The Week Ahead: 8/28/17 to 9/1/17

This week we will be working on an expository essay unit that looks into issues in the American education system, and what people are doing to combat the problems. By the end of the week, you will have created an expository essay and learned about some really neat school systems that are being put into place in our country. 

As the week rolls through, I will be adding resources and information to this post. Please check back to digital copies of directions & more. We will also be utilizing Google Classroom and this week, so be sure to be paying attention to submission guidelines and times!

Monday: In class on Monday we will be reviewing the purpose of expository writing (to explain an idea or share information). We will also be looking at a sample expository essay and I will introduce you to this week’s topic a bit more. The main focus will be at the body paragraphs of the sample essay so that you can see how to use “claim, explain, evidence” in your essay! Lastly, you will sign up for If you miss class, be sure to reference your Technology Procedures packet from day one to learn how to sign up!

Tuesday: Class time on Tuesday will be devoted to gathering information and taking notes. When you log into Google Classroom on Tuesday you will see a hyperdoc filled with links that will give you access to a number of resources to help you answer the prompt of the week. Your homework will be to settle on the three to four main claims you want to make in your essay, and create topic sentences using them for your body paragraphs.

Wednesday: Once you have your information and your topic sentences, you can begin to put your “Claim, Explain, Evidence” or CEE skills to use and create some body paragraphs. We will also discuss how to use prompt language to increase your essay’s focus! Your homework will be to finalize your body paragraphs. Make sure you are referencing the sources that you use!

Thursday: In backwards, and Miss K, fashion, we will be focusing on introductions and conclusions in your final lesson of the week. You will finally start to see your essay take form! Your homework will be to finalize your current events assignment.  Make sure you review the notes I give you in your assignment from last week to ensure that you earn as many points as possible this week.

Friday: In class on Friday, you will be working to finish your essay through peer editing and individual proofreading.  Remember that this essay will be graded on the General Paper rubric! You have a “student friendly” copy in your notes along with the one linked to in this post. Miss K will be away, but that does not mean that the “cats” can play! Make sure you use your class time efficiently because your essay is due to Google Classroom and by 10pm. No later or it will be penalized the regular late policy. Your homework over the weekend will be to finalize and practice your summer reading project. We will take time this week to review the directions and presentation tips!

Next week is a 4 day week! The next blog post will be up by Monday evening!

Have a fabulous LONG weekend!


Review: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Today was a hectic day, getting everyone back on track and caught up from missing Monday, plus our classes were shortened due to the behavior presentations all week. 

Here are the two videos that we watched in class today:

In class we reviewed how to write a summary. These directions are located on the week ahead post.

Here is the homework for the night:

Blocks 1 & 2 – Find a Ted Talk at that is about 6 minutes long. Watch it 2x, the second time take notes using the worksheet from class. Then, write a summary. Attach the summary to the notes; submit it in class tomorrow.

Block 3 – Re-watch the Amy Cuddy video linked above. Take notes the second time you watch and write a summary of the video. The notes and the summary will be submitted in class tomorrow. EC: Write a summary (with notes) of the Carol Dweck video and earn 5 extra points.

See you tomorrow! 


The Week Ahead: 8/21/17 to 8/25/17

You have made it to week TWO of high school! Are you ready?

**This was updated on 8.21.17 @7:30am**

Let me introduce you to the weekly blog  post called “The Week Ahead.” This is a tool for YOU to know what is coming up for the week, and also so that you can access paperwork if you happen to miss class or misplace something. This can also help me to make fewer copies…because you have access to print out any additional copies that you may need. Anything that shows up highlighted in orange is going to be a hyperlink to either another website OR a document. 

Here is what is on the agenda for this week:

Monday: We will be completing a bunch of introduction activities.

  • First you will learn about the Growth Mindset bell ringers that you will complete at the beginning of class each day. These assignments will be graded monthly under the General Paper gradebook.
  • While you work on your first bell-ringer, you will also check for your peer’s supplies! Don’t forget to bring them all into class each day!
  • Then we will move into the Current Events Weekly Assignment. The goal of this assignment is to ensure that you are reading the news and staying in touch with the world beyond our classroom. This will also help you with reading, writing, summary skills, and learning new vocabulary. For each assignment, you will submit a Current Events Weekly Assignment Worksheet along with a copy of the article or notes from the listening you complete. You can find all of this under that “AICE General Paper” >”Current Events” Tab. Your first one will be due Friday August 25th in class.
  • We will also focus on learning how to write a summary. Your homework will be to practice writing a summary using the steps we go over in class. Here are the three pages that we will review/use in class. (This activity will be moved to Tuesday due to low attendance on Monday)
  • In place of the activity on Summary Writing, you will take the NoRedInk diagnostic on Monday. If you are absent you can still work on this assignment by going to and creating a student account. The class code is: tangy soup 46


Tuesday and Wednesday: We will be reviewing the General Paper rubric and exam format. We will also begin discussing the essay styles that can be written on the General Paper exam, and how to use the hand approach with them. Check out the General Paper page to learn more!

