Monday, November 2, 2015

Tuesday/Wednesday, November 3/4, 2015

Announcements and Reminders:
Extra Credit Opportunity:  Due by November 16!

There are also storytelling, video, and art contests, all due by November 16. 

       Study for the Argument Vocabulary Post Test.
Quizlet for argument vocabulary:
(Notice that Quizlet provides you with several different ways to study for the test.)
Important Note: When we take the argument vocabulary post test (in Term 2), you will be expected to know ALL of the terms and their definitions. 

There will be a dance this Friday, November 6th.  
7th and 8th Grade Dance 2:45 - 4pm.

Ms. Dorsey will no longer be doing intervention for Cavetime on Thursdays.  She will instead host the Mock Trial enrichment. 

Tuesdays are request days.   This week anyone may come on Tuesday.

 For the new term you may begin earning extra credit.  I especially encourage you to memorize the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost. 

Extra Credit Poem Memorization

Sign up by November 11.  Discussions will be held on November 19/20.
Don't forget to bring your book to class each day.
November -- Your choice of genre of novel
Element or Aspect of Literature:  Point of View

Next month: December -- Fantasy or Science Fiction novel
Element or Aspect of Literature: Setting

Novel:   a long printed story about imaginary characters and events. 
 A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters.

Spelling practice:

Targets for Today:
Reading: Literature Standard 1 
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Writing Standard 1 
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Language Standard 2 
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Today’s  Agenda:
1. Pick up your composition book.

2. Individual reading and sign up for your book of the month.  (Remember to check your do-not-read list for books you cannot use.)

3. Spelling practice -- white boards.

Work with your elbow partner.
Write the correct answer on the small whiteboard.

1. Do not  (accept, except)  candy 
from a stranger.

2.  If you (brake, break) something in a store, 
you usually must pay for it.

3.  You should (definitely, defiantly)  study 
your spelling each week.

4.  My favorite (desert, dessert) is apple pie.

5.  If you behave (definitely, defiantly)  in class, 
you may end up in the principal's office.

6. The (desert, dessert) lands of Southern Utah
are famous for their beauty. 

4.  Write an argument:

Important Terms:  


explains evidence and shows how it supports your reasons/claim


explains evidence and shows how it supports your reasons/claim

background information

the information the reader needs to understand a topic and why it is being discussed


facts, examples, statistics, etc. that support a claim


logical main points to support a claim


a sentence that states your position and includes your main reasons

Terms for argument with examples:
Background:  As three  little pigs leave home to go out on their own, they are warned about the big bad wolf.   Each builds a house, one with straw, the second from sticks, and the third from bricks. When the big bad wolf comes along, he is easily able to blow down the first two houses and eat those pigs, but he can't get to the third pig because the brick house is too strong.  [Claim:] Actually, it is their own fault that the first two pigs are dead [Reasons:] because they are warned ahead of time, they buy inexpensive, flimsy materials, and they take shortcuts in building because they are lazy.
 [First Reason:]
    The first reason it is the pig's own fault is that all three pigs are warned by their mother, "Beware of the big bad wolf!" before they even leave their old home.  [Elaboration/Warrant:] It is a fact that mothers are usually trustworthy.  They watch out for their children, deeply caring about their children's welfare.   And, because they are older, they have more experience and wisdom.  Generally, too, among the last words a mother would speak to her children as they leave home would be advice and warnings she feels are important to the safety and happiness of her children.   But the two little pigs do not listen to their mother's advice, instead choosing to place themselves in a very dangerous situation, knowing that the wolf is out there.

    [There would be other paragraphs about how the pigs buy cheap materials and about how they are lazy.  A final paragraph -- a concluding paragraph -- would conclude that it is indeed the pig's own fault that the wolf was able to enjoy them for breakfast and lunch.]

Now, for your assignment:
I'm providing the background and claim.  You will find a piece of evidence and explain how it supports the claim.

Background:  In the novel The Outsiders, Cherry Valance, a Soc cheerleader,  meets Dallas Winston, a tough, law-breaking Greaser and friend of the Curtis boys,  at the drive-in movie theater.  He tries to get her attention by talking dirty and otherwise bothering her.  She stands up to him and he leaves, but later she admits when only Ponyboy Curtis can hear: "I kinda admire him."

Claim:  Cherry Valance should stay away from Dallas Winston.  (Write the claim.)

Evidence:  [Find at least one piece of evidence in the book to support the claim that Cherry should stay away from Dallas.]  Write a sentence or so that explains this piece of evidence.

Elaboration (Warrant): Explain why that evidence supports the idea that Cherry should stay away from Dally. 

You can find the description of Dally on pages 10-11.
His encounter with Cherry begins halfway or so down page 20.

We find out more about ways Dallas breaks the law --
bottom half of page 14
page 19
second paragraph of 20
last paragraph of 20
at the top of page 29
Start collecting evidence for whether or not Ponyboy, Soda, and Darrell should be allowed to keep living together, or if the younger boys should be placed in another home with more adult supervision.

A1 read from   page 31 (top)   minute 21:29 in Chapter 2 to page 41, top of page, chapter 3, minute 6:44. 
They worked on their charts.

B5  read from page 33 (last paragraph) minute 26:34 in Chapter 2 to chapter 3, page 45, minute 14:39.
They worked on their charts.

B6 read from  top of page 42, minute  (page 41, Chapter 3 minute 8:04 to "pg 45, Track 1", minute 13:00, page 51.
They worked on their charts.

Foreshadowing: p. 47 ". . . wondered vaguely what it was like inside a burning ember. . . "

B7 read from  Chapter 3 page 39,  minute 3:01 to 
to "pg 45, Track 1", minute 1:35, page 46. 
They worked on their charts.

Work on your chart of information about the main characters under  "Reader Response" in your composition book.
  • Narrator: Ponyboy Curtis
  • Darrell/Darry Curtis
  • Sodapop Curtis
  • Steve Randall
  • Two-Bit Mathews
  • Dallas Winston
  • Johnny Cade
  • Cherry Valance
  • Marcia 
  • Bob Shelton
  • Randy 

Here is some helpful information I've prepared -- especially for parents -- about  Our First Class Novel: The Outsiders.

If You Were Absent:

See above for what we did.
Practice your spelling.
Print or pick up the handout for the argument exercise.  Cherry admires Dallas.docx 
Practice the argument terms.
Be reading your book of the month.  If you haven't signed up yet, do so.