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Excellent Scribe 3

Scribe by Samantha 8/17/12

Hello my wonderful classmates!!
Today was a very busy day, so if you were absent… PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION!! I would also like to apologize in advance for the long post i am about to write. But read it all!!! We begun class with people rushing to their seats and settling down. Ms. Lahaise told us that we would not be reading or having a journal so that we could have plenty of time to talk about our blogs. Then our fellow classmate Ricky proceeded to collect any tear-offs (homework). Do not forget that they are due by Tuesday the 21st. Also the student survey needs to be filled out and submitted by 11:59 pm tonight. REMEMBER!!!!!! Ms. Lahaise does NOT except late work, so get it done! If for some reason you have not been paying attention in class and don’t know what i’m talking about… text a friend. We then begun to talk about our blogs and learned how to set them up.

STEP 1: Go to
STEP 2: To the right it will say create a new account. Click on that.
STEP 3: Then choose your username! It should consist of your first name and the first initial of your last. Put your email and select “Gimme a site” and click NEXT.

** AOL emails may have some trouble creating the blog. If you do not receive a conformation email within five minutes, check your spam mail before emailing Ms. Lahaise. You will be given a temporary password. Don’t worry, you can change it later if you would like.

STEP 4: Create your title!! Please be respectful of your title and be creative! Remember that this is for school and only the english alphabet is acceptable.
STEP 5: Select “allow search engines” and click SING UP.

* If you want to check out a really cool blog go to

Now to make sure you really understand how to set up your blog, please go and visit the blog instructions that can be found under the “WOW!” tab on the home page.


1. Go out on the internet and find something that interests you! Now be careful because there are some limitations.
For example: Say that i want to write about sharks and i find an article about the internal workings. This would not be considered an appropriate blog because i don’t have an opinion to work with. However, you could use what Ms. Lahaise stated, “all sharks should be killed and taken off this planet forever”, because an opinion can be formed.

2. Your classmates are not the only people that can read your blogs, so pick something interesting!
* Ms, Lahaise will only comment on blogs that she finds interesting so keep that in mind.

3. DO NOT forget to cite your source. Forgetting to do so will result in a loss of 50% of your grade. If you can not find it on the internet, contact Ms. Lahaise via email.

4. If you can not think of something to blog about feel free to check out the sites that Ms. Lahaise has generously provided.

5. NO cussing! Be respectful of your classmates and readers and be smart! Higher level vocabulary is always a plus! If you are unsure if something is appropriate or not please email Ms. Lahaise.

6. Your blog should be about a page long and feel free to write much more!

7. When blogging make sure to support your idea/claim. CLAIM AND PROOF. <– Ms. Lahaise can not stress this enough. If you have an opinion, back it up.

8. You may blog about articles, youtube videos, poems, etc. You may NOT blog about Music, Books, or Movies.

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU DO YOUR FIRST BLOG!!!!! It is your instruction guide and it will help you tremendously.


1. To the left there is a tab that says “dashboard”. Click on it! This will allow you to make any changes necessary to your blog. Only you and Ms. Lahaise have access to this.

2. When doing assignments, Click on “post” and select add new. This is where you will be writing your blogs.

3. After you are satisfied with your blog, click PUBLISH.

** REMEMBER… our first scribe is Due Sep. 3rd.

Some quick hints…

To add a picture, simply click on the camera button and upload it. Make sure you post a link to the picture.
** you may not use one of your own pictures for an assignment.

To do a pretty URL simply highlight the word(s) and click the whole link button and paste the URL. It’s that simple!

Do not worry if you still have questions about the blogs. Ms. Lahaise still has much more to go over with us.

Towards the end of class we went over vocabulary words and definitions. Vocabulary words are to never be posted on the scribe so if you were absent contact a friend. The TEST is on Tuesday the 21st.

That’s all for now! Until next time… 🙂

The next scribe will be Emma F.
If she is absent or feels that she cannot fulfill her duty as scribe, Jeremy will take over.

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Excellent Scribe 2

Harrison’s Scribe Post May 9, 2013:

Today we started class with Arthur’s book talk. It was a book called “Mechanium,” which place 40000 years in future with galactic civil war and some other awesome space stuff. Next, we had Joan’s book talk. She read “The Power of Habits,” a book discussing the nature of our habitual mind. Penultimately, Breanna talked about “Black Echo,” a detective story that involved some sort of crime and whatnot. Lastly, Ani’s book talk was on “Lady by Midnight,” a romantic love story — with a twist(s), or so I have heard. After a brief hiatus with Android tablet issues, we had our vocabulary words. Unfortunately Ms. Lahaise would rebuke me if I shared those, ergo you must get it from someone else. Ignoring our attempts to beguile her to do otherwise, Ms. Lahaise insisted that we had no time to squander, and that we would be omitting today’s journal. With no time for desultory behavior, we jumped right in to the depths of hell, or at least into “Dante’s Inferno” presentations. Canto IIX-IX was up first, they had a powerpoint and explained the pilgrim’s journey through the fifth circle of hell, meeting the boatman, and approaching the gates of the city of Dis. Next was Canto X, which was the sixth circle of hell. Finally, Ms. Lahaise read canto XI, which was basically a summary of the rest of the book. Post-finally (it might as well be a word, what else chronologically comes after finally), since we had an unexpected pocket of time, we watched a TED, or rather a TEDxFiDiWomen (no spaces, that’s literally the name of the event) by Jackson Katz, called Violence & Silence (

), which I personally found extremely underwhelming and full of fallacies. We had no time to write journals or discuss, because the bell rang. Nutrition has started, and we need our nutrients.


