*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 new seating charts and got assigned new class jobs. New job-holders were given a few minutes to pass out folders and such. We were also reminded about the due date (Dec. 22) for the Qtr. 2 Reader Response form, along with the due date for the REFLECTIONS contest “Literature” entries (Oct. 31) for those wanting 50 pts. extra credit in English. Then we discussed colons and semicolons, and we did Exercise 8 on p. 781 in the classroom textbook.
English 7: We corrected and handed in Exercise 8 from yesterday. Then we discussed creation myths and their characteristics, and we read a couple examples from Greek mythology, “Prometheus” and “Echo and Narcissus,’” and a couple examples from Native American mythology, “Raven and the Coming of Daylight” and “Strawberries,” from our classroom textbooks.
English 7: Today we got the big 2nd Quarter writing assignment, which is to write an original fictional story (see the current blog post for specific details). The peer review due date for the rough draft is Nov. 6 (50 pts.).
English 7: Since the paper we were assigned yesterday includes the requirement of some dialogue, today we discussed writing dialogue and using quotation marks, etc., correctly, and we did Exercises 13 and 14 on p. 785 in the classroom textbook.
English 7: Correcting Exercises 13 and 14 and handing them in, looking at the blog post about the Fictional Story assignment (along with the Sept. 2 post on the “Fear” Paper example paper which includes great examples of dialogue passages), and completing the Lesson 9 Vocabulary / Editing/ Writing Prompt worksheet.
English 7: We discussed using tense correctly in writing and not jumping back and forth between past and present tense in the fictional stories that we are writing. Then we discussed apostrophes and did Exercise 10 on p. 783 in the classroom textbook.
English 7: Today we started the novel Far North in class. We read the first three chapters together.
English 7: We made the Reading Response Journal study-guide for Far North, and we wrote Response #1 (What do you know about Canada?) in it. Then we read Ch. 4 and 5.
English 7: Peer Review Activity using our rough drafts of our Fictional Stories. Students now have until next Thursday to make any revisions or improvements to their stories, based on their peers’ suggestions. Thursday and Friday next week we will be typing the final copy of our stories.
English 7: Vocabulary/ Editing/ Writing Prompt Lesson #10 worksheet.
English 7: We read Ch. 6 and 7 of Far North and wrote Response # 2 (Explain what 5 items would you want to have with you if you ever found yourself in the same situation that Gabe and Raymond find themselves in at the end of Ch. 7) in our study guides.
English 7: We read Ch. 8 of Far North and wrote Response #3 (Write about the coldest you’ve ever been) in our study guides.
English 7: Late-Start Day– We reviewed the last 3 chapters of Far North and finished up the last two responses in our study guides. Some of us shared what we’d written with the class. We were all reminded to bring our rough drafts tomorrow so that we can typed the final copy in the lab.
English 7: We went to the computer lab to type and hand in the final copy of our fictional stories (100 points).
English 7: Finish typing our story. Extra credit (typing a personal letter) available to those finishing early.
English 7: We discussed punctuating titles, and we did the Review Exercise #17 (on commas, end marks, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, quotation marks, and punctuating titles) on p. 787 in the textbook. Students were also reminded to get their independent-reading done and fill out and turn in the Reader Response form (due Dec. 22).
English 7: We corrected and handed in yesterday’s Exercise 17. We discussed using hyphens correctly. Then we read Ch. 9 & 10 of Far North.
English 7: We discussed haikus and read a few examples of some haikus. Then we wrote 3 winter haikus in our Far North study guides, and those students wanting extra credit got up and shared theirs with the class. Students that needed to also were took time to finish reading Ch. 10 of Far North.
English 7: We read Ch, 11 of Far North and did Response #4 in our study guides– Write a paragraph about a time when YOU made the wrong decision.
English 7: We did the Lesson #11 of the “Rescued” Critical Reading Series set. (Incentive Activity: periods 2-4).
English 7: We were reminded that our Qtr. 2 Reader Response forms were due in less than a month, now (Dec. 22). We discussed subjects and predicates, and we did Exercise 1 on p. 713 in our classroom textbooks. Mrs. Wood also did a “book-talk” for us on Funeral for a Teacher, by Richard Peck.
English 7: We did some decorative stamping and coloring on our Far North study guides, and we read Ch. 12 of the novel.