Works of Literary Merit

Before joining this adversarial discussion, be sure that you’ve read the material in the last post very, very carefully. Also be sure that you’ve picked up the Regents Exam packet distributed on May 28; copies of that packet will not be made available online, although you will be able to pick up extras at any point in class.

Also note that there is a writing assignment at the end of this post. It is the same one given to you in class on Wednesday the 29th; check back here to be sure that you understand what you must do by the end of the day on Friday.

Have your Regents Exam packet handy as you read this post. Notice that the scoring grid in the packet splits the exam into two sections: multiple-choice questions and writing prompts. You will be practicing the multiple-choice all week through Castle Learning, where you will find a new set of assignments starting today. (You should be finishing the batch assigned to you in early May, as well.) For the writing portion, we’ll start with the lone essay: the critical lens.

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Formal Argument: Essential Questions

Click below to load the guide to essential questions that we covered in class:

Now that we’ve had a chance to conference, and now that your essential question has been approved, you can begin discussing your thinking. This will be raw insight that may eventually focus your research, writing, and revision work.

To help get you started, post your essential question in the comments below. All top tier comments should be essential questions; all replies should be in answer to them. That’s your next adversarial goal: to discuss your thoughts on your peers’ essential questions in this space.

Feedback: Reading Adversarial

Note: Scores and feedback are after the jump. Read these notes first.

You had 12 days to add comments to either of these posts:

  1. Your Reading Life
  2. How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading

First, you were given several days in class to read the texts and to prepare comments. Then you were given an extra day with computers just to leave comments. The unexpected result: Every single comment was made on that day, February 28.

You added zero comments to either post on your own. Not during free periods. Not during study halls. Not at home. That is a shame, because there are some very smart observations here. Think about that: You spent a grand total of 39 minutes posting, and while there are the occasional comments like this:

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