This week, it's all about those persuasive essays. Write like the wind, young scholars! Students will be expected to write a convincing, balanced essay with a clear topic and argument. All three rhetorical appeals (Ethos, Logos, Pathos) need to be utilized at some point throughout the essay. A detailed checklist for peer editing and self evaluating has been distributed to each student to help in developing a strong piece of writing.
I will pass out new vocabulary words, but the next vocab quiz won't occur until next Monday. The words come from the second half of Animal Farm, through which we are currently making our way. Students know that they are to be taking notes on each chapter as they read. By the end of the week, we need to be on chapter 10.
If you are in the 7th grade class that is not also my home room, you still have a Rhetorical Triangle quiz coming. You will read short passages, identify which rhetorical appeal is being used, and justify your answer. We will practice this one more time before the quiz.
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There will be a quiz, soon, on Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle. Students must be able to label it, and they must be able to read short passages and identify them as using ETHOS, LOGOS, or PATHOS with an explanation for their answer. Once the Animal Farm half-way test and the long delayed vocabulary quiz are out of the way, the Rhetorical Triangle assessment will occur. Thanks
Well, it's been a while. When we get back together, we'll have to take a moment to get our bearings. Still, now more than ever we have no time to waste.
I hope all the scholars are moving ahead into their novels and keeping up with their annotations of each chapter. These will be graded. ALso, when we get back together, there will be a test on first half (ch. 1 - 5) of ANIMAL FARM. By the end of the week we will need to take that vocabulary test I've been promising as well.
Finally, we have those persuasive essays to write. WE will be hitting those hard ASAP.
This week, on Tuesday, students will take an OPEN NOTES reading quiz on ANIMAL FARM. Our young scholars know they are to be annotating each chapter of the book. Recently, I read along with them and told them the kinds of things they need to have in their annotations. This quiz will cover chapters 1 - 5.
The vocabulary quiz will be Wednesday. As previously stated, knowledge of the words with an asterisk will be assessed by each student's ability to use them in sentences. The remaining words will simply need to be matched to their short definitions/synonyms.
Scholars will get words on the second half of the book Wednesday.
We will also begin using some class time to work on Persuasive Essays this week.
In the meantime, we will continue to work with Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle. We are looking for examples of Logos, Pathos, and Ethos in various examples of persuasive text. Students will be graded on their knowledge of it by the end of the unit (we still have a couple of weeks left).
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The vocabulary words posted last week still stand. Students won't be tested on those until next week, as it is a long list. Keep in mine, though, that only the words marked by an asterisk are words that must be used in an original sentence. The remaining words will simply be matched to a definition.
We have been learning about Aristotle's Rhetorical Triangle. Ask your kids what it is. They will apply this knowledge, along with what they've learned about propaganda, satire and other elements of persuasion, when they begin to analyze arguments AND write their own arguments. A persuasive essay (final draft due in 3 weeks) will be a major portion of our young scholars' grades this unit.
Another big part of this unit's grade is the annotation of ANIMAL FARM. We begin this in earnest this week. I'm looking forward to it. Stay in touch! - Joe Nettles
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