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

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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: 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: Q3 Make-up Materials

The last day to turn in major writing assignments and have a chance to revise them is Monday, April 6 at 9 a.m. (if I receive them by April 6 at 9 a.m. then I’ll have them graded and back to you by Monday, April 13. Anything received after that will not be able to be revised. All revisions and make-up work must be completed by Monday, April 20, at 9 a.m. for it to count on your final Q3 grade.

Major Writing Assignments (60% of your grade):

“Soccer vs. McWorld” (3 body paragraphs, 1 piece of evidence per paragraph, no conclusion required):

Text | Body Paragraphs Prompt #1 | BP Rubric

Soccer Intro 1 | Soccer Intro 2 (copy and paste one into BP assignment)

“Dr. Daedalus” (3 body paragraphs, 2 pieces of evidence per paragraph + conclusion):

Text | Quiz | Body Paragraphs Prompt #2 | BP Rubric

Daedalus Intro 1 | Daedalus Intro 2 (copy and paste one into BP assignment)

Gladwell/LeDuff Essay (submit via the Google Doc shared with you by Mr. Kratz, otherwise it won’t count):

You will come up with your own thesis, based on the prompt and the evidence you gather, write 3-5 body paragraphs to support and prove your thesis, and provide a conclusion that re-states your thesis in new language, summarizes your evidence and shows us the broader relevance (why is this important to us as a society and individuals). Specifically, you’ll be “diagnosing” Detroit’s problems and showing your reader how it would be possible cure this struggling Midwestern city of its ills. Can you do it through the Power of Context and applying the Broken Windows Theory (Gladwell) or will it take the large-scale reform and overhaul of Detroit’s vital civil institutions — its criminal justice system, its education system, its economy or its government, to name a few (LeDuff)?

My recommendation for completing the writing process for this (or any other) essay: 1) Start pulling out evidence (from the ideas and evidence presented by Gladwell or LeDuff) that you think might lead to Detroit’s renaissance; 2) Based on that evidence, come up with a working thesis that takes a strong stance that promotes the ideas of one author and disproves the other’s ideas. 3) Come up with an outline that delineates how you will structure your argument and essay. 4) Start writing! 5) Complete a draft; 6) Seek and receive feedback based on the rubric we’re using; 7) Revise and submit!

Below, you’ll find all of the relevant materials you will need to complete this assignment, including:

— The Texts: “Power of Context” and “What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?”

The Prompt (what you need to do and the questions you need to answer)

The Rubric (how you’ll be scored and what your essay should look, sound and read like)

Quizzes (15% of your grade):

*You can either print out the Quiz and hand it into me in person or just write your Quiz responses on Google Docs and share it with me at akratz@kippnyccp.org. Make sure you read the directions and number your answers.  

“Dr. Daedalus” 

“What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?”

“The Power of Context”

“Who Holds the Clicker?” 

Unit 5 Vocab Quiz: If you haven’t completed the Unit 5 Vocab Quiz, schedule a time to take it with Mr. Kratz.

Homework/Annotations (15%):

You can earn up to 50 annotation points for every reading we do in this class. You must download the text and annotate it. A good annotated reading has summary for every paragraph, underlined passage and phrases that could be used as evidence, and provocative questions. A stellar annotated reading includes all of that as well as opinions and connections to other parts of the text, other readings/books and life experiences. 

“Dr. Daedalus”

“What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?”

“The Power of Context”

“Who Holds the Clicker?”

“Small Changes: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted”

Extra Credit: “Alone Together” 

Final Note: Classwork makes up the other 10% of your grade. No makeup on this. If you haven’t turned in your Socratic Seminar sheets, you can do so to earn more SS credit. 

English 4: Unit 3 Body Paragraph Assignments

Below are the readings and materials you’ll need to complete your Body Paragraph assignments for “Soccer v. McWorld” (due in early January) and “Dr. Daedalus” (due Friday, Feb. 6 at 4 pm). All outside writing assignments should be done on Google Docs, so they will be saved forever. Copies of your completed assignment should be printed out and handed to Mr. Kratz. You can almost always find Mr. Kratz in the library after school until 5:30 pm.

“Soccer vs. McWorld” (Due Jan. 7): Text | Body Paragraphs Prompt #1 | BP Rubric

Soccer Intro 1 | Soccer Intro 2 (copy and paste one into BP assignment)

“Dr. Daedalus” (Due Feb. 6): Text | Quiz | Body Paragraphs Prompt #2 | BP Rubric

Daedalus Intro 1 | Daedalus Intro 2 (copy and paste one into BP assignment)

*Reminder: Assignments received after Feb. 6 will lose 25% of earned score. 

English 4: All Materials for 2nd Quarter Makeup Work

Important Notes: All makeup work for Mr. Kratz is due Tuesday, January 27 Thursday, January 29 at 5 p.m. When deciding what to revise and resubmit, know that grading for this quarter is heavily weighted toward out-of-class writing assignments — the Intros, especially — and the midterm (60% – midterm can’t be retaken), then quizzes (15%), then homework/annotations (15%), then classwork (10%). Body paragraph assignments will count toward Q3 grades. 

Access materials and assignments for all the readings we’ve completed this quarter. Just click on the link to download the document, prompt or quiz you need. Then turn them into Mr. Kratz attached to the original, graded copy of your assignment.

Unit 2 

“Why Chinese Mother’s are Superior”: Text | Quiz | Intro Prompt | Intro Rubric

“What Broke My Father’s Heart”: Text | Quiz | Intro Prompt | Intro Rubric

“The Made to Order Savior”: Text | Quiz | Intro Prompt | Intro Rubric

*Lined Paper for Quizzes

Unit 3

“Strange Creatures”: Text | Quiz

“Soccer vs. McWorld”: Text | Body Paragraphs Prompt #1 | Paraprhase Work | BP Rubric

“Dr. Daedalus”: Text | Quiz | Body Paragraphs Prompt #2 | BP Rubric

*Lined Paper for Quizzes