Class Update #11 [Week of 2/18/13 – 2/20/13]

Week #8: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Investigative Reporting activities…

Week #8: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, 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 02/18/2013 to 02/20/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 8– 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: A Crush & The Highwayman. Students will participate in AIMS preparation as well via Galileo Assessment Technology with an emphasis on S2C1: Elements of Literature. Students will also work on Week #8′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #8′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 02/19/2013.  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 #7, students learned how to organize their information via a class lecture based on Write Source 2000 – Observation ReportsAmong other things, students were assigned an Investigative Reporting Assignment that was worth 50pts and Due on 2/19/13. If you or your student would like to view that assignment, please go [here]. During week #8, students will continue to work on their Investigative Report Assignment. Students were instructed to work on it over the weekend. They will have in class time on Monday to finish up their assignment. We will also be participating in a view & respond via PBS, Black Money. Students will actively watch by writing down the 5W’s as well as receive a handout [here] to guide their viewing and discussion.

As a reminder to parents, Progress Reports went 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 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

– Mr. Sye


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