~Journal Entry Topics~

2016

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Journal Entry #1

Date: 1/25/16

Topic: Meeting Mrs. Hatzi

Directions: In class only. If you were absent, copy someone else's entry or write 1/2 page on a topic of your choice. Click here for some topics.

 

Journal Entry #2

Date: 1/26/16

Topic: Getting to Know Your Classmates

Directions: In class only. If you were absent, write 1/2 page on a topic of your choice. Click here for some topics.

 

Journal Entry #3

Date: 1/26/16

Topic: Memorable Teacher

Directions: Write about a teacher you remember. Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #4

Date: 1/28/16

Topic: Multiple Choice Classmate Questions

Directions: Write two to four of your own multiple choice questions that you think would be interesting and would help you to learn more about your classmates. Here's an example: If you could go on vacation to one of these places, would you rather go to . . . A. Hawaii B. Mexico C. Europe D. Disneyland.

 

Journal Entry #5

Date: 2/3/16

Topic: Video Games

Directions: Write on the topic of video games. You can write about whether you think playing video games is a good or bad thing. You could write about a video game you enjoy playing. You can write about the topic from any angle you choose. Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #6

Date: 2/8/16

Topic: Response to "Veto on Video Games"

Directions: Use your notes from the evidence chart to write a ½ page response to the "Veto on Video Games" article.

 

Journal Entry #7

Date: 2/11/16

Topic: Response to "Fact vs. Opinion: Know the Difference" [PDF]

Directions: Use you notes to write a paragraph summarizing the main ideas from the article. Be sure to include a topic sentence, a concluding sentence, and transitional words and phrases.

 

Journal Entry #8

Date: 2/17/16

Topic: Favorite Sport

Directions: Write about a favorite sport that you like to participate in or watch. Explain why you like the sport so much. What makes you continue watching or participating? Minimum 1/2 page.

 

Journal Entry #9

Date: 2/23/16

Topic: Competitive Sports for Kids

Directions: Flash Draft - Topic: Do you think kids should play competitive sports?

 

Journal Entry #10

Date: 2/24/16

Topic: Competitive Sports for Kids

Directions: Make a PROS/CONS/OTHERS chart. Do a Close Reading [PDF] of the article ""Are Competitive Sports Bad for Kids?" PDF and "Get off the Couch and Play". Transfer your margin notes to your chart.

 

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Journal Entry #11

Date: 3/2/16

Topic: Competitive Sports for Kids

Directions: Read article "Pushing Too Hard Too Young" [PDF]. Since you can't write on the article, take notes on Post-Its, and then transfer your sticky notes to a PROS/CONS/OTHERS chart on JE #11. Remember to keep track of your sources.

 

Journal Entry #12

Date: 3/9/16

Topic: Notes on Competitive Sports for Kids

Directions: Visit this page and read some of the articles that will add evidence to your side of the argument. Take notes in your own words and keep track of your sources on your Sources Page.

 

Journal Entry #13

Date: 3/14/16

Topic: Competitive Sports for Kids

Do a Close Reading [PDF] of either the article "Sports Teach Kids Valuable Lessons" [PDF] OR "Give Children Variety and Time Off" [PDF]. Add margin notes to an evidence chart for JE #13.

 

Journal Entry #14

Date: 3/15/16

Topic: Planning an argument using Bullets and Boxes essay structure.

 

Journal Entry #15

Date: 3/16/26

Topic: The Best Pets are Pigs Topic Outline

Directions: Copy the outline "The Best Pets are Pigs" [PDF] into your journal, using the correct formatting for a formal topic outline.

 

Journal Entry #16

Date: 3/17/16

Topic: The Best ___ Are ___ - Topic Outline

Directions: Using "The Best Pets are Pigs" [PDF] as a model, create a topic outline for the topic: The Best _____ Are _____. Use correct outlining format. Click here for an example.

 

Journal Entry #17

Date: 3/22/16

Topic: Leftover Lore Outline

Directions: Rewrite the "Leftover Lore" [PDF] outline using correct formatting for a formal sentence outline. Change the topics into sentences as needed. Check pages 17 & 18 in your English folder to review.

 

Journal Entry #18

Date: 3/23/16

Topic: The Best ___ Are ___ - Sentence Outline

Directions: Using JE #16, turn your topic outline into a sentence outline. Use correct outlining format. Use transitional words and phrases to connect ideas. Click here for an example.

 

Journal Entry #19

Date: 3/23/16

Topic: The Best ___ Are ___ - Paragraphs

Directions: Using your outline from JE #18, write one to two paragraphs discussing the benefits and drawbacks of the topic you outlined in journal entries #16 & #18.

