Homework Organizer #4 of 4 Writing Strategies Differentiation Due: Monday, 12 March 2012 All homework must be completed in its entirety



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Directions: This passage contains a recipe that has its steps out of order. As you read, think about how the steps would be placed in the correct order. After you are done reading the recipe, number each event in the correct order from 1 to 8. Also, explain your reasoning in choosing each step in terms of cause and effect. You can write your reasoning in the margins alongside each step.

An Icy Treat

Isabel was asked to bring something to the school picnic for the class to share. She planned on making homemade frozen-juice treats. She was able to locate different pieces of the recipe, but they were out of order. Here is what Isabel had to work with:

_____ Wrap a sheet of plastic around each juice-filled tray.

_____ Unwrap the sheet of plastic and remove the frozen juice cubes from the tray. Use the toothpicks to handle each juice cube. Enjoy your new icy treat!

_____ Stick toothpicks through the sheets of plastic, placing one toothpick in each compartment of each tray.

_____ After pouring the juice, make sure each compartment of each tray is filled with plenty of juice—just as you would fill it with water to make ice cubes.

_____ Once the juice has completely hardened, remove the trays from the freezer.

_____ Begin with three empty ice cube trays.

_____ Pour your favorite juice in the empty ice cube trays.

_____ Place the juice-filled trays into the freezer. Keep them wrapped in the sheets of plastic so the toothpicks will be stuck in place.



Assignment #3: Due Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Better, Not Worse



Standard: WS 1.4 – Develop the main ideas within the body of the composition through supporting evidence.

ESLR: Resourceful Learner – Take responsibility for learning

Rationale: On the CAHSEE you will be asked to identify main ideas and details in passages. To answer these questions, you should be familiar with persuasive passages that have lengthy descriptions and be able to find main ideas.

Directions: Read the passage and then answer the questions that follow.

Better, Not Worse

(1) When people think of school uniforms, they usually imagine hundreds of depressed students marching lock-step in the hallways, all dressed totally alike and wearing the same boring, dull plaid outfits just like in Britney Spears’s first video. (2) This widespread misconception is one of the reasons that so many people are against school uniforms. (3) What they do not understand is that uniforms bring a lot of benefit to public schools. (4) Any problems uniforms pose cannot compare the amount of problems that they solve. (5) It is the responsibility of every school district in the nation to adopt a school uniform policy.

(6) Both sides of the uniform argument have many supporters. They both have “experts” backing them up. (7) The difference between the two sides is that the people who are for school uniforms have hard evidence and experts to support them. (8) There have been documented cases, such as that of Jackie Robinson Academy in Long Beach, California, in which the adoption of school uniforms led to dramatically better conditions at the school. (9) Even a Britney Spears video proves that uniforms don’t keep people from being themselves. (10) Within a year after its students started wearing uniforms, JRA’s overall crime rate dropped by one third. (11) Show that statistic to parents. (12) They will most likely lobby to endorse uniforms in their child’s school district.

(13) Freedom of expression guarantees everyone in this country a right to state his or her own opinions and ideas. (14) But, what a person says with words and does with his or her own actions is an infinitely more effective and important way to express him/herself than what he/she wears. (15) As President Clinton said in a speech at JRA, “I think these uniforms do not stamp out individuality . . . Instead, they slowly teach our young people one of life’s most important lessons – that what really counts is what you are and what you can become on the inside, not what you are wearing on the outside.”



Directions: Like Reading Comprehension and Literary Response and Analysis passages, it helps to identify the parts of a well-written passage. Before you answer the multiple-choice questions, analyze this passage by:

  • Identifying each of the two sides of the argument in a complete sentence:

  1. _____________________________________

_____________________________________

_____________________________________



  1. _____________________________________

_____________________________________

_____________________________________



  • Underlining three pieces of evidence (underline in the passage).

  • Listing who you think the intended audience for this passage is:

_________________________________________

_________________________________________



Directions: After using POE to eliminate the wrong answers, circle the letter of the correct answer and respond to any additional questions, following the directions provided.

