This week, I introduced the Summative Assessment for English: the Historical Narrative. See the Google doc below, which I shared with you yesterday or today. This week, I will also hand you a packet where you will document the Gathering, Choosing and Nurturing Seeds steps of the Writing Process for your Historical Narrative. (SEE ME IF YOU DO … [Read more…]
OK, so by now, you’ve learned about how to nurture your seed. We talked more about it yesterday (or today), using Ralph Fletcher’s Marshfield Dreams as a mentor text. From the chapters Statue, Words, Last Kiss, First Pen, we identified traits of a great personal narrative: Remember: write the story as if the reader WAS NOT THERE! The … [Read more…]
This week, we talked about what reading will look like in Grade 7. During English class, the 50- minute period you have each week will be devoted to all things reading. In Humanities, the 50-minute period will be dedicated to reading all things current events. Check out the schedule below to see when you have your reading … [Read more…]
Dear Humanities Classes, Today, we talked about fact versus opinion, and how sometimes, discerning the difference may be difficult. Here is the BrainPOP video we watched. We also talked about using evidence to support your idea. We watched a read aloud of Pink and Say, written by Patricia Polacco. Watch the video here. Tonight for homework: create an opinion … [Read more…]
*This blog post has been revised with more information about Nurturing Your Seed.* Nurturing Your Seed After choosing your seed for your Personal Narrative, nurturing it– creating a blueprint for your story– can be messy. Take a look at this famous author’s process of nurturing her seed. Can you guess whose notes these are? That’s right– … [Read more…]
Grade 7, Today, you received your Writer’s Notebooks (take home with you) and Reader’s Notebooks (leave in locker). Tonight for homework, decorate your Writer’s Notebook with images and words that symbolize and represent YOU. This may take time. (You are not expected to finish it by the next class.) In addition, in your Writer’s … [Read more…]
What’s happening in world? The past few weeks, you have been following current events and thinking about issues that evoke passion. Whether it be global or local, these topics matter to you. As you begin researching and learning more about this current world issue, you should also be brainstorming possible solutions and actions to take. What can YOU do? What … [Read more…]
Today, we reviewed the outline for this Natural Disasters Project. Since we’ve done STEP 1 (Google doc) as well as STEP 2 (index cards on the bulletin board), we focused on STEP 3: RESEARCH.Every group should be near #3, which is looking at the RELIABLE sources you brainstormed. Remember, for sources that you think, “This can … [Read more…]
Grade 7: Please visit these three sites to explore more about Natural Disasters: ESA Kids Neo K12 Ready.gov Here’s the BrainPop video again. By next week, be ready to name the top 3 natural disasters you want to study.
Click here for the link to the Axel, Dowon and Osman video.