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 #13 [Week of 11/04/13 – 11/08/13]

Week #5: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Letter Writing with Problem Solving Letter Assignment...

Week #5: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Letter Writing w/ Problem Solving Letter 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 11/04/2013 to 11/08/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 5 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin 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. These journal entries will be done at least 3 times a week. Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. 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 11/05/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 11/08/2013. 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

Class update #9 [Week of 09/30/13 – 10/04/13]

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & Unit 2: Express Yourself w/ an emphasis on Poetry...

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & Unit 2: Express Yourself w/ an emphasis on Poetry…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 09/30/2013 to 10/04/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 2[click to open word document]. FYI, Report Cards go home on 10/04/2013.

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin Unit Two – Scales of Justice in their Literature and Language textbook by reading The Noble Experiment, Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, The Revolt of the Evil Fairies, and Aunt Millicent during week #1. Prior to our in class reading, we participate in classroom activities that coincide with each reading selection to gain a better comprehension. Students will also participate in journal entries in which they have to select a specific piece of text, cite it in MLA Format, and elaborate on why they selected that particular piece of text to cite. These journal entries will be done at least 3 times a week.  Students will also work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #1′s vocabulary words. 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 10/01/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 10/04/2013. 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

Class update #7 [Week of 09/16/13 – 09/20/13]

Week #7: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers as well as reenactment preparation, journal entries, vocabulary HW, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on Essay Writing & Graphic Device Essay Assignment…

Week #7: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers as well as reenactment preparation, journal entries, vocabulary HW, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on Essay Writing & Graphic Device Essay 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 09/16/2013 to 09/20/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 7 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will complete reading of the novel, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers,during week #7. Upon completion, the class will also get a chance to reenact a courtroom scene from the book, Monster. Students will have ample time to prepare, they will get to dress the part of their character, and hopefully we will bring the book to life with our own spin. If you would like to view the activity, go [here]. The reenactment will take place on 9/24/2013. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #7′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #7′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 09/17/2013 as well as a Essay Questions based on the class reading of Monster, by Walter Dean Myers due on 09/23/2013.  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

Class update #6 [Week of 09/09/13 – 09/13/13]

    Week #6: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on Essay Writing & Graphic Device Essay Assignment…

Week #6: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on Essay Writing & Graphic Device Essay 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 09/09/2013 to 09/13/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 6 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading the novel, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers during week #6. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. Students will also work on Week #6′s vocabulary words. 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 09/10/2013 as well as a Mid-Book Test on the class reading of Monster, by Walter Dean Myers on 09/13/2013. 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

Class update #5 [Week of 09/03/13 – 09/06/13]

Week #5: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on Essay Writing…

Week #5: class reading of Monster by Walter Dean Myers, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on Essay Writing…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 09/03/2013 to 09/06/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 5 – Quarter 1[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading the novel, Monster, by Walter Dean Myers during week #5. During our in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Quotation (MLA Format), Characters, Setting, Connect, & Summarize. Those notes will help students with their ticket out of class via journal entries that they will be completing after daily reading. Students will work on Buckle Down AIMS for various reading comprehension skills as well. 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 09/04/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 09/06/2013. 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

Roots Letter Writing Assignment [Post Any Questions]

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Task: You have been tasked with writing a letter. You will have 3 options for this assignment. You are to use your imagination, creativity, and prior knowledge of how to write a letter during this assignment. Please refer to your notes that you were instructed to take during our view & responds as well as the rubric (attached below).  The students were given in-class time to begin this assignment, and they were instructed to complete the rest of assignment at home over the weekend. I also let students know that if they had any questions, comments, or concerns to post to the blog in order to get immediate feedback. If you are student reading this, and you have a question, please comment in the appropriate section (below).

Roots Letter Writing Assignment [here]

Roots Letter Writing Rubric [here]

Bully Movie Trailer – View & Respond (La/Writing HW – 3/14)

Instructions: As mentioned in class today, you are responsible for viewing and responding to this movie trailer to the movie Bully. The trailer can be viewed below via YouTube. You are expected to view the story as well as read the background information that will be provided via IMDB. You will receive credit (10pts) by responding using the 5W’s as well as summarizing your thoughts (be specific) about the movie trailer. Your response will go in the comment section. Please leave your first name and the first initial of your last name when it prompts you to do so when making a comment in order to receive credit. If you have any questions, please see me on Friday during class…

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