Class Reenactment of Monster by Walter Dean Myers – #ShowTime

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9/18/2013 – Our Language Arts/Literature class has completed the reading of  “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers. I have decided to bring the novel to life. Here is a handout that I will be giving the students in order to give them a visual as well as audio directions [here].  The students will be introduced to the task of reenacting the trial based on the book. Students will be selected to volunteer for their roles in the recreating the trial based on the book. There will be a voting process as well as stump speeches for final selection to keep things fair and balanced. Once character roles are selected, the class will be given an allotted amount of time to discover what their role entails. After that individual time, students will be split into teams of Defense, Prosecution, and Jury to brainstorm for ideas and strategies for the pending trial. I must admit, I am far from theatrical, and I do not pretend to be dramatic on purpose. That being said, I think this will be a good opportunity for the students to put their own spin on a book they thoroughly enjoyed! They are also in the process of completing a 5 Question Essay Assignment [see here]. Continue reading

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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