Class update #22 [Week of 1/27/14 – 1/31/14]

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Week #4: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Children’s Book 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 01/27/14 to 01/31/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 4 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck in several weeks (Week 5 of 3 Quarter). 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. This week students will read Aesop’s Fables: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, Aesop’s Fables: The Travelers and the Purse, Phaethon, and The People Could Fly from their Literature & Language textbook.  As enrichment, students will also be reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 3. Students will be given a vocabulary guide [here] as well as other activities to help with comprehension due to The Time Machine’s difficult vocabulary. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills. This week students will be given Week #4′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/28/14 as well as a quiz on 01/31/14. 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

Class update #21 [Week of 1/21/14 – 1/24/14]

Week #3: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling - Children's Books…

Week #3: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Learning How To Write a Children’s Book…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 01/21/14 to 01/24/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 3 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck in several weeks (Week 5 of 3 Quarter). 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. This week students will read The Highwayman & Lazy Peter and the Three Cornered Hat from their Literature & Language textbook.  As enrichment, students will also be reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 3. Students will be given a vocabulary guide [here] as well as other activities to help with comprehension due to The Time Machine’s difficult vocabulary. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills. 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 01/23/14 as well as a quiz on 01/24/14. 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.

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Martin Luther King Class Activities #TheDreamer

MLK #TheDreamer

MLK #TheDreamer

The Friday before we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, students will get familiar with who Dr. King was and what he stood for. My main objective is that students will be able to identify several key highlights of Dr. King’s life as well as his life’s work with civil rights. I will begin class with a two part bell work prompt: “Who was Dr. Martin Luther King? What are your dreams and how will you make them come true?” I will reach my objective via a reading comprehension worksheet(s) [here & here] as well as a mini biography via YouTube (below). A little about the mini biography via Bio: “A short biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is widely considered the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. He fought to overturn Jim Crow segregation laws and eliminate social and economic differences between blacks and whites. King’s speeches and famous quotes continue to inspire millions today.”

Students will finish the lesson with a fine arts activity where they will receive two handouts. One will be of a black and white picture [here], and the other one will be filled with famous quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [here]. Students will be asked to color in the black and white picture as well as insert their favorite quotes. We will post the finished product around the classroom… Continue reading

Re: Technology Overload – View & Respond #iForgotMyPhone

Technology Overload - View & Respond

Technology Overload – View & Respond

With the world now at our fingertips, how much technology is too much? Our Language Arts/Writing class will be exploring that question via Common Core speaking/listening standards, (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5), with this viral video about how we forget how to unplug from time to time. I will begin the class with a bell work prompt, how many minutes and/or hours a day do you spend on your phone or other electronic gadgets? We will continue by viewing the viral video, I Forgot My Phone [here]. Students will then proceed to have initial discussion led by teacher guided questions. Once the discussion is complete, students will then move to a handout [here]. The handout is a newspaper article via the Washington Post: President Obama snaps a selfie at Mandela’s memorial service. The overall goal isn’t to be judgmental, but it’s to get students to understand a need, including myself, to unplug and reconnect to reality from time to time. Hopefully, this video along with other activities will spark a dialogue about whether they should unplug or not… Continue reading

Five Things (Elements of a Short Story) #Flocabulary

As we begin our Short Story Assignment, I wanted to give the students a visual summary of what actually goes in a short story. I found this video on YouTube via Flocabulary. A little background information about the song via www.flocabulary.com: “This song covers the five main elements of a story: setting, plot, characters, conflict and theme. Whether you’re studying a short story, a novel, an epic poem, a play or a film, if you don’t find these five elements, you’re not looking hard enough. With a catchy chorus that’s hard to forget, this “five elements of a short story” rap will get you or your students hooked.” I thought it was a good way to connect the younger generation with the elements of a short story as well as get their creative juices flowing…

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Class update #20 [Week of 1/13/14 – 1/17/14]

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling...

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 01/13/14 to 01/17/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck in several weeks (Week 5 of 3 Quarter). 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. This week students will read Medicine Bag, The Arrow and the Lamp,  and A Crush from their Literature & Language textbook.  As enrichment, students will also be reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 3. Students will be given a vocabulary guide [here] as well as other activities to help with comprehension due to The Time Machine’s difficult vocabulary. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills. This week students will be given Week #2′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/14/14 as well as a quiz on 01/17/14. 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.

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The Tell-Tale Heart – Class Read

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart...

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart…

The class participated in a view & respond with a twist. I initially wanted the class to view Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and simply respond. However, I decided to have the class read the short story before they viewed via scholastic [here]. I have seen many versions/adaptations of this short story, but this particular version came in the form of a play. We assigned characters and proceeded to read the play aloud. Once the class completed reading, they were given a visual via an old animated clip courtesy of Columbia Pictures [here]. For those that are unfamiliar with Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, here is a brief summary via Shmoop: The Tell-Tale Heart is a famous short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. He first published the story in January 1843, in the short-lived Pioneer magazine. “Tell-Tale” is about a nameless man who kills an old man for a really strange reason, which we won’t give away here. The nameless man tells the story of the murder to prove he is not insane.”

The overall goal was to get them thinking about their impending assignment [here]. We have begun our third unit in Language Arts/Writing, The Art of Story Telling, and I thought this would be a good way to kick it off. Students are beginning to understand that a story doesn’t necessarily have to be long to be considered a good one. The adapted animated clip gave the students a good chuckle because by today’s standards, it wasn’t really that scary. That being said, fear wasn’t the objective. The main objective was for students to understand the elements of a story and be able to apply them. By the middle of next week, we hope to reach that objective…

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Class update #19 [Week of 1/06/14 – 1/10/14]

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling...

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 01/06/14 to 01/10/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck in several weeks. 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. As enrichment, students will also be reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 3. Students will be given a vocabulary guide [here] as well as other activities to help with comprehension due to The Time Machine’s difficult vocabulary. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills. 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 01/07/14 as well as a quiz on 01/10/14. 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