Advanced 7th Grade Language Arts

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Syllabus

Classroom Expectations and Policies

Class Incentive Criteria

THIS IS YOUR LAST WEEK OF THE SCHOOL YEAR! LET’S GIVE IT OUR BEST EFFORT YET. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BEHAVIOR IS RESPECTFUL AND YOU ARE KEEPING ON TRACK. IF YOU ARE BEHAVING WELL AND WORKING TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL, I THANK YOU! 🙂

CHECK MYSTUDENT FOR ANY MAKE UP WORK YOU OWE. FRIDAY (5/25) IS THE LAST DAY TO TURN ANYTHING IN. 

Remember, your success is my success! 🙂

Mr. DAnunzio                                                                                                                   

Remember–Quality not Quantity—Work Ethic

GOAL (long term): Try to turn in the highest quality work the first time. An assignment won’t necessarily be 100% correct the first time (or second time for that matter) it is submitted, but it must be to the best of your ability, not rushed, sloppy or completed with lack of care.

GOAL (short term): The four new rules of any graded assignment/test: let’s research, reteach, revise and return.

Research a grade that is your lowest, bring it to my attention if you need clarification on how to improve the grade on the assignment and/or reteaching of the concept(s). We can have a group or one-on-one session, depending on your particular situation and any time restraints.

Revise your work to the best of your ability. Don’t do a rewrite. Guideline: make your changes directly on your first edition and highlight/underline your changes; if you don’t follow this guideline, I will hand back the work and not accept it until you highlight/underline any changes.

Return the work to me for a revision grade (assignment grade will be higher if there is improvement in work quality and/or correctness).

I know we can work on turning in quality work. Your success is my success.

Mr. D.

CLASSWORK

We are finishing reading, interpreting and debating our novel, Wonder. Please be sure to keep up with your activity packet assignments. We are reading book pages 249-End and working on packet page 22.  See me if you have any questions. We will be watching the movie this week and completing a comparison and contrast (character and plot) graphic organizer. Essentially, you will  have two more grades for the school year, your 2nd packet to the novel and the comparison and contrast graphic organizer.

HOMEWORK

Wonder packet, Pages 19 and 21 (book pages 205-248) were due 5/16.

Wonder packet, Pages 15-16 and 18 (book pages 160-204) were due 5/16.

Wonder packet, Pages 12-14 (book pages 118-159) were due 5/11.

Wonder packet, Pages 8-10 (book pages 81-117) were due 5/7.

Wonder packet, Pages 4-6 (book pages 41-80) were due 5/2.

Wonder packet, Pages 1-3 (book pages 1-40) were due 4/30.

If you did not read Craig Kielburger’s Reflects on Working Toward Peace (Collections books, pages 307-312), please do. Please answer the following question in five complete sentences: An author’s perspective is a blend of his ideas, values, feelings and belief. What does the text reveal about him (as a person, his personality, who he is)?  Think in terms of what he says about the children, their dreams. Make sure you use evidence from the test to back up your claims (cite the source).  Assignment was due 4/25.

If you did not complete the Language Arts Skills stations, please see me for make up work. It was due 4/13 and worth 100 points, test grade.

If you didn’t complete the comparison and contrast graphic organizer (see me for organizer) regarding The Triangle Factory Fire (pages 265-273) and The Story of The Triangle Factory Fire (pages 275-277) in the Collections book (was due 4/5), please do so by reading both articles and then filling out the graphic organizer.

If you didn’t get a chance to read The Triangle Factory Fire article, pages 265-273 in the Collections book (was due 4/4), please do so and fill out the Read and Respond graphic organizer.  See me for the organizer.

If you missed the video on the Triangle Factory Fire, please view it here. Click here for Video.  While you are watching, please answer the following questions:What happened? Where did it happen? When did it happen?  Who was involved in the event? How did it happen?  Why did it happen? In two complete sentences, summarize the documentary. These questions were due 3/29.

Please see me for the activity sheets on author’s purpose, tone and irony.

If you did not complete the vocabulary on page 281, please do so. It was due 3/26. Define the words and complete the first Practice and Apply (questions 1-6) on page 281.

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. 🙂