Milestone Preparation

 Parents as we engage our students before, during and after Spring Break we have been preparing for the Milestone.  These are power points on concepts retaught and other outside resources for practice online. Encourage your child to prepare for this very important assessments. Your child is very capable, they have the skills and knowledge to be successful. I believe working together we can make a difference!

MILESTONE ONLINE PRACTICE

http://www.gaexperienceonline.com/

Context Clues
http://www.tv411.org/reading/understanding-what-you-read/using-context-clues/activity/2/1

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Point of View

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Conflict

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Tone / Mood

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Main Idea

coring Criteria

Exemplary

Proficient

Emerging

Incomplete

Ideas

The essay

  • presents a topic with a clearly stated and insightful controlling idea

  • supports the topic with specific and relevant facts, evidence, details, and examples to guide understanding of main ideas

  • skillfully combines ideas from several sources.

The essay

  • presents a topic with a controlling idea

  • supports the topic with facts, evidence, details, and examples that guide the reader’s understanding of the main ideas

  • combines ideas accurately from several sources.

The essay

  • presents a topic with an unfocused controlling idea

  • contains insufficient or vague facts, evidence, details, and examples that confuse the reader’s understanding of the main ideas

  • uses ideas from limited sources.

The essay

  • presents an unclear or vague topic with no controlling idea

  • contains few facts, evidence, details, or examples

  • cites few or no sources or misstates ideas from sources.

Structure

The essay

  • leads with an effective, engaging introduction

  • effectively sequences ideas and uses meaningful transitions to create cohesion and clarify relationships

  • provides an insightful conclusion that follows from and supports the explanation presented.

The essay

  • presents a clear and focused introduction

  • sequences ideas and uses transitions to create coherence

  • provides a conclusion that connects the larger ideas presented in the essay.

The essay

  • contains an underdeveloped and/or unfocused introduction

  • presents disconnected ideas and limited use of transitions

  • contains an underdeveloped or unfocused conclusion.

The essay

  • contains a vague, unfocused introduction

  • presents little, if any, commentary and no use of transitions

  • contains a vague and/or no conclusion.

Use of Lguage

The essay

  • uses precise diction deliberately chosen to inform or explain the topic

  • uses a variety of sentence structures to enhance the explanation

  • demonstrates technical command of the cventions of standard English.

The essay

  • uses appropriate diction to inform or explain

  • uses a variety of sentence structures

  • demonstrates general command of conventions; minor errors do not interfere with meaning.

The essay

  • uses informal diction that is not appropriate to inform or explain

  • shows little or no variety in sentence structure

  • demonstrates limited command of conventions; errors interfere with meaning.

The essay

  • uses informal diction that is inappropriate for the purpose

  • shows n

Debate

For the next 2-3 weeks my student will engage in learning the aspects of a Debate. We will conduct a mock debate in the class, learn the proper terms to a debate and every students is required to write an argumentative paper on an assigned topic.

One assignment students must view the movie “The Great Debater” and document 10 different things they learned about how to conduct a successful debate or strategies that would help them to be successful during the mock debate.

Please encourage your child to bring their Springboard Book daily

New Unit: 2 What Influences my Choices

As a reminder the first Choice Board Assignment is due  Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, we started this assignment before the break. Unit 2 will deal with “What Influences my Choices” With this assignment the students are to create/invent a new product and create a paper advertisement for the product. A rubric was given for them to follow. The product should be created in a manner to influence the consumer to want to purchase. This is a required assignment selected by me. The second assignment is due on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, the student may select from any of the other six assignments on the board. Please encourage your child to complete and submit. Your child is allowed to talk with family members or friends to get a better understanding or help with completing these assignments.

Create a mock Facebook page for one of your favorite characters in a book.  The Facebook template is available on my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write a persuasive speech that explains why you would be the best candidate for student body president.  Your speech must include ethos, pathos, and logos as well as emotional appeals.

 

*REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT*

Create an original song that advertises a product that you like to use.  The song must use some persuasive techniques learned.  (Examples 411 pain

songs)

Start a blog about a subject or issue that you are passionate about.  Be ready to share your ideas and feelings with the world!  Please use below site to create your free blog.

 

www.edublogs.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create/Invent a new product and create a paper advertisement for the product.  The advertisement must use at least 2 of the emotional appeals that we have discussed

 

*REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT*

Social Media Do’s and Don’t Manual.  This should be a book of instructions for someone who is new to Social media to follow.  Be sure to explain the different forms of social media and best practices.
 

Research one of the creators of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc and write a 1 page article about them.  Be sure to include details about what motivated them to create these social networks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a commercial that is 30 seconds or less that advertises a randomly selected product by Ms. Lyons.  The commercial must include some of the emotional appeals learned.

