Monday, 4/8 (41): Homework, SAWs, Tom Sawyer!

Copy homework into planner.

“SAWs, 4/8.”
specify (verb): to clearly define
establish (verb): to cause to be recognized and accepted
cohesive (adjective): unified
constrain (verb): to hold back or limit
xenophobia (noun): a fear of foreign people
         

 

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

What? Talk it over with your groups. (Hint: Mark Twain was almost always being ironic or sarcastic.)

Tom Sawyer!

  1. What would you have done for fun in 1835?
  2. What chore/work did you always want to do as a kid, but now that you have to do it, you don’t want to any more?
  3. Slang: truck, lick, dander up, powerful warm, lam, suck eggs

 

Read the Author’s Preface.
Groups: What two reasons does Mark Twain give for writing this book?

Chapter 1.

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!

Wednesday, 3/27: Argumentative Essay, Day 2.

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!

Go! Today you should be beginning the rough draft. Five hundred words would be a good goal.

Remember! You still have tomorrow!

 

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?

 

Friday, 3/22: Paperwork, Mental Floss, Test #27

It could have been yours!

Slightly shorter periods for Assembly Schedule (4th period).

Prep sheet for Test #27. (Reload test to get the latest version.)
Husker Du: ___/5 ___/5  KBARR: ___/40
The Earth Men: ___/7  TYM Quiz: ___15
Vocab Homework: ___/20  Vocab Practice: ___/12 ___/12 ___/15
Other Extra Credit: Period Two gets +3 for vocab Relay, all others +1. +1 for Martian’s. +1 for biathlon.

 

Mental Floss.

  1. For each pair of words, move one letter from one word to the other to make a pair of synonyms.  Example: boast — hip.  Move the S and you get boat — ship. The movement could go either way.
    a) open — cop      b) cave — curt       c) cares — pest
  2. What book can an author never really finish writing?
  3. George Washington’s wife was sweeping when George Washington’s wife slipped and got wet.  How many w’s in all?
  4. When is 30 plus 30 equal to 1?
  5. Change the position of just one of the words below so that all the words are in an alphabetical sequence:
    llama, phoenix, hyena, alligator, beaver, elephant, tortoise, antelope

Test #27. Doodle Theme: Five years from now.