Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Announcements and Reminders:
                         
 Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year! 


Targets for Today:

I can read and summarize a story. 
I can scan for words in text.
I can recognize parts of  speech. 


Today’s  Agenda:

  1. With a partner, get a Chromebook. 
  2. Go to Canvas, and find the Christmas Assignment. 
  3. Read the directions. 
  4. Go to the site linked there. 
  5. Select a story. 
  6. Read it together or on your own. 
  7. Complete the worksheet for summarizing. 
  8. Hand in the worksheet for a bit of extra credit. 


2.  Do one or two color by verb papers, and/or work on the word search for your class. 



Next semester we will learn about clauses.


No, not these clauses!  




If You Were Absent:




Vocabulary:



 Help and Enrichment 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Monday/Tuesday, December 17/18, 2018

Announcements and Reminders for Monday/Tuesday, December 17/18, 2018:
                         
Bring treats to class on Monday or Tuesday.  
We'll party and watch The Outsiders.      


Thursday/Friday
A2 to 18:37
B5 to 20:29
B6 to 23:00
B8 to 19:40



Remember to make sure you have done the following: 
  • completed and revised and edited your PEE writing on MyAccess for your October Book of the Month.   (DO NOT not do this because you don't have the page numbers.  Do it for as many points as you can.)
  • turned in your Theme and Evidence Worksheet (goldenrod) from your October Book of the Month, 
  • completed your Canvas Assignments:  Outsiders Text Messages and Argument PreQuiz (what you know about argument writing),
  • reread your book for the December Book of the Month -- the letter to an author.   We will type them on December 13/14.  
  • Written on a Google Doc, saved as a PDF, and shared your Letter About Literature. 
  • Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx
  • Have you handed in your permission slip for the Letter About Literature?  
  • finish reading The Outsiders and answering the questions about the book.  You must have finished them by Wednesday the 12th.  
  • wrote the introductory paragraph for an argument essay on MyAccess -- (imagining that he lived and healed)  "Should Johnny Cade be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon?"   Can you write an effective hook, add background knowledge, and write a thesis sentence with your claim and two or three reasons why it is true? 
  • Talk with me if you need a retake on the Overall Spelling Test.  Have you taken all of the spelling tests? 

Thursday/Friday
A2 to 18:37 to 1:16  (about 38 minutes left)
B5 to 20:29
B6 to 23:00
B8 to 19:40

And for Tuesday:



Targets for Today:

Clean up.
Finish up.
Enjoy. 


Today’s  Agenda for Monday/Tuesday, December 17/18, 2018:

Do not get out your treats until directed to. 

1. Do you need to finish your argument introductory paragraph or your Letter About Literature?
Are you missing any spelling tests?   
You may work on those as we watch the movie.  




2.  Clean up -- You may recycle any papers that you are sure you are finished with.  If it is a paper you were to hand in, make sure you have the grade on Skyward. 
Replace your composition book in your hanging folder. 
Turn in your hall pass requests!


3.  Watch The Outsiders video -- and have treats.  If you brought some, you may bring them out now. 


If You Were Absent:
See above and see the reminders below. 



Vocabulary:



 Help and Enrichment 
Remember to make sure you have done the following: 
  • completed and revised and edited your PEE writing on MyAccess for your October Book of the Month.   (DO NOT not do this because you don't have the page numbers.  Do it for as many points as you can.)
  • turned in your Theme and Evidence Worksheet (goldenrod) from your October Book of the Month, 
  • completed your Canvas Assignments:  Outsiders Text Messages and Argument PreQuiz (what you know about argument writing),
  • reread your book for the December Book of the Month -- the letter to an author.   We will type them on December 13/14.  
  • Written on a Google Doc, saved as a PDF, and shared your Letter About Literature. 
  • Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx
  • Have you handed in your permission slip for the Letter About Literature?  
  • finish reading The Outsiders and answering the questions about the book.  You must have finished them by Wednesday the 12th.  
  • wrote the introductory paragraph for an argument essay on MyAccess -- (imagining that he lived and healed)  "Should Johnny Cade be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon?"   Can you write an effective hook, add background knowledge, and write a thesis sentence with your claim and two or three reasons why it is true? 
  • Talk with me if you need a retake on the Overall Spelling Test. 



Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday/Friday, December 13/14, 2018



Announcements and Reminders for Thursday/Friday, December 13/14, 2018:
        




Please return any books you have checked out from our classroom.   Thanks! 


Wednesday was the last day to hand in revisions, late assignments, or extra credit -- unless you make arrangements with me, or are bringing up a D or F grade.   
            
 Remember to make sure you have done the following: 
  • completed and revised and edited your PEE writing on MyAccess for your October Book of the Month.   (DO NOT not do this because you don't have the page numbers.  Do it for as many points as you can.)
  • turned in your Theme and Evidence Worksheet (goldenrod) from your October Book of the Month, 
  • completed your Canvas Assignments:  Outsiders Text Messages and Argument PreQuiz (what you know about argument writing),
  • reread your book for the December Book of the Month -- the letter to an author.   We will type them on December 13/14.  
  • Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx
  • finish reading The Outsiders and answering the questions about the book.  You must have finished them by Wednesday the 12th.  
  • wrote the introductory paragraph for an argument essay on MyAccess -- (imagining that he lived and healed)  "Should Johnny Cade be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon?"   Can you write an effective hook, add background knowledge, and write a thesis sentence with your claim and two or three reasons why it is true? 
  • Talk with me if you need a retake on the Overall Spelling Test. 
Here is The Outsiders -- the whole book -- online:
By the way, you can search this document!  
            
Bring treats to class on Monday or Tuesday.  
We'll party and watch The Outsiders.      


Thursday/Friday
A2 to 18:37
B5 to 20:29
B6 to 23:00
B8 to 19:40



Targets for Today:

Finish writing your Letter About Literature.  
   If you just can't finish today, you may still send this in by Monday the 17th.  
   Remember that you will email a PDF of your letter to Ms. Dorsey and Ms. Hahn. 


Today’s  Agenda for Thursday/Friday, December 13/14, 2018:

1. Finish writing your Letter About Literature.
     If you just can't finish today, you may still send this in by Monday the 17th.
    Remember that you will email a PDF of your letter to Ms. Dorsey and to Ms. Hahn.

The Outsiders movie? 
Do not hand in (email) your PDF until you are totally finished! 

Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx

Permission Slip for students under 13 as of 11/1/18
http://www.read.gov/documents/LAL_2018-19_PermissionFormUnder13.pdf



If you weren't here for the introductory paragraph assignment or the spelling test, please do those.  

__________________________

If you have extra time, please write letters to Santa for the Macy's Make-a-Wish Fundraiser!

https://www.macys.com/social/believe/

Look up Macys  I Believe  

If you write a letter that is an effective introduction and show it to me, I will give you 5 points of extra credit. 

Notice that this letter has a hook, background information, and a thesis sentence with a claim and two reasons. 


If You Were Absent:
 See above.



Vocabulary:




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 Help and Enrichment 


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Outsiders -- Teen Slang Today


Savage.
nuh for no
yeet
ight
dank
boiii
fam
lit!
eskitit
WYD
WWDB  --Where we droppin', boys?
Bree
sick
sloober
Wuzz-up?
LOL
GG
Oh, snap!
What's poppin'?
spill the tea -







And meanings

savage --  ______________________
nuh for no
Weezing = laughing really hard (Actually this one dates back to the 1400's.)
yeet  -- versitle -- can be used as about any part of speech
ight -- short for all right
dank = cool
boiii - adds emphasis or your bro
fam = a group of your buddies
lit!  = cool, amazing, awesome
eskitit  -- let's get it, or let's go
WYD - What you doing?
sick = cool
sloober = someone NOT being funny
GG = Good game!
spill the tea -- to blab



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tuesday/Wednesday, December 11/12, 2018



Announcements and Reminders for Tuesday/Wednesday, December 11/12, 2018:
               
Please return any books you have checked out from our classroom.   Thanks! 

Today is the day!!
Wednesday is the last day to hand in revisions, late assignments, or extra credit -- unless you make arrangements with me, or are bringing up a D or F grade.   
            
 Remember to make sure you have done the following: 
  • completed your Canvas Assignments:  Outsiders Text Messages and Argument PreQuiz (what you know about argument writing),
  • turned in your Theme and Evidence Worksheet (goldenrod) from your October Book of the Month, 
  • completed and revised and edited your PEE writing on MyAccess for your October Book of the Month.   (DO NOT not do this because you don't have the page numbers.  Do it for as many points as you can.)
  • reread your book for the December Book of the Month -- the letter to an author.   We will type them on December 13/14.  
  • Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx
  • Review and practice for your overall spelling test. 
  • finish reading The Outsiders and answering the questions about the book.  You must have finished them by Wednesday the 12th.  
  • be prepared to type an introductory paragraph for an argument essay -- (imagining that he lived and healed)  "Should Johnny Cade be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon?"   Can you write an effective hook, add background knowledge, and write a thesis sentence with your claim and two or three reasons why it is true? 
Here is The Outsiders -- the whole book -- online:
By the way, you can search this document!  