 

Journal Entry #20

Date: 3/24/16

Topic: Competitive Sports - Formal Sentence Outline

Directions: Using your boxes-and-bullets plan from JE #14 to guide you, create a formal sentence outline for the three body paragraphs of your competitive sports essay. Be sure to add transitional words and phrases to your sentences.

 

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Journal Entry #21

Date: 4/4/16

Topic: Making Quotes Work for You

Directions: Look back through your evidence notes, articles, and outline and find at least two quotes that you can incorporate into your essay. Write your evidence using the quotes the way we discussed in class - transition in, quote, citation, discussion. Use pages 19 - 20 in your English folder to find examples and to get some tips on how to make quotes work for you.

 

Journal Entry #22

Date: 4/5/16

Topic: Competitive Sports Essay Body Paragraphs

Directions: Using your outline and quotes, (JEs #20 & 21) as guides, write a flash draft of the three body paragraphs for your essay on competitive sports. Remember to incorporate two quotations into your draft, as well as transitional words and phrases to connect ideas.

 

 

Journal Entry #23

Date: 4/6/16

Topic: Argumentative Essay Introduction

Directions: Using pages 23 and 25 in your English Folder to guide you, write a draft of an introduction for your competitive sports essay. Remember that your introductory paragraph needs to have the following parts:

 

Journal Entry #24

Date: 4/7/16

Topic: Competitive Sports Concluding Paragraph

Directions: Write a draft of a conclusion for your competitive sports essay. Remember that your concluding paragraph needs to have a summary statement that restates the main points of your claim and a strong finish at the end. Use page 24 in your English Folder to guide you.

 

Journal Entry #25

Date: 4/11/16

Topic: Addressing a Counterargument

Directions: Find a place in your essay (Journal Entry #22) where you can address a counterclaim. Revise and rewrite one of the body paragraphs so it addresses a counterargument.

 

Journal Entry #26

Date: 4/12/16

Topic: Sample Works Cited Page

Directions: Copy the Works Cited page found in the Lit Book on page 647 exactly as written. Click here to see a copy of the Lit Book page.

 

Journal Entry #27

Date: 4/14/16

Topic: Works Cited Page Practice

Directions: Create a Works Cited page using the sources from the worksheet [PDF]. Remember to:

 

Journal Entry #28

Date: 4/18/16

Topic: Sports Essay - Works Cited Draft

Directions: Create a draft of the Works Cited page for your competitive sports essay.

ARTICLES READ IN CLASS:

 

Journal Entry #29

Date: 4/19/16

Topic: Sports Essay Self-Assessment Checklist

Directions: Complete a Self-Assessment checklist for your competitive sports essay. This is not available online; you need to get it from me.

 

Journal Entry #30

Date: 4/20/16

Topic: Sports Essay Self-Assessment

Directions: Write a self-assessment of your essay.

 

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Journal Entry #31

Date: 4/20

Topic: Argument Essay Notes from Articles

Directions: Read and research for your argumentative essay. You will be reading 4 - 6 articles. Make a PROS / CONS / OTHER chart for each article you read. Remember to keep track of your sources.

 

Journal Entry #32

Date: 4/27

Topic: Argument Essay Notes from Online Sources

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #33

Date: 5/3

Topic: Boxes and Bullets Plan for Argument Essay

Directions: Write a boxes and bullets plan for your argumentative essay. Refer to your English Folder to help you. Be sure to include at least two quotes and a paragraph plan that addresses a counterclaim.

 

Journal Entry #34

Date: 5/4

Topic: Prediction Chart for LC Book

Directions:Make a three column chart. Label the columns: Predict/Support/Wonder. Make four predictions about your book in the Predict column. Explain what you're basing each prediction on in the Support column. Ask a question about the story that's related to your prediction in the Wonder column. Example: Predict: The book is going to involve a family with three sisters. Support: I'm basing my prediction on the three girls who look alike on the cover. Wonder: I wonder how old the girls are.

 

Journal Entry #35

Date: 5/5

Topic: Sentence Outline for Your Argument Essay

Directions: Using your boxes and bullets plan from JE #33, create a sentence outline for your essay. Refer to your English folder to help you. Be sure to include a plan to address and rebut a counterargument and to include at least two quotes in your body paragraphs.

