Class Update #5 [Week of 1/7/13 – 1/11/13]

Week #2: In Class Reading of The Time Machine, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Elements of a Story, and Revisions/Drafting a Story…

Week #2: In Class Reading of The Time Machine, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Elements of a Story, and Revisions/Drafting a Story…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/07/2013 to 1/11/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 Quarter 3[click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we will begin reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will be actively reading pages 1 through 27 this week. During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Connect, Summarize & Reflect view [here] for more details. Students will also work on Week #2′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #2′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/08/2013 as well as week #2′s Vocabulary Quiz on 1/11/2013.  I will be pulling all of this year’s regularly scheduled vocabulary words from the Scripps 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 were 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. During week #2, students will learn about Narrative and Literary Writing via class lecture, activities, and notes. Specifically, they will learn about The Five Elements of a Story, What Your Short Story Should Include, and Drafting a Plan. During week #3, students will be assigned a Short Story Assignment that will be due on 1/22/13 for 50pts. Please encourage your students to take notes during all in class activities to help with that future assignment.

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 james.sye09@gmail.com.

– Mr. Sye

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