DAILY CLASS-ASSIGNMENT TRACKER!

*A DAILY LOG OF WHAT WENT ON (AND WHAT WAS ASSIGNED) IN THE ENGLISH 7 CREATIVE WRITING, AND ADVANCED READING CLASSES:

(Missed worksheets are available in the classroom, on google classroom, or under “Make-Up Assignment Archive” on this blog, and textbooks are available for check-out, if necessary,  for missed textbook assignments.)

4th Quarter

(Mar. 9, 12, 13, 14, 15)

English 7:  Start a new novel, Okay for Now. Read to p. 21. Get the study guide for the book and read in it about John James Audubon.

English 7:  Discuss John James Audubon. Read up to p. 45 in Okay for Now.

English 7: Read up to p. 69 in Okay for Now.

English 7: Write in the study guide about how Doug connects or relates to the paintings of the Red-Throated Divers and of the Arctic Tern, and read up to p. 92 in Okay for Now.

English 7: Read in Okay for Now up to p. 120, and write about how Doug relates to the picture of the Puffins.

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Mar. 19

English 7:   Go to the library to hear a presentation from author Scott Savage! Remember that your Qtr. 4 Reader Response Form is due May 18 for 100 points!

Adv. Reading:  DRP!  (Reminder on the Qtr. 4 Reader Response Forms (100 points each) — 3 are due by May 18!  The Genres Passport (70 points) is due by May 10!  And your Book-of-Choice novel must be read by April 10! )  

Creative Writing:  Journal Writing Prompt #9.

Mar. 20

English 7:  Using complete sentences, write one thing that Scott Savage said yesterday in his presentation that you found memorable or interesting or surprising or just a piece of good advice, and hand that in.   Then, review all that we read about last in Okay For Now. Read “Art and Methods” in the study guide and discuss. Read / discuss about the novel Jane Eyre (in the study guide) that Doug has to read in his English class. Then begin reading from p. 120, and fill in section A in the study guide as we read.

Adv. Reading:  Read p. 90-188in I Am the Cheese, and do Response #5 in our response journals.

Creative Writing:  Discuss writing effective Literary Essays. Read examples (“The Sting of Lying,” “That’s Cheez with a Z,” and “Finding My Family.” Then read 4 more essays from a class handout. Then do some brainstorming for writing our own literary essays. Write 2 literary essays to be ready for Peer Review next Tuesday.

Mar. 21

English 7:  Continue reading in Okay For Now up to p. 146 and filling in Section A of our study guides. Also answer questions C., D., and F. in the study guide, and write about how Doug relates to the picture of the Black-Backed Gull.

Adv. Reading:  DRP (Because our 8th graders are all in the Reality Town activity today).

Creative Writing:  Working on literary essays.

Mar. 22

English 7:  Read in Okay for Now up to p. 177, and answer question E. in the study guide.

Adv. Reading: Read up to p. 136 in I Am the Cheese, and do Response #6.

Creative Writing: Working on/ finishing literary essays.

Mar. 23

English 7:  7th grade Life Skills Conference  and/or  Free reading day.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

Creative Writing: WCD! (Finish up literary essays?)

Mar. 26

English 7: Discuss Benchmark argument essays results. Discuss explanatory essays. Read the article “The Great Bird Poop Disaster, ” and write an Explanatory Essay about how bird poop can actually be a big problem for humans.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

Creative Writing:  Journal Writing-Prompt #10.

Mar. 27

English 7:  Finish and hand in “The Great Bird Poop Disaster” explanatory essay.

Adv. Reading:  Read up to p. 168 in I Am the Cheese, and do Response #7.

Creative Writing:  Peer Review of Literary Essays. Then make revisions, print, and hand in our 2 Literary Essays.

Mar. 28

English 7:  Read up to p. 202 in Okay for Now, and write about how Doug connects to the pictures of the Yellow Shank and the Snowy Heron in our study guides. Discuss the book’s central theme of maintaining a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook through life’s up’s and down’s (being “okay for now”) and Doug’s gradual growth in this area.

Adv. Reading:  Finish I Am the Cheese.

Creative Writing:  Discuss the importance of setting in writing, and what details make effective settings. Read some examples, from Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, “Lake Powell” by Bailey Love, and discuss the setting details. The students read “All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury, and list effective lines from the story that detail the setting, commenting on what works in each line. Students then assigned to create a setting for an imaginary world tonight to write about in great setting-detail tomorrow.

Mar. 29

English 7:  Vocabulary / Editing/Writing Prompt Lesson #19.

Adv. Reading: Write Response #8 for I Am the Cheese, discuss the ending of the novel, and hand in our Response Journals. Remember that your Book-of-Choice novel must be finished and brought back by April 10!

Creative Writing:  Write up our detailed description of the setting of the imaginary world we came up with. Hand it in.

********************HAPPY SRPING BREAK!!!!*****************

April 9

English 7:  Discuss the Qtr. 4 Book Talk assignment ( May 14 and 15).  Hear example book talks from Mrs. Wood.  Do Lesson #100 of the Rescued Critical Reading Series.

Adv. Reading: DRP!  Remember that your Book-of-Choice novel must be read and returned to class tomorrow.

Creative Writing:  Journal Writing-Prompt #11.

April 10

English 7:  Read about the Vietnam War in the study guide. Then read up to p. 227 in Okay For Now.

Adv. Reading:  Book Forum! In small groups, discuss (and fill out a Book Forum questionnaire) the book you read for your Book-of-Choice novel. Turn in the form, and hand in the book.

Creative Writing:  Discuss the naming of literary characters and how authors often create names with memorable sounds or that allude to something about a character’s personality or physical description. Students come up with 15 such character names.