 

Journal Entry #36

Date: 5/6

Topic: Flash Drafts of the Body Paragraphs for Your Argument Essay

Directions: Using your sentence outline to guide you, write a flash draft of the three body paragraphs of your essay. Be sure to address at least one counterclaim and include two quotes in the body paragraphs. Use pen or pencil. Skip lines and leave 1" margin to make it easier to revise later.

 

Journal Entry #37

Date: 5/11

Topic: Sentence Outline for the Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs of Your Argument Essay

Directions: Write a sentence outline for the introductory and concluding paragraphs of your essay.

Write a sentence outline for the introductory and concluding paragraphs of your essay. Refer to pages 21 - 22 in your English Folder to help you.

I. Introductory Paragraph

V. Concluding Paragraph

A. Summary State: Should contain a summary statement that re-emphasizes your position and the two main points.

B. Strong Finish: Do one or more of the following: discussthe topic's significance, offer alternatives, makes connections, or make a call to action.

Refer to your English folder to help you.

 

Journal Entry #38

Date: 5/11

Topic: Flash Drafts of the Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs of Your Argument Essay

Directions: Use JE #37 to write a flash draft of the introductory and concluding paragraphs of your essay.

 

Journal Entry #39

Date: 5/13

Topic: Character Chart for Your LC Book

Directions: On the front side of your paper, brainstorm a list of character trait words that you think would describe your story's main character at the beginning of the book. On the back of the paper, write one or two related words that you think best describes your character. Divide your paper into fourths. Label the top left - WORDS. Label the top right - ACTIONS. Label the bottom left THOUGHTS/FEELINGS. Label the bottom right - OTHERS. In each section, write examples and quotations from the story that gives evidence to support your choice of character trait words.

 

Journal Entry #40

Date: 5/16

Topic: ELA Performance Task Activity

Directions: Done in class. If you're absent please write a half page on a topic of your choice. Here are some topics you can choose from.

 

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Journal Entry #41

Date: 5/20

Topic: Making Choices

Directions: If you were absent, write two paragraphs on the following topics: Paragraph #1 - Imagine that you were forced to leave your home suddenly and could only take one medium sized suitcase that you would have to carry. What would you pack into the suitcase? Explain why you chose what you did. Paragraph #2 - You can only bring two family members with you (no pets.) Who would you bring and why?

 

Journal Entry #42

Date: 5/23

Topic: "An Unforgettable Journey" - Maijue's Challenges

Directions: Read "The Unforgettable Journey". Write a paragraph in which you discuss three challenges that Maijue faced in "An Unforgettable Journey." Minimum 3/4 page.

 

Journal Entry #43

Date: 5/24

Topic: LC Book Essay - Body Paragraph 1 Sentence Outline

Directions: Create a sentence outline for the first body paragraph of your Response to Literature Essay on the main character of your LC book. You are planning a paragraph that describes what the main character is like at the beginning of the book. Use details from your character chart (JE #39) to support your claim. Here are a couple of examples.

 

Journal Entry #44

Date: 5/25

Topic: "The Typical American" Mini Works Cited Page

Directions: Complete a mini-works cited page using the sources from "The Typical American" [PDF]. Refer to your English Folder to help you format the works cited page correctly.

 

Journal Entry #45

Date: 5/26

Topic: Teen Immigrants

Directions: Divide your paper into four quadrants. Label the upper left square Who They Are. In the upper right square, label Reasons for Leaving. In the bottom left square label Challenges. And in the lower right square label What Makes America Great. During the film take notes about the these teenage immigrants to the United States.

If you're absent, go to this page and read and take notes on four immigrants.

 

Journal Entry #46

Date: 6/1

Topic: Immigration Rewards & Challenges

Directions: In two paragraphs, discuss what you've learned about the challenges and rewards that immigrants experience when they move to the United States.

 

Journal Entry #47

Date: 6/2

Topic: Character Cause/Effect Chart

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #48

Date: 6/3

Topic: Cause/Effect Sentence Outline

Directions: Use your notes from JE #47 to write two sentence outlines that describe two important events from the story and the effect they had on the main character. You can find two examples here.

 

Journal Entry #49

Date: 6/7

Topic: Sentence Outline - Introductory Paragraph

Directions:

 

Journal Entry #50

Date: 6/7

Topic: Sentence Outline - Concluding Paragraph

Directions: Write a sentence outline for the concluding paragraph of your Response to Literature essay. The conclusion should include: 1) a summary statement that restates the thesis in a new way 2) a description of how the main character has changed by the end of the story, and 3) a discussion of the theme of the story. What is the author trying to say to us about life and/ or the world around us through the character's experiences? You can find some examples here.