Catholic Daughters Contest
The Lord has done great things for us. We are filled with joy. (Psalm 126)
Finding joy in my life
Essay: Typed. Not to exceed 500 words.
Poetry: Typed. Any style. Not to exceed 8 lines.
Art: Size 8½ x 11. NO LETTERING.
Medium: crayon, markers, ink, paints, charcoal, black or colored pencil, pastels
Computer: Size 8½ x 11 or 8 x 12. NO LETTERING.
Art must be the artist’s own creation and should fill the majority of the page. No clip
art or images imported from web sites.
Photography: Size 8 x 10. Do not add matting. Color or black and white.
Picture must be taken by the contestant — not a computer downloaded image. Cannot be a collage.
Local winners are forwarded to State.
State winners are forwarded to National.
National Prizes: 1st - $100; 2nd - $50; 3rd - $2
Students in seventh grade have been discussing the different ways advertising persuades individuals to purchase products or believe advertising promises are true.
They are working individually or with a partner to either design a print ad (magazine, newspaper, billboard), a live ad to be presented in class (infomercial), or an ad shown to the class via technology (commercial).
The students will have to submit a proposal which lists the reasons an individual might want to purchase the product. They will also need to brainstorm ways to effectively catch the attention of the market audience, including a product logo. Finally, the students will have to decide whether or not they are going to create a print, recorded, or live ad.
Print ads should be no smaller than the size of computer paper, but they may be larger if the student feels he/she can better show off the art and wording that will be included in the ad.
Live or taped ads should be under four minutes although students need to realize that thirty seconds to one minute is much more realistic when compared to real commercials unless watching an infomercial.
All ad materials and products must be appropriate for a school-related assignment.
Products may include those already on the market, but students may not use already-existing advertising. They must rebrand. Ads must be original and contain truthful information. At least three valid reasons must be given to persuade the buying audience.
Students will have some time to work and plan in class, but some of the project will have to be completed at home, especially if a recorded commercial format has been chosen.
Clauses and Complex Sentences
Students are learning about clauses and phrases as well as the punctuation associated with complex sentences. By the end of this short chapter, they should know the following:
- An independent clause has a subject and verb and can stand alone. (He ate pizza.)
- A subordinate (dependent) clause has a subject and verb, but it can't stand alone because it begins with a subordinating conjunction, such as although, because, if, or when. (although she sings well)
- Many phrases starts with a prepositions, such as in, on, by, for, or to. All phrases are missing either the subject or verb. (in the park, with the kids)
- A complex sentence is formed by placing at least one independent clause with at least one subordinate clause. Prepositional phrases are optional. (Because she likes the movies, the DVD was her favorite gift.)
- When the subordinating conjunction is at the beginning of the sentence, a comma is needed between the two clauses. (Although she loves her dog, she adores her cat.)
- When the subordinating conjunction is in the middle of the sentence, a comma is not needed. (She plays with her dog since she loves it so much.)
Memorizing Primary Linking Verbs
Writing Children's Stories/ Plays
Students are writing a short story or play, focusing on character dialogue. Stories should be written with kindergarten or first grade in mind.
Memory Book Option
Your seventh grade years are going to go down in history -- your personal history! You may choose to make a memory book throughout the year that covers topics from sports and holidays to entertainment, friends, and family. At the end of April, you will make a cover for the book and put the pages in order. The cover will be laminated, and the book bound before you take it home.
The best books are detailed and filled with various types of pages. If you have a great idea for a page that I have not made, ask me about it. Maybe we can make your vision a reality.
Pages may be turned in at any time. When you are ready to turn your pages in, fill in the “Memory Book/Look at Me” page, put the completed pages in the left pocket of your two-pocket folder, and turn the packet in your class’s turn-in bin. Do not put your name on each individual page. I will grade what you have turned in, list the grade on your “Look at Me” paper and online, and then place your folder in the memory book bin for you to pick up next time you have more pages. This way you may look at the pages if you need to, but they won't get too wrinkled over the course of the year.
Pages will count as additional grades in your language arts average. Book pages be graded for the following: sentence structure, spelling, neatness, and completeness (details). Effort is the main ingredient. Pictures, stickers, bright colors, newspaper clippings, articles, and other additions will make your book much more exciting. Use pen, colored pencil, and/or marker -- not pencil. Take time with the pages and turn them in when you are proud of your work.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them. Most of all, have fun making a memory book!
Students are writing a short character dialogue to practice using quotes. Characters were chosen by chance.
• Don’t forget to indent each time a new person speaks.
• Lines should contain a he said/she said section as that affects punctuation.
• Vary the placement of the he said/she said section. Try to place some at the beginning, the end, and the middle of the sentences.
• Remember that there are many other word choices other than said. Be specific.
• Make sure that your dialogue makes sense and doesn’t rely on being gross, violent, or rude.
• You may include a bit of narrative to move your dialogue along, but the focus of this piece should be on the spoken word.
• Check the work of your partner if you have one. If he or she has made an error, nicely explain how to correct the mistake.
The following are the concepts the class is covering in the mechanics unit:
* beginning capitalization & end punctuation - What are you doing tonight?
* proper nouns - United States, General McCoy, Mars, July
* proper adjectives - Spanish rice, Irish lace
* commas in a compound sentence - Jack went up the hill, and Jill tumbled down.
* commas in a list (series) - The flag is red, white, and blue.
* commas after introductory words - Yes, I am going to the game.
* commas around interrupters - She, however, will not go to the party later.
* commas to set off nouns of direct address - Nancy, are you listening?
* commas setting off appositives - Lois Lowry, the author, wrote an interesting novel.
* commas and capitals in dates addresses, and letters - I have lived in Champaign, Illinois, for over twenty years.
* quotation marks in dialogue - Lucy yelled, "Are you going with us or not?"
(Remember that dialogue is indented when a new person speaks.)
* titles of short works - "We Are the World"
* Titles of long works are underlined or placed in italics. - The Runaway Bunny The Runaway Bunny
* semicolons - I wanted to go to Italy for years; now I can't wait to return.
* colons - I need to buy the following items: Thanksgiving supplies, napkins, and paper plates.
* abbreviations - IL, MLB, cm, Mon., Rte.
* apostrophes in contractions - can't, shouldn't
* apostrophes in possessive nouns - man's hat, men's hats
* hyphens - There are thirty-five balloons in the room.
* dashes - The Komodo dragon -- a great name for a lizard -- is huge.
* parentheses - The program is on this evening (8:30).
Proofreading and Editing
Summer "ing" Poem
Brainstorm the interesting things you did over summer vacation.
Choose a minimum of six moments to highlight.
Begin each phrase with a verb ending in ing.
Take out unimportant words in the phrase (but make sure the phrase still makes sense).
Experiment with your words so they paint a picture.
Write the phrases in an order that makes sense to you.
Surround your "ing" poem with images.
Constructing sand castles, rising out of the cool Atlantic shores
Rescuing seashells from the pounding surf
Gobbling ice cream faster than it can melt
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