Class Update #4 [Week of 1/03/13 – 1/04/13]

Week #1: Scripps Spelling Bee, Tell Tale Heart, The Lottery, and introducing The Art of Storytelling.

Week #1: Scripps Spelling Bee, Tell Tale Heart, The Lottery, and introducing The Art of Storytelling.

Greetings and welcome back…Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/03/2013 to 1/04/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 Quarter 3 [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we will have a short week. We will be participating in the 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee on Thursday & Friday. Students have been encouraged to study the list of words they were given before the break.  Students will also read, Funny Boy on Friday. Upon the start of week #2, students will begin their third book of the year, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.   Students won’t be assigned vocabulary words this week. That being said, if they would like to get a jump on their homework, here you go Week #2′s vocabulary words. Next week students will be given Week #2′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 01/08/2013.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the National Spelling Bee & SAT lists for 7th Graders >>> [vocabulary guidelines & instructions]… Please make sure your student is completing their vocabulary homework every Monday because we will have a quiz assessment on those words every Friday.

In Language Arts/Writing, we will begin Unit Three – The Art of Storytelling. Students will learn how to write a short story, write a children’s book, participate in investigative reporting,  oral history/interviewing, and a write a research paper.  During week #1, students will be introduced to the unit as well as introduced to what a short story is with specific examples involving activities from The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe & The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. As previously mentioned, students will participate in activities such as viewing and responding as well as becoming familiar with what a story map is and how it functions.

If you have questions about Language Arts, please feel free to stop by my classroom before or after school. If you can’t make it to my classroom, feel free to send me an email at

– Mr. Sye


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