Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 29!

Happy Monday!

Your revisions on your scholarship essays should be done as you read this. If they are not for whatever reason, that needs to be completed ASAP!

Since many of you will be taking the ACT tomorrow, we will do some practice today!

Practice Tests #1
Practice Tests #2

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 28!

Happy Friday!

Today will be your FINAL revision day! You've had plenty of time to do these, so I am expecting greatness.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 26!

Good morning all!

I apologize that I forgot to tell you  I would be in a meeting today. But, lucky you! You get to have Mr. Peterson today!

By now, most of you have received your feedback from the people who read your essays. Kendra and Peyton, your feedback from Ms. Waugh is on my podium.  Yesterday, we talked about how you can use a story to show the good qualities you have. Today, you will take the feedback and use it to guide more revisions. Focus on finding a spot to provide those stories. You will have the entire period to work on this, and yes, I do expect you to work.

For those of you who have not yet received your feedback. This is your chance to use your formal email skills. I would like you to write an email to the teacher who read your essays. Your job will be to politely  remind them they agreed to read your essay and ask when they hope to have it done. Be sure to follow the six rules we talked about in class. Please have someone read over it before you send it.  When you  do send it, be sure to CC me in on it, so I can see your skills at work.

Once you have sent the emails, I want you to go back and look at your essay again. Identify a spot where you can add one of those stories we've been talking about. You can start revisions without necessarily having their feedback in front of you!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 25!

Happy Tuesday!

We will talk a little bit about the feedback you have received so far to start class today.

I have a feeling, though, that some of your reviewers need a little more time (which is totally okay). You will have time to look through real scholarship searches today. By the end of class, you will have found a scholarship on one of these three sites to apply for. You can access the links below:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 24!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

On Friday, we discussed the basics of revision. Today, you should use the feedback you got on your essay to guide your revision process.

You will also need to select one adult (outside of your family) to read and score your revised essay. Be sure to print out a copy of the evaluation form, so they can use it to provide feedback.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Day 23!

Happy Friday!

We'll start working on revisions today. I will put an example up on the board, and we can work through how to make it better.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 22!

Happy Thursday!

We'll talk a little bit about how your peer editing went yesterday, and we will cover any questions you may have.

I'd like to take a little time to talk about quality revisions, and then I will give you some time to revise your essays.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 21!

Happy Wednesday!

I apologize that you are missing me today!

Today, you will work in small groups to begin the editing process for your scholarship essays. If, for whatever reason, you are not finished with your rough draft, you need to get that done and submitted ASAP. You will not be able to complete the editing step today, so you should use class time to catch up.

If you are done, which I hope all of you are, please get into groups of 3 if possible, 2 if 3 doesn't work. Share your essays with your partners. For each person in the group, please complete a Scholarship Essay Evaluation Form. I know this looks pretty basic compared to the peer editing you are used to in my class, but I created this form based on real life scholarship evaluations I found online, so it is probably similar to how you will be assessed. As you fill out this form, please be sure to provide thoughtful, constructive feedback in each category. I'm looking for more than "it's good". Remember, there is real scholarship money on the line, so be sure you put forth your best effort.

You will have all class to complete this. If you finish early, you may begin revising your essay!

I'm upstairs in a meeting today, so if you have questions, shoot me an email.

Day 20!

Happy 20 day anniversary of starting school!

You will have another writing day today. Remember, your rough drafts are due at the end of class today! Please turn them in using the form below: 

Monday, September 15, 2014


Happy Monday!

Today will be a writing day for you! Remember, your rough drafts will be due at the end of class tomorrow!

Friday, September 12, 2014

18th Day!

Happy Friday!

Okay, so today, we will continue to work in groups on your scholarship essay outlines. Based on feedback from your group, you will add/remove information on your outline. After that, I will have you start drafting your essay. Rough drafts will be due Tuesday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 17.

Happy happy Thursday to you!

We'll keep moving forward with your scholarship essays today. I will have you start by partnering/ grouping up (maybe an opportunity for TEAM SHAKE?!) to look over/ discuss your essays. Does the outline include all necessary information? Does it answer every part of the question? What can be added or taken out? What is the thesis going to be?!

This just sounds like a whole load of fun to me!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day. 16.

Here we 16....Wednesday.

We'll keep working on our outlines today and spend a little time discussing thesis statements for scholarship essays. Didn't know that those existed?! Loving learning!

If you were absent yesterday, or need to reference the scholarship presentation again, you may access it HERE.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Day 15!

Happy Tuesday!

We will finish talking about tips for writing a great scholarship essay today. Then, you will begin outlining your essay answer! It's going to be a blast!

Click HERE if you'd like to see a few more tips for success and several sample essays.

You can access the SAMPLE OUTLINE on that link <----there.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day 14!

Monday morning! Everyone's favorite time of the week!

Today we will spend some time talking about how to write an awesome scholarship essay! Yay for money!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 13!


Today we will finish up with a quick discussion of when to and not to use passive voice in writing.

THEN, I will have you take some time to complete this Tone/Purpose Check In using the form below.

If we get time after that, we can start talking about how to write a scholarship essay! Whoop, whoop!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 12!

Hey, it's Thursday! You've almost made it through the week!

Today, our parallelism group will finally get to enlighten us. After that, we will do some extra practice together using the sites linked below.

Parallelism Practice
Passive vs Active Voice Practice
Rules for when to use and avoid passive voice

Then, I'd like to check in to see how well you understand tone, purpose, and the rules of writing a formal email. Please fill out the form below before class tomorrow.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 11!

Happy Wednesday!

Welcome back to school; I hope you enjoyed your long weekend!

Today, we will continue to work on our parallelism and passive vs active voice presentations in groups. THEN, we will finally get to present them!