Letter Writing Activity #Dreams

set goal, make plan, work, and stick to it...

set goal, make plan, work, and stick to it…

I decided to do an impromptu writing activity in Language Arts/Writing today. The students will participate in a letter writing activity about their future aspirations. Students will begin class with a bell work question, “Describe 3 realistic life goals that you want to reach by the age of 18.” Once they have completed that, they will be given the following instructions:

 

1) You will be writing a letter about your future dreams and aspirations.

2) Address the letter to yourself (future you)

3) List specific goals that you hope to attain by the age of 18 and beyond.

4) For every goal, give yourself advice on how to reach that goal.

5) Open the letter upon high school graduation or when you feel yourself getting off track later in life. Continue reading

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

A Friendly Letter to Jonathan Martin (Miami Dolphins)

Friendly Letter to Jonathan Martin...

Friendly Letter to Jonathan Martin…

Earlier in the week, my class participated in a view and respond about Jonathan Martin and his bad experience with bullying while playing for the Miami Dolphins. We decided to write a friendly letter to Jonathan Martin in hopes that it would reach him. The class is working on a unit called Express Yourself  where students will learn how to properly format as well as write poetry, letters, and essays. This particular activity fit perfectly because students are currently working on their letter writing skills with an emphasis on Production & Distribution of Writing – 7.W.4 Common Core Standard

It was also my hope that students would relate to his particular situation. We had a good discussion about this situation as well as other bullying type of situations that the students have experienced themselves. I had several goals for this letter. One was to get students to work on their writing as well as grammar skills (we are a work in progress), and the other goal was to get students to understand that we all go through tough situations like this no matter how big or strong we are.

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

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 #12 [Week of 10/28/13 – 11/01/13]

Week #4: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Introduction to Letter Writing…

Week #4: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Introduction to Letter 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 10/28/2013 to 11/01/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 4 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin Unit Three – Reaching For The Stars in their Literature and Language textbook by reading Rikki-tikki-tavi, The Christmas Huntfrom The Endless Steppe Growing Up in Siberia, and America the Not-so-Beautiful. 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 #4′s vocabulary words. 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 10/29/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 11/01/2013. 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

Letter Writing Workshop – Persuasive Letter

Persuasion - the art of getting what you want...

Persuasion – the art of getting what you want…

Over the couple of weeks, the class has participated in several Letter Writing Workshops [here]. The first workshop was to review format and rules. Second workshop was a Persuasive Letter Writing Activity w/ format review & ticket out of class using COPS Error Monitoring Strategy to correct mistakes. The final workshop will be similar to the previously mentioned workshop.

[more details] Today the class will be prompted by the bell work to brainstorm about a school problem that they wish to address. The issue may include the following: bullying, school uniforms, school lunch options, school field trips, etc-etc. Students will then proceed to write the letter using the correct format for semi-formal letter writing. Students will focus on 5 key elements in the body of a persuasive letter after they have made sure to properly format their letter. Those 5 key elements are as follows: 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]