Class update #9 [Week of 2/4/13 – 2/8/13]

Week #6: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, and Investigative Reporting activities...

Week #6: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, and Investigative Reporting activities…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/04/2013 to 02/08/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 6 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we have completed our third in class reading novel, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will now move to Unit Five – Doors of Understanding in their Literature and Language textbook. Students will be reading and responding to the following stories: Last Cover, A Minor Bird, and Primary Lessons from Silent Dancing. Students will participate in AIMS preparation as well via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 9: Poetry Elements Pgs. 105-112. Students will also work on Week #6′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #6′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/5/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 2/8/2013.  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 #5, students completed their Children’s Book Assignment. If you would like to view that assignment, please go [here]. During week #6, students will continue to master their storytelling with an emphasis on Investigative Reporting via class lecture, activities, and notes. Students will now be given direct instruction (audio & visual). Specifically, student will participate in a lecture(s) based on The Investigative Trail, Skills Needed, Useful Tips, and Reviewing Material. Students will also participate in two view and respond activities in order to gain a better comprehension of what investigative reporting is. The two view and responds will be College Inc & The Choice – 2008 Presidential Election. Students will continue these type of activities for a period of two weeks, and they will eventually have their third assignment of the unit. If you or your student would like to preview that assignment, please go [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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