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THIS WEEK:

Week of November 20th -November 21st:
 
Monday:
 
Students viewed a PowerPoint on "friendly" letter writing. They are writing letters to Army soldiers who are serving in Afghanistan.  These letters will be evaluated for the format and the conventions of standard written English. 
 
Tuesday:
 
Students continued writing letters to Army soldiers who are serving in Afghanistan.  These letters will be evaluated for the format and the conventions of standard written English. Students also made Holiday cards for the Army soldiers.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of November 13th -November 17th:
 
Monday:
 
We listened to an A+ Narrative Writing sample from a CMS 7th grader. Students reviewed their Narrative Writing and the corrections the teacher made. We also read the poem "Debts" and a one-page informational text about the New Deal.
 
Tuesday: 
 
We learned how to paraphrase for note-taking and put our new skills to work taking notes from a Google Slide presentation about the Great Depression.
 
Wednesday:
 
We continued paraphrasing for note-taking  from a Google Slide presentation about the Great Depression.
 
Thursday:
 
Students continued note-taking  from a Google Slide presentation "Driving an Effective Essay" and some classes continued the Ken Burns documentary.
 
 Friday:
Students used the computer lab to take the iReady standards assessment for citing evidence and finding and recognizing evidence from a video or film.
 
 
 
 
 
Week of November 6th-November 10th:
 
Monday: 
 
Students worked in cooperative groups to review the Close Reading Questions from Friday's assignment. They also used a computer to find the meaning (based on the use in the play) and two synonyms for: defile, solemnly, decomposition, scourge, and condolences. They wrote these in their composition books. Other words to know, based on their usage in the play, are: crypt, exhumation, and scalpel. They will have a quiz tomorrow. Students may use their play for the quiz.
 
Tuesday:   Quiz and check
 
Wednesday: 
 
1st, 2nd, and 3rd:  Students viewed a presentation "Don't Write About Your Writing" and we discussed Explanatory/Informational Writing. Students evaluated the verbiage and expectations in the Explanatory/Informational Writing rubric from the state of TN. Students also completed a partner activity about Red Robin, the restaurant, and wrote a short response about their favorite restaurant. They also reviewed pages 362-367 in their Red Grammar Books. 
 
6th: We reviewed the quiz they took yesterday. Students also viewed a presentation "Don't Write About Your Writing" and we discussed Explanatory/Informational Writing. Students completed a partner activity about Red Robin, the restaurant and wrote a short response about their favorite restaurant.
 
Thursday: 
 

Reader's Workshop: Students worked in their cooperative group to critique Writer's Workshop from yesterday. They checked for the use of pronouns used inappropriately in the writing sample. 

Group members critiqued the writing sample as a whole. We also reviewed a list of pronouns that should not be included in this type of writing.

We reviewed the verbiage in the Informational/Explanatory Writing Rubric from the state of TN.

We discussed and highlight key words in columns 4-1. Discuss formal writing expectations for 7th grade.

 First Read: Students will complete a first read of the TN CORE "Digging In" and highlight ways the family saved money during the Great Depression.

 
 Friday:
 
Students shared ways the family in "Digging In" saved money during the Great Depression. Students began taking notes about the Great Depression and the Roosevelts in their Composition books from the documentary film by Ken Burns for PBS. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of October 30th-November 3rd:
 
Monday: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd: Students reviewed an assignment they did last week. Examples of excellent student responses were shared. We also took a brief quiz on "The Blood-Red Night" and group evaluated it. Students will complete a first read of their play, "The Dead Rising" in class and/or for HOMEWORK.
 
6th: Students completed "The Blood-Red Night" Quiz and group evaluated it. Students will complete a first read of their play, "The Dead Rising" in class AND for HOMEWORK.
 
Tuesday: Students completed Daily D. warm-up. We previewed Vocabulary for our play. Students chose parts and we began play practice. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
 
Wednesday: Students practiced their play and most or all of the scenes today. HOMEWORK: Practice speaking parts at home. Speak clearly and enunciate when presenting your part.
 
Thursday:  Students practiced their play for all of the scenes today. HOMEWORK: Practice speaking parts at home. Speak clearly and enunciate when presenting your part.
 
Friday:   Students presented their play to other classes . Students will complete Close Reading Questions today. We will have a quiz on "The Dead Rising" on Tuesday, November 7th. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of October 23rd-27th:
Monday:
Informational Text- Students read "The Blood-Red Night" about the Peshtigo fire of 1871. Write COMPLETE sentences that Compare and Contrast this fire with the Great Chicago Fire. Compose this assignment in list form. This is not an essay or a Venn diagram. These are due tomorrow. Students had time to work on their pop-up for Narrative Writing. This is also due tomorrow. 
 
Tuesday:  Students answered questions related to the Peshtigo Fire article and viewed a short video about the author, Lauren Tarshis, and author's craft. Please use complete sentences in your responses. These six items are due tomorrow. 
DON'T FORGET YOUR COMPOSITION BOOK!
 
