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  1. December 17th – 21st, 2018

    December 14, 2018 by vramsey8

    Monday: Students will take the READING INVENTORY today.  This was pushed back due to the weather delay last week. This will count as a FORMATIVE task.

    Tuesday: Today’s class will be used to review/prepare for the mid-term.  See tab above for resources.  Kids may also choose to work within the usatestprep.com website.

    Wednesday: Mid-term assessment. This will count as a FORMATIVE task.

    Thursday/Friday:  Thursday and Friday will be early release days with kids dismissing at 1:30 each day.  We will have a block schedule so I will only see kids once over the two days.  Students will watch the Mickey Mouse version  of “A Christmas Carol” and complete an organizer comparing the different versions of the film and text.  I may also use this time to have students make up any recent tasks due to absences.

    Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday.


  2. Update for week of December 10th

    December 11, 2018 by vramsey8

    1. Due to the two hour delay, the Reading Inventory has been moved to Monday, December 17th.
    2. The SUMMATIVE is still tomorrow.  We will use computers to complete review via QUIA.com. See today’s date for links to the websites.
    3. A copy of A Christmas Carol can be find be scrolling back to Wednesday, December 5th.

  3. December 10th – 14th, 2018

    December 6, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standards: ELAGSE7SL1, ELAGSE7RL7, ELAGSE7RL9, ELAGSE7RL10, ELAGSE7L4, ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2

    Targets: • To compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time and place to the history of the same period SO I can better understand how authors use history to shape their stories.
    • To compare and contrast a written story, drama to it filmed and stage versions SO I can analyze the effects and techniques unique to each medium.
    1. To cite textual evidence to support the analysis of the text as well as draw inferences from the text…
    2. Determine a theme of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text…
    3. Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact…
    SO I can engage more effectively with the text.

    ***Reminders*** Bring in a dollar to support those in are own community this holiday season and wear holiday socks or a holiday sweater this Friday.

    Monday: View the 2nd ½ of the ANIMATED version of “A Christmas Carol”

    Tuesday: Kids will take the Reading Inventory today.  This will count as a FORMATIVE task.

    As kids finish, they will complete Quia Games related to A Christmas Carol to help prepare for assessment tomorrow. One is a jeopardy type game, two are review/study questions and one has both a matching and a concentration style game.

    https://www.quia.com/cb/721792.html

    https://www.quia.com/quiz/2399982.html?AP_rand=1055941700

    https://www.quia.com/jg/1794204.html

    https://www.quia.com/quiz/5015792.html

    Wednesday: Summative Assessment over film and text versions of “A Christmas Carol.”

    Thursday: Required County CTLS Q2 TOUCHSTONE – 518 Lab

    Friday: Required County CTLS Q2 TOUCHSTONE – 518 Lab – I have reserved the lab for two days to ensure students have ample time to complete the assessment. The Touchstone scores will be entered as a FORMATIVE grade. **Students who finish with time remaining will access usatestprep.com and complete review for our upcoming midterm.


  4. December 3rd – 7th, 2018

    December 1, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standards: ELAGSE7SL1, ELAGSE7RL7, ELAGSE7RL9, ELAGSE7RL10, ELAGSE7L4, ELAGSE7RL1, ELAGSE7RL2

    Targets: 

    • To compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time and place to the history of the same period SO I can better understand how authors use history to shape their stories.
    • To compare and contrast a written story, drama to it filmed and stage versions SO I can analyze the effects and techniques unique to each medium.
    1. Cite textual evidence to support the analysis of the text as well as draw inferences from the text…
    2. Determine a theme of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text…
    3. Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact…
    SO I can engage more effectively with the text.

    Monday: Students will use computers  to build background related to the author of the short story, A Christmas Carol,  as well as the time period. Christmas Carol London Overview-1fa905r

    Tuesday: Preview key vocabulary from the text. Students complete a vocabulary organizer of important or confusing words from the text.  Previewing Vocabulary Carol-2cuxzfn

    Wednesday: Open Opinion: 1. Does our past shape our present and future? Give an example. 2. Can people change? Why? Why not? 3. Can money buy happiness? Why? Why not?

    Student will begin A Christmas Carol. My hope is to listen to the audio of the first part o the short story.  Kids will read along and complete guided questions.

    https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/5I4kg9tOpnbGTBMCYNa097DrhPqnSmH2heBy94ZPswrem12N.pdf – This is a copy of the text to reread or use to prepare for test.

    Thursday: Today, students will finish A Christmas Carol by reading independently. They should continue working on their questions. The comprehension questions will be a FORMATIVE grade. I will have to gauge student progess before decided which day it is due.  I am thinking Friday.

