May 27, 2008 – Writers Room Assignments for Mrs. Smith’s Classes: (FYI: You will receive a “behavior/participation” grade today.
Talking, roaming, or surfing the net (myspace!) will get you an “F” for the day. Go for the “A.” Do your work!)
1. Go to http://www.studyisland.com - complete today’s
reading quiz that is due today. Then continue working
on the ongoing assignment there that is due June 3.
2. Go to http://mrsdsmith.tripod.com
a. contribute to our classroom
blog for extra credit (never put your email address)
b. take the Of Mice
and Men Chapter Quiz and Quote Quiz for chapters 1-3
c. review the resources provided on our website for
Of Mice and Men
3. Go to http://www.collegeboard.com/student/index.html?student – create a free account
and sign up for the SAT Question of the Day (if you have an email address for them to send you the question!)
June 4, 2008 (Wednesday!!)
1. Go to http://criterion.ets.org. Complete the Of Mice and Men persuasive essay (George's trial): Now that you have completed reading
Of Mice and Men, you know that George kills Lennie.
This act is presented as the humane thing to do for Lennie. Playing Devil’s
Advocate, one could ask if this was the correct decision. If Lennie had been
taken to trial, perhaps he would have been excused on grounds of lack of mental competence and may have been given a better
life than he had had with George. In
this writing assignment, we’re putting George on trial for murdering Lennie.
You are to be either the attorney for George’s defense or the prosecuting
attorney. Your task is to write your closing arguments to the jury. (Closing arguments are a lawyer’s final summary of his case and his best efforts
at persuading the jury to his side.) Begin with an introductory paragraph in
which you introduce the jury to your side of the case. Follow that with one paragraph
for each of the main points you have to support your case. Fill in each paragraph
with examples and facts that support your main point. Then write a paragraph
in which you make your final closing statements.
2. If you finish early, work on any of the assignments listed under May