Monday, November 2, 2009

Homework for the week

Homework for the week is to complete a full first draft response to text on the historical fiction novel students read for this marking period.  The format is the same as the one we used for the “Lather and Nothing Else” essay – 5 paragraphs with a thesis statement at the end of the first paragraph, quotations from the text in each proof paragraph, and a conclusion.  The essay should focus on what makes the novel a good example of historical fiction.  We have notes in our binders on various aspects of historical fiction, and the essay should refer to these.  We did a graphic organizer on Thursday in preparation for this essay.  Other aspects of good writing can be used as proof as well, such as suspense, strong characterization, use of figurative language, et cetera, but at least one proof must relate to the “historical fiction” notes. 


Students with access to googledocs are encouraged to use this to create their essay, but a printed copy (sorry!) will be needed for class on Friday as we will not have the laptops.  Students without access to googledocs are to write out their essay long-hand and will be given time next Monday to transcribe it to the computers.