January 22

January 22 – 26

Please see information posted last week (Monday) regarding the Writing Fair opportunity. The deadline for submitting an entry to Mrs. Gisi is next Friday, February 2nd.

Monday

Today we completed our discussion of various types of propaganda.  A propaganda resource sheet and a Powerpoint presentation is provided on last Tuesday’s post.

Formative assessment – an assessment on propaganda types will be given on Wednesday. Students will need to be able to identify the 8 types of propaganda discussed in class.

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January 16

January 16-19

Information regarding the upcoming Cobb County Writing Fair was provided to students today.  If interested in participating, please see the information/guidelines provided in the link below.  The deadline for submitting an entry to Mrs. Gisi is February 2nd.

Writing Fair Link

https://cobbk12org-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/r/personal/elizabeth_cobia_cobbk12_org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?guestaccesstoken=Z9ZeekbBBd1nbap0H0uzKXy8OQm57pk%2fxq7MJVatDgY%3d&docid=059b27573bca9422a8be350b2d7e3fd30&action=view

Monday

School Holiday

Tuesday

Today’s Focus: Propaganda

We focused on identifying the various types of propaganda techniques, explaining their influences, and analyzing the weakness in each technique.

The links below provide an overview of the various types of  propaganda

propaganda ppt to use-1a15fa9

Propaganda Overview-23dtrv0

Formative assessment scheduled for Friday – Propaganda techniques (Delayed due to snow/ice days)

 

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January 10

January 8-12

Monday

No School – Snow/Ice Day

Tuesday

We completed the video extension/author study of Temple Grandin that was started prior to the break. If needed, notes are provided in previous blog posts.

Wednesday

We introduced our new unit – Argumentative Writing

We previewed the terms “controversial” and “argumentative” and discussed the details that relate to each.

Students completed a quick write (4-5 sentences) in response to quotes that focused on controversy.

Using a teacher provided list, students selected choices that will be considered as their writing focus as we continue to learn how to analyze and develop argumentative structures.

Thursday

We continued our introduction in the area of argumentative elements and added the following vocabulary to our lists: claim and evidence.

Using the text provided on pages 172-173 in the Springboard textbook (Don’t ban peanuts at school, but teach about the dangers), students practiced recognizing the opposing sides of a controversial issue and analyzed text to locate evidence to support the various sides of the topic.

Using the teacher provided list of topics (see Wednesday’s post), students used one of their preferred options to begin developing evidence to support opposing sides of their topics.

Friday

Information regarding the upcoming Cobb County Writing Fair was provided to students today.  If interested in participating, please see the information/guidelines provided in the link below.  The deadline for submitting an entry to Mrs. Gisi is February 2nd.

Writing Fair Link

https://cobbk12org-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/r/personal/elizabeth_cobia_cobbk12_org/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?guestaccesstoken=Z9ZeekbBBd1nbap0H0uzKXy8OQm57pk%2fxq7MJVatDgY%3d&docid=059b27573bca9422a8be350b2d7e3fd30&action=view

Today’s Focus: Evidence, Opposing Views, and Counter Arguments

Students continued to work on their chosen topics by adding evidence both for and against their claims.

We read Penny Problem on page 175 in the Springboard textbook and  gathered examples of evidence for both sides of a controversy.  This evidence was then analyzed to determine how to develop counter arguments against the opposing view.

 

 

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January 4

January 4th & 5th

Welcome Back All!!!

I hope everyone had an awesome holiday break 🙂

Monday

Students completed an argumentative unit pretest today.  The responses provided via this assessment will guide instruction/focus as we complete the upcoming argumentative unit of study. As is always the case with pretests, it will be placed in an “unweighted’ category and will NOT impact student averages.

Tuesday

Students  complete the viewing of the biographical video of Temple Grandin (video started prior to the winter break). During our recent expository unit, we read and analyzed several of her written pieces. This video serves to support the author study and further understanding of the unit’s theme, The Power to Change, and the impact/role of animals in human behaviors/changes.

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December 12

December 12 – 15

Welcome Back!

