This week we begin our first unit on persuasive writing. Students will be reading and analyzing arguments, identifying claims, reasons, and evidence. Students will receive new vocabulary words soon, but there will be no test this week.
We are learning about Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle. There will be a test on it at the end of the week.
Students will also be learning how to create their own arguments.
Students in the advanced Language and Literature class will be reading The Call of the Wild, as well.
Greetings. This week, there will be one last graded writing assignment: a compare and contrast essay explaining two poems written by Harlem Renaissance era poets. Day one they will receive graphic organizers and the poems. I will read them over with the class and we will discuss the poems in depth. Students will want to fill in their graphic organizers. On day two they will type it. Day three will be used to tie up loose ends, finish Digital Readworks articles, etc. On the last full day of the week I have to give the kids a district benchmark assignment. I will use it to measure growth and guide future instruction, but it will not go in the grade book.
Hello - this week there will be a vocabulary test on Tuesday. Students must be able to utilize the following words in sentences, providing context clues as to their meanings: Regular ELA Class Words = 1. SUPERFICIAL 2. ABSOLUTE 3. COVET 4. VILE 5. GUILE 6. AGGRAVATE 7. SCOWL 8. SOLITUDE 9. NONEXISTENT 10. INFANTILE 11. REPLENISH
Advanced ELA Words = 1. ENGENDER 2. VITIATE 3. DEARTH 4. INDOLENT 5. SUPERCILIOUS
6. ARDENT 7. BESET 8. COUNTENANCE 9. CURSORY 10. DEMAGOGUE 11. PLACATE
12. INDIGENOUS 13. EXACERBATE 14. RUDIMENTARY 15. PACIFY
For their final formal writing assignment of the semester students will research a poet from the Harlem Renaissance, write a brief report on that poet's life, then analyze and explain one of the poet's works. Students will use proper MLA format and citation. This will be due by December 13th.
Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving. Christmas break isn't far away. That being said, there are some things quickly coming due: 1. Poem Recitation (ask your kids); 2. Digital.Readworks.org Articles (kids have to do at least two in regular ELA, three in Advanced ELA). Here are the class codes by class period: first = V7VHGZ; second = BRJ25W; third = RZ7LXU; sixth = XW6S4K.
I'll be handing out new vocabulary lists this Monday. Test next Monday.
Students will be writing short compare/contrast informational texts about characters in Bronx Masquerade. This will be a graded assignment.
The final assignment for this unit will be part research part analysis of a poet and his/her work. I will provide a list of poets from which students may choose. This will be due before the break.
That's enough information for now. Thanks for checking in. - JN
This week in 7th grade Language & Literature:
*Greek & Latin Roots Quiz number 3
*Grammar Focus: Verb Conjugation Practice
*Reading Focus: Bronx Masquerade - studies in character and theme. We will study the traits and lives of individual characters from the novel and determine common themes with which the novel is dealing. Students will take notes in their journals, which I will soon again grade. They need to be keeping up with all their journal work, bell work, note-taking, etc. in their composition books.
*If students did not submit their typed ...Crazy Horse summaries to me, via email, they are now overdue. Please check with your child to ensure that she or he has taken care of this.
Thank you - JN
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