You should be done with the annotated bibliography in APA format.
Share it in an email or google doc. When done search for digital story telling tools and create a creative story that addresses your topic in a not-so-typical way.

This will be due by next Friday.

Assignments will be inputted. You will have a zero in the grade book until you submit a complete an proper APA annotated bibliography.

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APA research tools

Welcome to day two of your research.

  1. Check this site out for info about what an APA paper looks like.  APA stands for the American Psychological Association.  It is different from MLA.
  2. Use this site to format your citation correctly.  BE sure to click on APA when you cite your website!
    1. PASTE in your URL to the box
    2. THEN you will be prompted to click FIND WEBSITE.
    4. THEN input author or news agency or no author.
    5. THEN add annotation – a three sentence summary about the article.
    6. THEN click ADD to my BIBLIOGRAPHY.
    7. THEN either copy and paste into a GOOGLE DOC or download into WORD and copy and paste from WORD
  3. This is the fastest way to create an annotated bibliography.
  4. If you want to see a sample ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY click HERE.

WORK together to put together your annotated bibliography of 20 sources.  When you are done – share it as a GOOGLE DOCUMENT.

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Declaration of Independence quiz


America: The digital story.

Welcome to your first major project this year.

Each English class will be embarking on a project based learning unit for the next month and a half.

You must decide several things before even beginning.

  1. With whom will you work?
  2. How many people will be optimal in creating this project?
  3. How will I contribute to this project effectively?

Then you will decide on the topic.

Period 2 and 4: You have two to choose from -

  1. America is the source of good news and bad news.  Create a digital story/magazine that recounts the history of how News is “created” by the media in order to control the citizens of the United States.
  2. Freedom is a sacred word in America – What does it really mean?  Why are people willing to fight and die for this concept/idea?

Period 3 and 5: You have two to choose from -

  1. Healthcare is serious topic in our modern world.  Some countries offer free universal healthcare.  Some offer pay programs.  Some don’t offer anything.  Is healthcare a basic right in America?
  2. The current healthcare program in America is colloquially called OBAMACARE – Is it effective?  What are the issues surrounding its existence?  You must first consider what OBAMACARE dictates.


The project will be graded in four parts:

  1. The research (250 points)
  2. The digital story telling (250 points)
  3. The research paper (250 points)
  4. The debate/paper presentation (250 points)

You cannot fail if you miss out on one section.  But you can fail if you don’t do two sections.

Each section must be finished and completed before you can move on to the next.  You will have approximately one week on each section in which to work.

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Week of August 11, 2014

Welcome to this week.

Monday: PROMPT – What does it mean to be an AMERICAN?

  • Standards for the week
  • Priority Standards:

    RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

    RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.


    SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.


Friday: News article due – please do it in the format I gave.

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Welcome to 2014-2015

Welcome and I hope you enjoy the year.

Weekly assignment: News article homework.

  1. Name of the article/news report
  2. Name of the author/reporter
  3. Name of the news agency/channel
  4. 5 Ws and How
    1. Who is the story about?
    2. What happened?
    3. Where did the story take place?
    4. When did the story take place?
    5. Why did this happen?
    6. How did it happen?
  5. Why is this story important to know or understand?

There are 10 items and the assignment is worth 10 points every week for the rest of the semester.  You will begin to see the assignments populate in Aeries – it will indicate no points – don’t worry – I am adding the assignments so that you will know that they are due and when they are due.

Weekly we will have AP practice prompt writing.  They will be based on the 1-9 grading scale.

Generic AP Language and Composition Rubric

The score should reflect a judgment of the essay’s quality as a whole. Remember that students had only 40 minutes to read

and write; the essay, therefore, is not a finished product and should not be judged by standards appropriate for an out-of class assignment.  Evaluate the essay as a draft, making certain to reward students for what they do well.

All essays, even those scored 8 or 9, may contain occasional lapses in analysis, prose style or mechanics. Such features should enter into the holistic evaluation of an essay’s overall quality. In no case may an essay with many distracting errors in grammar and mechanics be scored higher than a 2.

9 Essays earning a score of 9 meet the criteria for a score of 8 and, in addition, are especially sophisticated in their [analysis or argument], thorough in their development or impressive in their control of language.

8 Effective Essays earning a score of 8 effectively [present the requirements of the prompt].  They develop their [analysis or argument] with evidence and explanations that are appropriate and convincing, [adhering to the requirements of the prompt]. The prose demonstrates a consistent ability to control a wide range of the elements of effective writing but is not necessarily flawless.

7 Essays earning a score of 7 meet the criteria for a score of 6 but provide more complete explanation, more thorough development or a more mature prose style.

6 Adequate Essays earning a score of 6 adequately [present the requirements of the prompt]. They develop their [analysis or argument] with evidence and explanations that are appropriate and sufficient, [adhering to the requirements of the prompt]. The writing may contain lapses in diction or syntax, but generally the prose is clear.

5 Essays earning a score of 5 [present the requirements of the prompt]. The evidence or explanations used may be uneven, inconsistent or limited. The writing may contain lapses in diction or syntax, but it usually conveys the student’s ideas.

4 Inadequate Essays earning a score of 4 inadequately [present the requirements of the prompt]. These essays may misunderstand the passage, or fail to completely [present the requirements of the prompt]. The evidence or explanations used may be inappropriate, insufficient or less convincing. The prose generally conveys the student’s ideas but may be less consistent in controlling the elements of effective writing.

3 Essays earning a score of 3 meet the criteria for a score of 4 but demonstrate less success in [presenting the requirements of the prompt]. They are less perceptive in their understanding of the passage or [the requirements of the prompt], or the explanation or examples may be particularly limited or simplistic. The essays may show less maturity in control of writing.

2 Little Success Essays earning a score of 2 demonstrate little success in [presenting the requirements of the prompt]. These essays may misunderstand the prompt, misread the passage, fail to [present the requirements of the prompt], or substitute a simpler task by responding to the prompt tangentially with unrelated, inaccurate or inappropriate explanation. The prose often demonstrates consistent weaknesses in writing, such as grammatical problems, a lack of development or organization, or a lack of control.

1 Essays earning a score of 1 meet the criteria for a score of 2 but are undeveloped, especially simplistic in their explanation or weak in their control of language.

0 Indicates an on-topic response that receives no credit, such as one that merely repeats the prompt, or presents a narrative of a personal experience. — Indicates a blank response or one that is completely off topic.

AP prompt samples

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