(Missed worksheets are available in the classroom, and textbooks are available for check-out for missed textbook assignments.)

1st Quarter

Aug. 20

English 7:  Today we got disclosure statements and went through the rules and expectations of the class, and we introduced ourselves to the class. Disclosure statements are to be taken home, read and signed, and returned by Friday to Mrs. Wood.

Aug. 21

English 7:  Today we became familiar with Mrs. Wood’s blog and the “Daily Assignment Tracker.”  We also discussed the Qtr. 1 Independent Reading requirements and went over the Qtr. 1 Reader Response form (due Oct. 15) available on Mrs. Wood’s blog.

Aug. 22

English 7:  We went to the library today to hear Mrs. Hall, the librarian, give us a library orientation, and we were also able to check out a book.

Aug 25

English 7:  Today we reviewed the grammar concept of capitalization, and we did Exercise 1 on p. 766 in the classroom textbook.

Aug. 26

English 7:  We corrected yesterday’s Exercise 1 and handed it in. Then we completed a Personal Questionnaire Packet, answering questions all about ourselves, and handed it in.

Aug. 27

English 7:  Today we talked about the 6 Traits of Good Writing. We discussed all the characteristics that make writing strong or weak, and we looked at some examples of writing, evaluating them for strengths and weaknesses.

Aug. 28

English 7:  We filled out an evaluation form as we evaluated several more pieces of writing for strengths and weaknesses in the 6 Traits of Good Writing.

Aug. 29

English 7:  Today we completed the Lesson 1 Vocabualry/Editing/Writing Prompt worksheet. We corrected it in class and handed it in.

Sept. 2

English 7:  Today we started the novel A Wrinkle in Time. We read the first chapter, and we got the study guide to go along with the novel.

Sept. 3

English 7:  Today we got assigned to write a paper about an experience we’ve had involving fear. (See the current blog post.) The rough draft of this paper is due in class on Sept. 11.

Sept. 4

English 7:  We read a story from the textbook called “The Smallest Dragonboy” and answered some questions about it.

Sept. 5

English 7:  We did the Lesson #2 Vocabulary/Editing/Writing Prompt worksheet.

Sept. 8

English 7:  Today we discussed more about capitalization, and we did Exercise 2, p. 779 in the classroom textbook.

Sept. 9

English 7: Today corrected Exercise 2 from yesterday and handed it in, we read Ch. 2 of A Wrinkle in Time, and we answered the question in our study guides,  How would you be considered a “sport” in your family?

Sept. 1o

English 7:  We read the 3rd chapter of A Wrinkle in Time. and everyone was reminded to bring their “Fear” Paper rough drafts tomorrow for the Peer Review activity.

Sept. 11

English 7:  Today we read and reviewed the “Fear” Paper rough drafts of 6 other students, evaluating them for the “6 Traits of Good Writing” and giving comments and suggestions, in our class Peer-Review activity.

Sept. 12

English 7:  We finished our Peer Review activity. Then we read all of the suggestions for improvements from our peers on our own rough drafts. We discussed the “Writing Process” and how our peer-reviewing fits into that, along with the revising of our rough drafts that we are each now going to do this weekend, so that we can bring back our IMPROVED rough drafts on Monday to begin typing our final copy of the paper. We also talked about the MLA writing formatting that we will be using to type the final copy and looked at an example on Mrs. Wood’s blog.  And we read the story “Girls” by Gary Paulsen, discussing the author’s techniques for using VOICE in personal narrative writing.

Sept. 15

English7:  Today we went to the computer lab to begin typing the final copy of our “Fear” Paper. Mrs. Nielsen, the Lab computer technician, first made sure that we all had signed our AUPs for computer usage, and then she showed us how to set up the required MLA tying format to type our papers. She also showed us how to SAVE what we’d typed to our student accounts, at the end of class. Tomorrow we will pick it up where we left off and continue typing.

Sept. 16

English 7:  We went to the computer lab to continue typing our papers, and Mrs. Nielsen explained how to retrieve, spellcheck, and print our documents, and also how to access the school website, the teacher blogs, our grades on the Portal, and our student email accounts.  We will finish typing our papers in the lab tomorrow; an extra credit lab assignment is available for those finishing early.

Sept. 17

English 7:  We went to the lab to finish typing our “Fear” Papers and hand them in.

Sept. 18

English 7:  We were reminded that everyone’s Qtr. 1 Reader-Response form is due in less than a month! We also reviewed Ch. 3 of A Wrinkle in Time. We filled out more questions in the study guide, and then we read Ch. 4.

Sept. 19

English 7:  Lesson 3 Vocab./Editing/ Writing Prompt worksheet.

