7th Grade ELA:(2018-2019)

Monday, November 26th:  Continue comparing/contrasting Stave I and Stave III.
homework: none

Tuesday, November 27th:  Read more of Stave III.  Compare/contrast Scrooge with the Cratchit family.
homework: none

Wednesday, November 28th:  Pull out evidence relating to what is read today; Make more observations based off of what Scrooge is seeing with the Cratchits.
homework: none

Thursday, November 29th:  Read more of Stave III-make connections between Scrooge and his nephew's family.
homework: none

Friday, November 30th:  LAT District Test-Day 1
homework: none

Monday, November 12th: ***NOTE***  Lessons had to be adjusted to do Guidebooks skipping content from novel.*** Complete Lesson 9's activity from Friday-write a summary of Scrooge's first two experiences with the Ghost of Christmas Past.
homework: none

Tuesday, November 13th:  Continue reading Stave II-Analyze Scrooge's changing perspective based on what he is seeing from his past
homework: none

Wednesday, November 14th: Read "The History of Christmas"-Begin analyzing this text and how traditions were formed based off of what was read
homework: none

Thursday, November 15th:  Complete the activity based off of "The History of Christmas."  Write a response based off of text structure and author's point of view
homework: none

Friday, November 16th:  Read a section of Stave III.  Begin comparing/contrasting the setting of Stave I and Stave III.
homework:  Have a Safe and Wonderful Thanksgiving Break!



Monday, November 5th:  ***Due to being absent the first part of the day Friday, Lesson 6 will be completed today:  Use settings to help establish information about characters-read from page 9-16 to help see how settings influence character development
homework: none

Tuesday, November 6th:  Read more of Stave I with classes.  Analyze different points of view especially when dealing with Scrooge's character and Marley's.
Homework: none

Wednesday, November 7th:  Read Stave II.  Use sensory details in understanding more of Scrooge's developing character traits.
homework: none

Thursday, November 8th:  Continue reading Stave II.  Summarize Scrooge's interactions with the Ghost of Christmas Past.
homework: none

Friday, November 9th:  Complete Lesson 9's activity from yesterday-write a summary of Scrooge's first two experiences with the Ghost of Christmas Past.
homework: none



Monday, October 29th:  Begin reading our novel "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.  Review and discuss the "Preface" in the start of the novel then begin reading.  Activity will be based off of locating sensory details and figurative language used. (Lesson 3)
homework: none

Tuesday, October 30th:  Lesson 4-Develop the character of Scrooge based off of the text read.  Add evidence to support his development
homework: none

Wednesday, October 31st:  Complete Lesson 4-read more of Stave I with students.  Complete questions relating to Scrooge and define terms
homework: none

Thursday, November 1st: Book Fair-about 20 minutes;  Compare/contrast Scrooge's perspective with his nephew's perspective
homework: none

Friday, November 2nd:  Use settings to help establish information about characters-read from page 9-16 to help see how settings influence character development
homework: none

Monday, October 22nd:  Complete an ending to the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown."  Provide students with the narrative story writing prompt, along with a graphic organizer to assist them in writing an ending to the story.
homework:  none

Tuesday, October 23rd:  Complete the graphic organizer and begin writing the narrative story ending to "The Treasure of Lemon Brown."
homework:  complete the graphic organizer if not completed in class

Wednesday, October 24th:  Complete the narrative story based off of the ending.
homework: none

Thursday, October 25th:  Unit 2-NWT test-part 1
homework: none

Friday, October 26th:  Unit 2-NWT test-part 2-narrative story ending; early finishers will complete the narrative story ending based off of "The Treasure of Lemon Brown."
homework: none

Monday, October 15th:  Begin our new Guidebook Unit, A Christmas Carol.
Discuss characters and their perspectives (point of view) using the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown." (Lesson 1)
homework: none

Tuesday, October 16th:  Continue discussing character perspective (point of view) using the main character, Greg. (Lesson 1 continued0
homework: none

Wednesday, October 17th:  Read the middle of the story in order to see how Greg's perspective changes towards his father and Lemon Brown.  (Lesson 2). 
homework: none

Thursday, October 18th:  Complete the reading of "The Treasure of Lemon Brown."  Complete the activity that begin yesterday.  (Lesson 2)
homework: none

Friday, October 19th:  Theme development using the story "The Treasure of Lemon Brown." (Lesson 3)
homework: none



Monday, October 8th:  Fall Break

Tuesday, October 9th:  PLC for teachers-no school

Wednesday, October 10-Friday, October 12th:  Cold-Read test to end the Memoir Unit.
We are going into our next unit in Guidebooks beginning the week of October 15th. 



Monday, October 1st:  Complete the last paragraph on "Central Idea"; begin gathering information for the culminating writing task to end the Memoir Unit-chose one of the following to compare and contrast to Zinsser's advice:  "Seventh Grade," "Eleven," "Thank You, M'am," "Oranges," or the novel they are reading from the library.
homework:  complete Central Idea paragraphs if needed

Tuesday, October 2nd:  Begin writing the rough draft, comparing and contrasting based off of Zinsser's advice and story selected.  The introduction will be written along with the first body paragraph (can be comparing or contrasting depending on the order selected by each student)
homework:  complete any part of the two paragraphs that are not done-if not finished in class

Wednesday, October 3rd:  Discuss the last body paragraph and the conclusion paragraph.  Complete the rough draft of these two paragraphs-either contrasting or comparing.
homework: complete any part of the two paragraphs that are not done-if not finished in class

Thursday, October 4th:  Partner check in order to revise essay.  Students will be given a checklist to aid them in checking their partner's paper as well as their own. Begin making corrections found.
homework: make sure the entire rough draft (4 paragraphs) are done by tomorrow.  This will be for a Test grade!

Friday, October 5th:  Edit the rough draft, then write a final draft.  Early finishers will be given an activity to aid in proofreading/editing writing
homework: Enjoy your Fall Break!  You have Earned it!!! 



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