WELCOME TO GRADE 7/8 LANGUAGE ARTS!


Contact information:
Robyn Rich: E-mail: rrich@sad4.org for more information. 
E-mail communication is the quickest, easiest way to reach me and receive information promptly. 
If you prefer to call, I am available after 3:00 PM at 876-4301, ext. 219
I do not return phone calls during the school day so as not to disrupt my students' learning.

For the 2018 - 19 school year, I will be teaching all 7th and 8th grade ELA.  Classes are currently scheduled for 90 minute periods, which will be broken into reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and computer apps instruction.



2019 - 2020 Schedule

7:50 - 8:00:  homeroom- attendance and check-in time

8:00 - 9:00:  "specials" classes meet 1 day per week- art, phys. ed, health, information science, guidance

9:00- 9:10 - snack/2nd breakfast

ELA classes meet 5 days a week for 60 minute classes, with RTI time to include writing workshop
M, T, W, Th - 9:10 - 10:10, Fri- 8:00-9:00: 8-1 ELA 
10:10 - 11:10:  8-2 ELA
11:10-11:25 RTI/Writing - alternates every other day

11:25 - 12:10, 1:10 -1:25  7-1 ELA
1:25 - 1:40 RTI/Writing - alternates every other day
1:40 - 2:40 7-2 ELA


Welcome to 7th/8th grade ELA!   Middle School language arts typically uses an interdisciplinary/thematic approach to reading and writing.  Major units revolve around a common theme but not all students will be reading or writing about the same things.  Student choice and responsibility are 2 of the major features of my classroom.  Students will always need an LA notebook, something to write with, a free-reading book and a charged iPad for this class.


On this website, students and parents have access to class resources, assignments, downloadable activities, scoring rubrics, directions, and general information about language arts for grades 7/8. 
I update the "HOMEWORK" and "What We're Up To This Week" pages daily.
Check out the "LA Resources" page for tutorials, past instructional topics, resource links, videos, and other learning aids.







                    "We're All About the Books!"  MDI High School tells it like it is:

All About the Books




        To help your child grow as a reader, please encourage him/her to read 30 minutes everyday, especially during the summer.
Based on research from Kelly Gallagher's Readacide and a 2007 national study, "To Read or Not to Read", the following is true for our kids who do not read as they should:

        "Students who read less, read less well.  Students who read less well, do less well in school.  People who do less well in school do less well in the workplace and participate less in civic life."

The only way to become a better reader is to read - it is the ultimate hands-on, learn-by-doing experience!  I require all of my students to read 2 books per month for independent reading.  Students may choose any books they wish to read for this component of language arts - the only restriction I have is that each book must be a minimum of 100 pages.  Students will share their reading in book talks with the class as well as digital book talks shared on this website.







    



Are you born as "smart" as you'll ever be?  Not if you have the mindset that believes in effort.  According to Dr. Carol S. Dweck in Mindset: The Psychology of Success,
"... no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment."  Watch Dr. Dweck describe how we can take control of our successes and happiness.  

YouTube Video





Grammar Jokes of the Month:



Q: What's another name for Santa's elves? 
A: Subordinate Clauses. 


Q: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? 
A: Short 


"Knock, Knock,"
"Who's there?"
"To..."
"To Who?"
"To whom, not to who!"


I like cooking my family and my pets.
    Use commas, don't be a psycho!


Let's eat Grandma!
Let's eat, Grandma!  
(PUNCTUATION SAVES LIVES!!)


The Past, Present, and Future went into a bar.  It was tense!

Watch comedian Brian Regan talk about plurals and the science fair in "Stupid in School"-

Ever wonder where Harry Potter characters got their names?  Check out the etymology of the Potter universe!






                                                               
                                                     
DISCOVER NEW WORLDS:  READ!
www.read.gov, created by the Library of Congress has a wide variety of book lists, webcasts, and helpful sources to put books in the hands of kids. Check it out!!
Literacy.org presents


Need something to read?  Scholastic has made finding a book even easier with their "Read Everyday" booklists for teens:  http://www.scholastic.com/readeveryday/pdfs/REDLABLBookList2012_YA.pdf


Why Do We Need a Robust, Extensive Vocabulary?  Check out "A Shakespearean 3 Little Pigs" to find out why knowing words makes a huge difference!

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