Thursday, December 15, 2011

7th grade paragraphs

Many 7th graders have paragraphs to finish from class time.  A half hour was given, but many students did not finish in that time.  The paragraphs are due tomorrow.



Friday, December 9, 2011

new dates

Due to my absence on Thursday, I'm extending the due dates.

Project and quiz now due Monday, Essay now due Tuesday

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This week for 7th grade, part 2

Project week is in full swing!
Wednesday, we will have one full 80 minute period for working on the projects.  I remind students and parents that this is not likely to be enough time to complete the work unless they spend time outside of class as well. I urge students to utilize after school study and morning madness. The FINAL project and the Google quiz are both due on Friday.

This week for 7th grade, part one

In class today, we began persuasive letters to Mr. Cooke, taking a position on either homework or cell phones.  This will be due in FIRST DRAFT (Rough draft) form on Monday, December 12th. The notes from class are below for your/their reference:

Tips/Techniques for persuasion:

Trick / Manipulate / Plead / Nag
Make promises
Provide logical evidence:
    If, then
    Expert opinion / testimonial
    Precedent (who has done it before?)
Use authority
Build trust (who ARE you anyway?)
Butter them up (why would someone as kind/smart as him/her want to do this?)

Format for the letter:

Letter format -- date, addresses, salutation, sincerely

Para 1:  Introduction and thesis statement -- who you are, why you are writing (concern to share), acknowledge (admit) what is good in the school and what HE does well.  THEN share your request.  Then 3 part thesis statement.

Para 2: transition, why this is good/necessary/important/imperative/educational, statistics, articles, expert opinions, polls, promises, MANY persuasive techniques.

Para 3 and 4:  exactly as above

Para 5:  conclusion -- transition, remind Mr. Cooke of how wonderful he is (butter, butter, butter), acknowledge that not everyone agrees with you (there is controversy or other opinions but why you are right, final push/carrot/promise.  Repeat your thesis statement with request added. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

7th grade homework

Finish the papers from Wednesday's class, please.

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