• Here you will find information for my 7th Grade Honors Language Arts class.

    Click here for the syllabus.

    Click here to view the Honors contract.


    Weekly Update:

    3/26/2020

    Good morning!

    As things continue to develop, I wanted to just touch base. I appreciate those who have sent questions my way or just responded telling me that all is well.

    **I have put a post in Google Classroom and would love for the students to take a look and respond in the next day or two, if they are able.** It's just checking in with them.

    I'll be sending more information about the work I have planned for the kids in the next couple of days via Infinite Campus and I'll be posting the information in Google Classroom as well.

    I want to be sure to say that my goal is to provide them opportunities to be academically engaged, give them some things to read, give them some things to write about, and practice skills we've worked on previously. I do NOT want any of it to cause any stress for them or for you. Please stay in communication with me with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you!

    Stay safe.


    3/24/2020

    Today is the first day that we should be back in the classroom. The district is diligently working on a plan and more information is coming soon. An email was sent out yesterday with a survey, so please make sure to complete that today or tomorrow. Keep an eye out for more information. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. 

    Be safe!


    3/22/2020

    Good evening, 

    I apologize for the late message. I almost didn't send one out for there isn't much of an update yet. But I wanted to check in and just let you all know that we are here for you, just at a safe distance. Please reach out if you have any needs! Keep looking for updates from the district and utilize the learning tools they have posted on the district website. An additional tidbit - if your student is in need of a book, Audible is providing their audiobooks for students (of all ages) without charge. Here is the link for that -  https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

    Yesterday, I recalled a conversation I had with the kids towards the end of January when we were going over the root word pan. I chose the word pandemic and in almost every class, the students asked if this virus was a pandemic. I said no, that at that point it would've been considered an epidemic because it was only in the country of China. I told them that I doubted it would become a pandemic. I never would've imagined, yet here we are. 

    Please tell your kids that I will miss seeing them in the coming weeks. I hope to see them all soon! And, again, please reach out if you have any needs or concerns. 

    Thanks!


    3/16/2020

    Good afternoon, 

    I don't usually send messages during vacation times, but I just wanted to check in with you all. I'm sure you all have received the email from the district (or seen news coverage) pertaining to the delay in our return to school. I know that they are hard at work making a lot of important decisions regarding when we return and what will happen afterwards. During times like these, I always want to check on my families. Please let me know if you need anything and just know that I hope you all are healthy and safe! 

    I hope to be in touch in just a couple of weeks with my usual weekly update.

    Be safe! 


     3/1/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend! One more week! Here is the update:

    Monday: We will jump right in and read the first part of Act V. We will look at vocabulary and answer some questions. Homework will be to read their independent reading books and study for the test.

    Tuesday - We will finish Act V and review a bit for the test. Homework will be to read their independent reading books and study!

    Wednesday - We will take the test and then read independently. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Thursday - We will have the assembly schedule, so this is a perfect day for the Second Step lesson. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Friday - We will have a few fun activities planned to celebrate the end of the quarter. Please make sure that they read over break! After we come back, we will have one week and then AzMerit. The BEST thing they can do is keep their mind sharp by reading! 

    Please reach out with any questions or concerns! 
    Thanks!


    2/23/2020

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all are enjoying the weekend! Here is the weekly update:

    Monday - We will have reading time, complete the status of the class, and participate in the book talk. We will then have the Second Step lesson. If there is enough time, we will start Act III, Scene II. The homework is to read their independent reading book. *There will be a quiz Thursday over Act III vocabulary and comprehension.*

    Tuesday - We will be reading Act III, Scene II and answering questions. The homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Wednesday - We will finish reading Act III, Scene II and answering questions. The homework is to read their independent reading book and study for the quiz!

    Thursday - We will review and take the quiz. We will spend some time reading our independent reading books when we finish. We might start Act IV if we find ourselves with a lot of time. The homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - We will read Act IV, answer questions, and get the vocabulary for Act IV and Act V. There will be no quizzes over these Acts, but will integrate those two into the test next week. *The test is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4.* The homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Please reach out with any questions or concerns! 


