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  1. Monday, October 1st – 5th, 2018

    September 22, 2018 by vramsey8

    Conference Reminder: Parents, please be on the look out for an email from me related to our upcoming conference week.  Students will conference with his/her THIRD period teacher.  Students will be released at 1:30 each day during conference week. (October 15th – 19th, 2018)

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

    Targets: 1. I CAN identify and distinguish between the elements of a DRAMA SO I can participate in and better interpret a PLAY.  2. I CAN compare and contrast a drama to its audio and filmed version SO I can analyze the similarities and differences.

    Monday: I am taking a personal day today. Students will be reading two nonfiction articles related to fear and mob/herd behavior. These articles will help set the stage and build background knowledge related to key concepts in the play we will read.

    Tuesday: 1. Turn and Talk: Brainstorm something that can turn a crowd into a mob. 2. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” – Guided Reading – Answer ‘before’ reading questions and read and answer corresponding questions for  ACT ONE. 3. As we finish our reading today, what conflicts are being revealed?

    Wednesday: Think about it! What fears might be called universal? How can fear affect the decisions we make? 2. “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” – Guided Reading – ACT TWO and questions. 3. Making Judgements: I think the monsters in the title are __________. One reason I feel this way is _______________.

    Thursday: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” – Listen to audio version and complete a plotline organizer. Open Discussion: Share something that was clarified to you by listening to the audio version of the text.

    Friday: Students view the filmed “Twilight Zone” version of The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” Complete any unfinished tasks.  The guided questions and plotline organizer will be taken for a FORMATIVE grade.

    ***On Monday, October 8th, students will complete a SUMMATIVE performance task.  As a writing performance task, this is not subject to a retest.  While I cannot give the specifics, I can say students will have to write from the perspective of a character in the story and demonstrate their understanding of the play.

     


  2. September 17th – 21st

    September 14, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standards: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL4,  ELAGSE7RL10,  ELAGSE7RL5,   ELAGSE7SL1

    Target: I can read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems SO I can effectively interact with a range of 7th grade texts

    We will have an altered schedule on Monday and Tuesday to accommodate the last two sections of the ITBS tests.

    Monday: Today, I will see my 3rd, 6th and 7th period classes.

    3rd: 1. Review the poem, “The Dirtiest Man in the World.” 2. Complete worksheet on understanding the difference between lyrical and narrative poems by Wednesday.

    6th and 7th: 1. Read and answer question for “The Dirtiest Man in the World.”  2. Receive study guide for Thursday’s assessment. Please have completed by Wednesday. 3. Complete worksheet on understanding the difference between lyrical and narrative poems by Wednesday as well.

    Tuesday: Today, I will see my 3rd, 4th and 5th period classes.

    3rd:  Receive study guide for Thursday’s assessment. Please have completed by Wednesday. 2. Complete worksheet on understanding the difference between lyrical and narrative poems by Wednesday as well.

    4th and 5th:  1. Receive study guide for Thursday’s assessment. Please have completed by Wednesday.

    Wednesday: All classes will participate in my take on circles. First, kids will pair up and peer assess their study guides.  In circles, we will then review the study guide. Finally, kids will participate in what I call “Friendly Competition.”  This involves answering summative like questions related to fiction, drama, and poetry.

    Please see these previous resources in preparing for your summative:

    1. Review PowerPoints within the “Fiction Review” Tab
    2. Elements of Drama-0-1f9aia9
    3. Poetry Powerpoint Final Version Revised 2014-1ul0dc1
    4. Elements of Story7 gr list – one sheet-1rni9sh

    Thursday: Summative over literary texts: Fiction, Drama and Poetry

    Friday: Test Corrections and Reflection – students must analyze their mistakes, choose a new answer, and explain why they got it wrong in the first place. Student will earn half the point value back and these points will be added to their original score.

    Have a fabulous FALL BREAK!


  3. September 10 – 14th, 2018

    September 8, 2018 by vramsey8

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

    Target: I will recognize and distinguish between the different elements of poetry SO I can engage more effectively with the text?

