into next year knowing you’re prepared for the rigors of college writing.

Many of you are in a good place with your development and your grade, but there are still opportunities to improve in both areas:

1) Take the Final Exam. If you’re failing for the year, this is mandatory and a tremendous opportunity to boost your grade, as well as another chance to work on crafting a college-level on-demand expository essay.

2) Revise your Senior Thesis. Work on polishing up a long-form expository research essay and gain valuable test points. Submit to turnitin.com: “Re-Submission – Senior Thesis Final Copy” by Monday, 6/12, 11:59 am.

3) Grammar and vocabulary work: finish assignments and quizzes on noredink.com and vocabulary.com. When you complete assignments, email Mr. Kratz at akratz@kippnyccp.org.

4) Submit outstanding annotations: “The Power of Context”, “What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?” and “Welcome to Newburgh”.

 

Assignments (click to download work)

“State of Your Future City Project” (Test Credit!!!). Research, argument and presentation. Due: 5/17. Share Google Slides PPT with Mr. Kratz at akratz@kippnyccp.org for credit.

Crime Theory Reading Comprehension and Writing Quiz, due 5/8.

“Welcome to Newburgh” by Patrick Raden Keefe annotations and seminar (HW), due 5/5.

“What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?” annotations (HW) and Socratic Seminar (CW), due 5/1.

“What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?” vocabulary quiz (Quiz) on vocabulary.com. Due: 5/2, 11:59 pm

Appositives Phrases – Practice (CW), style practice on noredink.com.

Commas for Clarity – Quiz (Quiz), style quiz on noredink.com. Due, 5/9.

Commas for Clarity – Practice (CW), style practice on noredink.com. Due: 5/2.

“The Power of Context” writing quiz (Quiz), due 4/24.

“The Power of Context” vocab quiz (Quiz) on vocabulary.com.

“The Power of Context” annotations (HW) and Socratic Seminar (CW), due 4/21.

Senior Thesis Revision Submission (HW), due 4/16, via turnitin.com. You will lose 10% credit each day this is late and your Senior Thesis – Research Paper 2017 will become a zero (until it is submitted).

MLA Citations – Quiz (Quiz) on noredink.com, due 4/6; you can make up 25% of credit by completing the MLA Citations – Practice sessions.

Embedding Quotes – Quiz (Quiz) on noredink.com, due 4/17; you can make up 25% of credit by completing the Embedding Quotes Practice sessions.

Peer Editing (Classwork), due 4/5 ; no make-up. If you weren’t here, you will be exempt. (Unless you were skipping class!)

Texts

The Power of Context” by Malcolm Gladwell

“What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?” by Charlie LeDuff

“Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York” by Patrick Radden Keefe

Resources

Senior Thesis Research Materials and Guides:

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

— 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 (from Purdue OWL – college writing lab)

— Quick Fix- Editing Checklist for Essays

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English 4: Q2 Materials, Resources, Assignments, Deadlines and More

Welcome to Q2, young writers! This quarter we’ll be focused on sharpening our skills in crafting different elements of a strong expository essay, starting at the beginning with writing quality introductory paragraphs that include a well-developed, clear and debatable thesis. We’ll move on to the presentation of your argument and evidence in your body paragraphs and finishing with a strong conclusion. Below you’ll find links to all the deadlines, materials and resources you’ll need to succeed this quarters. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Kratz!

Upcoming Schedule and Deadlines

*Mid-term is Wednesday and Thursday, 1/18 – 1/19

 

*First submissions for Introductory Paragraphs on Butler (“What Broke My Father’s Heart?”) and Chua (“Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”) will no longer be accepted. If you failed to submit either of these major assessments (test grades = 60% of overall grade), then you must write an Introduction on Lisa Belkin’s “Made-to-Order Savior” and submit it via turnitin.com. Click for the Belkin Intro prompt and guidelines. You can also submit the Belkin Intro for extra credit. The last day to submit Intros (revised Chua/Butler or Belkin) is Friday, Jan. 20 at 11:59 pm.

