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Cherokee Middle School

THIS WEEK:

7th grade/Blue Panthers...Mrs. Wiseheart's Class 2019-2020
 
Week of Feb. 18th-21st:
 
Monday: Students turned in assignment from Friday's class (10 sentences/notes). We started the companion text from Friday's Common Lit assignment today. In Google Classroom it may be listed as "The Great Depression Part 2" or Financial Literacy. This assignment is due Thursday, Feb. 20th. We will start essay writing tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of Feb. 10th-14th:
 
Monday: Today we completed Author's Chair for almost all of the students. This grade will be on grade portal if it isn't on their midterm report. We also previewed Informational/Explanatory Essay Writing.
I met with most of the students to have a conference for their iReady progress. If I have met with them, their score is in the back of their agenda. I will continue to meet with students until I have had conferences with them all.
 
Tuesday: School is closed due to weather.
 
 
Wednesday: Students have an assignment in Google Classroom (CommonLit: An Overview of the Great Depression) and we discussed the upcoming Informative/Explanatory essay they will be writing.
 
Thursday: Students completed a section on wordbuildonline.com and we discussed the essay they will start next week.
 
Friday:  To prepare for the essay students will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19th, students read "Diggin' In" (Historical Fiction), Debts (poem), and The New Deal (Informational Text). Students will write 10 complete sentences (actions the family in the first text took to make it through the Great Depression). 
To prepare for the Writing portion of this assignment, students should review the following pages in their red grammar book: 339, 346, 361,363,372, 373. Make notes on the back of the page with your 10 complete sentences. These should be completed by Tuesday before class.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of Feb. 3rd-7th:
 
Monday: We started with a Pixar short "La Luna" and students answered several questions on Google for this. Then we began Author's Chair for the Pobble365 (website) from January 17th. Students began sharing their Narrative Writing and we used a Critique Form for "Areas of Strength"and "Areas to Improve" in writing . 
 
QUIZ tomorrow: "Song of the Trees" Novella: Comprehension/Text Evidence/Vocabulary (Three Separate Assessments)
 
Tuesday: Evaluation: Song of the Trees; Author's Chair for Narrative Writing
 
Wednesday: Author's Chair for Narrative Writing
 
Thursday and Friday: School closed for flooding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of January 27th-31st:
 
Monday: Theme and Text Evidence. This is DUE tomorrow.
 
Tuesday: As a whole group, we did an online lesson about modifiers. Students also used Kahoot to study for their "Song of the Trees" Quiz.
 
Wednesday-Friday: School closed for illness. See you back on Monday! Song of the Trees Quiz will be on Tuesday, February 4th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of January 20th-24th:
 
Monday: Holiday
 
Tuesday: Students will complete the first half of iReady testing today.
 
Wednesday: Students will complete iReady testing today.
 
Thursday and Friday: Students will work on "Small Group Discussion Questions" (six multi-part questions) related to "Song of the Trees" historical fiction. These will be completed in blue pen and will be turned in on Friday at the end of class. 
 
ALL written work for this reading selection will be due on Friday, January 24th. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of January 13th-17th:
 
Monday: Students completed viewing a documentary about the Great Depression. Students took notes in their Interactive Notebooks. They will use their notes for Informational/Informative Essays in the near future.
 
Tuesday:  Novella: "Song of the Trees" Students identified figurative language (imagery) and highlighted it in an excerpt of the story.
 
Wednesday: Students in 3rd, 4th, and 6th Completed a story diagram for "Song of the Trees" the Novella we are studying.  They also started their vocabulary study using Quizlet and had a couple of rounds of Quizlet Live.
5th period completed the first read of the story. They also created sentences using imagery and shared them with the class. 
 
Thursday: Using the novella, "Song of the Trees" students will begin an assignment for citing multiple examples of text evidence. This assignment is due on January 24th. 
 
