Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday/Tuesday, November 20/21, 2017

Announcements and Reminders:

 Essay Helps for The Outsiders Essay: Is Johnny Cade Innocent or Guilty?

If you still don't get the structure of an argument essay, see this:
  Outline for Argument Writing.docx

Test on Argument Writing Vocabulary:  Dec. 5/8

Targets for Today:
  • I can read a variety of texts, and recognize literary elements within them. 
  • I can recognize and use verbs.  
  • I can define and recognize themes in literature. 

Today’s  Agenda:

You do not need your composition books today.
1. Irregular verbs
2.  Media Center
3. Theme

Irregular Verbs: beat-beaten

George beats up Harold every other Friday.
George is beating up Harold right now. 
George beat up Harold.
George has beaten up Harold. 
Harold has been beaten up every other Friday. 

I run
I  (past tense)   _____________

I run.
I  have ___________

The wind blows.
The wind  (past tense)  __________

I sleep.
Last night I ________________.

I throw the ball.
Last Saturday I ________________ the ball.

I throw the ball.

I have ____________________ the ball many times.

More information in case you don't understand what we mean by irregular verbs:


Media Center: Realistic Fiction
Move quietly when it is time to go to the media center.
If you already have a novel to read, bring it with you.  Everyone should pay attention to the presentation, but after that you may read!

The Assignment:  Nov Dec BoM Theme.docx 

Suggested Books for Seventh Graders.docx  Look under Realistic Fiction.

Among the books Recommended by Mrs. Jones and Ms. Dorsey:
Kid Owner
Last Shot
Sarah Dessen -- some of her romantic books
Well That Was Awkward
Ruby Holler  -- Creech
Deathwatch --
The Warden's Daughter -- Spinelli
Words in the Dust -- Reedy   Afghanistan

Recommended by other students:
Crenshaw  540L
The Girl I Used to Be -- Henry    Murder Mystery


If You Were Absent:
See above. 


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 

Historical Fiction --
Full Cicada Moon -- Historical  1969  Okay

Teacher notes: