Composition Book




     Make sure you have a useable composition book.
It should still have lots of unused pages left, and be divided into the assigned sections. 

     It should be in good shape -- note ragged with pages torn out. 
     It should NOT be a spiral notebook or binder. 

     Should you not have it with you on a day, cut a piece of binder paper a bit smaller than your composition book, and use that to write your assignments.  Save it to tape into your composition book. 


1.  QuickWrite in your composition book.   On page 5 of your composition book, title your entry
"Dance Like Nobody's Watching."  Write a half page or more in response to the meme.
Make it legible and do your best to use correct capitalization, spelling, punctuation, etc.


2. Writing Prompt:  in your composition book
In your composition book, last time you wrote on page 5 about "Dance Like Nobody's Watching." If you did not write a half page, leave enough room so you can finish that when you have spare time.  

Right after the half page you wrote last time on page 5, 
  • label the next prompt,  "First Day of Seventh Grade," 
  • add today's date which is August 30 or 31, 2018, 
  • and write at least a half page about your first of day of school this year.  
  •  If you don't finish writing your half page during the time allowed, leave room so you can finish later. 

3. Conventions:  in your composition book

CSI  
Copy these sentences into your composition book After the two writing prompts you did, 
Label this CSI #1 and add today's date, August 30 or 31, 2018. 

Copy this sentence:
“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.”

Just below these sentences, write three or more things that you notice about the sentence -- English teacher sorts of things.

4. Writing Prompt:  in your composition book  Label it
        "Ideas for Narrative Writing."
Today we are looking for a list -- a list of topics (subjects) for interesting stories you could write -- either nonfiction (probably autobiographical) or fictional.   List as many as you can. You are NOT writing a story now.  You are just coming up with ideas for stories you could write: brainstorming.

5. Conventions:  in your composition book
Conventions in Sentences Investigations 
After your last  writing prompt, 
copy this sentence into your composition book 
Label this CSI #2 and add today's date, September 4 or 5,  2018. 

Copy this sentence: 
Great rosebushes of red bloomed on Victor's cheeks.            
                            from "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto

Write down three or more things you notice about the sentence (English class things such as punctuation, spelling, parts of speech, sentence type, etc.  The sentences are correct – no errors in it, I hope.)  



6. Label this CSI #3 and add today's date, September 10 or 11,  2018. 

Copy this sentence: 
Yesterday I lay awake in the palm of the night. 
-- from "The Names" by Billy Collins 

Write down three or more things you notice about the sentence (English class things such as punctuation, spelling, parts of speech, sentence type, etc.  The sentences are correct .) 

7. In your composition book, number from 1-16.
For each, write the part of speech and whether or not you answered correctly on the pretest.
Smiley and Frown or yes and no or check and x?

Example:  (These are not the correct answers.)
1. noun  yes!
2. verb   no!
3. adjective   Got it!
4. . . . 


8.  Tape or glue in the handout about
 Descriptive Writing. 

9. Copy this sentence into your composition book 
Label this CSI #4, and add today's date, 9/14/18 or 9/17/18.  

His room smelled of cooked grease, Lysol, and age. 
--- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)


Write down three or more things you notice about the sentences (English class things such as punctuation, spelling, parts of speech, sentence type, etc.  The sentence is correct – no errors in it.)  

Now, look at these imitations, using different topics: 

Hector's room smelled of gym socks, Hot Cheetos, and lies.  
                                                --- Jeff Anderson

My car smells of Armour-All vinyl cleaner, banana peels, and teenagers.
                                                    --- Ms. Dorsey

Now, write one of your own, following this pattern:  
        [imitate the original sentence, writing about a different topic.]

[Place] smells of _________________, _________________, and ________________.  


Writing:
Write a descriptive paragraph that will describe well a setting for the story -- fictional or nonfiction -- that you will write.   Show, not tell, and use as many of your senses as will help describe it well. 


September 26/27  Participate in an activity using parts of speech.   

In your composition book -- on the next full page.
Title this "Using Parts of Speech" and add today's date.
Number from 1-14.


Conventions in Sentences Investigations 

Tape the handout into your composition book, 
and punctuate the sentences on the handout.  

