Hi, everybody. This week, our young scholars will be writing their Cultural Research papers using MLA citations and format. Students must use at least three sources in their research, and be sure to use the appropriate in-text citation giving credit to the source whenever quoted or paraphrased. Here is a link to a great source for MLA formatting:
We are still reading The Contender, by Robert Lipsyte. The first vocabulary tests have been graded. All grades should be in Gradespeed soon. Here are the new words, some from the book, some from the ACT list of common words:
PUGILIST, ANTISEPTIC, REGIMEN, ALIBI, LINIMENT, CAMARADERIE, BENEVOLENT, EPHEMERAL, FORTUITOUS, NONCHALANT. MUNDANE, PRECOCIOUS.
Thanks for checking in! - Mr. Nettles
VOCABULARY: I never tested on the last batch of vocabulary words. I have elected to save them for later. Instead, I'm going with a more pointed group of words. They come either directly from the new anchor text, The Contender, or from the concepts and lines of inquiry in our new unit. Again, some advanced 7th graders will be working with the 8th grade words (the advanced list is similar to the one given out before the break - slightly modified). Your child will know for which ones he/she is responsible.
Regular 7th Grade Words: culture, aesthetics, nationalist, contender, casual, mimic, gratify, perpetual, synagogue, nausea, tenement, congregation.
Advanced 7th/8th Grade Words: tremulous, languish, fatuous, somnolent, xenophobia, chasm, ribald, assimilate, susceptible, narcissism, (a)meliorate, feasible, rhapsodize, connoisseur, strident.
This coming week: in the first two days, students will be taking their final reading test on The House of the Scorpion; on the third day, we will begin a new unit, with a new global context, new CC focus standards, and a new anchor text. I will post the new focus standards, mastery of which will be assessed in a benchmark test in early December, on this page. Look for the blue button marked, "Second Quarter Standards."
If you have any questions or concerns, please, don't hesitate to email me. Thanks for checking in. ~ Joe Nettles ***I have just discovered that none of the document links I have posted on the blue buttons appear to actually work. I will look into this. Apologies!
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