    Friday: Students will view first ½ of the film version of A Christmas Carol and complete corresponding sections of a movie viewing graphic organizer. The organizer focuses on the similarities and differences between the film versions as well as the play version of A Christmas Carol.


  5. November 26th – November 30th, 2018

    November 23, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standards: RI1, RI2, RI3, RI4, RI6, W10, L4, SL1, SL6

    This week will be spent trying to help the school STEM initiative.

    Monday: 1. Brainstorm: What did you use and discard yesterday that was made of plastic?. 2. Students read two informational text: Tiny Plastic, Big Problem and “What a Dump!” – Answer related questions.

    Tuesday: 1. Students watch 3 videos: Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic, The life cycle of a plastic bottle and How can we keep plastics out of our ocean? 2. Complete guided notes along the way. **See ‘Plastic Pollution’ tab above for links to videos.** Plastic Pollution Guided Notes-23dpuez

    Wednesday: 1. Discuss: What are some new words you have uncovered in our readings? 2. Review Monday’s Readings and the guided video notes and provide immediate feedback. 3. Read the informational text, “Reduce Waste.” 4. Answer related questions. 5. Turn and Talk: What is source reduction? Why is this a better option than recycling? (Readings and Guided notes will represent a FORMATIVE TASK.)

    Thursday: Preparing for our circle: Students answer the following questions: 1. If you could go back in time, would you stop the discovery of plastic? 2. One thing YOU can do to make Lovinggood more Eco -Friendly is… 3. One way you can help reduce waste is… (Student must cite evidence from reading as and videos in their responses.)

    Friday: Circle: Students share responses to yesterday’s questions. 2. Complete the cardstock sheet: one thing I can do to make Lovinggood more ECO-FRIENDLY is..(This will be used to make bulletin board display.) IF TIME PERMITS:How has your opinion on this topic change over the week?

     


  6. November 12th 16th, 2018

    November 10, 2018 by vramsey8

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

    Targets: 1. To identify and explain the features of a persuasive text SO I can evaluate an argument and assess whether the evidence is sound and relevant.  2. To effectively analyze and evaluate both sides of an argument SO I can make an informed decision?

     

    Monday: Students will have access to computers to complete review tasks using usatestprep.com. The focus today will be on author’s perspective and detecting bias.  In addition, I will return and discuss the formative task we completed Thursday of last week.  This will give kids a chance to ask questions before tomorrow’s summative.  Check out this review guide over the essentials related to understanding an argumentative text. Support vs Propaganda Overview-2nq90im

    Tuesday: Summative assessment: Understanding and Analyzing Argumentative Texts

    Wednesday: All students will have the opportunity to reflect on the summative and make test corrections.  Students MAY earn up to half of the original point value back for completing the corrections.

    ***Expect progress reports at some point the week.***

    Thursday: Ms. Bower, our 7th grade counselor, will be running the class today.  Her focus will be completing the career cruising lesson she started at the end of October.

    Friday: Students will watch a short clip related to the history of “Black Friday.”  They will then read an informational text and analyze an info-graphic connected to the topic.  Students will complete corresponding comprehension questions as well as a few brief constructed responses. (short answer)

    I am wishing each of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving break.


  7. November 5th – 9th, 2018

    November 2, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standard: ELAGSE7RI5,  ELAGSE7RI1,  ELAGSE7RI2,  ELAGSE7RI10,  ELAGSE7RI6  **ELAGSE7RI8

    Targets: 1. To identify and explain the features of a persuasive text SO I can evaluate an argument and assess whether the evidence is sound and relevant. 2. To effectively analyze and evaluate both sides of an argument SO I can make an informed decision?

    **Reminder: Retest for the 1st Summative will be Monday @ either 8:15am or 4:15 pm.  You must have your remediation packet completed in order to take the RETEST.

    Monday: Skills Based Reading: McDougal Little wkshts -Types of Faulty Reasoning -Persuasive Techniques. Close: Which persuasive technique do you think is the most convincing? Why? (Random check of Friday’s and today’s work will be entered as a FORMATIVE grade.)

    Tuesday: Student Holiday – Check out these extra resources.

    Wednesday: Argumentative Support Game – Collaborative Groups-groups are given a board with the following categories: statistic, expert opinion, observation, emotional appeal and ethical appeal. They must take laminated examples and put them in the right category.

    Thursday: Use two argumentative text – Should Mammals be help in Captivity and a text on Year-Round School and apply skills learned. (FORMATIVE)

    Friday: Students will be using usatestprep.com to practice skills. Skills included are: Appeals to persuasive arguments, making an argument, faulty reasoning, detecting bias and author’s perspective/pov.


