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.

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.

Newsela This Week - Civics

When your student is assigned an article of the week, they will be required to answer the prompt. This can be found in the upper right corner in the same place where they click to take the test.

If they do not answer the prompt, their response will be returned and they should redo for a better grade. They will have received 2 points for attempting to answer but should rewrite for a better grade.

If they don't do the writing at all, it will be marked missing and they should complete it as soon as possible.

Questions? Struggles? Let's set up a time to meet so students know what to do before they are behind by several weeks.

This work will help their writing tremendously on any state test.

Vocabulary This Week is from The Night the Bed Fell reading.

This week our vocabulary words are from The Night the Bed Fell. Test will be on Thursday or Friday of this week depending when your student has my class.

Here is a great resource to find definitions and root words.


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.