Monday, December 11, 2017

Week of December 11th

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have done a lot of preparing for our argumentative essay by reading argumentative articles written by other people. Some of those people have been journalists, your teachers, and even other students your age. Now, it is time for you to write your own argumentative essay! We will spend this week and next week preparing to write and then typing our essays on the Chrome Books. We will be using Google Docs to write this essay the same way we used it when you wrote your essays for Marking Period 1. This essay will need to be typed and ready to hand in by January 4th.

Grade 7
On Monday, you will receive notes on how to write a thesis statement. Our theses will have 3 parts: counter-claim, main argument and three reasons. It will follow this format:
 ___________(counter-claim)______________, _______(main argument)_________ because _____(reason 1)_______, ______(reason 2)______, and ______(reason 3)_______.

On Tuesday, your thesis will be due at the end of class. You will receive notes on the best way to choose evidence for your essay. I will then give you an article on your chosen topic and you will begin reading it to find evidence. You will need to finish reading and annotating the article for homework.

On Wednesday, you will receive notes on how to integrate evidence into your paper to support your main argument. We will have the Chrome Books and begin writing our papers.

On Thursday, we will finish notes on how to integrate evidence into your argument. You will continue writing your paper on the Chrome Books.

On Friday, you will receive notes on writing to a specific audience. You will continue writing, and probably revise, your paper on the Chrome Books.


Homework
Monday: begin thinking about your thesis
Tuesday: Finish reading and annotating assigned article(s)
Wednesday: Write introduction to essay using Google Docs
Thursday: Finish introduction to essay on Google Docs
Friday: Find 3 reasons to support your thesis, and begin outlining explanations


Grade 8
On Monday, your theses are due. They will be collected at the start of class. We will then take notes on how to choose evidence from your article(s).

On Tuesday, you will receive notes on how to integrate your evidence into your paper. We will evaluate the most effective ways to use evidence to make your argument as convincing as possible!

On Wednesday, we will begin writing our papers using Google Docs on the Chrome Books. Please remember that you can access Google Docs from any computer with internet access. It is a requirement that this paper be typed and printed by January 4th.

On Thursday, you will receive notes on writing to a specific audience. You will have time to continue writing your paper using Google Docs.

On Friday, you will receive notes on citing your sources. You will have time to continue writing your paper using Google Docs.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: finish writing your introduction paragraph
Friday: write your first body paragraph for your argumentative essay


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Week of December 4th

This week classes will be preparing for the argumentative essay they will be writing for the second marking period. These essays will be due January 3rd, after winter break. Students will have December 13th to December 21st to type the essays in class. It is a requirement that these essays be typed.

English 7
This week students will focus on the 5 necessary pieces of an argumentative essay. They are:
1. Attention grabber
2. Transitions
3. Evidence
4. Counterclaim
5. Author's position
We will be doing station work in groups to identify and discuss these components of the essay. We will then begin practicing defending our own opinions, first informally then formally. Students will need to have a topic chosen for the argumentative essay by Monday, December 11th.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Read articles for tomorrow's debate
Thursday:
Friday: Choose topic for argumentative essay (Due: Monday)


English 8
This week students will identify evidence and counterclaims in editorials from major newspapers. We will discuss what types of evidence are most convincing to the reader and look more closely at the purpose of counterclaims. On Tuesday we will have an informal debate where students begin practicing defending their opinions with explanation. On Wednesday students will have to use assigned articles to defend their opinions with evidence from sources. By Friday students will be writing their theses for the argumentative essay due after winter break.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Read and take notes on articles for tomorrow's debate
Wednesday:
Thursday: Choose topic for argumentative essay (Due: tomorrow)
Friday: Finish writing thesis for argumentative essay (Due: Monday)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Homework Update

Eighth grade students must finish identifying nouns, pronouns and verbs in Elie Wiesel's Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. This speech is due on Monday and is worth 25 points.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Adjectives Test

This is a reminder that all 7th grade classes will have a test on adjectives tomorrow, November 17th.
I am attaching to this post a key for the study guide for students who may have been absent throughout the week. All students are expected to take the test on Friday.

UPDATE: Study guide answers removed 11/17 (day of test)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week of November 11th

This week students are going to continue practicing and reviewing parts of speech. Seventh grade classes will move on to adjectives while eighth grade will be reviewing nouns, pronouns and verbs. Remember, you need a noun and a verb to make a sentence!

