Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday/Wednesday, December 5/6, 2017

Announcements and Reminders for Tuesday/Wednesday, December 5/6, 2017:
Book sign-ups were already due.  Sign up as soon as possible if you haven't.   
We have only two to three class times for everyone to complete their interviews.  Do yours as soon as you finish your book.  
December 5/6 -- Test on argument writing vocabulary. 

The last day to hand in late work, revisions, and extra credit (except your hall passes) is December 14.  You may hand in your hall passes before then or before if you do not plan to use them.  

Scholastic Book order due date -- by Friday, December 8.  
Our next book genre is historical fiction.
We will use nonfiction after that.  

See the books recommended at scholastic book clubs.
Class code GKLJW

Targets for Today:

I can show that I understand and can write argument.
I can identify literary elements.

Today’s  Agenda:

1.  If needed, finish Cats vs. Dogs Essay.  -- About ten - fifteen minutes.
      My apology for any confusion about "book and title."   Fix it, if needed.

     If you are finished, read your realistic fiction book.
Who is ready for their interviews?

2.  Write in your composition book.  Respond to this prompt (under QuickWrites) :
 (If you were absent, you may write these responses on lined paper and tape that into your composition book when you return.)
QuickWrite: (about 5 minutes)   Label it "Bully" with today's date. 
            If you were facing a bully, would you
§       run the other way?
§       get help from your friends and/or family?
§       face your opponent and fight?
§       try to use logic and reasoning to reach an agreement?
§       use a strategy other than the ones listed above?
Explain what you would probably do and why?  Or, if you have faced a bully in the past, write about what you did.

B-Day Classes will take the argument vocabulary test on Friday, Dec. 8. 
3.  Test on argument terms  -- Help your grade by doing well on this test!
  • Clear off your desk.
  • Do this in pencil so you can make corrects if needed.
  • Do not talk with each other or otherwise communicate during this test, even after you are               finished. 
  • Do not write on the test question sheet.
  • Do not make extra marks on the bubble sheet.
  • When finished, bring your test paper to Ms. D.
If you received less than 15, you may retake the test on December 13/14.  
Study.  If you do not have the blue list of the words and their meanings, pick one up.  

4. Looking at plot, theme, and other elements of literature with the short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
Green Literature Book, pages 4-15
      Plot   Plot outline -- not filled in :  Plot Outline(1).doc
    Theme and Character   
                 Complete this challenge:  Ranking Characters in Rikki.doc

Baby Mongoose 


A1 to 18:46 to top of page 10
A2  to 18:58 to top of page 10

If You Were Absent:

See above for what we did.
Complete the writing assignment in your composition book.
Read the story, filling out this plot map:
This is the text of the story online:  https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mongoose/rtt.html

Plot outline -- not filled in :  Plot Outline(1).doc
Study this plot map for "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi": Plot for Rikki-tikki-tavi .doc
Complete this challenge:  Ranking Characters in Rikki.doc



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 

If needed:   “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” Story Summary