2019-2020Mrs. Wilson7th 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!
***Homework information can be found to the left in the Homework blogClasswork Links for the year
Unit 4 Vocabulary
A Long Walk to Water
Vocabulary WorkshopUnit 1 Vocabulary and Definitions-- Quiz 8/30Unit 2 Vocabulary wordsUnit 3 Vocabulary
Touching Spirit BearFreak the Mighty PDFQuestions
4/17 Scope articleQuestarUnit 8 VocabularyMicroscope & Telescope EssayHero UnitUnit 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 CarolNarrative Writing ExamplesRating Narratives ActivityCopy of the Independent Reading Project GuidelinesCopy of the Writing Packet***This is worth one test grade.Essay Analysis ActivityExamples #1-4Argument Essay ResourcesShould Balloons Be Banned-- resources for writing your essayYes- Video shown to the whole classYes- Source 1No- Source 2No- Source 3Paired TextsWriting Discussions and InterventionsVocabulary 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 cluesContext clues activities 1, 2, & 3Types of Conflict NotesArgumentative Essay OutlineInformational/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
- Analyze the scene when Kenny makes Max go down the stairs first. What does this tell the reader about Max’s father?
- 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?
- 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?
- Why do you believe Killer Kane blames Max for costing him years in prison?
- 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…”