Wednesday: Students began construction of their composition books.
 
Thursday: Students created a foldable for Text Structures in their composition book. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods completed "Exploring Text Structures," an assignment that requires complete sentences and making inferences.
 
 Friday: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd: Students worked in R.E. A. D. cooperative groups to review their written assignment from yesterday. All classes: Used Chromebooks to review "A Blood-Red Night" about the Peshtigo Fire. We did this using Kahoot!
QUIZ on Monday: "A Blood-Red Night" about the Peshtigo Fire. Students should have this in their binders.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of October 2nd-6th:
 
Monday and Tuesday: Narrative Writing-Create a personal narrative. Use the notes, class discussion, rubric, and your Language Book as resources (pg. 339-362)  The final draft of this Narrative and critique notes will be evaluated by the instructor for a grade.
Narratives are due on Wednesday.
Wednesday: Students will share their Narrative Writing with two different groups for critique. 
Thursday:   We will begin reading "The Great Fire" by Jim Murphy. 
Friday: SteAm Friday: Students will create three-dimensional representations of their Narrative Writing with a pop-up illustration. We will complete these on Monday.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of October 2nd-6th:
 
Monday: We are using the story "Three Skeleton Key for the first part of the week. Students met with their cooperative groups to create and answer text-dependent questions . We used Chromebooks to work in teams on Reading Comprehension for our story.
Tuesday:  Students used technology and took study notes for their "Three Skeleton Key" quiz tomorrow.                  
Wednesday: Students took their Quiz today and we checked them. We prepared for our 9 Weeks Exam.
Thursday: We took our 9 Weeks Exam.  
Friday:  Using "Three Skeleton Key" we began Narrative Writing with a prompt.  
 
Happy Fall Break! Enjoy time with your family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of September 25th-29th:
 
Monday:  Students completed #17 Daily D. and we checked it. For our story, "After Twenty Years," we reviewed theme, point of view, and story elements. Students completed an Exit Ticket and we discussed it.
HOMEWORK: Read the story carefully as a review. Study any notes, handouts, or PowerPoints that we have used.
The students wrote the types of questions they will have on the quiz in their agenda. Quiz tomorrow on this story! 
Tuesday: Quiz and check
Wednesday: We started the story, "Three Skeleton Key" today. We discussed Foreshadowing and used context clues and footnotes to determine the meaning of unknown words. We will complete our first read of the story tomorrow. NO HOMEWORK tonight.
Thursday: We continued reading and discussing the story today.
Friday:Students worked in cooperative groups to complete text-dependent questions. NO HOMEWORK. Have a wonderful weekend!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of September 18th-22nd:
Students will review the quiz from last week and start and complete the story "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry in their Literature book. We will cover Literary Elements, Vocabulary, Point of View, and an Author study. We will also complete Daily D. and check. Wednesday/Thursday: Students are working on Point of View and will be creating a play. Friday: We reviewed the story, foreshadowing, and did Quizlet Live. "After Twenty Years"  QUIZ will be on Tuesday. Reading Logs for September are due October 1st! 
Quizlet Link for Vocabulary: https://quizlet.com/_3q1c5q
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of September 11th-September 15th:
All classes: We will conclude our study of "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" this week. Students will be studying theme, vocabulary, and working in groups to answer text-dependent questions. We will have a QUIZ on Friday!!! 
Don't forget to turn in your pictures during homeroom.
 
 
 
 
Week of September 4th-September 8th:
 
Monday, September 4th: Labor Day Holiday
 
Tuesday, September 5th: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd periods: Students started presenting their projects. 
 
6th period:Students continued identifying unknown vocabulary words from "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" story.
 
Wednesday: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd periods: Students continued presenting their projects. We will complete this tomorrow.
6th period: We began making notes (annotating) on "the Treasure of Lemon Brown" story.
 
Thursday: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd periods: We watched a short video about Walter Dean Myers, the author of our story. Students answered ten text-dependent questions about the story we are reading. Complete as HOMEWORK as necessary.
6th period: We continued making notes (annotating) on "the Treasure of Lemon Brown" story. We watched a short video about Walter Dean Myers, the author of our story. 
 
 
Friday:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd periods: Students shared text dependent questions in cooperative groups. 
6th period: Students answered six text-dependent questions about the story we are reading. Complete as HOMEWORK as necessary.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of August 28th-September 1st
All Classes: Quiz on Thursday-Daily D. Reading Logs due Friday! Please review iReady results and return to class signed by parents.
 
Monday, August 28th: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods: Students completed a first read of the short story, "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and made a list of unknown vocabulary words and their meanings that we will use in class tomorrow. Complete as Homework, as necessary. If you forgot your iReady form, turn it in tomorrow. New students to Roane County are going to take this test as soon as they are added to the computerized testing system.
6th period: Students completed a first read of the short story, "A Kid in a Candy Store" and participated in a class discussion. 
 
