Wednesday, 10/30: Narrative Common Assessment

You will be writing your best personal narrative. When you begin, think about how you want to organize your writing. You will have one class period to write this narrative. 

2019-2020 – Narrative: 

Choose one of the prompts below to write about:

Prompt 1: Write a personal narrative about an unexpected event that happened to you. Explain the effect it had on you and your life.

Prompt 2: Write a personal narrative about a time when you made a mistake or did something you regret. Explain the effect it had on you and your life.

Narrative Scoring

Your essay will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Purpose and Organization: Does your narrative have a purposeful plot that gives a sense of completeness? How well do your ideas thoughtfully flow from beginning to end using logical transitions? How effective is your introduction and conclusion?
  • Elaboration/Evidence: How well do you elaborate your ideas? How well do you clearly state ideas using precise language that is appropriate for your audience and purpose? 
  • Conventions: How well do you follow the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling (lol)?

SHOW, DON’T TELL! (INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR!)

In your writing, make sure you include: 

  • Effective opening and closing
  • Well-developed characters
  • Consistent point-of-view
  • Elaboration to help readers picture your story
  • Sensory details and narrative style choices (figurative language)
  • Effective narrative techniques: dialogue, plot devices, flashback, flashforward, foreshadowing
  • Variety of transition words 
  • Capitals, end marks, and other appropriate conventions

Save a few minutes at the end to proofread!

When you are finished:

  1. Give it a title.
  2. TYPE your name and period on the document.
  3. SHARE YOUR GOOGLE DOC WITH ME (mcoward@slcusd.org).

Tuesday, 10/29: Proofreading, Vocab, TMA, Narrative Prep

SMYK’s are now due Thursday!

Proofreading, 10/29.  fragment, run on, apostrophe or plural error, word misuse, no mistake

1) Yesterday, I downloaded from iTunes the album My Love is Like a Cheese it’s by the band Love Baby Kiss Doll.   2) I thought I’d like it a lot, and I did.  3) Everybody’s phone or music player should have this album on it.   4) If you’re going to buy only one album this year, it should be this one.  5) Especially if you’re into space country music and stuff like that.
6) Although there are many compelling songs, my favorite song on the album is called “Take the Skinheads Bowling.”  7) It’s a very wistful song about the good ‘ol days bowling with punk rock dudes.  8) Do you remember those days? I wouldn’t think that you would.   9)  This song also has an abundance of rocking guitars and a defunct section featuring JayZ.
10) My one complaint is that the album is too long, and my enthusiasm started to ebb by the end.

 

“Vocabulary, 10/29.” (13)
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  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. “If there are no other ideas, then it’s agreed we blame the media.” _____
  4. Since I hadn’t studied, I was ______ about my chances on the difficult test.
  5. The hill with the M on it is known _____(ly) as Madonna Mountain, but its real name is… (Bonus: en Espanol.)
  6. Mr. Calandro is trying to _____ a sense of kindness in the students of Laguna.
  7. The replays of the rescue ____ TV watchers all over the country.
  8. The _____ of two full moons in one month is called a blue moon.
  9. The root of this word means “shape.”   ______
  10. He didn’t think the judgement was fair, so he only paid the money ______(ingly).
  11. There is always a ______of food and drink at the MidState Fair.
  12. True or False? Always taking the same route to school is a good example of an idiosyncrasy. 
  13. * She has several positive ______(s) that make her a good fit for the job.

 

Narrative Prep. Checking Show not Tell’s!

Prompt and Instructions.
Think about your SnT:
Does it tell the story? What’s the conflict? What was the “inciting incident”? (How did this ball get rolling?)
How is it resolved?
Conclusion: What effect did this have on your life? Now you can slide back into Telling mode.

Tomorrow, you will write it live!

 

Alyce and Edward.

 

 

Thursday, 3/28: Argumentative Essay, Day 3

Remember the assignment:

Write an essay explaining your belief about the following question:
Do helicopter parents harm or help their children?

Be sure to use evidence from the texts, as well as your own knowledge, to support and develop your thinking.  Remember that this is an argumentative essay, so be sure to address opposing arguments and points of view. Support your position by incorporating evidence from the provided research.

YOUR THESIS SENTENCE SHOULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION!

TODAY:

  • Finish the rough draft.
  • Spellcheck and reread the rough draft to catch run-ons and fragments.
  • Make sure you used paragraphs!
  • Highlight the counterclaim and their evidence in red.
  • Highlight your rebuttal and evidence in green.
  • Give it a groovy title that sums up your thesis.
  • Make sure you put that title in the title box AND at the top of the document.
  • SHARE with me. DO NOT PRINT.

