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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Children’s Book Assignment was a success

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The students put forth great effort with this assignment. I had about 95% participation with this assignment. A few students were still putting their finishing touches on the assignments as the due date past, but they will still have an opportunity for credit if they turn it in.  This assignment was different from most because for this assignment, I let students work in collaborative groups. However, I let students have the option to work individually as well. Some students worked well together while others struggled to creatively coexist. Those that chose to work in groups learned a valuable lesson – working with friends doesn’t workout all the time. I let them know that it was something they would have to work around as well as through as they continued their academic journey. They smiled and took it all in stride. Overall, the students enjoyed working together as well as presenting their children’s books that had valuable lessons for their younger relatives. I encouraged them from the beginning to keep their audience in mind, and I let them know this would make for a good gift for their younger brother, sister, or cousin.

If you would like to view the assignment and rubric, please view here >>> Children’s Book Assignment  & Rubric. The task was as follows – students will have the option to work in collaborative groups in roles of a writer, illustrator and editor to develop a children’s book. Furthermore, students will create a children’s book with a lesson to be learned in language that a child would be entertained as well as informed.

Class update #8 [Week of 1/28/13 – 2/1/13]

Week #5: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 71-90], Vocabulary HW & Book Quiz, Children’s Book Assignment…

Week #5: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 71-90], Vocabulary HW & Book Quiz, Children’s Book Assignment…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/28/2013 to 2/1/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 5 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we will be completing our in class reading of  The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will be actively reading pages 71 through 90 this week. During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Setting, Connect, Summarize & Reflect… View [here] for more details about in class note taking. Students will also be participating in a view & respond of The Time Machine adapted film from 2002. The movie stars Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias and Mark Addy. Permission slips were sent home on Friday. If you would like to view that permission slip, please go [here]. Students will also work on Week #5′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #5′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/29/2013 as well as a Book Quiz on Chapter’s 7-12 of The Time Machine on 2/1/2013.  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.

In Language Arts/Writing, we will continue Unit Three – The Art of Storytelling. Students will learn how to write a short story, write a children’s book, participate in investigative reporting,  oral history/interviewing, and a write a research paper.  During week #4, students will learn how to write a children’s book via direct instruction, classroom activities, and note taking. Specifically students will learn about Narrative and Literary Writing Exploring a Child’s World, Creating Your Book, Reviewing Book, Publishing & Presenting via The Writer’s Craft textbook. Students will also participate in a view and respond to give them a visual as to how children’s books and/or stories unfold via multimedia viewing of The Three Little Pigs, The Grasshopper & The Ant, and The Hare & The Tortoise. During week #5, students Continue reading

Class update #7 [Week of 1/22/13 – 1/25/13]

Week #4: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 64-80], Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Short Story Assignment Due, Children's Book introduced…

Week #4: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Pp. 64-80], Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Short Story Assignment Due, Children’s Book introduced…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/22/2013 to 1/25/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 4 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we will continue reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will be actively reading pages 64 through 80 this week. During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Setting, Connect, Summarize & Reflect… View [here] for more details about in class note taking. Students will also work on Week #4′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #4′s vocabulary words on Tuesday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 01/23/2013 as well as Vocabulary Quiz on 1/25/2013.  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.

In Language Arts/Writing, we will continue Unit Three – The Art of Storytelling. Students will learn how to write a short story, write a children’s book, participate in investigative reporting,  oral history/interviewing, and a write a research paper.  During week #3, students were  assigned a Short Story Assignment that will be due on 1/22/13 for 50pts upon their return from the long weekend. If you would like to view the assignment, please click [here]. You can also view the Grading Rubric for the assignment [here]. Students were given ample class time to complete the assignment as well as time at home. During week #4, Continue reading