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

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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

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How To Do a Research Outline Explained by The President & Simon Cowell – [XtraNormal Video]

I tried my hand at video editing/making with the help of XtraNormal. I’m not quite sure how this will go over in class, but I thought I’d infuse some humor along with helpful information for the students sake. I made the video to give an extra visual for students when they complete this handout [here] in a hands on activity. The video will be prefaced with instructions from the teacher followed by the activity. The activity includes making an outline to be used for a 5-Paragraph Essay/Research Paper. The activity will take place on 3/14/2013. I thought the extra visual would help the activity run smoother. As previously mentioned, following the video, students will participate in hands on activity (activity #4 during the class) based on creating an outline, “5 Paragraph Essay Outline for Research Paper.” Student will be given instructions on how to complete handout via overhead projector, verbally, and visually w/ the previously mentioned XtraNormal video. Student will be given 7-12 minutes to begin their outline. Completion is encourages, but isn’t mandatory to receive a ticket out of class. We shall see how it goes. Here is a peek at the video [above]. As you can see, I don’t quite have video editing quite figured out yet. The clip is about 6 minutes. Not sure if I will do this again, and I only purchased a one month $10 subscription 😉

Students will be referring to this (below) during video… Continue reading

Class Update #14 [Week of 3/11/13 – 3/15/13]

    Week #11: View & Respond - Roots, Vocabulary HW, NFL Wonderlic Test Activity, and Research Paper activities/notes...

Week #11: View & Respond – Roots, Vocabulary HW, NFL Wonderlic Test Activity, and Research Paper activities/notes…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/11/2013 to 03/15/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 11 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, 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 am sending home a permission slip [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. During the view & responds, students will be actively watching via an episode guide that can be viewed [here]. The class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards with these view & responds… Students will also be assigned Week #11′s vocabulary words. This week students will be given Week #11′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 03/12/2013.  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 #13 [Week of 3/04/13 – 3/08/13]

Week #10: Literature & Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, Galileo Literature and Writing Assessments, and Research Paper activities/notes...

Week #10: Literature & Language Textbook reading, Vocabulary HW, Galileo Literature and Writing Assessments, and Research Paper activities/notes…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 03/04/2013 to 03/08/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 10 – Quarter 3  [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue Unit Six – Themes in World Folklore in their Literature & Language textbook. Students will be reading and responding to the following stories: Kelfala’s Secret Something, Prometheus, Where the Girl Saved Her Brother, Echo and Narcissus, The Emperor’s New Clothes, & How Odin Lost His Eye. Students will participate in AIMS preparation via AIMS Buckle Down – Lesson 12: Graphic Features Pgs. 146-154. Students will also be taking the Galileo Assessment for Literature on Tuesday & Wednesday of this week. Students will be assigned Week #10′s vocabulary words. 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 03/05/2013.  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