Vocabulary for unit two:

Text features:  the elements of a text designed to help locate, understand, and organize information

Credibility:  the quality of being trusted or believed

Primary Source:  an original document containing firsthand information about a subject

Secondary Source:  discussion about or commentary on a primary source; the key feature of a secondary sourdce is that it offers an interpretation of information gathered from primary sources.

Claim:  a position statement (or thesis) that asserts an idea or makes an argument.

Valid:  believable or truthful

Counterclaim:  reasoning or facts given in opposition to an argument.

Explanatory Writing: A form of writing whose prupose is to explain or inform.

Rhetoric: The art of using words to persuade in writing or speaking.



*****Please remember that students will not be given a vocabulary test on these terms.  They need to know what they mean and be able to apply or identify them in  a text.*******


1-22-18 This week we will continue our unit on Arguementative Essays.  Students will learn the different elements of an arguement and how to write a claim.  Reading Logs and Membean will continue this week.  Please make sure that your child is reading at least 15 minutes a night in a grade appropriate novel and you are initialing their logs.  They are due every Friday.  Your child should also being doing two- fifteen minute practice sessions of Membean each week.  


 1/28/18 We will be writing our Arguementative Essays this week.  The students will be given a detailed graphic organizer that we will do piece by piece in class.  Attendance is very important.  Students should be reading, filling out their reading logs and doing the two sessions of Membean.  Reading Logs and Membean minutes are always due on Friday.  



Reading Log


2/5/18 This week we will continue our study of arguementative texts.  We will look at tone, text features, and supporting a claim.  I have attatched the articles if you would like to review them.  Friday will be the Unit 2 vocabulary list.  The words are listed above and have been used in class the last three weeks.  

Ain't I a Woman?                    Remarks of UN



 2/12/18 This week we will be taking the Unit 2 test.  This test is on comprehension and your child will be given their testing accommodations.  The test will be broken down into three parts to make it more managable.  The end of the week we will be reading and discussing the article Screen Time?  We will be having our Membean test on Friday so please make sure your child has done their minutes at home.  



 2/16/18 Just a reminder that we will begin Tangerine when we return.  I have attatched a video link that you can listen to.  I hope everyone has a wonderful break.