7th ELA Argumentative Research

Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.

  1. Look at the essay topic you have chosen.

  2. Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.

  3. Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.

  4. Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.

And off we go . . .

The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:

Research in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context





Here are the steps to search within these databases:

Step 1: Adding to Favorites

Step 2: Basic Searches

 Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking

Step 4: Using the Citation Tool

Citing Sources:

  1. Cite every source from which you take notes.
  2. Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
  3. Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.

Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.

Human Body Systems

Hi 7th grade Scientists! Let’s use Cobb Digital Library to locate the BEST, most timely and relevant information on how organ systems interact to carry out life functions. Humans–and other complex multicellular organisms–have systems of organs that work together carrying out processes that keep us alive. Here’s how to get started using Cobb Digital Library to learn all about human body systems.


Science Databases are arranged in a group for quick access and include:









*All of the above resources feature content on Human Body Systems.


Cite Your Sources!

Use the Citation Tool features in Kid InfoBits and Research in Context.

In NetTrekker use the Copy for Citation feature. 

DK Findout and BrainPOP resources should be cited using www.citationmachine.net. Choose MLA format and follow the prompts.


Cobb Digital Library (CDL) Access: On-campus computers, offer a shortcut on the desktop. From home, the link to CDL is available via both the Cobb County and Durham websites as well as through the Durham Media Center blog. Students will be prompted to use their Office 365 username which follows this pattern: firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org. They will then use their individualized school computer password.

MLA Citations with Mrs. Baker

 Back 7th Grade Reading Students!

Mrs. Baker is here with some guidance as you begin your analysis of Ben Mikaelsen’s novel Touching Spirit Bear.  We will be using the resources linked here to guide our learning. Careful note-taking using the Guide to Accompany Mrs. Baker’s Powerpoint is especially important because there are helpful tips and relevant examples that will serve you as you write journal entries throughout the novel study.  Here’s the presentation with all the information you need: Citing Textual Evidence Using MLA Format . REMEMBER! Mrs. Baker is a resource to guide you through your learning as well, so swing by the media center in the mornings if you find yourself needing additional support.


Mrs. Baker will share the class code!

In-Text Citations in Tuck Everlasting

Reading teacher Mr. Vedra and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker are partnering once again! This time they will be collaboratively teaching students how to cite textual evidence as they study Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting. At their first session, Wednesday, September 30th, students will be introduced to the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) format and will be guided through the structure utilized to show evidence from the book (text) to support written response. Mrs. Baker and Mr. Vedra will walk students through several practice examples. Any absent students should utilize the attached resources: Citing Sources in Tuck Everlasting and Corresponding Citation Guide.

7th Social Studies: Important Events and People

Mrs. Danowski’s and Ms. Huffman’s 7th Grade Social Studies classes and the media center are partnering to extend students’ understanding of significant people and events studied this school year. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will be guiding students through their research via the following has created a Glogster Pathfinder to guide students, through the research process.

In addition to the 7th grade Social Studies standards covered via the lesson content, the following ISTE Standards and Standards for the 21st Century Learner are also covered per Mrs. Baker’s contribution to the unit.

ISTE Standards: 1. a, b.; 2. b; 3. b, c.; 4. d; 5; 6 a., b., c., d.

Standards for the 21st Century Learner:  1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.1.8; 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.6, 1.2.7; 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.5; 1.4.4; 2.1.1., 2.1.2., 2.1.3., 2.1.4., 2.2.1., 2.2.4., 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6; 3.2.1

Stereotypes in Drama

During the week of February 9th – 13th, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Zwolle are teaming up for a collaborative lesson on stereotypes.

Below are some of the resources students will be utilizing throughout the week:

NBC News’ Report: Super Bowl Cheerleaders are Some of the Smartest in the Game

Stereotypes Examples borrowed from Microsoft Clip Art

Ana Castillo’s We Would Like You to Know

Latinos Youth  “We Would Like You to Know” Video

We Would Like You to Know-Student Poem

Drama Expert Groups

Image taken from Microsoft Clip Art

Image taken from Microsoft Clip Art

During the week of February 9th through February 13th, Mrs. Zwolle’s 4th period 8th grade Drama students will be partnering with the media center for a study of stereotypes and the role stereotypes play in theater production. In preparation for the lesson, a few select students will research and become experts on designated topics connected to the lesson beforehand. On Tuesday, February 3rd during 4th period, students will meet with Media Specialist Mrs. Baker who will further explain this exciting opportunity.

Attached: Expert Groups Assignments and Expert Groups Graphic Organizer

*Copies of the attached documents will be provided to selected students.

7th Grade Reading: Literary Analysis of Ben Mikaelsen’s Touching Spirit Bear

So, you’ve just finished reading Ben Mikaelsen’s novel Touching Spirit Bear, and you think you’re finished, right? Think again! Now the real understanding begins as you explain how Cole shows specific character traits of the Wildcat Way by using textual evidence to support your claims. Along with your teacher, Ms. Stahler, Ms. Downey, and/or Mr. Vedra, Mrs. Baker will be there to guide you through your literary analysis. In class, she will use the Citing Textual Evidence in Touching Spirit Bear PowerPoint  while you take notes using the  In-text Citation Student Guide. Be sure to pay special attention, to take careful notes (as they will help you while you write your paper), and to ask questions along the way. Here we go . . . .

Note: Resources provided here are supplements to teachers’ blogs. Copies of handouts are provided to students.

Need Extra Help? The media center opens each morning at 8:30. Mrs. Baker is available during that time to help you, and you’ll have access to a computer and printer. (Student printing is limited to 2 pages each visit.)

Image taken from Flickr Commons via Cobb Digital Library

Image taken from Flickr Commons via Cobb Digital Library

7th Grade Social Studies: Important Events & People

Mrs. Danowski’s 7th Grade Social Studies class and the media center are partnering to extend students’ understanding of significant people and events studied this school year. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will be utilizing a Glogster Pathfinder to guide students, through the research process.