    Monday: 1. What is Poetry? Read Falling Asleep in Class and discuss what they notice about the poem. 2. Pages 447 – 468 – Elements of Poetry – K.I.M Chart. KIM Chart Poetry-1oq5bgj   Poetry Powerpoint Final Version Revised 2014-1ul0dc1 – additional resource

    Tuesday: BrainPop: Poetry, Idioms and Similes/Metaphors. 2. Continuation of yesterday’s task. 3. Pulse check – Which element is the easiest to understand? Which is the hardest for you to understand?

    COGAT and IOW testing begins Wednesday and we will have an adjusted schedule to accommodate testing.

    Wednesday: Today, students will report to their 3rd, 4th and 5th period classes. In class, students will complete independent practice over the key elements of poetry.

    Thursday: Today, students will report to their 3rd, 6th and 7th period classes.

    3rd = Kids will be given a topic and they will create elements of poetry related to given topic. (simile, hyperbole, alliteration, metaphor, personification and onomatopoeia)

    6th and 7th =  Students will complete independent practice over the key elements of poetry.

    Friday: Today, students will report to their 3rd, 4th and 5th period classes. Application of skills: Read The Dirtiest Man in the World and answer comprehension questions.


  4. September 4th – 7th, 2018

    September 1, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standards: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL3, ELAGSE7RL6

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

    Monday: Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday: The Three Little Pigs vs. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. – Using both the text versions and audio versions, students compare and contrast the elements within the above two stories focusing on P.O.V. and plot elements.

     

    Wednesday: Application of recent skills. – Students read The Story of King Midas and answer comprehension questions related to fiction elements and then complete a theme organizer for story. This is a formative task.

    Thursday: Graphic Organizer – Students complete a K.I.M. Chart over key elements of a drama. Using computers, students will have access to a ppt and two video tutorials as well as a book to help them complete the task. Element of Drama-1thzfip

    Elements of Drama-0-1f9aia9

    Friday: Application of skill: Students read three short scenes and answer questions related to key elements of a drama. This is a formative task.


  5. August, 27th – August 31st, 2018

    August 26, 2018 by vramsey8

    ****Specific retest information for our most recent summative can be found by clicking on the link with the same name at the top of this page.****

    Standards: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2, ELAGSE7RL3, ELAGSE7RL6

    Target: This week I am learning to recognize and differentiate between the elements of a story SO I can engage more effectively with the text.

    Monday: Students will be in the 518 computer lab to review key concepts related to fiction. Please click on the tab on the top of my page entitled “Fiction Review.” WebQuest Fiction Elements – Modified-1lcy3kl

    Tuesday: Continuation of yesterday.  In addition, students will watch a few BRAINPOP tutorials and complete the attached sheet. BrainPop_Cheat_Sheet_Fiction-16qf8zc

    Wednesday: Today is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 1:30. Students complete specific skill practice sheets related to:
    -Character Types, -Character Traits, – Character Motivations -Characterization

    Thursday: Students complete specific skill practice sheets related to:
    -Conflict  -Elements of Plot -Setting and its role  -Narrator and Point of View

    Friday: Digging deeper into P.O.V. and theme – In groups, students will evaluate several scenarios and determine the THEME and P.O.V. This will be supported with textual evidence.


  6. August 20th – 24th, 2018

    August 18, 2018 by vramsey8

    **Targets: 1. This week I am learning the different types of paragraphs SO I can tell between them and enhance my understanding of the material. 2. This week I am continuing to learn essential skills so I can better engage in what I am reading.

    Standards: ELAGSE8RI1: ELAGSE8RI6: ELAGSE7L4

    Monday: 1. Video – BrainPop on Types of Writing 2. 1/2 class – Direct instruction with PPT related to types of paragraphs. 3. 1/2 class – Collaborative groups – groups are given 9 paragraphs and they must determine the types of paragraph represented. Types+of+Writing 2017-1307n4f

    Tuesday: 1. Picture walk – students view several illustrations and infer what type of writing they think it represents. 2. Independent practice – types of paragraphs – students must identify the type of paragraph and provide textual evidence. – FORMATIVE TASK

    ***Students will be given a study guide to complete for homework.*** Essential Skills Review-28iis6q

    Wednesday: Circle discussions – 1. Review yesterday’s task and then review study guide. Study for test.

