Week of November 13-17, 2017

This week we are starting the second half of our Unit on “What Influences My Choices?”  The Embedded Assessment for this half of the unit will be an Argument.  We will have a Cultural Extension Day on Friday which is like a virtual field trip into the Social Studies Curriculum!

This Week’s Learning Targets

• Identify the knowledge and skills needed to complete Embedded Assessment 2 successfully and reflect on prior learning that supports the knowledge and skills needed.
• Examine the essential components and organizational structure of a successful essay of argumentation.

• Identify elements of argument in a text.
• Analyze the thesis (or claim), audience, purpose, and occasion in a text.

Standards of Focus

W.7.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
SL.7.1a: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
RI.7.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
W.7.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

Publishing Our Essays!

We are in the Media Center typing, revising, and publishing our essays which are due on Friday, 11/10.

Before you start typing, finish your Compound-Complex Sentence notes with the video below:

One last night of sentence practice tonight (Wednesday) with the Gummy Bear Sentences Practice Worksheet.  Sentences Quiz on Thursday.

On Thursday and Friday, we will use Revision Assistant which is available through the online Springboard textbook.  Please make sure you can log on to the online textbook:

Online Textbook Login Page

Your username is most likely your first initial and last name (jlupo).  I hope you wrote your password somewhere!  If not, you can click “forgot password” and see me.  I can provide you with a temporary one.

Week of 11/6-11/10

This week we are drafting, revising, and publishing our Expository Essays on the topic of the role of advertising in the lives of youth.  The essay outline is due at the beginning of class Monday.  The final revised essay is due Friday at the end of class.

Expect homework on Monday and Wednesday nights.  There will be a quiz on sentence types on Thursday.

Focus Standards

W.7.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
W.7.2a: Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
W.7.2b: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
W.7.2c: Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
W.7.2f: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
W.7.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.7.9b: Apply grade 7 reading standards to literary nonfiction
L.7.2b: Spell correctly.

Learning Targets

• Apply planning and organization to ensure purpose and audience are addressed in writing.
• Write a conclusion for an explanatory essay.Write an explanatory essay that explains the role of advertising in the lives of youth and then to exchange ideas in a collaborative discussion.
• Use as sources the articles in this unit and at least one additional informational text that you have researched.
• Write an explanatory essay that explains the role of advertising in the lives of youth and then to exchange ideas in a collaborative discussion.
• Use as sources the articles in this unit and at least one additional informational text that you have researched.

Monday
Use essay outline to organize and draft
Complex Sentence Review/Mini-lesson
Complex Sentence Homework

Tuesday
No school!  Election Day/Teacher Workday

Wednesday
Compound-Complex Sentence Notes
Type drafts of essay in the computer lab
Sentence Homework

Thursday
Sentences Quiz
Use Revision Assistant to revise drafts

Friday
Publish Essays and turn them in

Mid Week Update

Morning tutoring is available at 8:15 on Thursday 11/2 and Friday 11/3 if you need to make up work or if you need review of any concepts we’ve covered lately.

Schoolwide change to retake policy:  Projects, performance tasks, and long essays will not have a retest option.

This Week

Monday
We watched a short film on how junk food advertisers target youth and collected evidence from the film

Tuesday
We read a passage, “Marketing to Kids Gets More Savvy with New Technologies” and students wrote reflective questions while reading.  Then, students answered text dependent questions on p.120-121.

Wednesday
We compared and contrasted Monday’s film to Tuesday’s article.  Students wrote a compare and contrast paragraph (formative assessment).  Mini-lesson/review of simple and compound sentences.  HOMEWORK tonight!

Thursday
Peer review of model Explanatory Essays.  Review expectations of Summative Assessment #1 for Second Quarter.  Students began to outline the plan for the essay.  HOMEWORK tonight!

Friday
Continue working on essay outlines (due Monday)

Week of 10/30-11/3

This week we will be taking the information that we’ve been reading and researching and beginning to draft the Expository Essay about the role of advertising in the lives of youth.  This Essay is the first Summative Assessment for the second quarter.  We will draft, revise, and publish in class, and the final essay will be due on Friday 11/10.  One more word about homework to alleviate any confusion: Homework is entered into the grade book as a non-graded assignment.  Although it does not count into the overall average, it is a way that parents (and I) can track whether their student is completing the assignments given. 