  1. Which of the following ideas is supported by details or evidence in the essay?

    1. Wearing uniforms in public schools limits students’ right to self-expression.

    2. Wearing uniforms in public schools does not limit students’ right to self-expression.

    3. Requiring students to wear uniforms may have positive effects in public schools.

    4. Requiring students to wear uniforms may not have positive effects in public schools.

Which sentence(s) provide support for your answer choice?

_____________________________________________

  1. Which is the LEAST effective substitution for the underlined part of sentence 7?

    1. as well as

    2. in addition to

    3. instead of

    4. besides

What does the underlined part of sentence 7 mean?

_____________________________________________

What do each of the answer choices mean?

A: ___________________________________________

B: ___________________________________________

C: ___________________________________________

D: ___________________________________________

Whichever answer choice is least similar to the underlined part of sentence 7 is your answer!

  1. Which of the following sentences does NOT fit well in the paragraph in which it is found?

    1. Any problems uniforms pose cannot compare to the amount of problems that they solve. (Sentence 4)

    2. Show that statistic to parents. (Sentence 11)

    3. Even a Britney Spears’s video proves that uniforms don’t keep people from being themselves. (Sentence 8)

    4. But, what a person says with words and does with his or her own actions is an infinitely more effective and important way to express him/herself than what he/she wears. (Sentence 14)

In order to answer this question, you will need to know the main idea of each paragraph, so write the main idea of each paragraph on the lines below:

1: ___________________________________________

_____________________________________________

2: ___________________________________________

_____________________________________________

3: ___________________________________________

_____________________________________________

Eliminate any answer choice that does fit with the main idea of the paragraph in which it is found, and you will have your answer!

  1. Which of the following ideas is NOT supported by details or evidence in the essay?

    1. Requiring the wearing of uniforms in public schools is opposed because it limits individuality.

    2. Criminal activity at school may be reduced when students are required war uniforms.

    3. Self-expression is far more important than community membership.

    4. Clothes may be used as a form of self-expression that is protected by the First Amendment.

This is another NOT question, so start by finding the answer choices that are supported by the text. The only one left will be your correct answer!

Evidence for answer choice _____ is in sentence(s) ____.

Evidence for answer choice _____ is in sentence(s) ____.

Evidence for answer choice _____ is in sentence(s) ____.

_____ is the correct answer because it is not supported in the passage.

Assignment #4: Due Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Walt Whitman: America’s Poet

Standard: WS 1.9 – Revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of the organization and controlling perspective, the precision of word choice, and the tone by taking into consideration the audience, purpose, and formality of the context.

ESLR: Resourceful Learner – Take responsibility for learning

Rationale: On the CAHSEE you will be asked to identify main ideas and details in passages. To answer these questions, you should be familiar with expository passages and able to find errors that need to be corrected.

Directions: Read the passage and then answer the questions that follow.


Eurlene Jarzembek

English


Mr. Carter

September 4, 2003



Walt Whitman: America’s Poet

(1) Walt Whitman was born in 1819 in Long Island, New York. Outside of the classroom, most of Whitman’s education was received. His parents, Water and Louisa Whitman, were uneducated but hard-working people. At the age of eleven, he worked in a law office as an office boy where he became interested in reading. He was soon reading the words of prominent authors like William Shakespeare and Homer and was well on his way to becoming one of America’s most well-known and endearing poets.

(2) By the time Whitman was seventeen years old, he had already worked as a painter’s apprentice, worked as a compositor and a teacher. Despite his aversion to teaching, he excelled in the profession, developing an amicable relationship with his students; he even allowed them to address him by his first name. He also developed fresh teaching techniques and learning games to help his students with spelling and arithmetic. In his early twenties, however, he gave up teaching to pursue a full-time career as a journalist and poet.

(3) When Walt Whitman first emerged as a poet, his arrival onto the American literary scene was met with controversy. His first collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, was so unusual that no commercial publisher would print the work. In 1855 Whitman published, at his own expense, the first edition of his collection of twelve poems.

(4) Whitman’s poetic style was uncommon in the sense that he wrote poems in a form called thought-rhythm, or parallelism, in which his goal was to mimic the movement of the sea and the transitory nature of human emotion. A recurrent theme in Whitman’s poetry is self-realization. In his work, Whitman deveates from conventional patterns of rhyme and meter to create a unique rhythm and multi-layered, but truly American, voice.

