Class Update #12 [Week of 2/25/13 – 3/01/13]

Week #9: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Oral History  activities with assignment…

Week #9: Literature and Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, and Oral History activities with assignment…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/25/2013 to 03/01/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 9– 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: Lazy Peter & His Three-Cornered Hat, Aesop’s Fables: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing & The Travelers and the Purse, Phaethon, and The People Could Fly. Students will participate in AIMS preparation via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 12: Graphic Features Pgs. 139-145Student’s will also have extra help with comprehension of standards via Galileo Assessment Technology practice worksheets with an emphasis on S2C2: Elements of World Literature. Students will be assigned Week #9′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #9′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 02/26/2013.  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 #8, students worked towards completing their Investigative Report Assignment [here]. During week #9, students will work on their interviewing skills with an emphasis on Oral History. Specifically students will learn about What an interview is, Preparation for the Interview, Interview Technique, Types of Interview Questions, Ordering of Questions, Learning to Listen, Organizing & Labeling, etc. Students will also participate in several view & responds to give them visuals of different interview styles (Combative Interview – Bill O’rielly vs. Lupe Fiasco, Difficult Interview – Sarah Palin & Katie Couric, President Interviewed on Bin Laden via 60 Minutes, and Interviewing to Entertain – Charles Barkley & David Letterman). Students will eventually have an Oral History Assignment that will be due on 3/4/13 for 50pts. If you would like to preview the 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


2 comments on “Class Update #12 [Week of 2/25/13 – 3/01/13]

  1. Possibly a little off topic for your post, but I was wondering what your thoughts are concerning Galileo. I teach 10th graders who are going to take their AIMS Reading and Writing next week (fingers crossed!). My school uses the Galileo as a predictor of how students will do on AIMS. I’m not sure if I agree that there is a correlation between the two tests. Do you use Galileo as a predictor for the assessments your students will take next year?

    • We started using Galileo this year. Honestly, I wasn’t a believer at first. However, all that changed once we had a training where we learned the ins and outs of the software, I was sold on it. The Development Profile Report function allows you to pin point areas of focus with your students’ needs and/or deficiencies with standards/concepts. Once you’ve identified those areas of needs, the test builder/quiz builder allows you to practice on those before mentioned standards/concepts.

      I’m not sure if I’m answering your question, but I think it’s a good tool to help kids with AIMS along with other things. However, I don’t know if it’s a good predictor yet. Personally, I think it will because it pin points the standards that kids are having trouble with. Time will tell. Good luck with the AIMS…

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