Welcome to Language Arts 7!!! It's going to be a fantastic year:)
Monday, February 10th:
PART B MIDTERM Wednesday, February 12th. Students have been writing introductory paragraphs starting with quotes and anecdotes. We have practiced: Brainstorming, writing thesis statements, explaining quotations and writing anecdotes (short stories to introduce topic)...
Tuesday, February 4th:
We have been working on writing introductory paragraphs starting with quotations and anecdotes.
Paragraph starting with a quote (role models or benefits of sport) due on Thursday.
MIDTERM part B - Wednesday, February 12th (students will write 2 introductory paragraphs for an essay - one paragraph will start with a quote and the other starts with an anecdote...this will help prepare them for essay writing in grade 8)
Thursday, January 16th:
We are going over some reading comprehension techniques/strategies to help with the upcoming midterm -- January 28th PART A - reading comprehension
QUIZIZZ code for extra study: 642289
Monday, January 13th:
Elements of Fiction quiz TOMORROW (14th). We went over the review in class today and have been working through point of view much of last week.
Monday, October 28th:
Currently, we are working on figurative language and identifying it in what we are reading.
Students have calculated their personal reading rates with the book they are currently reading. Each student has a finish date that we agreed on and will be responsible for completing an assignment by that date. They will do a less than 5 minute 'book talk' to showcase their understanding of the novel. Students will also submit a "one pager" to show their understanding of the sign posts we have been discussing/studying.
IT IS EXPECTED THAT STUDENTS BE READING 15-20 MINUTES EACH DAY. We read each class for 20 minutes (sometimes slightly less...sometimes slightly more).
Monday. September 30th:
Due to weather, many students are absent today. We spent most of the class completing an activity for Indigenous education week. Short video about the reason behind orange shirt day, followed by a class/group activity.
*With Literacy week coming up next week, we will really be focusing on our school wide novel, And Then the Sky Exploded. We will be engaging in class discussions and small activities related to the book and literacy. It is a great introduction into elements of fiction and a wonderful way to work through reading comprehension strategies that help ALL learners. You can expect that students will NOT be coming home with homework for LA for this week.
*ALSO, this site may not be updated daily (or much at all for this week) as we are focusing mainly on reading the novel.
Thursday, September 19th:
We continued reading "And Then the Sky Exploded" today and finished chapter one. The students wanted to keep reading which makes me happy:) They wrote a reflection today indicating their thoughts so far on the book and then completed a reflection about the book they are currently reading independently.
Road Maps were handed back today and paragraphs will be marked this weekend.
Coming up: We will start a unit on figurative language
Monday, September 16th:
The paragraphs were originally due Today...however, due to part one extension, they are now due Wednesday.
The entire school (grades 7,8,9) will be reading "And Then The Sky Exploded" as part of our literacy week challenge. We will be reading the book together as a class. Each class we will read for 15 minutes or so and have class discussions based around the story. During literacy week, we will also have a visit from the author:)
Friday, September 13th:
Road Map Part TWO will be due on Wednesday. This is the written portion. Students will choose 2 points on their road map to expand upon. This will show me where students' writing is starting at. We will continue to develop strong paragraphs throughout the year:)
Tuesday, September 10th:
Part one of Road Maps are due TOMORROW! Students will have had 4 classes to work on them. We will start working on part 2 Wednesday (the written portion). Students will choose 2 points on their road maps and write a paragraph expanding on the point. Graphic organizers will be handed out in class for students wishing to use them as a starting point. These paragraphs will be due on Monday.
Tuesday, September 3rd:
Welcome to Language Arts 7!!! It's going to be a fantastic year:)
Students chose books from the school library as well as our classroom library today. They are expected to be reading a minimum of 15 minutes/day outside of school time. We will be calculating personal reading rates early next week - students will be responsible for meeting these reading rates weekly.
Coming up: Personal Road Map assignment. (Students will be providing at least 15 points from birth to now - they will most likely need some help from home for some points, particularly before the age of 6). I will show exemplars/samples from past assignments so they have an idea of what they can produce.
Wednesday, March 28th:
We have finished reading The Outsiders. Character booklets were handed in yesterday and the TIMELINES are due on Friday, March 31st. Students had the full period today to work on them.
Outsiders unit test will be tomorrow, March 29th.
Wednesday, March 22nd:
We have now read up to and including chapter 9 of The Outsiders.
Students wrote a quiz on chapters 4-8 today and then continued on their timelines.
Wednesday, March 15th:
Wanted posters for The Outsiders are due on Friday, March 17th.
Friday, February 10th:
I Robot elements of fiction project due Monday, February 13th.
Wednesday, January 18th:
Elements of Fiction test was today!
Midterm Part B will be on Monday, January 30th. Students will be given a study guide tomorrow. Part B is Reading comprehension.
Tuesday, December 12th:
We are discussing Elements of Fiction until Christmas. Today we discussed 'setting', wrote notes and obsered the setting of different scenes.
