Argument Inspiration

“By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?” C.S. Lewis

“I am a master of logic and a powerfully convincing debater. In fact, against my better judgment, I can talk myself out of doing anything.” Jarod Kintz

“Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” Desmond Tutu

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” Joseph Joubert

Here are some quotes from famous authors, thinkers, and debaters. Some are funny, some are serious, but all are true. Which one do you like the most and why?


Grade 7-Alliteration and the World’s Hardest Tongue Twister

Today, we learned about alliteration (the repetition of consonant sounds for poetic effect)! So in honor of our lesson, I am posting a funny video of what is claimed to be the world’s hardest tongue twister. Try it out! Can you say it?

Integrating Quotations into an Essay

This post is for all grades– it is a power-point that explains how to integrate quotations into an essay.  Every good essay needs support for its arguments, and this shows you how to include your supporting quotes most effectively.  If you follow everything outlined in this power-point, you will have an excellent argument and paper!

Save this to your own files so that you can use it whenever you need to write a paper!


G9: The Kite Runner Essay

As mentioned at Parent/Teacher conferences, Grade 9 is beginning an essay which will be worth a significant amount of their grade.  We had a good start on it yesterday, and soon students should be contacting me to approve their thesis.

Here you can find the assignment: Commentary on The Kite Runner

And here you can find the outline:  Essay Outline

Good luck and be sure to come to me once in awhile to make sure that you’re on the right track!

G6: Poetry Introduction!

Grade 6 handed in their essays on Holes, thereby completing the unit, and we have now moved on to Poetry!

We began yesterday by discussing the differences between prose and poetry (ask your student, he/she should be able to tell you the difference!) and today we had fun with similes.  Most of the unit will be spent creating a poetry anthology that focuses on the senses and at the end each student will have a beautiful book of poems to keep!  Here is an overview of the unit that was distributed to students today: Poetry Overview

This unit will keep us going until about Christmas break.  In addition, students are working on their “Indie Novels”, or independent reading. The assignment and deadline can be found here: Bookmark

Also, a reminder to students that they have a “grammar quiz” on Monday, so remember to review your grammar packets this weekend!