Hello Grade 7 Families!!
I wanted to send a few reminders as we approach the end of the marking period. Quarter 1 ends on Friday, November 4th. Report Card conferences will be held on Wednesday Nov. 16. There will be a notice with appointment slots to meet with the 7th grade teams sent home with students in the next couple of weeks.
As we approach the end of the quarter, I wanted to alert you to some deadlines for Reading and Writing!
1. Book reports are due on Monday! (Oct. 31).
Every student has selected a book for independent reading. They have had a minimum of two class periods to read in school, it has been assigned as homework for several weeks.
They have also had 2 class periods to beginning writing the review. Last Thursday we started handwriting the projects. Today we are working on typing them through Google Classroom.
The entire project doesn't need to be typed, if computer access is an issue. I will gladly accept handwritten projects on Monday. There will be a presentation of the book on Monday as well. Students will give a 2 minute description of their character and have a prop that relates to the character in some way.
Some students have very long books. Thus, we have agreed that 200 pages or so will be enough to read for the written project, and they will finish reading their book after submitting the written work.
2. Missing homework assignments are not accepted more than 4 days late. Points are also deducted for each day the assignment is late. Students are aware that handing in work after their class period makes the work late. Points are deducted when the work isn't in my classroom at the start of class.
3. The other projects from this marking period include their personal narratives and postcards from a character's point of view. These assignments have been done IN CLASS. However, students may need time to finish these assignments at home.
Given all of this, homework from today through next week will consister of:
-finish personal narrative
-finish and publish postcards from the Lightning Thief
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Homework throughout this week includes the Book Report that is due on Monday, Oct. 31. On Monday, students should be prepared to hand in the written work and present their main character. Many students have longer books, so we have set an individualized goal.
Monday: Post Card project work in class. You should read chapter 12 of the Lightning Thief on your own.
Tuesday: Continue with Lightning Thief. We will be on chapter 13.
Wednesday: Continue with Lightning Thief as a Literature Circle text.
Thursday: Readers' Workshop. We'll work on the book report. Bring your book to class.
Friday: Writers' Workshop. Working on the reflective conclusions of our Personal Narratives.
This week in Language Arts:
Monday and Friday will be spent working on our Personal Narratives. We will be leaving the drafting stage and begin revisions.
Tuesday and Wednesday we will work on the Lightning Thief, reading Chapters 10 and 11. If we don't finish the chapters in class, students will finish them on their own. (This impacts 7A and 7B students). Use the link emailed to you or posted earlier on the blog if you need the text.
Tuesday's homework: Students are creating a character poster. They have the outline of a head. They will fill the inside with words, quotes and/or pictures that express what the character is thinking. They can choose from Annabeth, Grover, or Percy.
Thursday: We will begin your book review. BRING YOUR INDEPENDENT BOOK!!
All students have selected an Independent Reading book. To help differentiate between CORE assignments and Readers' Workshop assignments, all Readers' Workshop/ Independent Reading assignments are copied on BLUE paper.
Typically, students will read in school 1 day a week, and read at home for homework 3-5 days a week. They have a blue reading log to record the pages they have read. Most nights there will be an additional assignment. For example, Oct 11 and 12, students should read each night, and look for new vocabulary to complete the Interpreter Role sheet.
Below are the directions for the book report. We will begin working on the book review in school on Wed. Oct. 19.