Friday: Students in 3rd, 4th, and 6th: Narrative Writing: Pobble365 for January 16th. This writing will be evaluated. Due January 24th.
5th period: Using the novella, "Song of the Trees" students will complete a story diagram in a guided lesson.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of January 7th-10th:
 
Monday: Students completed a Pre-Assessment for the Great Depression. The story we are reading this week is set in Mississippi during the Great Depression.
 
Tuesday-Friday:Students started a close read of "Song of the Trees" and participated in a class discussion about the literary elements in the story. We will be reading and discussing elements of this novella for the remainder of the week.  Literature book p. 509-522
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SECOND NINE WEEKS EXAM WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th!!!
 
 
Week of December 16th- December 20th:
 
Monday: Students will try out for "The Gift of the Magi" play. 
 
Tuesday: SWARM Field trip to Chuckles in Crossville.
 
Wednesday: 9 Weeks Exam
 
Thursday: Play: The Gift of the Magi
 
Friday: 1/2 day: Talent Show in the gym.
 
 
 
 
SECOND NINE WEEKS EXAM WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th!!!
 
Week of December 9th- December 13th:
 
Monday: Students group checked their responses to Text Structures for "The Blood-Red Night" about the Peshtigo Fire. We started a foldable for Text Structures in their Interactive Notebooks.
 
Tuesday: Students wrote letters to members of the Armed Services today.
 
Wednesday: Snow Day Enjoy!
 
Thursday: Students will take the verbal Central Ideas and Details quiz. Students will complete the foldable for Text Structures. 
 
Friday: Students gathered materials from their Writer's Notebook and Interactive Notebook to study for their 9 Weeks Exam. Students have a list on Google Classroom to help them focus on items to study. 
 
 
 
Monday: Students will try out for "The Gift of the Magi" play. 
 
Tuesday: SWARM Field trip to Chuckles in Crossville.
 
Wednesday: 9 Weeks Exam
 
Thursday: Play: The Gift of the Magi
 
Friday: 1/2 day: Talent Show in the gym.
 
 
SECOND NINE WEEKS EXAM WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of December 2nd- December 6th:
 
Monday: Students group checked the assignment on Confusing words. Students also prepared for their quiz, which will be on Wednesday. Tomorrow we will take the Spelling Bee quiz to find out our winner and runner up!
 
Tuesday: Students took the Spelling Bee test. Students completed a close read of the nonfiction text,"Day of Disaster" and used quizlet online to study for the quiz.
 
Wednesday: Day of Disaster Quiz
 
Thursday:  Students completed a first read of "The Blood-Red Night" about the Peshtigo Fire. (This is on Google Classroom) Students also began an assignment on Text Structures.
 
Friday: Students completed the assignment on Text Structures and completed a first read of "The Gift of the Magi". They also saw a 15 minute video about this play. Students will use the copy of the play on Google Classroom to determine which part they would like to try out for. 
 
 
 
 
Week of November 25th- November 26th:
 
Monday: Students worked on Quizlet to study "Day of Disaster" for their quiz. The quiz will be Wednesday, December 4th.
 
Tuesday: Field trip to WonderWorks! 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Enjoy your time off with your family and friends. We have a lot to be thankful for!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of November 18th- November 22nd:
 
Monday: Students participated in a writing critique for students who were absent:Reader's Workshop.
Some students had a quiz to make-up and LOTS of students were absent on Friday. Students with scored essays shared parts of their essays and their writing process. 

TOMORROW: Turn in Vale assignment, make-up work: rough draft and published copy with three sections: numbered, labeled, and highlighted for revisions (on both copies).
 
Tuesday: Students completed and turned in Vale assignment and their revised essays. Some students needed extra work time due to the many students who have been absent.
 
Wednesday: Students used text features to make predictions about "Day of Disaster" a Nonfiction article. Students highlighted their Vocabulary words in the text (some classes) and completed a first read and viewed a short video about children who were coal miners in the 1900's. 
 