 

*REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT*

New App Alert

 

If you could create a new App, what would it be?  Explain the need for the app, what the app would do, cost, etc. (Realistic App)

 

Must include descriptions and illustrations for the app.

 

Writing a Myth

We have been covering stories on myths and their effect in Language Arts. Covering stories like “The Burro and The Fox”, ” Voices of the ancestors: African Myth” Pandora’s Box”, and “Raven and the Sources of Light”.

Different stories with different phenomenon of nature. We are including writing conflicts, resolutions, climax symbolism and other strategies in writing or creating a myth. The students were given different writing tools to assist them with writing their myth or could create their own such as:

   ZEUS             POSEIDON

 

THIS IS THE LAST WORKING WEEK ON THIS ASSIGNMENT. NEXT WEEK THE FOLLOWING WILL BE DUE BY FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2017.

  1. Rought Draft
  2. Final typed paper
  3. Artistic Representation of paper
  4. Oral Presentation
  5. Writing a Myth Tool
  6. Conflicts in Literature Organizer

FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017, THE STUDENTS WILL HAVE A WRITTEN TEST ON THE INFORMATION COVERED IN CLASS. WE WILL HAVE A 15 MINUTE REVIEW TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY TO HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE AND GET AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE INFORMATION FOR THE TEST.

I am here each evening Mon.-Thurs. for additional help!

Final Assignment

This nine weeks we have worked on making positive choices and how they affect our lives. The students have learned and talked about using figurative language, sensory details, nouns and verbs. We have read several short stories like; ” The Road Not Taken”, “Bad Boys”, ” Why Couldn’t I have been Named Ashley”, and read a poem named ” Choices” by Nikki Giovanni, all dealing with making choices. These stories helped to prepare your child with their personal narrative on “making choices”.

The final typed paper is due this Friday, September 22, along with several other assignments. Please encourage your child to work hard for the reminder of the week to complete the assignments that are due below:

a. Rough Drafts–2

b. Reading Counts 3

c. Sensory Detail Chart

d. Graphic Organizer on their narrative

e. Read Log

f. Final Paper

Reading

We’ve had a great start to the school year implementing the new SpringBoard ELA curriculum. In my ELA classes starting on August 28, 2017, students will be required to read at least 15 minutes each day and have a parent to sign off for a homework grade. I am making a special effort to promote Reading to improve their lexile levels. The next Reading Counts book is due September 5, 2017. Please encourage your child to read on a daily bases. Every child should have a book near their lexile levels.

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Welcome Back

We had an awesome start to this new 2017-18 school year! Your child received orientation in library through their ELA class and was allowed to check out their first reading count book which is due on August 14. This year, I will continue to support students in ELA Co-taught classes and ELA small group class. I am here to assist your child with their academic needs. If at anytime throughout the year, additional support is needed I am available Tuesday–Thursday afternoons from 4:20–5:15, please schedule with me in advance. Also, this year I have one Co-taught Science class. My email address is [email protected] and I can be reached at 770-222-3758 ex: 420. I believe working together we will have a successful academic year for your child!

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Call To Action Project!

Students who are in Ms. Parks’s 7th Grade ELA classes are required to do a presentation that will address an issue or problem. The students may present through any of the methods below. This project is a summative grade. Please encourage your child to work on this project with clarity and  valid information.

*SPEECH (INDIVIDUAL)

*SONG (INDIVIDUAL OR PARTNER)

*LETTER (INDIVDUAL

*PRESENTATION (POWERPOINT– PREZI–VIDEO RECORDING) INDIVIDUAL OR PARTNER

PICK A TOPIC, RESEARCH, DESIGN AND PRESENT

DUE APRIL 28, 2017

 

March Milestone

Throughout the month of March we will be preparing for the ELA Milestone test in Language Arts. We will work on writing styles and techniques which will help the students improve on the writing portion of the test. We will implement the RACE method of writing to help the students prepare for the writing portion. Please encourage your child to learn the method and use it in all writing assignments to become familiar with it; so when test time arrives they will understand how to use the method correctly.

R–restate the question

A–answer the question(s)

C–cite evidence from the text

E–explain how the evidence supports your answer

Also we will take a school survey on line, that is required by Cobb County; using the attached link

Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0

Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 – MIDDLE

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/middleschool.nsf/Survey.xsp

 

Projects

Students will be working on their final project of the nine weeks. Each student is required to create a news article that looks official in presentation. I am attaching a website that will assist the students with the layout or format they desire for this project. The final project is due March 2, 2017. We will work on this project in class, if your child would like to work at home have them to copy on their jump drive to bring home. I will print the project for them here at school. Encourage them to be creative and the article must be from a plot from the story “The Cate Ate My Gymsuit”. Final test on this novel is on March 3, 2017.

 

http://www.extranewspapers.com/newspaper-template-pack-word-school/