10th Grade English and Speech

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Google Free Books

Posted by mrswalder on January 27, 2011

Please take some time to check out the link below of FREE Google Books.

http://books.google.com/ebooks?hl=en&as_coll=1040&uid=2278874564547928826&source=gbs_slider_bookshelves_1040_webstore_home

Although any assignment we do in class will have to adhere to specific standards and criteria, I would like some input from you. I am slightly limited by the books that we have, but Google has some classic books in their entirety available online.

  1. Please take some time to flip through the books and make a suggestion. You may choose two that you think sound interesting to you.
  2. After determining a title, please tell me what you think about the possibility of reading a book online. Explain the pros and cons you may have to this matter.

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Just A Thought for Today

Posted by mrswalder on March 10, 2010

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”
–William James,¬†American philosopher

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Your Thoughts on “Can Free Speech Go Too Far?”

Posted by mrswalder on March 10, 2010

Read through the UPFRONT Magazine’s article ‘Can Free Speech Go Too Far?’ and answer the following questions for discussion after the Computer Test tomorrow.

1. What is going too far over the line of free speech?

2. Which example from the article was going too far in your opinion?

3. What is one example in your life in which you think speech has gone too far? (You may use an example of something you have ‘heard of’ if you are having difficulty with an example.)

Use complete sentences and be mindful of spelling and grammar.

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A Separate Peace

Posted by mrswalder on March 8, 2010

Now we have finished reading the novel, I want to know what you really think. Would you recommend this novel to another person? Why or why not?

Also, do you think that next year the Sophomores should continue to read this novel or should I choose another one? If so, what kind of novel do you think the Sophomores should read in class?

Please answer in at least 7 sentences.

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Puppet Theater

Posted by mrswalder on February 2, 2010

Now that our Turkish Puppet Theater Project is complete, it is important that we take some time to reflect on the project and what we learned. Answer the following questions in three sets. There will be a total of at least 9 sentences when completed.

1) What is the most important thing you learned after completing this project?

2) What was the most difficult part of this project?

3) If you could change one thing about this project, what would you change and why?

Please be honest and answer in three short paragraphs of at least three sentences each.

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Playbill

Posted by mrswalder on January 26, 2010

Please post the following information for your play bill that we need to hand out to the audience:

Title
Authors
Characters…. Summary
Set the Scene
Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3

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Working on the Puppets…

Posted by mrswalder on January 21, 2010

Our lesson is based on traditional Turkish Shadow Puppet theater and today is our last day to work in class to make the puppets. As tomorrow is an extra help day, please feel free to stop in and use the work time to complete your work or practice on the stage.

For this writing to win assignment, each of you need to individually answer the following questions in a cohesive paragraph of at least 7 sentences.

What has been the most difficult part of this project?

If you did this project again, what would you change?

What has been the most fun part of this project?

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Secular Society in Turkey

Posted by mrswalder on January 6, 2010

Yesterday we talked about similarities and differences of the people in Turkey that we were able to see from just a few pictures. Today  you independently researched about Turkey.

Now, I know you are all know I had the most fabulous experience in Turkey this past summer, and some of you are wondering why we are studying another country’s culture.

Well, why do YOU think we would study another country’s culture? And, in particular, why would we study Turkey’s culture? Answer in at least 7 sentences.

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What’s the difference, really?

Posted by mrswalder on January 5, 2010

We just reviewed numerous sites about shadow puppet theater and then viewed some still-frame videos from Turkey.

Reviewing the T-Chart on the board about the similarities and differences between our two cultures answer the following questions in paragraph form. Be sure to use complete sentences and at least 2 paragraphs (3-5 sentences per paragraph) to answer the following questions.

What similarities to Turkish culture did you see that surprised you? How did they surprise you?

What differences do you think are most significant? Why are they so noticeable?

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“I believe…”

Posted by mrswalder on November 24, 2009

Without criticizing the speaker or their ability to speak, choose one topic discussed today that you agree with and write your opinion on the topic. Be sure to include information given in the speeches that pertains to your opinion.

Secondly, choose a topic that you did not agree with the speaker and write your opinion on the topic. Each opinion on the topic should be a paragraph long (3-5 sentences).

If for some reason you agreed with everybody, choose two topics you agreed on and explain in detail why you agreed with both.

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