So Much for Technology . . .No Quiz Today

My I-Respond kit was not working today and instead of tracking down someone to fix it, I chose to give students all of class time to work on the essay that we will begin typing up on the Tuesday after the break.  Many kids were excited about that.  We will take the sentence structure quiz on Tuesday or Wednesday after the break.

Many kids have done a lot of work on the prewrite/outline from the in-class assignment.  We will continue to write on Monday, November 27, 2017. I will make myself available a few times during the week of November 27th to help and support students with the prewrite and typing.  We will be in the computer lab for 3 days that week to get the work into a final copy.

Tomorrow will be our 7th grade Cultural Extension and students will not be in classes for regular academic purposes. We will be extending some of the things they have been working on in social studies.

Continue to review your sentence structures over the break.  The quiz will happen.

Have a good holiday.

Sentence Structure Quiz on Thursday; Need to Make up anthing? Want to Work on Outline?

Students should really start reviewing their notes on simple, compound, and complex sentences.  They should also review any work we have corrected and play some games and view videos from 11/5.

If students need to make up anything, I will be here tomorrow morning.  We have started our outline and many may want to come in at 8:20 to work.  I will be available to do that in the morning.

Week 15: November 13-November 17: Prewriting Outline for Explanatory Writing and Sentence Structure Quiz

This week will be quite busy for students.  They will be using a detailed outline to prewrite the explanatory essay.  Students will use their notes, the four articles from the textbook, and the film as evidence for their facts, explanations, and examples to support their position with the topic they choose. We will visit the computer lab on Wednesday to begin typing even though our outline will not be complete.  We will do this just to get the introduction and body paragraph 1 typed up.  We will be done with these two parts of the essay.

In addition to this, students will have a quiz on Thursday over simple, compound, and complex sentences.  They will also have a few questions over compound-complex sentences.  Continue to review the power points placed on this blog last Sunday, November 5th, study your notes, and the example work.  I have also added some websites for fun play over the concept of sentence structure.

Games for practicing sentence structures—-https://www.quia.com/rr/126726.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en30stru-game-spot-the-sentence

http://www.funtrivia.com/submitquiz.cfm

These are the standards we will be addressing this week.

SL7.1.b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

W7.2:  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

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. W.7.2f: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

W.7.2a. Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting, graphics, 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.7.2.c:  Use appropriate transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

W.7.5:  With some guidance and support form 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.

I will be available on Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning for students who have been absent or who want to work on the outline for the explanatory essay.  I will also be available on Tuesday afternoon.  Look on Synergy to see if I wrote you any notes about making up work.  If so, make sure you use the above days and time to come in and complete.

If students were present during the time I was absent, November 1-3, and chose not to complete the work assigned, I will not be accepting make-up work on that task.

Homework:  Monday over Sentence Structures

 

 

Friday, November 10, 2017—Complex Sentence Homework

Today in class we reviewed complex sentences.  We took notes on yesterday and practiced writing complex sentences.  We talked about the clauses that make up dependent clauses and the words that introduce these clauses.  Students have handouts to see, review, and practice with these examples.  Periods 1-4 will have homework 4 on the back of notes.  Period 5 will complete 1 and 2 on the front of the notes for their homework.  For all classes, this practice is due on Monday.  We also viewed a film which is our final source for this explanatory unit.  These nonfiction sources in the textbook and the information we collected from the film is what we will use to collect our evidence for our expository essay.  This essay will be written in class.

On Wednesday’s blog, I have also included two power points for students to view as they continue to review simple, compound, and complex sentences.  The assessment over these structures will be on Thursday, November 16th.

In addition to this homework, students need to make sure they log into the online textbook using the password for their class, and set up an account.  They will need their online textbook on Wednesday.  I am including the link and initial passcode, but students will have to follow the prompts to set up their own account and password.  They should write this down in the agenda to keep with them.

Class Codes: Use these the first time you register; make sure to use your correct class period!!

1st: KQZAJT

2nd: RANXEE

3rd: NMILVK

4th: BRWNEQ

5th: SPJGYI

Mid-Week Update (11-8 through 11-10); Make Up Work and Evaluating Online Sources Graphic

Students have been reviewing simple and compound sentences through their warm ups and we’ve checked practice work over these sentence structures given last week as homework and warm up.  We have reviewed how to “Evaluate” our first two informational sources from the textbook.  We will review our 3rd source tomorrow, which was read last week with the substitute, and will move into viewing a film about advertising to kids.

