Wrapping Up the Year

Upcoming Events:

5/14- Special Hawk Time Grill Out (Hotdogs will be served!)

5/15- Seventh Grade Olympic Day- Wear your country’s color shirt and sunscreen!  My homeroom is Great Britain Blue.

5/16- 8th Grade Walk to Hillgrove Ceremony

5/18- Cultural Extension Day

5/21- Awards Day Ceremonies

5/22 and 5/23- Early Release

 

Things to Know for Language Arts:

Tuesday 5/8-Monday 5/14- End of Year Princess Bride Unit with 5 performance tasks (You get to enjoy clips from the “classic” movie, then show me five different writing types that we’ve studied this year.)

Wednesday 5/16- I will be absent this day, so this is a great opportunity to complete the final summative study guide.

Thursday 5/17- Final Summative- Retake opportunity on Monday, May 21st.

Tuesday 5/22-5/23- Princess Bride Reflection

Week of April 30- May 4, 2018

This week we are reading, drafting, and presenting monologues.  This monologue is a summative assessment, however, it does not need to be memorized like the poem.  Plan to present your monologue on Thursday, but everyone will present by Friday.  🙂

Highlights:
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers quiz on Monday 4/30
Olympic Day on May 15
Cultural Extension on May 19
Early Release Days on 5/22 and 5/23

Learning Targets

• Analyze and compare the text and performance of a dramatic monologue.

• Write a comedic or dramatic monologue with effective ideas, structure, and language

• Present an original monologue to a group

Standards of Focus

SL.7.1a: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
SL.7.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate
L.7.1b: Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas
W.7.3a: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
W.7.3b: Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
W.7.3c: Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.
W.7.3d: Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
W.7.3e: Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

Week of April 23-27

Testing is finally over, and we are back to a normal schedule!  We will spend the final weeks reviewing 7th grade grammar concepts, poetry, and a touch of drama.

Parents:  I JUST ran out of tissues (made it this long since August!) and I really need a few more boxes to get us through allergy season.  Please send in a box if you have one!  (Your kids thank you!)

For next week, expect a misplaced and dangling review homework page to be sent on Tuesday.  It will not be due until Friday.  Also, students should have their poems memorized and ready to recite for “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on Thursday, April 26.  This will be a formative grade.

The next summative grade will be the drafting and delivery of a monologue which is tentatively set for next week (ending on May 4th).  We will spend much of our time this week reviewing the traits of a monologue along with one final review of misplaced and dangling modifiers.

This Week’s Standards of Focus Are:

SL.7.2: Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
SL.7.1a: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
SL.7.4: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
L.7.1b: Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.

This Week’s Learning Targets Are:

  • Evaluate the ideas, structure, and use of language in a comedic monologue performance.
  • Evaluate a comedic monologue, and create a humorous effect in a written response.
  • Write a comedic monologue with effective ideas, structure, and language.
  • Analyze and compare the text and performance of a dramatic monologue.

Mid-week Update

Hi everyone!  Hopefully you all are doing find with the schedule adjustments this week while we accommodate 6th and 8th grade testing.  Seventh grade will take Milestones next week!  I know you are ready, and you will ROCK the test!

This week we’ve read a few poems in class and used them as discussion starters for phrase and clause review.  You’ve reviewed adjective and adverb phrases and clauses.  On Thursday, students took a formative assessment on what you know.

During testing, your ONLY homework is to memorize a poem for “Poem in Your Pocket Day” on April 26th.  Students selected their poems today.  Take the next two weeks to work on understanding and memorizing the poems that you have.  When you deliver it, please make sure that you recite it with emotion, conveying the poet’s tone.  Search various audio versions of your poem to see how you can interpret it.  Here is the list of poem choices:Poem Pockets

Next week during testing, students will stay with their testing group and work on assignments for all subject areas.  Language Arts classes will study the poem “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Week of 4/9-4/13

Welcome back from break, everyone!  Guess what?  It’s winter again!  Just kidding- although it certainly feels like it.  Your schedule, classes, and assignments are going to be a bit different for the next two weeks due to Milestones testing, but we are going to go with the flow and keep the learning up!  We’ve got to finish up seventh grade strong!

