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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Class update #26 [Week of 02/24/14 – 02/28/14]

Week #8: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW, vocabulary quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Oral History Assignment…

Week #8: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW, vocabulary quiz, and Unit 3: The Art of Story Telling – Oral History 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 02/24/14 to 02/28/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 8 – Quarter 3[click to open word document].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will continue 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 #8′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have two assessments in the form of homework due on 02/25/14 as well as a quiz on 2/28/14. 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 #25 [Week of 02/17/14 – 02/19/14]

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

Week #7: class reading of The Pearl, journal entries, vocabulary HW, 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 02/17/14 to 02/19/14. If you would like to view the lesson plans in detail, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 7 – 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 #7′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 02/18/14. 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 #21 [Week of 5/13/13 – 5/17/13]

Week #8: Vocabulary HW, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, Back To The Future Essay Due, Viewing of The Old Man and The Sea, and Viewing of Back To The Future...

Week #8: Vocabulary HW, In-class reading of The Old Man and The Sea, Back To The Future Essay Due, Viewing of The Old Man and The Sea, and Viewing of Back To The Future…

Greetings, this will be the last regularly scheduled update for the year as summer is almost upon us. I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 05/13/2013 to 05/17/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>>Lesson Plans for Week 8 – Quarter 4 [click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, students will be completing the reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. This will be our 4th completed book this year. The Literature class has previously completed Monster by Walter Dean Myers, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. We will also be viewing The Old Man and The Sea starring Anthony Quinn on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This week students will be given Week #8′s vocabulary words on Monday, and they will have one assessment in the form of homework due on 5/14/2013. 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 #5 [Week of 1/7/13 – 1/11/13]

Week #2: In Class Reading of The Time Machine, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Elements of a Story, and Revisions/Drafting a Story…

Week #2: In Class Reading of The Time Machine, Vocabulary HW & Quiz, Elements of a Story, and Revisions/Drafting a Story…

Here is an update for 7th Grade Language Arts (Literature & Writing). I have a hyperlink to my lesson plans for the week of 1/07/2013 to 1/11/2013. If you would like to view the lesson plans, please do so here >>> Lesson Plans for Week 2 Quarter 3[click to open].

In Language Arts/Literature, we will begin reading The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Students will be actively reading pages 1 through 27 this week. During in class reading, students are encouraged to take notes for comprehension in the following format – Question, Predict, Connect, Summarize & Reflect view [here] for more details. 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 01/08/2013 as well as week #2′s Vocabulary Quiz on 1/11/2013.  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.

In Language Arts/Writing, we will begin Unit Three – The Art of Storytelling. Students will learn how to write a short story, write a children’s book, participate in investigative reporting,  oral history/interviewing, and a write a research paper.  During week #1, students were introduced to the unit as well as introduced to what a short story is with specific examples involving activities from The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe & The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. During week #2, students will learn about Narrative and Literary Writing via class lecture, activities, and notes. Specifically, they will learn about The Five Elements of a Story, What Your Short Story Should Include, and Drafting a Plan. During week #3, students will be assigned a Short Story Assignment that will be due on 1/22/13 for 50pts. Please encourage your students to take notes during all in class activities to help with that future assignment.

If you have questions about Language Arts, please feel free to stop by my classroom before or after school. If you can’t make it to my classroom, feel free to send me an email at james.sye09@gmail.com.

– Mr. Sye