• 2019-2020
    Mrs. Wilson
    7th Grade Language Arts


    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

    Unit 6 Vocabulary

    Unit 6 words & definitions


    Unit 5 Vocabulary

    Unit 5 words & definitions

    Unit 4 Vocabulary

    Unit 4 Words & Definitions 


    A Long Walk to Water

    Ch. 1-3


    Vocabulary Workshop

    Unit 1 Vocabulary and Definitions-- Quiz 8/30
    Unit 2 Vocabulary words
    Unit 3 Vocabulary

    Touching Spirit Bear

    Digital copy of the book 

    Freak the Mighty PDF
    1. Analyze the scene when Kenny makes Max go down the stairs first. What does this tell the reader about Max’s father?
    2. Kenny Kane tells Max that he “…can’t be trusted quite yet.” What does he mean? What do you think Max will need to do to prove he can be trusted?
    3. Take a second look at what you know about Iggy and Loretta and compare it with the new information from Ch. 19. Do their actions make them good or bad people?
    4. Why do you believe Killer Kane blames Max for costing him years in prison?
    5. What is Max feeling when he says, “I’m so small and weak and he’s so big and strong, you can’t stop him…” 
    4/17 Scope article
    Unit 8 Vocabulary
    Microscope & Telescope Essay
    Hero Unit
    Unit 7 Vocabulary
    3/5-3/7 Argument Essay
    2/7/19- Scope Article
    World Geography Interactive Map of the U.S.
    Poetic Portrait Assignment- Due 1/25/19
    Directions- Reread the poem "Beginning: 1920," the first entry of the book. Use it as a model to create a portrait of yourself or another person. The portrait can describe such things as how or where you were born, what you look like, what you do. Note the way Karen Hesse uses similes, comparisons with like or as (e.g. "cheekbones like bicycle handles," "mean as a rattler") in her poem.
    Use your own similes in the poem as you write. You must have at LEAST 3. Your completed portrait must be illustrated with photos and/or drawings. 
    Pele's Revenge
    Out of the Dust Resources
    Excerpt from A Christmas Carol
    Narrative Writing Examples
    • Personal Narrative 1
    • Biographical Narrative 2
    • Fictional Narrative 3
    Rating Narratives Activity
    Copy of the Independent Reading Project Guidelines
    Copy of the Writing Packet 
    ***This is worth one test grade.
    Essay Analysis Activity
    Examples #1-4 
    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
    Writing Discussions and Interventions
    Vocabulary Test on Units 1-3 on Wednesday.  The list of all 60 words can be found below.
    Test on theme, POV, central idea, and context clues
    Context clues activities 1, 2, & 3
    Types of Conflict Notes
    Argumentative Essay Outline
    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