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Please pay attention: You must answer all three parts of this question to get full credit. Will you research a college or a career for your research unit? Would you prefer to create a paper, a PowerPoint, a poster with a photo collage, or some other final project? How comfortable are you with understanding citations for both direct quotations and paraphrases (where you put information in your own words)? Be sure you've checked your answer for proper spelling and grammar. 
Posted by obriengl  On Nov 08, 2018 at 11:25 AM 14 Comments
When you take a test in language arts, what strategy (or strategies) do you use to check your work? Be sure you write in complete sentences. Reference the first benchmark. Double-check your writing for focus, “I,” and homophones (the confusables you have in your binders).
Posted by obriengl  On Nov 07, 2018 at 3:36 PM 11 Comments
You are strong in many ways. Think about two areas of pride for you (scholastically or otherwise) and how your two identified strengths can help you reach your goals for the future.
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 22, 2018 at 3:17 PM 16 Comments
After reading “Options, Options, and More Options,” what was one item that stood out to you and why?
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 22, 2018 at 3:17 PM 14 Comments
After the National Day on Writing, did you want to write more often than you usually do? Why or why not?
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 22, 2018 at 9:04 AM 17 Comments
In Fanning’s “Finding Their Futures” from the Expert 21 book, she highlights four different students’ paths to their own futures. Which one did you like best and why? Use listing or enumeration for your points.
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 10, 2018 at 3:31 PM 16 Comments
In class, we discussed cathartic activities. Do you find reading or writing more cathartic and why?
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 10, 2018 at 3:28 PM 18 Comments
We’ve been working on understanding and correctly using words that are easily confused. Pick a word from two separate word sets on your "Words to Remember" sheet (which is on my website) and use both of them in one strong, complete sentence. For example: I might pick "than" and "a lot."  Be sure you’re using the words correctly; be sure your sentences are complete and correct. My sentence might be: I like it a lot when I read more than a chapter from my fantastic, fiction book each night.
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 03, 2018 at 4:39 PM 13 Comments
You each have strengths in language arts. Think about yours in the reading of “Playing the Game” and writing your summary (both parts—the drafting and the final, typed, “published” version). Where did you excel? Where would you like more review? What did you enjoy (or not) about the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, reviewing/revising, editing, publishing)?
Posted by obriengl  On Oct 01, 2018 at 4:37 PM 13 Comments
As you’re reading “Playing the Game,” the excerpt from Walter Dean Myers’ The Game, think about how Myers tells his story and shares information to help his readers understand what Drew’s going through. Reread pp. 12-13. Pick one sentence that helps you understand who Drew is. Type the sentence and blog about what that helps you see. No more than two of the same sentence. If you're struggling, check the "Blogging Instructions" file in your class files on Ms. O'Brien's website.  Questions? Ask Ms. O'Brien via email (obriengl@pwcs.edu) or in class. 
Posted by obriengl  On Sep 24, 2018 at 11:40 AM 21 Comments
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