Targets for Today:

I can correctly spell commonly confused words.
I can write an effective introductory paragraph for an argument essay.
I can write an effective letter to the author of a favorite book or books.


Today’s  Agenda for Tuesday/Wednesday, December 11/12, 2018:

1. Take the Overall Test on the Commonly Confused Words we have learned.
    Bring up your bubble sheets to be scanned. 
If you finish early, you may read a book or draw on the back of your bubble sheet. 

2.  Write an introductory paragraph for an argument essay:  "Should Johnny Cade be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon?" 

         The Outsiders was written by S.E. Hinton. 

Pick up Chromebooks and log into MyAccess.  



3. If you have extra time, work on your letter about literature.
It will be typed on a Google doc.  Carefully follow the instructions. 
We have sample letters for you to read.  

Do not hand in (email) your PDF until you are totally finished! 

Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx

Permission Slip for students under 13 as of 11/1/18
http://www.read.gov/documents/LAL_2018-19_PermissionFormUnder13.pdf




If You Were Absent:

See above. 


Vocabulary:



 Help and Enrichment 


Sample Introduction for an Essay: 
      [Hook] "A dog is man's best friend." [Background] That common saying may contain some truth, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose companionship people enjoy. For many people, a cat is their best friend. [Thesis Sentence] Despite what dog lovers may believe, cats make excellent housepets as they are good companions, they are civilized members of the household, and they are easy to care for. 

The thesis sentence has a claim:  "cats make excellent housepets"
The thesis sentence gives reasons why the claim is true. 
  1. they are good companions
  2. they are civilized members of the household
  3. they are easy to care for

 Each of these reasons would be discussed in a body paragraph. 


Letters About Literature
Here are the videos to watch: http://www.read.gov/letters/videos.html
Read winning letters:   http://www.read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2018/index.html
All of the lessons:  http://www.read.gov/documents/LAL-Teaching-Guide-REVISED.pdf
      You can scroll down to the handouts.
Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx

Permission Slip for students under 13 as of 11/1/18



For Extra Credit:
What is wrong with this? (Think conventions.)
What is it really saying?
How could it be fixed to say what the writer probably intended? 



Short Story for OCTBoM Make-Up Work : https://my.hrw.com/la_2010/na_lit/student/ebook_gr7/osp/data/u1_riki_tiki_tavi_se.pdf

Friday, December 7, 2018

Friday/Monday, December 7/10, 2018


Announcements and Reminders Friday/Monday, December 7/10, 2018:
     
Please return any books you have checked out from our classroom.   Thanks! 
       
Wednesday is the last day to hand in revisions, late assignments, or extra credit. 
            
 Remember to make sure you have done the following: 
  • completed your Canvas Assignments:  Outsiders Text Messages and Argument PreQuiz,
  • turned in your Theme and Evidence Worksheet (goldenrod) from your October Book of the Month, 
  • completed and revised and edited your PEE writing on MyAccess for your October Book of the Month.   (DO NOT not do this because you don't have the page numbers.  Do it for as many points as you can.)
  • reread your book for the December Book of the Month -- the letter to an author.   We will type them on December 13/14.  
  • Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx
  • Review and practice for your overall spelling test. 
  • finish reading The Outsiders and answered the questions about the book.  You must have finished them by Wednesday the 12th.  
  • be prepared to type an introductory paragraph for an argument essay -- (imagining that he lived and healed)  "Should Johnny Cade be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon?"   Can you write an effective hook, add background knowledge, and write a thesis sentence with your claim and two or three reasons why it is true? 
Here is The Outsiders -- the whole book -- online -- and searchable -- 



Targets for Today:

I can write an effective letter to the author of a favorite book or books.
I can write an effective introductory paragraph for an argument essay.
I can correctly spell commonly confused words.


Today’s  Agenda for Friday/Monday, December 7/10, 2018:

Making any corrections needed to my evidence for "Is Johnny Guilty?" on CANVAS.
You need  (worth 4 points)
  1. useful evidence, 
  2. the quote copied exactly, 
  3. the page number in parenthetical citation, 
  4. and an indication whether this would be evidence of guilt or innocence.
Example -- 
 If  Two-Bit were on trial for shoplifting, we could collect this piece of evidence from the book:Assignment:  p. 10  Two-Bit stole his switchblade.