    Thursday: Summative assessment over essential reading skills.

    Friday: 1. Brainstorm: What does FICTION mean to you? Use each letter in the word fiction and come up with a word related to topic. 2. Graphic Organizer-Take notes using a K.I.M Chart – Elements of Fiction: pages 389-405 in the “Reader’s Handbook.” KIM Chart Fiction   Additional support:  Elements of Story7 gr list – one sheet-1rni9sh  literary_elements-27betmr


  7. August 13th – 17th, 2018

    August 12, 2018 by vramsey8

    Parents: Please click on the yellow post it note to view my syllabus.

    Standards: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL10/RI, ELAGSE7L4

    Targets: 1. Skills do a proficient reader needs so they can better understand what they read. 2. Common reasons an author writes SO students can distinguish between them and better interpret their readings,

    Monday: Close Guided Reading – The Seventh Grade by Gary Soto – Students apply essential reading skills to this piece of literature.  We will start on Monday and finish on Wednesday.

    Tuesday: Students will complete the Reading inventory. This will give me their baseline lexile score.  Students who finish may continue to work on The Seventh Grade.

    Wednesday: Listen to the audio version of The Seventh Grade. This task is due at the end of class is will be considered a formative assignment.

    Thursday: 1. Brainstorm – Why do authors write? 2. View Author’s Purpose PPT  3. Independent practice of skill: Students read several scenarios and must state the author’s purpose and then write a statement explaining why. Authors Purpose 2, 2017-19zgpuu

    Extra Resource: Authors Purpose, supplemental-29k87w4

    Friday: Collaborative activity: Students read several excerpts of text and determine the author’s purpose. (inform, entertain or persuade). Groups must give textual evidence to support their choice.


  8. August 6th – 10th, 2018

    August 4, 2018 by vramsey8

    Detailed descriptions of the standards can be found on the yellow post it note.

    Standards: ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL10/RI, ELAGSE7L4

    Target: This week I am learning what skills a proficient reader needs so I can better understand what I read.

    Monday: Pre-Course Assessment – This will be a non-graded task. Kids will take this same assessment in October and December.

    Tuesday: – Whole class instruction on essential reading skills – Using several videos, students will complete guided notes over the skills.  Due to copyright policies, I can not post the videos to my blog. 

    Wednesday: -Complete K.I.M. chart over active reading/essential skill terms using Reader’s Handbook – pages 40-46.

    kim chart, active reading-24655fz

    Here are a few extra resources for kids:

    Six Active Reading Strategies-wpejhu

    Lesson_on_Making_Inferences,_Drawing_Conclusions,-14wwwvr

    Thursday: Collaborative groups –Complete scenarios using active reading skills. As a group they will have to predict, infer, compare/contrast and draw conclusions.

    Friday: Practice – application of skills- Students will complete skill sheets on individual active reading skills. This will be turned in at the end of class and will be counted as a formative task.

     


  9. August 1st – August 3rd, 2018

    July 31, 2018 by vramsey8

    Welcome Back Students and Parents!

    Wednesday: Today, I will share who I am with the kids using a ‘ABC’s of you’ template.  I will then ask the kids to complete their own ‘ABC’s of you.’  Who_is_Mrs._Ramsey[1]-17cbhrb

    Thursday: 1. View polices and procedures. ramsey beginning of year-1mbkvqb    2. Show students how to access my blog from the Lovinggood homepage.   3. Students will complete and interest reading survey.  Both yesterday and today’s task will help me to get know and understand your child as an individual and as a student.

    Friday: 1. I will start class today by reading to the class my favorite children’s book.  Students will share their choices and we will talk about what makes them meaningful.    2. Students will complete a ‘Begin with the END in Mind’ goal setting organizer. where go I want to go-1m560w1

    Have a great weekend!

     

     


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