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Informative Writing Prompt
Due Date: 10/12/2018
Subject: 7th Grade English

You have read the passage from "The Distracted Teenage Brain".  Based on what you have read, write a response explaining how the brain of an adolescent responds compared to the brain of an adult. Use clear reasoning and relevant evidence to support your response.



Determine Central Idea
Due Date: 9/24/2018
Subject: 7th Grade English

Determine Central Idea

> Tactic- Survey the Text

* Step 1- Survey the text looking specifically for text features (headings, titles, visuals). Ask, "What does it seem like the text is mostly about?"

* Step 2- Using the answer to step one, reread the text looking for details that support your central idea.

 



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Class Notes from Monday, Aug. 20
Due Date: 8/20/2018
Subject: 7th Grade English

Plot Structure:

Plot - the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story.

Exposition - the information needed to understand a story. It includes the setting, characters, sets the scene, etc...

Rising Action - the series of events that lead to the climax

Climax - the turning point in the story. It is the defining moment of the plot.

Falling Action - the events that follow the climax; these events bring the story to a close.

Resolution - the conclusion/end of the story.



Elements of Narrative Writing
Due Date: 10/11/2017
Subject: 7th Grade English

Elements of Narrative Writing

Remember the 5 P's: Plot, People, Place, Point, Perspective

 

Plot:

The plot is what happens in the story.

The plot is made up of a series of events.

5 C's - Characters, Conflict, Complications, Climax, & Conclusion

Conflict- the main problem that arises.

Complications - obstacles to resolving the conflict.

Climax - what must take place for conflict to be resolved- Highest point of tension or suspense.

Conclusion - resolution of the conflict.

 

People:

Characters: Direct and Indirect Characterization

Direct is what the author tells us about the character

Indirect is what we learn about a character for ourselves

Protagonist - Main Character usually good

Antagonist - usually the "VILLIAN"

Supporting characters - everyone else

 

 

Place:

Setting - Where does the story take place?This can sometimes include geography, and cultural, religious, or political background that serves as a backdrop for the plot.

Time Period

Country

Rural or City

Season

Month

 

Point:

Meaning or Theme

What is the authors purpose?

What is he/she trying to show us?

Theme- What can we learn about life from this story?

 

 

Perspective:

Who is the narrator and how is his/her point of view developed?

This also includes author's craft- figurative language, symbolism, tone, mood, etc.

Diction: the choice or use of words in speech or writing.Stream of

Consciousness: the character's thoughts are open to the reader presented as a flow of ideas.

 

 

Point of View:

1st Person - when the narrator is inside the story; telling the story as a character who says "I."

3rd Person Omniscient - narrator is outside of the story but still tells what the characters are thinking.

3rd Person Limited - narrator is outside of the story and gives feelings of main character only, all others are objective.

3rd Person Objective - narrator does not know the feelings of any characters.

2nd Person - narrator relling the story with "you" - very rarely happens.

 

 



Figurative Language
Due Date: 9/14/2017
Subject: 7th Grade English

Simile - A figure of speech comparing two unlike things using like or as. "She's as sweet as pie."

Metaphor - A figure of speech comparing two unlike things without using like or as. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

Personification - Representation of a thing or idea taking on human characteristics. "The sun danced across the sky."

Hyperbole - Exaggeration "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse."

Onomatopoeia - Naming a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound it's associated with. "Boom! Snap! Crackle!"