In class today, we learned the process for writing and formatting a business letter. There are 3 formatting worksheets and a business letter rubric available on the class wiki under the “Class Resources” section, which is linked at the top of this blog.
Students were asked in a bell ringer activity to “Think of a time that you visited a store, restaurant, or other business and had either an amazing experience or a dreadful experience. What make it so wonderful or awful? How did the employees actions affect your experience? How did this experience effect your opinion of the company? Write 3-4 sentences explaning the scenario.” You are to begin work on a business letter to the president of the company to tell them about your experience. The business letter should be typed in Microsoft Word, formatted correctly, and should use appropriate formal language.
In class today we learned about the use of formal language in terms of writing letters and emails. The graphic organizers used today in class are available on the class wiki under the “Class Resources” section.
For homework, you should follow the links below to investigate what “Netiquette” is, and how to use it for different modes of technology. Then, you will create a Twitter account and use it to post 1 tweet with poor netiquette and 1 tweet with exceptional netiquette. Instructions are as follows:
- Go to http://www.twitter.com. Sign up with a new account (even if you already have a Twitter account, create a NEW account for the purpose of this course and assignment).
- Make your username your first initial, last name, the number 10, and followed by “ela.” For example, if your name is John Smith, your username should be @jsmith10ela.
- Search for @scivley10ela and follow. This is the official twitter account for this class.
- Post your 2 tweets. Make sure that you mention @scivley10ela in BOTH tweets so that I will see them on my twitter feed, because I will follow your class Twitter account. ONLY USE THIS TWITTER ACCOUNT FOR ASSIGNMENTS I GIVE TO YOU.Post the Tweets by no later than 8AM on 12/02/11. If you do not have access to a computer and/or internet, you may use the machines in the school library before and after school.
10 Netiquette Rules
Today in class we identified the characteristics of formal writing. Students will be responsible for getting the notes from today’s activity from a classmate.
Today in class we played a game to review SAT Vocabulary words. The game is located below and linked on the class wiki, which is linked at the top of this page.
Today in class we did an activity which taught us how to diagram sentences. The examples are located below, and are available for download on the class wiki, which is linked at the top of this page.
In class today, we began working on an essay. You will be writing in 1 of 3 modes: Persuasive, Narrative, or Expository. Rubrics for all modes are available on the class wiki under “Class Resources,” which is linked above.
In class today, we used an anticipation guide to help make inferences about a topic we read an article about. It was an expository writing example. The article and anticipation guide are available on the class wiki under “Class Resources.” We looked at how the expository essay could be broken down into its important facts using a Power Point presentation. It can be viewed here:
For homework, you will select a topic from the list below and make a Power Point presentation with at least 10 slides with key information on the topic. Post the Power Point Presentation to your blog by no later than 8AM on 11/25/11. If you do not have access to a computer and/or internet and Power Point, you may use the machines in the school library before and after school.
- Teen Obesity
- Social Networking
- Teen Suicide
- High School Droupout Rates
- Cost of Higher Education
- The War on Terror