Study this conversation to help you punctuate correctly:




Copy this sentence into your composition book, and write down at least three things you notice about it:   Label it CSI #6 and add today's date.

The moon seemed to hang behind the black mountains, shy and undecided, allowing only a weak glow to show that it was there at all.
                                      -- from Deathwatch by Robb White



This is a self-starter, so as soon as you come into the classroom, pick up your composition book, and get started writing.  Write about a half-page.  You must write, but you may also, if you have time, add small illustrations. 
1.  In your composition book,  respond to this prompt:
         Have you ever felt like an outsider?  When has that happened and how, and how did you feel?  If not, tell about people you'ver observed who have been treated like outsiders or who have felt like outsiders.  



CSI -- Capitalization.

Capitalization    October 9, 2018  from  Susan Patron, The Higher Power of Lucky (2006)
Tape this into your composition book.  Then create a list of all the words in this passage that are capitalized. (26?) Underline the words in the passage. For each word, tell why it is capitalized.

Example:     1.  Lucky  – It is the name of a person and also begins a sentence.


October 12/15

Label this CSI # 7,   and add today's date. 

 Harold's eyes were glued to the floor.  He couldn't look.   

[Harold is in the principal's office.]  
         -Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Potty People (2006)


October 17, 2018

Answer this prompt in your composition book.  Label it "Groups" and add today's date.  Write at least a half page in complete sentences, addressing any or all of these questions:
What sorts of groups/cliques do we have at our school?  (Describe as many as you can.)  Are kids broken into groups based on money, interests, backgrounds, grades, race, religion, or what else?  
Do they get along, not get along, or pretty much ignore each other.  
Are the interactions among groups at our school good for the school and students or bad? 
Where do you fit?  






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Old entries:  ________________________________________________________
January 3/4, 2018
1.  Writing:  Respond to this prompt by writing about a half page in your composition book under QuickWrites.   Label this with today's date and the title "See the Light."
"See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see."   


Conventions in Sentences Investigations
If you are absent from class, copy these sentences into your composition book under CSI Sentences/Grammar:


1. September 1/5: “I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.”
Just below these sentences, write three or more things that you notice about the sentence -- English teacher sorts of things,
Label this CSI #1 and add today's date.
You can complete this assignment on a piece of paper that will fit on a page in your composition book, and then tape it into your composition book under CSI Sentences/Grammar.

Label this CSI #2 and add today's date: September 6/7.
“He had an elfish face, with high cheekbones and a pointed chin, small, sharp animal teeth, and ears like a lynx.” S.E. Hinton The Outsiders, p. 10

Label this CSI #3 and add today's date: September 8/11
When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home (Hinton 1). 

Label this CSI #4 and add today's date: September 12/13
Johnny was the gang's pet, and Dally just couldn't hit him (Hinton 25).

Label this CSI #5 and add today's date. 
“All Socs aren’t like that,” she said. “You have to believe me, Ponyboy. Not all of us are like that” (Hinton 34).

Label this CSI #6 and add today's date. 
We crouched in the weeds beside the railroad tracks, listening to the whistle grow louder (Hinton 62).

Label this CSI #7 and add today's date: September 22/25
Only one version of the sentence is written correctly. Label it CORRECT, 
For each of the rest there is ONE thing wrong.
Tell what is wrong with each of the incorrect sentences.
I have done the first.

1) The phone rang, but Mack don't get up to answer it.
______It should be “didn’t” of “did not” instead of “don’t_______
This is a problem with tense and with number.___________________

2) The phone rang, but Mack did not get up to answer it. 

3) The phone rang, Mack did not get up to answer it.

4) The phone rang, but mack did not get up to answer it.

5) The phone rang, so Mack did not get up to answer it.

September 27/29
Copy these sentences into your composition book under 
CSI Sentences/Grammar. Page 83/84 +
Label this CSI #8 and add today's date. 

His room smelled of cooked grease, Lysol, and age. 
--- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)

Write down three or more things you notice about the sentences (English class things such as punctuation, spelling, parts of speech, sentence type, etc. The sentences are correct – no errors in it, I hope.) 
Now, look at these imitations, using different topics: 

Hector's room smelled of gym socks, Hot Cheetos, and lies. 
--- Jeff Anderson

My car smells of Armour-All vinyl cleaner, banana peels, and teenagers.
--- Ms. Dorsey



Now, write one of your own, following this pattern: [imitar]
[Place] smells of _________________, _________________, and ________________.


