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Pre-AP English 7

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Erin Ounkeo (oon-gow)

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Upcoming Assignments

Focus: Evidence to prove how a theme develops
Assignments: Students will read the novel, Tangerine throughout the week and will participate in formatives, note-taking, preparation for the summative by writing down evidence, and by having group discussions.
Assessments: The theme summative will begin Friday, 4/27.
Homework: Some nights, students will need to finish the reading at home.
Monday: Read your Tangerine novel pages 126-137 and add to your notes.

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Focus: This week students will focus on the skills of comparing and contrasting and reflecting on character choices as they read the novel, Tangerine.
Assignments: Various formatives and discussions on Tangerine.
Assessments: We will introducing theme this week, which will be a summative later on.
Homework: Any incomplete class work.

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Focus: Read the novel, Tangerine. Students will look deeply into character development, comprehension, and have discussions. The pdf of Tangerine is attached if students need it.
Assignments: Students will continue to add to their double entry journals, participate in group discussion, prepare for the upcoming summative.
HW: Any unfinished work from class is homework.
Assessments: None this week. Only formatives that practice for the summative.

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Focus: Unit 3: Characters and Choices. We will begin reading the novel Tangerine, by Edward Bloor. The focus will be on getting to know characters and finding evidence to prove claims about characters.
Assignments: Students who have not had their Tangerine book contracts signed, need them signed to be able to complete the daily lessons on Tangerine. We will be reading Tangerine almost daily in class. The days that we do not read, we will be working on Common Core skills and practicing literature analysis with a focus on character choices. Students will still use the book to find evidence and look up information, so the book needs to be in class daily.
Assessments: At this time, this unit will consist of three assessments all based on the novel, Tangerine. Students, will prove they understand theme, how a character's choice changes him or her, and
HW: Homework is any unfinished work, which would be written in the homework planner
Note: I have attached Unit 3 from the Springboard book and the PDF version of Tangerine if a student needs it.

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Focus: Analyzing song lyrics for figurative components: Mood, Theme, Figurative Language
Assignments: See the attached daily goal setting sheet
Assessments: Lyrics Presentation- Standards: Formal Presentation and Determining meaning of figurative language
HW: Any unfinished goals that were set in class.

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Week of Feb. 26 Due: Saturday March 03, 2018
Focus: Figurative Language in song lyrics and what they mean
Assignments: Students will practice identifying and interpreting figurative language like similes, metaphors, assonance, alliteration, and personification.
Assessments: We will begin the Lyrics Presentation summative next week. This week, we will prepare for it.
Homework: Bring appropriate song lyrics to analyze for the summative. You will also need a poster board to display your information on. No foam board or tri-fold boards.

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Focus: Finishing "Should Students Get Paid for Good Grades?" Essay (summative, due 2/21).
Assignments: -Check-ins and mini-lessons to support students while finishing their essay. -Begin Unit 3: Consequences and Choices. Students will begin studying figurative language to prepare for the Lyrics Project Summative.
Assessments: Paid for Grades Essay due 2/21. Lyrics Project is coming up!

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Focus: Argumentative Writing: Should students get paid for good grades?
Assignments: The essay (summative) is broken up into sections. Basically, students will write one strong and well-written paragraph each day. Each student has an agenda where they write their daily goal. The writing that is not completed in class is homework. Please refer to the agenda for homework. At this time, some students are far ahead, way behind, or right on target. Please check in with your child to make sure she or he is completing the summative.
Homework: Check agenda, which is attached
Assessment: Argumentative Essay: Should students get paid for grades? This summative like all summatives is on Google Classroom with resources that we have used in class.

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Focus: Writing an argumentative essay
Assignments: Students will be writing their summative on Getting Paid for Grades
HW: Finish any incomplete writing from class.

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Focus: Effective evidence
Assignments: Students will read a variety of text and identify and explain why the evidence is effective. They will also continue practicing writing a claim, evidence, and commentary.
HW: Continue reading
Assessments: The argumentative essay summative starts 2/2

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Focus: Effective evidence
Assignments: Students will read a variety of text and identify and explain why the evidence is effective. They will also continue practicing writing a claim, evidence, and commentary.
HW: Wednesday: Finish Dangerous Challenges Response on Google Classroom. Continue reading at home and complete the retakes

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Week of January 16th Due: Saturday January 20, 2018
Focus: Rhetoric Appeals: Pathos, Ethos, Logos Assignments: Practice making a claim and backing that claim up with evidence and commentary. Students should have the definitions of Pathos, Logos, and Ethos memorized by now.
Assessments: None this week. Just retakes for Marketing to Youth and Vending Machines
Homework: Continue reading at home and revise any incompletes, 1s, or 2s on summatives.