Thursday: Students worked as a whole group, using "Day of Disaster" to explore Text Structure, Mood, and Tone. We also worked on Summarizing and Central Ideas/Details. Students will memorize the definition of "Objective Summary" before December 2nd.
 
Friday: Students completed a first read of  "Day of Disaster" and participated in a class discussion.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of November 11th- November 15th:
 
Monday: Students selected one of two writing prompts to write a narrative essay. Students can find a resource for writing on their ELA Google Classroom.
 
Tuesday: Students worked in cooperative groups to read and critique essays. Students will edit and revise essays tomorrow. 
 
Wednesday:  Students will edit and revise essays today. 
 
Thursday:  Students will finish editing, revising, and PUBLISHING final copy of the essay. PLEASE do not SHARE a copy of the essay with me on Google Docs. The printer in my room is not working. Please print your final copy and have it ready for class on Friday.
Students also have a Vale Reading passage; they will finish half of it today and half of it tomorrow.
 
Friday:  Students identified and chose the three best revisions on their published copy of the essay. They numbered and highlighted these areas. The Informational text from Vale is due on Monday. Students had time to work on this in class.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of November 4th- November 8th:
 
Monday: Students presented "The Dead Rising" a historical fiction play for 6th grade, and other school staff. 
 
Tuesday: Students presented Narrative Writing in Author's Chair. Class critique for each student's work. 
 
 
Wednesday:  Class review of Literary Elements  for the QUIZ on Friday. Continue Author's Chair. Class critique for each student's work.  
 
Thursday:  Class review of Literary Elements  for the QUIZ on Friday. Complete Author's Chair. Class critique for each student's work.  Quizlet is located  in Google Classroom to study for the quiz.
 
Friday:  QUIZ: Historical Fiction and Literary Elements for The Dead Rising: Drama
 
 
 
 
Week of October 28th- November 1st:
 
Monday: Students participated in Author's Chair and presented their essays for a group writing critique.
Students also previewed their vocabulary for "The Dead Rising" a historical fiction play that we will be working on this week. 
 
Tuesday:  Students started try-outs for "The Dead Rising" a historical fiction play that we will be working on this week. 
 
Wednesday:  Students started a handout-Close Reading Questions, which we will complete tomorrow. We also continued try-outs for "The Dead Rising" a historical fiction play that we will be working on this week and part of next week. 
 
Thursday:  Practice"The Dead Rising" a historical fiction play.
 
Friday:  Practice"The Dead Rising" a historical fiction play. Students started a handout on Imagery, Tone and Mood, Plot and Vocabulary. This is due on Monday. Students may have homework.
 
 
 
 
Week of October 21st- October 25th:
 
Monday:  Writer's Workshop: Students will use their composition books to write a middle and ending to a writing prompt. Prompts from Pobble365: two choices for writing. We will use this assignment on Wednesday for Reader's Workshop, a writing critique. Students need to check their StoryBoardThat.com to be sure they have a COMPLETED story board for the story "Three Skeleton Key". This was due before Fall Break and will be included in the 9 weeks grade.
 
Tuesday:  3rd period: Students completed Pobble365 and worked on WordBuild.com
4th-6th periods: Students completed Pobble365 for October 15th and worked on WordBuild.com.
All classes were given the reference material for Narrative Writing.
All classes: Tomorrow students will read their Narrative Writing and participate in Reader's Workshop-and a writing critique.
 
Wednesday:  Students read their Narrative Writing in two separate cooperative groups. Students evaluated and critiqued the writing of the their peers. Students will turn in the critique forms to Mrs. Wiseheart.
 
Thursday:  Students revised, edited, and published their Narrative Writing. Some students will need to finish this for Homework. Be prepared to share your writing tomorrow in class.
 
Friday: Today we started Author's Chair. Students shared writing and participated in a writing critique. We will continue this next week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of October 7th- October 11:
 
Monday: Today the students worked on their "Three Skeleton Key" StoryBoards on StoryBoardThat.com
These are due on Wednesday, October 9th.
Tomorrow is the 9 Weeks Exam. Students have a Study Guide.
 
