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

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

Black Friday – View & Respond

Black Friday - View & Respond...

Black Friday – View & Respond…

In the spirit of the holiday season being upon us, I decided to do a view and respond about Black Friday. In case you’re unaware of what Black Friday exactly is, please read the following snippet: “Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.” We began the class with a bell work prompt, “What do you know about Black Friday? Will you participate this year? Why or why not?” Most students knew what I was referring to, and they gave very candid responses. Most said they wouldn’t because they don’t see the point, or that perhaps their parents would but weren’t sure. The goal behind this particular bell work prompt, as it is for every bell work prompt, was to get them talking and involved in the classroom objective for the day. 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.

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Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins – Bullying in the NFL (View & Respond)

Bullying in the NFL: Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins - View & Respond

Bullying in the NFL – Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins (View & Respond)

On November 6th, the class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & respond about Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins. Students will began class with a bell work prompt about any bullying, and how does it make them feel. I will be passing out a news story via ESPN. 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.

As added bonus, I will give the students a chance to write a letter to Jonathan Martin. Our writing class is currently working on letter writing (Production & Distribution of Writing – 7.W.4 Common Core Standard), so this will be a perfect opportunity to display those skills in a real world setting. Luckily, the Dolphins mailing address is very accessible (here). Students will complete letter for homework and submit the following day. Continue reading

View & Respond – Texting & Driving

    #itCanWait

#itCanWait

Today, the class worked on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about a CBS News Report: Texting and driving: New Herzog film shows consequences. The activity began with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I instructed students to read the news article via CNN to give the background to the to the story. Students were prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of YouTube Media clip. Once the clip was complete, I gave students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing to help guide the discussion. I then opened the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions.

This is a very serious as well as relevant topic that affects a lot of individuals including myself – we’re all guilty of texting and driving to a certain degree. That being said, I think it was important to see what my classes thoughts are about the problem. Luckily, none of them are driving yet, but hopefully when they do, they will put their phones down and pay attention. I think it’s important for students to understand that it only takes one second, literally, for bad things to happen behind the wheel of a car. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is 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. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout. We will be watching the entire documentary in the weeks to come via YouTubeContinue reading

View & Respond – Jasmine McClain

 Jasmine McClain

Jasmine McClain

On March 4th, the class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with this view & respond about Jasmine McClain. Students will began class with a bell work prompt about any bullying, and how does it make them feel. I will be passing out a news story on Jasmine McClain to give background to the story. If you are unaware, Jasmine McClain is from Chadbourn, NC where “authorities are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who hanged herself Monday night after repeatedly being bullied at school.” 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.

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