3 Before Me


Success comes from you, by being engaged in the process of learning, by being aware of your thinking. We teachers believe that you have the ability to figure out the answers to your questions and the problems to your solutions if you take the time to evaluate whether or not you have used all the resources available to you.  In G/T, you have multiple resources and methods available to you to help you in your process of learning. It is and continues to be an expectation that you use these.

The Elements of Style

“Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.” (www.bartleby.com)

Here’s a “go-to” resource for composition and grammar: The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.

Writing the Final Draft

If you choose to write your final draft on college-ruled loose-leaf paper, follow these guidelines:

* Write in BLUE or BLACK ink for the entire composition.
* Add the complete heading in the upper left: Name/Class/Period/Date:

          First Name and Last Name
          GT ILA Grade ____
          Periods  */*
          26 September 2012

* Center the title on the top line. Punctuate properly.
* Skip a line and begin your first paragraph.
* Stay between the two red margins.
* Only write on the back if the pen does not bleed through the paper.
If you choose to type your paper, follow these guidelines:

* Set your margins at 1″ for  top/bottom/left/right.
* Use Times New Roman or Arial font only from beginning to end.
* Use 12pt font size only from beginning to end.
* Single-space your heading.
* Center your title. Punctuate properly.
* Skip line space and begin your first paragraph.
* Set the body of your paper at 1.5 line-spacing.

Open Mic Mondays

Beginning Monday, October 1, we will have Open Mic Mondays!

1.   Mondays (if we have a Monday holiday, Open Mic will resume regular schedule the following Monday)
2.   Must sign-up
3.   3-5 students per Monday
4.   2 minute time limit (at teacher’s discretion)
5.   Must be ready

**A student may not sign-up two weeks in a row.
A) Original work done by the student (writing, poetry, music, art, etc.)  OR 
B) News item, et cetera. related to our novel study  OR
C) Something related to your age and socioemotional needs (ex: 10 Tips for Talking to Teachers).
Will write a response  to each work shared and turn in for a daily check.