Mrs. Fryc Writing Update

Hello Everyone,
Here is the Monday update.
Medieval History – Our source text is the Sword and the Stone.  Each student’s assignment is to write a three paragraph essay using the checklist on page 72.  We also discussed reading the book, The Legend of  King Arthur, which is also noted in the lesson on page 65.  We listened to some stellar essays and then edited papers.  Finally we played a homophone game learning about words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have a different meaning.
World History – We started out the class fine-tuning the MLA formatting process and listening to some fantastic essays read to the class.  Next, we spent time editing each other’s papers.  The lesson was on the French Revolution.  In the class discussion we  compared and contrasted between the American Revolution and the French Revolution.  We also talked about using word lists to avoid the banned adjectives listed on page 87.  If you are using the literature portion of the program, your student should read or listen to The Lacemaker and the Princessand/or In the Reign of Terror.  Finally we played a homophone game learning about words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have a different meaning.
 
The assignment is to write the one paragraph essay using the advanced checklist on page 94.
US History – Today we spent time editing and listening to a well-written creative essay on the California Gold Rush. Next, I created a flow chart to unpack  the characters and plots in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I recommended finishing the book over the Thanksgiving break.  That would be ahead of schedule, so it only a suggestion.  Worksheet 4 is due for the next class.
We moved into Unit 6 today and learned the fundamentals of writing from multiple sources.  I would have liked an additional 30 minutes of  class to cover all the material.  I was able to finish the entire lesson, but we didn’t spend as much time doing some of the “hands-on” application.  The assignment (in addition to the Uncle Tom’s Cabin reading and worksheet) is to create a three paragraph essay using three different sources and the checklist on page 94.   Finally, each student should decide on a Civil War era figure to write about for the upcoming classes.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We all have so much to be thankful for!
Michelle
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