Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/11/2013 to 02/15/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 7– Quarter 3 [click to open].
In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue Unit Five – Doors of Understanding in their Literature & Language textbook. Students will be reading and responding to the following stories: Oh Broom, Get To Work, Medicine Bag, and The Arrow and the Lamp. Students will participate in AIMS preparation as well via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 11: Text Structures Pgs. 130-134 & 134-138. Students will also work on Week #7′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #7′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/12/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 2/15/2013. 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 #6, students continued to master their storytelling with an emphasis on Investigative Reporting via class lecture, activities, and notes. During week #7, students will be given direct instruction on how to organize their information via a class lecture based on Write Source 2000 – Observation Reports. Students will also be given sketchbook activities, guided assignments, and think & respond activities via The Writer’s Craft textbook. Students will participate in one view and respond activity in order to gain a better comprehension of what investigative reporting is. The view and respond will be Hurricane Katrina – What Went Wrong? Students will be actively watching the DATELINE produced investigative report, writing down the 5W’s, and answering questions [class handout] that will lead to a class discussion. On Friday, students will be assigned an Investigative Reporting Assignment that will be worth 50pts and Due on 2/19/13. If you or your student would like to view that assignment, please go [here].
As a reminder to parents, Progress Reports go home on 2/15/13. If your student has a 59% or below in any class, that Progress Report needs to be signed and returned to the class he or she is failing. If you would like to meet with me about your student’s progress, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set that up. 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 email@example.com.
– Mr. Sye