Monday, May 30, 2016

10 books or 2,500 pages
= Approx. 42hrs of Reading 
= Approx 70 days  of Summer (From today)
= 30mins  to 40mins per day

What will you remember about 7th grade?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

2 Learning Days left!

You know you have them at home. PLEASE RETURN ALL CLASSROOM LIBRARY BOOKS NOW (You can keep the one you are reading until the end of the week.) Next Monday, we will go to check out books for the summer. 

Drop your final pieces of work here:  Reading Response

A Person Worth Knowing

Instead of submitting a Feature Article, you just have to give a 1 min speech about the person you have been writing about. Use the work you have already written. - You've all earned a bit of a break!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How will you engage your readers in the hook of your reading response?

H/W You MUST share images/photos of your Feature Article person with your  person. School photos, action photos would be great to share.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Final Reading Response - Across Texts

You know you have them at home. PLEASE RETURN ALL CLASSROOM LIBRARY BOOKS NOW (You can keep the one you are reading until the end of the week.) Next Monday, we will go to check out books for the summer. 

Drop your final pieces of work here: Grammar and Reading Response

Lesson Recap: Final Reading Response  Levels of Claims

Reference to multiple difference texts that support my stance

Sample Reading Response from last year

(Pink are transitional techniques)

Revised Due Dates

Grammar Videos - Wed
Reading Response - Thur
Feature Article - Fri
Membean Minutes and Test - Next Monday.

Finish Strong!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

5 Learning Days Left


Drop your final pieces of work here: Grammar and Reading Response

Any grammar videos turned in before Tuesday will receive bonus feedback and be able to be resubmitted!

Will you meet the 150 minutes (120minutes for MEETS) requirement for the month of MAY? - End of Day Friday 27th?

Friday, May 20, 2016

End of Year

Grammar End of Year Review

Integrating Sentence Techniques - Maybe you can use some sentences from your Character introduction in your grammar section?

Next Week - 5 DAYS (Mon. 31st included) - 4 Assignments

Grammar Top 10 - Use grammatically advanced sentences from your introduction if possible.
Final RR
Feature Article
Membean Test

Thursday, May 19, 2016



H/W - Provide your partner with at least 3 images that he/she can in their feature article. If you help them, they will help you! - All images should be provided by next Tuesday at the latest.

Coming next week - FINAL RR- Make sure you have finished your dystopian book by Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Questioning what we read...

H/W - READ and Membean

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lesson Recap: Participles

Bring advanced tools into your writing.

H/W - Begin your outline. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

9 Learning Days Left

H/W Write up a your claim and two supports for your classmate FA. Due TUESDAY

End of Year Due Dates

  • Grammar 'Top 10 Ways' Advanced Sentence Techniques - In class work - Wed. 18th - Due Fri 20
  • Classmate Feature Article -  Thur 26th May
  • Dystopia Reading Response - Fri 27th May
  • 'The Amazing RLA' - Reflection - In class work on Fri. 27th
  • End of Year Membean Test - Mon 31st May (expectation - 150mins from May 1st - May 31st) 
  • Summer Reading Library Checkout Mon 31st May 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Quill Magazine submission form: Click here

Feature Article: Round 2

Use this email template to contact friends and family of your interviewee. (All emails must be inspected by a teacher BEFORE being sent)

Dear _____________,

My name is_______________ and I am writing a Feature Article about _______________ for a 7th grade class assignment.  I am conducting research for my project. ____________ said that you might be able to provide me some information about him/her. Could you answer these questions?



Thank you for your support with my work.

P.S. Mr Buxton and ________ are know that I am sending this email.

Interviewees - Once your journalist has decided on a slant for your article, they might ask you to bring in photographs of you doing an activity or hobby related to your slant for their article. - Try to be as helpful as possible.

Final Feature Article Due: Tuesday 24th 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Add this file to your drive and drop your feature article in here as a PDF


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Follow the instructions in the video for turning in your Feature Article. It is DUE at the END of Class Wednesday. These MUST all be turned in by then in order to get printed and graded.


These girls used different text features to present their information


Add this file to your drive and drop your feature article in here as a PDF

Are you using infinitive phrases in your piece

Sunday, May 8, 2016


End of Year Reminders: NO Resubmitted work AFTER Monday 16th MAY.  No resubmissions  of any new work (e.g. work begun from this day forward).



Leads and Kicker Samples

What do you need to do to achieve this deadline? - Remember  - No resubmissions 

OPTIONAL - Do you wish to have any of your work completed this year submitted to the  MS  - QUILL - The school's literary magazine? - Follow these instructions

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Feature Article Design

You MUST come to class tomorrow with your TITLE and SUBTITLES for your Feature Article.  AND at least two images that you plan  to use. They must be a 'pun' or 'play on words' - There should be a link between the title and subheadings.

Copy your writing+IMAGES into this section: Titles and Subheadings
This might help with Pun Creation: Pungenerator

How will your design compare?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Supporting Paragraphs Samples

Look at these 'exemplary' supporting paragraphs. How does yours compare? - Notice the depth of research these student have?