Tuesday, August 29th: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods: Students shared their vocabulary words (1st and 2nd periods did this with a Learning partner using Accountable Talk- 3rd period had too many students who didn't complete the homework.)  We viewed a PowerPoint on the vocabulary for the story and listened to a Narrator read the story. Students have 9 Story Element questions to complete in class or as  Homework, as necessary. 
 
6th period: Students completed a CLOSE read of "A Kid in a Candy Store" and discussed the character traits of the three main characters. We also completed a first read of "Temporary Employment" and annotated the story.
 
Wednesday, August 30th: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods: Students completed Daily D. #9 and #10. They will bring their Daily D. packet home with notes about their quiz tomorrow. We also group-checked our story elements homework. We had a lively discussion about our steAm Friday and they are making great plans for this! 
 
6th period: Students completed Daily D. #9 and #10. They will bring their Daily D. packet home with a study guide for their quiz tomorrow.
 
Thursday, August 31st: TURN IN READING LOGS TOMORROW!
1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods: Students will take the Daily D. quiz and group check them. After this activity, students may re-read "The Treasure of Lemon Brown or they will read their Library book or one of my books. They may also work together to pre-plan their Friday activity. Some groups of students already have ideas about this.
 
6th period: Students will take the Daily D. quiz and participated in a Listening Lesson of the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown." Students will use any additional time to read their Library book or one of my books.
 
Friday, Sept. 1st: All Classes turned in Aug. Reading Logs
1st, 2nd, and 3rd periods: Students will Design and Create! Students will CREATE something that represents story elements from the story: The Treasure of Lemon Brown.  Possibilities: Create a storyboard for the main story elements, small group play, comic book with captions, flip book, 3-D book...there are so many great ideas.One group is even working on a movie!

Students will form groups or work individually on this project

Students will present these projects on Tuesday for a daily grade.

Students, please do not spend more than 1-2 hours on this project this weekend.

 

6th period: Students completed a second read of the short story, "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and started a list of unknown vocabulary words.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of August 21st-25th
 
Monday, August 21st: Eclipse Holiday
 
Tuesday, August 22nd: ELA iReady Testing and we discussed  the requirements for the Reading Logs. Reading Logs will be due September 1st.
 
Wednesday, August 23rd: Students completed a group review of the Benchmark Test. These were taken to evaluate the skills and standards that were carried over from 6th grade. We also began setting up our Writer's Notebook. Students also completed two days of Daily D. (bellringers) 
 
Thursday, August 24th: Abbreviated Schedule for Math iReady testing today. Students completed Daily D. and continued setting up Writer's Notebook. Bring your Reading composition book tomorrow! 
 
Friday, August 25th: Picture Day! Students reviewed their iReady results for ELA today. They will bring the report home and discuss with a parent, get parent signature, and return it to school on Monday. We also reviewed Short Story Elements with a presentation and printed class notes. Don't forget to complete your Reading Log: 20 minutes, four times per week.
Have a happy weekend!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of August 14th-18th
Welcome to the first full week of 7th grade!!!!  We will be reviewing class procedures all week, in addition to our ELA lessons.
 
All Week: Begin class with our daily bellringers.
Monday: August 14th: Students worked in whole group, small groups, and individually to complete the second portion on the Multiple Intelligences Survey. 6th period will complete this for Homework tonight. Students also turned in their "About Me" page.
 
Tuesday, August 15th: Students will complete class Graphic Organizer for Multiple Intelligences and review Bell Ringer Activities (Daily D.) we will be using this year.
 
Wednesday, August 16th: Students will complete a short Writing Assessment. We will also set up our Class Binders. 6th period will complete this for HOMEWORK. 1st period will complete this in class tomorrow.. 
 
Thursday, August 17th: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd periodsStudents will participate in a peer editing session of their Writing assignment and learn how to do a critique using Author's Chair. Make any necessary changes and turn in writing assignment tomorrow. 6th periodStudents will learn how to do a critique using Author's Chair. 
 
Friday, August 18th: Benchmark Assessment to evaluate ELA strengths and weaknesses. I will use the results for planning and student grouping. 
 
READING LOGS will begin next week.
 
DON'T FORGET: School will be closed Monday, August 21st for the eclipse. Be safe when viewing!
 
NEXT WEEK iReady Testing Schedule:
Tuesday, August 22-ELA
8:33-10:46 (Test with your homeroom)
 
Thursday, August 24-Math
8:33-10:46 (Test with your homeroom)
 
Week of August 9th-11th
Wednesday, Aug. 9th:  Students met with their Blue Panther teachers! Paperwork was sent home to be completed by parents. There are LOTS of forms to fill out; some of them are two-sided. Please return forms and school fees ASAP. Thank you so much, parents!  Fees are $33.00 non-band students and $48.00 for band students.
 
Thursday, Aug. 10th: Administrative Day
 
Friday, August 11th: Students began an "About Me" page that will be due on Monday. We also started our study of Multiple Intelligences. We will continue this on Monday.