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Welcome to Mrs. Federici's 7A ELab Class!

 Welcome to 7A ELab!
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Please feel free to contact me with questions through my email at Using the website to contact me is not always reliable. I will use this space to post assignments, extra copies of handouts, and other information. It is a good place to look for missing work if you are absent. If you subscribe to the webpage, you should get announcements anytime something is updated here.

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Argumentative Essay Prompt -Ida Wells/Katherine Johnson

■Consider the place that Ida B. Wells and Katherine Johnson had in the history of our country. Which woman made a greater contribution to her community? Write an argumentative essay using evidence from the text to support your answer.


Both articles to answer this prompt are available on your class assignment page on CommonLit. If you need help accessing these articles, please email me.

Advanced Edit Sheet 3
Make Up Resource 2: This is a classwork to homework assignment that is a grade for Quarter 4. You may print, complete and scan or write your answers on something that can be emailed to me. Make sure you put your name on your work (your parent's email does not always tell me who you are!), label it (advanced edit sheet 3), and number each answer. 
Contraction Worksheet
Make Up Work Resource: This is a classwork assignment that is a grade for Quarter 4. It can be printed, completed, scanned and returned to me for grading or you can simply write the answers on a separate piece of paper and send me a copy of your answers. Make sure you label what you are sending me, put your name on it (sometimes your parent's email does not tell me who you are!), and number each answer on the page. Let me know if you have questions. 

Resource -Day 10

Hello Friends,
This will be my last post before spring break. It will also be the last post from me with ideas/activities specific to our class. Starting the Monday after spring break, the lessons/ideas will come directly from our District office. Ms. Brainerd and I have a faculty meeting today (from home --in our p.j.'s!) and we will find out more about that during our meeting. I have really enjoyed writing these notes to you and getting back your emails and the emails from your parents. It has definitely been a bright spot in each day of this shutdown. So thank you! Anyway, check this space on the Monday after spring break (April 6th) and there will be assignments for you at that time. Just like with my work, the assignments will not be graded or mandatory, but there will be opportunities for you to get feedback from me about them. (I'm not sure how just yet...but I think I will get that at the meeting today also.) If you know of any student who does not have access to a device or internet, please let me or one of your other teachers know. There is a plan in place for these students too.
Okay, so today I would like you to read the folktale of "Snow White." I have attached a link at the bottom of this note and I have also assigned it to you on CommonLit. If you think you know this story...nuh-uh...this one is different. But I want you to be thinking about the theme of happiness as you read this story today. Follow the annotation direction in the introduction (the short paragraph at the top of the story) and use the tools on CommonLit if you would like. Also, practice answering any of the questions you would like. I'll take a look at the assessment questions tomorrow and give you some feedback if you do them.
Stay home and stay healthy! I hope I'll see you very soon! 
~Mrs. Federici

Answer Key for yesterday's work

Exercise 1
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Exercise 2
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Exercise 3
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is 9) is 10) is 11) are, are 12) are 13) is 14) is, is not 15) are 16) is not, is
Exercise 4
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13) are 14) are 15) are 16) am

