7th & 8th Grade Writing

Mrs. Mekelburg

Things to know!

CURRICULUM: This year students will be learning the 7th grade loop in Core Knowledge.

CALENDAR: While students should have plenty of time to do their work in class, if they don't use their time wisely they will have homework. They may also need to prepare for upcoming tests. These can be found on the 7/8 assignment calendar.

CONTACT: The best way to contact me is via e-mail. I encourage students to contact me with any questions or concerns about their assignments, grades or other classroom content. Thank you for helping your child with making these contacts to aid them in becoming self advocates. Please use this email as I don't always check my Excel/Google email. laura.mekelburg@jeffco.k12.co.us E-mails will be answered within 24 business hours. Should you need to call, feel free to leave a message at 303-467-2295 ext. 355.

7th Grade Informational Anchor Chart

Companion Book Essay - Due NEXT WEEK!!

As your teacher, I am not trying to make it so you just slither along like a slug. I'm putting the bar up high and I see several rising to the occasion. We challenge ourselves to do hard things in writing. I'm including these comments because I have high expectations and I know your student can reach them. If you need additional help, please refer to GoogleClassroom, Classwork, Homework and then pick any of the assignments to look through. Several of them have attached worksheets, examples, and ideas for your student to tackle this assignment. If they are still struggling, please have them make an appointment as soon as possible.

Informational Writing &Homework!

We will be writing about things we read. Your student should be writing about their personal reading book. In order to get through this unit, they must do some writing each evening. I will put ideas, examples and part of my lesson plan with the homework into Google Classroom in case your student is confused about what they should do. Their writing should include SPECIFIC DETAILS (quotes, setting, symbolic objects, etc), BIG IDEA/THEME (include details!!), the use of ACADEMIC VOCABULARY (protagonist, internal dialogue/conflict, resolution, protagonist, etc.), EXPLAINING specifically why what they are writing is important for their reader to understand and CONNECTING story elements to analyze ways they influence each other.

Late/Missing Work

As the writing teacher, I do not always adhere to the missing policy like other teachers do. Often I will give them credit with the agreement they can raise their score by doing additional work. Writing is hard and they need time to revise and look at it a second time. Please keep this in mind if you are comparing my grading to another teacher's strict policy.

Just for Fun....

Laura Mekelburg

This is my second year here at Excel. I was raised on a dairy farm in Limon, met my husband in Greeley and have lived in the Denver area for 25+ years. My family consists of three grown children and four grand daughters. I received my English/Secondary Education degrees from Metro and previously taught at Westminster High School. Things I enjoy doing in my free time include sitting on my backyard swing, taking hikes, and watching old recordings of Castle.