By Maja
Green; Voice
Red= Supporting idea relating to claim
Orange= Research reference
Blue= Figurative language
Pink= Transitional Phrases
Black= Absolute phrases

A heavy weight to lift

Here’s Edison. Edison is 17 and waiting outside the school clinic to have his blood tested for steroid use. Eddi wants to be part of the school’s swim team. Biting his nails, Edison is lead into a small white room where he is placed on a paper covered stool. Seconds later a smiley nurse comes flying into the hospital cell where she sings in a bit too cordial voice; “Welcome Eddi! Let the test begin.” Needles are flicked, tears are wept. Eddi is tested positive. Poor Eddi some might say.- He didn’t know better! But who are we kidding? Based on a study done in 2013 MAYO clinic concludes that 1 in 20 teens between the ages 12-19 have been tested positive for use of Anabolic Steroids. “Not only are steroids illegal, but they are also extremely dangerous for the young teens that are getting involved.” Says Dr. Green staff at President's Council Clinic in Philadelphia. Infact taking these drugs can result in a fine of up to 1000US$ for teens convicting the law of personal drug use, their minds blindly oblivious of the consequences. But really though! It’s astounding what some of these kids are avidly willing to do to get a so called ‘ideal body’. Like slaves, the teens of the 2000’s work tirelessly to get a perfect form. “The ‘ideal body’ is very unhealthy and requires being severely underweight. However this is not what the teens are seeing when they go surfing online.” Says Dr. James Lock a professor at Stanford and co-author of “How to help your teen with their wavering body image” Additionally, some of the fearsome drugs these kids are taking can lead to many more menacing things- Creatine, Anabolic Steroids, Steroid Precursors. All of which are types of performance enhancing drugs and all of which are very dangerous, their outrageous affects taking the lives of teens worldwide. Not to mention the vicious hazards.-Based on a study done at President's Council Clinic on steroid users between the ages of 15-19 shows steady signs of blood clotting problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver problems, mood swings and (in both genders), notable failure and development of reproductive systems among its patients. Doctors worldwide are asking themselves why these teens are going to such outrageous limits that their methods are becoming lethal to achieve ‘the perfect body’. Dr. Jen, doctor at the MAYO clinic children and teen section believes the following; “Puberty insecurities and peer pressure are the 2 main reasons teens are being lured into taking steroids.” And that sure is true! Infact an astounding 56.8% of teens say they are eagerly motivated by either being unfairly pressured by peers to live up to the harsh criteria at school or media. While the remaining disturbing 43.2% say that the hot hard pressure comes from teachers or coaches to make the school team. This is based on a study done by British Council For Teens Health Statistics. In conclusion- all in all steroids lead to nothing but bad, relating back to Eddie. The pressure can be dangerous for teens as the nurse explains to him, seeing nothing but what others want them too. The best way parents and schools can help avoid teens trying to take performance enhancing drugs to improve their body image, is promoting at least 1-2 hour exercise for their kids/students, to make them look and feel fit nd healthy.Overdose can take you to the hospital and can maybe even lead to a hideous death! If you want a nice body Eddie, you have to do at least 1-2 hours of cardiovascular exercises daily.” With those words she leaves him behind on the clinic table, forcing him think of his possibly lethal mistake.


green=absolute phrases
red=relate to claim
blue=research reference
orange=transitional phrases
purple=figurative language

Body image. Does this term seem familiar? Contemporary teens may not know the whole meaning but all of us would have some understanding. Did you ever think that body image and parents can go together really well? Well, parents are usually known in life to talk about making good decisions and teaching how to be a good person in the community. Picture this: Sarah, a modern day teen getting up for a school morning, and does her daily morning routine. By the time she gets downstairs to the kitchen, the first thing her mom does is to criticise what she is wearing. “Hey Sarah, don’t you look a little weird and too grown up for that look?” Her shoulders slump down, she starts to slowly walk up the stairs back to her room to change. Isn’t this crazy? But now, a nerve racking study done by Dr. Aaron Krasner, a practicing psychologist at Yale School of Management,  shows that the mother's’ attitude is the third highest and most influential on their child. Their minds brainwashed by parental influence, “80% of 10 year old girls have already started to put their body image as top priority because of parental influence,” Robert Glatter MD says. Kids are not meant to care about their body image at such a young age, they are meant to live the life the want to have.  Nothing surprising yet? Horrifyingly, 12% of innocent teenage boys are using unproven and untested supplements and steroids. This is also important because if the kid doesn’t know what they are putting inside their body, they won’t have an average life span like the other kids who don’t inject steroids into their body. Seriously, modern day teens don’t want to end up like the other boys who have been using harmful chemicals. In the future, teens who have been using the unproven steroids and untested supplements will be easy targets for diseases  Not having or having very little negative parental influence will improve teens mindset about their body image.

Monday, May 2, 2016

FA: Supporting Paragraph

Drop your link in here: Supporting Paragraph Summative

Adding a author's stance on a topic

H/W - 10 minutes of Membean
Make sure you have the NEW version of pages on your computer - download if necessary!

NOT the old version

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