Friday, December 2, 2016

Monday/Tuesday, December 5/6, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:
If you haven't signed up for your book of the month, do so now.  Please make sure it is nonfiction. 

If you have not finished or revised and edited your essay, do that right away!  

If you need to retake the Argument Vocabulary Test, study for it!   -- 13 points and below

Santa letters are now available for the Macy's Make-a-Wish Fund Raiser.   

Targets for Today:

Reading: Informational Text 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.

Reading: Informational Text Standard 2 
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

Today’s  Agenda:

1. Read your nonfiction book.  

2.  Finding Evidence for an essay.
💁Sometimes you start looking 👀 at details, and 
sometimes you start with a stated or possible (inferred) 
 central idea and then look 👀 for evidence to support it.  

2.  Using sources to find evidence for an argument essay
You will apply this when you write your essay post-test this week.

a. Another "extreme" sport:

Some people might say that this is animal abuse.  If you were to write about it, how could you support the position you take?   (You would want to find convincing evidence.)

b. We will practice finding evidence in an essay:
If you are absent today, underline the evidence FOR encouraging belief in Santa in one color and AGAINST belief in Santa in another color.

Take a side. -
Parents should not let their children believe in Santa Claus.


Parents should let their children believe in Santa Claus.

Citing a quote quoted by another author:

An editor and writer named Lisa Moran "says she's tired of the web of lies she has to spin for her son to keep it [belief in Santa] going every year"(Urist Paragraph 4). 

3. About the Nonfiction Book/December Book of the Month 
Finding a Central Idea
In our essays we are beginning with a CENTRAL IDEA -- a CLAIM. 
For your book of the month assignment you will either 
⇒ begin with a possible central idea 
⇒ begin looking at the evidence/details to figure out the central idea.

Fill in the blanks on this page to find out about your Book of the Month assignment: Book of the Month Central Idea .docx 

Use the following to fill in the blanks: 
A central idea sentence includes 
1) the subject of the book 
2) and a statement the author is making about that subject. 

(Synonyms:  subject, subject matter, topic)

 Practice using details to determine a central idea:

What details do you notice in this picture?
From those details, what conclusion
can you come to about this person 

Your book will have more than one central idea.

To find the central idea,
1) look at the details/evidence in the book,
2) then decide what most of them seem to be saying about the subject.  

A central idea sentence
1) will be a complete sentence.
2) will not be a question.  It will be a statement.
3) will name the subject (a subject of the book will be the subject of the sentence).
4) will include a major fact or opinion about the subject of the book.

Your assignment for December:

  • Read a nonfiction book.
  • Look for major details  in the book.
  •         You will use the details as evidence for a central idea.
  • Determine a central idea of the book. 
  • List for that central idea seven to ten pieces of evidence. 

4. How They Croaked -- more of Chapter #1, if time.
How They Croaked: Day 1

If time:
5.  Root Words!

If You Were Absent:

See above.
If you are absent today, underline the evidence FOR encouraging belief in Santa in one color and AGAINST belief in Santa in another color. 

Fill this out using the information above:Book of the Month Central Idea .docx   


A Central Idea is a broad idea or message conveyed in informational text.