Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/14/2013 to 1/18/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 3 – Quarter 3 [click to open].
In Language Arts/Literature, we will continue reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will be actively reading pages 28 through 63 this week. During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Setting, Connect, Summarize & Reflect… View [here] for more details about in class note taking. Students will also work on Week #3′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #3′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/15/2013 as well as The Time Machine Chps. 4-7 Short Answer Quiz on 1/18/2013. 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 continue 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 #2, students learned about Narrative and Literary Writing via class lecture, activities, and notes. Specifically, they learned 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 would like to view the assignment, please click [here]. You can also view the Grading Rubric for the assignment [here]. Students will have in class time to complete the assignment as well as time at home. Please encourage your students to complete the assignment because this is the first out of 5 assignments for the quarter.