Class Update #14 [Week of 3/11/13 – 3/15/13]

    Week #11: View & Respond - Roots, Vocabulary HW, NFL Wonderlic Test Activity, and Research Paper activities/notes...

Week #11: View & Respond – Roots, Vocabulary HW, NFL Wonderlic Test Activity, and Research Paper activities/notes…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/11/2013 to 03/15/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 11 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will be viewing an adaptation of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel written by Alex Haley , first published in 1976. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the lives of his alleged descendants in the United States. Due to the graphic nature of this miniseries, I am sending home a permission slip [here] to inform parents that we will be participating in this view & respond to this miniseries in Language Arts/Literature from March 11th to March 22nd. This view & respond will also serve as a precursor to our Language Arts/Writing class’ Back to The Future Unit during the 4th quarter. During the view & responds, students will be actively watching via an episode guide that can be viewed [here]. The class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with these view & responds… Students will also be assigned Week #11′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #11′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 03/12/2013.  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 #11, students will continue The Art of Storytelling with an emphasis on How To Write a Research Paper. Specifically, students will be given direct instruction on Developing a Thesis Statement, Developing an Outline, and Citing Resources. On March 18th, students will be assigned a research paper that will be due on 3/22/13. Please encourage your students to actively participate in class as well as take good notes because it will serve as a good reference point when the actual assignment is assigned. If you would like to preview the assignment, please go [here].

Quick announcement – Report Cards go home on 3/15/13. Students will also have a half-day on 3/15… 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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