October 16/17, 2017

Copy these sentences into your composition book under 
CSI Sentences/Grammar.  Page 83/84 +
Label this CSI # 9   and add today's date -- October 16 or 17, 2017.  
Place your unused hall passes in the top wire basket before the end of the term for extra credit. 
Copy the sentence above and label as many of the parts of speech as you can. 
 noun
adjective
verb
adverb
 pronoun
conjunction
preposition
interjection 
 What else do you notice about the sentence?  





Reading Response: 



Notes and Quick-Writes:




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Previous Years 
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May 2017 -- After SAGE
Composition Book Check.
Each entry must be a half page or longer to receive full points.  Each should be labeled with the date.  Deduct one point for a missing date.

_______/5 points  1. May 5/8 
Label:  The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes!  Severn Cullis-Suzuki spoke to a gathering of world leaders.  Write a response to what she’s doing or to what she’s saying.

_______/5 points  2. May 9/10    
Label:  “Goals” or “Useful?” 
What is your biggest goal in life?  Or a goal?  (or) What is it that makes someone useful?  (or) What do you do or what will you do that will make you “useful”?

_______/5 points  3.  May 11/12    
Label:  “A Favorite Place in Utah”
Write about one of your favorite places to go in Utah.  

_______/5 points  4.  May 15/16    Label: “Mothers?” 
After listening to the podcast about dead mothers in movies, write in response to the ideas expressed in it.  How about “we don't really need mothers; in fact, life might be more fun without them ... that it could be a life of pure adventure."Is that right? Why do authors choose to get the mother (or father or both parents) out of the way? 

_______/5 points    5.  May 17/18     Label: “Heroes”
What does having a hero do for a person?  Does that influence a person?  Are some heroes “better” to have than others?  Write about your hero(es) or about heroes in general.

_______5 points     6.  May 17/18     Label  “Truth”
Respond to this quote: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
How important is the truth? 


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________  30   Total Points


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Beginning of Second Semester:

From your last semester, save the last two paragraphs you wrote:


  • Description of a place: Describe a scene of your choice. It needs to be real or based on reality. You will NOT tell a story, only describe a place.
  • Comparing or Contrasting Your Christmas Celebration with Your New Years Celebration
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For Semester 2
1-11-17   "C.S.I. 3-1" -- Diagramming subject and verb for declarative and interrogative sentences.


 Conventions in Sentences Investigation -- 
        Diagramming Sentences

Write this in your composition book under "C.S.I." 
Label this assignment "C.S.I. 3-1" with today's date:   
(Correctly labeling earns points!)
We use sentence diagramming to create visual representations of sentences to help us understand the parts and patterns of sentences. 

Receive a Sentence Diagramming Guide. See the first two examples.

Diagram these sentences:

Jack laughed.

Did Tara nap?

Brooke had left.

Is Porter hiding?  

Class editors will check your work.  

Tape the diagram in to your composition book.  Listen and watch for directions.
sentence_diagramming_guide.pdf



January 13/17
4.  Conventions in Sentences Investigation -- 
        Diagramming Sentences

Write this in your composition book under "C.S.I." 
Label this assignment "C.S.I. 3-2" with today's date:   
(Correctly labeling earns points!)
We use sentence diagramming to create visual representations of sentences to help us understand the parts and patterns of sentences. 

Use your sentence diagramming guide.  Study  the third example -- the one with Modifiers

Example sentences: 
Example:  The blue ball bounced high.   

Example:  The lost sheep wandered helplessly. 

Diagram these sentences:

A young girl giggled helplessly.

Did the kind old man fall down?

The frightened boy ran quickly.  



Class editors will check your work.  

