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
Spring Break is almost here!!! However, we cannot forget the rapidly approaching Milestones.
Parents please make sure your students visit the following websites to help them prepare:
This week in class, we will continue to practice our writing. Our focus will be on thesis construction, introductions and conclusions. Additionally, parents, please make sure your students are reading for at least 30 minutes a day. Reading is essential for comprehension, stamina and vocabulary development.
I will be sending home packets over the break so students can practice reading and writing skills.
Additionally, I will upload more assignments on USATestPrep.
Have a great week!
This week our focus will be Writing Stations.
The students will develop and strengthen skills to improve their formal writing style. This is a relevant and timely practice for the upcoming Milestones test.
The students did an exceptional job today; they managed their time well and stayed focused on the task. Please inquire about which stations your child completed during class. Some include: Transitions, Pre-writing and Thesis Development. The students will receive three grades from this activity, so it is important that they are engaged, cooperative and detailed.
Tomorrow, students will receive homework on argumentative writing and please make sure they are reading at least 30 minutes a night.
Additionally, since 7th grade students are taking their tests online, be sure they are using the gaexperienceonline.com as well as typingclub.com websites to practice skills.
Have a great week!
Hello Seventh Grade Families,
The Georgia Milestones is rapidly approaching. Although the students will continue to prepare in class, there are several resources they can utilize at home to practice as well. Seventh grade students are taking the Milestones online, so it is important that they receive as many opportunities as they can have to practice their typing skills.
Students should visit the following websites:
This week's agenda:
Monday: Students will identify claims, counterclaims and rebuttals
Tuesday: Students will read an editorial and learn about the SOAPSTone strategy used to comprehend texts.
Wednesday: Students will learn about parallel structure in writing and then write a constructed response to a prompt using parallel structure.
Thursday: Computer lab for Milestones practice.
Friday: Reading deployment
Homework will be distributed Tuesday and will be due Friday.
Have a great week!
Hellos Students and Parents,
The GA Milestone test will be upon us soon. We will continue to heavily focus on rigorous reading and writing activities in preparation for the test. This year, seventh grade students will be taking their tests online, so we will be visiting the lab often to practice this skill.
This week's agenda:
Monday: On Demand Writing Assessment - a writing test to assess how well a student understands the writing process using a particular writing genre
Tuesday: On Demand Writing continued
Wednesday: Test refection and debriefing
Thursday: USA TestPrep writing/typing practice
Friday: Reading Groups
Homework will be assigned and due Friday.
Please encourage your student to read 30 minutes daily. Reading contributes to vocabulary acquisition, better comprehension and increased writing proficiency.
Have a great week!
WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!
I hope everyone had an enjoyable break. With that being said, there are only 25 more school days before the Georgia Milestones. Due to this, our focus will continue to be reading and responding to texts through analytical writing.
This week we will revisit the Writing On Demand (WOD) essay we did in January. The prompt focused on informational writing and its elements. The students will see how they were assessed and have the opportunity to evaluate themselves as well as revise their pieces based on current knowledge and readiness.
It's almost time for break! However, before we leave, we have to conclude our week.
Students will continue to work on their explanatory essays.
Monday - citing text evidence/drafting
Tuesday - drafting
Wednesday - revising
Thursday - final copies
Today, students further analyzed the article, "Marketing to Kids Gets More Savvy with New Technologies. Students constructed questions in "expert" groups today based on one section of the article; tomorrow, they will deploy to other groups to discuss the other sections.
On Wednesday, the students will begin to plan and organize their explanatory essays - Embedded Assessment 1 for this unit.
Thursday, we will work on conclusions.
Assessments this week:
Socratic Seminar Observation
Socratic Seminar Reflection
This week students will be learning a new method of text analysis called Socratic Seminar. Today, we spent time learning about how its purpose and how it is structured.
Tomorrow, we will read the text and learn how to construct probing questions that help students analyze texts on a deeper level.
The Socratic Seminar will take place on Thursday.
Please use the mentor paragraph below as reference when preparing to write informational texts.