Open House

Welcome parents, students, and families!

Ms. Clark

Contact information:

School Phone: 406.324.2303

School Email: jclark@helenaschools.org

Gmail: MsClarkHHS@gmail.com

Website: clark.bengalenglish.org

 

Courses:

AP Language and Composition

English IV:C (British Lit. and Mythology)

Science Fiction

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Important Dates

September 4th: Labor Day–No School

September 7th: Picture Day!  (I have order forms for anyone who is still in need of one)

September 14th: Open House 6:00-8:00PM

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Welcome to Ms. Clark’s Class 2017-18

English IV:

  • Website Logins (Due Friday):  You will be given enrollment codes for the following in class
  • Google Form: When you’ve finished the logins above and reviewed the syllabus, fill in this form. The data you submit will be available to Ms. Clark only!

AP Lang:

  • Website Logins (Due Friday):  You will be given enrollment codes for the following in class
  • Google Form: When you’ve finished the logins above and reviewed the syllabus, fill in this form. The data you submit will be available to Ms. Clark only!

SciFi:

  • Website Logins (Due Friday):  You will be given enrollment codes for the following in class
  • Google Form: When you’ve finished the logins above and reviewed the syllabus, fill in this form. The data you submit will be available to Ms. Clark only!
  • Movie Permission Form: This form must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned by Friday.
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Spicing Up the Synthesis Essay

1. Talk to your sources. Don’t just throw a quote in; acknowledge the author or speaker of the quote, possibly including their credentials (Ethos!).  Discuss whether their ideas are right or wrong, and be specific about why you think so.  Don’t try to create a single, smooth narrative. Instead, compare sources’ ideas to your own and to one another to support your argument.

2. Don’t be afraid to use your own experience as a source. You need to use three sources from the packet, but if you have personal experience of the topic, there’s no reason to discount that.

3. Paraphrase: Only use a direct quote if the SPECIFIC LANGUAGE of the quote is especially cool. If it’s just the idea that’s useful, a paraphrase is more effective.  (Use an in-text citation anyway–if the idea isn’t yours, you have to give credit to the author.)

4. Use adverbs and interesting verbs to introduce quotes and paraphrases: say “[author] wrongly suggests that…” or “[author] fervently argues that…”  instead of just “He said…”  (Check out this list of adverbs, and this list of verbs to use instead of “said” if you’d like help with this!)

5. Use sources you don’t agree with and refute them. Don’t just say “many adults think….” Say “Meghan Gurdon thinks….” This gives you someone specific to discuss, which strengthens your arguments by helping you avoid broad generalizations. It also avoids bias because you provide evidence from your opposition.

6. Avoid logical fallacies. Never misrepresent your sources. Always attack their strongest, not their weakest points. Address their ideas with logic, facts, and well-reasoned arguments.

7. Start with your least strong idea; end with the strongest part of your argument. If you’re conceding a point, do that in the first body paragraph. If you’re refuting instead, then let that be the last body paragraph.

 

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Writing Tools

CRISP Editing

STAMPY Intros

MEALplan for body paragraphs

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Science Fiction Students: Check out the new Nebula Awards!

This article on The Verge lists the nominees and links to many of the stories that you can read online!

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Satire Analysis Essay Self-Editing

SENIORS:

Use the following tools to do a thorough self-edit on your Satire Rhetorical Analysis Essay before you share it with Ms.Clark (Share by 9:00am on Saturday 11/19/16)

Do CRISPing and the Checklist:

  1. CRISP Editing
  2. Self Editing Checklist

Review Intro and Body paragraph guidelines as needed (these may appear in my comments to you:

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The Big Read: A Wizard of Earthsea

Welcome back to school!

This year’s Big Read is the Science Fiction / Fantasy novel, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. This means that, over the next few months, there will be a number of wonderful events related to the themes of this novel.

Check out the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read website for materials relating to this novel, pick up your *free* copy at the library, and visit Lewis & Clark Library’s calendar for a schedule of events. Remember that many of these events will be worth extra credit!

(SF students: I will be seeking volunteers to participate in an Earthsea panel discussion in the next few days, too!  Again, this will be worth extra credit, and it should also be really fun.)

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New Website: Shakespeare Documented

Folger Shakepseare Library has recently launched a new website on which digitizes versions of documents relating to the life of William Shakespeare can be viewed by the public. It includes not only plays and poems, but also legal documents and others which mention Shakespeare and reveal details about his life.

Check it out!

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Friday 12/18: Mythology

Hi all,

Here’s the Arthurian Scavenger Hunt!  Use the online document to access links, and write your answers on your copy.

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