ELA: Reading & Writing week of 05.23

It’s the last week of school, and we are going to finish strong! Monday/Tuesday will be focused on story book read alouds and sharing out of poetry anthology work. On Wednesday, all 7C students will stay in our cluster and rotate between activities before the awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

Just a reminder, the summer reading list is available below.  Students must read A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, and should read a second book of their choice from the list provided.  There are no summer assignment packets.

POMS Summer Reading 2016

Thank you all for a great year!!

ELA: Reading & Writing week of 05.16

This week, you will complete your final performance task for writing and turn in your poetry anthology projects. The performance task, as mentioned in last week’s blog, will serve as the second major grade for this grading cycle. You will complete the work in class as a result of reviewing and reflecting on your writing portfolio from this year.

Your poetry anthology is due during the finals period for your ELA class. If you intend to type out and publish via the computer for your final product, you should plan to have that done when you arrive to the finals block for your class period. If you are doing it by hand, then you will have a little bit of time that day to publish your product.

The finals week schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday, May 16th – 1st and 3rd period finals

Tuesday, May 17th – 2nd and 4th period finals

Wednesday, May 18 – 7th and 5th period finals

Thursday, May 19 – 8th and 6th period finals

Friday, May 20 – Charger Day: literary analysis independent reading projects due

Keep up the hard work! Let’s finish strong!

ELA: Reading & Writing week of 05.09.16

Good luck readers on the STAAR Reading test tomorrow. You are ready, and I am optimistic you’ll do well!

In TEAM Time sessions this week, you should be working to finish revising and rewriting a second draft of your poetry anthology.  We will revise the second draft and begin publishing in class this Friday.  Your poetry anthology is one major grade for this six weeks grading period. It is due during the finals period for your ELA class. If you intend to type out and publish via the computer for your final product, you should plan to have that done when you arrive to the finals block for your class period next week. If you are doing it by hand, then you will have some time that day to publish your product. The second major grade for this grading cycle will also be completed during your finals block. You will study your personal writing portfolio, which has been created for you over the course of this year, and reflect on your progress as a writer. You will pick one of the pieces you wrote as a 7th grader this year to label as your favorite, or a Showcase Piece, and you will describe the process you went through with that piece of writing.

The finals week schedule for next week is as follows:

Monday, May 16th – 1st and 3rd period finals

Tuesday, May 17th – 2nd and 4th period finals

Wednesday, May 18 – 7th and 5th period finals

Thursday, May 19 – 8th and 6th period finals

Friday, May 20 – Charger Day: literary analysis independent reading projects due

 

ELA: Reading & Writing week of 05.02.16

This week in Reading you’ll learn lessons as part of the STAAR Prep unit of study, including how to answer inference kinds of questions. Finding text evidence for your answer is crucial in picking the right one, so this will also be a focus of this week. Independent reading projects will be introduced this week as well. You’ll work on them over the course of the remainder of this six weeks.

In writing, you’ll begin developing poetry about a specific topic or group of topics in working on the poetry anthology project. Attached here is the rubric, which you helped create, for the final writing project of the year. Rubric for Poetry Anthology

Homework

Reading weekly: 150 minutes read and logged in reading log, due by Sunday night of the following week, and submit an answer to at least two questions on Whooo’s Reading; Writing over the week: write two new poems in your Writer’s Notebook about a topic you think might be your choice for poetry anthology

 

ELA: Reading & Writing week of 04.25

This week we’ll begin splitting into small groups to better track your success in STAAR Reading prep. The minilessons will still focus on ways to tackle specific questions, but we’ll divide you into groups based on your needs. Friday you’ll take a mid-unit assessment.

In writing, you’ll learn how to generate your own poems by crafting poetry that uses line breaks and stanza placement appropriately.

Homework

Reading weekly: 150 minutes read and logged in reading log, due by Sunday night of the following week, and submit an answer to at least two questions on Whooo’s Reading; Writing over the week: collect 2 new poems based on the minilessons (Mon/Tues: line breaks, Wed/Thurs: white space/stanza placement).

ELA: Reading & Writing week of 04.18.16

Welcome back after an unexpected long weekend. Hopefully you all stayed safe and dry. If you suffered flood damage or know one of our 7C community members who did, please email Ms. Reid and share an update when you can.

We’ll lose some time this week because of the inclement weather days, but we should be able to catch up over the next couple weeks. In STAAR Reading, Wednesday/Thursday will focus on how to know that you understand what a question is REALLY asking. In Writing, poetry and ways to create rhythm are on the agenda. We will also create a rubric together for the writing project connected to this unit of study. On Friday, we’ll have a mid-unit assessment in reading and do Story Book Friday.

Homework

The usual reading homework applies, so read and log 150 minutes as well as a response to two questions on Whooo’s Reading. Because of the weather events on Monday, I will wait until the end of Wednesday to look and grade last week’s homework. If you haven’t logged it yet, do so by the end of the day, 04/20/16!

In writing, collect one new page of your own poetry. You should try out and apply one of the minilesson strategies from the unit so far.