If you haven't already, tape the diagram into your composition book.  
Listen and watch for directions.
sentence_diagramming_guide.pdf



Jan. 18/19
Conventions in Sentences Investigation -- 
        Diagramming Sentences

Write this in your composition book under "C.S.I." 
Label this assignment "C.S.I. 3-3" with today's date:   
(Correctly labeling this assignment earns points!)
We use sentence diagramming to create visual representations of sentences to help us understand the parts and patterns of sentences. 

Use your sentence diagramming guide.  Study  the fourth example -- the one with a direct object

Definition: A direct object is a noun or a pronoun that the verb in the sentence does something to. 








Example sentences: 

Example: Jimmy  kissed  Sally. 

Example: My sister ate the last cookie.

Example: Is Larry loudly threatening the late students?  


In your composition book, diagram these sentences:

1. Sally quickly slapped Jimmy.

2. I absolutely love chocolate cake.

3. Was your brother burning his old homework? 

Class editors will check your work.  
If you haven't already, tape the diagram into your composition book.  
Listen and watch for directions.
sentence_diagramming_guide.pdf



January 20/23
Write this in your composition book under "C.S.I." 
Label this assignment "C.S.I. 3-4" with today's date:   
(Correctly labeling this assignment earns points!)

An indirect object refers to someone or something that is affected by the action of a transitive verb (typically as a recipient), but is not the primary object (e.g., him in give him the book ). 


In your composition book, diagram these sentences:

Someone gave Mr. Gillis a microphone.


Mr. Gillis handed Ms. Dorsey earplugs.


Will Mr. Anderson send your parents an email? 



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January 26/27




5.   Conventions in Sentences Investigation -- 
        Diagramming Sentences
Sentence Diagramming:  Add prepositional phrases.  
Label this assignment "C.S.I. 3-5" with today's date:   
(Correctly labeling this assignment earns points!)


Diagram this sentence: 
The boy with purple hair was running through the hall.

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January 30/31
1.  Respond to a Scenario:  Write your response in your composition book under "Writing Prompts."  Write a complete paragraph with atopic sentence, supported by at least four more sentences.  
Label it with today's date and "Walking for Water." 
You are 11 years old. You live with your family in an area far from towns or cities. Your family does not have any running water or electricity. You are responsible for getting water for your family to drink. To do this, you must walk eight hours every day to a pond and back. You will have to do this every day for years and years.

If this was an experience you had to live through, how do you think
it would affect the person you grew up to be?

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February 13/14

Now, in your composition book UNDER NOTES, list the problems that Salva has in the part that you read.  


Then -- 
In your composition book, write these definitions:
✎Write this definition:
Conflict: the problem in the story
 Write the types of conflict (Don't write the examples.)
man vs. man        Literary example: The Outsiders
man vs. nature   Literary example: Hatchet
man vs. society   Literary example: Among the Hidden
man vs. the unknown (or the supernatural)
    Literary Example:Dracula, Frankenstein, War of the Worlds. The Odyssey
man vs. technology      Literary example: parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey
man vs. himself       Literary example: Words By Heart (deciding whether to forgive)
Then write theses definitions:
Antagonist:  the "bad" guy (or force) that causes the problem for the protagonist
Protagonist:   the "good" guy -- the main character 

Then write down three conflicts you've seen so far in the story -- from the beginning.
For each, who or what is the protagonist, and who is the antagonist? 

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February 15/16
2.  In your composition books, under notes, you will write down the Eight Parts of Speech. 
For each you will include
  • a definition, 
  • an example sentence with that part of speech underlined, 
  • and another  sentence diagrammed with that part of speech circled.
You may use sentences from posters or books.  Use the posters around the room, the Write Source Books, and other resources available, including your sentence diagramming guide.
The Write Source books have helpful definitions, beginning on page 439.

You will do this for 1) noun, 2) pronoun 3) adjective, 4) verb, 5) adverb, 6) conjunction,
7) preposition,  8) interjection.
Be accurate!

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February 17/21
"CHARITY."
  • Write about Charity.  
  • Consider how you feel about these words, then, 
  • write one paragraph with 
    • a topic sentence and 
    • supporting details about that topic sentence.  
  • Do not use the words "I" or "you."  
Some suggested topic sentences (or you could use your own):
  • Charity is important because. . . 
  • Charity should begin at home.
  • Charity is about more than money.
  • In our world, people expect charity too often. 
  • Charity helps both the giver and the receiver.
  • There are many opportunities to show charity.
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February 24/27, 2017


3. Review of  Plot Map:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-uzJB9Bc9U  Piper 
(This animated short just won an Oscar!) 
       Draw the plot map in your composition book under Notes.  
       Fill in the plot map for the video "Piper."