Ponyboy reported that "He [Two-Bit] was famous for shoplifting and his black-handled switchblade (which he couldn't have acquired without his first talent), . . . " (10).   This would prove that Two-Bit is guilty.

Edit, then reply to me 


Letters About Literature
Here are the videos to watch: http://www.read.gov/letters/videos.html
Read winning letters:   http://www.read.gov/letters/contests/winners/2018/index.html
All of the lessons:  http://www.read.gov/documents/LAL-Teaching-Guide-REVISED.pdf
      You can scroll down to the handouts.
Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx

The Lead Paragraph -- How to Hook the Reader
Hooks:                                                    
Questions are overused, and not usually used well! 

  • an anecdote that relates to a character or event in the book
  •      [An anecdote is a short and amusing or interesting story that relates to the subject of your essay.]
  • a before-and-after comparison
  • an interest or quality you share with the author or one of the characters in the book
  • strong or surprising statement
  • brief quote 
  • create a picture in the reader's mind by using descriptive words
  • point out a misconception
  • introduce a simile or metaphor
  • a definition

For your argument writing introduction, you could add
  • detail or statistic from an authoritative source


Note:  Your letter is more informal than your argument writing will be.

Bookends (. . . or how to close your letter) 
______________________________________________

Writing an introductory paragraph for an argument essay
Three parts:
1. The HOOK
Hooks: 
Questions are overused, and not usually used well! 
  • an anecdote that relates to a character or event in the book
  •    [An anecdote is a short and amusing or interesting story that relates to the subject of your essay ]
  • a before-and-after comparison
  • strong or surprising statement
  • brief quote
  • detail or statistic from an authoritative source
  • create a picture in the reader's mind by using descriptive words
  • point out a misconception
  • introduce a simile or metaphor
  • a definition
2. The needed background information

3. The thesis sentence
= the CLAIM + two or three reasons why the claim is true.
(the CLAIM consists of the topic and what you are saying about it.) 


You must have an INTRODUCTION that contains
o Hook
o Background
o Claim --Claim includes your 2 main reasons

Example claim:  The Curtis boys should be allowed to stay together because they love and support each other, and Darrell has proved himself to be an effective guardian for the younger boys.  

In your composition book, write an introduction for an argument essay about whether Johnny (if he had lived and healed) should be punished for the death of Robert Sheldon. 

  • Look through the evidence we have collected to select two reasons to support your claim.  
  • Write a hook.
  • Write background information (context).
  • Write your thesis sentence.  





Sparkle for Overall spelling 




If You Were Absent:

See above. 


Vocabulary:




 Help and Enrichment 

Instructions for Letters about Literature (1).docx


For Extra Credit:
What is wrong with this? (Think conventions.)
What is it really saying?
How could it be fixed to say what the writer probably intended? 

Spelling Lists and Tests for Term 2, 2018 – English 7

October 29/30: 

its/it's
to/too/two

1. its/it’s
The dog buried its bone.
 It’s alive!


2. to/too/two
Let’s go to the library.
There are too many good books to choose from.
I always carry two pencils.

November 6/7:

your/you’re
there/their/they’re

3. your/you’re
Is that your jacket?
You’re the best!

4. there/their/they’re
You stay here, and I’ll go there.
Their grades are superb!
They’re here.

November 14/15:
cause/because
are/our
a lot/allot/and NOT alot



5. are/our
We are happy.
Our mother is happy.


6. cause/because
Smoking can cause cancer.
He left because he was angry at her.

7.  a lot/allot/ alot
I’m reading a lot of books.
The teacher will allot one pencil to each student.
(There is no word spelled alot.)
November 27/28:
were/we’re/where/wear
then/than
8. were/we’re/where
We were happy to see you.
We’re going to lunch.
Where is he?
Did you wear your coat to school?
9. then/than
First we ate, then we played outside.
I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.

December 5/6:
here/hear
barely/barley

10. here/hear
How long have you been here?
I can't hear you.

11. barely/barley
I just barely made it into class on time.
I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.
December 11/12:
Overall test on the words learned so far 

Carefully edit for these words.  Once you have been tested on a word, if you misspell it in your written work for this class, you will lose five points for each error.  You may complete a make-up assignment to recover the points.


Ms. Dorsey – AFJH – modified for 2018


Teacher Materials: 
Argument

Friday/Monday, December 1/4, 2017


You must have an INTRODUCTION that contains
o Hook
o Background
o Claim
o Claim includes your 2 main reasons