Texts

“Why Chinese Mothers are Superior” by Amy Chua

“What Broke My Father’s Heart” by Katy Butler

“Made-to-Order Savior” by Lisa Belkin

“Strange Creatures” by Susan Blackmore

“Dr. Daedalus” by Lauren Slater

“On Habit” by Alain de Botton

“Bumping into Mr. Ravioli” by Adam Gopnik

Assignments/Prompts

*De Botton/Gopnik Prompt

*”Dr. Daedalus” Essay – Thesis Options and Detailed Outline Included

*Belkin Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph “Made-to-Order Savior” (Alternative if you failed to submit Chua or Butler Intros or Extra Credit)

*Chua Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior”

*Butler Expository Essay Introductory Paragraph “What Broke My Father’s Heart?”

Note: All process-writing assignments must be submitted via turnitin.com. Click here for a step-by-step guide on submitting your work on turnitin.com as well as a sample introductory paragraph.

*Late writing assessment policy: Major writing assessments will be marked down 10% for each day it is submitted after the original deadline. After 5 business days (not including weekends or holidays), Mr. Kratz will not accept late writing assignments.

*Late text annotations: Text annotations make up almost the entirety of your homework grade in English 4 and are due on the final day of Socratic Seminar for any given text(s) we’re working through as a class. If you fail to turn in annotations by the end of seminar, you have until the start of the next seminar to submit annotations for up to 80% of full credit (basically, a 50/50 becomes a 40/50, a 40/50 becomes a 30/50, and so on).

 Vocabulary Work

*The 15 “Strange Creatures Vocab Quiz” words must be mastered by Tuesday, Jan. 3, for Quiz credit. Find the words in one of your class assignments on vocabulary.com. 

*Master the 22 on your “Dr. Daedalus” assignment for Extra Credit by Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Find the words in one of your class assignments on vocabulary.com. 

*Your first vocabulary quiz will be based on your ability to “master” the words in the assignment labeled “What Broke My Father’s Heart? Quiz” on vocabulary.com. You have until Nov. 29 to “master” these words, which means you need to practice them until you answer the words multiple (probably 4 or more) times in a row. Mastering 20 words should take you between 45-60 minutes.

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

Short-Response Reading Quizzes

“Made-to-Order Savior”

“Strange Creatures”

“Dr. Daedalus”

Outside Resources

Purdue OWL Writing Lab (tips and help for any part of the writing process)

English 4: Q1 Assignments, Deadlines, Materials and More

Click on the links to download materials, assignments, prompts and handouts

 

Materials and Resources

English 4 Syllabus and Commitment to Excellence

“Shopping and Other Spiritual Adventures in America Today” (Rose) and “In Praise of Chain Stores” (Postrel)

In The Strawberry Fields (Eric Schlosser)

“Toil and Temptation”(Kamber)

“Dogs Snarling Together” (Rivoli)

Vocabulary Work

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

Upcoming Assignments and Deadlines

*Assignment #1 (HW grade): Summer Reading Responses (Due: Sept. 8)

*Socratic Seminar, Kamber/Schlosser (10/6 and 10/7 – SS notes due)

*Kamber and Schlosser annotations (Due: 10/7)

*Kamber/Schlosser/Cline Reading Quiz (10/11)

*Personal Statement Revisions (Due 10/21, printed, 5 pm))

English 4: 4th Quarter Resources and Assignments

[Updated 5/30]

Hello English 4 Writers! We’ve reached the 4th Quarter, the final chapter of our journey together toward preparing you to succeed with any writing task you encounter in college. At the same time, we’ll continue to develop our voice as writers, build our vocabularies and gain confidence in being able to complete a well-developed research paper! Below are all of the materials and resources you’ll need to access this quarter in order to complete your reading writing assignments. I’ll also also include due dates and other important information in this space as the quarter continues.

***Important Note: From now on, when you complete any essay or want to re-submit a revision, YOU MUST EMAIL ME at akratz@kippnyccp.org with the subject telling me the name of the essay you’re submitting for evaluation.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

*Final Examination: Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3. You’ll write a fully-developed essay based on a short passage of non-fiction text over the course of two days or 100 minutes (longer for those with an IEP). One final test of your ability to decipher any text thrown your way and respond to it by crafting a compelling, well-developed argument. You’re ready!  (But we’ll do a little practice on Tuesday to make sure we’re in fighting shape.)