April 11

English 7:  Review what was last read in Okay for Now. Read up to p. 254, write about how Doug connects with the painting of the Fork-Tailed Petrels, and fill in more on Section A in the study guide.

Adv. Reading:  Discuss the mystery genre, and the sub-genre of the detective mystery. Get the Mysteries Brochure for taking notes in and the Language Translator Bookmark, and a copy of our new novel, Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie. Read the first chapter together. Now everyone is to be up to Part 2 by April 19.

Creative Writing: Discuss “fractured” fairy tales. Look at “The Paper Bag Princess” on overhead, along with some other published versions of fractured fairy tales. Brainstorm using a list of familiar fairy tales on overhead, and write an original fractured fairy tale of our own. Include a cover-illustration page (provided by Mrs. Wood), stapled on the front of our fairy tale. Fairy tale is due Friday.

April 12

English 7: Read in Okay for Now up to p. 278. Read and discuss the poem “Ozymandias” in the study guide, and write about who Doug relates the picture of the Brown Pelican to.

Adv. Reading:  Discuss writing an effective book review. Read two examples of book reviews and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Get the Book Review writing assignment (see handout for details). Start writing.  Book review rough drafts must be okayed by Mrs. Wood by next Tuesday, before they can be posted on Mrs. Wood’s blog.

Creative Writing:  Work on / finish Fractured Fairy Tale.

April 13

English 7:  Read in Okay for Now up. to p. 302. Answer question B. in the study guide.

Adv. Reading:  DRP! (Can work on Book Review.)

Creative Writing:  WCD! (Finish / turn in Fractured Fairy Tale?)

April 16

English 7: Review all of the components for essay-writing (argument and explanatory) for upcoming SAGE Writing Test. Take a Quiz on Essay-Writing.

Adv. Reading: DRP! (Work on Book Review?)

Creative Writing: Journal Writing-Prompt #12. (Next Monday you will have a Midterm Journal Check!)

April 17

English 7:  SAGE Writing Test!

Adv. Reading: Finish /edit/ share Book Review with Mrs. Wood.

Creative Writing:  Discuss the “My Future Novel” Project. Discuss creating “story plotlines,” go through an example story plotline for a novel version of Cinderella, and brainstorm for the rest of the period on our own story plotline for our “My Future Novel” Project.

April 18

English 7:  SAGE Writing Test!

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

Creative Writing:  Work on / hand in the “My Future Novel” Overall Plan, based on what we planned out on our story plotline yesterday.

April 19

English 7:  Finish SAGE Writing Test/ Free reading day!

Adv. Reading: Discuss Part 1 of Murder on the Orient Express. Look at power point about the Lindburg Baby Kidnapping. Now everyone is to be up to Ch. 9 in Part 2 by next Thursday.

Creative Writing:  Work on / hand in the Overall Plan for our “Future Novel” and create/ hand in a Table of Contents for our “Future Novel.”

April 20

English 7:  (SAGE Writing Test make-up?)   Vocabulary Lesson #21 worksheet.

Adv. Reading: DRP!

Creative Writing:  WCD! (Work on “My Future Novel” Overall Plan and/or Table of Contents?) Midterm Journal Check on Monday!

April 23

English 7:  Review Okay for Now. Write about how Doug relates to the picture of the Great Eskimaw Curlew in the study guide. Read from p. 302 to p. 324.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

Creative Writing:  Journal Writing Prompt #13, and a Midterm Journal Check (of #9-#13) for 50 points!

April 24

English 7:  Read in Okay for Now from p. 324 as far as you can get.

Adv. Reading: “Inflated English” activity-worksheet.

Creative Writing: Look at overhead about writing our Chapter 1 of the “My Future Novel” Project. spend the class working on our Ch. 1.

April 25

English 7:  View the whole Audubon-Birds powerpoint again. Finish Okay for Now. Discuss the ending. Answer the 3 questions on the back of the study guide, and hand it in.

Adv. Reading: DRP!

Creative Writing: Work on Ch. 1 of “My Future Novel” Project.

April 26

English 7: Discuss poetry. Read some examples. Get a Poetry Packet. Discuss the poet’s tools:  similes, metaphors, alliteration, and sensory language. Write the Descriptive Poem in the packet.

Adv. Reading:  Discuss the first 8 chapters of Part 2 in Murder on the Orient Express. Now everyone is to be up to Part 3 by next Wednesday.

Creative Writing: Work on/ hand in Ch. 1 of “My Future Novel” Project.

April 27

English 7:  Discuss narrative poetry. Read examples. Write the Narrative Poem in the Poetry Packet.

Adv. Reading:  DRP!

Creative Writing: WCD! (Work on Ch. 1 of the “My Future Novel” Project?)

 

April 30    ****(“A-B Scheduling” for the next 3 weeks!)****

English 7 (Periods 1, 4):  Complete and correct the English 7 Review Quiz. (The do Reading Practice Quiz 1?)

Adv. Reading:  Discuss the Qtr. 4 Book Talk assignment (due May 15 for 100 points). Then read for Daily Reading Points (DRP).

May 1

English 7 (Periods 5, 6):   Complete and correct the English 7 Review Quiz. (The do Reading Practice Quiz 1?)

Creative Writing:  Journal Writing-Prompt #14. Then discuss how to create the Book Jacket for the “My Future Novel” Project. Work on the book jacket.

May 2

English 7 (Periods 1, 4):

Adv. Reading:

May 3

English 7 (Periods 5, 6):

Creative Writing:

May 4

English 7 (Periods 1, 4):

Adv. Reading:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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