We will look at notes tomorrow on complex sentences, practice some examples in class, and will have homework over complex sentences tomorrow night (Thursday).  In addition to this, the homework that was given on Monday and expected for completion tomorrow is NOW DUE ON FRIDAY.  Evaluating Online Sources is now due on Friday.  Students should use the 5 criteria that is on the back of the graphic organizer sheet to complete the boxes on the organizer.  They should choose 2 of the 4 articles on Sunday’s blog (11-5) to complete the chart and the questions.  If students are having difficulty with the homework: Evaluating Sources, I am available at 8:20 on tomorrow morning and Friday morning to help them with this task.  I am also available to help students who were absent last week and need to come in to work on textbook articles.  These articles and the work is pertinent for the Embedded Summative Assessment:  Expository Writing Essay that will be written next week.  So if you need support and direction, come in at 8:20 on Thursday and Friday morning of this week.  I will meet you in the cafeteria.

One day next week we will have a quiz over sentence structures.  I promised kids I would put some power points on the blog for review.

Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences for Thursday warm up-saccy0

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Have a good night!

Evaluating Online Resources:Choose 2 of the 4 sites below to read and evaluate/Due on Thursday, 11/9

 

 

How credible are sources?  Copy and paste any two of these four websites into your browser so you can evaluate 2 of these sources.  I will distribute the chart you will use to record information on Monday in class so you will have everything you need to complete this task.  Your assignment is due on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/sneaky-ways-advertisers-target-kids

 

http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/media-issues/marketing-consumerism/how-marketers-target-kids

 

http://www.marketing-schools.org/types-of-marketing/youth-marketing.html

 

 

http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/En/News/NewsAndFeatures/Pages/Target-market-children-as-consumers.aspx

 

 

 

Week 14: Plans for November 6-10, 2017

This is a four day school week for students.  They will be out on election day, this Tuesday.  This will be a good time for students to work on the evaluating online sources assignment that will be due on Thursday.

This week we will also continue to work on sentence structures:  simple, compound, and complex.  We will review structures through warm ups and we will check and review work that students had as homework on last week.  On Monday, November 13th, students will have a quiz over sentence structures.  We will also focus on these targets this week:

Evaluate research sources for authority, accuracy, credibility, timeliness, and purpose/audience.

Distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

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.

Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting information presented in different texts.

 

 

STANDARDS:

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.

October 30-November 3, 2017

This week in language arts we will continue to review commercials to analyze, determine, and explain the techniques we view.  Students will write to various prompts and will read informational texts from a website and an article.  They will complete text-dependent questions and will create additional questions about the text.  Students will also have homework this week on simple and compound sentences.  Last week we reviewed cause and effect and this week we are working on sentence variety.  Homework will be on Tuesday and due on Thursday, and then they will have homework on Thursday and Friday but it will be due on Monday, November 6.  Next week they will have a formative over these sentence structures and eventually they will be part of the summative. It is important that students complete and practice the homework on the various sentence types.

I will not be in school after tomorrow for the remainder of the week.  My big brother (only brother) passed away last week and his funeral services will be the end of this week in Maryland.  Students are expected to be respectful to my sub who was also a previous language arts teacher here at Lovinggood.  I am very fortunate that she is coming in for me during this time.

These are the standards for the week:

SL7.1.b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

W7.2:  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, graphics, 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.

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.

Have a good week.

October 23-October 27, 2017–Working with Advertisements

This week students will continue to identify factors that affect consumer choices and discuss relevant facts from the articles we have read in class.  Then on Tuesday and the rest of the week, they will . . .

  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.

Students will have two days of homework on cause and effect.  They will also need to bring in an advertisement from a magazine, newspaper, etc.  (Just one with a product will be fine.)  This will be needed in class on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  We will use these to create something new for our warm ups on Thursday and Friday.

Students will be working in their groups to have lots of collaborative discussions this week.  They will learn different persuasive techniques, view many advertisements, and will make determinations about what they view.

Week of October 16-20, 2017

This week will be short for students as teachers will be having parent-teacher conferences and students will be dismissed early from school.  The early dismissal time each day is 1:30 for our students here at Lovinggood.

Since class periods will be short each days, students will be working on finishing up lesson 2:2 on Monday and will spend the rest of the week working on lesson 2:3.  They will be reading/re-reading the content of the informational text in both lessons this week, will work with their chosen partner, and will answer text-dependent questions.  Both informational articles are about Marketing to Children and American Youths, the Big Spenders.  

Towards the end of the week, students will prepare for research and will then begin writing research questions.  

The ELA Standards for Week 11 Are:  

SL7.1.b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

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.7.2. Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

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.