As we work on our 2nd semester essays…

As a quick reminder, these are the essay prompts .  You may choose from numbers 2, 4, 5, or 6.  We will be working on producing these drafts next week.  The submission calendar is below.  This will be the rubric for the essays.  If your are a Junior in the 2015-2016 school year, you will be submitting an essay to IB that you will write based on NEXT YEAR’s prompts (not these ones).  You will, however, be writing an essay on these prompts for submission this year for your Skyline grades.

The first step will be to recognize the knowledge issues associated with your prompt.  We will work on this for Monday.  If you get stuck,  Try this page (published by IB) for some examples, and try this link for the general overview published by IB.

Further down the road, there will be paperwork.  Once you have decided (in late February) which prompt you’d like to develop into the essay you will submit, you will need to complete this Essay Planning and Progress Form. It will ask you to describe the process you went through and the interaction that you have had with me regarding your progress as you developed your essay.

Submission Calendar:

Monday, 2/8 – In-class work on dissecting the prompt, identifying the knowledge issues and brainstorming the best material to include.  Initial work to consider how to approach the prompt and organize your response.  Homework Monday evening should be focused upon searching for useful ideas/examples to use in your essay and doing other initial research.  Students who feel confident on their direction may meet with Mr. Braman and begin filling out their Essay Planning and Progress Form.

Tuesday, 2/9 – In-class work will include organizing their thoughts and meeting with Mr. Braman briefly prior to starting work on their outline.  By Wednesday, initial outlines are due.  We will have a computer cart in the classroom if you’d like to use a computer for this outline.  You – as always – may also bring your own device to work on.

Wednesday, 2/10 – Work begins on a first draft. submission will be open after school to submit an essay for Thursday editing.  We will be in the small computer lab upstairs.  Any concerns about meeting the deadline should be communicated to Mr. Braman via email by this evening.

Thursday, 2/11 – Peer Editing and (when you’re done) self editing will happen in class.  Students should aim to incorporate the peer feedback into their essays and work to improve their essays before submission Friday.  We will be in the small computer lab upstairs.

Friday, 2/12 – We will continue to peer edit essays and work through the revision process.  Submission should happen by the end of the day (if you are on schedule).  We will be in the small computer lab upstairs.



Continuing Thomas Kuhn

Today, we’re continuing our reading of the text The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  You should have checked out a text from Ms. Eide in the library or ordered a text online. We have already read chapter 1.  You will be expected to take notes on the assigned chapters: 2, 3, 4, 6, or 9.  We will most likely read chapter 13 before our test at the end of the unit. If you’re still waiting for your book to arrive, you certainly can print out your chapter from this pdf version of the text.

Remember to make sure that you always meet these three criterion with your notes:

  1. You have identified the important passages after you have read the book
  2. You have written commentary to suggest the significance of the passages
  3. You have synthesized the ideas into your own words

Additionally, we will continue to take in-class notes on the ideas/questions that we have as we work through the text.

Although it seems obvious, it bears repeating that it is my expectation that each student meets the following criterion.  This student is:

  • is able to use a variety of reading strategies to better understand collegiate-level work
  • is able to understand Kuhn’s ideas and can paraphrase significant passages from the text
  • is able to synthesize the main arguments from the text and use a quotation to support that synthesis
  • is able to identify and evaluate specific passages or ideas in the text

With this in mind, it is important for students to do their own work and to refrain from using summaries or encyclopedias to do the analysis in lieu of student thought.  In all facets of this process, students are expected to be able to demonstrate evidence of their own thinking and the steps they’ve taken in this process.

Tonight, you should read your assigned chapter and have evidence of such reading and notetaking.  You may take your notes in the book or on post-its in the margin.  (IF you go with post-its, write the page numbers on the post-its for later reference).