Saturday, September 28, 2013

Notes From Saturday: The Week Ahead

But first, a look back...
The last full week of September saw our class working through language arts exercises (here and here) on verb tense and apostrophes.
We ended the week with a writing assignment based on the independent reading that students have been doing (I wrote a model based on Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann).
Mrs. Kennedy came to class for book talks this week and shared some science fiction titles:
The Golden Hour, The Long Earth, Life We Knew It, Coraline, World Shaker, Flip, The Boxes, and Cinder.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Notes From Saturday: The Week Ahead

...But first, a look back.
We read an abridged version of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer this past week and we also continued independent reading.
This week we'll begin with some grammar, as we work through an activity called "The Lazy Editor". Among the things also on tap is a visit from Mrs. Kennedy for book talks. She's planning to share some science fiction titles.
I'm not sure if any of these are among the books she'll discuss, but here's a list of "9 Best Science Fiction Novels for Young Adults Besides Mockingjay". (I'll post a list of books that Mrs. Kennedy shares later this week).

Monday, September 16, 2013

Extra Credit: 9/16

Students can earn extra credit this week by answering questions about the video "Malala Returns to School" (Watch the video here by clicking "video" in the section on "Malala the Powerful" resources).
After watching the video, students will answer the "Video Discussion Questions" (you can print them or I will provide a copy in class).
For extra credit, students must answer the questions in complete sentences.
This extra credit assignment is due Thursday, 9/19.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Notes From Saturday: The Week Ahead

In ELA class this week, students will continue the group work that they started on Friday, which is working together to answer some close reading questions about the article "Malala the Powerful."
There will be an extra credit opportunity tied to a short video about Malala returning to school (which will be posted on this blog later).
We'll also look at identifying a text's central ideas and supporting details.
Book trailers have been popular with the students so far, and I'll share one for 3:15 Season One: Things That Go Bump In The Night by Patrick Carman.
Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Malala: A Crusader

We're tackling some narrative non-fiction this week in class, by reading together the article "Malala the Powerful", about a brave Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban.
The students have also begun their ongoing independent reading assignment. We spend some time reading independently in class each day, and several times each week students will be required to read at home.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Week 1 Summary

Last Friday we completed a lesson on the use of "then" vs. "than." Here's what "Grammar Girl" says about the topic.
The book buzz continued as well, and we viewed trailers for Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann and The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberger.
First up this week, we'll talk about how to choose "just right books" for independent reading.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

... and away we go!

Day 1 is in the books, and it was a great one.
I shared with the students some of the books in my TBR pile, and asked if they thought they could infer anything about me based on the books I plan to read: Boy Nobody and The Enemy.
Independent reading is a big part of what we do in seventh grade ELA. You can read about the benefits of independent reading (often called sustained silent reading) here.
For those visiting this blog for the first time, I try to update as frequently as possible during the school year to provide you a chance to learn more about the things that are happening in ELA class. Comments are welcomed!