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Writing Group Collaborative Discussion Questions

  1. How did this resource help you answer your research question? Provide specific details from the film as support.
  2. What additional information did you find interesting?
  3. What is one other question the film prompted you to think about?
  4. Respond to the essential question: How do advertisers attempt to influence consumers?
  5. From what you can tell, how reliable is this source?

Collaborative Discussion Questions

Seventh graders, review these questions before Friday’s discussion.

1.What information or statistic did you find most surprising or interesting in these two texts?

2.How does the text structure and presentation of information help you understand the writer’s ideas?

3.What is the author’s purpose for writing the articles?

4.What is the point of view?

5.What interests you about advertising, media and youth?

IXL is now in ELA!

I am pleased to tell you that we will be using a website called IXL in our classroom this quarter. IXL is a comprehensive learning program offering unlimited math and language arts practice across thousands of skills—all of which are aligned to Georgia Standards. One of the best things about IXL is that you can access it from home, so your parents have a chance to see your progress!

To get started, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your username (studentid@smithams) and password (studentid) and click “Sign in.”
  3. Click on any skill to start learning!

IXL is designed to help you learn at your own pace. The program is adaptive and will adjust based on your demonstrated understanding of the material. All of your results will be saved, so you can monitor your progress anytime by clicking on Analytics. For on-the-go practice, you can download IXL’s free tablet apps for iPad, Android, or Kindle and sign in with your username and password.

Use IXL regularly to improve your GUM (grammar, usage and mechanics) skills. Here’s to a year of working together to make learning fun!