UPCOMING DEADLINES

6th Graders: 

Friday, September 22nd: Concrete Poem DUE

Friday, September 29th: ELA 1st Nine Weeks Benchmark Assessment


7th Graders:

Monday, September 25th: Literary Elements Assessment 

Friday, September 29th: ELA 1st Nine Weeks Benchmark & Independent Reading Project DUE

Tuesday, October 3rd: Notebook “Check” Test

22 September 2017

6th Grade: Bell Ringer: Students completed a “free writing” activity in their journals. Students were prompted to write about a topic of their choice but they were to focus on the TONE of their written “voice.” Students were given an opportunity to share their writing.

**LTD “Day 5” was collected today. After students were allotted time to share, Concrete Poems were collected.

We read pages 60-67 of Love That Dog before students were given the remainder of the period to work on LTD-Day6.

HOMEWORK: Complete your Love That Dog “Day 6” worksheet.


7th Grade: Bell Ringer: Students completed the “Friday” task for their Coordinate Adjectives and Noun enrichment handout. This sheet was collected today.

Students read “Ribbons” (pg. 346 in the literature book) and worked independently on the Literary Analysis_Theme_Ribbons handout.

Additionally, students were given 20 index cards and a Literary Elements Test Review handout to aid them in their studies for Monday’s Literary Elements Test. Students were instructed to create “study cards” with definitions/examples of each bullet point on the study guide. Students were also encouraged to refresh their memory of the “subject” of each story we read together in class (stories are listed at the bottom of the study guide sheet).

HOMEWORK: Complete the Literary Analysis for “Ribbons” if you did not finish in class. STUDY! Your review cards are due in class Monday.

Finish reading your novel. Your Independent Reading Project is due Friday, September 29th!

Reminder: The Literary Elements Test is MONDAY! 80 point, gold.

21 September 2017

6th Grade: The Unit 3 Vocabulary Quiz was returned and placed in student test folders today. **Love That Dog “Day 4” handouts were collected today. We read pages 53-59 in Love That Dog. Students were given ample class time to work on the LTD-Day5 handout.

**Students were given Concrete Poem Reminders for the poem that is due tomorrow. Bonus: Typed Concrete poems.

HOMEWORK: Complete your LTD “Day 5” Sheet (due tomorrow). Concrete poems are also due tomorrow!


7th Grade: Students worked independently on the “Thursday” bell ringer task. We completed notes on POV and THEME . I read aloud The True Story of The Three Little Pigs  to further our discussion on Point of View. Before leaving class today I introduced students to the ancient Chinese tradition of foot binding to prepare them for our reading tomorrow (“Ribbons”).

HOMEWORK: Have you finished your novel?!? Read!

20 September 2017

6th Grade: Students were given time to work on questions 1-3 and the “Swift Summary” for the LTD-Day4 worksheet. We read the poem “Love That Boy” by Walter Dean Myers before reading pages 42-52 together in Love That Dog. Students were challenged to write (in their journals) their own “Love That (insert noun)” poem inspired by Walter Dean Myers. 

Afterwards, students were sent on a author quest using the Chromebooks to answer the following questions about W. D. Myers:

  • Is he still alive? If not, when did he die?
  • List at least 5 of his novels
  • List at least 3 awards he has won for his works

HOMEWORK: Complete the “Day 4” handout for Love That Dog. (Due tomorrow!) Continue working on your “Concrete Poem” that is due Friday.

Reminder: Tomorrow is the deadline for Library Card bonus.


7th Grade: Students were given the entire period to complete the Interim Assessment. As students finished they were directed to make sure last night’s journal entry homework was complete as well as read their Independent Reading book.

**Library card applications and proof of cards were accepted today for bonus. 

HOMEWORK: Continue reading your IR book and begin working on your project! Deadlines are closer than they appear!

19 September 2017

6th Grade: Interested students were given North Shelby Library Card Applications. (See the post regarding the bonus opportunity for this). The Units 1-2 Vocabulary Quiz was returned today before students were given time to study for the Units 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz. After lunch, students completed the Units 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz. The remainder of the period was dedicated to independent work on the Concrete Poem that students will turn in Friday. Each student was given blank copy paper for their final draft. Remember: It must be neat and colorful! **Bonus: Turn in a typed version of your concrete poem.

**Students turned in their Love That Dog “Day 3” worksheet.

 


7th Grade: Students completed the “Tuesday” task for their Coordinate Adjective bell ringer. We reviewed our notes on Conflict and discussed student observations/answers to last night’s Each Kindness homework. We listened to the audio for “The Third Wish” (pg. 312 in the literature book). As we listened, students were expected to write examples of internal and external conflicts they discovered while reading. These sticky notes should be used to guide students through their The Third Wish Journal Prompt. Here is the audio for the short story if needed: The Third Wish Audio.

**We discussed in detail the many upcoming deadlines. Students are aware and should be preparing to successfully complete them all. 

**Tomorrow students will complete an Interim Assessment during class.–this is not a test that students can study. It will be based on their prior knowledge and results will be used to determine instructional practices/needs. 

HOMEWORK: Complete your journal entry for “The Third Wish”. This should be a full page in your journal. (Due tomorrow).

North Shelby Library Card–Bonus

6th & 7th Graders were given North Shelby Library Card Applications. Students that return with a completed application will earn bonus points. Students that already have a North Shelby Library Card will need to show proof (bring the card or parent letter) to earn bonus points.

