Students will complete the Cogat/IOWA test tomorrow.
This week, students will be introduced to a new standard:
ELAGSE7RI5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Students will learn how to identify text features/structures while evaluating how they contribute to the author's purpose or point of view.
Notes will be uploaded soon.
Grammar Bite of the week: comma splices and fused sentences
FINAL COPIES OF YOUR ESSAYS AND THE WRITING FOLDER ARE DUE FRIDAY!!!
Have a wonderful and safe Fall Break!
Hello Students and Family,
This week, 7th grade students will be taking the Cogat/IOWA test. Students will be testing on 9/12-9-14 as well as 9/17-/9-18.
We are finishing our unit on Narrative Writing and will begin exploring the Informational Writing genre using several articles, anchor and mentor texts.
Students have a restful week and good luck during testing!
Students will continue to work on their personal narratives this week.
Classes will be using stations to assist in the development, revision and editing portions of their papers.
The following schedule of due dates will apply:
Thursday - September 6 - Pre-write and Rough Draft due
Friday - September 7 - Edited Copy
Monday - September 10 - Clean Revised Copy for Teacher Edit
Friday - September 14 - FINAL DRAFT
This week, we will start a new text, "The Scholarship Jacket."
Similar to the skills we practiced with "Seventh Grade," our previous text, students will continue to cite text evidence, determine theme and analyze how parts of a story interact and influence each other: these are our priority standards this semester quarter.
For homework, students were given an article of the week, vocabulary terms and a reading log to supplement their daily, independent reading. The A.O.W and the reading log will be due on Friday.
They will have a vocabulary quiz on Thursday and a comprehension quiz on Friday as well.
Have a great week!
This week's focus standards are:
ELAGSE7RL1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
ELAGSE7RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
ELAGSE7RL3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how settings shape the characters or plot).
Students will continue to use their anchor text, "Seventh Grade," (a copy is in the previous post) to explore common themes and analyze how story elements interact and work together. Class time this week will be devoted to collaborating in groups for close reading and peer editing of written assignments.
Homework: Article of the week due Friday
Character Analysis and Inference due Thursday
Daily 30 minute reading
Have a great week!
Today, we officially started our first unit. The focus standard for today was RL7.3.: Analyze how elements of a story interact (e.g. how setting shapes the plot or the characters.)
Parents, please ask your student to use their paraphrasing skills to communicate what the standard is asking them to do.
Below, please find the PPT used in class to review plot structure and story elements.
Additionally, you can access the Cornell Notes to revise and/or extend the notes you took in class.
Please complete any classwork you did not finish and don't forget to read for a minimum of 30 minutes. Everyone should have identified an independent reading book for the next two weeks.
Have a great evening!
Today, was a wonderful beginning to the new school year! I was thrilled to see some of my former sixth grade students and just as delighted to make the acquaintance of new class members.
As a reminder, students will receive an updated copy of the syllabus on Monday. Parents, an additional form will accompany the syllabus, requesting information about Internet access and contact numbers/emails.
Lastly, I would like to give the students a round of appalause for demonstrating A.I.R. throughout the day!
This week, students will be taking the Reading Inventory or RI. This is the 3rd and final assessment students will be given to determine their lexile score for the year.
Several practice packets were sent home over the last two weeks to assist students with comprehension, inference and vocabulary skills.
Students will be given two days to take the test, so please encourage them to take their time because this assessment is extremely important.
Additionally, we will continue our novel study on Tangerine. Students will answer questions in their packets and will be given an assessment on Friday which covers: vocabulary, comprehension and writing.
Students will have Field Day on Friday, May 4. Please look for more information about participation.
Homework will be given out on Tuesday and will be due Friday. The focus will be on identifying theme, flashbacks and foreshadowing.
Have a wonderful week!
We have begun our novel study on Tangerine by Edward Bloor.
The students have been given a study guide to accompany the novel, and they will be doing class activities, independent and collaborative, as well progress through the book.
Students will have reading checkpoint quiz on Thursday and a Vocabulary quiz on Friday.
As a reminder, the class will take the Reading Inventory (RI) next week. They have been given homework to address comprehension, inference and vocabulary skill. Additional homework will be given on Friday in preparation for the test.
Vocabulary words for unit include:
apparition: a ghost or ghostlike image of a person
composed: having one's feelings and expression under control; calm
contraption: a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe
deteriorate: become progressively worse
din: a loud, unpleasant, and prolonged noise
disintegrating: breaking up into small parts, typically as the result of impact or decay
focal point: the center of interest or activity
fumigate: apply the fumes of certain chemicals to (an area) to disinfect it or to rid it of vermin
gesture: a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning
glumly: a depressed, spiritless condition or manner, usually temporary rather than habitual
horticulture: the art or practice of garden cultivation and management
insight:a deep understanding of a person or thing
interject: say (something) abruptly, especially as an aside or interruption
lignite: a soft brownish substance similar to coal
momentum: the quantity of motion of a moving body