Friday, October 13, 2017

Monday/Tuesday, October 16/17, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:
  Wednesday, October 18 is the last day of the term.  
  Your essay scores will be applied to second term. 
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.  

   Turn in your unused hall passes this week for extra credit added to this term.

If you hadn't finished your Book of the Month before you presented, finish it by October 17th, let me know, and I will add the points to your score for the book presentation

Fall Break is October 19, 20, 23.  

Book orders will be sent in again by October 25, or as soon as I receive orders of ten dollars or more.  You can order online at Scholastic Book Clubs.  Please use the code below.  


 Class Activation Code: GKLJW

Targets for Today:

Utah State Core -- Writing Standard 1 
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.
alternate or opposing claims
b. Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
c. Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), reasons, and evidence.
d.  Establish and maintain a formal style.
e.  Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Today’s  Agenda:

Conventions in Sentences Investigations 
Copy these sentences into your composition book under 
CSI Sentences/Grammar.  Page 83/84 +
Label this CSI # 9   and add today's date -- October 16 or 17, 2017.  

Place your unused hall passes in the top wire basket 

before the end of the term for extra credit. 

Copy the sentence above and label as many of the parts of speech as you can. 
 What else do you notice about the sentence?  

Celebrate first term birthdays.
B-Day -- remind me to do the drawings!  

Computer lab 224 to continue 
to work on your Outsiders essays.  
👉 Take an Outsiders book if you'll need to for evidence, and take the other papers you are using as you write your essay.  

👉  Take a book to read if you think you will finish early.  You will do a peer exchange first, then be able to read after you respond to that. 
You Need to Know
Look at a Sample Essay for the basic structure:
You Need to Know  -- Sample Essay

Citations:  Before we go --  You may use once something like : " In The Outsiders on page 33 Ponyboy says, "
Do NOT use "it says."  Tell instead who said it. 
For your other quotes use parenthetical citations.  

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. 

If you finish your essay, ask for a rubric and trade with a classmate to check each other's essays. 

Our Goals for Your Writing
If you aren't there yet, let's set goals to help you get there.
If you already get the basics, let's set goals to move you up and on.

On Skyward, you have four assignments so far for this essay: thesis sentence, body paragraphs, counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph, and concluding paragraph.  
E = Exceeds Mastery    M= Mastery     P = Partial Mastery      N = Needs Improvement

We will add more of the requirements to Skyward in the new term. 

If You Were Absent:

Complete the CSI assignment.

You will be able to work on your essay from home.  Write and submit for scoring before term end.  

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 

Current Requirements for your essay -- We will work on others next term.

The student has created a thesis sentence with a claim and three reasons to support the claim. thesis sentence with claim and three reasons 10 especially well stated 8 claim and three reasons are in one sentence at the end of the introductory paragraph 5 attempt at a thesis sentence

Example of a thesis sentence:   Junior high age children should be allowed to go trick-or-treating because they are still young enough to enjoy it, often they can help their parents by taking younger brothers and sisters, and they might get into trouble if they're not busy trick-or-treating. 

Another example:  We should wear school uniforms because they would help reduce discipline, be cheaper than other clothing, and help create school pride.

Body Paragraphs

The student has created three body paragraphs, each based on one of the reasons stated in the thesis sentence. Each sentence contains a topic sentence, evidence, and explanation. 10 especially well stated with topic sentence, evidence, and explanation topic sentence 8 topic sentence some evidence and explanation reasons and order match thesis 5 attempt at body paragraphs, less than three

5 Outstanding 4 contains one opposing argument/reason and rebuttal of that argument 1 attempts to create a counterclaim/rebuttal paragraph

Conclusion - Outsiders Essay
Detailed Description: concluding paragraph 5 Outstanding 4 restates claim and reasons and has a concluding sentence -- may include a call to action 1 attempts a conclusion