Class update #17 [Week of 4/8/13 – 4/12/13]

Week #3: Roots Letter Writing Assignment Due, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea,  AIMS Preparation,  Direct Instruction on political assassinations (Back To The Future - Unit 4)

Week #3: Roots Letter Writing Assignment Due, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, AIMS Preparation, Direct Instruction on political assassinations (Back To The Future – Unit 4)

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 04/08/2013 to 04/12/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 3 – Quarter 4  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students have completed viewing an adaptation of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel written by Alex Haley , first published in 1976. They were assigned a Roots Letter Writing Assignment [here], and it is due on 4/8/13. Students will begin reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway on Monday (4/8). During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Setting, Connect, Summarize & Reflect… Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will participate in AIMS preparation via Galileo Assessment Technology practice worksheets with an emphasis on S2C1: Elements of Literature (4/10) as well as S3C2: Functional Text (4/12). Students will also work on Week #3′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #3′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 4/9/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 4/12/2013. 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, students will be introduced to Unit 4: Back To The Future (Integrated Unit). Students will receive a reading packet that can be viewed [here]. Reading material includes topics on important historical events that took place in American History. Topics include political assassinations, slavery, and 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the United States. During week #3, students will then be given direct instruction (audio & visual) as well as participate in view and responds on Political Assassinations that includes details about John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln. Students will be expected to take notes on direct instruction for comprehension. Students will be expected to keep their notes on this unit together to help with comprehension as well as future assignments.

As a reminder, AIMS Testing  begins April 15th thru April 19th. 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 james.sye09@gmail.com.

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