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January 8th Due: Saturday January 13, 2018
Focus: Persuasive Techniques in Argumentative Writing
Assignments: Students will read, participate, and learn about persuasive writing. This is an introduction week, so we will take notes in class and review new persuasive ideas each day.
Assessments: NONE for English, but there is a full school literacy test on Thursday. Some students have retakes for Vending Machines- Prove the author's claim and Marketing to Youth- How are youth targeted by marketers
Homework: Retakes if needed and read at home.
BRING to class: Please bring all basic supplies to class including lined paper, pencils, and A SILENT READING BOOK every day.

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Focus: Part 2 of Unit 2: Writing to Persuade and SOAPSTone Strategy
Assignments: Students will discuss persuasive moments in their lives with each other, read persuasive texts and practice the strategy Springboard calls SOAPStone
Assessments: Final literature circle discussion, Roots Quiz
H.W. Prepare for literature circle discussions and study root words

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Focus: Part 2 of Unit 2: Writing to Persuade and SOAPSTone Strategy. Also, bring a book for independent reading every day to class.
Assignments: Students will practice writing with evidence and the strategy Springboard calls SOAPSTone
Assessments: Many students need to revise their Marketing to Youth essay
H.W. Read your book

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Focus: Part 2 of Unit 2: Stating the author's claim. Also, bring a book for independent reading every day to class. We read every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Assignments: Students will read, annotate and discuss articles on page 127 and 134 in SB. They will identify argumentative elements in writing and relevant evidence.
Assessments: Stating the author's claim one paragraph response with evidence
H.W. Read your book

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Week of November 27th Due: Saturday November 25, 2017
Focus: Writing an informational essay about how youth are targeted by marketers.
Assignments: For the last few weeks, students have studied and gathered information about advertisers and why they target young people more than any other age group. Students will use this information to write an expository essay (summative). Each day we will have a mini lesson on the structure of expository essays. Then, students will have the opportunity to use what they learned AND begin typing in class. Whatever writing is not completed in class for day, needs to be done at home. This is a must because students will get behind if they do not reach the daily goal.
I have attached a timeline of the agenda during the summative
Assessments: Expository Essay: Marketing to Youth
H.W. If the writing in class was not completed, the homework is to complete the writing at home.
Attachments: The agenda for the summative and goal setting sheet, EA 2.1 Summative Rubric, & SB book Unit 2

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Focus: Gathering evidence for the marketing to youth summative
Assignments: Students will read p. 114-116 in the Springboard book to gather more evidence about how youth are targets.
Assessments: Roots Summative Friday. Marketing to Youth Summative will begin after Thanksgiving break.
H.W. Study Roots for a few minutes each day
Prepare for the literature circle discussion by reading to your goal for the week and creating higher order thinking questions for the discussion

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Focus: Credible and not credible websites and writing with evidence
Assignments: p. 106-109 Evaluating Sources
Assessments: Literature Circle Discussions this Thursday
HW: Prepare by reading and writing higher order thinking questions (HOTs) for your discussion on Thursday
Error: In the minute message video, I said Nov. 7th instead of Nov. 6th. oops.

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Focus: Marketing to Youth: Credible Sources Assignments: Read how youth are targets of marketers, analyze text and website to see if they are credible or not credible, literature circle discussions every Friday. Assessment: Roots Quiz Friday HW: Study roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Read Literature Circle book and make sure discussion questions are completed by Thursday night. Please watch the Minute Message Video to get a more detailed run down of the week.

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Week of October 23rd Due: Saturday October 28, 2017
Focus: We will begin reading articles that teach students how marketers target young people.
Assignments: Read and annotate articles about marketing to youth. Practice writing by answering expository prompts.
Assessments: Daily formatives. No roots quiz this week.
HW: Study new root words. Read.

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Week of October 16th Due: Saturday October 21, 2017
Focus: Finish presenting myths. Begin Unit 2- Informational Text Assignments: Presentations, Unit 2 introduction, choose literature circle books Assessments: Part 1 Roots Final HW: Read daily and study root words for the test on Friday. Please sign Grade Checks Monday night and review goals with your students on Friday to see if they were met and retakes were completed.