Resource -Day 9

Good morning!
Yay, yay, yay! The sun is out! I can not tell you how happy that makes me. I have been trying to keep myself busy, and every day I take my dog for at least one walk. However, it hasn't been easy to force myself outdoors on these cold, rainy days. Admittedly, it has been more difficult to stay positive about our social distancing when it feels like I am stuck in the house and can't even get outside.
As most of you know (IF you listen to my storytelling in class...), I moved to Tennessee in July of 2017. We moved from Erie, Pennsylvania, which is a small rustbelt city (go ahead...research the word "rustbelt") on Lake Erie. Lake Erie, you probably know, is one of the Great Lakes. If you're in my advisory class, your penpals live in Erie, and the city averages about 100 inches of snow every year. It can snow 9 months out of the year there because the weather systems actually come out of Canada and sweep across the Great Lakes, picking up moisture. All that moisture, even if it doesn't drop out of the sky as snow, means Erie has a pretty heavy cloud cover most of the time. It has sometimes been nicknamed "dreary Erie." I loved my 24 years there and I still miss lots of things about Erie --my house, my friends, my old school-- but I DO NOT miss the weather. It was truly rotten and I missed seeing the sun. You should google how many days of sun different cities in the U.S. have in a year. If you look up Erie and Murfreesboro, I think there is about a 100 day difference. Yikes.
Well, all that thinking about weather and sun and how it affected my happiness, made me think about happiness in general. Why do we feel happier on some days than others? What makes me happy that also makes other people happy? What makes happiness mean different things to different people? (Some of us love a good book; others I have to practically threaten to read for 10 minutes every day!) So today I am posting a link below to a CommonLit article about happiness. I also assigned it to you in your class period if it is easier for you to access that way. In a separate post below this one, there is a link to a YouTube/TedTalk video about happiness. Read and watch these things today. If you want to experiment with the annotation tool on CommonLit, then annotate the text to answer the question: "How does Seligman define happiness?" (Seligman is the researcher that the article is about and he is also the speaker in the YouTube video.)
That's all for today. Just read a little article and watch this video. But if you get a minute, jot a couple lines in your journal today just about what your plans are for today. You could even make it a list of things you want to accomplish. I'm telling you, someday your kids will find this journal fascinating! Remember, none of this is required, mandatory, or graded.
Take care of yourselves and your families. Stay home and stay healthy! But if you get a chance, get outside today! I miss you all and I miss seeing you every day. (I even miss hearing you talk too much!)
~Mrs. Federici

Day 8 Resource

Good morning!
Well, sheesh. I guess, according to our governor, this is going to go on for a while. So this will be a long post as I set up some agendas/ideas for the next few weeks for us. You may want to ask your parents to read this one too if they aren't already reading these.
I will post something for you to do every day. However, nothing I post here will be required, mandatory, or graded. Our district is very adamant that we can not require classwork or instruction when all students will not have equal access to the resources. If what I am posting is not keeping you busy enough, then email me and I will try to give you more to do or think about. If you are having difficulty with any of the tasks I am suggesting, then just email me and I can help you independently. Anything you are doing at this point will keep you on track and engaged. We're going to get through this with flying colors! On a side note, I will not post things during our originally scheduled spring break, but if you want some things to work on, email me and I will make sure you stay engaged. If you haven't been following every day, you can go back and work on some of the tasks I posted last week. And by the way, thank you all for your emails and your parents' emails too. It really does make my day.
Okay, so yesterday and today, after I heard the governor's announcement, I started thinking about how I could help you and your parents during "homeschooling." I decided to draw on my short experience of homeschooling from many years ago. When my daughters were in 2nd grade and 7th grade, we moved to Ireland for several months. My husband, who is a college professor, was asked to start a program in a small city on the coast of Ireland with about 30 students from the university he was teaching at in Pennsylvania. Our oldest daughter, who is still the more adventurous, was so excited to go to school in Ireland. She couldn't wait, and we enrolled her in an all-girls' school that she could walk to from the house we would be renting. She would have classes in Irish (we might call the native language of Ireland "Gaelic" but the Irish prefer we use the term "Irish" to describe their native tongue) and she was so excited.
Our youngest daughter was terrified of going to a strange school where they might sometime expect her to speak a strange language.  So we decided that I would homeschool Amy. You might think I would find it easy, but in fact, I hated it. Amy is a very active kid and she did not want to sit still in her own house and focus on things that she wasn't interested in. She wanted to be outside, she wanted to go to the pool (we had access to an indoor pool), she wanted to watch television, and she wanted kids her own age to talk to. It was a little bit of a disaster, and I didn't do it well. My girls still laugh about math class which consisted of me putting sticky notes with numbers on them around our kitchen and shouting out math facts while Amy ran around hitting the sticky note with the answer on it. Reading class consisted of me reading my book while Amy read hers. In short, not a great deal of active learning went on, but Amy and I both remember our days together very fondly. I eventually stopped worrying about schooling her and just tried to give her some cool experiences. We saw a lot of the Irish countryside and made a daily trip to the fishmonger who quickly became her best friend. Luckily, we both survived it, returned to the U.S. and our lives as teacher and student --separately-- and life went on.
What I learned from that experience was that I needed some more structure than I had from our school district --I felt lost trying to figure out what to do for a 2nd grader. Lucky for you, the Rutherford County school district has posted some resources for you and your parents on the district website and I think, has emailed links to the email registered to your household. My plan will be to direct you each day to something on one of those sites that you can accomplish in a regular class period and perhaps some extended activity that you can always work on when you have time. None of this is mandatory, but it should help you and your parents feel like you are progressing or reviewing during this time and not simply being idle. Please let me know if it is not working for you at any time.
Ok--so I have posted some links below to a couple of worksheets on verb tense. I am grading your writing assessments (slowly) and have discovered that we could all use a little review here. So read the directions at the top of each page and follow the examples. If you don't want to print them, just read them on your screen and write the answers on paper. I will post the answers tomorrow.
And while you're at it, why don't you write a journal entry about how you felt when you learned we would be closed until the end of April? Are you enjoying your time at home so much that you were excited? Were you a little happy (or a lot)? Did you decide to make a new plan (like I did)? Are you nervous that you may miss some things you were looking forward to? (A dance recital or concert?) Are you keeping in touch with your friends? (btw --you can follow my teacher account on Twitter @FrancesFederic2 --it's all teacher/educational stuff, but there is some fun stuff too. You should follow the National Cowboy Museum right now. Their posts are hilarious.)
Hang in there. Get outside today...but not too close to anyone else. If we follow the guidelines, we should be able to end this thing more quickly. I know it's hard...(try to write about what you find most difficult).
I will see you soon!
~Mrs. Federici

