Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Wednesday/Monday, November 20/26, 2018

Announcements and Reminders for Wednesday/Monday, November 20/26, 2018:


1. Pick up an Outsiders book and get out your Reading Road Map.  Begin reading and answering questions.
Also pick up your composition book.

You can find the whole book of The Outsiders at

If you need a reminder for how to do the book assessment -- and examples, see  Friday/Monday, November 2/5, 2018.
More examples are on  Thursday/Friday, November 8/9, 2018.

See this post for instructions on

Assignments now on Skyward and available to do on CANVAS:   
These are due by the end of Tuesday, November 20!!
I've extended the window to submit these.  Get them done as soon as possible for up to 8/10 points. 
You have a new assignment on CANVAS to write 
a set of Text Messages from one Outsiders character to another. 
You will select one scene and imagine that a character could text another character about what's going on.  Complete this and turn it in by Thanksgiving Break.  You will use a  Fake Text Message Generator and turn it in on CANVAS.  After you write your text messages, CREATE IMAGE, the DOWNLOAD image, save to folder,  attach to the assignment, and submit the assignment.  Here is another  example:  Outsiders Text Messages!
Also, on Canvas, answer these questions:  What do you know about the parts of an argument essay?  What makes a good argument?  What makes an effective argument essay? You need to click on the bar for submitting the assignment before your text box will appear.  
See CANVAS -- Assignments 

November/December Book of the Month
  Reread your choice of a book (or book series) that has had an impact on you. 
You will write a letter to the author of the book you read about how the book has affected you -- as part of the Letters About Literature contest.
If you can't think of a book to use, see me. 
We will work together in class on how to write an effective letter. 

Your finished letter is due by December 11. 

Video -- http://www.read.gov/letters/videos.html --Watch the "Introduction to Letters About Literature."

Our next spelling  test -- after Thanksgiving  
           November 27/28
November 27/28:
8. were/we’re/where
We were happy to see you.
We’re going to lunch.
Where is he?
Did you wear your coat to school?
9. then/than
First we ate, then we played outside.
I like dark chocolate better than milk chocolate.

and  are/our
We are happy.
Our mother is happy.

William Goldman, the author of The Princess Bride (and of the screenplay
 for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) died on Friday at age 87. 

This is what the t-shirts look like that are for sale,
raising funds for our AFJH Christmas Charity Drive.
You can buy them at school or order them at 


Targets for Today:

I can understand (and hopefully enjoy) the novel The Outsiders
I can correctly punctuate and capitalize titles.
I can write thesis statement with a claim and two or three reasons. 

Today’s  Agenda for Wednesday/Monday, November 20/26, 2018:

 Pick up your composition book. 

Also pick up an Outsiders book and read and answer your questions. 

1. Read and answer questions for The Outsiders.

2.  A2 Only -- Finish the assignment that Ms. Yancey gave you.
Your assignment it to  
write an introductory paragraph on one of these subjects: 
  • Students should have school uniforms
  • Every student should take a musical course
  • Books are better than movies
  • Who is the best Avenger?
  • Should nut and peanut produces be ban from schools?
  • Are humans the best species?

3.  How to write a thesis statement with a claim and two or three reasons.   -- This is for argument writing.

Label this "Thesis Statements"   Add today's date. 

In your composition notebook, answer the following questions:
 1. Where do you find the thesis statement of an essay? 
 2. What does a thesis statement do? 
 3. What are the parts of a thesis statement?

Copy these into your composition book:
Claim = The topic + what the writer wants to say about the topic.

Thesis Sentence = The Claim + two or three reasons that support the claim. 

Example Prompt:  If you could change one traditional Thanksgiving food, what would it be and why? Support your answer with two to three reasons.

Example of thinking to create the thesis sentence: 

Claim:  “Stuffing does not deserve  to be a Thanksgiving food.”

Thesis Statement: 
“Stuffing does not deserve to be a Thanksgiving food because it has a revolting texture and it gives Mom an excuse to make the worst leftover meal: stuffing casserole.”

Now do your own. 

Write your thesis statement in your composition book. 

Independent Practice Prompt:  

As President of the US Board of Education, you have a choice: you can give students more time out of school or you can make the school year longer. What is the right choice, and why? Defend your answer with two to three reasons.  [More hours in school, or less hours in school?] 

Make sure your name is on your paper, and hand it in before you leave.

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