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Category: English III (page 1 of 4)

Gatsby Ch. 4-6

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Gatsby Ch. 1-3

As we read the first three chapters of The Great Gatsby, you may choose to read along with the audiobook. You will find links to the audiobook below. If you are absent for one of our reading days, you can get digital copies of the text by clicking on the chapter title before each video.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

American Rhetoric Research Paper

For your research paper, you will write a rhetorical analysis essay analyzing the purpose of the speech that you chose for your annotated bibliography assignment. You will use evidence from your sources to support your analysis.

1. Analyze your chosen speech.

  • Complete THIS WORKSHEET to analyze your speech.
  • Submit your completed worksheet to turnitin.com.

2. Complete the CAPP Statement worksheet to create your thesis for the research paper.

  • I will give you a print out of this.
  • Click HERE for a digital copy of the file.
  • Here is the PowerPoint review for CAPP Statements.

3. Complete the “Shaping the Body Paragraphs” Worksheet to plan/outline your body paragraphs.

  • There are TWO options for this. Pick only ONE.
  • 8-Sentence Paragraphs: This is the formatting that we have practiced this year with analysis essays.
  • Quotation Sandwiches: This is a slightly different style that is designed for research-based rhetorical analysis.

4. Complete your FIRST DRAFT of the research paper.

  • Your first draft should be submitted to turnitin.com.
  • Click HERE for a Google Docs template.
  • Due at the beginning of class on Friday, January 26.

5. Complete a Peer Review.

  • Share your first draft with a classmate AND me (boualline@csisd.org).
  • Follow the GUIDELINES for the peer review process.
  • Add comments in Google Docs to help your peer revise/edit the research paper.

6. Complete a FINAL DRAFT which:

  • Analyzes the speech you chose to research for your annotated bibliography
  • Analyzes the strategies the author chose to convey a message to his/her audience
  • Uses textual evidence all four sources (speech + three reliable sources) you found by researching information about the context, audience, persona, and purpose of your chosen speech
  • Cites and quotes from the speech + three reliable sources
  • Is 500-800 words in length
  • Includes a Works Cited page with citations from all four sources
  • Here is an Example Research Paper

7. Rubric for PROCESS and PRODUCT Grades

American Rhetoric Annotated Bibliography

For your research project this year, you will pick a pivotal speech from American history to research and analyze. The first step of this project is an Annotated Bibliography. This is the first step of your research process, which involves locating, citing, reading, and annotating sources. The Annotated Bibliography is simply a step between finding sources and writing the actual research paper. So why are we doing this? Annotated Bibliographies are a common assignment in college. Your professors will want to see that you can locate and evaluate sources before moving on to the next step of writing your paper.

For this assignment, you will complete the following steps:

1. Choose the speech you want to analyze. You may choose one of the suggested speeches listed below or you may find a speech you would like to analyze. Your teacher MUST approve any speech you choose that is not on this list, and the speech must be comparable to those listed below. A great resource to check out is the list of Top 100 Speeches on AmericanRhetoric.com.

2. Research the rhetorical situation that “inspired” the speech. You are expected to find four scholarly, credible sources for your annotated bibliography. The first source will be the speech itself. Try to find a source that includes both the written transcript as well as a video of the speech (if available). Speeches are delivered for a live audience, so actually listening to the speech is an important part of your research. Your other sources will explore the speaker and the rhetorical situation of the speech.

  • The speech you have selected
  • Biographical information about the speaker
  • Information about the rhetorical situation (context, audience, persona, purpose)
  • Information about the events or details referenced in the speech

3. Create an Annotated Bibliography that cites, summarizes, and evaluates your sources. The final product will count as an Academic Achievement grade for this six weeks. Your Annotated Bibliography should follow MLA formatting (double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, MLA heading, last name and page number in the header, title (centered), and one-inch margins). Find links to detailed instructions and an example below:

4. Be sure that the speech you choose explores a topic that you would be interested in writing a complete research paper about! We will be working on this research project for more than a month, so pick something of interest to you.

Choice Crucible Project



Crucible Act 1

If you missed class on Monday, October 30, you missed the background information over The Crucible. Below is a link to a PPT that contains key information about the play. If you want to watch the documentary we watched in class, that link can also be found below.

The Crucible – Background Info

The Salem Witch Trials Documentary

If you missed class on Tuesday, October 31, you missed viewing the 2014 CSHS Theatre production of Act 1 of The Crucible. Viewing this interpretation of the first Act will help you in understanding the play as a whole since plays are intended to be viewed rather than simply read.

CSHS Crucible Act 1

Revise-Edit-Publish Your Essay

If you are not finished with the “Self Review” assignment, you need to finish that first. Be sure to go through your essay while looking for the “Fix Its” on the back side of the Self Review. Here is a copy of that document: Self Review & Fix Its

Here is a document to help you embed your textual evidence more effectively: Embedded Textual Evidence

Here is a document to help you write your Intros and Conclusions.

Once you are ready to begin typing your essay, you need to format your document in MLA format.

You may use one of my templates (WORD or GOOGLE DOCS), or follow the  formatting instructions below:

  1. Set the font (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
  2. Set the spacing (2.0 spacing, Remove Space After Paragraph)
  3. Type your MLA heading
  4. Insert Last Name and Page Number in the Header (insert>page number>top of page>plain number 3)
  5. Close Header/Footer
  6. Title Centered after MLA Heading
  7. Essay Left Justified
  8. Indent (TAB) the first line of each paragraph


Here is a video that will walk you through the process:

Be sure to include a Works Cited Page!

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. Penguin Books, 1993.

When you finish typing your essay, you will submit the final draft to turnitin.com. Here are instructions for setting up your account and instructions for submitting an essay via turnitin.com:


Analysis Journal

The Analysis Journal for Of Mice and Men will be your next Academic Achievement grade. The purpose of the journal is to give you a place to gather evidence and commentary for the analysis essay that you will write after we finish reading the novel. We will work on it in class regularly as we read, but you may also need to work on the journal outside of class.

The journal has several sections that connect to the major ideas we are learning right now: characterization, symbolism, foreshadowing, and theme. The first element we are exploring is characterization, which involves making inferences about the major characters based on their speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions, and looks.

Here is a PDF copy of the whole analysis journal (just in case you misplace your copy or need a reference outside of class): Analysis Journal

Here is the example journal entry that I shared in class for GEORGE:

Character Journal 1

(Update) As we continue working on our journals, students need to add entries to SYMBOL, FORESHADOWING, and THEME. Here are some examples to help students as they work independently. Completed journals are due Thursday, October 19.








Of Mice and Men Audiobook

Below are links to the audiobook recordings for Of Mice and Men.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5-6

Setting One Pager

Our first Academic Achievement grade for the second six weeks is a One-Pager analysis over the setting of the novel, Of Mice and Men. In class, we read the description on the first two pages of the novel before we began working on the one-pager.


Assignment Instructions:

OMAM Setting One-Pager

One-Pager Example:


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