Day 7 (sorry I missed Day 6!) Resource

Good morning again!
I'm sorry I missed sending an activity yesterday. I woke up not feeling very well and spent the day mostly sleeping. I was not sick with Covid-19 symptoms, but instead just an upset stomach. All day yesterday, though, I worried about telling anyone that I didn't feel well because they might think I had "that kind of sickness."  I have also been reading a book that had a very ironic ending and so that got me thinking about irony in life and in literature. So I am attaching a link to a short story by Shirley Jackson that has a great deal of situational irony. Situational irony is  when you expect something to happen because of a certain situation, but then the opposite turns out to be true. Kind of like people assuming anyone who might be sick right now must have Covid-19 because that is what we are all talking about and what our situation demands that we think about. Of course, people are still having all the routine sicknesses that we have always had and that sets up a perfect situational irony.
Anyway, after you read the short story (and it is pretty short), try writing a narrative in which you include some irony. If you are still working on the narrative I suggested last week, then just incorporate some irony into that story. Or, if you are not interested in writing a narrative, write about an ironic situation in your journal. 
I hope you are all staying well. Please don't be worried about missing classes and school. We were mostly finished with our standards before testing anyway and would have been primarily reinforcing some things. And Ms. Brainerd and I are doing that with these suggested activities. As always, nothing here is required, graded, or mandatory, just something to keep your mind active.
Have a great day! Please email me if you have any questions.