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Week of September 25th Due: Saturday September 30, 2017
Focus: Create an original myth Assignments: Students will brainstorm ideas with a partner to write original myths with characters, gods, goddesses, and/or heroes they have created from their imaginations. Assessment: EA 1.2 An Original Myth Homework: Monday: Finish brainstorming the myth and filling out the graphic organizers Tuesday: Log onto Storybird.com and finish any typing you did not complete in class with your partner. Wednesday: Log onto Storybird.com and finish any typing you did not complete in class with your partner. Thursday: Log onto Storybird.com and finish any typing you did not complete in class with your partner. Study your root words for Quiz #4. Friday: Practice presenting your myth.

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Focus: Creation Myths Assignments: Students will read and analyze creation myths, learn how to punctuate dialogue correctly, and begin brainstorming for their own creation myth with a partner. Assessments: daily formatives Homework: Read every night for 20-30 minutes. Monday--Finish "Wanted" poster for a god or goddess. Details are on p.63 in your SB book. Tuesday-- Finish the "Wanted" poster and turn it in LATE on Wednesday. Wednesday- Study your new root words: ify, ize, ology Thursday- Study your new root words and words containing those roots: ify, ize, ology Friday- Read for fun!

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Focus: Character Traits Assignments: Read myths, identify character traits, create a god or goddess "Wanted" Poster Assessments: Roots Quiz on Friday Homework: Read 30 minutes and revise narrative if you scored a 2 or below.

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Focus: Plot Elements Assignments: Read myths to identify key plot elements and character development. Assessment: Roots quiz Tuesday. No other summatives Homework: Read 30 minutes each day. *Please take a look at the Minute Message Video below.

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Focus: Revising a personal narrative Assignments: Students will learn how to enhance the beginnings of their stories by adding a hook and how to develop the body of their story. Assessments: Personal Narrative Homework: Complete any unfinished work from class and read 30 minutes each night.

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Focus: Revising a personal narrative Assignments: Students will learn how to enhance the middle of their stories by adding figurative language and "show" details. Assessments: Personal Narrative Homework: Complete any unfinished work from class and read 30 minutes each night.

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Focus: Analyze characters and the choices they make. Assessment: Roots quiz Friday, so study Thursday night HW: Please "Take 5!" minutes to read over your root words each day and read 30 minutes a night.

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Focus: We are starting Unit 1: The Choices We Make. Students will look closely at choices and the consequences of those choices. HW: Read 30 minutes a night and bring a SSR book to school every day. For English, a 3-ring binder with 3 tab folder dividers is needed. Please bring lots and lots of loose leaf binder paper. Assessments: NONE

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Focus: Get to know you activities. What's English all about? How do I annotate text thoroughly? Assessments: None HW: Return paper work "First Day Packet" to the office or Advisory Teacher. Also return the syllabus signature sheet 7th Grade Syllabus attached. You will also find the Supply List in the Syllabus

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Focus: Continue reading Tangerine and analyzing the characters Assessment: Daily writing formatives HW: TBA Notes: *Please watch the Minute Message attached to this post. Some students need to have a parent sign the book contract and bring sticky notes. Scholastic is selling Tangerine for $5 free shipping and no tax if you are interested.

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Tangerine Novel exact pages PDF
March 27th Due: Saturday April 01, 2017
Please watch the attached video called: Minute Message Focus: Begin the novel, Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Assessments: Daily formatives HW: Get Book Contract signed and bring sticky notes for Tangerine HW for 3/30 Finish reading August 18th p. 7-12. Write one question for each level 1, 2, and 3

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This week, students will begin analyzing figurative language in song lyrics of their choosing. Students will describe the theme, mood, and how the figurative language affects the reader on a poster board. Lastly, partners will give a formal presentation sharing their findings. A daily agenda is attached for parents and for absent students Assessment: Lyrics Presentation. Presentations are on 3/9-3/10. HW: Complete any unfinished class work FYI: When students return from break, we will begin Unit 3, which is reading the exciting story, Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Students can sign a book contract and borrow Tangerine from the library or bring their own copy ( about $6). I suggest providing students with a pad of sticky notes, so they can mark important information in the book.

