Class update #14 [Week of 11/12/13 – 11/15/13]

Week #6: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Letter Writing with Introduction to Essay Writing...

Week #6: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2:  Introduction to 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 11/12/2013 to 11/15/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 6 – Quarter 2[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue 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. Students will also be completing The Giver Vocabulary Master List which will be due at the end of the novel. Students will also 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 Tuesday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 11/13/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 11/15/2013. 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 #10 [Week of 10/11/13 – 10/18/13]

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

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 2: Express Yourself w/ an emphasis on poetry as well as interpreting poems…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 10/14/2013 to 10/18/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 – Quarter 2[click to open word document]. FYI, Report Cards went 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 Gentleman of Rio en Medio, from Boy Tales of Childhood, The Smallest Dragon, and several poems. 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 #2′s vocabulary words. 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 10/15/2013 as well as a vocabulary quiz on 10/18/2013. 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. 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 #2 [Week of 08/12/13 – 08/16/13]

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on punctuation...

Week #2: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, & continuing to learn how to correct ourselves w/ an emphasis on punctuation…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/12/2013 to 08/16/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 – Quarter 1 [click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature of Language textbook by reading Elements of Non-Fiction, Homeless, Little by Little, and Lose Now Pay Later during week #2. 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 #2′s vocabulary words. 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 08/13/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/16/2013. 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.

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Class update #1 [Week of 08/05/13 – 08/09/13]

Week #1: In-class reading, journal entries, learning how to cite text using MLA format, and learning how to correct ourselves in Unit 1...

Week #1: class reading, journal entries, vocabulary HW & Quiz, learning how to cite text using MLA format, and learning how to correct ourselves in Unit 1…

Greetings and a big welcome back! As promised, I will be giving classroom updates once a week. I will also be sharing a few classroom happenings on this blog as well. Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 08/05/2013 to 08/09/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 1 – Quarter 1  [click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature,  students will begin Unit One – A Matter of Perspective in their Literature of Language textbook by reading Introduction of Elements of Fiction, Seventh Grade, The War of The Wall, and Hearts and Hands during week #1.  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 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 08/06/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 08/09/2013. 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 #20 [Week of 5/06/13 – 5/10/13]

Week #3: Vocabulary HW, Vocabulary Quiz, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea,  Direct Instruction on 9/11 Terrorist Attacks (Back To The Future - Unit 4)

Week #7: Vocabulary HW, Vocabulary Quiz, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, Direct Instruction on Informative/Persuasive Essay Writing, and 5 Paragraph Essay Assignment (Back To The Future – Unit 4)

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 05/06/2013 to 05/10/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 7 – Quarter 4 [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. During 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 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 5/07/2013 as well as a Vocabulary Quiz on 5/10/2013. 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