*Prose/Fallows Essay, Due Monday, June 6

*Gladwell/LeDuff revisions, Due Monday, June 6

*Research Paper revisions, Due Monday, June 6

*Extra Credit Research Paper, Due Monday, June 6

*#Hashtag Activism Essay, Due Monday, June 6

*Unit 5 and Unit 6 vocab quiz re-takes (Monday-Friday, after school in 408, through Friday, June 9; explore and build your writing tool set at vocabtest.com.)

*Q4 Calendar (updated 5/17) Includes our schedule, goals and deadlines, through the end of the year.

*Prose and Fallows Quizzes: Due June 6

*Annotated Texts: Due June 6

Materials for Gladwell/LeDuff Essay: “Diagnose Detroit” (Due: April 22, 4:30 pm)

— Text: “Power of Context” by Malcolm Gladwell

— Text: “What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?” by Charlie LeDuff

— Quiz: “What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?”

— Gladwell/LeDuff Essay Prompt: “Diagnose Detroit” (Due: April 22, 4:30 pm)

Detailed Essay Outline and Organizer Tool

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Research Paper Resources (evolving, checking back for updates here):

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

— Works Cited Guide

— EBSCO address (check your gmail for log-in info): search.ebscohost.com.

— EBSCO Research Guide

— Alternative (or Extra Credit) Research Paper Seed Text Options (Plus Inquiry Question worksheet)

Detailed Essay Outline and Organizer Tool

Note: Extra Credit (or alternative) Research Papers must include 4 valid source from EBSCO, including the seed text article.

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Materials for Prose/Fallows

— Text: Francine Prose’s “Voting Democracy Off the Island”

Quiz: “Voting Democracy Off the Island”

Text: James Fallows’ “Win in China”

Quiz: “Win in China”

Prose/Fallows Essay Topic and Assignment (Due June 6)

*Detailed Essay Outline and Organizer Tool

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Materials for Cobb/Gladwell (#hashtag activism)

— Text: Malcolm Gladwell’s “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”

— Text: Jelani Cobb’s “The Matter of Black Lives”

— Essay Topic: #hashtag activism (Will the Black Lives Matter movement succeed?)

*Detailed Essay Outline and Organizer ToolDetailed Essay Outline and Organizer Tool

English 4: Q3 Assignments, Materials and Resources

English 4 Writers! Below are all of the assignments, due dates and materials you’ll need to access in order to successfully complete your work the 3rd Quarter.

***ALL BACK WORK and ESSAY REVISIONS are DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 8 at 5:30 pm.*** 

Latest:

“Power of Context” by Malcolm Gladwell

“Power of Context” Quiz (extra credit)

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“Dr. Daedalus” by Lauren Slater

“Dr. Daedalus” Essay (Body Paragraphs) Prompt and Introductions (must choose one and insert it into your essay) (Past Due; Complete ASAP)

— NY Times Video supplement for Dr. Daedalus reading:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000002531876&playerType=embed

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Extra Source Analysis Sheets (Past Due; Complete ASAP)

— Research Paper (Past Due; Complete ASAP)

Research Paper Checklist

Works Cited Guide

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Malcolm Gladwell’s “Thresholds of Violence” (the first essay we read as a sample research essay)

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Adam Gopnik’s “Bumping Into Mr. Ravioli”

“Ravioli” Quiz

Alain de Botton’s “On Habit” 

“On Habit” Quiz

Gopnik/de Botton Essay Prompt  (Due Monday, March 21)

English 4: 2nd Quarter Assignments and Materials

Greetings English 4 Writers! As we enter winter break, we are also coming to the end of the 2nd Quarter. Essentially, we will have two weeks of class before midterms and the end of the grading period, so this is crunch time. The only work assigned for break is the “Dr. Daedalus” essay, which we’ll be discussing in Socratic Seminar on the Monday (1/4) and Tuesday (1/5) when we return. But many of you are still missing back work and this break is a tremendous opportunity to get caught up. I will have Belkin Intros and all Chua revisions graded by the time we come back on Jan. 4. You’ll be able to revise Butler and/or Belkin up until Jan. 15.

Below are all the materials and assignments that you can still make up and receive credit for (there are also a couple of supplemental videos at the bottom of the post). If you haven’t completed Chua revisions yet, it’s now too late, so you should focus on Butler and Belkin. I want to encourage everyone to revise their Intros. Nothing else will have a bigger impact on your grade this quarter than your scores on those assignments. If you do revise your work, all you need to do is email me — akratz@kippnyccp.org — with a simple: “Butler revisions are complete” or, after they’re graded, “Belkin revisions are complete”. And don’t hesitate to reach out to me during break. I’ll be checking email periodically, so have patience if I don’t respond right away. Good luck and happy writing!

