Friday, February 22, 2013

Thursday/Friday, February 28/March 1, 2013

Today you will receive registration materials for Eighth Grade.
A counselor will be coming to our class to explain how you will complete  registration.

Pick up your composition book. 

Copy this heading in your composition book:  iWriteRight:  Appositive Experience, February 28/March 1
1a. Read and study this example of an appositive:

Keith, the boy in rumpled shorts and shirt, did not know he was being watched as he entered room 215 of the Mountain View Inn.  
           -- Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1965)

1b. Combine  sentences into one sentence that uses an appositive:  (Read and study this example.)
Clementine is funny.
She is in third grade.
She lives in New York.

Those sentences could become this: 
"Clementine, a funny third grader, lives in New York." 

Your turn: Combine these sentences into one sentence, using an appositive.  (This is what you will write.)

Avon is a snail.
She is rather small.
She reads a book every day. 

How the author wrote it:  Avon, the Snail

1c.  Create an appositive booklet.    
Appositive Booklet Directions.docx

Example Sentences for the Appositive Booklet:

Subject              , appositive,         verb.

Lucille Ball, a hilarious redhead, was married to Dezi Arnez.

MaryLou,  my best friend, has long, wavy blonde hair.

Elvis Presley, a dead but still famous singing star, was known for swiveling hips. 

My '52 Ford pickup, the beat-up one in the parking lot,  belongs in a junkyard.

My backyard, the one with the huge sandbox, is popular with our neighborhood cats. 

Our school lunch,  prepared everyday by hard-working lunch ladies, tastes delicious.

We only got to here A1, A3, A4. 


2.  Argument  
Can you solve a case with Evidence, Warrant, and Claim?

Basic Argument

Today's case:  Case: Slip or Trip?

"Evidence includes concrete, observable information; person al testimony; written documents; and material objects and their condition or appearance."
-- George Hillocks, Jr.  in Teaching Argument Writing: Grades 6-12

3.  Book Groups
a.  Have one member of your group pick up your books and your group booklet.
b.  Finish summarizing and discussing for last time, if needed. Catch up any members who were absent last time. 
c. Read individually. -- Use sticky notes to take notes or mark places you want to discuss.  
d.  When instructed by the teacher, discuss what you've read,  and work on the booklet as a group.  (Today you will continue to summarize, and will write some questions.  
Assignment: As a group, come up with and write down at least three questions about the section you read today -- one each of three of the QAR's.)

Write these in your group booklet:

  • Right after your last summarizing, do this: 
  •     Write three questions, each labeled as to type of QAR.
  •     After that, you can continue your summarizing. 

         Fill out your reading log for this book, and record the page where you left off  on your reading log.

If you need more, ask the teacher. 
e.  Have one group member return books neatly to the shelves and turn in the booklet to the wire basket.

If you'd like to, you may bring non-messy treats for your group.