Week of 4-17-17
Welcome back from Spring Break! This quarter the students will begin reading Workshop 6 in their textbook. Our inquiry question for this Workshop is, "How can we fight the battle against disease?" The first reading will be the "History of Deadly Diseases." The focus of this first reading is: Sequence of Events, Time Lines, and Denotation and Connotation.
It is also difficult to believe, but our 7th Grade SOL test is fast approaching on May 10th, so we will also focus on a review of the terms and their definitions that we have studied this year. The students will be given a list of the 7th grade academic vocabulary and their definitions on Monday. We will review several concepts each day in class.
Week of 2-21-17
This week we will go to the Library for our class check-out. We will also read "Sacagawea"- a poem. The focus will be on imagery and summarizing. The Progress Test will be on Thursday, February 23, and Friday, February 34. The students will also have time after they complete their Workshop 7 Progress Test to work on their IB Assessment Project - Extreme Explorers Who Perished.
We are working in Units 6 & 8 for Vocabulary. The tests will be next week, Thursday, March 2nd.
The ROW (Reading of the Week) is Week 18 "Plants."
Week of 1-3-17
This week we will start examining sentence structures. Students should have their Language Arts composition notebooks in class everyday to copy the notes and complete the activities.
Library check out this week: Students should make sure they have taken care of their Library obligations such as returning overdue books and paying any fines.
The ROW (Reading of the Week) is Week 11.
Week of 12-19-16
Tomorrow, Tuesday 19th, is a Library check-out day for our classes. It is an opportunity to check out a good read for the upcoming Winter Break. Also, don't forget this is the last week of the Library's 50% off special on all overdue books and fines.
Monday, we will take the Writing Complete Sentences Pretest to see what the student's strengths are in writing a complete sentence. This information will be used to plan the writing instruction as we move forward.
Tuesday and Wednesday we will focus on the final piece of the Elements of Fiction - theme, or the lesson to be learned from the writing/story. We will read the folk tale "The Wise Old Woman," a Japanese Folk Tale.
Thursday will be the start of our Winter Break. School will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.
Week of 11-28-16 - 12-5-16
The Library is sponsoring a 50% off special during the month of December. This means if a student has a fine of $1.00; then he or she may pay off the Library fine for 50 cents.
Our Library check-out will be next Tuesday. Bring your books and any fines owed.
Monday we will have our class Spelling Bee. The winner from each class will have an opportunity to compete with the winners from the other Language Arts classes here at Beville on December 12th, from 3:15 - 5:15.
This week we will read "Bombardment" in our textbook. Our focus will be on the author's perspective, fact and opinion, and the prefix "un." We will also finish the readings in this workshop on Monday with the personal narrative "The Winner."
Week of 11-21-16
This week we will read "Raymond's Run" in our textbook. The reading focus of this story will be the conflict and the steps the characters take to solve their individual problems. We will continue to also relate the sequence to understand how plot and conflict are developed. The prefix "un" is also explored within this story's text.
This is a short week this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. No school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Enjoy your break!
Nature's Bridge participants will be able to pick-up "The Cost of Winning" packet on Tuesday, to work on during their Study time on the field trip.
Week of 10-24-16
Monday and Tuesday of this week we will finish reading "Casey at the Bat," in Workshop 2 of our textbook Expert 21. Wednesday, we will begin looking at the effects of sports, injuries and physical stress, emotional stress, and academic stress on young athletes. Our study will start with the magazine article, "The Cost of Winning." Our textbook can be accessed at home my files and documents area where I have uploaded the textbook. Distinguishing between fact and opinion and interpreting data will also be a goal with this magazine article.
Week of 10-17-16
Monday and Tuesday of this week we will complete Workshop 3 with the xSkills Test. It is a multiple choice test covering the objectives we studied in this Workshop.
Wednesday we will begin Workshop 2, with the poem "Casey at the Bat." We will start this narrative poetry study looking at rhyme, stanzas, characters, and making inferences through tone and mood. We will identify how a narrative poem has the same elements as a fictional story. Our textbook, Expert 21, presents the famous poem as a graphic novel, so we will also examine the characteristics of a graphic novel.
The SSR program continues. Please ask your child what book he or she is reading in class.
Week of 10-10-16
This week we will complete Workshop 3B, Natural Disasters with a focus on fictional stories and editorial cartoons pertaining to the effects of natural disasters on the people who are affected by them. The Progress Test will be Wednesday and Thursday. We will review all of the skills taught in this workshop on Friday and Monday to prepare for the Unit Test next week.
This week is also our week for Library Check-out. Bring you books to school on Tuesday so you can turn them in or renew them. Reminder, you need a book in class each day for SSR.
Extra Credit opportunity: Choose an issue you feel strongly about and create a cartoon to express your opinion about the subject. Your cartoon should try to persuade other people to share your thoughts and opinions about the subject.
Week of 10-3-16
This week our reading focus will continue to explore natural disasters, but in fictional settings. Our objectives will be Point of View and Problem and Solution. The story we will use to further our understanding of natural disasters and their impact on societies is also an excerpt. The excerpt for this week's reading is "The Big Wave," by Pearl S Buck which can also be accessed in the Files and Documents section of this site. Our purpose will be to understand how the two friends solve the problem of losing their village to a Tsunami. SOL Objectives 7.5 a,k,l; 7.6a.
We will also continue our SSR program this week. It was very successful last week. I believe the students enjoyed the time to read what interests them.
We will also begin working in Unit 4 of our Vocabulary Workshop books.7.4b,c; 7.8h
Week of 9-26-16
This week we will begin Workshop 3, Part 2. The first story we will read is a novel excerpt from "Storm in the Night." It will focus on fiction, setting, character, plot, and theme.
It is also the students class Library Check-out on Tuesday. The students will have an opportunity to check-out a book, as we begin our SSR (Silent Sustained Reading) program during the first 10 minutes of class on Tuesdays and Thursday. Please ask your student what book he/she is reading. To support our SSR program, the students will also have two short readings with 4 multiple choice answers due on Fridays.
This week will also be a review week for vocabulary Units 1-3.
Week of 9-19-16
This week we will be studying Problem Solution , Cause and Effect, and Text Features as we continue to read the magazine article "Get Inside the Tornado," and examine the Infographic "Earth's Greatest Hits" using visuals, labels, and captions detailing the tallest, deadliest, and most expensive disasters on record. As we finish the end of Section1 in Workshop 3, the students will complete their 1st IB assignment to create a Bar Graph showing the 5 costliest U.S. tornadoes since 1950.
Welcome to 7th grade Language Arts. This year we will explore fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Our focus will be on how character development, setting, and conflict interact to create a story in the various genres.