Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Thursday/Friday, December 15/16, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:
Pick up your composition book, and then read your nonfiction book quietly.  Read the announcements below:

1.  Your book assessment will be given on Monday/Tuesday, December 19/20 - next time.
             If you have not signed up for your book, do so by December 16.   
2.  Your article of the week is also due on Monday/Tuesday, December 19/20 - next time.
           If you were not here to get an article of the week, pick one up from the handouts box.                Change the due date on the paper.
3.  If you did not take your argument post test, arrange to take it after school on 
            December 15, 20, or 21 -- Thursday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. 
4.  If you need to retake your argument post test, arrange to take it after school on 
            December 15, 20, or 21 -- Thursday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.  
            Retake the test if you received less than 28 points on Skyward.
5.  The retake for the argument writing vocabulary test will be given next Tuesday during 
            Cavetime.  Plan to retake it if you received 13 points or less. 
6. If you have not finished or edited and revised your Outsiders essay on MyAccess,  
            please do that right away.  
            Email Ms. Dorsey when you are ready for your Outsiders essay to be rechecked.

Santa Letters are available for the Macy's Make-a-Wish Fund Raiser.  Write as many as you wish.  You can also go online to write them at

 Plan to attend our AFJH Charity Basketball Games.  Bring your dollar or more.  Seventh Graders will have the opportunity to attend on December 21 and December 22 during 1st period.     We have received an offer from Modern Woodmen who will match up to $3,000 this year if we can raise $3,000 as a school.  Please support this great cause as it will benefit our own AFJH students.
Charity Basketball Games -- Coming December 21-22

Sample for book project  Sample for Nonfiction Book Project

Targets for Today:

I can read  a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. 
I can find the central idea in nonfiction.
I can recognize tone in writing. 

Today’s  Agenda:

Pick up your nonfiction books. 
1. Individual Reading  -- Hopefully you are finishing up your nonfiction book.

2. C.S.I.  
4.  In your composition book, copy the following sentence, and write down what you notice about it.

Conventions in Sentences Investigation

Copy the  sentence, and write down what you notice about it.
Label it "C.S.I. 2-2" with today's date: 

Because she was a woman, and also because it would be bad press for the new emperor, the Romans didn't kill Cleopatra. 

3.  Finish and hand in your circle chart for the chapter about Julius Caesar.  
                                   Julius Caesar Central Idea 1.docx
     A1 -- Finish and hand in your circle chart for the chapter about Cleopatra.
(A1 was working on the King Tut article -- needs more time)
     A2 handed those in last time.

(for A-Day) 
 Read an article about King Tut.  His mummy was taken out again and re-examined! 
This is the article:  New CT scans reveal strange.docx 
  • For each paragraph in the article, in the space below it, write a one sentence summary of the paragraph.
  • Then pick the most important word or phrase from that sentence -- or write a word or short phrase that sums up that sentence.  
You can find the article also at

4. How They Croaked: Cleopatra, page 19  -- Tone
As you read about Cleopatra, on your worksheet replace the bolded original words and phrases with words and phrases that would give it a more serious tone. 

5.  How They Croaked: Columbus  page 27  -- Central Idea 

If You Were Absent:
See above for what we did. 

central idea:
supporting details: 
tone: the attitude the author takes toward the subject 
Visage:  a person's face, with reference to the form or proportions of the features.
Frail: weak, frail, sickly, infirm

How Did Cleopatra Die?
Rather than fall under Octavian's domination, Cleopatra committed suicide on August 30, 30 B.C., possibly by means of an asp, a poisonous Egyptian serpent and symbol of divine royalty.