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This week, students will continue analyzing figurative language in song lyrics of their choosing. Students will describe the theme, mood, and how the figurative language affects the reader on a poster board. Lastly, partners will give a formal presentation sharing their findings. A daily agenda is attached for parents and for absent students Assessment: Lyrics Presentation. Presentations are on 3/9-3/10. HW: Complete any unfinished class work FYI: When students return from break, we will begin Unit 3, which is reading the exciting story, Tangerine by Edward Bloor. Students can sign a book contract and borrow Tangerine from the library or bring their own copy ( about $6). I suggest providing students with a pad of sticky notes, so they can mark important information in the book. You can find the version we use here: http://a.co/fHAISRL

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We will practice persuasive strategies: Logos, Pathos, Ethos Assessments: SOAPSTone Reading Strategy on Tuesday 1/10. HW: Continue reading a book of your choice at home. **Bring a silent reading novel, magazine, or informational book to class each day.

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We will study different points of view in argumentative/persuasive writing and strong evidence. Assessments: NONE. HW: Continue reading a book of your choice at home. **Bring a silent reading novel, magazine, or informational book to class each day.

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Now that we have studied different points of view, making claims, and how to locate the strongest evidence to support a claim, we will being writing a persuasive essay. This is a summative. Assessments: Starting Persuasive Essay HW: Continue reading a book of your choice at home. **Bring a silent reading novel, magazine, or informational book to class each day.

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Now that we have studied different points of view, making claims, and how to locate the strongest evidence to support a claim, we will being writing a persuasive essay. This is a summative. The daily learning goals are attached. Assessments: Persuasive Essay: Should Students Get Paid for Grades? Mon.-Sun HW: Continue reading a book of your choice at home. Monday HW: Review Graphic Organizer Tuesday HW: Finish typing the Introduction and Counterargument Paragraphs if you did not finish in class. Wednesday HW: Finish typing your FIRST reason paragraph if you did not finish in class. Thursday HW: Finish typing your SECOND reason paragraph if you did not finish in class. Friday HW: Finish typing your Conclusion Paragraph if you did not finish in class. **Bring a silent reading novel, magazine, or informational book to class each day.

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Focus: This week we will continue analyzing advertisements and influences. Students will begin reading their novels in their literature circles. Please sign the textbook contract for the literature circle book if you have not yet. The contracts are issued from the library and need a parent signature. Assessments: Roots Quiz every Friday. Homework: Read; TBD

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Focus: This week we will continue analyzing expository texts as well as print and tv advertisements and how they influence our choices. Students will begin working in their literature circle groups this week. HOMEWORK: Create flashcards or study the Roots Study Guide daily. Assessments: Roots Final is Friday, 10/28.

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Week of September 26th Due: Saturday October 01, 2016
Focus: Students will write and present an original myth. Directions and the rubric are in the Springboard book attached to last weeks assignment announcement and posted on Google Classroom. Assessment: Myth Homework for Tuesday and Wednesday: Work on the myth at home if you need to. Color a detailed scene from your myth. *Parent Conference Week. Dismissal is at 12:59pm

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Focus: Students will continue reading myths and learn about their literary elements. Assessments: Roots Quiz on Friday Homework: On Wednesday, students should use time at home to complete their "Wanted Poster" of a god or goddess. Directions are on p. 63 in the Springboard book.

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Focus: Students will start Part 2 of Unit 1: Choices. They will study myths and the components a myth. Assessment: None HW: Wednesday: If you did not finish your character trait paragraph, please finish for homework. The directions are on p. 56 in your SB book. The unit is attached. *Note: Cut off time for turning in assignments for Quarter 1 is 9/16, Friday.

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Focus: Students will finish revising their Personal Narrative about a Choice. Assessments: Finish Personal Narrative. Due 9/9 HW: Revise the narrative if needed Keep Reading daily!

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Focus: First, students will learn more narrative elements like how to add figurative language and how to enhance a scene in the their story called "Exploding the Moment." Next, students will be revising the middle of their Personal Narrative using these elements. Assessment: Personal Narrative. Due September 9th. HW: Any writing that did not get done in class can be worked on at home. *Note: The directions to the Personal Narrative are online at Google Classroom.

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Focus: Students will write a monologue and identify the structure and features of narrative poetry. They will explain how the writer uses language and narrative elements for effect. Assessement: Daily formatives

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Focus: We are studying and writing monologues. In groups, students will perform a monologue. No assessments. Only formatives this week.

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Focus: The effects of language in poems and monologues. Summatives: None HW: Read! Read! Read! - 30 minutes a day

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