Tuesday:  Students will take the 9 Weeks Exam
 
Wednesday: Finish StoryBoard
 
Thursday and Friday: STEM: Building Lighthouses in groups or making 3-D pop-up cards for a scene from "Three Skeleton Key".
 
 
 
Week of September 30th-October 4th:
 
Monday: We completed part of Word Build Online today. We also finished the story, "Three Skeleton Key" today. Students will need to read the story at home as they prepare for the Quiz. The quiz will be on Wednesday this week. Students will get a study guide tomorrow. Our 9 weeks exam will be Tuesday, October 8th.
 
Tuesday: We signed up for STEM for the days before Fall Break. Students used a study guide, their Interactive story, and Quizlet to study for their quiz. The "Three Skeleton Key" quiz is tomorrow. Doodle Vocabulary that starts with the word Gaze is due tomorrow. Our 9 weeks exam will be Tuesday, October 8th.
 
Wednesday: "Three Skeleton Key" quiz; Our 9 weeks exam will be Tuesday, October 8th.
 
Thursday: Introduction to Narrative Writing. Students completed Pobble365 for October 4th. The title is Number 28. Students  filled out a Ticket Out the Door for self reflection.
Our 9 weeks exam will be Tuesday, October 8th.
 
 
Friday: Students started a storyboard for "Three Skeleton Key" today. We will finish these on Monday. Have a GREAT weekend!
 
 
 
 
 
Week of September 23rd-27th:
 
Monday: Students completed an online pre-assessment  on wordbuildonline.com (25 items)
Students also had a little time to work on their composition books. We viewed two short videos on Vincent Price, who will be the narrator for our story tomorrow. 
 
Tuesday: Students completed a listening lesson using a recorded version of our story, "Three Skeleton Key" and took notes about: setting, characters, point of view, conflict type, and imagery that the author used. Students will use these notes this week. Students have a Quizlet on Google Classroom that they need to use each day to study their vocabulary words. We will have a quiz next week for this story and all the activities associated with it.
 
Wednesday: Students completed a first read of the story "Three Skeleton Key" and used an interactive copy to begin responding to the items in the sidebars.
 
Thursday: We did a writing activity with Pobble 365 today. Students continued to use an interactive copy of the story "Three Skeleton Key" during class. We will be using this in class tomorrow. All classes will complete this as homework if they do not finish it.
 
Friday: We completed Word Build lesson 2 and 3. We also did Quizlet Live with Mrs. Witter's class. I added a new Quizlet to Google Classroom to study for comprehension.
 
 
 
 
Week of September 16th-20th:
 
Monday: Fiction: "After Twenty Years" QUIZ
 
Tuesday: Students began the lesson about constructing their composition book for ELA class. We will continue this project for a couple of days. Students need to bring their composition books to class.
 
Wednesday: Students started their construction of Interactive Notebooks.
 
Thursday: We formed Cooperative Learning Groups today. Groups selected roles and we reviewed the expectations for R.E.A.D. groups. Students also continued their construction of Interactive Notebooks. Tomorrow: Periods 3,4,and 6 will resubmit CommonLit to Mrs. Wiseheart
 
Friday: We joined Mrs. Witter's class to sign up for WordBuildonline.com. We also viewed a short video about this program. We will be using this program all year. Students are still working on Interactive Notebooks (composition books). We will have a little time on Monday to continue this.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of September 9th-13th:
 
Monday: Fiction: "After Twenty Years" Students participated in a whole group learning experience for the story.
 
Tuesday: Fiction: "After Twenty Years" Students completed Comprehension questions and did a vocabulary activity. This is due tomorrow at the beginning of class.
 
Wednesday: Fiction: "After Twenty Years" We evaluated the work the students completed yesterday. Students have an assignment for our story on CommonLit. This assignment is due on Friday, September 13th. 
QUIZ "After Twenty Years" on April 16th. 9 Weeks Exam on October 8th.
 
