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.

In Language Arts/Writing, students will be completing Unit 2: Express Yourself. During this unit, students will learn how to properly format as well as write poetry, collage/art work, letter writing, and essay writing. The main goals are to learn how to express themselves via poetry, fine arts, letter writing, and essay writing. During Week #11,  students will be participating in several view & responds via “Eyes on the Prize” as well as other media clips. Students will be working on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during the week. The objective, to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. Students will be actively watching the documentary series. They will receive a viewing guide [here], and they will fill it out in order to be prepared for classroom discussion once the allotted amount of viewing time is complete.

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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