WELCOME TO 7th Grade Language Arts 2.0! (Online BETA)

April 2, 2020

As we plan for distance learning after Spring Break, the 7th grade Language Arts teachers are  considering using a portion of our 90 minutes of weekly instructional time to hold an online book club.  We would use a novel that is available online without cost.  Students would be expected to read a chapter or two individually and be ready to talk about it in a weekly scheduled video chat.  For students who prefer a read along option, teachers will schedule video chat sessions for that purpose prior to the Book Club meeting.  While the work is ungraded, we will use the novel to reinforce the previously taught SOL objectives and strands of 7.1, 7.4, and 7.5.  As in class when reading a text, we will guide students through vocabulary and comprehension difficulties through our discussions.  We are working with the 7th grade Social Studies teachers to find a relevant cross-curricular novel that would tie into the objectives they will be working with during the virtual 4th quarter.  The 7th grade Social Studies teachers will also join our video chats to provide historical insight.


If you are interested in joining the book club, please email me as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, April 12th.

March 30, 2020

Hope you all are doing well and are healthy and safe! I have uploaded a document in "Files and Documents" that outlines and breaks down the standards we have yet to cover in class.

As always, please email me with any questions you may have. 

March 27, 2020 

Please check out the "Files and Documents" section to look at a breakdown of the standards we have covered in class. The document states, specifically, what the student is responsible for understanding. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me! 


March 25, 2020

Dear Students and Parents-

I want to remind everyone that all 3rd quarter assignments are due by April 14th.  At this point, if you want to raise a grade on an ROW, then email me with the number, and I will send you the file as an attachment.  You can access the packets under the 'Files and Documents' page of my class page.  The packets are informative and don't count toward your overall grade, so I wouldn't bother with those as a means to raise your grade.  You can, however, complete the Quick Writes and vocabulary sentences that were graded.  Check StudentVue/ParentVue and email with the name of the assignment, and I will send you the portion of the packet you need.

Here are some resources for you to use at home:


IXL:

Students should know their login information, but you may email me if you can't remember.  I have marked the objectives that we have covered so far with a star, so you should focus on those.  You should answer a minimum of 20 questions and try to get at least 80% mastery.  If you are struggling with a concept, email me, and I will provide additional support.

https://www.ixl.com/signin/bevillemiddle

Time For Kids Digital Library:

Time for Kids is giving free access to four grade-specific digital editions of Time for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine.  Worksheets and quizzes are also available.

https://time.com/tfk-free/


From the PWC Public Library:

The Prince William Public Libraries are also closed, but you can use the following link to access the digital library whether or not you have a library card:

https://librarycatalog.pwcgov.org/polaris/logon.aspx?src=https://librarycatalog.pwcgov.org/polaris/patronaccount/default.aspx?ctx%3d1.1033.0.0.3&ctx=1.1033.0.0.3  


From PWCS on home learning:

Parents can find optional daily schedules by grade level and optional learning links/digital resources by grade level.

https://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=41506907

 

From the Virginia Department of Education:

These resources are being made available for parents by the Virginia Department of Education.

Advice for families from The National Association of School Psychologists on how to help children understand COVID-19 and deal with associated anxiety.

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

 

I will be adding additional resources the my class page over the next few days that can be used to extend learning on the objectives that were covered prior to March 12:

  • 7.8- Verbs- Action, Linking, and Helping
  • 7.1 a, e/7.4 b, e/7.6 a, b, j/7.7/7.8- “Super Disasters of the 21st Century”
    • activate prior knowledge, communicate orally, listening strategies, organizational patterns, cause & effect, roots & affixes, context clues, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.8- Complete Sentences, Identifying Subjects and Verbs in Sentences
  • 7.4 e/7.5 a, c, e, j, k/7.7/7.8- “Storm in the Night”
    • setting, conflict, cause & effect, chronological order, multiple meaning words, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.4 e/7.5 a, d, e, j/7.7/7.8- “The Big Wave”
    • multiple meaning words, conflict, figurative language, imagery, point of view, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.8 c- Subject-Verb Agreement
  • 7.6 b Organizational Patterns
  • 7.1 a, b, c, e/7.4 b, d/7.6 a, b/7.7/7.8- “History of Deadly Diseases”
    • prior knowledge, participate in group discussions, communicate orally, sequence of events, timelines, connotations, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.8 b- Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • 7.4 d, e/7.6 b, j/7.7/7.8- “Hunting Down a Killer”
    • connotations, context clues, cause & effect, process, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.6 g, h, i- Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • 7.4 b, e/7.5 a, c, e/7.7/7.8- “Fever 1793”
    • word families, context clues, character traits, static vs. dynamic characters, direct vs. indirect characterization, cause & effect, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.5 i/7.6 c- Making Inferences

Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.





