English 12 Honors — Writing the Abstract and the Thesis Statement

The following are notes to help seniors write their research paper abstract and thesis. Consult these notes and develop a working abstract and thesis statement for Friday, Sept. 9.

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English 12 Honors: Outliers Weekend Activity I — Question #3

Respond to one of the three discussion questions from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success in the Leave a Comment Section to the left of the question. Your response must be well written, well edited, and demonstrate critical reading of the text, including some textual support (page number or quote) to receive full credit. Your response should be a short paragraph, and you need to include your full name. Worth 20 points. Due by noon on Saturday, August 2.

You will then respond briefly to one of your classmates’ posts by noon of Sunday, August 3. This is a brief response. Worth 10 points.

Discussion Question #3 (Chapter 3):

Gladwell states that communities and companies in American society “are convinced that those at the very top of the IQ scale have the greatest potential.” After reading Chapter 3, explain why you either agree or disagree with this statement.

English 12 Honors: Outliers Weekend Activity I — Question #2

Respond to one of the three discussion questions from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success in the Leave a Comment Section to the left of the question. Your response must be well written, well edited, and demonstrate critical reading of the text, including some textual support (page number or quote) to receive full credit. Your response should be a short paragraph, and you need to include your full name. Worth 20 points. Due by noon on Saturday, August 2.

You will then respond briefly to one of your classmates’ posts by noon of Sunday, August 3. This is a brief response. Worth 10 points.

Discussion Question #2 (Chapter 2):

Consider the following: “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” Explain how this philosophy was at work for either Bill Joy, The Beatles, or Bill Gates. Then, give one example from your own life or experience.

English 12 Honors: Outliers Weekend Activity I — Question #1

Respond to one of the three discussion questions from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success in the Leave a Comment Section to the left of the question. Your response must be well written, well edited, and demonstrate critical reading of the text, including some textual support (page number or quote) to receive full credit. Your response should be a short paragraph, and you need to include your full name. Worth 20 points. Due by noon on Saturday, August 2.

You will then respond briefly to one of your classmates’ posts by noon of Sunday, August 3. This is a brief response. Worth 10 points.

Discussion Question #1 (Chapter 1):

Explain the author’s viewpoint regarding “The Story of Success.” Are personal qualities the sole reason one becomes an outlier? Explain your answer providing support from the text.