Monday, December 14, 2015

Wednesday/Thursday, December 16/17, 2015

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 

You could study these terms using a Quizlet at

Charity games:  

  • Leave your backpacks in your lockers.
  • Use the restroom and get a drink if you need to.
  • You need your dollar (or more) and a red slip to get into the games.
  • Sit as close together as you can.
  • No saving seats.
  • You may attend only your grade's games.
  • No cavetime today or tomorrow.
  • Your donations are doubled, so be generous. 

Announcements and Reminders:

Our next spelling test will cover all of this term's words, adding board/bored.

There will be no January Book of the Month.
We will concentrate on writing in January.                                                       

Don't forget to write Santa Letters!

  You can practice your spelling with
Spelling practice: 
The overall spelling test will be on January 7/8.
  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. 
The overall argument vocabulary test will be on January 5/6. 

You can pick up helpful handouts at the front of the room.
If you'd like to print your own, here are the links.  Use the Download tab.

If you didn't complete the Evidence Charts for The Outsiders, you can pick up the make-up work.
Evidence Charts .docx

Hints for Evidence from The Outsiders.docx

Targets for Today:
Reading: Literature Standard 10 
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Reading: Literature Standard 7 
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film).

Writing Standard 1 
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Today’s  Agenda:
A1 -- 
Watch video from 42:34 to end.
Add to your "Venn" diagram comparing the movie and book. 

How does the director use these techniques in the movie? 
camera angles and focus 


added scenes -- not found in the book 

(Why does one of the Socs throw away a beer can as their group walks to meet the Greasers at the rumble?)
If time, watch PowerPoint about  argument terms.

Example Claim:
Cats are better than dogs because they cost less, they take up less of your time, and they tend to do less damage.

Next time: Charity Basketball Games

B5 -- Charity Basketball Games

B6 --   Finish the book
Watch the video from 56:23 to end.

B7 --  Finish the book if you haven't (Many did.)
Watch the video from 41:40 to end.

If You Were Absent:
See above.