Tuesday, January 30: What Makes a Good Argument?

Goals: Read and annotate an opinion article from Newsela. Analyze the author’s craft.


  • Book Talks Friday 2/2
  • Missing Work (Mostly Good!): 1 Reading Log, 1 Would You Rather? (Weekly Pages 8), 2 Speeches, 1 English Journal
  • Scoring for #Book Love Reading Log = You earn full credit if you provide evidence of reading 30 minutes daily (including weekends) and if you are prepared with your book on Mondays and Fridays.
  • I’m Finish! Tab = If you complete a task from the “What to Do When I’m Done” list, fill out the I Finished Something form to receive credit.
  • Loved The OutsidersClick HERE for what to read next.

1) Starter

Open the starter in Google Classroom. Answer today’s question. When you are done, choose See previous responses to see your classmates’ answers.



2) Make-Up Would You Rather? Speeches


3) Two Truth and a Lie


4) What Makes a Good Argument?

Open the Unit 5: Reading Arguments HyperDoc. Read the Planning and Goal Setting task.


Read the task for Newsela Article #1. Your goal today is to read the article and respond to the annotations. This will require you to analyze the author’s craft.


4) What to Do When You Are Done

If you finish all of the Newsela annotations you may (choose one)—

  • Press Open Activities in Newsela to write to the prompt and take the quiz.
  • Choose an activity from the What To Do When You Are Done list on the right sidebar.

Homework: Read, Charge Your iPad, Weekly Pages 9 (Due Thursday), Finish Newsela Article 1 Annotations

Monday, January 29: Reading Workshop

Goal: Read and keep track of progress. Participate in book talks. Start writing weekly pages 9 (your choice). Participate in a community-building activity in order to build stronger relationships.


  •  5 winners for most persuasive Would You Rather? speeches
  • AbsentFriday? Complete your reading log and send me a message (email or NEO), so I can assign points.
  • Bring fully charged iPad daily
  • Turn in missing / incomplete work:
    • 2 Would You Rather? Speeches
    • 3 Missing Weekly Pages 8 / English Journal
    • 2 Missing Reading Log Entries

1) Reading Workshop

Read for 15 minutes. Participate in book talks by either presenting or by listening and adding to your My Next Reads list in the Notes app.

Open book and reading workshop text


Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk


2) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the full month view and active links, click Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.


3) Make-Up Would You Rather? Speeches

4) Weekly Pages 9

Click HERE to see writing ideas for your weekly pages. I recommend practicing with one of the following ideas to practice with argument writing:


Set up your English Journal with today’s date and weekly pages 9 on the top of the Doc.



Homework: Read & Bring Book, Charge Your iPad, Weekly Pages 9 (Due Thursday)