• 2018-2019
    Mrs. Wilson
    7th Grade Language Arts
    7th Grade Mississippi Studies


    OTMS PHONE NUMBER - (601) 898-8730

    Dear Parent(s) and Students:

    My name is Lori Wilson, and I am your child’s seventh grade Language Arts teacher.  Welcome to seventh grade and to what I hope will be an exciting year!  Throughout the year, students will be studying language mechanics, literature, poetry, and a variety of writing styles and techniques.  Students will also improve skills in public speaking and critical thinking. Today begins a new school year for all of us, and I am looking forward to what each student brings to this classroom! As always, the start of a school year holds the promise of new discovery and learning, as well as the prospect of personal growth in all areas.  Your student was introduced to my classroom policies and procedures today. Please review the classroom rules and consequences with your student to ensure he or she understands the classroom and school-wide expectations. 

    Also note that if you ever have any comments, questions, or concerns, I am available for phone calls and meetings (by appointment please) each day before and after school.  You may contact me via email or phone, and I will respond promptly.

    I am excited about working with your child. I welcome questions or comments, and I am looking forward to a great year!


    Lori Wilson


    ***Homework information can be found to the left in the Homework blog

    Classwork Links for the year
    Summer Reading
    Hoot Chapter Summaries
    4/4 Assessment
    4/3 Item Sampler
    Literary Analysis Essay Information
    2nd Block Class Motto nominations:
    1. "You have to challenge yourself to get better.  Good enough is not GOOD ENOUGH!" 
    2. "It is our choices that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
    3. "Stop thinking you can't.  Start thinking you can!  Failing is a part of success, so don't stop trying."
    4. "We are where we are because we believed in possibilities."
    5. "Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."
    6. "Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you."
    7. "Imagine with all your mind. Believe with all your heart. Achieve with all your might."
    Argumentative Essay Outline
    I. Introduction
       a. Hook
       b. Introduce Topic and provide background information
       c. Thesis/claim
    II. Body Paragraph I
       a. State Reason 1
       b. Evidence
       c. Bridge
    III. Body Paragraph 2
       a. State Reason 2
       b. Evidence
       c. Bridge
    IV. Body Paragraph 3
       a. Counterargument
       b. Rebuttal
    V. Conclusion
       a. Restate Thesis
       b. Summarize Reasons 
       c. Strong concluding statement
    Argumentative Essay Additional Resources
    Articles for "Yes"
    Articles for "No"
    Paired Text Lesson 2/26-2/27
    Paired Text #1
    Paired Text #2
    Out of the Dust final assessment
    Scope Article
    Out of the Dust Sections 4&5 Quiz
    Unit 7 Vocabulary
    Copy of Cold Read TEST
    Units 4-6 Vocabulary (Major TEST on January 26th)
    Bellringer Questions: 
    The Three Spinners 1
    Questions From The Story of the Pony Express
    Freckles Narrative Prompt
         You have read the passage from Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter. Write an original narrative that continues the story, describing what happens after Freckles is hired for the job. Write your narrative using first person point of view with either Freckles or McLean as the narrator.  Provide details from the passage to support your answer.
    Bellringer 11/27/17
    Quotation Punctuation
    Narrative Writing Examples
    • Personal Narrative 1
    • Biographical Narrative 2
    • Fictional Narrative 3
    Copy of the Scope article "What We Saw"
    Copy of the Units 1-3 Vocabulary TEST for review
    Copy of the Writing Packet 
    ***This is worth one test grade.
    October 12, 2017
    Essay Analysis Activity
    Examples #1-4
    October 3, 2017
    1. Rescue Men Photo Gallery
    2. "Lost to the Perils of the Sea"
    Exit Ticket/Homework Questions
    1. What does the term peril mean? What context clues or prior knowledge did you use to help you determine the meaning of the word?
    2. Why have so many ships been lost, after the lethal dangers of the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" became widely known? Write 4-5 sentences in your response.
    3. List the names of the shipwrecks that can sometimes be seen from the shore. 
    Unit 3 Vocabulary
    September 8, 2017
    After the test on the Elements of Plot, review the Unit 2 vocabulary words.
    Unit 2 Vocabulary Workshop
    Argument Essay Resources
    Should Balloons Be Banned-- resources for writing your essay
    Yes- Video shown to the whole class 
    Yes- Source 1 
    No- Source 3 
    Paired Texts-- February 9th
    Writing Discussions and Interventions-- February 8th
    Vocabulary Test on Units 1-3 on Wednesday.  The list of all 60 words can be found below.
    9/27 Test on theme, POV, central idea, and context clues
    MasteryConnect log in
    Context clues activities 1, 2, & 3
    Types of Conflict Notes
    3. Pronoun Practice 
    **Copy and paste the link into a new window!
    4. Pronoun Powerpoint
    5. Argumentative Essay Outline
    6. Pronoun Practice 12/8
    Comparative and Superlative Adjective PowerPoint
    Irregular Adverbs PowerPoint
     Commonly Confused Words
    Informational/Expository Essay Outline
    I. Introduction
       a. hook
       b. background information (discuss Burmese pythons in general & tell how the presence of the snakes is changing the Everglades)
       c. thesis statement
    II. Body Paragraph 1
       a. Main idea and details about changes in local animals
       b. Supporting evidence
    III. Body Paragraph 2
       a. Main idea and details about changes in people
       b. Supporting evidence
    IV. Body Paragraph 3
       a. Main idea and details about changes in ecosystem
       b. Supporting evidence
    V. Conclusion
       a. restate the thesis statement
       b. summarize main ideas and details presented in body paragraphs 
       c. strong concluding sentence