Class update #30 [Week of 03/31/14 – 04/04/14]

Week #2: Class reading of The Old Man & The Sea, journal entries, vocabulary HW/Quiz, Unit 4: Back To The Future w/ Reading Packet...

Week #2: Class reading of The Old Man & The Sea, Journal Entries, Vocabulary HW/Quiz, Unit 4: Back To The Future w/ Reading Packet

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/31/14 to 04/04/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 – Quarter 4[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin reading The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. 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 Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 4.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 04/01/14 as well as a quiz on 4/04/14. 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.

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Learning Signatures – Part II

ABC Worksheets

ABC Worksheets

We broached this problem once again during the 4th Quarter when I gave students a Roots Letter Writing Activity in letter format. As one of the assignment requirements, I stipulated that they must sign their name at the end of the letter. I found it puzzling that a good portion of the 7th Graders weren’t taught to write in cursive, or they had forgotten how. To their credit, they picked up on it in a matter of less than 30 minutes. Did I mention these kids are resoundingly awesome? I’ve read multiple articles on various news outlets saying there isn’t a need to emphasize cursive writing anymore. I’ve also had discussions with other educators about the matter. Personally, I see both points of view. I think we are in an information age where emphasis doesn’t necessarily need to be placed solely on penmanship. That being said, we are also in an age where everybody doesn’t have access to a computer inside the classroom or at home, so penmanship is still pretty important – print and cursive. The overall point of communicating your intelligence in as many formats as possible should always be valued whether it be on a computer, in print, in cursive, in pen, in pencil, or crayon;]

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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. Continue reading

Class update #28 [Week of 03/10/14 – 03/14/14]

Week #10: Roots view & respond, journal entries, vocabulary HW, and Research Paper Assignment…

Week #10: Roots view & respond, journal entries, vocabulary HW, and Research Paper 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 03/10/14 to 03/14/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 10 – Quarter 3[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 #10’s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 03/11/14. 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. Continue reading

Class update #27 [Week of 03/03/14 – 03/07/14]

Week #9: class reading of The Time Machine, journal entries, vocabulary HW, vocabulary quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – How to Write a Research Paper…

Week #9: The Time Machine, journal entries, vocabulary HW & quiz, and How to Write a Research Paper…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/03/14 to 03/07/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 9 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells as enrichment. We will switch from strictly reading this on Fridays to in class reading throughout the week. We will attempt to complete the book by the end of the week. We will also watch the adapted movie filmed in 2002 starring Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias and Mark Addy. I will be sending home permission slips [here] on Tuesday. 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. 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 #26 [Week of 02/24/14 – 02/28/14]

Week #8: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW, vocabulary quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Oral History Assignment…

Week #8: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW, vocabulary quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Oral History 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 02/24/14 to 02/28/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 8 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck. 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 #8′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/25/14 as well as a quiz on 2/28/14. 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 #25 [Week of 02/17/14 – 02/19/14]

Week #5: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting...

Week #7: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting 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 02/17/14 to 02/19/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 7 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck. 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 #7′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 02/18/14. 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 #24 [Week of 02/10/14 – 02/14/14]

Week #6: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting Assignment...

Week #6: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting 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 02/10/14 to 02/14/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 6 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck. 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 #6′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/10/14 as well as a quiz on 02/14/14. 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

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

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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