Ms. Robles English 7C

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February Newsletter

February is upon us! As cold as it is this month, I am always thankful to get to this point in the year. Spring is really just a month or so away and the days are getting longer. I don't know about you, but I am shocked by how quickly this school year has progressed! We will have a winter break this month, so it is sure to go by quickly.

This month, we finish reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor as well as continue to work on narrative writing in Schoology. We will be taking one of these compositions and expanding it into a more "fine tuned" narrative piece. More details on this to follow, but you'll be learning more about imagery, dialogue, and mood/tone to make your writing more detailed and engaging. Towards the end of this month we will take a look at some non-fiction readings that are focused many of the themes that we discussed from the novel.

I want to also keep you informed that progress reports will be available on February 5, 2019, so this is a great time to check in with me before or after school, or during T-time. Remember, I am here to help you be successful. If you need anything, PLEASE, PLEASE schedule a time to come see me if you have any questions. I am available before and after school and during t-time.

You can also email me at roblesr@newton.k12.ma.us

Ms. Robles : )


IMPORTANT DATES in February:

  • Progress reports available on Aspen: Tuesday February 5, 2018
  • Early Release Day (Day 5): Wednesday February 6, 2019
  • SOS Screening for 7D: Thursday February 7, 2019
  • Newton Librarians to visit: Tuesday February 12, 2019
  • Spring Musical: Friday February 15, 2019
  • Winter Break: Monday February 18, 2018-Friday February 22, 2019
  • Trimester 2 Report Cards posted: Tuesday February 26, 2019

Welcome to English in Seventh Grade

Hello and welcome to Cluster 7C English. My name is Ms. Robles, and this is my twenty-second year at Bigelow. I am excited to meet you and to share your seventh grade year with you. I will do my best to help you along the way and remember, “If you're making mistakes, it means you're out there doing something “ ~ Neil Gaiman

“Thinking outside of the box” and “communicating with clarity” are our mottos in English class. We will develop our written and verbal communication skills by concentrating on clarity through group work, conversational readings, and analytical and creative writings.

Organization and preparedness are two keys ingredients to succeeding in English class and life. Therefore, you must bring the following materials to class everyday. You will be graded on preparedness and organization regularly.


Your binder with three sections labeled:

  • ELA/Current Unit
  • ELA/References


Other materials needed for class:

  • Blue or black and red pens
  • A highlighter
  • A pencil
  • Extra lined paper for notes in your notebook
  • Your homework assignment book
  • Current text
  • Free reading book
  • Journal


Units of Study

Sentence Structures: Types and Kinds of Sentences

Short Stories: Comparing and Contrasting characters and their actions

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Reading Comprehension skills, analyzing text on multiple levels of thinking

Mildred Taylor's Novellas: Multi-generational character development

Nonfiction: Independent reading and project of chosen text on a historical event

MCAS 2.0 Preparation: Understanding assessment format and strategies for best results

Poetry: Reading, analyzing, and writing poetry; poet study project

Book Groups: Reading and discussion of similar theme-based novels


How You Are Assessed in English

I. Major Papers/Projects/ Journal - 35% of term grade

II. Quizzes/ Mini- Papers - 25% of term grade

Quiz corrections can be made (within one week of the quiz returned) with the teacher if the final score is below an 80%. Quiz corrections and a parent's signature is required for quizzes below a 70%.

III. Homework - 20% of term grade

A check plus (100%), check (85%), or check minus (75%) can be earned.

Please refer to the nightly homework section of the Class Expectation page for detailed information on what to do when you are absent in English class. You can also refer to the 7th Grade Classroom Expectation & Homework Policy for team overall expectations.

IV. Classwork: participation, organization, preparedness, and staying on task - 20% of term grade

A check plus (100%), check (85%), or check minus (75%) can be earned.


Please visit my website via the Bigelow Daily Assignments link for information on units of study, lessons and assignments. It is important that you check the homework site every night as additional and helpful information regarding the homework and classwork may be added throughout the day. Also, if able to, go online when you are absent so that you can access the homework. If you have any questions about an assignment, feel free to email me.

School help will be available on a regular basis before (beginning at 7:40 a.m.) and after school (until 4 p.m. - except on Tuesdays), as well as T-time (4th period).

Feel free to contact me via email with any questions. I am looking forward to an excellent year!


Sincerely,

Ms. Robles

roblesr@newton.k12.ma.us