Class update #7 [Week of 1/22/13 – 1/25/13]

Week #4: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 64-80], Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Short Story Assignment Due, Children's Book introduced…

Week #4: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 64-80], Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Short Story Assignment Due, Children’s Book introduced…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/22/2013 to 1/25/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 4 – 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 64 through 80 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 #4′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #4′s vocabulary words on Tuesday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/23/2013 as well as Vocabulary Quiz on 1/25/2013.  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 #3, students were  assigned a Short Story Assignment that will be due on 1/22/13 for 50pts upon their return from the long weekend. If you would like to view the assignment, please click [here]. You can also view the Grading Rubric for the assignment [here]. Students were given ample class time to complete the assignment as well as time at home. During week #4, students will learn how to write a children’s book via direct instruction, classroom activities, and note taking. Specifically students will learn about Narrative and Literary Writing Exploring a Child’s World, Creating Your Book, Reviewing Book, Publishing & Presenting via The Writer’s Craft textbook. Students will also participate in a view and respond to give them a visual as to how children’s books and/or stories unfold via multimedia viewing of The Big Bad Wolf & The Three Little Pigs, The Grasshopper & The Ant, and The Hare & The Tortoise. The following week, students will be given an assignment to write their own children’s book, so it will be important for them to take notes and pay attention during in class instruction. We will be possibly presenting these stories to lower level grades or younger brothers and sisters…

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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