Dr. Ray Gen
Description of Assignments
This year many multiple draft essays will be assigned. The essays will include autobiographical,
reflective, interpretive, analytical, persuasive, and controversial topic
styles. Each draft will be evaluated by
peer respondents who will give suggestions for improvement of the paper. All essays need titles that reflect the
A chapter or reading summary is a long, descriptive paragraph which
outlines, describes and condenses the assigned reading. The more detailed your summary is, the more
credit you will earn.
Example: Summary of Chapter 7 of
Huck fools his tyrannical and abusive father into thinking that Huck
was killed. Huck performs this trickery
so that he could escape and live a better life out on his own on the Mississippi River. Huck kills a
pig in the house and spreads its blood all around to fool his father into
thinking that Huck had been killed by robbers.
Huck takes a canoe and hides out upon an island where he falls asleep.
Every journal entry MUST include the page number wherein the citation
can be found. Your responses may include
interpretation, questions, predictions, personal insights, personal feelings,
comparisons, observations, etc. You are
free to choose the passages to which you will respond.
The dialectical journal MUST cover the book in its entirety. Do not limit your journal to only one section
of the book. Students may earned extra credit by doing additional dialectical
Vocabulary homework will be assigned each week and will correspond to
the quizzes every Friday.
Journals will be assigned periodically.
Journals will coincide with the literature being studied. Students are expected to respond to the
writing prompt and to engage the topic with alacrity. Students will be given 20 minutes to write
Students will be given various topics to work on collaboratively. Grades will be based upon the output of the
group as well as individual cooperation within the group.