This Week in 7th Grade Language Arts

We are nearing the end of our novel studies, Fish in a Tree. As we have read the novel, many skills have been incorporated through the study. This week our two areas of focus have been: -Responding to Reading through Written Expression -Figurative Language (simile, metaphor, and idioms).

There will be a Written Expression Quiz THIS Friday, December 2. The students will be asked to respond to questions from Chapters 28-35. We have been practicing responding to similar questions both verbally and written this week and will continue to do so in preparation for quiz.

This Week in 7th Grade Language Arts

We are nearing the end of our novel studies, Fish in a Tree. As we have read the novel, many skills have been incorporated through the study. This week our two areas of focus have been: -Responding to Reading through Written Expression -Figurative Language (simile, metaphor, and idioms).

There will be a Written Expression Quiz THIS Friday, December 2. The students will be asked to respond to questions from Chapters 28-35. We have been practicing responding to similar questions both verbally and written this week and will continue to do so in preparation for quiz.

This Week in Reading

This week we have continued our focus of long i vowel team /igh/. Additionally, they have had to differentiate between the long i spellings of Magic E, y says /i/, and igh. This is a hard concept; therefore, we have spent extra time in this area. The -igh vowel team is the last vowel team in the scope and sequence. Please continue to have your child practice all of the vowel team spellings, they can be incredibly difficult to differentiate.

Thursday, we will begin our unit on R Controlled Syllable starting with -ar.

Also, please continue to have your child read nightly. A reading passage goes home every night. Some passages require more repetition than others, so the same passage may be sent home more than one or two nights. Additionally, I ask the kids to keep old passages in a binder or folder at home, for continual practice.

Lastly, the kids are doing great with their Red Words. Please be sure the kids are reviewing not only the red word assigned nightly, but reviewing their entire ring of words.

This Week in 6th Grade Language Arts

We are nearing the end of our novel studies, My Side of the Mountain. As we have read the novel, many skills have been incorporated through the study. This week our two areas of focus have been: -Responding to Reading through Written Expression -Figurative Language (simile, personification, and idioms).

There will be a Written Expression Quiz THIS Friday, December 2. The students will be asked to respond to questions from Chapters 13-18. We have been practicing responding to similar questions both verbally and written this week and will continue to do so in preparation for quiz.

This Week in 7th Grade Language Arts

Starting tonight,(11/7/16), Homework assignments will consist of the following: Read one or two chapters a night in the novel, Fish in a Tree AND 15 minutes of reading in their pleasure book. Depending on the length of chapters, some nights I may assign one or two chapters. Each night's required reading time will stay at a total of 30 minutes. The students will only be responsible for one written response nightly which is to be written responding to their pleasure reading book. Additionally, they are also to write quick bullet points summarizing the end of each chapter in Fish in a Tree. These are brief and written on sticky notes.

Fish in a Tree is on Learning Ally. I have uploaded the book to each child's bookshelf. It is a voice to text read which means if using Learning Ally to read the book, they need to read the text and listen to audio at the same time. They don't have to use Learning Ally, but it is available to them if they want to use it.

Important Dates: Thursday, 11/10/16: -Quiz: Chapter 1-11, Fish in a Tree

Monday, 11/14/16 -In class Friendly Letter Paragraph Writing. Written from Reading Responses. (Quiz Grade)

Thursday, 11/17/16: -Test: Chapters 12-20(Fish in a Tree), Story Elements, Figurative Language, Parts of Speech with an emphasis on Action, Linking, and Helping Verbs.

This Week in Reading

This week in Reading our focus has been differentiating between short /oo/ (book) and long /oo/ (moon). This has been a hard concept, so please be sure your children are reading the nightly passages and please help them to identify the two sounds. This week's nightly passage is a hard passage to read. However, even today, after only having a couple of times to read, I have already seen an improvement in their fluency speed and word accuracy:)

Next week we will finish vowel teams, ending with ow says /ou/ sound and -igh. After vowel teams, we will start our last syllable type, R controlled:)

Please continue have them study nightly both Learned "red" Words and Vowel Team (VT) cards. And, of course, please continue to have them read nightly.

This week in 6th Grade Language Arts

I just wanted to pass along some Language Arts Important Dates and Updates happening between now and Thanksgiving.

First, today I began assigning a chapter of reading our in class novel, My Side of the Mountain, for homework. The kids are really getting into the story, and I want us to continue to stay on pace to be able to finish the novel before Christmas. Therefore, Language Arts Homework will change slightly from now until Christmas.

Starting tonight, Homework assignments will consist of the following: Read one or two chapters a night of My Side of the Mountain AND 15 minutes of reading in their pleasure book. Depending on the length of chapters, some nights I may assign one or two chapters. The students will only be responsible for one written response nightly which is to be written responding to their pleasure reading book. Additionally, they are also to write quick bullet points summarizing the end of the chapter of My Side of the Mountain. These are brief and written on sticky notes.

Important Dates: Thursday, 11/10/16: -Quiz: Chapter 1-7, My Side of the Mountain

Thursday, 11/17/16: -Test: Chapters 8-16(My Side of the Mountain), Story Elements, Verbs. Get Outlook for iOShttps://aka.ms/o0ukef

This Week in 7th Grade

Week of September 12, 2016 - Study of Focus *Compound Nouns *Collective Nouns *Subject Nouns *Simple and Complete Subjects *Simple and Complete Predicates *Expanding Sentences Using Adjectives and Adverbs *Identify Main Idea, Detail Sentences, Conclusion Sentences, and Parts of Paragraph

We will have a TEST, NEXT Wednesday, September 21st It will cover ALL Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Subjects, and Predicates. **Students will have to identify, define, and apply terms as they relate to parts of a sentence. **Students will apply these terms: -Classifying & Labeling Parts of Speech/Sentences -Multiple Choice -Fill in Blank -Application through Written Expression

We will introduce our novel, A Fish in a Tree, this week AND next week. We will begin our study with an introduction of the author, as well as provide background information of the characters, plot, and theme. We have decided to begin reading the novel AFTER the September Break so they will better retain the contents of the novel.

