November 11

November 13th – 17th

Standards: ELAGSE7RL10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently.

Resources to review before summative assessment over literary genres: fiction, drama and poetry – These are all resources we used along the way, but students may find it beneficial to look at them again.

Poetry Powerpoint Final Version Revised 2014-1u582bp

Elements of Drama-0-1et3iau

Elements of Story7 gr list – one sheet-1r811zi

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Monday:  4th period only – Partner review- In pair’s, students will self-assess the answers to their study guide. They will debate any discrepancies and come up with a final answer. Due to a performing arts event, I will not see 4th period on Wednesday.  I gave them their study guide on Friday.

All other classes: Students will work to complete a study guide over the literary genres we have been investigating.

Tuesday: 4th period only will take their summative today due to the performing arts performance tomorrow.

All other classes = Partner review – In pair’s, students will self-assess the answers to their study guide. They will debate any discrepancies and come up with a final answer.

Wednesday: Summative Assessment of Literary Texts: Fiction, Drama and Poetry

Thursday: Test Corrections and Reflection’s – Students must analyze their mistakes, choose a new answer, and explain why they got it wrong in the first place. Student who finish will read a nonfiction text as a way to preview our new topic, nonfiction text features.

Friday: Social Studies Cultural Extension Day – No Specific Reading Lesson Today

 

 

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November 5

November 6th – 10th, 2017

ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL4,  ELAGSE7RL10,  ELAGSE7RL5,   ELAGSE7SL1 

Learning Target: 1. to know and differentiate between the different TYPES of poetry BECAUSE form and structure are important in understanding and appreciating poems. 2. to recognize and distinguish between the different elements of poetry SO I can engage more effectively with the text?

Monday: Reboot our Brain: Grade Friday’s work and provide feedback and clarification. -Analyzing Poems – Group Activity -Students evaluate several poems and answer comprehension questions about each poem with a focus on the elements.

Tuesday: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday  ***See previous post for information on Retake opportunity-Wednesday morning @8:15.

Wednesday: Application of skills – Independently, students read poems and answer comprehension questions. Poems include: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, The Dirtiest Man in the World and Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout  

Thursday: ½ – Direct instruction on various types of poetry (sonnet, narrative, free verse, ballad and lyric will be our focus in 7th grade)  ½ – Collaborative groups – students examine several poems and sort into the correct TYPE. Poetry Powerpoint Final Version Revised 2014-1u582bp  The first slides are a great review of essential elements of a poem.  Types of poems start on slide 29.

Friday: Counseling Lesson given by Ms. Abernathy – Career Cruising

 

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November 3

Performace Task Retake Opportunity

Lovinggood policy is performance tasks, projects  and long written pieces are not given a retake opportunity.  However, since I said I would allow it before I knew of the specifics, I am honoring my statement.  Therefore, any student who wants to complete their performance task from “Monsters” should do the following:

  1. Reread the play. monsters (1)-p5l94j
  2. View the following to assist in understanding. Plotline – Monsters-yjz7gg
  3. Look up the difference between a prosecuting and defending lawyer and be prepared to write from one of these two perspectives.
  4. Arrive @ 8:15 on Wednesday, November 8th for your retake.  ***Please understand the “second chance” performance task will be another written response in which students will have to demonstrate their understanding of the play.
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October 27

October 30th – November 3rd, 2017

Standard Focus: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL3, ELAGSE7RL6,  ELAGSE7RL10,  ELAGSE7RL5,  ELAGSE7RL7

PLEASE BRING EAR BUDS ON THURSDAY

Monday: Students view the filmed “Twilight Zone” version of “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” and complete the guided notes they began on Friday. Review your guided notes and comprehension questions to prepare for tomorrow’s SUMMATIVE performance task.

Tuesday: Summative Performance Task  – Students will be given a prompt and they will have to write from the perspective of one of the characters from “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.”  Students will have to demonstrate their understanding of the text in their writing as well as cite specific evidence from the text.  If you are reading this, scroll down for a hint.