March 23, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

PWCS will be deciding over the next few days how to handle the rest of the year after the governor's announcement today, so we again find ourselves waiting for decisions on instruction.  We appreciate your patience as we work out the details. 

Teachers were asked to post a list of the standards that have been covered so far this year and that still need to be covered.  Here is that list:

Language Arts 7

Standards covered before Thursday, March 12:

  • 7.8- Verbs- Action, Linking, and Helping
  • 7.1 a, e/7.4 b, e/7.6 a, b, j/7.7/7.8- “Super Disasters of the 21st Century”
    • activate prior knowledge, communicate orally, listening strategies, organizational patterns, cause & effect, roots & affixes, context clues, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.8- Complete Sentences, Identifying Subjects and Verbs in Sentences
  • 7.4 e/7.5 a, c, e, j, k/7.7/7.8- “Storm in the Night”
    • setting, conflict, cause & effect, chronological order, multiple meaning words, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.4 e/7.5 a, d, e, j/7.7/7.8- “The Big Wave”
    • multiple meaning words, conflict, figurative language, imagery, point of view, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.8 c- Subject-Verb Agreement
  • 7.6 b Organizational Patterns
  • 7.1 a, b, c, e/7.4 b, d/7.6 a, b/7.7/7.8- “History of Deadly Diseases”
    • prior knowledge, participate in group discussions, communicate orally, sequence of events, timelines, connotations, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.8 b- Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • 7.4 d, e/7.6 b, j/7.7/7.8- “Hunting Down a Killer”
    • connotations, context clues, cause & effect, process, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.6 g, h, i- Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • 7.4 b, e/7.5 a, c, e/7.7/7.8- “Fever 1793”
    • word families, context clues, character traits, static vs. dynamic characters, direct vs. indirect characterization, cause & effect, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.5 i/7.6 c- Making Inferences

     

    Standards still to cover:

  • 7.4 b, e/7.5 a, e, g/7.7/7.8- “A Day’s Wait”
    • word families, context clues, mood, sequence, genre, writing to a prompt, editing writing
  • 7.6 e, h- “We Are All the Same”
    • author’s voice, author’s purpose, summarize, genre
  • 7.6 a, b, c, I- “Typhoid Mary”
    • predictions, organizational patterns, inferences, summarize
  • 7.4 b/7.5 a, e, g- “The Cremation of Sam McGee”
    • root & affixes, plot, conflict, author’s word choice, imagery, figurative language, genre
  • 7.4 b, g/7.5 a, e “Escape from the Land of the Cyclops”
    • roots & affixes, adjective suffixes, plot, conflict, genre
  • 7.4 b, g/7.5 e, g, i “Into the Wild”
    • roots & affixes, adjective suffixes, author’s style, draw conclusions, genre
  • 7.6 d- Fact & Opinion
  • 7.6 e- Author’s Purpose
  • 7.5 e, f- Comparing Genres
  • 7.5 h- Paired Passages
  • 7.7/7.8/7.9- strands not covered prior to the SOL at the beginning of May will be covered after testing

A lot of the resources are already available on this class page under 'Files and Documents'.  For now, I would recommend reading, writing in a journal about what is going on daily in your life (this is an historic event after all), or review skills in IXL that I have marked with a star. 

Let's continue practicing social distancing and washing our hands.  Try to get outside for a while each day.  Definitely contact me if you have any questions or concerns! 



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March 16, 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

At this time, we are still awaiting decisions on instruction.  For now, you should READ!  Read anything you want.  I understand that many of you were not in school on Friday, so you didn't have an opportunity to visit the library. 

The Prince William Public Libraries are also closed, but you can use the following link to access the digital library whether or not you have a library card:


https://librarycatalog.pwcgov.org/polaris/logon.aspx?src=https://librarycatalog.pwcgov.org/polaris/patronaccount/default.aspx?ctx%3d1.1033.0.0.3&ctx=1.1033.0.0.3  


Once you follow the link, you can log in using your library card or follow the onscreen instructions if you don't have one.  

I have uploaded a nonfiction article on Typhoid Mary.  It is on the Files and Documents Page, click on the Workshop 6 folder, and you will find the Typhoid Mary student packet.  You do NOT need to do any of the questions/activities in the packet, but it is an interesting article that we were going to read to finish our unit on infectious diseases.  There is a video as well.  I will post the link to the video shortly, but I want you to read the article first ;)

I have also posted alternate #17.  It is in the the Readings of the Week folder on the Files and Documents page.  The grades are in the grade book, and you should be able to see them in StudentVUE or ParentVUE.  

I will post more later.  Please feel free to email me if you have questions.  



   

Please check out the 'File and Documents' section for class work and homework you may have missed!