Wednesday, November 30th:
Good copies of BUSINESS LETTERS are due tomorrow - Thursday, December 1st.
**Midterm Part A -Friday, December 9th (writing a business letter)
Wednesday, November 9th:
Remembrance assignments will be due on Tuesday, November 15th. Students must submit a poster, poem or essay reflecting a theme of Remembrance.
Next week we will be starting business letters:)
**Poppies are for sale at the front office for $1 (or more donation)
Thursday, November 3rd:
Books must be completed by now. Book talks will start next Wednesday. Students must have a visual to go along with the book talk. The visual must represent a key component of their book (character, setting, plot, theme, symbols...)
Thursday, October 27th:
Figurative language assignments due tomorrow - Friday, October 28th
READ< READ< READ!!!! Books must be completed by Monday, October 31st. Book talks will be happening the first and second weeks of November.
Thursday, October 20th:
Figurative Language QUIZ tomorrow - Friday, October 21st.
Independent novels need to be completed by the end of October. Novel projects will start first week in November.
Tuesday, October 4th:
Their, there, and they're sheet due tomorrow - for marks.
Vocabulary quiz was today.
Wednesday, September 28th:
Students need to be keeping track of their reading pages. Reading goals are marked out of 5 each week. There will be a monthly independent reading mark on powerschool. All students have calculated their reading rates and are responsible for meeting their own goals.
Wednesday, September 21st:
Today we worked on commonly confused/misused words. Students have sentences due tomorrow in their writing journals.
there, their, they're; too, to, two; our, are; were, we're, where; accept, except; here, hear; your, you're
Reading goals will be checked this week -- students are marked out of 5 each week.
Wednesday, September 14th:
We are currently working on portrait poems. Students are encouraged to bring in or attach photos of themselves to accompany the poems. Poems will be due on Tuesday, September 20th.
*Students should be reading at least 10 minutes each night. In order to meet their reading goals, they are expected to read at least one hour outside of school for the week.
Thursday, September 8th:
Students calculated their individual reading rates today based on the novel of their choice. Students are expected to read everyday in order to meet their goals for the week.
Tuesday, September 6th:
Road Maps are due tomorrow, Sept. 7th. Students will be marked on content, organization and creativity. Samples were shown in class and students had 3 periods to work on the assignment.
*We are collecting money for Terry Fox until the end of the month.
We had our last computer period (3 total) to work on essays today. ESSAYS are DUE on MONDAY, May 1st! Please have a parent/guardian/ read through and sign at bottom of the essay to show it has been proof read. Before printing off your essay be sure that:
1) It has a title; 2) Each paragraph is indented; 3) You have checked for capitals and periods (names, places, titles...NEED CAPITALS); 4) You have followed the template given to you for introductory paragraph (must contain a 'hook' and have a clear thesis), body paragraphs, and concluding paragraph. 5) It has been edited for spelling, grammar and mechanics; 6) your NAME is on it; 7) Font is size 12 or 14.
FINAL EXAM PART A: Tuesday, May 10th -- writing an essay!!!
Currently we are working on essays. We have been brainstorming ideas, stating positions and developing thesis statements. Students will be choosing a topic tomorrow and they will start the writing process. Part A final exam is on May 10th and it will be writing an essay on a given topic.
Outsiders Timeline due Monday, April 11th! Outsiders UNIT test will be Monday, April 11th also.
We will be watching the movie tomorrow and Wednesday:)
7-6 worked on Wanted Posters today. The posters will be due on Wednesday, March March 23rd. There will be no more class time to work on them.
7-1 read chapter 7. Must add important points to summaries. We will be working on Wanted Posters on Friday. Wanted Posters will be due Wednesday, March 23rd.
Today the students wrote a chapters 1-3 quiz to show their understanding of the novel so far. Students will be starting on a wanted poster tomorrow -- it will be due on Monday, March 21st. We will be reading chapter 6 in class tomorrow:) So far, we have had great class discussions about social class and the clear divide in this book, teen violence, and feeling like an "Outsider".
We are currently reading The Outsiders. Today we finished reading chapter 3. After each chapter, students complete a point from summary of the important events in the chapter.
Book Covers due Thursday, February 25th. Title page along with suspenseful summary.
Irobot question sheet due tomorrow, Thursday, February 4th. Students have had class time to complete the assignmment after viewing the movie.
Students will start working on IRobot projects (relating to elements of fiction that we have studied) on Thursday. Due date will be assigned soon.
Study guides will be given out in class tomorrow to help prepare for the part B of the midterm on Tuesday, January 26th. Part B will be reading comprehension only -- no writing.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Midterm part B will be on Tuesday, January 26th.
We are currently studying the elements of fiction. Today, in class, we covered PLOT.
Rough copy of Night Before Christmas stories due tomorrow. Students will be working on good copy in class tomorrow. Presentations on Thursday!
Business letters were handed back today. Students have the opportunity to use the suggestions/feedback provided and re-type their business letters to improve their mark (should they feel the need/desire to). We went over correct format, expectations and I gave some excellent student examples in class.
