Week of October 30, 2017
Students drafted their personal narratives last week and now they are starting to revise.
Today, they worked on revising the hook. To check in, ask your students to define "hook" and tell its purpose to an essay.
10/31 - Inserting dialogue
11/1 - Adding sensory details and figurative language
11/2 - Including transitions
11/3 - Independent reading day. Please remind your students to read 30 minutes a day and to bring their independent reading books on Friday.
Monday: Review the Incident, Response, Reflect personal narrative structure. Students will complete a Cause and Effect analysis graphic organizer and complete their 1st read of "Bad Boy" by Walter Dean Myers
Tuesday: Students will complete their 2nd read of the story. They use the STEAL method to analyze character and character motivations.
Wednesday: Students will answer selected Text Dependent Questions.
Thursday: We will review for the upcoming assessment.
Friday: Students will take their assessment over "The Scholarship Jacket" and "Bad Boy"
Monday: No homework
Tuesday: Reading logs will be distributed (due Fri)
Characterization Handout (due Thurs)
Hello Students and Parents,
We are continuing to work on Unit 1 in SpringBoard.
Our poetry study as come to an end, so we will begin exploring personal narratives with the goal of writing and revising our own.
I have attached a link below to the story we will be reading for further review and analysis.
The quarter will be coming to an end very soon. The following grades will be recorded this week:
Homework - Cause and Effect Relationships
Last week, students were introduced to paraphrasing.
Students were given quotes and practiced paraphrasing them independently and with partners.
They will use that skill this week as we analyze poetry.
Students will also be introduced to a strategy called TPCASTT.
Parents, ask your student what this acronym means tomorrow.
The poem, entitled "Choices," is attached below.
See also the TPCASTT template
Let the reading and writing begin!
It is hard to believe that we are actually beginning our fourth week of school, and we are off to a great start!
We have launched a new Language Arts curriculum this year called Springboard, and the students and I have dived right in!
The theme of our first unit is "choice" and we have talked about the many changes that seventh grade students can encounter: academic and personal. This unit offers a variety of texts and writing challenges about choice for students to experience as well as present their discoveries to the class.
Each students has received a new book that will be kept in the classroom, but we utilize it daily.
This week, we will begin reading and responding to the text: discovering how authors use narrative elements to write and refine stories in hopes that others will gain knowledge and skills on how to emulate this process to draft and reviese their own pieces of narrative literature.
Just a few reminders....
Tomorrow, is your RACE strategy assessment. I have given you a Practice Assignment in GC that is due tomorrow by midnight, and I just posted another article for you to read and construct a response at your convenience. There is NO DUE DATE. This is strictly for extra practice. **All of this practice will help prepare you for writing your Argumentative Essays!!!
Additionally, your journal activities for your independent reading book are due tomorrow. NO EXCUSES. All journal items not received will result in a 0.
Let's not have history reapeat itself because some of you already have a zero from the last book assignment.
I would like to say that I was very impressed with some of the responses that were submitted today. The class seems to me getting a better grasp of the MLA style formatting, and your writing is developing quite nicely. Keep of the good work, 1st period.
Also, tomorrow, you may use your Flow Chart as a resource.
Have a great evening!!!
We officially began our Argumentative Writing Unit today!
This unit covers the following standards which focus on Reading, Speaking/Listening and Writing.
We will continue our RACE strategy practice and collaboration tomorrow.
Students, you will conduct a Gallery Walk and decide which team PRO or CON constructed to best argument.
Read for 30 minutes or more daily. You will receive your Reading Logs tomorrow.
Your Reading Logs are due Friday as well as your (GC) assignment.
Finally, DO NOT forget to study for your RACE strategy assessment on Friday. You will be expected to use the "MLA Formatting".
Have a wonderful evening!!!
Students and parents,
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday!
Upon our return, we will begin a new unit on Argumentative Writing called "What's On Your Mind?"
I am looking forward to this unit because the students love to engage in spirited debates, and I enjoy listening to the diverse and honest opinions that they share on various school appropriate topics.
Although our culminating task will be an essay, tomorrow we will revisit the RACE strategy - a writing strategy which we have been working on since the beginning of the school year. This strategy serves as the foundation for our essay.
Have you heard the news about Google Classroom? Google Classroom is a platform designed to create a paperless exchange of resources (quizzes, papers, survey etc...) between student and teacher. Students have been provided with a gmail account for school purposes only. In order to access (GC), students must have access to some device i.e. computer, tablet, phone etc...Additionally, I provide time, though limited, in school for students to utilize this tool.
Parents, please reiterate to your student the importance of writing all homework down in their agenda.
Homework for this week will include:
Reading for at least 30 minutes M-Sun and filling out their Reading Log (Due Friday)
Google Classroom Assignment - Due Friday (RACE strategy)
Articles will distributed on Tuesday to prepare for Student Symposium on Wednesday.
Below, please find a link to the articles for those who want to get ahead in their preparation:
Thank you for your continued support! I am really PROUD of what the students have learned thus far, and I look forward to their continued growth.
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