Hickory Hills Middle School

Hickory Hills Middle School
English in 210

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

UNIT 3 OUR MORAL COMPASS. (Starting in January)

Unit three is called "Our Moral Compass". Where do we get our moral values from? After the first of the year we will be doing some writing. Students will be writing expository essays and persuasive essays. The expository essay will take a more philosophical bent. They will write about values and heroes; people they wish to emulate. Later we will tackle the persuasive essay.

Our reading will include "Freak the Mighty" by Rodman Philbrick and "Flowers for Algernon"  the short story by Daniel Keyes. This will give us some good chances to read and write about people who inspire us to be better and more than we think possible.

At the last Professional Development (MRI) training I went to Kae Daugherty gave us a set of instructions that enabled us to write in more depth. I am going to provide this for the students when they get back from break. It's called the 5 Modes of Writing.  You first choose a subject; you first write as an Artist,  Scientist, Philosopher then as a Storyteller. These are all then combined to make for some good writing. The storyteller is written last and this part is devided to make up the beginning and end of your piece of writing. I had our newspaper students use this on a couple of stories and their work was brilliant!
Here are the instructions:

Write as an Artist #2
Study your object closely noting sensory qualities.
Examine Texture shape color and size.
If words escape you create a visual version first as in an illustration sketch or diagram.
Refrain from mentioning yourself.
Keep word choice simple and concrete.

Write as a Scientist #3
  1. Ask yourself questions like: 
  2. How/Where do we place this object in the world? 
  3. What is it related to? 
  4. How does it work? 
  5. Where does it come from? 
  6. Look up your word/event in the dictionary to determine its classification. 
  7. Compare and contrast your object to others 
  8. Determine possible causes and effects related to your object/event. 
  9. Remember to separate the fact from opinion 

Write as a Philosopher #4

  1. Move from concrete as in the Artist and Scientist modes to abstract thinking as this point. 
  2. Note personal and universal assumptions. 
  3. If words escape you consider how your object could serve as an emblem on a social concern poster 

Write as a Storyteller #1 and #5

  1. Construct sentences to frame the other sections of the paper 
  2. Describe your interaction with the object on a given day. 
  3. If connections escape you, follow this framework. 
  4. #1 Enter the room/space/area where the object/event takes 
  5. Describe seeing the object/event. 
  6. #5 Pick up or enter the object/event to study it. 
  7. Replace/exit the object/event. 
  8. Exit the space. 

Once you have written all five parts put them together in the order specified and you will have a wonderful story/article.

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