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"Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour but this hour."-- Walt Whitman

 

 

Scholastic Book Fair is going on 9/21-27 in the Library!  Shop daily; the library is open from 7:30-3:45!

 

 

 NEXT WEEK IS SPIRIT WEEK: HERE ARE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DRESS UP DAYS

 

MONDAY: COLLEGE GAME DAY

TUESDAY: BACKWARDS DAY

WEDNESDAY: ONE PERCENT DAY

THURSDAY: SENIOR CITIZENS DAY

FRIDAY: CLASS COLORS DAY

 

 

 

Working on an English/Catch-All Thesis?

 

For the assignment due on 9/28, any student completing an English/Catch-All thesis must complete four parts:

 

First, on Thursday, September 14, students must attend a thesis workshop presentation on completing a Review of Literature and formal Introduction.  A laptop or tablet is required.  Between now and September 14, students need to begin looking for additional sources but may use the time next Thursday as well.

 

Second, students must prepare an annotated bibliography of five new, additional sources.  The sources used for the source analysis (turned in on August 18) must also be included on the annotated bibliography, but annotations are not required for those sources. The annotated bibliography is due September 28.

 

Third, using the ten sources gathered at this point and the thesis proposal included on the 8/31 assignment, students will create an outline that details that body of their argument.  This outline needs to be substantive in nature and is due September 28.

 

Fourth, students will draft a paragraph detailing the conversation(s) they have had with their mentor. This is due September 28.

 

Keep in mind that no changes will be made to the thesis once we return from Fall Break.

 
THESIS/COLLEGE ESSAY/RESUME CONFERENCES ARE CONTINUING! 
 
Please use the sign-up sheet to schedule a student/teacher conference to discuss your writing (e.g., common app, thesis, resume).  The sign-up sheet is available now!  Students are encouraged to sign up for 10 minute "mini-conferences" to discuss questions they have about their writing assignments.  Conferences are student driven: you will be asking thoughtful, substantive questions about your application materials ("what do you think" and "can you provide general feedback" are not examples of substantive questions).  Conferences will be held on Block Days-- after school AND during C/D lunch.  They will run as long as there is student interest.  
 
REMINDERS  
  

1.  Common App essays: here's the link to the 2017-18 prompts: http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts

 

2.  For those of you working on an English/catch-all thesis, please see the attachments below for a recap of our meeting last week to discuss annotated bibliographies and outlines.  

Thesis:
 
The September 22nd deadline has been moved to September 28.  This gives you an extra week to work! 
 
If you have changed your topic, decided to work individually instead of in a group, are having trouble finding or speaking with your mentor-- please talk to one of the thesis advisors next week.  We need to make sure you are staying on track, and we can help with these issues.
 
NEW: Interested in learning more about APA formatting? Check out the attached link, with tips on how to use APA.
 
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