Advanced 7th Grade Language Arts

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Syllabus

Classroom Expectations and Policies

Class Incentive Criteria

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

Next week, we will be working on reviewing the essay writing process in preparation for our upcoming FSA Writing test on 3/5. You can do well on the test is you study and try your best come test day! 🙂

HOMEWORK

If you did not complete your warning labels project, please do so. It was due 2/26. Click here for the Frivolous Warning Labels Project Instruction Sheet.

If you did not complete your “Ridiculous Warning Labels” and question sheet, please do so. It was due 2/23. See me to get a copy of the article and worksheet.

If you did not finish reading “Living in the Dark,” Collections book, pages 201-208, please do so and answer the following question: What is the main idea of each subheading, for example ‘When Whales Fall?’ Make sure you give one detail that supports the main idea for each section as well. Was due 2/21.

If you did not finish your vocabulary, please do so. It was due 2/19. In your Collections book, define vocabulary on page 211 (cache, geyser, meager, tectonic, decompose). Answer the first “Practice and Apply” (5 questions).

If you did not take your 6 week district check, please see me.

If you did not complete your research for ‘Warning Label Research’ sheet, please do so.  It was due 2/16.  Click here for the Warning Labels Research Sheet.

If you didn’t complete your Main Idea cards, please see me for a packet. It was due 2/15.

We have completed extended metaphors. If you missed the assignment, please complete it. It was due 2/14. Click here for Your World Extended Metaphor Questions.

We worked on context clues enrichment. It was due 2/12. Please see me for the handout.

We have finished our speech writing unit. Click here for the TEDx Handout 2018.  Click here for the TEDTalkFollowAlongViewingWorksheet.  Click here for the TEDx Rubric.

Your written speech will be due on Monday (2/5) at the end of class. Speeches will be due for presentation in front of the class starting on Wednesday (2/7).

If you didn’t get a chance to work on your initial research questionnaire, please do so. Click here for the Research GO for TEDX Speech.

If you did not finish your Faith vs. Science article and questions, please do so. It is due 1/25/18. Click here for Faith vs. Science article and questions.

We have read and filled out a graphic organizer on Remarks at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center, (Collections book, pages 185-188).  Click here for Analyzing A Speech GO if you did not fill yours out yet.

If you did not fill out your CERE graphic organizer on Remarks at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center, (Collections book, pages 185-188), please do so. It was due Wednesday (1/23). You must answer the following question: What is one opposing view that Kennedy anticipates in lines 31-42 (page 186)? In other words, what claim is he thinking is going to be brought up against his idea that ‘space exploration and any medical breakthroughs have value?’ Write this question in the question box on your graphic organizer. Then search for one counterargument and complete the ‘evidence’ (what did Kennedy say in response to the claim) and ‘reasoning’ (Kennedy’s evidence supports his claim because____) sections. Remember that for the reasoning section to not use any words from the text. The answer must come completely from your own thoughts. See me if you have any questions. Click here for the Kennedy CERE GO.

There was a test on Friday (1/19) on Kennedy’s speech. Please review your notes and see me for the make up test. Thank you.

If you did not complete your vocabulary on Kennedy’s speech, please do so. It was due 1/16. Define all of the following words, metabolism, impairment, impetus and tedious. Then complete the first ‘Practice and Apply (questions 1-4) on page 191. Thank you.

Informative Essay

If you did not finish your informative essay, it was due 1/12. Please make sure you turn it in a soon as you can. It is worth 100 points! You will need to finish this assignment as homework. See below.

Remember when filling out the outline, make sure your three examples (details/evidence) have to do with pen names. You need to find three examples from three of the four informational sources in your ‘Informative Sources and Prompt’ packet. Your essay must be in your own words.

Here are some links to the handouts on informative writing that we are working on. If you lost your copy, please click link and print it out at home or in the media center. Thank you.

Please be sure to follow the informative essay writing instructions: Click here for informative Essay Writing Instructions.

Click here for the Informative Essay Outline.

Click here for Informative Sources and Prompt.

Click here for the Informative Essay Rubric.

Click here for instructions for Filling Out the Informative Essay Outline.

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. Major research report due.

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. 🙂