7th Grade Language Arts

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Syllabus

Classroom Expectations and Policies

Class Incentive Criteria

Remember, your success is my success! 🙂

Mr. DAnunzio                                                                                                                   

IMPORTANT NOTE–PLEASE READ—SINCE I HAVE BEEN OUT THE LAST WEEK:

I gave 50% on the Argumentative Essay to any student missing the assignment, because I have observed your progress during class writing workshops, and I am confident that you have at least earned a 50% for effort. PLEASE make sure that you turn in a final copy, so that I can raise your essay grade.

I gave at least a 25% to any student missing the Objective Summary. I have observed your progress during class, and I am confident that you have at least earned a 25% for effort. PLEASE make sure that you turn in a final copy, so that I can raise your objective summary grade.

REMEMBER, FRIDAY is ONLY a progress report. We have the rest of the quarter to get your grade to where you want it provided you put forth the effort.

I won’t be returning until after Thanksgiving break. When we get back from break, our priority will be to straighten out your grades. Like I said, the important thing to remember is that we have until shortly before Christmas break to get your grades to where you want them, provided you put forth the effort. I know you can’t wait to get things back to normal; I am ready for that as well. Hang in there. I appreciate your patiences and dedication. 🙂 I look forward to working with you again. Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving break with your family and friends.  Your success is my success. See you after break. Mr. D. 🙂

CLASSWORK

We will be working on catching up with assignments.

HOMEWORK

If you did not finish the higher level thinking question based on the article Magic and the Brain (Collections book pages 77-84), please do so. The question is below:

After we have read the article, you must answer the below question in 5 complete sentences using evidence from the text to support your claims. Please remember to put quotation marks around any passages or direct sentences you use from the text. E.g., “The possibilities of using magic as a source of cognitive illusion to help isolate the neural circuits responsible for specific cognitive functions seem endless” (page 83).

QUESTION: Reread lines 124-141. Write an objective summary of these paragraphs to explain how magic tricks work through the techniques of “misdirection.” Remember to start your topic sentence like so: The article_________by ________ explains_________.

If you did not finish your Main Idea/Theme and Objective Summary based on The People Could Fly, Collections book, beginning on page 63, please do so. It was due 10/31.  DON’T forget to write you Objective Summary on the back. Click here for Objective Summary Instructions.  Click here for the Main Idea graphic organizer.

If you did not complete questions 1 and 2 on page 73 in the Connections book (The Song of Wandering Aengus), please do. It was due 10/26.

If you didn’t finish your Denotation/Connotation worksheet, please do so. It was due (10/24). Please click here for Connotation/Denotation worksheet.

We finished working on writing our argumentative essay (Was Due 10/19 including a revision–if you didn’t finish–please turn in on Monday 10/23). If you need help with your writing, please click the link that follows. You can also use your green Assessments (paperbacked book), pages 16-20, for planning; there are essay graphic organizers that are very useful. Remember, you must have one of your body paragraph as your counterclaim.  Click here for the Argumentative Essay Rubric.  Click here for the OWL websiteClick here for Argumentative Essay Instructions.

Click here for Counter Claim Worksheet.

Click here for Argumentative Writing Learning Scale.

If you did not finish your research charts for your argumentative essay in class today (10/12), please finish it for Tuesday (10/17)–due at the beginning of class. Click here for Research Charts for Argumentative Essay based on pgs 20-28 Collections.

If you didn’t finish your figurative language worksheet, please do so. It was due 10/6. Please see me for handout.  Click here for Figurative Language Definitions.

Click here for Repetition in Poetry Worksheet .

Click here for Analyzing Poetic Form.

Click here for Connotation/Denotation Worksheet.

Click here for Author’s Point of View Foldables.

Click here for the Main Idea and Point of View Learning Scale.

Click here for the Point of View GO.

Click here for the Main Idea GO.

On Friday (9/29), we took our point of view test. If you missed it, please see me as soon as possible. Also, make sure you study your notes and graphic organizers related to point of view. Any question, please see me. Good luck. Remember, your success is my success! 🙂

If you didn’t finish your main idea/theme GO on The Flight of Icarus (pgs. 31-34)–was due 9/26, please do so. It is due tomorrow. Click here for the Main Idea GO.

If you did not complete your final graph plot of Rogue Wave.  Click here for the Elements of Plot Project handout.  It was due 9/8.

There was a TEST ON TUESDAY (9/5). See below homework note. Please see me if you need to make it up. Thanks.There will be a test on Rogue Wave as it relates the plot. There will also be a test on the elements of plot. These tests will be on Tuesday, September 5th. Please study your RT worksheet and elements of plot notes to prepare. Remember, the more familiar you are with your notes and the story, the better you will do on the tests. Good luck! See me if you have any questions. You can log into MyStudent to access your textbook online. “Examples of Reciprocal Teaching Descriptions,”  please click here.   Click here for Elements of A Story Notes.

Click here for Elements of A Story Notes.

Click here for Analyze the Elements of Plot and Short Story Learning Scale.

If you did not finish your graphic representation of the plot of Rogue Wave, please do so. It was due 9/01.  Click here for the Elements of Plot Project handout.

IF you did not finish your vocabulary in class, please do so. It was due 8/24. Here is a link to MyStudent (MyStudent) where you can log in and ‘click’ on the MyHrw icon to complete the assignment. You need to be on page 17. Define the words at the top of the page and then complete the first Practice and Apply questions 1-5. Thank you. 🙂

We have finished our reciprocal teaching, practice activity. If you did not complete your RT worksheet, please do so; it was due 8/18. If you need a copy of the sheet, see me. The story we practiced our RT with was The Gift of the MagiClick here for a copy of The Gift of the Magi.

Your survey was due 08/17. If you don’t have your handout given to you in class, click here to print out another copy. 🙂

If you need a copy of “Examples of Reciprocal Teaching Descriptions,”  please click here.

YEAR AT A GLANCE

Quarter One: Bold Actions: Unit Overview: In this collection, students will explore what it means to face challenges fearlessly, even if it means failing in the attempt. Performance Task Preview: In response to reading, students will have the opportunity to write an argumentative essay about the bold actions of daring individuals, the risks, and the rewards of those individuals using information found in selections from the collection.

Quarter Two: Perception and Reality: Unit Overview: In this collection, students will explore how things in life are not always how we perceive them to be. Performance Task Preview: In response to reading, students will write an argumentative essay expressing their opinion of the saying, “Seeing is believing”, using information found in selections from the collection.

Quarter Three: Risk and Exploration: Unit Overview: In this collection, students will encounter individuals who must confront a compelling question: How far is too far?  Performance Task Preview: In response to reading, students will have the opportunity to write an argumentative speech persuading others whether major exploration is worth the risk, using information found in selections from the collection and their own research. TEDx talks will be this quarter.

Quarter Four: Guided by a Cause. Unit Overview: In this collection, students will consider the question: What inspires people to take action to improve their world? Performance Task Preview: At the end of this Collection, students will have the opportunity to conduct research and write an informational essay about a dramatic and deadly fire that destroyed a New York City factory in 1911.

TIPS

Use Quotes

To make your responses stronger, use quotes directly from the text to support your claims; embed your quotes directly into the paragraph where you have the relevant comment. Please refer to the following site for information.  Thank you. 🙂

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/03/

Elaborate Your Points More

Please remember to elaborate your points more–more of your opinion, more detail. 🙂

Read Questions Carefully and Answer All

Please read the questions carefully and respond accordingly. A particular question may have more than one response to answer.  Answer them all. 🙂