Standards of Focus for the week:

W.7.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
SL.7.1a: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
RI.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RI.7.9: Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.7.2f: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.
W.7.5: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

Learning Targets

• Analyze a film to assess its purpose and credibility.
• Identify and record relevant research information from a film.
• Participate in a collaborative discussion about research findings.
• Closely read and analyze a text to make connections between information presented in the text and information presented in a film.
• Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting information presented in different texts.
• Apply planning and organization to ensure purpose and audience are addressed in writing.
• Write a conclusion for an explanatory essay.

Mid-Week Update

Thanks for checking in to the weekly mid-week update!  Please remember that when homework is assigned, it is the expectation that you complete it.  Homework for LA should never take more than 10 minutes, and it is a reinforcement of a skill or a step to prepare for a lesson.  If you don’t do the homework, you are not prepared!  Here’s what’s up this week:

Monday
We reviewed and examined explanatory writing.
Introduction of the TLQ (Transition, Lead-in, Quote) strategy to smoothly incorporate evidence into your writing
Homework:  TLQ practice using article about Back to the Future II’s predictions for 2015

Tuesday
Students conducted group round table discussions about the influence of advertisements on youth and completed a discussion organizer to synthesize the discussion information (formative assessment)

Wednesday
We discussed and examined some advertisements that use celebrities to market their products.  Then students responded to the question, Why can celebrities have a significant influence on consumer choices? in a paragraph.  Students demonstrated the examples using the TLQ strategy.  (formative assessment)

Thursday/Friday
We will be working through three rotations (in class, in hall, and on iPads) evaluating the credibility of sources

Friday Homework: Precise Language and Formal Style

Week of October 23-27

Now that conference week is behind us, we can get back to our normal schedules!  Last week was busy, but now we are ready to really focus on working towards our research of how advertising plays a role in the lives of youth.

Expect homework (Remember: 10 minutes or less, but it is important!) on Monday and Friday.

Standards

SL.7.1a: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

W.7.2a: Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

W.7.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Learning Targets

  • Identify techniques used in advertisements.
  • Determine the purpose of persuasive advertisements and analyze how they use language to achieve that purpose.
  • Write an explanatory response describing the effectiveness of advertising techniques in an advertisement.
  • Analyze and discuss advertising for commonly used products and how it affects consumers.
  • Analyze the purpose, claims, and techniques used in an ad.
  • Explain the impact of brands and celebrity endorsements in an explanatory paragraph.
  • Evaluate research sources for authority, accuracy, credibility, timeliness, and purpose/audience.
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.
  • Evaluate a website’s content and identity to determine appropriate Internet sources for research.

Week of 10/16-10/20: Conference Week

Learning Targets

• Identify factors that affect consumer choices and discuss relevant facts with a partner.
• Draft and evaluate an original research question.
• Identify techniques used in advertisements.
• Determine the purpose of persuasive advertisements and analyze how they use language to achieve that purpose.
• Write an explanatory response describing the effectiveness of advertising techniques in an advertisement

Standards

RI.7.5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
W.7.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
SL 7.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
W.7.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.7.2a: Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

No homework anticipated for Language Arts this week!

We are on an Early Release Schedule all week.  Students will be released at 1:30.

 

Weekly Update

The first week of the new quarter has started off well!  This week, we’re previewing what to expect for the first 4 1/2 weeks.  Here are the details:

Monday
Classes previewed the unit’s writing focuses of Explanatory and Argumentative Writing.  Letters were sent home outlining the main topics for this quarter.  Students unpacked the first Embedded Assessment (EA), also known as a Summative Assessment, which is writing an Expository Essay on the Role of Advertisements in the Lives of Youth.

Homework:  Complete Vocabulary Organizer for 8 unit vocabulary words due Friday.

Tuesday
A review of Text Features lead into our first non-fiction article, “$211 Billion and So Much to Buy: American Youths, the New Big Spenders.”  Students answered text based questions.

Wednesday
Partner discussions of Tuesday’s article.  Exit Ticket Assessment:  How is advertising to young people different from other advertising?

Thursday (Early Release-Shortened Schedule)
Unit Pretest to assess knowledge of unit content

Friday
Read “Facts About Marketing to Children” and paraphrase each section
Answer Text Dependent Questions
Class discussion