Post-post-finally, Ms. Lahaise wants everyone to submit their presentations via email, because technology.

Merry Thursday everyone! Son of Harri signing out.

Next scribe: Christopher
Backup scribe: Philip
Backup backup scribe: Various government satellites

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Excellent Scribe 1

Cameron’s Scribe Post

Today we walked in to class to find that the seats were arranged normally again which prompted us all changing seats for the first time in 10 weeks. Ms. Lahaise elaborated on the text she sent us earlier, explaining that there will be a practice AP Lang test this Sunday from 10 a.m. until about 1:30p.m. Make sure to respond by tonight if you would commit to coming; enough people already signed up so it’s just a matter of you letting Ms. Lahaise know ASAP. She recommends that you do because other students have found it incredibly helpful in their preparation. Then we started with rhetorical device presentations that don’t use technology and Marzbed was first. His device was apostrophe which is when the author talks to someone or something that isn’t actually there like in “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Caroline’s device was setentia which is a figure of argument used to sum up a point, essentially a witty saying. An example would be, “A house divided by itself can’t stand.” Keala was next and her device was asyndeton which is a figure of speech like “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Then Erica did polysyndeton which is where you have a sentence and instead of using commas you use “and” over and over again to add emphasis to those phrases. Asal was next and here device was personification which is when the author gives human traits to non-human objects or creatures. A famous example would be Toy Story. Mary presented anaphora as her device, which is when the author repeats certain words at the beginning of sentences over and over again. Then Jessica did synecdoche which is a figure of speech that uses parts of one thing to represent a larger idea or the whole point of an essay and vice-versa. Like when someone references Hot Wheels cars to represent their love of racing. Alfonso was next and his device and his device was distinctio, which is when you remove ambiguity from a statement by defining or explaining something. Leah’s device was amplification, which is when a writer repeats what they’ve just said while adding more details and emphasis to the original description. Then we started with the technological presentations with Dana going first. She presented a PowerPoint on parenthesis which is used to insert additional information into a sentence using commas, parenthesis, or dashes to do so. An example would be: My umbrella (which is somewhat broken) can still shield me from the rain. After the presentation Ms. Lahaise talked about why Power Points and presentations like Dana’s are bad (for more insight watch the presentation do’s and don’ts on the site homepage). We are going to be doing a bunch of presentations throughout advanced comp and college so it’s important that you know what to do and not do. Ms. Lahaise recommended using Prezi, a PowerPoint-like program that uses more visuals, and most importantly to make sure that the presenter (you) is needed in the PowerPoint and isn’t just reading off the board. Then Jonah went and presented exemplum, which is when you give an example to explain something or to clarify a point. Hike was last to go but he wasn’t here so he got creative and sent in a video presentation and sent a worksheet to do. His device was allusion which is a direct or indirect reference to something historical or mythical. An example would be any inside joke since it helps add emotion to a phrase. Although we watched the video and glanced at the worksheet we didn’t do them as time wasn’t on our side at that point. Then Ms. Lahaise made sure that we understood that while allusions are the easiest thing ever, they are also the hardest thing ever so it’d be a good idea to review this device well. Even though there won’t be many on the actual test, it’s important to know in general.

Then we transitioned into book talks after we turned in our presentation grade sheets. Marzbed wasn’t ready today so he got switched to May 28th. Jessica read Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews which is about a mother who takes her kids off to live with their grandparents in a huge, old mansion. The kids are kept hidden in a room just below the attic, visited only by their mother who becomes less and less concerned about them and their failing health, and more concerned about herself and the inheritance she plans to win back from her dying father. She recommends the book to anyone who likes depressing books. Caroline then went in place of Marzbed and she read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, it’s about a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless who had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the plot of the story. It’s recommended everyone according to her so it’d be a good idea to pick it up. Ms. Lahaise then gave us an AP Test pep-talk and rundown of next week. She essentially said that we should mark up our tests, remember to look for the purpose of the writer, and to focus on the basics like ethos, logos, and pathos. Monday we’ll be doing to in-class speech analysis and on Tuesday we’ll be taking a multiple choice practice test. Thursday will be used as a Q&A period with Ms. Lahaise as it’ll be the last Thursday before the test.

Shah is the next scribe, Andrew is backup