Thursday, January 29, 2015

Code Talker Webquest

Please use the following link to access our webquest.  This webquest will help us build background on World War II and specifically the battles of the Pacific Front before beginning the novel , Code Talker.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Using Fractured Fairy Tales to Practice Identifying Theme

Use the Fractured Fairy Tales in the video clips below to practice identifying theme.

Simple Steps to Identify Theme

Please review the video clip from class to identify the steps in finding the theme of a fictional story.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Creating an Effective Conclusion

Review the tips for creating a great conclusion for your persuasive essay.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Refuting the Counterclaim with Valid Evidence

Don't forget that counterclaims need to be refuted with evidence and not opinion.  In addition to the texts from class, you could use information from the videos below to effectively prove the counterargument wrong.

Pro-Gun Control Videos

Anti-Gun Control Videos

Monday, January 12, 2015

Looking at Both Sides of the Gun Control Issue

Think about the reasons a person might be pro-gun control (for laws that restrict gun ownership or use) or anti-gun control (against laws that would restrict gun ownership or use).  View the videos below to give you an overview of the issue.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Recognizing Bias

Review the video from today's class to review bias in informative text.

Also, don't forget...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Practice Your Text Structure Skills

You can practice your knowledge of text structure by playing a few games at Mrs. Earl's portaportal website.  Follow the directions below to get there.
Step One - Go to

Step Two - Log in under guest access using the password: mrsearlela.

Step Three - Scroll down to the Be a Better Writer section.

Step Four - Click on the links under text structure.

Reviewing Text Structure

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Creating an Objective Summary that Focuses on the Central Idea

Review the video watched in today's class to help you create an objective summary of the article, "Stopping Sharks By Blasting Their Senses."  Remember that a good summary has two essential parts:

- a clear statement of the article's central idea (The central idea of "Stopping Sharks By Blasting Their Senses" is...)

- text-based proof

Use the link below to connect to the video.