Friday, December 14, 2007

Smith Hour 5 :)

Okay today we just worked on our Challenge The System Posters and turned in our Chosen books but we finally got the question for our in class essay final. The question is:

What does it take to challenge the system?

-You need to begin with a clear intro paragraph which includes a strong, clear argumentative thesis statement.
-Use at least 3 points of comparison with at least 2 different examples from the text to support your point.
-Make sure to use at least 3 of the 4 texts we have studied this semester.
-Finally, make sure to end with a strong conclusion paragraph.
-Double space! Proof read! Turn in your best quality work.
-Your essay must be finished and printed out before the end of final time.

Ms. Smith's Tips for Success:
-Take the first 5 minutes to create outline. Can be as simple or complex as you want.
-Just write. Take your time. Don't stop just go.
-Try to get the essay done in the first 55 minutes, so you have plenty of time to proof read and edit your essay.
-Check, check, and double check your essay.
-You can't bring an outline in, but you can think the outline through mentally so you know what you are going to say.
-Start going as soon as you get to class- no need to wait for the bell.

Ms. Smith should be available 1st and 3rd on Tuesday.

By the way, someone from the Mideastern area has agreed to blog with us. fThey are from Qatar. We GoogleEarth-ed the country. Pretty neato sweeto. Stephen thinks it looks pretty barren. Kristina thinks he is the "Sandman" since he lives in the desert.

Kristina watched the blog with Daniel Pink last night and she said that he was a pretty cool kid.

Jordan is posting our outlines of our posters on the blog so all the information should be on Blogger this weekend if you need it. If you have any questions, post them on that blog and they should get answered.

Good luck on your finals everyone :)

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