Week of September 19th - Study of Focus -Review Parts of Speech/Parts of Sentence for Test -Apply the Writing Process to Write a Paragraph - Topic, Detail, and Conclusion Sentences -Background Information and Author Study of novel, A Fish in a Tree.

This Week in 6th Grade Language Arts

Week of September 12, 2016 - Study of Focus *Compound Nouns *Collective Nouns *Subject Nouns *Simple and Complete Subjects *Simple and Complete Predicates *Introduction to Adjectives and Adverbs *Introduction of Main Idea, Detail Sentences, and Parts of Paragraph

We will have a TEST, NEXT Wednesday, September 21st It will cover ALL Nouns, Intro of Adjectives, Adverbs, Subjects, and Predicates. **Students will have to identify, define, and apply terms as they relate to parts of a sentence.

We will introduce our novel, My Side of the Mountain, this week AND next week. We will begin our study with an introduction of the author, as well as provide background information of the setting, plot, and theme, and characters. We have decided to begin reading the novel AFTER the September Break so they will better retain the contents of the novel.

Week of September 19th - Study of Focus -Review Parts of Speech/Parts of Sentence for Test -Using Main Idea, Detail and Conclusion Sentences to write a Paragraph -Background Information and Author Study of novel, My Side of Mountain.

This Week in Reading

Week of August 29, 2016

I sure am enjoying getting to know your kiddos! They are great with one another too which builds for a great chemistry amongst them. And, they are already proving to be hard workers!

-This week we will continue studying - -ay, -oa vowel teams -Syllabication of Multi-Syllabic Words

On the night's I do not send home a reading passage as well as for extra practice, I will be sending home vowel team spelling words accompanied by visual pictures for each word. So many vowel team spellings and their meanings have to memorized; therefore, repeated exposures to a visual/spelling will better enhance their understanding, application, and use of vowel team words!

Please continue to read nightly and review Learned Words!

This Week in Reading

This week we have been reviewing the final -dge and -ge rules. They have been working really hard to differentiate between the final -dge and -ge endings. Additionally, they have also added to their review the beginning /j/ sound, when to use j or g. These are tough areas to apply, so please keep reviewing these at home. As you can see, we have been busy peeps!

Also, thank you for continually reading with them nightly. It is so evident that they are reading and discussing the passages at home. Additionally, they are really progressing in the recognition and ability to spell their Learned Words:)

We will continue to work on the /j/ sound throughout the end of this week. Monday, I will introduce the VCCCV syllabication pattern. We will stay here until the end of the school year.

Language Arts Reminders and News

As we head into our last month of school, I want to keep you all up to date of quizzes, tests, and projects. Although, it is our last month, it is a very important month with a great deal of learning left. Therefore, I cannot stress the importance of daily attendance. We have several quizzes, one test, and one major essay left to complete before the end of this month. If your child is not in class, it could make the assignments more difficult for him. The content matter is very important moving into 8th grade, whether at Gracepoint or any other school. Gracepoint very much urges that all doctor's appointments be scheduled after lunch, 12:45. I would very much appreciate your support and help in ensuring your child is at school the remainder of the year.

Today, I sent home the final grades for the Pronoun and Objects Test. I sent home both the original test taken, as well as the corrections they made. I allowed them to use all their resources to make corrections and awarded them ½ point for each mistake that was correctly answered. The final grade is the circled grade on the first page. Please sign those and return them tomorrow, Thursday.

We will be having a very short quiz THIS Friday which will cover Simple and Compound Sentence Structure. Additionally, we will continue to have small quizzes every 2/3 days until the test. Each quiz will build in length and content, as well as include previously taught content and new content. We will also continue to review all material daily in preparation for both the quizzes and test. The reasoning for this is to make them accountable for studying the material nightly, as well as being able to apply the content. I have stressed this entire year the importance of nightly studying. Hopefully by their having to study nightly in preparation for quizzes, they will have better success on the Final Test. Therefore, when it comes time to take the major test, studying should be just a review. They will also be able to apply the material taught with confidence and ease. They need to review concept cards nightly, which I am specific in guiding them which cards to study, as well as review sheets.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we begin the ground work to prepare for our final three-point essay, Disney trip. We will do the entire essay at school. I am walking them through each step of the essay, and the process of writing a three-point essay will be invaluable to them moving into 8th grade. I really cannot stress how important it is to them to stay current with each day's work. It will make the writing process so much more meaningful and easier for them to understand if they are at school daily.

Important Dates: Friday, 5/6: Quiz Tuesday, 5/10: Quiz Thursday, 5/12: Quiz Tuesday, 5/17: Sentence Structure Test Thursday, 5/19: Essays due

This Week in Language Arts

This week in Language Arts Week of February 22, 2016

We are continuing to read the novel, A Long Walk to Water. In addition to reading the novel, many literary, grammar, and writing components are being integrated as they read.

Primary Focus/Objectives: -Reading for Comprehension -Reading for Main Idea -Differentiating between Important Facts and Supporting Details -Identifying Literary Elements within Novel -Identifying and Applying Sentence Types in their written work -Expanding Sentences -Improving written responses in order to remain on topic -Parts of Speech as it applies to written work -Pronouns

We will have a Quiz, Friday, 2/26/16. The quiz will cover Chapter 7-9 in A Long Walk to Water, as well as Sentence Structure, Parts of Speech, and Subjects/Predicates.