Class update #18 [Week of 4/22/13 – 4/26/13]


Week #5: In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, SSR Journals, Direct Instruction on slavery, and viewing of Amistad (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 04/22/2013 to 04/26/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 5 – Quarter 4  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature,  students will continue reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway on Monday (4/22). During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize… Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading.  Students will also work on Week #5′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #5′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 4/23/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 4/26/2013. 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, students will continue Unit 4: Back To The Future (Integrated Unit). Students have received their 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 #5, Students will then be given direct instruction (audio & visual) on Slavery that includes Sources of Slaves, Legal Basis of Slavery, Slavery in America a Historical Overview, Decline, Abolition, Slavery Today, and The Ongoing Fight. Students will 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 assignment(s). As an extra visual, students will be participating in multiple view & responds. I will also be showing Amistad starring Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaugheyMorgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. Amistad is “about a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt” (IMDb). The rating for this movie is R, and it has scenes with mature language & graphic images. Due to the previously mentioned rating, I will be sending a permission slip home on Monday. Parents, please make sure you take a look at the permission slip [here] and don’t hesitate to contact me with any concerns.

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


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