Class update #1 [Week of 08/05/13 – 08/09/13]

Week #1: In-class reading, journal entries, learning how to cite text using MLA format, and learning how to correct ourselves in Unit 1...

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, learning how to cite text using MLA format, and learning how to correct ourselves in Unit 1…

Greetings and a big welcome back! As promised, I will be giving classroom updates once a week. I will also be sharing a few classroom happenings on this blog as well. Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/05/2013 to 08/09/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 1  [click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature,  students will begin Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature of Language textbook by reading Introduction of Elements of Fiction, Seventh Grade, The War of The Wall, and Hearts and Hands during week #1.  During our 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 #1′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #1′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 08/06/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/09/2013. 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 begin Unit 1: Start From Scratch (Back To Basics). During this unit, students will learn the basic fundamentals of writing during their first 8 weeks of school. Students will learn how to correct themselves via capitalization, punctuation, building paragraphs, sentence structure, foundations of essay writing, and academic skills that will help them throughout the year to be successful. During Week #1, the focus will be on COPS Error Monitoring Strategy, capitalization, proper nouns and proper adjectives, and learning how to cite text using MLA Format.  Please encourage your students to be actively engaged during classroom time as well as be active note takers. All class notes will be updated  in the Class Notes (Writing) section of this blog every time we take notes in class.

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


9 comments on “Class update #1 [Week of 08/05/13 – 08/09/13]

  1. This is really amazing work! I am starting my first year in my own classroom (7th grade ELA) and I am inspired. I am going to try and do a Gifted and Talented Blog this year because I believe what you do is awesome!

    • Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to take any ideas, lesson plans, or whatever you’d like that you find on this blog. Good luck with the year! When you do that blog, make sure you send a link this way because I could always use some extra ideas for the classroom…

  2. I agree, this is definitely great work! Thanks for posting the links to where you get your vocab words – awesome resource. Question: I need ideas on how to read together in class. Do you do round robin reading, independent silent reading, or have them read on their own before class? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hey Dianne,

      Thanks for stopping by. I do popcorn reading as well as SSR (sustained silent reading) & Journaling for in class reading. Not sure if you’re familiar w/ popcorn reading, but it’s student led where they volunteer to read a specified length aloud. When they are done, they select another student who has either volunteered or hasn’t read. Popcorn is done for three reasons – we don’t have enough books for students to take anything home, it keeps students on task, and it allows all students to keep pace with the class. I do let students read ahead if they choose to. I would love to try round robin reading, but I think they will get too loud, and they are at that age where that might cause more behavior problems. Also, if you want me to send you a Zip file of all those words (roughly 400 defined words w/ parts of speech), so you don’t have to categorize them yourself, send me an email @

      I have the vocabulary words broken down 10 per week each quarter for four quarters…

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