Welcome to 7th grade ELA. I am so excited to be your teacher for this amazing class. I will do everything I can to help you out, but it is very important that you do your part. You must come to class prepared and ready to learn. Please also have an open mind, and be ready to work!


August 9-10, 2018
Thursday - Students' first day of school

Friday - Students must return the paperwork that was handed out the first day of school.

August 13-17, 2018
Monday-Wednesday - Students will be introduced to 10 vocabulary words on Monday. They will have an activity each day to see the words and interact with them. Students will then watch "Wonder" and answer guide throughout.

Thursday - Discuss characters and how we learned about them. I will introduce the essay to the students.

Friday - Weekly vocabulary quiz; Students will type and complete outline.

August 20-24, 2018
Monday - Students will be introduced to this week's 10 vocabulary words (each day they will have an activity with those words). They will also complete the "Wonder" essay and submit it. 

Tuesday - We are beginning the Memoir Unit in Guidebook. We will begin reading "How to Write a Memoir." They will learn what a memoir is and why memoirs are important. (Lesson 1)

Wednesday - Students will determine the claim the writer is making in "How to Write a Memoir," and read paragraphs 3-21. They will explain what advice he is giving and give text evidence to support their claims. (Lesson 2)

Thursday - Students will continue to read "How to Write a Memoir," and figure out two central ideas in the text. (Lesson 3)

Friday - Students will complete vocabulary quiz. They will also finish reading "How to Write a Memoir," and determine the third central idea that is presented.  They will use evidence to support their claims. (Lesson 4)

August 27-31, 2018
Monday - Students will be introduced to this week's 10 vocabulary words (each day they will have an activity with those words). They will also receive and begin working on an essay - Determining two central ideas by an author. (Lesson 5) 

Tuesday - Students will work on their outline for the Central Idea essay. (Lesson 5)

Wednesday - Students will type and submit their final Central Ideas essay. (Lesson 5)

Thursday - Students will create a Quality Criteria for Memoir Writing Checklist using the article "How to Write a Memoir". (Lesson 6)

Friday - Students will complete vocabulary quiz. They will read several exerpts from memoirs, and compare each to the checklist they made on Thursday. They will determine if the authors followed Zinsser's advice or not. (Lesson 6)

September 3-7, 2018
Monday - No school for students - Labor Day holiday

Tuesday - No school for students - Labor Day holiday

Wednesday - Teacher will give students articles so they can determine the point of view, central ideas, draw connections between the articles, etc.

Thursday - Students will begin a District Assessment.

Friday - Students will complete a District Assessment.

September 10-14, 2018
Monday - Students will complete Vocabulary activity. We will read "Eleven" and analyze the internal and external conflicts. (Lesson 13)

Tuesday - Students will complete vocabulary exercise. We will review "Eleven", and discuss and make connections between the conflicts found in "Eleven". We will also discuss other aspects of the story. (Lesson 14)

Wednesday - Students will complete vocabulary exercise. Students will find figurative language, and other aspects of the story story. They will also find textual evidence to support their ideas. They will complete handout. (Lesson 15).

Thursday - Students will complete vocabulary exercise.  Teacher will lead a review of voice in writings. They will compare the voice in "Eleven" to the voice in "How to Write a Memoir." They will complete Character Voice Worksheet. (Lesson 16).

Friday - Students will complete weekly vocabulary quiz. They will work in groups of four to write an analysis of character development in "Eleven." (Lesson 17).

September 17-21, 2018
Monday - Students will complete the group project - analysis of character development in "Eleven." (Lesson 17).

Tuesday - Students will work on vocabulary exercise. They will be introduced to "Thank You M'am". They will find the contrasts throughout the story. (Lesson 19)

Wednesday - Students will work on vocabulary exercise. They will review the story read on Tuesday. They will complete a post-reading worksheet, and discuss possible themes. (Lesson 20).

Thursday - Students will work on vocabulary exercise. They will review themes of "Thank You M'am", and complete a perspective t-chart. They will also compare the story to Zinsser's advice. (Lesson 21).

Friday - Students will have a weekly vocabulary quiz. They will review the perspectives of the story "Thank You M'am". They will also independently write a thank you letter to Mrs. Jones from Roger's perspective.