(5) “Although Whitman was considered a revolutionary by many, there is little doubt he was fiercely patriotic” (Ryan 42). In his prose-like verse, he used slang and various personas, or voices, to create a sense of national unity. Using a process known as skaz, he also incorporated national idioms into his writing.

(6) For Whitman, the “proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it” (Ryan 42). Whitman has undoubtedly become a part of the cultural history and persona of America.

Works Cited

Adams, Wesley. The Many Faces of Walt Whitman. London: Bungalow Publishing, 1998.

Moseley, Carrie. Walt Whitman: A Poet for All Time. New York: Standard Books, 2002.

Ryan, Tom. Whitman: An American Voice. Chicago: Noland, 1999.



Stevens, Constance. “Stylistic Innovations in the Poetry of Walt Whitman.” Poetry Today 12 (2000): 27-37.

Directions: After using POE to eliminate the wrong answers, circle the letter of the correct answer and respond to any additional questions, following the directions provided.

  1. Read the sentence from paragraph 1 of the report.

  2. Outside of the classroom, most of Whitman’s education was received.

  3. What is the correct way to rewrite the sentence using the active voice?

    1. Most of his education outside of the classroom was received by Walt Whitman.

    2. Whitman received most of his education outside of the classroom.

    3. By Whitman, most of his education outside the classroom was received.

    4. Leave as is.

  4. List the eight “be” verbs here: __________________________

  5. __________________________________________________

  6. Circle the “be” verb in each of the incorrect answers.

  7. Which sentence would provide the most effective support for the idea that Whitman was “fiercely patriotic”?

    1. He never considered Leaves of Grass complete and continued to revise the text until his death in 1892.

    2. He chose to write about uncommon subjects and developed a unique writing style.

    3. He thoroughly enjoyed the New York City Opera and incorporated elements of American music into his poetry.

    4. He saw America as being full of potential and believed that Americans needed a poet to bring them together as a society.

  8. In your own words, explain why this is the best answer.

  9. __________________________________________________

  10. __________________________________________________

  11. Read the sentence from paragraph 2 of the report.

  12. By the time Whitman was seventeen years old, he had already worked as a printer’s apprentice, worked as a compositor and a teacher.

  13. What is the correct way to rewrite this sentence using parallel structure?

    1. By the time Whitman was seventeen years old, he had already worked as a printer’s apprentice, he had worked as a compositor, and a teacher.

    2. By the time Whitman was seventeen years old, he had already worked as a printer’s apprentice, a compositor, and also worked as a teacher.

    3. By the time Whitman was seventeen years old, he had already worked as a printer’s apprentice, as a compositor, and also worked as a teacher.

    4. By the time Whitman was seventeen years old, he had already worked as a printer’s apprentice, as a compositor, and had worked as a teacher.

  1. Underline the three listed items in each answer choice. Eliminate any answer choice where these three items are not in the exact same form.

  2. Read this sentence from paragraph 4 of the report.

  3. Whitman’s poetic style was uncommon in the sense that he wrote poems in a form called thought-rhythm, or parallelism, in which his goal was to mimic the movement of the sea and the transitory nature of human emotion.

  4. Which is the best way to rewrite the underlined part of the sentence to include more sensory details?

    1. the ebb and flow of the sea

    2. the big waves of the sea

    3. the changes in size of the sea

    4. the sound of the sea

  5. Define ebb. ________________________________________

  6. Define flow. ________________________________________

  7. In your own words, explain why the answer you selected best appeals to the five senses.

  8. __________________________________________________

  9. __________________________________________________

  10. Read this sentence from paragraph 4.

  11. In his work, Whitman deveates from conventional patterns of rhyme and meter to create a unique rhythm and a multi-layered, but truly American, voice.