4.  Theme?  In your composition book, under Writing Prompts, write a paragraph explaining this  theme from the short film Piper.  

     Conquering our fears can lead to major rewards.



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2015-2016
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New in the composition book:
October 5/6: Journal Write -- Pick a quote (from the three provided), write 1/2 page or more about
why you do or do not think it is true.

October 5/6: Take notes on recognizing verbs -- in your composition book under Notes and QuickWrites.



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See this post on this blog for how to set up your composition book: 

Composition Book Set-Up


First Term Composition Book Check 


English 7 Composition Book Check

Points for
Set up   -- Two points for each section.
           /2
1
  Table of Contents
           /2
 3–12
 Spelling      
           /2
13–20
 Words to Know (Vocabulary)    
           /2      
21-26
 Word Parts
/2
27-30
 Books I’ve Read (Beginning August 18, 2015)
/2
31-32
 Books to Read
/2
33-90
 Reading Response Log    
/2
91-92
Editing Reminders for ME
/2
93- 150
Notes and QuickWrites
/2
Last page

Appointment clock
Subtotal _____/20 points

Page 3 +  Spelling  -- 12 sets of words with the sentence given for each word
             (1 point for each sentence that was copied with the word.)
Subtotal  ____ 27  Points

Page 93 +
CSI sentences  -- Each of these except the first should be copied and for each there should be a list of things noticed or part of the sentence should be labeled. 
(Corrector, give one point for sentence and two for the listing and labeling.)
1. The room grew silent.  – This was on a yellow quarter sheet.
___/3    2. The bell rang for first period, 
and the students herded noisily through the door.

___/3    3. Priscilla has Monk in a hammerlock ("Priscilla and 
the Wimps").

___/3    4. The ocean had begun its attack.   

Subtotal _____/9 points


Plot  and Conflict
____ 5     plot map for "Priscilla and the Wimps" drawn, labeled, filled out for the story

_____6    Conflict
 Types of conflict with a simple drawing to illustrate each
person vs. self
person vs. person
person vs. society
person vs. technology
person vs. nature
person vs. the unknown/supernatural

_____ 5    Plot map for “Three Skeleton Key” 
drawn, labeled, filled out for the story

_____ 5    Plot map for “Amigo Brothers”
drawn, labeled, filled out for the story

February 14, 2017

Now, in your composition book, list the problems that Salva has in the part that you read.  



Then -- 
In your composition book, write these definitions:
✎Write this definition:
Conflict: the problem in the story
 Write the types of conflict (Don't write the examples.)
man vs. man        Literary example: The Outsiders
man vs. nature   Literary example: Hatchet
man vs. society   Literary example: Among the Hidden
man vs. the unknown (or the supernatural)
    Literary Example:Dracula, Frankenstein, War of the Worlds. The Odyssey
man vs. technology      Literary example: parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey
man vs. himself       Literary example: Words By Heart (deciding whether to forgive)
Then write theses definitions:
Antagonist:  the "bad" guy (or force) that causes the problem for the protagonist
Protagonist:   the "good" guy -- the main character 

Then write down three conflicts you've seen so far in the story -- from the beginning.
For each, who or what is the protagonist, and who is the antagonist? 











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Subtotal _____/21 Points

Page 33
Journal write 
       Label this: "Too Easy?"  and add today's date to the page.
             This is Mr. Heinlein's advice to parents.  What do you think? 
Robert Heinlein was (right or wrong pick one) 
when he said, "Do not handicap your children 
by making their lives easy." 
Write at least a half page of complete sentences.  
(Corrector, give one point for label, one for date, and three for length.)

Subtotal _____/5 Points


Books
_____ /3 Page 27 List the “Books I’ve Read”  
_____ /2  Page 32  At least one “Book to Read”

Subtotal _____/5 Points

Total Points  ______/ 87 Points