The Old Man & The Sea – Trivia Game

The Old Man & The Sea - Trivia

The Old Man & The Sea – Trivia

On Friday, I wanted to liven up the class with some sort of competitive game, so I put this trivia game together in the morning. In case you’re adverse to reading, here is The Old Man & The Sea Trivia Game [here]. I grabbed a few things on several sites as well as came up with a few questions on my own. Feel free to take it, share it, add a few questions, point out any errors, or play the trivia game… The students loved it, and it really brought out their competitive side. I split them in teams of four, and they went at it. The main objective was simple – collaboratively be able to display understanding of the book they had just completed. Today, they will get their essay assignment [here], and we will also watch the T.V. movie starring Anthony Quinn [here].

Overall, the majority of the students enjoyed the novel. It was above their grade level (7), but we had plenty of dialogue to break down the conflicts, inner struggles, themes, and overall meaning. We will continue to gain understanding through our essay assignment, and then we will finish the 6th book of the year (Of Mice & Men). I am very proud of my students for completing 6 books during the school year. I try to have trivia for all the books we read because it’s a fun way to display/recall knowledge…

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The Pearl (2001) – Permission Slip

Permission Slip sent home on 2/25... Viewing will take place on 2/27 & 2/28.

Permission Slip sent home on 2/25… Viewing will take place on 2/27 & 2/28.

I will be sending home permission slips on Tuesday in Language Arts/Literature because we will be viewing The Pearl in class on 2/27 and 2/28. The students insisted they didn’t need permission slips, but I let them know PG stood for parental guidance. I also let them know that it’s a good thing to let parents know what their kids are viewing in class. The students have enjoyed this book thus far, and I can’t wait to show them the movie. I’m sure we will have our hands full with noting all the differences from the book and this adaptation…

We have complete the reading of John Steinbeck’s classic tale The Pearl. I would like to show the 2001 adaptation of the movie directed by Richard Harris and starring Lukas Haas. The rating for this movie is PG-13. Please fill out the form and check the appropriate box indicating whether or not your child has permission to view the movie. If you do not wish for your child to watch this movie, I will provide an alternative activity for them. Thank you for your time and consideration.” You can view the word document [here].

Class update #24 [Week of 02/10/14 – 02/14/14]

Week #6: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting Assignment...

Week #6: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting 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 02/10/14 to 02/14/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 6 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck. 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. As enrichment, students will also be reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 3. 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. 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 02/10/14 as well as a quiz on 02/14/14. 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 #23 [Week of 02/03/14 – 02/07/14]

Week #5: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting...

Week #5: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW with quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Investigative Reporting…

Greetings! Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 02/03/14 to 02/07/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 5 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will begin their in class reading of  The Pearl by John Steinbeck. 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. As enrichment, students will also be reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. However, this particular reading will only take place 10 pages at a time every Friday of Quarter 3. 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. 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 02/04/14 as well as a quiz on 02/07/14. 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