  12. Which underlined word in the sentence is spelled incorrectly?

    1. deveates

    2. conventional

    3. rhyme

    4. unique

  1. What is the correct way to spell the misspelled word?

  2. __________________________________________________

  3. Which sentence would best conclude the report?

    1. Walt Whitman’s poetry, then, was a means by which he could depict his life and deal with difficult experiences.

    2. He believed that music is the poet’s greatest source of wealth and inspiration.

    3. As he once predicted, future generations of readers continue to embrace and celebrate his work.

    4. Whitman believed that he owed his career as a poet to his friend and mentor, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  4. In your own words, explain why this is the best answer. (Hint: In order to explain it, you will have to identify the main idea!)

  5. __________________________________________________

  6. __________________________________________________

  7. Which source listed in the Works Cited section of the report is a periodical?

    1. Adams, Wesley. The Many Faces of Walt Whitman. London: Bungalow Publishing, 1998.

    2. Moseley, Carrie. Walt Whitman: A Poet for All Time. New York: Standard Books, 2002.

    3. Ryan, Tom. Whitman: An American Voice. Chicago: Noland, 1999.

    4. Stevens, Constance. “Stylistic Innovation in the Poetry of Walt Whitman.” Poetry Today 12 (2000):27-37.

  8. Define periodical.

  9. ________________________________________________

  10. What do you see in the correct answer that told you it was a periodical?

  11. ________________________________________________

  1. Assignment #5: Due Thursday, 8 March 2012

  2. Setting and Theme

  3. Standard: LRA 3.5 – Compare works that express a universal theme and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work.

  4. ESLR: Resourceful Learner – Take responsibility for learning

  5. Rationale: On the CAHSEE, you will be asked to analyze the setting and the theme of different passages. The setting refers to the time and place in which a story takes place. To determine the setting, pay close attention to where and when the action happens. Are the characters inside or outside? What do their surroundings look like? Are there any smells or sounds? What time of day is it? What time of year is it? Does the story take place in the present, the past, or the future? The answers to these questions will not always be obvious. Sometimes you will have to look for clues that reveal the setting. For example, a snowstorm indicates that the story most likely takes place in the winter. You might not be able to answer all of these questions all of the time. But as you read, always pay close attention to the details so you can say as much as possible about the setting. The theme of a story is its main point. It could be a general idea that the author wants to communicate, such as a lesson or moral that the author wants readers to learn. To figure out the theme of a story, think about the main subject of the story as a whole. The theme should capture the essence of the story—not just part of it.

  1. Directions: The following lines are excerpts from stories. Use details from the text to determine the setting. Then write down the time of day, the season, and the location.

  1. Ms. Gordeeva hurried through the rows and rows of books, her eyes scanning the shelves for novels by Jane Austen. She was in a rush—dinner was in less than an hour. She took off her winter gloves and reached for Emma.

  1. Time of Day: _______________________________________

  2. Season: ___________________________________________

  3. Location: __________________________________________

  1. Yawning, Irina glanced out her window. Snow fell at a furious pace, and the sky looked a magical purple. She tossed her robe on her bed and jumped under the covers. “Glad I’m inside,” she whispered to herself.

  1. Time of Day: _______________________________________

  2. Season: ___________________________________________

  3. Location: __________________________________________

  1. Holding the string to his kite, Mark raced across the sand, his dog Fido at his side. The waves crashed onto the shore, the foamy water covering Mark’s toes and ankles. The sky was a piercing blue, and Fido seemed to be yelping with joy. “Time for lunch, big guy,” Mark said, quickening his pace.

  1. Time of Day: _______________________________________

  2. Season: ___________________________________________

  3. Location: __________________________________________

  4. Directions: Read the passages below and answer the questions that follow.

  5. A Surprise

  6. At the beginning of the semester, Alex was happy. He was taking only three classes, and for each class he had one book to read, one paper to write, and one exam to pass. Getting high grades would be a breeze as usual. So when the end of the semester rolled around and Alex found himself buried under a mountain of work, he was very surprised. He was the only one to be surprised, though. His homeroom teacher, Ms. Moreno, had warned Alex that if he was going to read three books, write three papers, and pass three exams, he was going to have to put in a lot of time at the library from the very beginning.

  1. What is the theme of this passage?

  1. __________________________________________________

  2. __________________________________________________

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