Week 6 – Week 16


  • Write a five-page research paper, with an additional page listing sources (bibliography).
  • Create a Research Notebook. See “RESEARCH PAPER DEADLINES” below.
  • Briefly present your findings to the class or a group.

Supplemental Assignment: Check out 1984 by George Orwell, figure out a reading calendar for yourself, and read the entire book. It will take you between 10 – 20 total hours. You have up to seven weeks to read it. We will begin assignments for it on Dec 1.


  1. Follow your bliss.
  2. Be intentional in your relationships. (With your family, your friends—and who you choose as friends, your money, your education, your learning, your goals/future, etc.)
  3. Back up your assertions.
  4. CCSS W.1.
  5. CCSS W.7.
  6. CCSS W.10.

Pssst. Did you notice that the first three standards are our “30-Year Standards”?

1.3 FAQs

Q: How will I do this?!
A: The same way you do anything: step by step.

Q: How will I get five pages?!
A: Easy. One page at a time. Try this: set a timer and work on your research for 30 minutes. Follow the steps (See 1.7).

Q: What topic/issue should I research?
A: An issue that matters to you. I.e.: if you’ve witnessed/experienced a difficult divorce, you might choose “The effects of divorce”.
A: An issue that you think is important for people to know/talk about. I.e.: “Poverty in Oregon”
A: An issue from the list at: http://westsalemhigh.com/ > Library > Online Databases > Gale Databases > Opposing Viewpoints
A: Remember: it needs to be an issue, not just a topic. I.e.: if you chose “Motorcycles”, you’d need to find an issue in that topic. For example: “Motorcycles can solve our traffic problems and oil-dependancy”.

Q: Where do I look for articles?
A: http://westsalemhigh.com/ > Library > Online Databases > Gale Databases -or- EBSCO
Q: Can I look elsewhere?
A: Not until you’ve thoroughly searched those databases.

Q: How much time do I have for this assignment? When are the pieces due?
A: Great question. It’s all in the “Research Paper Deadlines” document below.

1.4 RESEARCH PROPOSAL (Write your answers to these six questions. Put this in your Notebook. See Notebook details in 1.6)

  1. When did you first become passionate about this?
  2. What do you already know about it?
  3. Where/how did you learn about it?
  4. Write five questions about it.
  5. What do you want to say about it?
  6. Why does it matter (to you or everyone)?

You will likely find your thesis (the point you want to make) after you do some research.
In the document linked below, do the first four, numbered steps. If you need more help creating your thesis or want to look more closely at it, use the rest of the document. Add your work to your Notebook.

Google doc -or- pdf


Download: Word doc or pdf
Eng 12 - Research Project Deadlines


Download: Word doc or pdf



  • Scoring Guide (Five categories, max. score of 4 in each. Last category is specific to speaking) (Word doc) (pdf)
  • What to present:
    • You may present your entire paper. Just read the whole thing… keeping the Presentation Scoring from the above Guide in mind (see the last column of the Scoring Guide).
    • Or you may read a written summary. Do not get up and try to summarize on the fly. That is not presenting. Keep the last column of the Scoring Guide in mind.
    • Or you may read one or more sections of your paper. For example, the Intro and the Conclusion. Make sure you present in a way that will make the last column of the Scoring Guide proud.
  • Tips for Presenting (by Seth Godin)

1.10 REFLECTION (After entire project complete. Write in complete sentences.)

  1. What did you learn from doing the assignments? (specific list)
  2. What was the process you followed (“Fly on the wall”): gathering data, drafting, collaborating, revising
  3. What sections are you particularly proud of? Why?
  4. What sections did you have difficulty with? Why? How did you solve the difficulties?

Monday, Oct 6, 2014

Your four tasks for today:

  1. Pick an issue from your list to research and write about… if you have not picked one already. (See your work from Friday)
  2. Freewrite. You can write about “What’s on your mind?” Or on “The Art of Learning”. Remember: Write without stopping. Fill one side of a page.
  3. Reflect on your “Position Paper” by writing a letter to me (Mr. Huhn) that answers these questions:
    1. What did you learn from doing the assignments? (specific list)
    2. What was the process you followed (“Fly on the wall”)?
    3. What sections or aspects are you particularly proud of? Why?
    4. What sections or aspects did you have difficulty with? Why? How did you solve the difficulties?
  4. Start Vocab #5. Hint: the last five “Words of the Day” are listed in the right side of this site. (Archive is here.)

Position Paper

English 12 :: Position Paper

Assignment: write a Position Paper where you take a position on a topic.

You get to choose from one of three preventable problems: Obesity, or Diabetes, or Texting While Driving.

