Finish up your Annotating

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  • 17 Mar, 2021
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Finish up your Annotating

you’ll finish up your annotations. You’ll use your analysis and annotations to build your presentation.
Your main job next week will be to show your classmates how authors create engaging writing by blending and using modes, selecting just the right words, and arranging those words into strong sentences.
Finish up your Annotating
Get this done early in the week.
Recap of directions:
1. Select your examples from the featured texts below and create annotations in the margins. Your texts are listed below and linked here:
“Ring Leader”
“Just Walk on By”
“In Praise of the F Word”
Choose texts that you like. You may use ANY number of texts to find the required elements. You may be lucky and find all of them in one text, but you’ll probably need 2-3 to get the job done.
You may also choose your own texts. Remember to find some creative nonfiction if you’re going this route.
2. Then, annotate.
To annotate, simply highlight your findings and make notes in the margins pertaining to your highlights. You should underline or highlight key passages AND make notes in the margins to show that you’ve analyzed for effectiveness.
For example, if you highlight a metaphor, in the margin you should explain what is being compared and comment on the effectiveness. Ask yourself why it works. If you’re not sure, hit that last hyperlink. You need both steps for full credit.
If you’re stuck, see my example to the right and linked below where I’ve shown you one way to annotate. You can also annotate in Google Docs or in other platforms like Crocodoc or Diigo. Do some Googling to see other ways to annotate online.
Here’s what you’re looking for:
A. Annotate for modes; you’ll need three examples for your presentation.
B. Annotate for figurative language; you need 2-3 examples. See the PowerPoint or video on this page to review figurative language. You can also just Google to review figurative language.
C. Annotate for EITHER a word study or syntax.
So–to recap the annotation requirements, you need to do the following:
1. Identify any three (a total of three) rhetorical modes and analyze for effectiveness:
Rhetorical Modes:
2. Find 2-3 types of figurative language and analyze for effectiveness.
3. Complete one Word Study OR one Sentence Study and analyze for effectiveness.
It’s time to build your presentation!
Your job is to help everyone in the class better understand modes, figurative language, syntax, and the importance of choosing just the right word. At the end of this session, we will watch presentations in order to cement these learnings. So, do a good job! Your peers are counting on you.
Watch this week’s recorded session to get ready for building your presentation.
As noted in my video, the BIG, culminating project for this unit requires you to annotate some texts and then use your annotations to create a presentation for the class. You get to choose your delivery platforms, but at a minimum, you’ll need images and text combined with voice-over. For example, a PowerPoint using voiceover, or a Prezi with voiceover, or WeVideo with voiceover.
Start thinking now about the platform you want to try out. Below are some example platforms that are easy to use, and I’ve linked a few more ideas, with directions, at the bottom of this slide:
WeVideo: Jeffco just purchased subscriptions for all students. This is a spectacular presentation platform. You can Google to find tutorials or use this excellent one.
Schoology BB Collaborate: this is my virtual classroom. I can set up a time for you to use the classroom and record.
You can use any program that allows you to record your presentation and then post it.
Let’s start…
If you watched the video above, you know the basic steps for creating your presentation.
Here’s a recap:
Using your annotations, create a presentation for the class using PowerPoint or some other presentation platform, like Prezi or WeVideo. Use the PPT rubric below for some guidelines. If you are not using PowerPoint, glean the big ideas from the rubric and apply it to your chosen platform. If you need help, contact me right away.
Then, record your presentation. You’ll need a script that you’ll use to deliver your information so that your presentation is polished. You may work alone or team up for this assignment and turn in one project for a group of two students. Your choice. If you pair up, it MUST be evident that each group member worked on the project. This means that I can see or hear the work from both group members: voice-over, annotations, etc.
Below, and once again, are the requirements for your presentation:
Choose your best examples from your annotations. You should have more than you need.
1. Provide thorough analysis wherein you explain and illustrate three modes that the writer uses and analyze the effectiveness of these modes. Explain how they help the writer convey his/her main ideas or achieve the writer’s purpose. Your discussion of modes should provide a thorough analysis of the author’s approach to using modes and how these modes affect voice, mood, theme, and tone. Be sure to explain how and why the modes are effective.
2. Point out and discuss the effectiveness of 2-3 types of figurative language. For a review of figurative language, view the PowerPoint (figurative Language), read the article, and/or do some research.
3. Present either one-word study OR one sentence study. For word studies, focus on how the writer effectively chooses nuanced vocabulary. For sentence studies, discuss syntax. This is where your Syntax Packet will come in. You’ve already saved that to your computer, right? If not, it’s below. Rely on your syntax packet to find the right words for discussing sentence structure.
4. Record your presentation for the class. Before you record, view the rubric for oral presentations.
Remember: Your job is to use your mentor texts to showcase the above. You need to teach the class about modes, syntax/word choice, and figurative language. Do this by presenting examples from your mentor texts.
Your presentation must ALSO have:
A title page
Two relevant images: your images should help you communicate your message or add visual interest to your presentation
The elements listed in the PowerPoint rubric (attached)
The requirements listed above
Remember: you need to create a presentation and then deliver your presentation. How you create and record your presentation is up to you, but create a polished, professional, and detailed presentation. By the way, it would not be a good idea to simply capture your annotations and paste them into a PPT. That would be boring. Go for creative delivery.

Be sure to follow directions carefully as this will be a summative assessment.

If you want to see a student exemplar, watch one here. You may NOT use any of the examples from this example your presentation or annotations.

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