2017-2018Welcome to Mrs. Wilson's7th Grade Language Arts and Reading Class
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!
***Homework information can be found to the left in the Homework blogClasswork links for the year4/25-4/264/4 Assessment4/3 Item Sampler3/27-3/28Literary Analysis Essay Information2nd 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 OutlineI. Introductiona. Hookb. Introduce Topic and provide background informationc. Thesis/claimII. Body Paragraph Ia. State Reason 1b. Evidencec. BridgeIII. Body Paragraph 2a. State Reason 2b. Evidencec. BridgeIV. Body Paragraph 3a. Counterargumentb. RebuttalV. Conclusiona. Restate Thesisb. Summarize Reasonsc. Strong concluding statementArgumentative Essay Additional ResourcesArticles for "Yes"Articles for "No"Paired Text Lesson 2/26-2/27Paired Text #1Paired Text #2Out of the Dust final assessmentScope ArticleOut of the Dust Sections 4&5 QuizUnit 7 VocabularyCopy of Cold Read TESTUnits 4-6 Vocabulary (Major TEST on January 26th)1/4/1812/6/17Bellringer Questions:12/4/17The Three Spinners 1Questions From The Story of the Pony ExpressFreckles Narrative PromptYou 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 11/27/17Quotation PunctuationNarrative Writing ExamplesCopy of the Scope article "What We Saw"Copy of the Units 1-3 Vocabulary TEST for reviewCopy of the Writing Packet***This is worth one test grade.October 12, 2017Essay Analysis ActivityExamples #1-4October 3, 20171. Rescue Men Photo Gallery2. "Lost to the Perils of the Sea"Exit Ticket/Homework Questions1. 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 VocabularySeptember 8, 2017After the test on the Elements of Plot, review the Unit 2 vocabulary words.Unit 2 Vocabulary WorkshopArgument Essay ResourcesShould Balloons Be Banned-- resources for writing your essayYes- Video shown to the whole classYes- Source 1No- Source 2No- Source 3Paired Texts-- February 9thWriting Discussions and Interventions-- February 8thVocabulary 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 cluesMasteryConnect log inContext clues activities 1, 2, & 3Types of Conflict Notes3. Pronoun Practice**Copy and paste the link into a new window!http://www.chompchomp.com/hotpotatoes/proagree03.htm4. Pronoun Powerpoint5. Argumentative Essay Outline6. Pronoun Practice 12/8Comparative and Superlative Adjective PowerPointIrregular Adverbs PowerPointCommonly Confused WordsInformational/Expository Essay OutlineI. Introductiona. hookb. background information (discuss Burmese pythons in general & tell how the presence of the snakes is changing the Everglades)c. thesis statementII. Body Paragraph 1a. Main idea and details about changes in local animalsb. Supporting evidenceIII. Body Paragraph 2a. Main idea and details about changes in peopleb. Supporting evidenceIV. Body Paragraph 3a. Main idea and details about changes in ecosystemb. Supporting evidenceV. Conclusiona. restate the thesis statementb. summarize main ideas and details presented in body paragraphsc. strong concluding sentence