I have printed one article on each side (think: Pro & Con) of each topic. You will use those two articles, plus one that you find, to write your Position Paper.

Just do one step at a time, in order. You may work ahead if you want.

Standards & Scoring: W.7, R.I.1

Secret tips for writing your paper: Do each of the steps, in order. Make your paper look like the outline (Step Six) and you’ll be fine. Be sure you have a bibliography (Step Four) with at least three sources in it.

Wednesday, Sept 24

Step One: Choose a topic from the three options. (Just keep it in mind for now.)

Step Two: Study Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion.

  • Read the material on Logos, Ethos, Pathos. (Note the last bullet point under Ethos!)
  • Have a group or class discussion to check for understanding. Is there any part that you need clarified? What other examples can you think of/create to help explain Logos, Ethos, Pathos.
  • Complete the activity and turn it in:

Turn in – Activity: Now that you have studied the Three Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion, you get to apply that knowledge.

  • Choose one set of articles for the topic you chose. I have printed some copies of each set of articles. If you need to look them up online, here are the titles:
    • “The Health Risks of Obesity Have Been Exaggerated” -vs- “Obesity Poses a Serious Health Problem”
    • “Cell Phone Use is a Danger to Others”, “States Should Try to Curb Teen Texting and Driving”, -vs- “Cell Phone Use While Driving May Not Always Pose a Danger”
    • “A Curse of Diabetes Becomes a Blessing” -vs- “The Culture War On Diabetes”
  •  Complete these four tasks for both articles. Turn in this assignment now, and again with your completed position paper:
  1. IDENTIFY the Purpose and Mode of your the article. (Use the handout on MODE from earlier.) Provide specific evidence, i.e.: give a quote.
  2. List the major points the authors make to support their claim. Summarize, don’t quote.
  3. The author utilized logos, pathos, or ethos. Give at least one example (a quote or summary of a point) for each form of persuasive appeal the author used.
  4. Is the evidence accurate and useful? Explain why or why not, using examples from the article.

Thursday, Sept 25

Step Three: Find one more article, that you will properly cite, on the topic you have chosen (Obesity or Diabetes or Texting While Driving). You will have to skim many articles to find the one that best suits your purpose. Save it or print it out. Use Gale Databases. (Secondary access to Gale.)

Step Four: Make a bibliography page. (Guidelines with examples. Sample)

Friday, Sept 26

Step Five: Make a Mind-map.

Step Six: Write your first draft, following the outline. Requirements:

  • Can be typed or handwritten
  • Uses MLA format for: header, heading, title, line-spacing, margins. (See poster at front of room, or look up the MLA guidelines)
  • Follows the outline
  • Uses in-text citations, properly formatted
  • Includes a properly-formatted bibliography page

Monday, Sept 29

(continue Step Six)

Tuesday, Sept 30

Step Seven: Give and receive Peer Feedback.

Step Eight: Write a second (or more!) draft.

Wednesday, Oct 1

(continue Step Eight)

Thursday, Oct 2

Step Nine: Submit your completed paper! Submit these, neatly attached to each other:

  • Your Rough draft
  • Your 2nd (and any additional drafts)
  • Your Bibliography page
  • Mind-map
  • The four tasks for two articles



Upon completion of your assignment, write a letter to me (Mr. Huhn) that answers these questions:

  1. What did you learn from doing the assignments? (specific list)
  2. What was the process you followed (“Fly on the wall”)?
  3. What sections or aspects are you particularly proud of? Why?
  4. What sections or aspects did you have difficulty with? Why? How did you solve the difficulties?

This is Water


1. Answer the Pre-reading questions. The Reading Notes
Read and listen to the greatest commencement speech ever. The text (google doc). The audio. Pausing 5 times to take notes.
Answer the “After Reading’ question.
(This completes the “Notes” piece of the assignment.)


2. Complete The Expanded Notes assignment.


3. Read and listen to the second greatest commencement speech ever. The textThe video.


3 (cont.) Compare both the style and message of the two speeches, using at least one quote from each. Consider: how will you format this? (T-chart? Essay? Bulleted list?)


4. Write a commencement speech of your own. This is a chance to put a ton of thinking/writing skills together.
Consider: Will you give advice? Tell a story (or several stories)? Will you use a style that fits you, or fits the audience? (I recommend: you.) Will your message be what you learned, or what you think the audience should learn? (I recommend: you.) How long will your speech be? (DFW = 22:00, 3800 words. Steve Jobs = 15:00, 2200 words. I recommend: 5:00, 700 words). Will you deliver, or publish, the speech?

Deliver your speech in groups of 2-3.

Turn in all four pieces together, in order. Due: end of class on Monday, May 19.