*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, and textbooks are available for check-out for missed textbook assignments.)
English 7: Today we got our new seating arrangements for the 3rd Qtr., we reviewed “well-constructed paragraphs,” and we wrote paragraphs answering 5 questions about themes in the movie How to Train Your Dragon.
English 7: We re-filed some of the work in our portfolio and working folders. We assigned new class jobs. We took the Qtr. 3 Walkaways Pre-Test. We discussed the 3rd Qtr. Reader-Response form (due March 7, available on the blog). We also discussed the 3rd Qtr. Chuckarama Reading Challenge, which is to read 1000 pages in the 3rd Qtr. to be invited to a free lunch at Chuckarama with the principal. We discussed our school English Fair and the various projects we could submit for extra credit this quarter (all projects are due Feb. 12). And we got a Poetry Packet and did the “Name Poem” in it.
English 7: We discussed rhyme and meter, looked at some examples of rhyming poems, and wrote the “Rhyming Poem” in our Poetry Packets.
English 7: We discussed poetic tools, such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, and sensory language. Then we wrote the “Descriptive Poem” in our Poetry Packets.
English 7: We read the narrative poems “Oranges” by Gary Soto and “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes. Then we wrote the “Narrative Poem” in our Poetry Packets, and we handed in the packets.
English 7: We reviewed identifying subjects and predicates, and we did Exercise 1 on page 713 in the classroom textbook.
English 7: We did Lesson #11 in the “Rescued” Critical Reading Series set.
English 7: We discussed the Middle Ages, and we read the first four chapters of the novel, Crispin, the Cross of Lead.
English 7: Lesson #15 Vocabulary worksheet.
English 7: Read the story “Bargain” in the textbook and answered questions about it.
English 7: Today we discussed reading and writing in the Middle Ages. We learned about illuminated manuscript, and we made our covers for our study guides for Crispin.
English 7: We continued drawing/ coloring our illuminated initial covers for study guides, and then we stapled on several pieces of lined paper. then we read some more chapters in Crispin, and we did the first two entries (section-summary paragraphs) in our study guides.
English 7: We read Ch. 9-14 in Crispin and did summary #3 in our study guides.
English 7: We read Ch. 14-19 in Crispin and did summary #4 in our study guides.
English 7: We reviewed action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs, and we did Exercise 2, p, 714 in the textbook.
English 7: We read Ch. 20-24 in Crispin and did Entry #5 in the study guide–( Is Bear a bad guy or a good guy? Use examples from the book to support your opinion.)
English 7: Today we read Ch. 25-29 of Crispin, and we did Summary #6 in our study guides.
English 7: Today we were assigned the Middle Ages Research Report (see details on the blog post). We discussed plagiarism, using VOICE in informational writing, how to cite sources and do a bibliography page, and how to use sub-titling in our research report. The rough draft of the report is due Feb. 21 for 50 points, and we will be typing the final copy on Feb. 24-26 for 100 points.
English 7: We read more in Crispin and did Summary #7.
English 7: We read Ch. 34-37 in Crispin, did some “close-reading” and made some inferences about who Crispin really is, and wrote our #8 entry in our study guides!
English 7: We read Ch. 38-41 and did Summary #9 in our study guides.
English 7: We read Ch. 42-47 of Crispin, and we wrote our Entry # 10 in our study guide about what Bear’s “business” is, using examples from the text to support our claim.
English 7: Today we used the ASUS tablets in class to do some online research for our Middle Ages research reports, and we talked more about how to cite our sources on the Bibliography page of our report.
English 7: Today we discussed using text evidence for support in writing well-constructed EXPLANATORY and ARGUMENT paragraphs, and we wrote one of each.
English 7: We went to the English Fair today, looked at all of the English Fair entries, and voted on our favorite posters, bookmark designs, and designs for the Titans Write literary magazine cover!
English 7: Our class went to the English Fair awards ceremony today! Congratulations to all the winners and to all of those who entered!
English 7: Free study-period today. Bring a book to read or homework to work on.
English 7: Today we had our Peer-Review Activity with our rough drafts of our Middle Ages Research Reports. Then we did wrote an Argument Paragraph on “The Deformed Frogs of Le Sueur County.”
English 7: We are typing the final copies our Middle Ages research reports in the computer lab.
English 7: We are typing the final copies of our Middle Ages research reports in the computer lab.
English 7: We are finishing typing and handing in our Middle Ages research reports (100 points) in the computer lab.
English 7: We reviewed the 3rd Qtr. Walkaways words. Then we read in Crispin from Ch. 47 to Ch. 54, and we wrote our summary #11 in our study guides.
English 7: We took the Qtr. 3 Walkaways test. Then we finished reading Crispin and wrote our Summary # 12 in our study guides. We also added an Entry # 13, and that was to write a paragraph about what Crispin GAINS and what he has to GIVE UP at the end of the book. Then we handed in our study guides (150 points).
English 7: Today we reviewed well-constructed paragraph-writing, and we looked at and evaluated some samples of student-written argument paragraphs. Then we looked at the SAGE testing website and went over some practice questions and sample passages, in preparation for our SAGE practice test this Friday.
English 7: We discussed the Argument Essay. We looked at an example and discussed the components of an effective argument essay. Then we each wrote an argument essay about whether athletes should charge for signing autographs.
English 7: We did Peer Reviews on our Argument Essays from yesterday. Then we did Lesson #12 from the “Monsters’ Critical Reading Series set, and we talked about the argument essay we will be writing tomorrow based on Lesson #4, “Bigfoot”– real or not?
English 7: We read the Lesson #4 “Bigfoot” article from the Monsters Critical Reading Series set. Then we wrote an Argument Essay, based on whether we thought Bigfoot was real or not.
English 7: ALL READER RESPONSE FORMS and any MAKE-UP WORK from 3rd Qtr. are DUE TODAY!!! We also turned in our Bigfoot Essays, and then we went to the computer lab to try out the practice SAGE tests.
English 7: Today we discussed the 4th Qtr. Reader Response form, located on the blog due May 9. Then we reviewed fragments and complete sentences and did Exercises 7 & 8 on p. 718 in the textbook.
English 7: Today we started the book Chew on This, which is an informational / argument book, written to be an expose’ on the fast-food industry. We read the first two chapters.