Parents:  I’d love to provide students with some treats during those long days of Milestones testing.  Please visit my Sign Up Genius link to help provide my HOMEROOM/TESTING GROUP (ONLY) with some daily testing rewards: Homeroom Testing Treats Sign-Up

This week, we are kicking off a unit on poetry and grammar review (and using poetry to review grammar!) that will end in the presentation of a monologue.  Look for some grammar homework this week.  As always, it will not be time consuming, but it will help you!

Standards of Focus

7.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

RL.7.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

RL.7.5: Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.

L.7.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

a.  Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.

b.  Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.

Learning Targets

Analyze the use of vocabulary, diction, punctuation, and musical devices in poetry.

Apply an analysis of a poem’s meaning and form to an oral interpretation.

Use precise language to compare and contrast two poems.

Have a great Spring Break!

I  hope everyone had fun and enjoyed your cultural extension day for Africa!  If you weren’t able to finish The Queen of Katwe, I’d suggest you try to watch it!  It has THE BEST ending!  It’s on Netflix.  🙂

As far as Language Arts, please be patient while I get your Leader Multimedia Projects graded.  They were all finally presented on Thursday 3/29.  I will have them graded and entered by Thursday 4/12.  (I, like you, plan to rest next week.)  This is (of course) a summative grade.  You guys did a GREAT job on these.  I hope you enjoyed making them.

The week we get back from Spring Break, we will be using poetry to review some language and grammar concepts.  Plan on homework on 1-2 nights that week as well as 2 in class formative grades.

See you  on Monday, April 9th!  Be safe.

 

Week of March 26-30

Do you thing Spring Break will be ready for us next week?  It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for vacation when we are still wearing sweaters and coats!!!

We’ll have a “diverse” week this week in LA, preparing for the Milestones, presenting our Leader Multimedia presentations, and celebrating Cultural Extension Day!  Maybe by the weekend, we’ll have warmer weather and sunshine to usher in the first week of April.  Meanwhile, here is the plan for the week:

Monday 
Milestones Mini-“Mock” test (Students will “take” a miniature version of the LA section of the Milestones, and we will debrief with the answers and some testing strategies on Tuesday.)
Parents (and students), here is a link to the GADoE resource for the 7th grade Milestones test: 2018 Milestones

Tuesday
Milestones Practice “Debrief” and Constructed Response Helpful Hints and practice

Wednesday and Thursday
Students will present their multimedia presentations in two groups while peers enjoy learning new information about what makes a great leader.  These presentations are the culmination of weeks of research and technical work.  This will be the first Summative Grade of the 4th nine weeks.  Here is the overall project rubric: Unit 3 Embedded Assessment 2 Rubric

Friday
Social Studies is sponsoring Cultural Extension Day for 7th grade

 

Week of 3/19-3/23

Here it is, folks!  The last quarter of seventh grade!  In these final two weeks before spring break, we will be taking that research we gathered, putting it into a multimedia presentation, and presenting our leader research to our classmates.  This multimedia presentation will be a Summative grade due next week.  Students may choose from four presentation mediums:  a podcast, a Sway presentation, a movie/animation, or a trifold display.  We will also begin to review and prepare for the Milestones testing that will be coming up in April.

Here are some resources that you may use while working on your presentation:

Podcast:

Audacity Quick Start Guide for Podcast

Podcast Script

Powtoon:

Powtoon Reference

Powtoon Example

Sway:

Sway Tutorial 2018

Sway Example

Trifold:

Trifold Research Project Example and Presentation Guidelines

 

Coming up this week:

Friday 3/23:  Hawk Time

Standards of Focus

W.7.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others including linking to and citing sources.
W.7.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
SL.7.1b: Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as defined.
SL.7.4: Present claims and findings (e.g., argument, narrative, summary presentations), emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
SL.7.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

Learning Target

Work with a research group to create and deliver a biographical multimedia presentation of a great leader whose choices have had positive consequences for society.