Thursday: We will practice prompt identification and look at the types of essays that you can write on the General Paper exam. Then, you will have a quiz on prompt identification. You will also take an online diagnostic for your knowledge of grammar. Based on that I will create bi-weekly grammar assignments from a website called NoRedInk.

Friday: You will share your current event assignment with a peer and complete an additional activity looking at new General Paper prompts. We will also watch CNN 10 to review the major news from the week. Over the weekend you will complete some growth mindset journal entries for the second and third weeks in your packet.

Now that you know what’s up ahead, what’s your goal this week?


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Summer Sizzle 2017

It is time for your first assignment…that is not a diagnostic assessment or parent signature!

Today in class, I introduced you to Summer Sizzle 2017. Tomorrow your knowledge will be put to the test (with your teams support). Tonight your goal is to become more of an expert of 4 or 5 of the key phrases that I shared with you:

  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Olympics
  • Terrorism
  • Mexico
  • Immigration
  • Health Care
  • Charlie Gard
  • Paris Accord
  • Sequels
  • Opioid Crisis
  • Boy Scouts
  • Military Enrollment
  • Travel space (i.e. airplanes)
  • O. J. Simpson
  • Who
  • French Open
  • Job availability
  • Game of Thrones
  • Croatia/Tourism
  • Cholera
  • White House changes
  • Venezuela
  • Brexit
  • Russia
  • Gun violence
  • Climate Change
  • Affirmative Action
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Great Lakes
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Electric Cars
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Eclipse

Based on your knowledge of these topics (as a team) you will compete to earn points in class tomorrow. Remember, there is no way that we can become an expert over night on ALL of these topics, so pick about 4 or 5 of them to focus on!

As you do your research, remember to be using credible sources. Some examples are:

  • BBC News/digital/podcast
  • New York Times – newspaper/podcast
  • Washington Times – newspaper
  • Washington Post – newspaper
  • Los Angeles Times – newspaper
  • Chicago Tribune – newspaper
  • CNN – cable T.V. news
  • U.S. News & World Report – magazine
  • Fox – cable T.V. news
  • ABC – broadcast T.V. news
  • CBS – broadcast T.V. news
  • PBS News
  • National Public Radio
  • ESPN

You are not limited to these news sources…just be on the watch for FAKE NEWS! 

Over the weekend, you will reflect on what you learned through your research and the discussion in class on Friday and you will submit your Summer Sizzle Reflection to Google Classroom. Do not forget to hit Submit/Turn In on Google Classroom to avoid getting a late penalty. This assignment is due online by Monday August 21st at 8:30am.

Last thing to remember…these are your goals:

  1. Learn what is the “big news” from the past few months…think May 2017 to Today!
  2. Practice your public speaking skills
  3. Learning to RESEARCH using credible news sources
  4. Learning to question to learn
    • Hint: Ask open ended questions, not questions that can be answered yes or no!
  5. Learn how to use Google Classroom


Keep up the great work Global Writers!

** Feeling like you may want step up your daily news game? Sign up to get morning emails Monday – Friday that review current major news stories from TheSkimm using this link: **


Hand Approach 101: August 2017

You have survived day 3 of high school and of the global writing block! You have taken your reading diagnostic, written me a writing diagnostic, signed up for, and learned the power of the word ‘YET’.  AND…you learned how to brainstorm for an essay using your hand!

I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty darn cool…and a lot to accomplish in your first three days of high school.

Remember that the hand approach is a tool you can use beyond the realm of AICE General Paper! You can use it to brainstorm a lot of things…but especially for AP Seminar and AICE Global Perspectives 🙂

Also remember that for each lens of the hand, there are a multitude of perspectives (a person/group that has an argument) that can relate to it. Many of you used the hand approach today to write your diagnostic essay – and hopefully it helped you to brainstorm many ideas.

I thought as a review, and in case you lost your notes on the way home, I would share my page of notes below:


Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to the year ahead!