Wednesday: K.I.M. Chart over elements of poetry. KIM Chart Poetry-1o9w52n  Elements of Poetry-28zun16  The PowerPoint does not have all of the terms but is worth a look.

Thursday: Finish K.I.M. Chart – View three BrainPop related to poetry

Friday: Formative Task: Independent practice of elements (shampo = simile, hyperbole, metaphor, personifications and onomatopoeia ) ½ class = students identify a given element. ½ class = students use an organizer to create an example of above elements using a given topic.

 

 

 

**Hint** Be prepared to write from the perspective of one of the aliens.

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October 21

October 23rd – 27th, 2017

Standards: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL3, ELAGSE7RL6,  ELAGSE7RL10,  ELAGSE7RL5,  ELAGSE7RL7

Learning Targets: 1. to recognize and differentiate between the elements of a story SO I can engage more effectively with the text.  2. to identify and distinguish between the elements of a DRAMA SO I can participate in and better interpret a PLAY.

Monday: 1st and 3rd periods – Author visit in theater.  2nd, 4th and 5th period students will work in groups to identify the elements of fiction within picture books. Review your notes to prepare for a formative task tomorrow. Here is another helpful sheet: Elements of Story7 gr list – one sheet-1r811zi

Tuesday: Fiction Status Check: Students read “Imperfect Game” and answer comprehension questions related to the key elements of a story.

Wednesday: BrainPop – Drama – Students view a Drama PPT and complete a K.I.M. Chart over key elements of a drama. Elements of Drama-0-1et3iau

Thursday and Friday: Students read the drama, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” There will be guided reading questions to complete along the way.  The notes focus on not only their comprehension of the play, but also on key elements of a drama.

 

 

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October 15

October 16th – 20th, 2017

Conference Week Reminder: Students will be dismissed at 1:30 all week.

Standard Focus: ELAGSE7RL1,ELAGSE7RL2,ELAGSE7RL3,ELAGSE7RL5, ELAGSE7RL6,and ELAGSE7RL10

Monday: In groups, students will evaluate several scenarios and determine the THEME and POV. This will be supported with evidence from the text.

Tuesday: Students listen to Jack and the Beanstalk.  Students will first independently attempt to label the parts of the plot.  Then with a partner, they will verify and change, if necessary, the events that belong within each part of a plot.

Wednesday & Thursday: The Three Little Pigs vs. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Students compare and contrast the elements within the above two stories with a particular focus on the point of view and how it can change the dynamics of a story.

Friday: Formative Grade – Application of weekly skills – Students read The Story of King Midas and answer comprehension questions related to the elements of fiction and then complete a theme organizer for story.

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October 8

October 9th – 13th, 2017

PLEASE BRING EAR BUDS ON WEDNESDAY.

Standard Focus: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL3, ELAGSE7L6 – The new quarter will bring a new unit of study.  Our focus for the 2nd quarter will revolve around literary texts.  (Fiction, Drama and Poetry)

Monday: Students will use a K.I.M. chart to take notes over essential terms related to understanding a piece of fiction. KIM Chart Fiction-2akuidt

Tuesday: Students will click on the “fiction review” tab on the yellow sticky note on my blog and watch PowerPoints and take notes. Topics include among others: Characters, Conflict and Point of View.

Wednesday: BrainPop tutorials on Theme, P.O.V, Mood/Tone and Dialogue – Students will complete a teacher made organizer in which they jot down key points and record score from the quiz at end of each tutorial. BrainPop Cheat Sheet 1-2lgwst9

Thursday: Today is an EARLY RELEASE DAY. Now that we know what the key terms related to understanding a piece of fiction are we will begin to apply the terms to a piece of text.  Our focus today will be ALL about the character: character traits, characters types and character motivations.

Friday: We will continue with our specific skill practice. Today’s skills include: conflict, point of view, setting and parts of a plot.

