Welcome to 7th Grade English, Class of 2018-2019 Sevies!!!

Hello new students and parents!

This is the first post of the soon-to-be-awesome 2018-2019 school year. For those of you who love to be prepared, and want to know what to expect when you arrive bright and early Tuesday morning, here’s the lowdown:

The disclosure and syllabus will be available online through Google Classroom on Tuesday. Your student will be able to access it, you can all read it and fill out the Google Form attached. Your student will receive 10 points of credit on their grade if the disclosure is turned in by Friday. We won’t be sending paper copies home with students this year. (Of course we will have some available for students who request them.)

You will also need to bring a 1″ binder with 5 dividers and some notebook paper to class sometime before Friday. These notebooks will stay in the room, so you don’t have to worry about hauling them around. Follow the link  for all the details you’ll need to assemble your notebook properly. You’ll need to have your notebook assembled and in working order by Friday 8/24–it is worth 25 points at that time.

Lastly, for parents…we have a classroom set of chrome books, and will be using  Google Classroom a great deal this year. Much of your student’s work will be posted, turned in, and graded there. You will need to have them sign in and show you the classroom if you want to see upcoming assignments and past work. If you don’t have internet access at home, it will not be a problem. There is a place on the disclosure form for you to let me know about that and we will be happy to accommodate! I will also keep updating this blog with links to assignments and materials, due dates, etc. Please always feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns, or to set up a meeting.

I’m so excited to meet all my new, beautiful and brilliant “sevies” and get started on another fabulous school year…see you Tuesday!

Mrs. Wallwork

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Don’t Forget the BOOK REPORT! (Oct 30)

We have had a wonderful couple of weeks, reading short stories, learning about Elements of Narrative and Figurative language. We read “Thank You Ma’am” by Langston Hughes and used it to study characterization and making inferences.  We completed an assignment analyzing the main characters using textual evidence to back up our claims. The students did a great job, and we had some wonderful in class discussions. I LOVE that story!

We read “Duffy’s Jacket” by Bruce Colville and did a collaborative activity where students worked in groups to complete a character, setting, or plot analysis. They worked so well together and came up with some very well thought out analyses. They will be presenting their work tomorrow in class.  Also tomorrow (Wednesday) we’ll be having a Figurative Language and Narrative Elements Quiz. It will be open note, so we’ll find out if they’ve been taking good, legible notes in class. As always, if they bomb, they will be able to study and re-take it. They just need to make arrangements.

Coming up, we have the Book Report due on October 30th and the 1st Quarter Vocabulary Words due October 23.

Next week, we will be reading Poe’s Tell Tale Heart and The Landlady by Roald Dahl…both very fun, very creepy, very Halloweeny short stories. It will be a frighteningly wonderful week!

Happy Fall Break, coming up! Be sure to be reading!!!

Parents: Please have your students open their Google Classroom for you if you want to know what they’re working on or need to help them with an assignment. Thanks!

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Upcoming Assignments and Dates to Watch

Next week will be the last week of our Identity Unit! Google Classroom assignments we are finishing up are “Seventh Grade Victor Character Analysis”, and “My Bio-Poem”. For next week, we have the personal narrative, “My Story of Self” which is due Friday, Oct 6.

The group summary project went well–I was so proud of all your good thinking excellent writing, and fabulous collaborating. Those grades will be going in first of next week.

Google Classroom assignments coming due are: 25 Vocabulary Words with Definitions, due Oct 23 and the Book Report due October 30.  All of these assignments are currently on Google Classroom and you can access all the instructions and materials there.

End of Quarter is October 26, so be sure to keep that in mind!  This year is flying by already….Where did September go???!

Parents: Please have your students open their Google Classroom for you if you want to know what they’re working on or need to help them with an assignment. Thanks!

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Coming up, Week 4

Wow…how the weeks fly by!  This week, we will continue working on  annotating, finding main ideas and drawing inferences from our reading.

We will continue our exploration of self-identity. We will be reading and discussing texts that help us answer the essential questions:  What are the various factors that shape identity? In what ways is our identity defined by others? How is our sense of identity influenced by our past experiences?

We will finish reading “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto. We will also read a non-fiction piece by  Bryan Thompson titled “The Story of Self” and an excerpt from “I Am Malala” by Nobel Prize recipient, Malala Yousafszi. (I would like to include links here, but for some reason, WordPress is not allowing that right now…will check back after the weekend. Just checked–it’s still glitching. All the links will be on Google Classroom!

We will also be working on our writing component, a self identity piece–reflection or poem…there will be a couple of formats to choose from. (This may go into the following week.)

