Mrs. Holder's Language Arts Class
Shelby West Middle School
Murray State University deserves a bid in the NCAA Tournament!
Guess what our next unit is about? Not college basketball, but I brought up my alma mater to serve as an example. We have completed our Personal Narrative unit and are forging ahead with the next: What Influences Our Choices? This unit shifts from the art of storytelling to the craft of informing, explaining and convincing. After learning how to write an effective expository essay, they will work to create convincing argumentative texts. We will focus on finding a topic that each student is interested in. Whether it be a national topic, community or one that hits more close to home, they will choose a side of an issue and do their best to convince the reader to see things their way. We will be learning about strategies, the connection between content, purpose and audience and analyzing examples of argumentative texts.
A big argument looming over the heads of the ten-member basketball selection committee is whether or not a mid-major school should get one of the at-large bids. Historically this doesn't happen- at least, not often. But it has happened before and in my opinion, along with many others, it should happen again. And that's my argument - did I convince you?
What are we working on?
This unit is about writing an effective expository essay. The following lists the big skills we will be focusing on in the next few weeks:
- Analyze examples of specific advertising techniuques
- Create a "Plan of Attack"
- Review the organization and structure of an argumentative paper
- Use revision techniques
- Peer review of their writing with helpful feedback
- Knowing the difference between details and description
- Citing a counter argument
- To be able to back up their thinking with textual evidence.
How will we get there? We are in the process of writing and will soon be getting into peer review groups. We are going to be looking at specific revision techniques, giving constructive feedback and keeping track of what changes we've made to create a final piece.
Important Dates to Know
Unit 14 Vocabulary Test moved to Thursday, March 19th
Because of the unit summative, I decided to move the test to next week. After taking the test, they will receive their Unit 15 vocabulary words & study packet.
Vocabulary Summative April 1st
Students will receive a list of 30 words from the past three vocabulary units to be tested on as a summative assessment. Ten words will be taken from each of the units on March 25th, the day of their Unit 15 test. Their old study packets and quizzes will be a great asset in preparing for the summative!
Book Fair! March 16-20th, WMS Library
Next week will be your seventh grader's last book fair! They do not conduct Scholastic Book Fairs at the high schools so this is their last one. On Tuesday, March 17th, our class will visit the book fair to have a look at all it has to offer. If they want to return to buy something, they can get a pass from Mrs. Gaither to return in the morning before school or during lunch. Look for dates and times when you can come by the book fair in the school Warrior Weekly!