7/8 English Language Arts Literature
Ms. Penny Bortner
Office Hours for Ms. Bortner
I will be available for student communication via email or Google Classroom comments each school day. I will also have office hours from 9-10 AM each morning on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday if students need extra support or tutoring or just want to say hi. I will set up a meeting link.
Weekly Highlights for the Week of Wednesday, May 11th with the To -Do Checklist
The last week of school has arrived. In 26 years of teaching, I have never experienced anything like this. I appreciate how kind and supportive everyone has been. The final day to turn in work in Friday, May 15th.
Jeffco Libraries have a summer reading program and here is the link to enroll:
Weekly Highlights and updates with the To Do Checklist for the week of May 5th and May 12th
Here is a To Do List for the last 2 weeks of school. I will accept missing assignments through May 13th for full credit for any work completed after spring break. I posted the To Do Checklists for this week and next week. I'm posting a Google Docs Version and if you have trouble opening it, let me know and I will send you a Word document of the To-Do List. Please let me know anything I can do to support you and your child.
Weekly Highlights and updates with the To Do List for Literature/Literacy Class for Tuesday, April 28th through Friday, May 1st
Here is a To-Do checklist link that dhows you everything your child needs to do for the week. It is also on your child's Google Classroom. The feedback about having assignments listed in a checklist has been positive. Please let me know how this is working for you.
Weekly Highlights and updates with the To Do List for Literature/Literacy Class for Wednesday, April 21st through April 24th
Here is a To-Do checklist link that shows you everything your child needs to do for the week. It is also on your child's Google Classroom. The feedback about having assignments listed in a checklist has been positive. Please let me know what this is working for you.
Weekly Highlights, updates and To Do List for Literature/Literacy Class for Tuesday, April 14th through Friday, April 17th
This week, I am changing some things that I feel will be for everyone's benefit.
Here is a To-Do checklist link that shows you everything your child is to do for the week. It is also on your child's Google Classroom. Please let me know what you think.
Second, I am adding a reading log to your child's daily assignment. Not only is it important for your child to continue to build a good reading habit, it is an easy way to earn points. I understand that some of the questions may be more challenging for some student, but all I am looking for in an honest effort. If your child cannot answer a specific question, it is okay for your child to skip the question.
Please let me know any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Weekly Highlights, updates and To Do List for Literacy Class for Tuesday April 7th through Friday, April 10th
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. If your child would like to explore the Diary of Anne Frank more deeply, please go to the Google Lit Trip of Anne Frank:Diary of a Young Girl and explore the tabs. Also, I added the novel The Diary of Anne Frank if you would like your child to read it.
To Do for the Week of April 7th, 2020
Here is everything we are doing for the week.
Go to Google Classroom to classwork to find your work.
Go to the day of the week you have class and complete the daily check in and all assignments.
All assignments for the week are due by the following Tuesday, April 14th at 8 AM. It is strongly suggested that students finish the assigned work by the next day so they are not overwhelmed Monday night.
Due by Tuesday, April 14th
All daily check ins are due the day you have class.
Read everyday independently a book of your choice for 15 minutes.
Read and complete the first three pages of the pre reading guide for The Diary of Anne Frank
Go to the Literature trip you download Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl and watch the 2 videos. Feel free to explore this resource further. If you cannot access the lit trip, please E-mail me and I will send the videos to you.
Go to the Anne Frank Resources and read the 2 pages for the list of characters.
Read the play version, found under Anne Frank Resources to page 532 which is Act I, Scenes 1,2, and 3.
Watch the first 30 minutes of Act I of the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank. You may watch a little further to see the end of Act 3.
Complete pages 1-5 of the packet Act I of the Diary of Anne Frank
Weekly Highlights, updates and To Do List for Literacy Class for Tuesday, March 31st through Friday, April 3rd. All work is due by 8 AM on Tuesday, April 7th
I miss you and am posting a To-Do List for you for the week. We will follow a schedule that has A classes meeting on Tuesday and Thursday and B classes on Wednesday and Friday,
Go to Google Classroom to classwork
Go to the day of the week you have class and complete the daily check and all assignments.
Due by Tuesday, April 7th
Classroom Check ins
Independent reading for the first 15 minutes of class plus a goal of 2 hour of pleasure reading per week
Download Diary of Anne Frank Literature Trip. We will use this later for reference
Find and be able to access the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank (DOAF) as well as the novel version of DOAF. The play will be required reading and select diary entries, not the entire diary. We will not begin the play until next week.
Finish Anticipation Guide for DOAF and submit no later than 8AM Tuesday, April 7th
Read assigned Newsela article about the Anti Jewish Nuremburg Laws, annotate purposely and take the quiz no later than 8AM on Tuesday, April 7th.
Weekly Highlights for Literacy Class 3/16-3/18
All coursework for this week can be found on Google Classroom. I will be posting daily instructions under "Classwork." Attendance will be taken by 5PM.
Monday: Please go go Google Classroom and respond to the prompt about "America's Pig Problem."
Tuesday/Wednesday: Please go to Google Classroom. Read the infographic and submit a response (make sure to read instructions). Read at home for at least 20 minutes and finish and submit your Reading Ladder.
Contact Information: 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. Penny.Bortner@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. 318.
Classroom Specific Calendar: Aside from nightly review of our learning targets, students will occasionally have homework or upcoming tests to prepare for. These can be found on the 7/8 assignment calendar or on our Google Classroom page.
Helpful Links for Families:
- Dawcl.com Data Base of Award Winning Children's Literature. It is an easy to maneuver website to create a customized list of books that match your child's interests.