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Week 5: Cutting Text Evidence and a Mentor Sentence Mash-Up

Cutting Text Evidence

This week I had my students literally extract their evidence out of their articles, by cutting and pasting sentences into a graphic organizer.

By physically cutting it and placing it in the appropriate box, I was hoping to show that citing text evidence requires you take words right from the text. 

We cut up three articles we had read over the past week or so; they all had a similar theme (overcoming hardships).   It was very easy for those who had annotated!!


Language and Author’s Purpose Mash-Up

In order to review and practice author’s purpose and introduce direct objects, I decided to make sentences for my 8th graders that not only had direct objects in them, but were able to be analyzed for author’s purpose. In the 7th grade, they worked on helping verbs and author’s purpose.


This young lady was ready to go with an assortment of markers and highlighters.

Students also had to create their own visual representation of Author’s Purpose in the journals next to a page of copied notes in Author’s purpose.

We talked about neatness, adding color, visuals, “smart spelling”, and  including the appropriate information (title, definitions, and examples).

The day they were due, they had to complete a self-evaluation of their work.

Imagine my face when a young man came up to me and said, “You are going to be disappointed in me. It was a crazy week. I didn’t have time.”

Here are a few of the better examples from this assignment:

It was a good week even though I was exhausted beyond belief.  It’s hard to believe we are at midterm already!

Helping vs. Linking Verbs

Oh my goodness…how boring does this post sound?  (I won’t feel bad if you don’t continue reading this post if you are not a language arts teacher!)

Honestly, I really struggle with the whole teaching of Grammar/Language in isolation. It is hard for me to understand why anyone needs to know WHAT a predicate nominative is or the difference between a clause or phrase. I think we just need to know how to speak, how to write, and how to make our speaking and writing better.

Without debating it any further, my 7th grade inclusion class recently had to learn the helping and linking verbs.  Most of them had already memorized the helping verbs in 6th grade.  It seemed like an easy A, but memorizing a list of seemingly random words was not as simple as it sounds for some of my students.

Here are the study tools we used:

This was the study tool I gave them on Schoology.

This was the way it was presented in class. This representation makes sense for some learners, but not all.

In case they forgot the helping verbs from last year....

In case they forgot the helping verbs from last year….

Linking verbs

Just the linking verbs

Linking Verb Clues

This is what worked for the majority of the students in my study hall when it came time to just do the linking verbs. I encouraged them to write these letters on their papers right away when they got the quiz.

PDF versions of all four:


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