Day 5 -Resource

Good morning!
You made it! You missed a whole week of school now and you survived! Congratulations! (Imagine a whole string of laughing face emojis here....) This will be the last post this week --I'll give you the weekend off. (lol...)
Today I have been thinking about coincidences. A coincidence is a situation that occurs by accident that seems to have some greater cosmic meaning. For instance, I have seen on social media pages a connection between the name of the kindgom in the movie Tangled with our current situation. (The kindgom is named Corona and, of course, Rapunzel is the best social distancer in history, right?) There has always been a big deal made about the commonalities between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy --both presidents who were assassinated. If you haven't ever seen this list, I am including a link below...and a link to an explanation for each coincidence. It's a little eerie, for sure, but the second link will show you why some of the coincidences are not really that shocking.
In my family, we have a sort of joke that several dead relatives return as birds for brief visits with us from time to time. A favorite uncle is said to return for visits as a mockingbird, my mother as a cardinal (she was a very faithful Catholic), some spinster aunts as seagulls who sit on top of their old house in Maine and make a lot of noise, my father-in-law as a pheasant (a long story...). Mostly we just like to joke about aspects of our relatives' personalities that connect them to these birds and so we create these "coincidences" of seeing these birds.
However, sometimes the coincidences do seem to have a greater meaning. I lost a sister to cancer when I was in my 30's. One day, about a year after her death, I was doing some paperwork at my dining room table and I looked up to see a huge hawk staring at me through the window. It was sitting about 5 feet from me and just staring without blinking or moving and it frightened me a little bit. Staring back at the bird, I couldn't imagine what it was doing. I had never seen a hawk so close and, at the time, I lived in a neighborhood with the houses very close to each other. There was no reason for the hawk to be there; it didn't seem like a place for the hawk to hunt. I finally looked away from the hawk to the paper I had been writing on and saw the date I had just written. When I did, it occurred to me very suddenly that it was the 1 year anniversary of my sister's death. I looked up again and the hawk was gone. My sister worked for an environmental law firm and was an avid bird watcher. She especially loved the red-tailed hawk. At the time, I had never even seen a hawk in my neighborhood, and I was momentarily convinced that the hawk had been some kind of connection from my sister.
Unfortunately, the magic of that moment disappeared soon after when I found a dead rabbit in my yard near where the hawk had been. For the rest of the time I lived in that neighborhood, that hawk was everywhere. Our neighborhood was overrun with rabbits and I think the hawk had just discovered the easy pickings. Eventually, the importance of that moment was lost in the commonality of everyday.
So today, I want you to write in your journal, write a narrative, or just write to me about a coincidence or an event you couldn't explain. Have you ever run into a friend or neighbor while on vacation? Have you ever seen something in nature that you couldn't explain? Did you ever lose a pet for a long time and have it eventually find its way home? Did you find something you had lost for a while in a place that made no sense? Are you feeling any connection to people you haven't seen in a while as you spend time at home? Relax your brain and let your mind imagine. And, as always, this activity is neither required nor will it ever be graded. I just don't want you to turn your brains off for 3 weeks!
Have a great weekend! I can't wait until we are back in school and I can hear all your stories of what you did during this little break. 
Stay home and stay healthy!
~Mrs. Federici

Day 4 - Resource

Hi Everyone!
Mr. Rogers from the television show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" has been quoted as saying, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
As we navigate this crisis, what stories have you seen or heard about people who are helping? If you are keeping a journal, write an entry today about those helpers. The link below is a CommonLit article about the Peace Corps. If you are interested in other stories about people who help and why they do it, just click on the tab at the top of the article that says "Paired Texts" and see if there is something that interests you.
No requirement or grade --just a resource if you are interested.
Have a great day!


Day 3

Good morning again!
I have been thinking of you all often in the last few days. I know how hard it is to maintain social distancing. If only you knew when this would end!  My daughter, Amy, is a 12th grader at BHS. She just got her prom dress and had great plans for spring break and her senior spring. Now her crazy parents won't let her go out much and are restricting her other activities. I feel badly for her since I know she will probably suffer many disappointments in the coming weeks or months. She is a competitive dancer and all of her remaining competitions have been cancelled for this year. Disappointment is a regular visitor in our house right now.
Your task today is to describe a time when you have been disappointed. (Remember this is neither mandatory nor graded, just an opportunity to keep your mind active until we get back to school.) Was the disappointment due to a tragedy or unavoidable set of circumstances? Did you have any responsibility for the disappointment (i.e. you didn't clean your room so you couldn't go to a friend's party)? Could you repair the disappointment? Did you learn anything from suffering through this disappointment? You can make this an essay or a memoir and it can be as long or as short as you would like. (A memoir remember is a true, personal story that uses dialogue and some other narrative techniques to keep the reader's interest.) Think about and plan to use transitions in your writing. If you are writing an informational essay, set up a thesis (claim) with a triad in the first paragraph. Because it has been a long time since we have written a memoir, I will post a link to some student memoirs here. Also, the book Marley and Me is a memoir. The Red Scarf Girl --the book in my back shelves is a sort of memoir also.
Have a good day! Read something good today! (P.S. The link below is also a place where you can publish your work if you would like. Check it out!) I have created a shared document for each class period, so if you do want to share your work with your class period, send me an email with your address and I will share the document with you. No grading - no assessment! I promise!
Stay home and stay healthy!
~Mrs. Federici

