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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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN5HV79_8B8
What is your initial impression of Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globe Awards? Who is Oprah talking about when she says, "Their time is up!" There has been talk in the last few days about Oprah Winfrey running for President. Eplain what you think of this.

Daily Paragraph #3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geev441vbMI
What is your initial impression of William Shakespeare's life? How many plays would he ultimately write? Where were most of his plays performed and where was it located? What are the four different types of plays that he wrote? What is the most interesting information you learned about William Shakespeare in this short biography?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3RyQxEdPmY

Daily Paragraph #4
https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/ &
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r98tT0j1a0
What is your initial impression of Martin Luther King Jr's speech in acceptance of his Nobel Peace Prize? What is the Nobel Peace Prize? What do you notice about the audience at this speech? What are the specific topics that he discusses in this speech?


Daily Paragraph #5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5lsuyUNu_4
What is your initial impression of Iambic Pentameter? What is Iambic Pentameter? What is the pattern for stressed and unstressed syllables? How many syllables are in a line? When does Shakespeare make his characters use strict iambic pentameter? Why does Shakespeare use it in particularly emotional or stressful instances? (hint: heartbeat).

Daily Paragraph #6
What is your initial impression of Romeo and Juliet based on your reading of the first three scenes? Summarize what is happening in the play and describe all of the main characters.

Daily Paragraph #7
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/24/what-happens-in-a-government-shutdown/100838716/
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http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/politics/government-shutdown-daily-life/index.html &
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-shutdown-2018-01-20-senate-vote-deal-latest-news-live-updates/
What is your initial impression of the Federal Government's shutdown. What does it mean for the government to shutdown? What needs to happen for the shutdown to end? Using the first link, expLain the three most important ways that the shutdown could affect you.

Daily Paragraph #8
Summarize Act II of Romeo and Juliet. Devote one sentence to each of the scenes and write one sentence that predicts what will happen next.

Daily Paragraph #9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb4WLZlV0eM &
http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/27/50-years-of-state-of-the-union-in-five-minutes/ &
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/01/13/obama-state-of-the-union-final-highlights-two-minutes-origwx-allee.cnn/video/playlists/state-of-the-union-address/
What is your intial impression of the State of the Union Address? What is the State of the Union Address and how often is it given? Who is sitting behind the President on the dais? What is a 'Skutnik'? What kinds of topics would you like to hear President Trump discuss tonight?

Daily Paragraph #10
What is your initial impression of last night's State of the Union Address? What did you agree with? ("Nothing" is not an acceptable answer;l some of the topics were not politically charged)? What topics were not discussed that are important to you? What do you believe needs to happen to improve the State of our Union? Finally, why is it important to listen to the people you disagree with or dislike?


Daily Paragraph #11
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month/videos/origins-of-black-history-month &
http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-facts/videos & https://www.biography.com/video/frederick-douglass-mini-biography-2078942083 &
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md5l-MQHWsk&spfreload=10&edufilter=zGUy2baYqkDZkZN3MS9B7Q (Obama speech about BH Month)
What is your initial impression of Black History Month? Do you think that there should be a Black History Month? What man was pivotal in ensuring African American history would be remembered and how did he do it? Why does Black History month happen in February? How do you think Black History Month should be celebrated?

Daily Paragraph #12
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 of it means good luck for you in the New Year? Why?

Daily Paragraph #13
Which essay topic do you feel most comfortable answering? 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 do you think goes in the body paragraphs? What will be included in the final paragraph? How does writing an essay make you feel? Explain.

Daily Paragraph #14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzuAMVmIZ8 &
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n0f_bR5aoc
What is a thesis statement and what does it do? What are the steps to writing a strong thesis statement? How complicated does a thesis statement have to be? Where should your thesis staemtment be located?

Daily Paragraph #15
What did you learn about writing essays by writing this essay? What is included in each of your paragraphs? Why does using quotations straight from the text make your writing stronger? What are some of the rules you follow when writing an essay? What could you have done to make your essay better?

Daily Paragraph #16
https://www.yahoo.com/news/view-mountaintop-martin-luther-kings-turbulent-tragic-last-year-100422451.html
What is your initial impression of Martin Luther King Jr's final year? What is the Poor People's Campaign? What do we know about how his assassination took place (details)? After 50 years, what are some of his 'dreams' that have been fulfilled? What are some of his 'dreams' that have yet to be fulfilled?

Daily Paragraph #17
What is your initial impression of Jay Z's interview? What did you learn about him? What did you find surprising? Explain his ideas about 'emotional tools.' What does Jay Z cliam is good about the Trump Administration?

Daily Paragraph #18
Now that you are halway through The Things they Carried, what is your initial impression about war? What do you find surprising about the way people act? What do you think the title of the book means? What has been the most interesting part, thusfar? How do you think the book will end?

Daily Paragraph #19
http://mistermccluskey.net/essay.html
Describe each phase of the writing process. (5 seperate sentences)

Daily Paragraph #20
What did you learn about writing essays by writing this essay? What is included in each of your paragraphs? Why does using quotations straight from the text make your writing stronger? What are some of the rules you follow when writing an essay? What could you have done to make your essay better?


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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