English 7
On Monday we will review the homework adjective worksheet in class. This worksheet was a way for me to gauge how comfortable you are with adjectives. We will also discuss the two different kinds of adjectives on the worksheet: cumulative and coordinate.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we will prepare a study guide for your upcoming test on adjectives. The test on adjectives will be on Friday, November 11th.
On Thursday we will practice using and identifying adjectives and review for tomorrow's test.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday: Review coordinate and cumulative adjectives
Wednesday: Review the 3 adjective questions
Thursday: Study for adjective test
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes


English 8
On Monday we will review the Nellie Bly quiz from last week as well as spend time discussing our bellringer procedures. We will then move into some group work that will be very closely tied to your work in reading class.
On Tuesday and Wednesday you will work in groups to identify all parts of speech in your assigned page of Wiesel's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. This is a good review of nouns, verbs and pronouns in the context of a speech that was written and delivered by someone in real life.
On Thursday we will review your work with the Wiesel's speech to ensure you have identified all parts of speech correctly.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Finish work on assigned page of Wiesel's speech if you did not finish in class
Thursday:
Friday:


Monday, November 6, 2017

Week of November 6th

This is the first full week of Marking Period 2 and parents and students can look forward to grades on last week's test by mid-week. These tests will be the first major grade of the second marking period.

English 7
This week we are going to continue working with the memoir The Invisible Thread. You completed your first read of this excerpt on Friday after your test. Your goal on Friday was to identify the main characters, the primary conflict and the main idea from the excerpt.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we are going to complete a second read as a class. During the second read, your goal is to gain a better understanding of the characters through the details you may have missed on your first read.

On Tuesday, we will spend time talking about narrative point of view with this reading and students should expect a short quiz on Thursday. Students will be expected to know the different types of narrative point of view and be able to identify them in excerpts.

As we read this week we will also be talking about our next part of speech, adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe nouns and we have a lot of them in this week's reading!

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday: Review notes on reading and narrative point of view for quiz tomorrow
Thursday:
Friday:


English 8
This week we are going to continue working with the drama Nellie Bly. You should have completed your first read of this short play on Friday after your test. Your goal for the first read was to identify the main characters and the primary conflict.

This week in class we will assign parts and read the drama aloud. Our goal for the second read will be to gather details and supporting information from the characters words and actions. We will learn about elements of a drama and identify them in the selection. Students should expect a short quiz on the reading on Friday.

Homework
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday: review notes on Nellie Bly for quiz
Friday:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week of October 30th

This week marks the end of Marking Period 1. Our bell schedule will be adjusted on Wednesday to allow for students to receive their new Marking Period 2 schedules in homeroom. Elective classes that rotate on a 9-week cycle will begin fresh on Wednesday. All English students will remain in the same class throughout the year. Marking Period 1 report cards will be sent home next week.

English 7
This week we are going to finish our work with verbs and adverbs. Overall, I was very pleased with our nouns test last week and I want to make sure we don't forget that information. To that end, we will have a test on verbs, adverbs, and nouns this Friday, November 3. This test will count toward your Marking Period 2 average.

Homework
Monday- Review action verbs (things you do with your body)
Tuesday- Review action verbs (things you do with your mind)
Wednesday- Review adverbs (words that describe verbs and answer the questions How? When? and How much?)
Thursday- Study nouns, verbs, and adverbs for test tomorrow (use guided notes and practice packets)
Friday- Read something you enjoy for at least 20 minutes



English 8
This week we are going to review verbs and adverbs. You will have a test on nouns, pronouns (from last week), verbs and adverbs at the end of this week and you should begin preparing early. It is very important that you can identify and know how to correctly use nouns and verbs because they are the 2 most important parts of a sentence. Without a noun or a verb, a sentence is not complete. My hope is that we can eliminate all fragments (incomplete sentences) from our writing before we do our next writing assignment!

Homework
Monday- review all nouns and pronouns
Tuesday- review verbs (mind and body)
Wednesday- Review adverbs (words that describe verbs and answer the questions How? When? and How much?)
Thursday- Student nouns, pronouns, verbs and adverbs (use guided notes and practice packets)
Friday- Read something you enjoy for at least 30 minutes