2018-2019Mrs. Wilson7th Grade Language Arts7th 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!
***Homework information can be found to the left in the Homework blogClasswork Links for the yearClass quotes1. "Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself."2. "If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you."3. "Education is the key for unlocking your dreams and your goals."4. "No matter how many misktakes you make or how slow you progress, you are stilll way ahead of everyone who isn't trying."5. "Good, better, bestNever let it restUntil your good is betterAnd your better is best."Unit 7 Vocabulary3/5-3/7 Argument Essay2/7/19- Scope ArticleWorld Geography Interactive Map of the U.S.Poetic Portrait Assignment- Due 1/25/19Directions- 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 RevengeOut of the Dust ResourcesExcerpt from A Christmas CarolUnit 2 Vocabulary wordsNarrative Writing ExamplesRating Narratives ActivityUnit 1 Vocabulary and DefinitionsCopy of the Independent Reading Project GuidelinesCopy 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