Please note that as a result of “no school” last Friday, the plans/deadlines have been adjusted accordingly. 

Monday

Students completed the final drafts of the RACES writing pieces today.  If absent, students need to see me ASAP to complete this assignment. I will work hard to have these graded soon….but it will more than likely be at least Monday of next week before I will complete the task 🙂  This writing was scheduled to be completed on Friday, but due to the “no school” day, the deadline was moved until today.

Summative Grade – Final Drafts

Wednesday – Friday

We are completing the county required CTLS testing using the following schedule:

Wednesday – Touchstone Mini 1 (formative)

Thursday – Touchstone Mini 2 (f0rmative)

Friday – Revisit/reteach material in the above mini assessments as we prepare to complete the summative Touchstone 3 assessment on Monday.  The summative assessment will revisit the paired text used in Mini 1 and Mini 2.

 

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December 4

December 4 – 8

IMPORTANT – Final Drafts of the summative writing pieces ARE DUE COMPLETED BY THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th. If extra time is needed, students MUST see me during homeroom to utilize extra time needed to complete this paper by/before the due date.  If absent, students MUST use the homeroom tperiod to make up for lost time so that the paper will be completed by Friday.  The only reason an extension will be granted is if a student is absent either Thursday and/or Friday of this week.

Monday

Grades were updated in Synergy today – Students received a formative, writing process grade for completion of the brainstorm step of the process.

Today’s Focus – using the developed brainstorm organizer, students continued working on their rough drafts.  The expectation is that rough drafts are completed by the middle of class tomorrow.  If extra time is needed, students should see me during homeroom tomorrow morning.

Formative Grade Check – Students will receive a formative grade that reflects the completion of the rough draft.

Tuesday

Students completed the rough drafts today. If not finished, the ABSOLUTE last extended time period is tomorrow morning during homeroom.  All rough drafts will be graded as a formative check and part of the writing process at the start of class tomorrow. Please see previous posts this week regarding the expected timeline.

FINAL DRAFTS WILL BE COLLECTED THIS FRIDAY

Thursday – Friday

After receiving peer feedback and working on revisions during class on Wednesday, students started working on final drafts today and will continue to work on them during class on Friday.  PLEASE NOTE THAT FINAL DRAFTS ARE DUE COMPLETED BY THE END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY.  If students have been absent either of these two days (Thursday/Friday), they will need to see me to discuss a plan for extended time.

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November 27

November 27 – December 1

Monday

Simple and Compound formative assessments were returned to students today.  Those who missed this assessment (given the Friday before Thanksgiving break) will take it during class tomorrow (Tuesday).

Although this is a formative assessment, students are being given an opportunity to “retake” it this Friday.  However….students must show evidence of practice completed before being allowed to retake the test. So…no practice/preparation = no retake opportunity.  There are multiple resources for practice provided on my blog during the past few weeks.  Students are welcome to bring in work completed during homeroom for me to review/check prior to the retake date.

Today we briefly revisited/reviewed the RACES strategy one more time before beginning our RACES summative writing piece tomorrow.  If needed, resources for this strategy are provided on several blog posts during the past several weeks.

Tuesday

PLEASE SEE MONDAY’S POST REGARDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETAKE THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT ON FRIDAY…

Today’s focus: We continued to review and practice the RACES strategy one final time before beginning the summative writing piece on Wednesday. After reading “My Story” on pages 159-160, students worked in small groups to develop examples of the RACES components while answering question #2 on page 160.

Reminder – if you haven’t yet taken the sentence structure formative assessment that was completed on the Friday before Thanksgiving break, please see me during homeroom ASAP to do so.

Wednesday

PLEASE SEE MONDAY’S POST REGARDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETAKE THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT ON FRIDAY…

Reminder – if you haven’t yet taken the sentence structure formative assessment that was completed on the Friday before Thanksgiving break, please see me during homeroom ASAP to do so.