    2/16/2020

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful weekend! Here is the update for the coming week

    Monday - No school!

    Tuesday - We will have some reading time. We will complete the status of the class and I'll have them write me another letter. I loved reading their reflections on their independent reading books. Then we'll compare Act II, Scene I to the movie. We might start Act II, Scene II if there is time. Homework is to read their independent reading book and study for the quiz that is Thursday.

    Wednesday - We will read Act II, Scene II and answer comprehension questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book and study for the quiz. 

    Thursday - We will have some time to review and then we'll take the quiz. They will read their Independent reading book when they are done with the quiz. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - We will read Act III, Scene I and answer questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Thank you!


    2/9/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you all have had an amazing weekend! This past week, the students blew me away with their understanding of Shakespeare. I think of 7th grade Heather Yordy and cannot imagine her getting the gist in the same way so many of my students have. I'm incredibly impressed!! This week we'll dig a little deeper into the wonderful world of Shakespeare. Here is the plan:

    Monday: We will spend time reading our independent reading books, filling out the status of the class, and writing a letter about what we've read (rather than the book talk). We'll then have our Second Step lesson. We'll end class with a vocabulary activity - Quiz will be Wednesday on these words as well as the characters introduced in Act I. Homework is to study the vocabulary, characters, and read their independent reading book. 

    Tuesday: We'll read Act I, Scene II (which they've already read as the introductory lesson). They'll answer some comprehension questions and then we'll compare it to the movie. Homework is to study the vocabulary, characters, and read their independent reading book.

    Wednesday: We will have a bit of review and then take the quiz. Any additional time in class will be spent reading our independent reading books. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    Thursday: We will dig in and read Act II, Scene I - splitting it into two sections: Lines 1-59, and then Lines 59-195. We'll read and answer comprehension questions. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday: This is a flex day to finish up anything from Act II, Scene I. I have a few ideas sketched out that include Living Pictures/Tableaus and a possible writing activity. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

    Thanks.


    2/2/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Here is the update for this week:

    Monday - We will have reading time, do the status of the class for where they are in their books, and participate in the Book Talk. We will then have our Second Step Lesson. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Tuesday - We will have an assembly in the morning, so we will not be having class. They do not need to bring anything. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Wednesday - We will have do a little activity to continue to expose them to the language of Shakespeare and show them that they truly can read and understand what is going on! I have to tell you that Friday was so much fun as they read (some in British-like accents). We will then read the first part of Act 1, Scene 1. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - We will work through some questions on the text and then they will have a short writing assignment in Google Classroom. Homework is to read their independent reading book and finish the writing if not completed in class.

    Friday - We will read the second part of Act 1, Scene 1. Then we will watch some of the movie to aid in comprehension as well as compare what we thought it would look like to what the director decided to do. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

    Thank you.


    1/26/2020

    Good afternoon, 

    I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. Please note that you may receive two different messages now that the on-level and honors courses are reading different novels. Here is the update for the on-level course for this week: 

    Monday - We will have a short quiz over the skills we've practiced over the last couple of weeks. Then we'll have time to read and do an independent reading check, if time allows. Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Tuesday - We will have several stations to introduce the students to the world of Shakespeare as we prepare to read A Midsummer Night's Dream. A note about this novel - I had the students read and write an essay on the importance of reading the classics, because I anticipate that they might feel like I did when I was asked to read Shakespeare - fear, apathy, and confusion. I hope that the reading of this novel this year will break down those feelings and provide some fun exposure to this author and type of work. Fingers crossed! Homework will be to read their independent reading book. 

    Wednesday - We will have our Second Step lesson and then finish up the stations. Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - Spring picture day! Pictures will be taken during my class. Then we will have an introductory lesson prior to starting the novel. Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - We might need time to finish the introductory lesson. Then I will be providing them with some additional resources that should help them as we read. If we have time, we'll start Act 1 Scene 1, but I don't want to rush! Homework will be to read their independent reading book.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 
    Thank you.


