7/8 English Language Arts Literature
Ms. Penny Bortner
September 8th, 2020
During class time, we are working on the following assignments in class. All work is due by Friday, September 11th at 4PM.
We are starting the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
"Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto, submit annotated story
"Seventh Grade" One Pager
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Anticipation Guide and Character Chart and Chapter 1ch
EduPuzzle Assignments for The Outsiders, listening to chapters being read is optional
Read 2 hours or more per week and continue work on your Reading Identity Notebook,
(Reading The Outsiders will count towards your 2 hours.
September 4th, 2020
Hello Everyone. If you earned a zero on any assignment for me this week due to errors in capitalization, end punctuation, spelling errors or not writing in complete sentences, you may resubmit and earn a stronger grade. When you do this, you will probably earn a 10 out of 10 and have until Friday, September 12th to resubmit.
The class novel we will start first is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. We will begin with background knowledge the week of September 8th and begin reading the novel in class the week of September 15th, I found the novel on Amazon Prime for $5.89. Personally, I found it easier to have my own copy that I can annotate, highlight and mark up the text.
In order to understand how to create one pagers for our class, we are reading a shared text, "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto. Students will listen to a 9 minute version with questions on Edpuzzle and have access to the text.
August 28th, 2020
The link for our Google Classroom Meet is now located on my Schoology Page as of Monday, August 31st. Please to the top of my Schoology Page and clickon the link.
August 26th, 2020
I know everyone is doing his or her best and there has been frustration about getting on line and being kicked off. I understand. Please let me know anything I can do to support you.
CONTACT: The best way to contact me is via e-mail. I encourage students to contact me, via Schoology messaging, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org . Should you need to call, please call 303-467-2295 ext. 318.
CALENDAR: Students are expected to read indepedently These can be found on the Schoology calendar or on our Schooloy class page.
Assigned Novels: Many of you asked what class novels we will read this year. We will be reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jang and Animal Farm by George Orwell. The reason we read those novels and other assigned short stories, poems, speeches, articles, etc... as a class is that students need background knowlege, discussions and guidance to have a rich reading experience. Please do not worry about them having to read the books early, your child will be fine. In addtion, I support students understanding of assigned text by offering suplemental reading and activities so that they understand instead of being frustrated. Please let me know if your child needs additional support if struggling with assigned text and I will send them to you.
Suggestion: If you have your own copy of the book to highlight and write notes, many students find this easier. I will have copies of the books and electronic versions avaiable. The three assigned books can be easily purchased at affordable prices in paperback.
Independent Reading: I beleive all students can develop a love of reading. What I beleive isthe reason students can show apathy towards reading is that they need to learn how to find what is the right book for them. In my experience, "when students select books that are right for them, along with time to read and regular response to their thinking, we can create a pathway to satisfying reading that leads to more challenging literature and ultimately, a love of reading" (Penny Kittle, Book Love). I want students to find passion and stamina through choice.
My classroom library: Here is the link for my classroom library: https://classroom.booksource.com/Choose-Location.aspx
Check in under students to search the library and find books you want to read. You will be listed by your first name alphbetically. Please send a message to me on Schoology for which book and the author of the book. I wll review this in more detail in class.
Go to my Schoology page to get this information. There are clickable links that are easy to use to find the right book.
List of Books Go to my Schoology page to get this information. Here are lists of recommended books from different sources.
Various Resources: The Jeffco Calm Room is a resource for you to take a break and relax with various options.
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.