Extra Source Analysis Sheets (1, 2, 3 and 4 were due by 12/18; 5 and 6 will be due Friday, Jan. 8)

 

“What Broke My Father’s Heart” by Katy Butler

Copy of the text for annotations

Introductory Paragraph Assignment and Prompt

 

“The Made-to-Order Savior” by Lisa Belkin

Copy of the text for annotations

Introductory Paragraph Assignment and Prompt

 

“Strange Creatures” by Susan Blackmore

Copy of the text for annotations

 

“Dr. Daedalus” by Lauren Slater

Copy of the text for annotations

“Dr. Daedalus” Essay (Body Paragraphs) Prompt and Introductions (must choose one and insert it into your essay) (Due Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 pm)

NY Times Video supplement for Dr. Daedalus reading:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000002531876&playerType=embed

Learned Optimism Video:

English 4: Rivoli’s “Dogs Snarling Together” Materials

English 4 Students, Pietra Rivoli’s “Dogs Snarling Together” was the most dense and complex text we’ve read this year (not to mention the longest). The quiz related to this was optional, but the annotations were required. The quiz will count toward extra credit wherever you need it to bring up your grade. Below, I’ve included the text and the quiz in case you need to access it. I will take Rivoli quizzes up until Friday at 5 pm. Please complete them and put them in my turn-in box in Room 408.

“Dogs Snarling Together” Text

“Dogs Snarling Together” Quiz

And in case you want a refresher or to include more Socratic Seminar notes, here are the SS prompts. 

English 4: Kamber/Schlosser Socratic Seminar Prompts Preview

We will be conducting  a Socratic Seminar on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 to dig into central ideas and arguments being made in our new pair of essays, “Toil and Temptation” and “In the Strawberry Fields”.  To prepare, you should read through both essays and annotate them generously. If you want to prep further for the seminar prompts, you can take a look at the them here by clicking here. If, for whatever reason, you misplaced your essay packet, you can download them here.

Also, here’s a link to the Bronx Documentary Center, which was founded by “Toil and Temptation” author and photojournalist Michael Kamber. There’s always something cool going on there. I encourage everyone to check it out!

English 4: Rose/Postrel (Shopping Essays) Resources and Notes

Below you’ll find the essays, prompts and important schedule notes about our first official reading of the year. Click on the links to access the materials on your computer or to print them out to bring home with you.

The reading Quiz will be on Monday, Sept. 21. It’s an open-note quiz, which means you can use your seminar notes, annotated texts and the book “Overdressed”.

Final Note: If you haven’t done so already, please turn in your Rose/Postrel annotations and your signed (by you and your parent/guardian) Commitment to Excellence pledge.

Any questions, please contact Mr. Kratz!

English 4: Counter Claim Paragraph Tips and Examples

The final draft of your essay must include a counter claim paragraph. This paragraph serves to acknowledge the other side of your argument and then should be repudiated in order to reinforce your own thesis. (Note: If you can’t figure out what the other side of your argument is, then that probably means your thesis needs to be more debatable.)

Your counter claim paragraph:

1) Explains the other side of the argument with at least one piece of evidence.

2) Repudiates (denies the validity of) that counter argument with at least one piece of evidence that also helps prove your POV/Thesis.

3) Should be placed either at the beginning of your essay (think about Gladwell’s Small Change argument structure) or at the end.

4) Either way, you need to follow up the counter claim with repudiation of that claim in a way that proves your thesis.  

Examples for each essay prompt:

Media: If you’re arguing that media helps create positive change, then you’re counter claim should include how it also creates negative change (think about the reality shows in “Voting Democracy Off the Island”). You can acknowledge the validity of this claim, but then make sure to point out that, ultimately, media is creating positive change.

Medical Technology: If you’re arguing that medical technology should be trusted and relied upon, then you need to point that we can’t rely on these technologies for all of our health problems (think about the robots in “Alone Together”). The point being: there are problems medical technology should not be relied upon to cure, but, for the most part, it can be used to fix human beings.