Thursday: Fiction: "After Twenty Years" Today we studied Point of View and Conflict.
 
Friday: Fiction: "After Twenty Years" We created and performed a Point of View play today. Don't forget: QUIZ "After Twenty Years" on April 16th. 9 Weeks Exam on October 8th.
 
 
Week of September 3rd-6th:
Monday: Holiday
 
Tuesday: We had a whole group meeting to review a PowerPoint about the author of our story, O. Henry. Students completed a first read of the story, "After Twenty Years" p. 356 and studied Vocabulary words independently on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/225130958/7th-grade-after-twenty-years-vocabulary-flash-cards/
 
Wednesday and Thursday: iReady ELA testing. As students finish, they may practice/learn Vocabulary on Quizlet. https://quizlet.com/225130958/7th-grade-after-twenty-years-vocabulary-flash-cards/
 
Friday: We went to Mrs. Witter's class to update our Chromebooks. We reviewed the Quiz on Lemon Brown, and started a Bell Ringer for next week.
 
 
 
 
 
Week of August 26th- August 30th:
 
Monday: Today we turned in the work from Friday. *Strikes will start tomorrow for incomplete work! 
We set up Pobble 365 on our Chrome books. We studied our Lemon Brown vocabulary words and Elements of Short Stories Power Point. We will have a quiz this week over the story and all the resources. Wednesday!  Be sure to Study!
 
Tuesday: Students work in groups to study for their Quiz tomorrow. The quiz will include:
  • Story Content: 5 Multiple Choice questions
  • Identify Figure of Speech: 5 questions
  • Elaborate (written answers) 5 questions
  • Vocabulary 10 questions Students will bring home the Lemon Brown story, notes, and Power Point presentations to study.The code word for today is: STUDY
 
Wednesday: Students took the Treasure of Lemon Brown quiz.
 
Thursday: Students used the computer program StoryBoardThat to create a story board for "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" short story. The students will select the five scenes from the story that they find to be the most important. They will create a story board that has a title, captions, and each scene will have complete sentences at the bottom that describe the scene. Students will turn in their planning index card with the accurate descriptions of the scenes. We will use these cards when we are grading. We will work on these tomorrow and they are due next Tuesday.
Don't forget the dance from 3:30-5:00 today and football game tonight at 7:00 PM.
 
Friday:  Continue Thursday's assignment. This is DUE ON TUESDAY, September 3rd. STUDENTS NEED COMPOSITION BOOKS, and  EARBUDS next week. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week of: August 19th-23rd:
 
Monday: Today we started the story, "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" Fiction. We reviewed a PowerPoint for Short Story Elements, watched an About the Author/short video, and we started our first read (individually) of the story. 
 
Tuesday: Today we viewed a PowerPoint on vocabulary for our story. We also completed a listening lesson for this story and had a class discussion. Some classes completed Day 2 of Doodle Vocabulary. FRIDAY is PICTURE DAY!!!!
 
Wednesday: Students worked in a whole group to begin annotating the story. We noted figurative language and discussed the story. We will complete this tomorrow. 
 
Thursday: Students worked in a whole group to complete annotating the story. We noted figurative language and discussed the story in great detail!
 
Friday: We completed a whole group lesson on THEME today. Students were given a copy the Theme PowerPoint, a Themes List, and a copy text-dependent questions. Use complete sentences for your answers!
The writing should be neat and easy to read. Please complete the text-dependent questions. I completed four of the questions as example. Students will complete the other five questions independently.
NEXT Week we will have a quiz for this story!
 
 
Week of: August 12th-16th:
What a wonderful first full week we've had! We have completed:
1) Goals for the Year Activity
2) Multiple Intelligences Survey
3) All About Me Writing Assignment
4) Created our Classroom Binders
5) Practiced a play in Success
6) Reviewed Classroom Procedures
7) Had OPEN HOUSE for parents