  • Get a MadLib and quietly have fun. Doodle your results on the back!

Tuesday, 3/26: Argumentative Assessment, Day 1

Please remember you will have three class periods to read and take notes on the sources and write the essay. You will write the essay in a GDoc AND print it when you are finished.

Suggested Timeline:

  1. Day One: Read the sources carefully, decide on a thesis, annotate the docs with argument support your thesis.
  2. Day Two: Review your notes and make sure you have enough evidence to write the essay. Maybe make a basic outline:
    • Intro w/ thesis
    • argument + evidence
    • argument + evidence
    • conterargument + shutdown with evidence
    • Conclusion
  3. Day Two: Write your rough draft.
  4. Day Three: Finish rough draft, proofread, proofread, share and print.

COMMON ASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONS.
San Luis Coastal Unified School District. 7th Grade Argumentative Writing Prompt

STUDENT DIRECTIONS:
Research
Helicopter Parents:

  • How involved should parents be in their children’s school lives?
  • At what point in their education should students learn to be independent?
  • Does too much parental involvement discourage student independence?

Consider your position on the level of involvement parents should have with their teenager’s education.  State your claim. Clarify your position by incorporating evidence from the provided research.

You have three texts to read relating to the issue:

  • “Putting Parents in Their Place: Outside of Class”
  • “Hardy Knox Middle School: Parent Involvement Policy”
  • “Letter from a ‘Concerned Mother’”

Follow the link below to the three documents you will read and use for your arguments.
Make a copy of the doc, and then annotate it as you read, highlighting and labeling the arguments you will use in your essay.

Argumentative Docs.

As you read and re-read these texts, think about what they show you about the issue. Think about what position you will take and what evidence you will use to support your thinking. Finally, write an essay explaining your belief about the following question: Do helicopter parents harm or help their children?

Be sure to use evidence from the texts, as well as your own knowledge, to support and develop your thinking.  Remember that this is an argumentative essay, so be sure to address opposing arguments and points of view.

Writing the Essay

You are being asked to write a multi-paragraph argumentative essay, so be as thorough as possible and include comments supported by evidence from the sources. Remember to check your notes and your outline as you write and refer to the articles as often as you like.  

Argumentative Scoring

Your essay will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Purpose and Organization: Is the main idea clearly communicated? Is the essay clearly focused? How well did your ideas thoughtfully flow from beginning to end using effective transitions? How effective was your introduction and your conclusion?
  • Elaboration/Evidence: How well did you integrate relevant and specific information from the sources? How well did you elaborate your ideas? How well did you clearly state ideas using precise language that is appropriate for your audience and purpose? Did you address opposing arguments and points of view? Did you cite the evidence properly?
  • Conventions: How well did you follow the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling?

 

Thursday, 10/11: Narrative Common Assessment – Tell Your Story

Bulletin! No KBAR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED! Three lines in your chart is all that is required tomorrow.

Instead: Go to Literacy Night at The LAMS Library tonight!

Tomorrow’s Test: Apostrophes, Vocab/SAWs, Husker Du, TMA. The link won’t work until Thursday afternoon.

Narrative Assessment Prompt:

STUDENT DIRECTIONS:

You will have one class period to write this narrative.  Write in a way that shows all that you know about narrative writing. When you begin, think about how you want to organize your writing.

In your writing, make sure you include:

  • Effective opening and closing
  • Well-developed characters
  • Consistent point-of-view
  • Elaboration to help readers picture your story
  • Sensory details and narrative style choices
  • Effective narrative techniques (dialogue, plot devices, etc….)
  • Variety of transition words
  • Capitals, end marks, and other appropriate conventions

TIME: This will be a on-demand, timed writing. You will have one class period to complete this assessment.

Your essay will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Purpose and Organization: Is the main idea clearly communicated? Is the essay clearly focused? How well did your ideas thoughtfully flow from beginning to end using effective transitions? How effective was your introduction and your conclusion?
  • Elaboration/Evidence: How well did you integrate relevant and specific information from the sources? How well did you elaborate your ideas? How well did you clearly state ideas using precise language that is appropriate for your audience and purpose?
  • Conventions: How well did you follow the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling?

Save a few minutes at the end to proofread!

BE SURE TO SHARE YOUR GOOGLE DOC WITH ME (mcoward@slcusd.org), and if you have time, please print it using the Print Link over on the right side of the web page.