MIDTERM - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th!!!
Parent Teacher Interviews tonight:)
Business Letters due tomorrow - Thursday, November 26th
I need these in on that date so that I can mark them on the weekend and provide you with feedback before your midterm!!!
Business Letter practice sheet - heading and inside address - due tomorrow. Tuesday, November 17th.
READ! READ! READ! Meet your weekly reading goals:)
7-6 will be at NET retreat tomorrow (Monday, November 9th). Students must bring a water bottle and bag lunch:)
Remembrance assignments (poster, poem, or essay) will be due on Thursday, November 12th.
We will be starting our business letter unit this week.
Students will be starting Remembrance Day assignments this week. After discussing the importance of Remembrance Day and the theme of remembrance, students will be creating a poster, poem, or essay to represent this theme. These assignments will be entered into the Canadian Legion Remembrance contest. By entering these projects, students are showing their support and appreciation to the veterans:)
We are finishing up figurative language song presentations. Figurative language review will be handed out tomorrow; students will be working on this in class. It will be due on Monday, October 26th.
Figurative Language QUIZ - Tuesday, October 24th
IDIOMS ARE DUE ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 5th.
READ, READ, READ! Students should be reading everyday. We have calculated reading rates for each student. Everyone has a reading goal he or she is trying to reach each week (and they are marked on that goal:)
I AM poems are due on Monday, September 28th. Students have had 2 classes to work on them. Good copies must be either typed or neatly written on a white peice of paper. There should be color, pictures, borders, etc. to enhance the visual component:) Students were given templates to follow as well as an example for each poem.
Students will be working on good copies of "I AM" poems.
Poems will be due Monday, September 28th. Good copies will be either be typed or very neatly written on a white piece of paper:) Pictures, color, borders...are all encouraged and needed to recieve full marks!
**STUDENTS SHOULD BE READING A MINIMUM OF 10 MINUTES/DAY AT HOME IN ORDER TO MEET THEIR WEEKLY READING GOALS**
Mini autobiographies due:
Friday, September 11th (7-1)
Monday, September 14th (7-6)
** Starting next week (Sept. 14th) students should be reading a minimum of 10 minutes everyday at home. This reading will be recorded and marked every week out of 5. When students read more, they will not only become better readers (and increase comprehension), but they will also become better writers as they are exposed to many different writing styles.**
Last week we started a unit on Writer's Workshop. The students have been writing for short bits of time every day and I already see growth in their vocabulary and writing in general. I am excited to see how much their writing improves over the next few weeks:)
HOMEWORK: Rough copy of "persona" piece (poem, essay, narrative, etc...written from the perspective of someone else -- Super hero, villian, comic/book character...) needs to be revised and edited for tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th! Students were to use different colors to show proof of revision and editing (lesson learned today).
**I check and record students' reading goals each Monday. Students should be reading at home every evening. THey know the number of pages they should be reading each week in order to meet their goals.
I Robot assignments were due today. Students had plenty of class time to work on the projects:)
We will be starting Writers' Workshop right after the break -- students need to have a writing journal to be writing in daily.
Good (typed) copy of the business letter is due Monday, December 1st.
REMINDER: Midterm Part A (writing a business letter) will be period one on Friday, December 5th.
ALSO...Please bring in items for the back pack campaign:) Tis the season:)
QUIZ TOMORROW!!! Parts of the business letter -- Be able to label the 7 parts of a business letter and know the correct punctuation to use:)
Today we practiced the heading, inside address and salutation.
Tomorrow we will be learing how to address the envelope.
Practice business letter due tomorrow. The students worked on the body of the letter in class today and were to complete for homework.
There will be a "parts of a business letter" quiz on Friday, November 21st. Students will need to be familiar with the 7 parts of the business letter (reviewed every day in class)
*Please get the Legion Remebrance contest sheets signed*
Today we reviewed the 7 parts of a business letter. We looked at a sample business letter requesting information. For HOMEWORK the students are to complete the last sheet of their notes...all sections of the business letter EXCEPT for the body. We will continue with the body of the letter in class tomorrow.
DATE TO NOTE: Friday, December 5th
Students will be writing part A of their midterm for LA. It will be a business letter:)
Remembrance poster, poem or essay/story due BEFORE NOON on Thursday, November 13th
October 31st -- HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Since I have finally figured out how to work this site I will be updating it frequently with important announcements, homework, and assignments! This is a great way for parents to see what students should be working on:)
Assignments due on Monday, November 3rd: (looks like a lot; however, the students have had enough class time and assistance to nearly complete them)
- Metaphor poem (blue sheet)
- Simile poem (white sheet)
- Good copy of one of the above poems (nealty written with color and images that represent the topic of the poem)
- Setting mind map (words, images, and color)
There is no homework today. Starting next week we will be setting reading goals and students will be expected to read everyday (at least 20 minutes). I will be checking their reading minutes / # of pages to see if they are reaching their weekly reading goals!