DUE: Wednesday, September 20th (7th Graders)

DUE: Thursday, September 21st (6th Graders)

18 September 2017

6th Grade: Students completed the ELA Interim Assessment Today. The remainder of the period was dedicated to independent study time for the Unit 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz (click link for Quizlet).

HOMEWORK: STUDY! Unit 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow. Love That Dog “Day 3” handout due tomorrow! Your Concrete Poem brainstorming sheet is due tomorrow!


7th Grade: Each student received a Noun and Coordinate Adjective Enrichment Bell Ringer handout. Today’s focus was on Monday only. Students completed notes on Conflict today. [We added details on “Internal” & “External” conflicts]. To help students practice with Conflict, I read Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Students were challenged to list examples of conflicts that take place within the story using the Each Kindness Conflicts Diagram. Here is an example of how students should complete this task for homeworkEach Kindness Conflicts Diagram Example.

HOMEWORK: Complete your examples of “Internal & External” Conflicts in Each Kindness. Remember, you should have examples from the beginning, middle and ending of the story.

15 September 2017

6th Grade: Students completed the “Friday” task for this week’s bell ringers before turning in the handout. Students were given class time to work on the Love That Dog “Day 3” handout. Students were introduced to Concrete Poetry Notes. We then read “The Apple” by S.C. Riggs before reading pages 35-41 of Love That Dog. Students were given the remainder of the period to complete the Concrete Poem Brainstorming handout.

Reminder: Interim Assessment is MONDAY!

HOMEWORK: Complete the “Concrete Poem Brainstorming” handout. STUDY! Units 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz is TUESDAY, September 19th. Vocabulary Units 1-3 Quizlet


7th Grade: We completed our Bear Boy Plot Diagram before reading “The Highwayman” on page 630 in the literature book (while reading students were expected to jot down elements of the plot diagram found within the story). After reading and discussing the gist of the plot, students worked in small groups to create a large Plot Diagram of the story.

HOMEWORK: READ! READ! READ! Project deadlines are closer than you think!

14 September 2017

6th Grade: Students completed the “Thursday” bell ringer task. The “Monday-Wednesday” sections were graded for a 5 point grade. We discussed our sentences from last night’s “Fragment and Run-On” worksheet. I collected each student’s “Day 2” worksheet and “Stray” Plot Diagram to be graded. After lunch, we completed a mini lesson on Onomatopoeia and we worked together on numbers 1-5 of the Onomatopoeia practice sheet. Remember: An onomatopoeia is when the word’s pronunciation imitates its sound. 

Next we read the poem “Street Music” by Arnold Adoff and imitated the sounds in the poem (this was lots of fun). Afterwards, students were challenged to create their own street music poem based on the My Street Music writing prompt. Students were given the opportunity to share their poem before the LTD-Day3 sheet was distributed.

HOMEWORK: Complete the “Onomatopoeia” handout. Due TOMORROW!


7th Grade: Students were given 10 minutes of D.E.A.R. time to catch up on their independent reading (project deadline is approaching). Each student’s Character Trait Chart for “The Night the Bed Fell” was collected to be graded. Additionally, each student’s “Exposition” homework was checked for a 10 point completion grade. We completed notes today on Plot and the Plot Diagram. Afterwards, we read the story “Bear Boy” that is on page 220 in the Literature book. Students were asked to jot down elements of plot found within the story as we listened to the audio. As a class we developed a plot diagram for the story (most classes will need time to finish this tomorrow).

HOMEWORK: Read! Read! Read!

13 September 2017

6th Grade: Students visited the library for a presentation on the North Shelby County Public Library. Students have been encouraged to sign up for a FREE public library card. There are so many benefits to this free opportunity. When applications arrive I will pass them out during class. Visit the Shelby County Public Library HERE!

Each student was given this week’s grammar bell ringers handout: Part of Speech Review. Students were expected to complete Wednesday’s task in class ( Monday and Tuesday’s tasks are homework tonight!). We read pages 25-30 of Love that Dog. We ended class with a mini lesson on Fragments and Run-On sentences. We worked as a class to complete numbers 1-4 of Fragments_Run-on Sentences. Students should complete numbers 5-8 for homework.

HOMEWORK: Your “Stray” Plot Diagram is due TOMORROW! Complete “Monday” and “Tuesday” bell ringers. Your “Day 2” Worksheet for Love That Dog is due TOMORROW! Your Fragments and Run-On sentences handout is due TOMORROW! 

NOTE: ** The Unit 1-3 Vocabulary Quiz is NOT tomorrow! It has been moved to Monday, September 18th!


7th Grade: Students visited the library for a presentation on the North Shelby County Public Library. Students have been encouraged to sign up for a FREE public library card. There are so many benefits to this free opportunity. When applications arrive I will pass them out during class. Visit the Shelby County Public Library HERE!

Mrs. Howton (media specialist) introduced students to the 1st Nine Weeks Independent Reading Project that will be a Plot Diagram Independent Reading Project. (Project DUE: Friday, September 29th)

HOMEWORK: Your Character Trait Chart for “The Night The Bed Fell” is due TOMORROW! Come to class tomorrow with the following based on YOUR novel for your IR Project:

  • Main Characters from your novel (name and characteristics —physical and personality descriptions)
  • Setting–the time and place of MOST of the events/actions
  • Problem–main issue that your main character is facing

READ, READ, READ!!!! YOU HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO FINISH YOUR NOVEL! READ!