February 12th – 16th, 2018

2/16 – Today we watched the Ninja Thesis – How to Write a Thesis which is embedded in the power point for our guided notes. We read two extremely short articles and identified the claim, evidence, counterclaim, and rebuttal. If you were absent, you will get the article on Monday because I can’t attach it due to copyright. 

We will have a quiz on 3-2-18 and  a test on 3-9-18  over the guided notes and key terms for argumentative writing. 

Key Terms Argumentative-27izdrw

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2/15 Thursday – If you have not done so, please finish the guided notes we started yesterday, and follow directions to complete the Claim Evaluation Task titled Effective Argument Claims. If you are absent, you can print copies from below. 

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Key Terms Argumentative-27izdrw


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2/14 Wednesday – NO MORNING SESSION TODAY – If you missed the test, please make it up Thursday or Friday morning. Below are the assignments we worked on today. If you are not at school, print the guided notes and take notes from the power point.

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2/13 – Tuesday – final copy of essay and revised rough draft is due at the beginning of class. Students will be typing a Works Cited using Noodle Tool. We will print them at school. 

2/12 – Monday – Students will work  on completing a final copy of the explanatory essay. 

works cited copy and paste into Noodletools-1ehdbb7

First body paragraph for explanatory essay-sczqu7

MLA works cited explanatory essay list for students to alpha-16n436r



February 5th – 9th, 2018

2/9 – Students chose to type or write their explanatory essays. A final copy will be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday.

2/8-Thursday -Today, we silently read over the peer evaluation revision and editing checklists and revised our papers. Then we read our papers again and completed the self evaluation revision and editing checklist. We used a pen to revise based on our self evaluation. We also highlighted all of the red flags on our papers to ensure sentence variety. You must have a variety of sentence structures in each paragraph.  

2/7-Wednesday – Today, we revised rough drafts for the explanatory essay. We will finish revision tomorrow. Make sure to have your organizer completed for a quiz grade. You must bring your organizer and rough draft to class. 3rd and 5th periods did not have to fill out the 3rd body paragraph on the organizer.

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2/6-Tuesday – Sentence Structure TestIf you were absent, I will be here for a make- up test at 8:15 Thursday for those who are ready. 

Monday – Help Session – 8:15 Tuesday with Ms. Figueiredo. All 7th grade language arts students are welcome to attend. 

Sentence Structure Test:  Tuesday, February 6th.

Please study for the simple, compound, and complex sentence test tomorrow. You will also need to know the 5 Advertising Techniques in the power point below, and the structure of the explanatory essay.

The AC test will include compound-complex as well.

Unit 2 Test Review on level-1ntqtzt

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expositive essay and Citing Text from SpringBoard revised-28yoolo

The link below is for homework that was due on Wednesday.

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Unit 2- advertising techniques (1) [Autosaved]-2if6yni

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January 22nd, 2018

I hope everyone will be back at school tomorrow:)

We will NOT have a quiz on sentence structure until Friday, January 26th.

We will have mini lessons and practice sentence structure while we complete research needed for the expository essay body paragraphs. We will also complete an organizer for the introductory paragraph, body paragraphs, and conclusion paragraph.

Friday, January 26thThe quiz will include simple, compound, and complex sentences.

January 16th, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Due to inclement weather, CCSD is cancelling ALL after school and evening activities except for ASP for today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  However, although ASP will remain open, parents are strongly encouraged to pick up their children as soon as possible.  In addition, the district and superintendents office will be monitoring the weather situation and they hope to make a decision regarding tomorrow by 10 pm this evening.  Please stay tuned.

Quiz – January 18th – simple and compound sentences


January 10th, 2018

Quiz Thursday – 1/11/2018 – We will have a quiz over the 5 advertising techniques we learned in SpringBoard. The county is working on our online access for SpringBoard, so you will be unable to access your book. I have attached a power point with the information you need to study.

Unit 2- advertising techniques (1) [Autosaved]-2if6yni


Next week, we will continue to investigate how advertising influences the lives of youth as we learn to write an expository essay.

Quiz on simple and compound sentence patterns will be Wednesday, January 17th. We will continue to practice these patterns in class while we work on expository essays.


January 9th, 2018

Welcome Back!    Please make sure you all have the supplies you need in order to be successful in class. Many students needed loose leaf paper and pencils before the break.

Homework due tomorrow 1-10-2018:  Finish the simple/compound sentence side of your handout from Friday. It says p. 151 at the bottom of the handout. 

Quiz Thursday – 1/11/2018 – We will have a quiz over the 5 advertising techniques we learned in SpringBoard. The county is working on our online access for SpringBoard, so you will be unable to access your book. I have attached a power point with the information you need to study.

Unit 2- advertising techniques (1) [Autosaved]-2if6yni


December 14th, 2017

Revised Commas – Added Elements – 2016-2017 – Student Use 2017-2f8clic

Don’t forget to bring ($1 Relay for Life) and  wear your tacky holiday attire.

Today, we analyzed and cited research from the documentary Consuming Kids. This research will be used in our expository essays we will write after we return from the winter holiday.

We also took notes on comma usage and will finish the notes tomorrow.

December 6, 2017

Study for your quiz. It will include the vocabulary below and ethos, pathos, and logos examples.

  1. A sentence in the introduction of an essay that states the writer’s position or opinion on the topic of the essay for explanatory/expository writing – thesis statement
  2. A discussion or commentary that offers an interpretation of information gathered from primary sources – secondary source
  3. A position statement that asserts an idea or makes an argument – claim
  4. The quality of being trusted or believed. ( ending is ity) – credibility
  5. Believable or truthful – valid
  6. The elements of a text designed to help locate, understand, and organize information – text features
  7. The art of using words to persuade in writing and speaking – rhetoric
  8. Writing to explain or inform – explanatory/expository
  9. Reasoning or facts given in opposition to an argument – counterclaim
  10. An original document containing firsthand information about a subject – primary source

December 5th, 2017

Please bring supplies to class. You need loose leaf paper in your binder, a pencil, a pen, a highlighter, and post it notes. 

Study for your quiz on Thursday. You will need to identify the 10 academic and literary vocabulary words on page 84 and ethos, pathos, and logos examples.