Class update #29 [Week of 03/24/14 – 03/28/14]

Week #11: Roots view & respond, journal entries, vocabulary HW/Quiz, and Research Paper Assignment Due…

Week #11: Roots view & respond, journal entries, vocabulary HW/Quiz, and Research Paper Assignment Due…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/24/14 to 03/28/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 4[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will view Crossing Over – How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation. I wanted the students to watch the documentary to get the background about the miniseries that we will be watching for the next 10 days. In the future, the students will be viewing an adaptation of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel written by Alex Haley , first published in 1976. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the lives of his alleged descendants in the United States. Due to the graphic nature of this miniseries, I have sent home permission slips [here] to inform parents that we will be participating in this view & respond to this miniseries in Language Arts/Literature from March 11th to March 22nd. This view & respond will also serve as a precursor to our Language Arts/Writing class’ Back to The Future Unit during the 4th quarter. Students will be given a viewing guide [here], and they will be expected to actively watch as well as participate in class discussions. 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 03/25/14 as well as a quiz on 3/28/14. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills. 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 begin Unit 3: The Art of Storytelling. During this unit, students will learn how to express themselves by learning how to tell a story from beginning, middle, to end. Students will learn to write a short story, a children’s book, an investigative report, complete an oral history assignment, and a research paper. During Week #1,  students will continue with The Art of Story Telling with an emphasis on Research Papers. Students will be given direct instruction as well as participate in several activities that involve learning How to Write a Research Paper, Evaluating Internet Sources, Taking Good Notes, How to Write Thesis Statements, and Making an Outline with the objective of students being able to locate and evaluate information about topic(s) or question(s), and eventually organizing, summarizing, and synthesizing the information into a finished product. Students will be assigned a Research Paper Assignment that can be viewed [here] on 3/14/14, so it is important that they are actively engaged in all classroom activities pertaining to this assignment. The Research Paper is due on 3/27/14.

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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