Class update #8 [Week of 1/28/13 – 2/1/13]

Week #5: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 71-90], Vocabulary HW & Book Quiz, Children’s Book Assignment…

Week #5: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 71-90], Vocabulary HW & Book Quiz, Children’s Book Assignment…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/28/2013 to 2/1/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 5 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we will be completing our in class reading of  The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will be actively reading pages 71 through 90 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 be participating in a view & respond of The Time Machine adapted film from 2002. The movie stars Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias and Mark Addy. Permission slips were sent home on Friday. If you would like to view that permission slip, please go [here]. Students will also work on Week #5′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #5′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/29/2013 as well as a Book Quiz on Chapter’s 7-12 of The Time Machine on 2/1/2013.  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 #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 Three Little Pigs, The Grasshopper & The Ant, and The Hare & The Tortoise. During week #5, students will receive a review on the COPS Error Monitoring Strategy, Sentence Structure, and Proper Punctuation. Students will  also be given a Children’s Book Assignment. If you would like to view that assignment, please go [here]. The Grading Rubric is also available for your viewing [here]…

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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