Class in the news after Ludacris announces contest winner [KGun9 News & Arizona Daily Star]

I always tell my students, “put in the work and good things will happen.” As we went into Winter Break, students received some reinforcement to that notion as well as a little press for a competition in which they all participated in [read more about competition]. Although there could only be one winner, they all enjoyed hearing about their class as well as school in the news. They also, of course, enjoyed receiving a special shout out from Ludacris (see here). Above is footage from KGun9 News, and I was also able to find an article on the Arizona Daily Star. I didn’t have any luck finding KVOA Channel 4’s news article and/or footage, but we appreciate them as well. All in all, it was a good way to end 2013. I’m glad the news was able to shine some light on such positivity as well as help me reinforce that notion that working hard actually paying off. Looking forward to an even better 3rd & 4th Quarter in 2014…

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Ludacris Announces Classroom Contest Winner [Video]

As the holiday season approaches, students have been getting anxious to find out who the winner will be for the Soul By Ludacris Headphone Contest. As an added bonus, Ludacris gave a special shout out to announce the class winner. The winner was extremely happy as well as shocked that Ludacris took the time to give her a special mention.

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First World Problems Read By Third World Kids – View & Respond

First World Problems Read By Third World Kids...

First World Problems Read By Third World Kids…

As the season takes full swing, my Language Arts/Writing classes will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with a view & respond about being thankful for what we have as well as learn about what others don’t have. The view & respond will be about an article I read on Huffington Post, “First World Problems Read By Third World Kids.” Students will began class with a bell work prompt about what “third world” actually means because some may not know that it means a group of underdeveloped nations of the world. The prompt will also include a question, list a few things that you may complain about or take for granted… I will be passing out a news story via Huffington Post. Along with that news story, students will have questions to answer before we begin classroom discussion. That handout can be viewed [here]. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why)… Students will be given about 5 to 7 minutes to answer the questions from the previously mentioned handout. Once students have completed the handout, I will open up the floor for discussion. Continue reading

Class update #18 [Week of 12/16/13 – 12/20/13]

Week #11: class reading, journal entries, and Completion of Unit 2: View & Respond activities…

Week #11: class reading, journal entries, and Completion of Unit 2: View & Respond activities…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 12/16/2013 to 12/20/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 11 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will be completing their in class reading of  The Giver by Lois Lowry. During our in class reading, students are required to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, Conflict & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Journal entry requirements include students selecting a specific piece of text, cite it in MLA Format, and elaborate on why they selected that particular piece of text to cite. Students will also be completing The Giver Vocabulary Master List which will be due at the end of the novel (12/11/13). Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. I will also 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. Continue reading

View & Respond – #Sharkeisha

Teen violence being normalized via the internet? We will discuss in our view & respond...

Teen violence being normalized via the internet? We will discuss in our view & respond…

On December 11th, Language Arts/Writing will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & respond about a video featuring teen on teen violence as well as the phenomenon of posting violent videos that somehow go viral.  Students will began class with a bell work prompt about violence they’ve seen as well as violence that has affected them personally, and how it make them feel. I will be passing out a news story via The New York Daily News. Along with that news story, students will have questions to answer before we begin classroom discussion. That handout can be viewed [here]. The class will then move to the viewing portion by watching this video [here]. Students will be prompted to actively watch by using the 5W’s (who, what, where, when, and why)… Students will be given about 5 to 7 minutes to answer the questions from the previously mentioned handout. Once students have completed the handout, I will open up the floor for discussion. Continue reading

Class update #17 [Week of 12/09/13 – 12/13/13]

Week #10: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Completion of Unit 2: View & Respond activities...

Week #10: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Completion of Unit 2: View & Respond activities…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 12/09/2013 to 12/13/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 10 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. During our in class reading, students are required to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, Conflict & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Journal entry requirements include students selecting a specific piece of text, cite it in MLA Format, and elaborate on why they selected that particular piece of text to cite. Students will also be completing The Giver Vocabulary Master List which will be due at the end of the novel (12/11/13). Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #10′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #10′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 12/10/2013. 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. Continue reading

Impromptu Nelson Mandela Activity (5W’s)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

As twitter erupted about Paris Hilton’s confusion between Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King’s famous words from the I Have a Dream speech, I wondered if the younger generation would even know the difference if I pointed out her error (turned out to be a hoax). That being said, my main objective for today’s activity will be for students to gain better comprehension of who Nelson Mandela was. I came up with a quick way when I read an article(s) [here] & [here]. I will begin the activity with a bell work prompt, what do you know about Nelson Mandela? I would like gauge student’s prior knowledge before I assume they don’t know who he is/was. The students will then read a combined article to get a better understanding of Nelson Mandela. After the students complete the reading, we will come back together to converse about the content of the article in order to gain better comprehension. I have created a handout [here] that has the 5W’s on it as a way to guide the conversation in the classroom… Continue reading

Class update #16 [Week of 12/02/13 – 12/06/13]

Week #9: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Letter Writing with Essay Writing Assignment…

Week #9: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2:  Essay Writing Assignment…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 12/02/2013 to 12/06/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 9 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. During our in class reading, students are required to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, Conflict & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Journal entry requirements include students selecting a specific piece of text, cite it in MLA Format, and elaborate on why they selected that particular piece of text to cite. Students will also be completing The Giver Vocabulary Master List which will be due at the end of the novel. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #9′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #9′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 12/03/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 12/06/2013. 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. Continue reading