Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Thursday/Friday, December 7/8, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:
           Book sign-ups were already due.  Sign up as soon as possible if you haven't.   
We have only three class times, including today, for everyone to complete their interviews.  Do yours as soon as you finish your book.  
December 5/8 -- Test on argument writing vocabulary. 
December 11/12-- Post-Test on Argument Writing -- We will use the MyAccess scores for your grade on this.  

The last day to hand in late work, revisions, and extra credit (except your hall passes) is December 14.  You may hand in your hall passes before then or before if you do not plan to use them.  

Scholastic Book order due date -- by Friday, December 8.  
Our next book genre is historical fiction.
We will use nonfiction after that.  

See the books recommended at scholastic book clubs.
Class code GKLJW

Targets for Today:

I can show that I understand and can write argument.
I can identify literary elements.

Today’s  Agenda:

1.  Individual reading and Interviews
       Are you ready?  

Under "Notes and Quick-Writes" in your composition book, 
label the page Civic Dispositions, and add today's date. 
2.  Quick-Write:   Study the chart of civic dispositions.  Select one of the dispositions you feel is important if we want to have a classroom and school that are a good place to be for everyone.  Explain why that disposition is important.  

3. Looking at plot, theme, and other elements of literature with the short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
Green Literature Book, pages 4-15
      Plot   Plot outline -- not filled in :  Plot Outline(1).doc
    Theme and Character   
                 Complete this challenge:  Ranking Characters in Rikki.doc

Finish the story, then
fill in the plot outline.

Complete the "Ranking Characters" sheet, then discuss.

The female is usually larger than the male in most snake species. But among king cobrasmales are heavier and longer than femalesMales can be more than 18 feet long and can weigh up to 44 pounds.
Extra Credit (3 points) :   In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, these phrases are used to describe how quickly Nagaina moved:
"flew like an arrow"
"like a whiplash across a horse's neck"  
What type of figurative language are these?  

Baby Mongoose 


         The exposition introduces us to the character(s), setting (place and time), and may give us other background that will help us understand the story.
        The conflict is the problem faced by the main character or characters in the story.

        The inciting incident is something that happens that triggers the problem/conflict -- gets things going in the story.

A1 to 18:46 to top of page 10  finished today and started plot outline (exposition) 
A2  to 18:58 to top of page 10  finished today and copied plot outline 
B5 to 
B7 to 

If You Were Absent:

See above for what we did.
Read the story, filling out this plot map:
This is the text of the story online:

Plot outline -- not filled in :  Plot Outline(1).doc
Study this plot map for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi": Plot for Rikki-tikki-tavi .doc
Complete this challenge:  Ranking Characters in Rikki.doc


Plot: a series of related events that make up a story
The Major Parts of a Plot:
Exposition (introduces characters and setting and the basic situation)
Rising Action (conflict and complications are shown)
Climax (This is the highest point -- the point of greatest tension. At the point of climax, something important changes -- usually the conflict is resolved.)
Falling Action (Tells what happens after the climax. This is a winding up
Resolution -- How did everything end up. "And they all lived happily every after" is a resolution.

Argument Writing:  A type of writing that states a position on a topic and defends it
Hook: A sentence or sentences that will engage your reader – get their attention
l         Claim/Thesis: A sentence that states your position and includes your main reasons
           Introduction:  The first paragraph of an essay
           Topic Sentence: The sentence near the beginning of the paragraph that states the central idea of the paragraph
          Background Information: The information the reader needs to understand a topic and why it is being discussed
           Body Paragraph:  A paragraph that comes between the introduction and the conclusion
           Transitions:  Words or groups of words that connect ideas and show relationships
           Formal Style:  Writing that does not include contractions or the pronouns "you" or "I"
           Reasons:  Logical main points to support a claim
           Evidence:  Facts, examples, statistics, etc. that support a claim
           Explanation:  explains the evidence and shows how it supports your reasons/claim
           Counterclaim/Opposing Claim:  an opposing argument; something the other side would say 
           Rebuttal:  proving why a counterclaim (opposing claim) is wrong using reasons and evidence
           Conventions:  correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
           Citation:  giving the source of the evidence 
           Conclusion:  sums up the main point of the whole essay 

If needed:   “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” Story Summary