Day 2

Good morning!
I hope you all enjoyed your day at home yesterday. I hope you are finding good things to read and keeping your mind active too. If you need any book suggestions, please email me and I can send you some. Remember, any activity I post here is neither mandatory nor will it be graded. I just want you to have the option of doing something thoughtful while we take this break from school.
So, many of you know that my oldest daughter, Libby, is a graduate student at Harvard University in Boston. She lives in a house with 2 other grad students who attend other universities in Boston--a woman from Kansas City and a woman from London, England. All of the universities they attend have cancelled in person classes for the rest of the semester and their work will be all on-line. All of these young ladies are in their early to mid 20's. Yesterday, Libby's roommate from England took one of the last flights out of the U.S. before the travel ban is imposed. These roommates have gotten along really well this year and the other two were really sad to see her go. When they dropped her off at the airport, they were all crying. You would have to know Libby to know how rarely she cries. I can honestly remember the few times in her life that she has emotionally cried; it's just not in her nature. I think part of what made Libby so upset is that watching Kath go home to her family made Libby feel very isolated. She would like to come home to TN, but she is trying to be responsible and not travel. Libby will be fine --she is healthy and has available food and medicine, but it made me think about stories in which people suffer from isolation and have to make the best of it. Many of you have picked up Hatchet in class by Gary Paulsen. For those of you who have read it, you know the main character becomes isolated after a plane crash and survives. Maybe you have seen the movie, Castaway  --the main character, played by Tom Hanks, also becomes isolated after a plane crash.
Today's activity then is to write a narrative in which your main character becomes isolated in some way. You can use the current situation, a global pandemic, an accident, or perhaps another catastrophe like an earthquake. The person could also become isolated out of choice --maybe he/she just needs time to think over a situation and therefore isolates herself/himself to do that. When you write your narrative, remember to create a good plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), use dialogue that advances the story, and strong characterization. (i.e. don't just tell me the character is smart and funny...let the character be smart and funny in her/his speech or action).Since this is your story, it can be as long or short as you would like. Just try to finish it!  
I will be setting up a place for us to share any writing we do during these 2 weeks before break and I'll send instructions later today about how to access this. And please remember, none of this is's just an option.
Have a good day! I'll be thinking of you all.
~Mrs. Federici

A note for my students:

Good morning!
As I've told you all many times before, I actually like planning for and coming to school. There may be a few of you who will feel bored this week. (Your teacher says, hopefully.) So to combat some of our boredom, I'm planning to post some activities this week that you can do to keep your mind active. None of these activities are mandatory and I will not be grading anything associated with anything I post here. The most I may do is ask people to share what you researched, wrote or interacted with during our time apart when we are back in school.
So today's activity is to start keeping a journal. I posted a link below to a website that has the transcripts of some every day journals written by young people. Some day, this experience of having lived through a pandemic will make you part of our history. With the advent of email and the internet, one of our most trustworthy parts of our daily history has been lost in the absence of writing journals and letters. Emails, snapchats, and texts are not preserved or saved as people may have saved journals or letters. Even photographs tend to exist only in digital form. My best childhood friend and I wrote letters anytime we were apart as kids (we've known each other for about 50 years!). I spent my summers on the coast of Maine, we went to colleges in different states, she lived in Denmark for a year and I lived in England. I did not save any of her letters, but she saved every one of mine. A couple of years ago, when her parents moved out of their home, she sent me those letters. They are so funny to read now. She even had the letter I wrote to her from college shortly after I met the young man who would become my husband. It is so fun to read now, but I never imagined it would be as meaningful as it has become!
So, start a journal. Even if you write one or two sentences each day and what you write seems dull, you will be making a piece of written history. Some day, what you write will be of interest to you, your children or your grandchildren. If you aren't comfortable writing in journal form, write a letter. You can email it to me or to one of your friends. But commit to writing a little bit each day about what this felt like to live during this time. Are you staying home more? Did an older sibling have to leave college? How did that have an impact? Did a family member have to stop going to work? Are you playing outside more? Or less? Are you so very happy to have a whole week off from school? What plans do you have for that week? Are you fascinated by the news or does it make you worry? What are the people around you saying or thinking? How do you get news in your house of the latest updates? I am also going to set up a document for each class period that you can share to if you would like. I'll send more information about that tomorrow. Please feel free to email me this week if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a good day! I'm grading SWWA today so I'll be thinking of you all!