Parents: Please review the debate topics for your child's class. If there are any you would like omitted, notify me via email at lminor@amphi.com before 8:00 a.m., Monday 1/20. All topics will be available for debate after that point. Thanks!


AIMS Materials, Weekly Assignments and Information


2011 AIMS Schedule
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AIMS Information
Rubric Scoring Information

Persuasive Organizer for AIMS (Addressing the opposition option)

2010/11 AIMS Practice Writing (essay only) and Reading AIMS SAMPLE EXAM
2010/11 AIMS Writing Multiple Choice Practice Test/Anchor paper AIMS Writing Exam

  • AIMS Assignment: Practice Essay 1: Due to Turnitin on Friday, 1/13 by 10:00 p.m.
Prompt: Write a business letter to Principal Volpe suggesting one way to improve C.D.O.
Business Letter Format

Essay should include the following---
  • 5 paragraphs: intro with a hook, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. (See wiki home page for intro/conclusion tips)
  • At least one appropriate, original figurative device
  • Precise word choice---no "a lot," "well," "bad"
  • Strong voice
  • Sentence fluency
  • PIE paragraphs, with vivid supportive detail

  • AIMS Practice Essay 2: Due Friday 1/27 @ 10:00 p.m. to Turnitin.com
Can popular culture be a positive influence on teenagers? Think about all of the aspects of the culture in which you live (technology, television, sports, movies, etc.)

Essay should include the following---

  • 5 paragraphs: intro with a hook, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. (See wiki home page for intro/conclusion tips)
  • At least one appropriate, original figurative device
  • Precise word choice---no "a lot," "well," "bad"
  • Strong voice
  • Sentence fluency
  • PIE paragraphs, with vivid supportive detail
AIMS Practice Essay 3: Due Monday, 2/6 during class.
Prompt:
You are responsible for hiring employees for a company. Fifty people have applied for one opening.
Write an essay describing the qualities you are seeking in an ideal employee. Explain why these qualities are necessary for employment.

AIMS Practice Essay 4: Due Wednesday, 2/15 at 10:00 p.m. on Turnitin.
Prompts are in Barron's book on pp. 231, 241 or 250. Select one to develop.



Outside Reading List---Non-Fiction

A Room of One's Own--Woolf
Out of Africa--Dinesen
In Cold Blood--Capote
The Perfect Storm--Junger
Undaunted Courage--Ambrose
A Walk in the Woods--Bryson

Please note: It is the student's responsibility to read one work out-of-class. Students will be given a prompt and will participate in a discussion the week before the end of each quarter.


Vocabulary: Prefixes, Roots and Suffixes
1/13--Prefix list

Vocabulary Assignment
Prefix/Root/Suffix List
Quiz-- 1/13
1/27-- Quiz-- Roots "Aev" to "Luc"
Quiz-- Roots "Mar" to "Vocat"
Roots 2 Practice Quiz Mea Culpa! I got so excited about the AIMS essay that I forgot to have you do this.

Suffix Quiz: 2/27
3/9 ---The Big Kahuna a.k.a. Cumulative Affixes Quiz ---


Extra Credit Opportunities:






DEBATE MATERIALS AND INFORMATION---Note: You will be allowed to use a class packet, but if you wish to have your own materials to write on, please print them up and bring them with you.

DEBATE ROUND LISTS/DATES FOR BOTH PERIODS 3 AND 5.

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Intro to Debate Power Point

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Debate Exam Review Sheet.doc


Make-up Assignment for a Missed Debate: You are to read the following "Reasoning Fallacies" overview. Then read the "Carter Speech", identifying the reasoning fallacies the speaker has used.

Reasoning Fallacies Make-up 1 : Carter Speech Make-up 2: German Speech