*A DAILY LOG OF WHAT WENT ON (AND WHAT WAS ASSIGNED) IN THE ENGLISH 7 AND ADVANCED READING CLASSES:
(Missed worksheets are available in the classroom or under “Make-Up Assignment Archive” on this blog, and textbooks are available for check-out, if necessary, for missed textbook assignments.)
English 7: We received and discussed the class disclosure statements. They are to be returned SIGNED by Friday for 20 points! We also introduced ourselves to the class.
Adv. Reading: We received and discussed the class disclosure statements. They are to be returned SIGNED by Friday for 20 points! We also introduced ourselves to the class.
Creative Writing: We received and discussed the class disclosure statements. They are to be returned SIGNED by Friday for 20 points! We also introduced ourselves to the class.
English 7: We looked at the Reader Response Form on the blog and discussed all that was asked on it, and we went through the due date (Oct . 19) and the procedure for turning that in for 100 points. (And we learned that we could do a second Reader Response form for extra credit, if we wanted to.) Then we discussed how we each improved in our writing last year in school. We discussed what it was that made writing good. We looked at a couple of examples of student writing and identified what was strong or weak in each. Then we learned about the 6 Traits of Good Writing and received a handout detailing the 6 Traits.
Adv. Reading: We looked at the Qtr. 1 Reader Response form online and went through all of it so everyone knew how to fill it out this quarter. Three books must be read and three forms filled out by Oct. 19, for 100 points, each. Then we started a Response Journal for the new novel that we are going to be reading, Airborn, and we did the first entry in the journal: What do you know about pirates?
Creative Writing: We wrote an Auto-Bio Poem that “introduced” us to the class, and we cut it out and glued it on colored paper to be displayed in the room. Some of us shared out poem with the class for extra credit. Mrs. Wood also talked to us about editing and revising (which is what REAL writers always do), and she told us about visiting the Anne Frank house this summer and seeing Anne’s diary and journal pages, which happened to be full of Anne’s crossed-out lines and re-written, REVISED lines. She was a born writer!
English 7: Review the 6 Traits of Good Writing, and look at 5 pieces of student writing and discusshow they are effective or ineffective and in which of the 6 Traits they are strong or weak.
Adv. Reading: Discuss Friday and Monday Daily Reading Points. (Bring a book tomorrow and Monday!) Students are each issued a copy of the novel Airborn. Begin reading it together; students are instructed to be up to Ch. 6 by Sept. 7.
Creative Writing: Discuss ADJECTIVES– the building block of writing! Talk about how one adjective– one word– is powerful and communicate so much. Choose an adjective that describes a significant part of your personality, and use it to write an “Explain Yourself” Poem. (Explain tomorrow’s Writer’s Choice Day.)
English 7: District CIPA (internet safety) Training.
Adv. Reading: Daily Reading Points (DRP), and fire drill.
Creative Writing: District CIPA (internet safety) training.
English 7: Today we looked at the blog and discussed the Daily Assignment Tracker and the Make-Up Assignment archive, which we can use to find out what we missed in class when we are absent. Then we discussed capitalization and reviewed the concept, and we did the classroom textbook Exercise #1 on p. 766 on capitalization and handed it in.
Adv. Reading: DRP! (And we discussed tomorrow’s computer lab assignment to look up and review and rate 5 authors’ websites.)
Creative Writing: We discussed the benefits of writing prompts and journal writing, and we did Journal Writing Prompt #1.
English 7: We filled out a Personal Questionnaire packet about ourselves today.
Adv. Reading: We went to the computer lab to review 5 authors’ websites, and we completed the Author-Websites Scorecard handout on them.
Creative Writing: We had a Writer’s Choice Day (WCD) today!
English 7: Going to the library to check out books and to hear from Mrs. Hall, the librarian, about the school’s library procedures.
Adv. Reading: Going to the library to check out books.