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

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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

Class update #23 [Week of 02/03/14 – 02/07/14]

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

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

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/03/14 to 02/07/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 5 – 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 #5′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/04/14 as well as a quiz on 02/07/14. 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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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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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

Are You Smarter Than a 7th Grader?

Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself...

Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself…

I preface this post with the notion that I have told my students in the past that one day they may have to correct any errors during my instruction if they see and/or hear something wrong. Today was that day… We’ve just completed the reading of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I couldn’t be more proud of these 7th Grade students. If you’ve ever read The Time Machine, you know that it is by no means an easy task especially for 7th Graders. They had a few complaints, but they pushed through the book. Some liked it, some were on the fence, and a few were upset at the ambiguous ending [spoiler alert]. That being said, I had to adjust my approach during in class reading and take a more active role because of the high level of vocabulary. I made sure they were actively reading by encouraging all students to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Setting, Connect, Summarize & Reflect – see [here]. I also made sure to make them copies of the difficult words they were going to see in each chapter – see [here]. I also used popcorn reading strategy to keep them on task as well as help with comprehension issues.

As we ended the book, there appeared to be some confusion about who exactly was the narrator and why it wasn’t simply first person from the Time Traveler’s point of view. I held on to the real answer because I wanted the kids to work it out for themselves and partially because I couldn’t answer the question on the spot w/o confusing them more. This was also the first time that I’ve taught the book.To say the least, I was a bit rusty as to how to explain to the students that the story was being narrated from an omniscient third-person point of view. Frankly, I had forgotten or was unaware that this was the case because for the first 87 pages, it appears to be in first person point of view with the Time Traveler being the narrator. As one of my students pointed out, paraphrasing of course, “Mr., go back and look and see the quotation marks on every paragraph from pages 1-87.” I would like to say I purposely forgot that it was written in the previously mentioned point of view, but I simply forgot. I always tell my students that I am not the smartest person, and to not be afraid to challenge me if I get something wrong. However, when they do so, it should be in a respectful manner. I told the students that I would do some research, and that I would have an answer Continue reading

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

Class Update # 6 [Week of 1/14/13 – 1/18/13]

Week #3: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Chps. 4-7] and quiz, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, and Short Story Assignment…

Week #3: In Class Reading of The Time Machine [Chps. 4-7] and quiz, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, and Short Story Assignment…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/14/2013 to 1/18/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 3 – 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 28 through 63 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 #3′s vocabulary words. 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 01/15/2013 as well as The Time Machine Chps. 4-7 Short Answer Quiz on 1/18/2013.  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 #2, students learned about Narrative and Literary Writing via class lecture, activities, and notes. Specifically, they learned about The Five Elements of a Story, What Your Short Story Should Include, and Drafting a Plan. During week #3, students will be assigned a Short Story Assignment that will be due on 1/22/13 for 50pts. Please encourage Continue reading