Sept. 22

English 7:  We read Ch. 5 of A Wrinkle in Time.

Sept. 23

English 7:  We read Ch. 6 of A Wrinkle in Time.

Sept. 24

English 7:  Today we discussed reading strategies used in informational reading, and we did the Sample Lesson of the “Aliens” Critical Reading Series.

Sept. 25

English 7:  We did Lesson #1  from the “Aliens” Critical Reading Series.

Sept. 26

English 7:  We looked at a powerpoint about some of the mistakes many of us are making with conventions, etc., in our writing. Then we did the Lesson #5 Vocab./Editing/ Writing Prompt worksheet, which included a “pre-test” (in the writing prompt) on argument writing, using claims and evidences, and also a mini-lesson on commas.

Sept. 29

English 7:  We discussed using commas, and we did Exercise 3, #9 & #10 and Exercise 4, #1- #10 on p. 776-777 in the textbook.

Sept. 30

English 7:  We read Ch. 7 of A Wrinkle in Time.

Oct. 1

English 7:  We did the “postcard from Father” in the study guide, and we read Ch. 8 of A Wrinkle in Time.

Oct. 2

English 7:  We read Ch. 9 of A Wrinkle in Time.

Oct. 3

English 7:  We looked at the school website and located the instructions for checking out e-books and also the instructions for the Governor’s “Do the Write Thing” Essay Contest on the English Dept. webpage, and we also looked at the current post on Mrs. Wood’s blog reminding everyone about the Reader Response form due date (Oct. 15) and that all Qtr. 1 make-up work is due by Oct. 15. Then we did the Lesson #6 Vocabulary/Editing/Writing Prompt worksheet.

Oct. 6

English 7:  We discussed commas again, especially commas in direct quotations, and we did Exercise 5 on p. 779 in the textbook.

Oct. 7

English 7:  We read chapters 10 and 11 of A Wrinkle in Time.

Oct. 8

English 7:  (Late Start Day) We discussed theme and how authors plant and use themes in their writing, and we looked at an overhead of examples of literary themes.  Then we did both the front and back pages of our study guides for A Wrinkle in Time.  We were also reminded that our Qtr. 1 Reader Response form, as well as ALL Qtr. 1 make-up work, is due in one week!

Oct. 9

English 7:  Finished reading A Wrinkle in Time, and filled out “Lessons Meg Learns” in the study guide.

Oct. 10

English 7:  Finished and handed in study guide and took test on  A Wrinkle in Time. Handed in both the test and the study guide. We also looked at an overhead poster (on Mrs. Wood’s blog) of all of the books in the Wrinkle in Time series, and Mrs. Wood gave another book talk on the book When You Reach Me, which also features the book A Wrinkle in Time in the story. We also were reminded that our Reader Response forms were due next Wednesday, as well as any late work.

Oct. 13

English 7:  We discussed end marks, and we did the review Exercise #7 on commas and end marks, on p. 779-780 in the textbook. We also talked about the author Holly Goldberg Sloan (who will be skyping with some of our students in Nov. for Titan Time) and some of her books.

Oct. 14

English 7:  Today we discussed how authors create suspense and foreshadowing in their writing, and we read the story “Three Skeleton Key” for our literature anthology textbook. Qtr. 1 Reader Response forms and all Qtr. 1 late work is due TOMORROW!!!

Oct. 15

English 7:  We discussed the school’s REFLECTIONS contest (information on the English Dept. webpage) and that Mrs. Wood offers extra credit for 2nd Qtr. for REFLECTIONS entries in the Literature category (entries due Oct. 31). Then we did the Vocabulary/ Editing/ Writing Prompt Lesson #8.  All Qtr. 1 Reader Response forms handed in!

Oct. 20

English 7:  We did Lesson #17 in the “Aliens” Critical Reading Series set.

Oct. 21

English 7:  We discussed the Independent Reading requirements and due date (Dec. 22) for 2nd Qtr., and we looked at and went through the Qtr. 2 Reader Response form, available on Mrs. Wood’s blog. We also looked at her current blog post about “Favorite Spooky Novels.” Then we discussed foreshadowing and suspense in writing, and we read the story “Duffy’s Jacket” in our textbook and answered questions about it.

Oct. 22

English 7:  Late Start Day– First we switched some of this quarter’s work around in our two classroom folders. Then we talked more about suspense in writing and learned about one of our country’s first fiction writers, Washington Irving, and a suspense story he wrote called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” We read some passages from it, discussed looking for context clues when reading challenging text, and we talked about making inferences while reading and how the ending of the story requires readers to make inferences about what happens to the story’s main character, Icabod Crane.

Oct. 23

English 7:  Watching an animated version of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”