Informational Essays

As we review informational writing, please copy the resources below into your Class Notebook. Ms. Ellis’ Notes on Informational Essay Writing   Legend: Any information that is grade specific will be highlighted in the appropriate color below. 10th Grade Specific 11th Grade Specific   Introductory Paragraphs Expectations: Intriguing Hook (lead) that is unbiased. (1-2 sentences)Continue reading “Informational Essays”

Socratic Circle: Immigration in America

Essential Question: What does it mean to be an immigrant in America? After exploring various texts throughout the first quarter, you displayed your collective knowledge in a Socratic Circle to discuss our essential question above. Although any text read this quarter was viable, everyone should have four specific texts analyzed prior to the discussion: “Blaxicans”Continue reading “Socratic Circle: Immigration in America”

Essay Scoring

How were your essays scored? Recently, I scored your Fall Writing Interim essays. Even though we have discussed the writing rubric in detail, I wanted to provide an additional breakdown of the points system. Please view the number- letter system explained below. Scoring System: 10-9= A 8-7= B 6-5= C 4-3= D 2-0  or UNSCORABLE=Continue reading “Essay Scoring”

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo! Because of our stringent schedule, I cannot have the entire class participate in NaNoWriMo, but I would like to offer extra credit to students who participate. Sometimes we simply need a bit of motivation to help our writing come to life. Sign up for NaNoWriMo here andContinue reading “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)”

Ms. Ellis’ Literary Duel: How Bookish Are You Really?

I officially challenge you to a duel of literary proportions! Each quarter you will compete against your teacher to see who can read the most books (nonfiction or fiction). If you beat me, you will receive an automatic “A” to use on any project (that same quarter) of your choosing. If you read at least tenContinue reading “Ms. Ellis’ Literary Duel: How Bookish Are You Really?”

Quarter 1- English II Lesson Plan

Teacher:           Ms. Ellis                                               Robert Morgan Educational Center Grade Level & Subject: 10th Grade/ English 2 Lesson and/or Unit: HMH Collection 1: Ourselves and Others Amount of Time: 11 Weeks   LAFS: LAFS.910.L.2.3 Apply knowledgeContinue reading “Quarter 1- English II Lesson Plan”

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots Project

Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots Project Due: December 14 (even classes) or December 15 (odd classes) Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots Booklet -Updated Full List of Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots Paper Booklet Example from Last Year (Note: Your booklet will be a digital representation.)   Your opening slide or screen must contain the cover page information. Your tableContinue reading “Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots Project”

Collaborative Blog Assignment

Throughout the school year, pairs of students will be tasked with recording all pertinent information from Ms. Ellis’ class for their assigned week. The blog is due every Saturday at 8pm. Email your blog to Ms. Ellis at Create your blog in a word document. I will copy and paste your information into ourContinue reading “Collaborative Blog Assignment”

Introduction to HMH Collection 1: Ourselves and Others

Research a Social Justice Issue and Create a Manifesto Explaining How Your Group Would Fix the INJUSTICE Directions: Put yourselves into groups of three (3). Research a social injustice currently occurring in today’s society. (ISIS beheading Christians/ imposing their religious beliefs on others, other radical groups imposing religious beliefs, Russia invading the Ukraine (human rights),Continue reading “Introduction to HMH Collection 1: Ourselves and Others”

Coming to America Introduction: Group Activity

Directions: Imagine your group is the first to travel to North America.You are planning on living in North America permanently. (Think 17th century. The pilgrims came over to the New World September of 1620.) Materials:  (all sheets will be submitted) Planning Sheet Lined Paper Printer Paper (from Ms. Ellis) Jobs for Group Members: Scribe #1 (JotContinue reading “Coming to America Introduction: Group Activity”