    1/19/2020

    Good afternoon! 

    I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! Here are the plans for this week: 

    Monday - No School! 

    Tuesday - We will check off the rough draft, complete the revise/edit sheet, and start typing the final draft of the essay. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay process. 

    Wednesday - We will (hopefully) finish the final drafts in class. The students who get done early can read or work on other classwork. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Thursday - We will complete the Second Step lesson and then have flex time to finish the essay. The students who are done can read or work on other classwork. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Friday - After going through this process and then having them write the essay, I'm still seeing some struggles with reading articles on the same topic that present two different ideas. We'll practice that again and then have a short quiz on it Monday of next week. I'm hoping the additional practice will help. After that activity, rather than start the new novels, we will just have time to read or I'll preview some new books I've bought. Homework is to read their independent reading book. 

    I have to say that I am so proud of the students. I gave them a challenging task that combined several different difficult standards into one assignment. They are persevering! I hope they know how much I appreciate their hard work! 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 


    1/12/2020

    Good afternoon!

    I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend. I know the first week back can be a bit exhausting, so I got a lot of rest! I hope the students spent some time recovering as well! I'm so proud of the students and how they jumped in ready to be more organized and even more successful this semester. That made my heart happy! Here is the plan for this week: 

    Monday - we will have some time to read and then discuss their independent reading books. We'll discuss the two different essay types they have written (informative and argumentative); then they will get the official essay prompt: What is the importance of teaching the classics? In groups, they will look back over the articles and come up with some possible evidence that will support an informative essay on this topic. Official brainstorming starts tomorrow. Homework is to read their independent reading book.

    Tuesday - we will work on brainstorming for their essay. They can choose to use my format, or one of their own. It will be checked Wednesday by the end of class. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Wednesday - we will finish the brainstorming (checked off by the end of class). They can start their rough draft once they've been checked off. This will be due NEXT Tuesday at the beginning of class. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Thursday - I will be out for professional development. They are to work on their rough draft and show their best behavior to the substitute. I try my absolute best to never miss, so when I'm out I expect them to be their best selves. Homework is to read their independent reading book. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Friday - we will continue working on the rough draft. It is due Tuesday (1/21) at the beginning of class. Once they finish, they should work through the revise/edit checklist. The computers will be available Tuesday so they can start their final draft. Homework is to read their independent reading book and keep up with the essay writing process.

    Due dates: 

    • Brainstorming: Wednesday 1/15 at the end of class
    • Rough Draft: Tuesday 1/21 at the beginning of class
    • Final Draft: Wednesday 1/22 at the end of class

    Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you!


    1/5/2020

    Happy New Year! 

    I hope you all had a wonderful break. Here is the update for the coming week:

    Monday - No school for students. 

    Tuesday - We will have time to read and then we will have an activity related to independent reading. We will also discuss the notebooks and general organization. We will also discuss class jobs. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Wednesday - We are going to have a little fun (I hope)! Because of winning the CEF grant, I purchased some games to help with vocabulary and writing. I thought this would be the perfect day to try some of them out! The students will play the games and do some writing. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Thursday - We will dig in and do a little bit of reading and research for the Quarter 3 essay. On the exam, I noticed a few weak spots with a few standards, so we will take a look at those by reading a few informational texts. Those led to an essay prompt, so I thought we would go ahead and do the essay first. That will give us time to then enjoy the novels for Quarter 3. (More info about them in the coming weeks). Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    Friday - We will read 2 additional articles that will help us with those standards and with gathering information for the essay prompt. The essay will be an informative essay on the importance of teaching the classics. Depending upon how timing of our novels goes, we might also write an argumentative on the topic toward the end of the quarter. Homework will be to read their independent reading books.

    So you are aware of deadlines: 

    January 9-10 - reading and gathering information

    January 13-15 - brainstorming and begin rough draft

    January 16-17 - rough draft and revise/edit

    January 21-22 - work on the final draft (typed)

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 

    Thank you!


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