For language, we will be working on nouns, pronouns and adjectives.

 

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Coming up, Week 3

This week we will be working on annotating, finding main ideas and drawing inferences from our reading.

We will also be examining the concept of self-identity. We will be reading and discussing texts that help us answer the essential questions:  What are the various factors that shape identity? In what ways is our identity defined by others? 

We will be reading a couple of informative texts as well as “Seventh Grade” by Gary Soto (text here). Seventh Grade, Gary Soto. One article we will be reading is: Helping Teens Answer the Question “Who Am I?”.  We will be using this form (on Google Classroom) to analyze this article. Article Analysis Template

We will be writing a self identity piece–reflection or poem…there will be a couple of formats to choose from. (This may go into the following week.)

For language, we will be working on identifying the 6 types of nouns and adjectives.

Assignments that will be graded:

Due Tues. Sept 5: Annotated Article (will do in class)

Due Wed. Sept 6: Article Analysis in Google Classroom (will work on in class.)

Wed. Sept. 6: Parts of Speech Quiz on Google Classroom (this will be taken in class.)

Fri. Sept. 8:  6 Types of Noun Quiz. In class.

 

 

 

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For Parents, about Grades.

I just want to let you know that this first couple of weeks your student will be learning the invaluable academic skill  of INDEPENDENTLY staying on task in class, watching due dates, turning things in when they are due, and reading directions carefully. It’s the most crucial time for them, and really, the grades they get during this first 3-4 weeks reflect not so much their academic ability, as the progress they are making toward becoming independent, capable students. PLEASE DO NOT PANIC, if they get a bad score, and their grade drops…this will help them get it right next time, and know that everything going on in class is geared to positively progressing toward that goal. Also, potential scores on early assignments are low (maximum 25) so that later on, assignments with higher potential scores that they do well on, will pull their grades up dramatically.  I expect all my students to have A’s and B’s by the end of the quarter. They are all brilliant, as you know!

Thanks for sharing your students with me and thank you for your patience. We are working hard to make sure your students understand expectations, believe that they can be completely and independently successful in this class as well as every other single thing they put their minds to achieve!

Mrs. Wallwork

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Welcome to Week 2! Upcoming Assignments.

Hi students….due this week are:

Tues, Aug 29: What’s Wrong with Mrs. Wallwork on Google Classroom. 25 pts.

Tues., Aug 29: Room Orientation Quiz on Google Classroom. 25 pts.

 

We’ll be making sure you have time to complete these in class!

Mrs. Wallwork

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Upcoming Due Dates!

Just a quick review of upcoming assignment due dates, for parents who like to keep an eye on things: (all details and links to assignments, instructions, materials, rubrics, etc. are available at Google Classroom )

Sage Testing (Writing) April 17-19

Argumentative Essay due:  Friday, April 21

Mid Term Grades Due: April 25th  (All work must be in by the 24th to be included in Mid-Term Grade)

4th Quarter Book Report due: Friday, May 12 Book Report Instructions 4th Quarter   This assignment is in Google Classroom. Please go there to submit your work.

 

 

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Google classroom Up and Running!

For those of you who are wondering why you haven’t been seeing the links to our argumentative essay assignments posted here, we are now using our Google Classroom for all those links and submissions. It is completely self contained, and as you know, we review every assignment in class and work on them in the Classroom every day with our new Chrome Books, so there is no need to post them here…it would probably be more confusing, if anything… SO head on over to Google Classroom for all the latest assignments, instructions, materials, links, rubrics, and also to submit work and check your grades.

PARENTS: You can access google classroom by having your student sign in and show you…everything is there!

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Clarification on Youtube Playlist Assignment

Hi!

This is for students and parents who may be concerned about an assignment we are working on that involves using youtube to create a playlist for parts of speech.  Here are some things that may help you understand that the assignment does not endanger you (or your student) in any way–we would never do that!!!

  1. The students will only be accessing youtube at school–where all the content is strictly filtered.
  2. The account the students will use to compile their playlist will be private at every level. No one else (even me) will have access to view their playlists unless the students grant access by inviting an individual to view it.
  3. The students will NOT be posting anything on youtube EVER.
  4. The assignment will not count on their grade, so if you as a family do not want your student participating, it will not count against them.

Hope that answers any questions you have. The playlists are just a really great way to organize and save instructional and informational videos on topics you are studying. I will be showing them how to embed videos into essays and book reports too, which is something they will be able to use for the rest of their educational careers.

Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!

Mrs. Wallwork

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