  8. October 29th – November 2nd, 2018

    October 27, 2018 by vramsey8

    Summative #1 Retest Information: 1. Check Synergy Wednesday Night. 2. Decide if you want to RETEST. 3. See me THURSDAY ONLY for the remediation work. 4. Complete remediation. 5. Show up with remediation at 8:15 am or 4:20 pm on Monday, November 5th to take the retest.

    Targets: 1. To identify the different ways I can organize a paragraph SO I can make connections and distinctions between ideas and events. 2. To identify and explain the features of a persuasive text SO I can evaluate an argument and assess whether the evidence is sound and relevant.

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

    Monday: 1. Group Task – Text Structures   2. Peer assess study guide.   3. Discuss discrepancies.

    Tuesday: 1. Independent Practice – Text Structure -Building and reviewing prior knowledge – Students must also identify clue words as well as the main idea and a supporting detail.  2. If time permits, we will grade in class and provide immediate feedback. (Formative Task)

    Wednesday: Summative Assessment

    Thursday: 1. Persuasive/Argumentative Reading PowerPoint with organizer. A. discuss important content vocabulary related to topic
    B. use a piece of persuasive text and practice identifying the elements of an argument
    2. Propaganda and persuasive Techniques PPT – A. discuss important content vocabulary related to topic. B. use same text and now identify propaganda and persuasive techniques.

    Persuasive Reading-1vptrn5               propaganda ppt 2-u8jwwe

    Friday: I am out of the building. Please be on you best behavior. Skills Based Argumentative Reading worksheets: -Elements of an Argument  -Evaluating Argument   -Evaluating Evidence

     


  9. October 22 – 26th, 2018

    October 22, 2018 by vramsey8

    Standards: ELAGSE7RI5,  ELAGSE7RI1,  ELAGSE7RI3,  ELAGSE7RI10

    Targets: 1. To identify the different ways I can organize a paragraph SO I can make connections and distinctions between ideas and events? 2. To recognize and interpret cause and effect paragraphs? 3. To closely analyze a text SO I can distinguish between compare /contrast and classification paragraphs?

    Monday: View a slide show presentation on cause and effect. 2. Discuss Transition words for Cause and Effect 3. Students complete Practice Sentences. cause-and-effect-powerpoint-130110120921-phpapp01-1mgqmq1    Cause and Effect-1tvdhwq

    Tuesday: 1. Read cause and effect informational passages. Answer specific cause and effect comprehension questions. (Formative) 2. Create Your Own – create four cause and effect sentences related to topics being discussed in other classes. (two should start with the cause and two should start with the effect)

    Wednesday: 1. Students watch a video discussing classification and compare/contrast text structure. 2. Students view various images and decide if they represent classification of compare/contrast. 3. Collaborative Group activity – students are given a topic and must create a compare/contrast organizer and a classification organizer for the same topic. Picture walk – Classify and Compare-26ses9w

    Thursday: Independent Practice – 1. Students read two paragraphs on the same topic and distinguish which one is compare/contrast and which is classification. They must complete a chart citing textual evidence and determine clue words.
    2. Read short passages and answer comprehension questions related to classification and compare/contrast. (Formative)

    Friday: 1. Ms. Bower will use half of the class delivering one of her mandatory counseling lessons (Career) 2. Distribute study guide for upcoming summative. 3. Students will use remaining time to complete online tasks related to our current content.


  10. October 15th – 19th, 2018

    October 13, 2018 by vramsey8

    Conference Week – Students will be dismissed at 1:30 each day this week.

    Standards: ELAGSE7RI5, ELAGSE7RI1, ELAGSE7RI3, ELAGSE7RI10

    Targets: To identify the different ways I can organize a paragraph SO I can make connections and distinctions between ideas and events. To recognize the order of a text SO I can interpret sequence paragraphs?

    Monday: Application of skill: main idea, details, irrelevant sentences, stated and implied. This is a status check over current content and will count as a formative grade.

    Tuesday: 1. Grade yesterday’s task in class and provide immediate feedback. 2. Build prior knowledge for tomorrow’s lesson: What are the different ways you can organize a paragraph?

    Wednesday: PPT – Text Structures-Reviews each text structure and then provides sample paragraphs. Students will attempt to identify the correct structure. text-structure 2-1q1b9fi

    Thursday: Collaborative Group activity- students have multiple sentence strips and must put them in the right sequence (topics include making popcorn, carving a pumpkin and brushing your teeth among others.  Sequencing Transition Words-p0svrq

    Friday: Independent Practice – Students read several paragraph that are out of order and have to put them back in the correct order. – Formative Grade

     


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