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English 7: 4
Instructor: Williams   
Welcome back fellowáMustangs!á

This is your resource for Ms. Williams' English class. I will be posting daily to inform you and your parents about the class agenda, assignments in and outside of class, and any additional resources or handouts you will need.

You will find my welcome letter attached under files. This contains classroom policies and procedures, grading policies, required supplies, and my contact information.á

I look forward to an amazing year!

Ms. Williams

No "Homework" exist(s)
Textbooks and Late Work
If you or your student checked out a hard copy of the English Literature textbook, please have the student return it to the library either before school, at lunch, or after school. If the student received the electronic login for the textbook, he or she does not need to do anything.

All late work, missing assignments, and quiz make-ups must be completed and turned in on Thursday, June 2 in order to be graded and inputted into ABI for grades.

Final Projects for 7th and 8th graders are due on Tuesday, June 7.

California Collections
Login to the online textbook can be found at my.hrw.com.

We are piloting a new textbook and resources called California Collections. There is a textbook and two workbooks (Close Reader and Assessment Performance), but the materials will be kept in the classroom unless a student is absent and needs to make up missing assignments.

Students will be receiving a username and password to login to an electronic version of the textbook that has additional resources. I will send a letter home with students with the login information for parents to have as well.

We are going to be using these materials for the rest of this school year to determine if we want to use these materials for next year's English courses.

We will be covering the unit called "Risk and Exploration". During this unit, we will encounter individuals who must confront a compelling questions: How far is too far?

Throughout the unit, students will complete a research project, a short argumentative essay, an informal debate, and other writing assignments.

The required reading will be from the textbook:
Speech Remark at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center
Close Reader Essay Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost?
Commentary Why Exploring the Ocean is Mankind's Next Giant Leap?
Science Article from Living in the Dark
Close Reader Article Stinging Tentacles Offer Hint of Oceans' Decline
Poem Your World
Excerpt from the novel Gulliver's Travels

Citations Notes
Click on the link below to go to the PowerPoint for the citation notes:

Citation PowerPoint Link

End of Quarter 3 Late Work
All late or missing work from quarter 3 is due by Wednesday, March 16. Any work or quizzes not made up before spring break will be given a zero and will not be allowed to be made up for credit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me.

Argumentative Essay
Students took a computerized pre-assessment on their knowledge of argumentative essays.

During the unit, students will be writing one argumentative essay.

Essay: Should people drink tap or bottled water? Due Thursday, March 17

Watch the video - The Story of Bottled Water:

We will reading two sources and utilizing evidence for both in the essay we will be writing during class. I will post more videos as we go through the steps of Argumentative Essay to help you through the writing process.

Shmoop Video Clips on the Writing Process (In order of when they were showed in class)

Argumentative Essay Clip - Why do we need to write an argumentative essay? http://www.shmoop.com/video/argument-essay?playlist=essay-writing

How to Write a Killer Thesis - http://www.shmoop.com/video/how-to-write-a-killer-thesis-statement?playlist=essay-writing

How to Structure a Thesis Sentence - http://www.shmoop.com/video/how-to-structure-a-thesis-sentence-?playlist=essay-writing

Writing a grabby sentence or a hook - http://www.shmoop.com/video/writing-grabby-intro-sentences?playlist=essay-writing

What Not to do in an Introduction - http://www.shmoop.com/video/what-not-to-do-in-an-introduction?playlist=essay-writing

If you are absent, check the calendar date for the day you are absent to see if you missed reading a chapter of Flipped. If you did, scroll down to the bottom of the page and open the Flipped Folder. There is a PDF version of the novel. Find the chapter you missed and read it at home. You can also complete the activities in your reading packet for that chapter.

Reading Packet Due Dates
Chapters 1-4 Due Thursday, January 14
Chapters 5-8 Due Friday, January 22

If you are absent for a literary circle day (Chapters 9-14), write on a separate sheet of paper:
  • A paragraph summarizing the chapter you read.
  • Three figurative language devices and examples in that chapter.
  • Two unfamiliar words. The definition based on context clues and the dictionary definition.
  • One discussion question that could be used in a Socratic Seminar or pilot/co-pilot.
Final Project
Students are given three options for the final project. The PDF of the different options and rubrics can be found under the Flipped folder below. The Project is due on Thursday, February 11. No exceptions.

Film Adaptation
Permission slips for the film will be passed out and posted on Tuesday, February 9. If the form your child received in class doesn't make it home, you can download it from the Flipped folder below. The permission slip is due on Friday, February 12 or earlier. If I do not receive a signed permission slip or if I receive a slip that denies the student permission to watch the film will be given an alternative writing assignment that will take the place of the film.

Finals and Study Guide

On Monday, I passed out a study guide in class for students to work on and complete. They will be worth 8 extra credit points if completed and turned in the day of the final. If the study guide is not completed, then students will not receive the extra credit on their final.

The final will be a computerized test.

Finals schedule (all half days)
Tuesday: Periods 1, 2, and 3
Wednesday: Periods 4, 6, and 5

End of Semester 1
We are nearing the end of the first semester. For those of you who have procrastinated on turning in any missing or absent work, the FINAL DAY to turn in any work is Friday, December 11. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS made, so be prepared. I am available most mornings before school, and every day after school and lunch B. Be responsible and make up that work so you can have a happy holiday with the grade you want and worked hard to earn.
Progress 2 Grades
Progress 2 grades are due Friday, October 30. Every student will receive a report card home for this progress grade.

Please check ABI for your (or your child's) current grade. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. My email is catherine_williams@ycjusd.us

Thank you!
-Ms. Williams

The Giver
We are going to be starting a new unit covering the novel The Giver. Students have the option to purchase their own copy of The Giver on their own. A class set will be available to use during class time, so it is not required for a student to purchase his or her own copy. We will be reading the novel in class, so there will be no reason for the student to have a copy at home.

If your student does miss a day of reading, please have him or her see me to make up the missing day.
Quarter 1 Grades
Quarter 1 ends Friday, October 9.

Late work for Quarter 1 is due by Wednesday, October 7. Any Quarter 1 late work turned in after October 7 will nor receive credit. Quarter 1 missing assignments will not be given credit if completed and turned in after Quarter 1 is over.

Check ABI to see what you or your student is missing. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

First Notebook Check
The first notebook check due dates:
Period 2 Monday 9/21
Period 4 Tuesday 9/22
Period 6 Wednesday 9/23

The following is a list of items you need in your notebook (according to the Table of Contents).

1) Follow Directions Quiz
2) Listening Questionnaire
3) Seventh Grade (unit)
4) Sentence Types/Conjunctions
5) Amigo Brothers (unit)
6) The Good Samaritan (unit)
7) Plot Diagram (story map)
8) Capitalization and Nouns
9) What It Takes to Be Great (quick writes 1 and 2)
Progress Reports
Current Progress Reports are being sent home today. Parents, if you sign the progress slip and your child returns it to me on TUESDAY 9/8, he or she will receive extra credit on the quiz from 9/4.

Thank you!
Ms. Williams

Grammar Punk
Dear Parents,

I posted the link for the Grammar Punk under the links resources. Please feel free to check it out and look at the videos and resources they provide through their site.

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