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What happened on September 11, 2001? Explain the events of that morning. Who was responsible for the attacks? What effect did these attacks have on our country?

Pearl Harbor: What happened?
& Pearl Harbor Disaster for Japan National Geographics Documentary Military & War
& Look back at how September 11 unfolded
& The world remembers September 11 as 18th anniversary nears
& In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11
& 9/11 Timeline: The Attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City

 

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Grading Rubric
1 point
Assignment has been completed in a thoughtful and sophisticated manner.
1/2 point
Question has not been fully answered, only partially addressed or not long enough to convey a complete answer.
0 points
Question has not been answered, answer demonstrates little or no thought and effort is minimal.

Any questions or concerns should be discussed with Mr. McCluskey no later than three class meetings after assignment has been returned to students.
REMEMBER:
Mr. McCluskey wants you to earn the most possible points and wants you to ask questions about why points may have been deducted.


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Daily Paragraph #1
Using a minimum of five sentences, describe your Winter Break. What did you do? What went well? What did not go well? What will you remember when you are old like Mr. McCluskey?

Daily Paragraph #2
Using a minimum of five sentences, describe your days during the Teacher's Strike. What did you do? What went well? What did not go well? What will you remember when you are old like Mr. McCluskey?

Daily Paragraph #3
https://abc30.com/education/la-teachers-back-in-class-wednesday-as-union-approves-deal/5102134/
What is your initial impression of the outcome of the Teacher's Strike? What types of things were gained that might help you during high school? What do you wish could change or improve in your school?

Daily Paragraph #4
Using a minimum of five sentences, describe what is happening in the first two chapters of the Hunger Games. What is District 12 like? Who are the characters that have been introduced? What is the lottery?

Daily Paragraph #5
Zodiac Explanation & Zodiac Explanation Cartoon & Holiday Details and Description & http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year/videos & Read: 5 Things to Know About Chinese New Year
What is your initial impression of the Chinese New Year celebration? How did the Chinese Zodiac animals get decided? What are some of the ways people celebrate Chinese New Year? How much of the world celebrates this holiday? Can you go a whole day without saying anything bad to anyone if it means good luck for you in the New Year? Why?

Daily Paragraph #6
Write five sentences on your plan to prepare for Tuesday's vocabulary quiz? How will you studdy? How often will you study? Do you prefer one testing format over another? Will you be prepared for the format that you are less comfortable with?

Daily Paragraph #7
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/students-stage-walkout-protest-dress-code-ban-durags-theyre-trying-take-away-151500247.html
What is your initial impression about this ban on do-rags? Is this an attack on culture? Could the ban help to alleviate safety concerns about gang related violence? Can dress codes, in general, keep schools safe?

Daily Paragraph #8
What is your initial impression of Someone Might Be Watching? What are some of the commons styles and themes of dystopian fiction? How does the author use funhouse mirrors and filtered selfies to illustrate the concept of dystopias? One major theme of dystopian literature is surveillance of citizens. Do you act differently when you know you are being watched? Explain.

Daily Paragraph #9
In a minimum of five sentences, summarize Ch. 25 of The Hunger Games. How does the novel come to a climax? How do Kat and Peeta outsmart the Gamemakers' final twist?

Daily Paragraph #10
What is this essay going to be about (what is the prompt)? What is the first step you will take in preparing to write your essay? You will be writing a five-paragraph essay; what will be included in the first paragraph? What must you include in the body paragraphs? What will be included in the final paragraph? How does writing an essay make you feel? Explain.

 

Daily Paragraph #2
Summarize The Necklace in at least 5 sentences. Who is the protagonist and what type of life was she born into? What does she borrow from her friend and why does she borrow it? What happens to the item that changes her life for the next decade? What does the protagonist do to resolve the situation? Explain the ironic twist at the end of the story.

Daily Paragraph #3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p60rN9JEapg
What is your initial of these studying tips? According to the video, what is an excellent memory reinforcement tool? Why is staying up too late a flawed study plan? Do you think you would do better if you were told that you had to take a test on something or if you were told you would have to teach it to others? Why? How should you prepare to study (hint: what should you have with you, where should it be and when should it be)? What should you do with your phone when you are sitting down to study?

Daily Paragraph #4
Summarize The Sniper in at least 5 sentences. Who is the protagonist and what is he doing? How do we know he is not an experienced soldier? How do the varios people get killed in the story? Explain the ironic twist at the end of the story. What do you think happens next (what would happen in a sequel)?

Daily Paragraph #5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faI8kacPGbQ
What is your initial impression of this video? Did the woman have any right to do what she did? Did the man make good descisions? Explain. Do you think you would be able to stay calm in that situation? If he did not stay calm, would the lady still seem so foolish? Explain.

Daily Paragraph #6
What do you think Of Mice and Men will be about? Look at the cover, flip through the pages, use what you may already know. Guess and do not be afraid to be wrong. Use your imagination! (5 sentences minimum)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKimIHT1Y4E
What is your initial impression of the origins of Halloween? What are the most interesting customs from throughout history? Why was Halloween such a threat to communities (what sorts of things were young people doing to worry adults?)? What is your favorite or least favorite memory of Halloween? What are some of the ways that businesses make so much money from this holiday? What is your plan for this evening (be smart and be careful!)?

Daily Paragraph #8
http://www.biography.com/people/john-steinbeck-9493358/videos/john-steinbeck-mini-biography-2174100661 &
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/1962/steinbeck/prize-presentation/
Based on what you know of John Steinbeck, what do you think Of Mice and Men will be about? Use your imagination... it does not matter if you are wrong but be thoughtful!

Daily Paragraph #9
In at least five sentences, summarize Ch. 5 in Of Mice and Men.What happened and how do you think the book will end?

Daily Paragraph #10
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwjmMtTVO1g
What is your initial impression of the Easy Essay Writing video? What is the rule of 3? Why is the 5 paragraph essay sometimes refered to as the "1-3-1" Essay? How can you use this information to write your essay?

 

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http://mistermccluskey.net/resources.html
Describe what you guess a plane crash would be like? Now that you have seen two film representations of a plane crash, do you think you would be able to think clearly during the crash? Would you be able to think clearly after the landing? Would the fear of the situation prevent you from being able to cope with you situation? Fianlly, would your answers be different if you were eight years old?

Daily Paragraph #12
What is your initial impression of Lord of the Flies based on your reading of the first ten pages? Summarize what is happening in the novel and describe all of the main characters. What do you think will happen in the novel?

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Using a minimum of five sentences and as much detail as possible, describe your group's Island Project.

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Using a minimum of five sentences and as much detail as possible, describe Chapter 6 of Lord of the Flies. What is happening? What do you think will happen next?

Daily Paragraph #15
Writing one sentence for each, what do you think the following elements of Lord of the Flies stand for?
-The conch
-The pig’s head
-Piggy’s spectacles
-Painted faces
-Fire
-Simon

Daily Paragraph #16
Using a minimum of five sentences and as much detail as possible, describe Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies. What is happening? What do you think will happen next?

Daily Paragraph #17
What steps do you need to take to complete your essay. REMEMBER TO BE SPECIFIC! Also remember you need to revise, edit, print and upload to Schoology. What is your plan for all of these steps?