Thursday, October 26, 2017

Friday/Monday, October 27/30, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:

The Book of the Month Assignment is coming.   Select a Realistic Fiction book. 

Realistic Fiction = The story could really happen.

You are able to work on your essay at home or anywhere else you have access to the Internet.  Go to and use your school computer login user name.  Your password is your student number.   Use two windows when responding to teacher and other comments and helps.  

Pick up a yellow Skyward Scoring sheet, a white article, and your composition book.

Read the article -- 
The question is:  Should seventh graders still  go trick-or-treating?
Collect  reasons, evidence, and rebuttal for both sides. 

Book orders will be sent in again when I receive more orders: GKLJW



Targets for Today:

Utah State Core -- Writing Standard 1

a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

e.  Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

d.  Establish and maintain a formal style.

Conventions of Standard EnglishLanguage Standard 1 
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing.

Last time:
Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
a. Introduce claim(s), acknowledge alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Reading: Literature Standard 10 
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, . . .

Today’s  Agenda: 

Pick up your composition books and a copy of The Outsiders

Conventions in Sentences Investigations 
In your composition book under
CSI Sentences/Grammar.  Page 83/84 +
label this CSI # 12   and add today's date -- October 27 or 30, 2017. 

Copy the sentence below and label or note what you notice.  

It's too late for the dog to go outside and dig up its two favorite bones.  

We worked on Thesis Statements last time.   
Example of Three-Pronged Thesis Statements:  Each includes a claim and three reasons to support that claim.  
1. We should wear school uniforms because they would help reduce discipline, be cheaper than other clothing, and help create school pride.
2. Zoos should be banned because animals need to remain in the wild, zoos cannot provide natural experiences for animals, and animals in zoos get sick and die.
Here is one with four prongs:  This one includes a claim and four reasons to support that claim.  
3. Middle school sports unquestionably have a positive influence on  students because they teach social skills, reinforce time-management skills, provide exercise. and show the benefits of hard work.

In other essays you could write a thesis sentence with a claim and two, three, four, or more reasons to support that claim.  
Practice counterarguments and rebuttals.   
Claim - Counterclaim -- Rebuttal
Should teens go trick.docx  Read the article to collect ideas and evidence.  

In your composition book under _____________
Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Should seventh graders still  go trick-or-treating?
Support for Your Claim

Rules for British Debate

Receive an extra point for your team if you give a rebuttal for an an argument from the opposing team.    " ___________________ claims that, but. . .. "  
"Some people may disagree, saying that. . .   , however. . .  "

A Costume That Has Caused a Stir!
Read articles, view facebook posts.

A Mighty Girl -- Halloween Costumes

4.  Working on Your Essay
Open MyAccess. 
Open two windows and one extra tab. 
 One MyAccess is for 
  • My portfolio 
  • An Important Issue. . .  
  • Comments -- click on the pink dialogue bubble.
You will look for comments here for what you should do. 
 One MyAccess is for 
  • Assignments
  • An Important Issue. . . 
  • Resume  or Start Revision
You will revise your essay here. 
 Open another tab for Skyward. 
Look at your scores so far for the essay. 
Look at the description for each of those assignments that count so far. 

If you haven't yet, highlight your thesis sentence.  
Highlight the topic sentence for each body paragraph that argues one of your reasons.  

Before you leave, submit your writing and submit for a score. 

Example of a parenthetical citation:
Thomas Edison declares,Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up" (8).

Skyward Grading: 

Outsiders Essay Scoring for Skyward –  Work to master each of these areas.
Today we are working especially on these parts of your essays. 

Counterclaim - Outsiders Essay
5 Outstanding -- contains one opposing argument/reason and rebuttal of that argument to create a counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph. Includes evidence (at least one quote) and explanation.   
4 contains one opposing argument/reason and rebuttal of that argument to create a counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph
 attempts to create a counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph.

Student provides a concluding paragraph
5 Outstanding = Reasoning is clear, restates claim and reasons and has a concluding sentence -- may include a call to action
4 restates claim and reasons and has a concluding sentence -- may include a call to action
1 attempts a conclusion


Extension --
If you have mastered the introductory paragraph with the thesis sentence and have finished, revised, and edited  your essay about Johnny Cade, you will select another issue for which you will write an introductory paragraph.
     convincing people to contribute to worthy cause
              hurricane relief,  wildfire relief, flood relief, famine relief,  charity basketball games at our school, or others
    or convincing the appropriate individuals of the need to correct a problem in our school or community
    or  convincing others to understand your side of an issue.

You may do research on your topic.
You will write on MyAccess, using the prompt "Take a Position."


The Outsiders

A1 to page 122,  (page 110 nightmare) -- 20:26 
A2 to page 126,  (page 110 nightmare) -- 29:22 -- bottom of page, to "I was silent. . . " 
B5 to page  119  (page 110 nightmare) --  beginning of chapter 8 -- 15:15
B7 to page   124    (page 110 nightmare)  "He was okay."   24:28 

If You Were Absent:

See above.  Work on your essay -- especially on the counterclaim/rebuttal and conclusion.
If you have extra time, go ahead and work on the other parts of your essay.  Revise and carefully edit.

Skyward Grading: 

When working on your essay --
Use Your Resources
Use your handouts, especially the rough draft outline.
Anytime you log into MyAccess, look for messages from Ms. Dorsey.

Do some work, then click on MyTutor and MyEditor to see what they suggest to make your essay better.  
Look for and respond to messages from Ms. Dorsey.  
    Open two windows to look at suggestions and work on your essay. 

See this model essay for the basic organization of an essay:  
Summer Persuasive Essay

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