Ms.Lauder Writing class

Welcome, 7th graders!!!!!!!!  I am thrilled to be teaching literary analysis this year to all of our 7th graders.

7th grade Writing class Course Syllabus   -  Ms. Lauder

The focus of this trimester-long class is to concentrate on writing by studying the four main writing traits:  content, organization, style and grammar, and how they relate to a variety of writing genres.

Extensive study will be concentrated on analyzing figurative language and literary terms of literature in short-constructed responses.

One of our main objectives is to create a proficient thematic paragraph by the end of hte trimester.


NO HOMEWORK
I do not assign homework, although students who miss work due to absences may need to complete it at home.  If students do not complete a class assignment, I might give the option of finishing it for homework.

ACCESS CONTRACT REQUIRED
Access in my classroom is all about QUIET study hall.  Students will use this time for completing homework, reading, grade counseling, and organizing materials. I institute strict consequences for students not working to their utmost potential; i.e. not showing up for after school tutoring, talking and/or always out of their seat, showing disrespect, not showing up for detention, etc.

LATE WORK POLICY

Besides the Baseline Data determined at the beginning of the trimester, any writing piece turned in on time can be redone for up to 100% credit after conferring with the teacher on a Tuesday or Thursday after school to discuss any required changes. The original writing piece must accompany the redo. The deadline is two weeks before the end of the trimester.


 Here is the grade explanation for Writing class:

30%  Day work assignments
70%  Writing quizzes 

Please do not hesitate to email me at nlauderb@jeffco.k12.co.us if you have any questions or concerns.  You will receive a response that same day if the email was received before 3:30 pm.

It's all about Safety, Owning it, Attitude and Respect!!!!!  

I know we will all SOAR in writing class!

Nadja Lauder
SRMS writing teacher 


Trimester #1

1st day  TH. - emergency procedures; class expectations

2nd day FRI. - Get-To-Know-You Bingo; began THEME PARAGRAPH  to determine baseline score

WEEK 1
MONDAY 
Finished Thematic paragraph on "Avalanche" article.  

Baseline data QUIZ GRADE  
10-9  PROF.   -- A 
8-7 PART. PROF.  -- B or C  
6 and below UNSAT.   -- D or below

NOTICE 
I UPDATE THIS CALENDAR AS I COMPLETE LESSONS.  IF THE TEXT IS IN BLACK, IT MEANS THE CALENDAR HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED.  The black text shows the areas of focus from last school year's third trimester in this class.  Feel free to review it.  Just keep in mind that everything is TENTATIVE.  It will be in the general order, however. Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Nadja Lauder


TUESDAY
Fig lang pracatice with figurative language

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
Read "The Prize of Peril" by Robert Sheckley

FRIDAY
Find and identify figurative language from the story.



WEEK 2
MONDAY  
Fig. Lang. practice; notes on how fig lang adds tone to writing

TUESDAY
Plot Chart of "The Prize of Peril"  
5 examples of fig lang - TURNED IN FOR GRADE 

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
Writers' Workshop  SCRs on how fig lang adds tone for "The Prize of Peril"

FRIDAY
Continue practice of tone and fig lang analysis.  Backwards Planning exercise.

WEEK 3
MONDAY
NO SCHOOL

TUESDAY
Backwards planning review with "The Prize of Peril"  Theme exercise with story

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
Reviewed plot curve for Peril;  began "Urban Pioneers"  Kids finished plot charts for Pioneers.

FRIDAY
Reviewed plot chart for Pioneers; phrase/type/situation with Pioneers fig lang.


WEEK 4
MONDAY
Writers' Workshop with fig. lang. and tone for "Urban Pioneers"  Students wrote SCR,

TUESDAY
Backwards Planning exercise with fig lang and tone with student SCRS on "Urban Pioneers"


WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

FRIDAY
WELLNESS DAY - no classes today


WEEK 5  
Monday
Begin "The Most Dangerous Game"  

Tuesday 
Finished  story - constructed fig lang list

Wednesday/Thursday
Writers' Workshop -How does figurative language add tone to the writing?  One short constructed response turned in analyzing fig lang and tone for a grade.

Friday
Writers' Workshop - Backwards planning SCRs for MDG - turned one in for grade


WEEK 6
Monday 
QUIZ - Figurative Language and Tone quiz - open notes
 
Tuesday   
Venn Diagram on characterization of Raeder and Rainsford
Venn Diagram analyzing story elements of two stories that we have read.   

Wednesday/Thursday
Returned Baseline "Avalanche" Theme - Rewrote for a Quiz grade.
 
Friday -  Theme exercise for "The Most Dangerous Game"


WEEK 7
Monday -  "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe - play version

Tuesday -   Kids list at least 5 examples of fig lang.  

Wednesday/Thursday -  fluid or static analysis of Jonathon in Usher; plot chart finished and turned in; Theme exercise with Usher

Friday - 7th grade Field Trip to a theatre production

WEEK 8  Parent/teacher/student CONFERENCES  (Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons and Thursday morning)

Monday - Reviewed Static and fluid characters in Usher; returned FIg lang and tone quizzes; students backwards planned their SCR on the test.

Tuesday - Plot chart and theme plan for Usher - turned in for grade

Wednesday - Brainstormed themes for "You Can't Just Walk on By"  Socratic Seminar 
   
Thursday   - NO SCHOOL for students  - 8-11am conferences   Afternoon by invite only.

Friday - One day Fall Break - no school



WEEK 9 
Monday -  Magazine Story exercise; groups choose a story and find and analyze how figurative language adds tone to the writing, also determined theme evidence.

Tuesday -  Magazine story exercise continued.

Wednesday/Thursday- began presentations

Friday -  presentations finished

WEEK 10
Monday - Return Theme Quizzes; announce noticings; begin "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi".

Tuesday - Movie

Wednesday - Movie

Thursday - movie

Friday - Discussion and activities around characterization, theme and conflict

WEEK 11
Monday
Worksheet on stories and themes; begin final theme paragraph

Tuesday 
Final Theme paragraph - Quiz grade; begin My Life's Theme extended essay outline   
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Wednesday/Thursday  On Google - OUTLINE for My Life's Theme - This will be the QUIZ grade
Begin typing the essay on Google.  NOTE: outline and essay must be on same Google document.

Friday -  OUTLINE is due for a QUIZ grade.

WEEK 12
Monday - Continue with writing the Life's Theme essay on Google 

Tuesday - Essay due at end of the day today

Wednesday/Thursday - HINKS PINKS and REBUS PUZZLES

Friday - FInal self-reflection formal paragraph