• 2021-2022

    Mrs. Wilson

    7th Grade Language Arts




    OTMS PHONE NUMBER - (601) 898-8730

    Welcome to seventh grade and to what I hope will be an exciting year of Language Arts. After a school year full of changes and challenges last year, I am super excited to begin a new year with your student. Please know that I am here to help your student learn and grow this year.


    Throughout the year, students will be studying language mechanics, literature, poetry, and a variety of writing styles and techniques. Students will also improve skills in public speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Your student was introduced to my classroom rules and procedures (digital copy) today. Please review the classroom rules and consequences with your student to ensure he or she understands the classroom and school-wide expectations.


    Also note that if you ever have any comments, questions, or concerns, I am available for phone calls and conferences (by appointment) each day before or after school. You may also contact me via email, and I will respond within 24 hours. 


    Please make sure you sign up to be an "observer" on your student's CANVAS account. This will help you ensure your student is turning in assignments on time.  I have posted a link to the digital copy of the instructions below this letter.


    I am excited about working with your child. I welcome questions or comments, and I am looking forward to a great year!



    Lori Wilson


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    Classroom Links we will use throughout the year:


    A Long Walk to Water

    Ch. 1-3


    Vocabulary Workshop

    Unit 1 Vocabulary and Definitions

    Touching Spirit Bear

    Digital copy of the book 

    Unit 8 Vocabulary
    Hero Unit
    Unit 7 Vocabulary
    Argument Essay
    Scope Article
    Poetic Portrait Assignment- 
    Directions- Reread the poem "Beginning: 1920," the first entry of the book. Use it as a model to create a portrait of yourself or another person. The portrait can describe such things as how or where you were born, what you look like, what you do. Note the way Karen Hesse uses similes, comparisons with like or as (e.g. "cheekbones like bicycle handles," "mean as a rattler") in her poem.
    Use your own similes in the poem as you write. You must have at LEAST 3. Your completed portrait must be illustrated with photos and/or drawings. 
    Pele's Revenge
    Out of the Dust Resources
    Excerpt from A Christmas Carol
    Narrative Writing Examples
    • Personal Narrative 1
    • Biographical Narrative 2
    • Fictional Narrative 3
    Rating Narratives Activity
    Copy of the Independent Reading Project Guidelines
    Copy of the Writing Packet 
    ***This is worth one test grade.
    Essay Analysis Activity
    Examples #1-4 
    Argument Essay Resources
    Should Balloons Be Banned-- resources for writing your essay
    Yes- Video shown to the whole class 
    Yes- Source 1 
    No- Source 3 
    Paired Texts
    Writing Discussions and Interventions
    The list of all 60 words can be found below.
    Test on theme, POV, central idea, and context clues
    Context clues activities 1, 2, & 3
    Types of Conflict Notes
    Argumentative Essay Outline
    Informational/Expository Essay Outline
    I. Introduction
       a. hook
       b. background information (discuss Burmese pythons in general & tell how the presence of the snakes is changing the Everglades)
       c. thesis statement
    II. Body Paragraph 1
       a. Main idea and details about changes in local animals
       b. Supporting evidence
    III. Body Paragraph 2
       a. Main idea and details about changes in people
       b. Supporting evidence
    IV. Body Paragraph 3
       a. Main idea and details about changes in ecosystem
       b. Supporting evidence
    V. Conclusion
       a. restate the thesis statement
       b. summarize main ideas and details presented in body paragraphs 
       c. strong concluding sentence