Journals 4th 9 Weeks
• Worth 100 points EACH Semester
• Must be ¾ a page.
• 1st 5 minutes of each class.
• Every entry mus...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #70
March 19, 2014
Comma Practice
Practice using COMMAS using the following rules
(write exa...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #71
March 20, 2014
Pronoun Practice
Practice using the following indefinite pronoun &
pronou...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #72
March 27, 2014
Gratitude Day!
Topic: Showing Gratitude for ________________
Detail 1: __...
Dear Mrs. Carter,
I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much you are truly
appreciated here at Murray Middle ...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #73
April 7, 2014
Scavenger Hunt-Punctuation
Look through a novel of your choice to find sen...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #74
April 8, 2014
Aspire Practice-English
Number your page 7-12 and be ready to answer
some ...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #75
April 9, 2014
Aspire Practice-Writing
The ACT ASPIRE test will ask you to write an essay...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #76
April 14, 2014
Digging Deeper:In-depth
Draw a soil chart on your page. Choose ONE line
f...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #77
April 15, 2014
Digging Deeper
Turn your page into a soil chart—include surface and all 3...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #78
April 16, 2014
Sentence Complexity Search
Look through one chapter of the novel you are ...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #79
April 17, 2014
The Art of the Argument
ar·gu·ment (ärgyəmənt)
1. an exchange of divergin...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #80
April 21, 2014
Concession/Counterargument
Go back to the ARGUMENT you drafted last week....
Journal Entry #1
Journal Entry # 81
April 28, 2014
Fortune Cookie Speeches
 Read the following fortune & write it on your...
Journal Entry #1
Journal Entry # 82
April 29, 2014
Fortune Cookie Speeches
 Read the following fortune & write it on your...
Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #83
April 30, 2014
Gratitude Day!
At the TOP of your journal page LIST
your TOPIC & 2 Detail...
Dear Mr. Lomax,
I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much our
group enjoyed our experience at your facility....
Journal Entry #1
Journal Entry # 84
May 1, 2014
Fortune Cookie Speeches
 Read the following fortune & write it on your jo...
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  1. 1. Journals 4th 9 Weeks • Worth 100 points EACH Semester • Must be ¾ a page. • 1st 5 minutes of each class. • Every entry must be formatted with – The Journal # – The Date – The “Title” Every entry must have the 3 formatting items in the top corner of the page. Only 1 entry per page. Longer entries may take up 2 pages if necessary.
  2. 2. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #70 March 19, 2014 Comma Practice Practice using COMMAS using the following rules (write examples in complete sentences):  Separate two INDEPENDENT CLAUSES joined by a conjunction (, and/, but)  Set off introductory SUBORDINATE CLAUSES and long PHRASES (When…..,)  Set off NONESSENTIAL CLAUSES (APPOSITIVES)  Separate two adjectives that MODIFY a single noun (could replace the comma with AND)
  3. 3. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #71 March 20, 2014 Pronoun Practice Practice using the following indefinite pronoun & pronoun combinations in sentences:  “Nobody” & “his or her” (singular verb) Ex. Nobody will want his or her skin to get sunburned while at the beach over Spring Break.  “Many” & “they/their” (plural verb)  “Someone” & “his” (singular verb)  “Several” & “they/their” (plural verb)  “Anyone” & “his or her” (singular verb)
  4. 4. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #72 March 27, 2014 Gratitude Day! Topic: Showing Gratitude for ________________ Detail 1: ___________________ Detail 2: ___________________ Monthly Challenge: Your paragraph MUST use 3 DIFFERENT comma rules, at least 1 semicolon, 1 dash (double hyphen), and 1 set of parenthesis!! (Remember: TDSSDSSC) Write your TOPIC & 2 DETAILS at the top of your page, then wait for the timer!!
  5. 5. Dear Mrs. Carter, I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much you are truly appreciated here at Murray Middle School. For one thing, your job is filled with stresses, obligations, and thankless duties; however, you handle all of it with class and a sense of humor. In the early days of your tenure here at MMS, we could read the stress on your face—now, after years of experience, you face each challenge with a positive attitude and a smile. It is nice to walk into the office every morning to either a compliment, a giggle, or just a smile from our principal, the queen of our Tiger realm. Another reason you deserve some gratitude is way that you truly epitomize the "eye of the Tiger" attitude that our district uses as it's motto. Indeed, it can't be easy for a "Graves County Girl" to bleed black and gold, but there is NO question where your loyalty lies. You have a Tiger attitude and live by the Tiger motto every day, every month, every year (even years after your baby graduated, you still remain a Tiger fan in the stands—tried and true). All in all, you're a great principal who is 100% dedicated to this school—its staff, its students, and its reputation in this community and beyond. Saying "thank you" might not be enough (and I know those words aren't shared enough), but I DO hope you know how much you mean to all of us here at MMS. Sincerely, Hope Foster
  6. 6. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #73 April 7, 2014 Scavenger Hunt-Punctuation Look through a novel of your choice to find sentences where the author used the following punctuation:  SEMI-COLON  PARENTHESIS  PAIR of COMMAS (APPOSITIVE)  COMMA/CONJUNCTION COMBO  COMMA to set off an introductory phrase  DASH—DOUBLE HYPHEN Leave room to note any interesting punctuation or text features.
