Advanced 7th Grade Language Arts

DOCUMENTS FOR DOWNLOAD

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Click here for a copy of the syllabus.

Click here for a copy of the Classroom Expectations and Consequences.

Click here for a copy of the class Incentive Criteria.

Welcome to a new quarter! Work to your full potential and study. I know you can even be more successful than last quarter. I look forward to working with you again! If you are doing a fine job already, keep it up!:)

Continue your good behavior and work ethic! Those of you who need to work to your full potential, you know who you are; you can do it! 🙂 I am proud of everyone.

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 working on Folk Tales, main idea, theme and objective summary.

HOMEWORK

Please finish your Objective Summary on The People Could Fly, pages 63-67 in your collections book. It is due tomorrow, 10/19. Here are the guidelines for writing an Objective Summary. Click here for Main Idea/Theme_Objective Summary_General Question Feedback.

Remember the format for writing an Objective Summary:

1st Sentence: Find theme, then write main idea sentence.

2nd Sentence: find evidence to support your main idea/claim with line numbers.

3rd Sentence: wrap up sentence, which should tell how the evidence you have just given relates back to your claim in sentence 1. You are not just retelling the story. Don’t use ‘you’ or ‘I.’

If you did not finish your Note-Catch on The People Could Fly, please do so. It was due 10/16. See me for the Note-Catcher.

If you did not finish your author’s purpose cards, please do. They were due 10/17. Please see me for the packet. Don’t write on the packets, please.

Your argumentative essay was due 10/16. If you didn’t complete it or turn it in, please do so. For your essay, you are working out of your Performance Assessment (paperback work book): After reading the sources on pages 22-29, write an essay to answer the following question: Do people have the right to rescue services when they put themselves at risk?  If you want to know what you will be graded on regarding the argumentative essay, click here for the Argumentative Essay Rubric.

Here are some useful documents.

Click here for Main Idea/Theme_Objective Summary_General Question Feedback.

Click here for the Argumentative Essay Rubric.

YEAR AT A GLANCE

Quarter One: Bold Actions: In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that explore what it means to face challenges fearlessly, even if it means failing in the attempt. 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. “Be bold, take courage…and be strong of soul.” – Ovid

Quarter Two: Perception and Reality: In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that explore how things in life are not always how we perceive them to be. 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. “Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” – Chuang Tzu

Quarter Three: Risk and Exploration: In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that consider the risks of exploration in extreme conditions and present an argument whether it is worth the costs. 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. “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” – Sally Ride

Quarter Four: Guided by a Cause. In this collection, students will read literary and informational texts that consider the question: What inspires people to act to improve their world? In response to reading, students will have the opportunity to write an informational essay about a dramatic and deadly fire that destroyed a New York City factory in 1911, using information found in selections from the collection and their own research. “The fullness of our heart comes in our actions.” –Mother Teresa

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. 🙂