Today’s Focus: Students started their summative writing pieces today.  A timeline for completion was reviewed: The RACES activity completed in class on Tuesday and the brainstorm sheet started today are due completed by the end of class on Friday; the actual due date is Thursday, but extended time is being allowed, as needed, until Friday.  These two sheets will be collected for a formative (writing process) grade on Friday.

Thursday

PLEASE SEE MONDAY’S POST REGARDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO RETAKE THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT ON FRIDAY…

Today’s focus: students continued to work on completing their brainstorm/planning sheets. The completed brainstorm sheet and the activity completed on Monday (see Monday’s post) are due completed by the end of class tomorrow.  It is strongly encouraged that students come in during homeroom to complete these tasks if they are not already completed.  If excessive time is used in class on Friday, then students will fall behind in beginning the rough drafts (these will be started tomorrow).

Friday

Grades for those who took the sentence structure retake opportunity have been updated in Synergy.

Today’s focus: Except for 6th and 7th periods, the RACES warm up activity and brainstorming activities were collected.  Periods 6 and 7 will have a brief extension of time to continue working on Monday since their class time was shortened due to Hawk Time activities. Students started working on their rough drafts.  The goal is to be finished with rough drafts by mid-class on Tuesday.

Formative check – Writing Process – RACES warm up and brainstorm

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November 13

November 13 – 17

This is our final week of preparing to respond to literature using the RACES strategy.  An overview/resources for this strategy were included on my blog a couple of weeks ago.  As needed, please revisit the Powerpoint and examples provided. 

A final formative activity with feedback will be completed this week.  After the Thanksgiving break, we will begin to write the summative response to literature.

Monday – Tuesday

Today’s Focus – After receiving feedback on the most recent RACES practice activity, students began another practice session using “Dogs Make us Human.”  A copy of the story is available in the online version of the textbook (pages 152-153). If needed, students should revisit the text at home in order to be prepared to complete the response in class on Tuesday (formative grade)

Sentence structure assessment will be given this Thursday – clauses, fragments, run-ons, simple and compound sentences (formative grade)

Wednesday

UPDATE—The sentence structure formative check has been moved until Friday.

Students reviewed sentence structure and completed practice activities in preparation for the upcoming formative assessment.  Resources/practice are available using the links below. Also refer to links provided during the past 2 weeks for additional resources.

Notes – Simple and Compound Completed-2lmgj2c

Practice Compound-1dowuq4

AV LV HV Venn Diagram-19kz1r4

Thursday

RACES practice 2 papers were returned to students today.  We reviewed the scores and reasons for the scores. Students are encouraged to visit not only the resources provided previously on the blog but also the link below.  Additionally, they will benefit from continuing to practice using text/questions from the online textbook.  They are welcome to bring practice in for me/us to review during homeroom any morning.  We will begin our summative RACES writing piece after the Thanksgiving break.

RACE Overview 6th Part B-t16t8z

Formative assessment tomorrow – Sentence Structures (subjects, verbs, clauses, compound and simple sentences).  Please see the resources provided on the blog yesterday and during the past couple of weeks.

 

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November 6

November 6 – 10

Monday

Today’s Focus

1 – We completed our first RACES writing piece.  The students marked required elements in their texts before submitting….also submitted the brainstorm process sheet as well. I hope to have these graded and in the grade book by Thursday afternoon. If absent, please plan to see me during homeroom on Wednesday to begin completing this writing piece.  All work will be DUE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY. As mentioned previously, this will be entered as a formative assessment.

2- We continued our grammar focus by reviewing compound sentences. After reviewing the basic structural parts, students practiced on a few sentences (labeling subjects, verbs, clauses).

Students may use the link below to review the PowerPoint used in class today

Notice – Compound Sentences-2njnf9h

We continued our review of compound sentences today; the focus of today’s review was forming compound sentences with semicolons.  The above link provides a copy of the notes.

Also, we continued to practice responding to literature using the RACES technique.  Today’s practice was based on a video clip (I am not able to upload the video :()  Students will begin their second attempt at constructing a RACES piece in class tomorrow.  If needed, students should review the RACES notes provides via a link in last week’s blog.

Formative check – RACES brief constructed response (starts on Thursday)

 

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