Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week of January 2nd

Welcome back from winter break! I hope everyone enjoyed their time away from school and is ready to get back to work. We are in the final weeks of the second marking period. The marking period ends on January 16th and report card are expected to be send home the following week. All missing assignments, including tests or quizzes that need to be made up, must be completed before January 16th.

English 7
This week you will submit your argumentative essays. You will receive the rubrics for the essays on Tuesday and your homework Tuesday night will be to check your essays using the rubric. The essays will be collected on Wednesday, January 3rd. On Thursday, January 4th, you will have a quiz on the parts of an argumentative essay. You should focus on what the necessary components of the 1. introduction, 2. body paragraphs (including counter-claim), and 3. conclusion. You should use your notes on thesis statements as well as your graphic organizer from the essay to help you study.

Apart from the essay this week, we will read the article "Danger! This Mission to Mars Could Bore You to Death!" This article is from our textbook and it we will look at the way the author uses research and evidence in an informative, or explanatory, piece of writing. This will be the next type of writing assignment you are given in class. We will pay attention to the main idea and supporting details. We will also discuss the absence of any opinions.

For the end of the week, we will move back to fiction and read a short story called "Dark They Were, And Golden Eyed." This story is by a famous author, Ray Bradbury, and it takes place in a fictional colony on Mars. I expect this story to be one of the last we read for this marking period.

Next week we will be completing our mid-year benchmark testing. All students will complete the mid-year test as a way for me to collect data and assess how we are progressing through our material. This test will be completed on paper and the answers will then be transferred to the Pearson website using the textbook login information you were given at the start of the year. Please be sure you know your username and password for Pearson Online.

Homework
Tuesday: Use rubric to self-grade essay, revise and edit as necessary
Wednesday: Study for parts of argumentative essay quiz
Thursday: Find and label main idea and supporting details from article "Danger!..."
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 25 minutes!



English 8
This week you will submit your argumentative essays. You will receive the rubrics for the essays on Tuesday and your homework Tuesday night will be to check your essays using the rubric. The essays will be collected on Wednesday, January 3rd. On Thursday, January 4th, you will have a quiz on the parts of an argumentative essay. You should focus on what the necessary components of the 1. introduction, 2. body paragraphs (including counter-claim), and 3. conclusion. You should use your notes on thesis statements as well as your graphic organizer from the essay to help you study.

Apart from the essay this week, we will read the article "Barrington Irving, Pilot and Educator." This article is from our textbook and it we will look at the way the author uses research and evidence in an informative, or explanatory, piece of writing. You wrote an explanatory essay during the first marking period, so this article will serve as a review of that type of writing and its necessary components. We will pay attention to the main idea and supporting details. We will also discuss the absence of any opinions.

Next week we will be completing our mid-year benchmark testing. All students will complete the mid-year test as a way for me to collect data and assess how we are progressing through our material. This test will be completed on paper and the answers will then be transferred to the Pearson website using the textbook login information you were given at the start of the year. Please be sure you know your username and password for Pearson Online.

Homework
Tuesday: Use rubric to self-grade essay, revise and edit as necessary
Wednesday: Study for parts of argumentative essay quiz
Thursday: Find and label main idea and supporting details from article "Barrington Irving..."
Friday: Read something you enjoy for at least 25 minutes!

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