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September 26

October 2nd – 6th, 2017

Focus Standards: ELAGSE7RI5,  ELAGSE7RI1,  ELAGSE7RI2,  ELAGSE7RI10,  ELAGSE7RI6  **ELAGSE7RI8

Learning Target: Effectively analyze and evaluate both sides of an argument SO I can make an informed decision?

Learning Target: Identify and explain the features of a persuasive text SO I can evaluate an argument and assess whether the evidence is sound and relevant.

Monday: 1. Review essential terms related to content – Tic-Tac-Know. 2. Argumentative Support game – In groups, students are given a blank board. Kids must take the examples of support and put them in the right category. (statistic, expert opinion, observation, emotional appeal and ethical appeal)

Tuesday: Independently, students read two persuasive texts and have to identify and evaluate the elements of an argumentative text as well as determine persuasive techniques used within the texts.  This will be a formative task.

Wednesday: Using organizers: Arguing Both sides of an argument – Collaborative learning groups -Students are given a CLAIM and they must complete an organizer with the essential parts of an argument. Support vs Propaganda Overview-2n4n7vz  – Use this to help review for tomorrow’s summative assessment.

Thursday: Summative assessment over argumentative elements, persuasive and propaganda techniques. 

Friday: Today is the last day of the quarter.  Because of this, we will not have a retest but rather ALL students will be able to reflect on the test and make test corrections.  Kids will analyze their mistakes and have to articulate why they got it wrong and what they think the correct answer should be after going through the steps. 

 

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September 16

September 18th – 22nd, 2017

ITBS continues Monday and Tuesday

Standards Focus: ELAGSE7RI5,  ELAGSE7RI1,  ELAGSE7RI3,  ELAGSE7RI10,  **ELAGSE7RI8

Reminder: See the Retest information tab if you want to Retest the 2nd summative assessment.

Parent and students: Have a wonderful and relaxing fall break next week.

Monday and Tuesday: Students will take their 2nd summative assessment of the quarter. The plan is for 1st, 2nd and 3rd period to take the assessment on Monday.  Fourth and fifth periods will tke the assessment on Tuesday.  This is to accommodate the adjusted ITBS schedule. Key to main idea and text structure guide-2f7hq6v

Wednesday: 1. Persuasive/Argumentative Reading PowerPoint with organizer. Discuss important content vocabulary related to topic then use a piece of persuasive text and practice identifying the elements of an argument. 2. Propaganda and persuasive Techniques PowerPoint. Discuss important content vocabulary related to topic then use the same piece of persuasive text and now identify propaganda and persuasive techniques. Persuasive Reading-1vptrn5                     propaganda ppt 2-u8jwwe

Thursday: Skills Based Reading: 1. Elements of an Argument 2. Evaluating Argument 3. Evaluating Evidence

Friday: Skills Based Reading: Types of Faulty Reasoning and Persuasive Techniques

Support vs Propaganda Overview-2n4n7vz – This is a great resource to review and study.

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September 10

September 11th – 15th, 2017

ITBS will start on Thursday, September 14th due to the storm days.

Wednesday will be a regular schedule – all classes will complete independent practice over identifying test structures. (Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Classification and Sequence/Chronological)  Students will build on prior knowledge by having to also determine the main idea, supporting details and clue words within each paragraph.

Thursday: Testing schedule = 3rd, 4th and 5th periods – Students will have the class to complete a study guide for their summative assessment. During the second part of class we will review the study guide and discuss are discrepancies. The summative for periods 3, 4 and 5 will be Monday, September 18th.

Friday: Testing schedule = 1st and 2nd periods – Students will have the class to complete a study guide for their summative assessment. During the second part of class we will review the study guide and discuss are discrepancies. The summative for periods 1 and 2 will be Tuesday, September 19th.

I will also see 3rd period today. They will have an extension activity.

Here are some resources from throughout the unit I recommend you review before your test day. Also, check out the main idea resources linked on the yellow sticky note.

Text structure organizers-2ixfza1

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Irrelevant Details-11d1tus

 

 

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