7th Grade ELA:(2018-2019)



Monday, September 24th:  Use a graphic organizer to help determine the author's point of view using "How to Write a Memoir" by Zinsser-Lesson 22 on Learn Zillion
homework: none

Tuesday, September 25th:  Continue working to complete the graphic organizer on determining the author's point of view.  This will be used in helping them write an essay based off of "How to Write a Memoir"
homework: none

Wednesday, September 26th:  Create two Central Ideas from Zinsser's memoir.  Use these to begin writing a 4 paragraph essay.  Work on the introduction and the first body paragraph
homework:  complete any part of the introduction and/or first body  paragraph not completed

Thursday, September 27th:  Using information given, write your own personal short memoir based on an important event from your life. ****note*** I will be out for a meeting.  Students must complete this assignment to turn in.  It is for a test grade.
homework:  complete this activity for Friday if not done in class

Friday, September 28th:  Complete the essay based on the two Central Ideas from Zinsser's memoir.  Work on the second body paragraph and the conclusion paragraph
homework:  none for the weekend, however, whatever is not done will be assigned Monday as homework to complete by Wednesday, October 3rd.



***note***  Any of the stories or texts can be found by doing a Google search of the title, author, and pdf.
Monday, September 17th:  Read the poem "Oranges" by Gary Soto.  Use the vivid imagery in the poem to analyze theme.
homework: none

Tuesday, September 18th:  Continue theme lesson from Monday.  Complete a graphic organizer to help with the theme of the poem.
homework: none

Wednesday, September 19th:  Complete the reading of "How to Write a Memoir"-paragraphs 37-40.  Use this information to evaluate information from the poem "Oranges" and how it connects to what the author Zinsser states about memoir writing
homework: none

Thursday, September 20th:  Continue working on the lesson from Wednesday.  Use the ACE method to answer the writing prompt provided.
homework: none

Friday, September 21st:  Read "Short Memoirs:  Six Little Words Can Be Revealing" by Doug Mason.  Complete an activity based on the examples given about writing a six word memoir about yourself.  Next, write a six word memoir about yourself using the advice provided in the text.
homework: none 

Monday, September 10th:  Write an explanatory essay based on Rachel's voice/personality in the short story "Eleven" written by Sandra Cisneros.
homework: complete the essay if need be; complete body paragraph of "The Cutty Sark" if not complete

Tuesday, September 11th:  Read the story "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes.  Locate "contrasts" and "contractions" being made in the story.
homework:  complete "voice" essay if need be; complete body paragraph of "The Cutty Sark" if not complete

Wednesday, September 12th:  complete the activity from Tuesday on "contrasts" and "contradictions"
homework:  complete "voice" essay if need be; complete body paragraph of "The Cutty Sark" if not complete

Thursday, September 13th:  character development using theme and the short story "Thank You, M'am".
homework:  complete "voice" essay if need be; complete body paragraph of "The Cutty Sark" if not complete-Due tomorrow!

Friday, September 14th:  determine point of view based off of two characters from "Thank You, M'am"
homework: none

Monday, September 3rd:  LABOR DAY-NO SCHOOL!

Tuesday, September 4th:  PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY FOR TEACHERS-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!

Wednesday, September 5th:  Due to the majority of students not completing their test, time will be extended for today for the completion of their RST test.  Most students are just needing time to complete the essay portion.
homework: none

Thursday, September 6th:  Use the story "Eleven" to locate figurative language (simile, metaphor, repetition) 
homework: none

Friday, September 7th:  Locate "voice" of a character using the story "Eleven"
homework: none

Monday, August 27th:  Begin RST review for our first District test-test will be Thursday and Friday of this week.  Read 2 nonfiction passages one teacher lead and one on your own.  Answer Part A/Part B questions
homework: review passage and how questions are worded

Tuesday, August 28th:  Continue RST review by completing the second nonfiction passage as well as completing a third passage.  Begin modeling how to write an essay based off of the writing prompt
homework:  review passages and answers to see how the test questions can be worded

Wednesday, August 29th:  Guide students through a 5 paragraph essay based off of the writing prompt given.
homework:  review how to write a 5 paragraph essay

Thursday, August 30th:  Begin first part of the test-reading 3 passages and answering multiple choice questions.  Next, read writing prompt and begin brainstorming
homework: none

Friday, August 31st:  Complete the test-writing of the essay
homework:  Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, August 20th:  Read for 10 minutes independently the memoir "Seventh Grade".  Write down in a log the information that was read; locate unknown words-use context clues to help define meanings 
homework:  be sure to bring in fiction novel to class on Thursday, August 23rd

Tuesday, August 21st:  Using the memoir "Seventh Grade" students will be completing several tasks.  This activity will continue on Wednesday.  Tasks include:  Creating questions and answers, locating information such as characters and setting-then creating a summary, context clues, visualizing imagery, and making connections
homework:  be sure to bring in fiction novel to class on Thursday, August 23rd

Wednesday, August 22nd:  Complete the tasks that were assigned yesterday.  These focus on using evidence to help in the understanding of what they are reading.  Early finishers will compare and contrast using a list "Seventh Grade" and "How to Write a Memoir"
homework:  be sure to bring in fiction novel to class on Thursday, August 23rd

Thursday, August 23rd:  Evaluate what was written in Zinsser's memoir by using your own novel.  Students will read their own fiction novel for 25 minutes.  Using each main idea in the memoir, students will provide explanations that apply to what he spoke about
homework: none

Friday, August 24th:  external and internal conflict activity based off of the story "Eleven"
homework: none

Monday, August 13th:  Begin Unit 1 of Guidebooks, "How to Write a Memoir."  Summarizing and context clues will be the focus.  Begin reading the first 36 paragraphs of the Memoir.  Take notes to help with the summary.  (lesson continues tomorrow)
homework: none

Tuesday, August 14th:  Complete the reading of paragraphs 1-36, complete notes, and write a summary;  determine the meaning of words provided yesterday-use context clues to aid in locating the meaning
homework: none

Wednesday, August 15th:  Types of sentences (simple, compound, complex, compound complex) in order to help understand how these sentences contribute to the meaning that the author is trying to present.
homework: none

Thursday, August 16th:  Complete part 1 of locating the main ideas of paragraphs 1-36  based off of "How to Write a Memoir."  Locate and write down evidence that supports the main ideas provided by the author Zinsser
homework: none

Friday, August 17th:  Finish part 2 of the main idea lesson; using guided questions and prompts provided, answer a question given.  Complete RACE writing activity that we worked on last Friday, August 10th.  
homework: none