January 31

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Today’s in class agenda was as follows:

-Finish notes on persuasive writing

Please note the homework below.


Homework: 1. Students are working diligently on their Capstone Notebooks throughout the curriculum. For the ELA portion of the notebooks, students are composing a typed proposal.

One Page Rollercoaster Proposal – each of the bullets below should be a separate paragraph

    • Brief description of the newly designed roller coaster CLAIM
    • Explain the most exciting parts of the coaster and relate the physics to those exciting parts (acceleration data, speed data and energy transformations should be used to support these assertions) SUPPORT
    • If the coaster fails in any way, explain the science behind the failure and possible modification needed to correct the failure(s). COUNTERARGUMENT
    • Benefits to Six Flags (how your design will make them more popular & profitable) CALL TO ACTION

    Your “one pager” must include all of the above AND be grammatically correct. For every grammatical error, one point will be deducted from the overall grade of 40 possible points.

    This is due on Monday, February 5th at the start of class. You will need to type/print it at home.

    It should be MLA style (typed, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman).

                                                                 Roller Coaster Proposal Outline

First Paragraph:

  • Describe your roller coaster. What makes your roller coaster cool and apart from the others? What is the name of your rollercoaster? What will it look like? What colors will it be painted? Do people sit or stand? Does it have a theme such as the Batman Ride or the Ninja? Who can ride it (what is the height requirement)?


  • Make sure you state your CLAIM. The claim is your position that you are trying to persuade the reader to be on your side and agree that your roller coaster is the best.


Second Paragraph: 

  • Explain in detail the most exciting features of your roller coaster as it relates to physics.

-Acceleration information/ data:

-Speed (how fast is your roller coaster)

-Energy transformations such as gravity, inertia and momentum

  • This paragraph should detail all of the exciting scientific data and facts to SUPPORT your claim that your roller coaster is the absolute best.


Third Paragraph:

  • This is your COUNTERARGUMENT
  • Explain how if the coaster would fail (not work) in any way, describe in scientific terms how it would happen and what would you need to do in order to fix or modify the rollercoaster

Fourth Paragraph:

  • This is your CALL TO ACTION (example: By purchasing this rollercoaster, thousands of park visitors will be in awe and amazement and will want to return to experience the thrill of the ride often.)
  • Explain how your rollercoaster will benefit Six Flags

-How will your roller coaster help Six Flags make more money?

-How will your rollercoaster make Six Flags popular and a place people will want to visit?

Editing Checklist

-Check to make sure every sentence begins with a capital letter

-Each sentence is punctuated correctly (commas, end mark punctuation)

-Check for spelling

-Check for missing words

-Are the paragraphs indented?

-Are proper nouns capitalized?

-Did you use a variety of sentence types (compound and complex sentences)? Does each clause in your sentences have a subject and a verb?

-Did you double space (skip lines) on your paper?

-Make sure you did not incorporate text message language, bold any words or use all capitals in any of the words

-Remember your audience in this paper; you are an engineer and you are trying to get Six Flags’ executives to buy your rollercoaster.


January 29

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Today’s class agenda was follows:

  1. Notes on  persuasive techniques (see notes below)
  2. Homework: Watch  T.V. this evening and write about one commercial you found particularly interesting. Write a short paragraph listing the product/ service (include  the company’s name), the intended target audience, and what type of appeal is used (emotional, ethical or logic). Also, explain if the commercial was effective and why.
  3. vocabulary.com practice

What is persuasion?

A means of convincing people:

-to buy a certain product

-to believe something or act in a certain way

-to agree with a point of view

Common persuasive techniques often used in advertising


-Logical/Emotional/Ethical Appeal




-Expert Opinion

-Hasty Generalizations

-Loaded Words (language)

-Personal Attack – Name Calling

-Cause and Effect


Slogan- A catchy phrase or statement often used to sell a service or a product. Examples include Skittles “Taste the Rainbow,” and Verizon’s “Can you hear me now?”

Bandwagon- This is a statement suggesting that everyone is using a specific product, so you should as well.

Testimonial- A well-known person supports a product or service



January 23

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Today’s in- class agenda was as follows:

1) Bell Work

2) Timed Writing Editing

3) Finishing Touches for Goal Project


Important Announcements:

  1. Coffee with the Counselors 1/25 at 8:15 AM -High School Planning

Dr. Schmid will be providing the same lesson he presents to the students on HS and college.

2.   From Ms. Stoltz regarding the D.C. trip: Hi parents and students. The DC blog has an update with information about the t-shirts that are to be ordered through the PTSA. Please click this link to read this important information.


January 5

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Today’s in class agenda was as follows:

  1. Bellwork-Write three to five (3-5) sentences about your winter break. You must write in complete sentences and include at least two (2) compound sentences. Circle the simple subject of each sentence and underline the simple predicate.
  2. Grammar Pre-Test

Goal Project Due 1/16/18

Note: Report cards will be available on ParentVUE by end of today.


January 4

Happy New Year! January 4th, 2018

Today’s in class agenda was as follows:

We discussed and started working on the Goal Project. The project will be due Tuesday, January 16th.

The project must answer the following questions:

-What are your goals for one year?

-Five years?

-TEN years?

Some of your goals should be academic in nature, and the other goals may be more personal and relate to your life outside of school.

›Write a paragraph (3-5 Compound and/ or Complex sentences with correct spelling, punctuation, sentence structure) for each time frame and be specific with your goals. There should be a total of three paragraphs.

›After you finish your rough draft, proofread it. Get an adult to proofread it.  Put each paragraph (TYPED OR IN PEN- NOT IN PENCIL) on a separate note card, attach the note cards to construction paper and decorate it neatly. Please be very creative!

›This counts as a minor assessment grade.