  7. 7. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #74 April 8, 2014 Aspire Practice-English Number your page 7-12 and be ready to answer some ASPIRE questions. 7. 10. 8. 11. 9. 12.
  8. 8. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #75 April 9, 2014 Aspire Practice-Writing The ACT ASPIRE test will ask you to write an essay. You will have 2 hours to plan and draft (you will be drafting and submitting online). Create a 1 Page SPAM plan on your page and get ready to plan a sample essay.
  9. 9. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #76 April 14, 2014 Digging Deeper:In-depth Draw a soil chart on your page. Choose ONE line from the “Changes” poem on your desk and place it at the top of your page (GRASS/Surface). Now DIG DEEPER:  Make an inference about that line  Draw a conclusion based on that inference  Make a meaningful connection  Connect all your ideas to an overall THEME.
  10. 10. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #77 April 15, 2014 Digging Deeper Turn your page into a soil chart—include surface and all 3 horizons. Choose another line from the poem “Changes” (one with hidden meaning) and put it on the SURFACE…now Dig Deeper!  Make an inference about that fact (surface)  Draw a conclusion based on that inference  Make a meaningful connection  Connect all your ideas to an overall THEME.
  11. 11. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #78 April 16, 2014 Sentence Complexity Search Look through one chapter of the novel you are reading to find sentences at the varied degrees of complexity:  Simple Sentence—short/minimal punctuation  A Bit More Complex Sentence—still short/some internal punctuation (likely one comma to separate a phrase)  Compound Sentence—Two complete thoughts (Independent Clauses) combined with either a comma/conjunction or a semi-colon (;).  The Longest/Most Complex Sentence you can find! Lots of internal punctuation (of various types)
  12. 12. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #79 April 17, 2014 The Art of the Argument ar·gu·ment (ärgyəmənt) 1. an exchange of diverging or opposite views, typically a heated or angry one. 2. a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong. Write down the definitions above in your journal. Using the 2nd definition of “ARGUMENT,” write a script of a recent “ARGUMENT” that you have had with another person (no heat, no anger…just persuasion).
  13. 13. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #80 April 21, 2014 Concession/Counterargument Go back to the ARGUMENT you drafted last week. Write 2 sentences of concession/counterargument for EACH side of the argument (4 sentences total). I concede that…; however Yes, …, but… I recognize that…, but I must point out that While I agree that…, I doubt that… While it is true that…, we must remember that… Although I understand that…, I still believe that…
  14. 14. Journal Entry #1 Journal Entry # 81 April 28, 2014 Fortune Cookie Speeches  Read the following fortune & write it on your journal page,  INTERPRET IT (explain, describe, explore multiple meanings)  Plan out a three point speech ().
  15. 15. Journal Entry #1 Journal Entry # 82 April 29, 2014 Fortune Cookie Speeches  Read the following fortune & write it on your journal page,  INTERPRET IT (explain, describe, explore multiple meanings)  Plan out a three point speech ().
  16. 16. Journal Entry #1Journal Entry #83 April 30, 2014 Gratitude Day! At the TOP of your journal page LIST your TOPIC & 2 Details! Topic: Showing Gratitude for ? Detail 1: Detail 2: Challenge: • MUST use the RULE OF THREE • Three IS Key!! EVERYTHING COUNTS: Format (indent/SPAM), Organization, Spelling, Capitalization, Punctuation, Grammar, etc. DRAFT your gratitude note in your journal and then show REVISING & EDITING notes!!
  17. 17. Dear Mr. Lomax, I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much our group enjoyed our experience at your facility. For one thing, the grounds and facility itself are well-maintained. Every year, I’m impressed with the cleanliness and organization of the grounds. This year we took full advantage of the entire grounds by fishing, hiking and, of course, using the activity areas—literally, every path and station was clearly organized. Another amazing feature of Brandon Spring is the staff. The patience, enthusiasm, and overall encouragement from the “leaders” (Sarah, Jeffry, David, & Patrick) were outstanding and I just can’t say enough about the staff in the cafeteria. Not only are they friendly and welcoming, but (more importantly) they give cafeteria food a GOOD reputation. All in all, I feel like Brandon Spring just keeps getting better and better with every visit. I hope that we will continue to work together for years to come. Sincerely, Hope Foster Teacher, MMS Showing gratitude for Richard Lomax (manager, Brandon Spring) Detail 1: Facility Detail 2: Staff
  18. 18. Journal Entry #1 Journal Entry # 84 May 1, 2014 Fortune Cookie Speeches  Read the following fortune & write it on your journal page,  INTERPRET IT (explain, describe, explore multiple meanings)  Plan out a three point speech ().
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