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7th Grade English Language Arts (ELA)

Seventh Grade English Language Arts is a class where students will read, write, and research.  The reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop model will be utilized. Students will write personal narratives, argument paragraphs, and historical essays.  Concentration will be focused on developing good content and writing well with good spelling and conventions.  Students will be reading everyday with novels and books of their choice to build good comprehension and fluency.
 
Contact Mrs. Melville at: lmelville@swcrk.org or 810-591-1727
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5/25/18

Hi!

  • Arguments: Please login to Google Classroom. Open your argument and finish.
  • Class Shared Reading: The Outsiders

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will read and discuss chapters 2 and 3 of the Outsiders.

We will share a read-aloud to learn to comprehend literature.

By the end of the hour, all students will have read and discussed The Outsiders chapters 2 and 3.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

5/24/18

Hi!

  • Arguments: Please login to Google Classroom. Open your argument and be ready to finish.
  • Class Shared Reading: The Outsiders
  • Arguments: Transition Words and Works Cited

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will add transition words and the works cited page to their argument.

We will write arguments with research-based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will have added transition words and a works cited page.

5/23/18

Hi!

  • Arguments: Please login to Google Classroom. Open your argument and be ready to finish.
  • Class Shared Reading: The Outsiders
  • Arguments: Commentary and Closing

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will learn ways to add interviews and commentary to their arguments.  

We will write arguments with research-based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will have added their commentary and closings to their arguments.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will read and discuss chapter 2 of The Outsiders.

We will share a read-aloud to learn to comprehend literature.

By the end of the hour, all students will have read and discussed The Outsiders chapter 2.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

5/22/18

Hi!

  • Please begin your reading/ If needed complete: Short Story Priscilla and the Wimps: Notice and Note & Summary/ Any work needed on the Argument.
  • Reading: The Outsiders: Finish Chapter 1. Start Chapter 2.
  • Arguments: Writing Supporting Evidence

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will learn ways to add interviews and commentary to their arguments.  

We will write arguments with research-based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will have added their interviewee's comments and commentary to their arguments.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

5/21/18

Hi!

  • Please begin your reading/ If needed complete: Short Story Priscilla and the Wimps: Notice and Note & Summary
  • Starting Class Shared Reading: The Outsiders

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will be introduced to the classic novel The Outsiders.

We will share a read-aloud to learn to comprehend literature.

By the end of the hour, all students will have been introduced to The Outsiders and begin to comprehend Chapter One.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Week May 14-18

5/18/18

Hi!

  • Please begin your reading/ If needed complete: Short Story Priscilla and the Wimps: Notice and Note & Summary
  • Arguments: Writing Supporting Evidence

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will learn about the START method to write evidence to support their claims.

We will write arguments with research-based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will have written START sentences for their evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.




5/17/18

Hi!

  • Please begin your reading.
  • Short Story Priscilla and the Wimps:
  • Partner Reading
  • Notice and Note
  • Summary


5/16/18

Hi!

  • Please begin your reading.
  • Arguments: Writing Claims

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will learn about writing claims for their arguments and begin writing their arguments.

We will write arguments with research-based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will have written a claim for their argument and begin to type the evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.



5/15/18

Hi!

  • Please begin your reading.
  • Arguments: Partner Interviews
  • Finish the work from yesterday: find two research-based facts

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will interview a student to get supporting evidence on how to make Swartz Creek Middle School a better place.

We will write arguments with research-based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will have interviewed a student based on their own views to add more evidence to their arguments.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.





5/14/18

Hi!

Book Fair Monday/Library/Reading

  • Please begin your reading
  • Arguments

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will begin their research for their argument to make Swartz Creek Middle School a better place.

We will write arguments with research based information.

By the end of the hour, all students will pick their research topic and begin gathering research for the argument paragraph.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.






Week May 7-11

5/11/18

Hi! Book Fair Monday: Bring your money!

All final drafts were due last Wednesday.  Any still not turned in are due!!

  • Please begin your reading/40 Book Challenge Checks
  • Arguments

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will be introduced to argument text.

We will practice citing pros and cons to an issue.

By the end of the hour, all students will have read an article on Should We have Recess? Then state pros and cons for each side.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.



5/10/18

  • Reading
  • Seat Changes
  • Discussion of Priscilla and the Wimps

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will discuss the story elements of the short story and name them.

We will be proficient at identifying parts of a story.

By the end of the hour, all students will have discussed the story elements of the short story.



5/9/18

  • Reading
  • Short Story: Priscilla and the Wimps


5/8/18

Hi!

All final drafts were due Wednesday.  Any still not turned in are due!!

  • Please begin your reading/40 Book Challenge Checks
  • Arguments
  • M-Step: 2nd, 3rd, 4th hours

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will be introduced to argument text.

We will practice citing pros and cons to an issue.

By the end of the hour, all students will have read an article on Should We have Recess? Then state pros and cons for each side.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

5/7/18

Hi!

All final drafts were due Wednesday.  Any still not turned in are due!!

  • Please begin your reading/MAZE Retakes/STAR Retakes/40 Book Challenge Checks
  • M-Step Practice

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will practice for the ELA M-Step Test.

We will practice so we can be successful on the M-Step.

By the end of the hour, all students will have practiced the ELA M-Step essay prompt by typing a short essay.

5/4/18

Hi!

All final drafts were due Wednesday.  Any still not turned in are due!!

  • Please begin your reading/MAZE Retakes/STAR Retake
  • M-Step Practice

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will practice for the ELA M-Step Test.

We will practice so we can be successful on the M-Step.

By the end of the hour, all students will have practiced the ELA M-Step practice.

 

All final drafts were due yesterday. Any still not turned in are due at the beginning of class.

5/3/18

Hi!

All final drafts were due yesterday.  Any still not turned in are due at the beginning of class.


  • Please begin your reading/MAZE Retakes
  • M-Step Practice in the Computer Lab 804

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will practice for the ELA M-Step Test.

We will practice so we can be successful on the M-Step.

By the end of the hour, all students will have practiced the ELA M-Step program.

Final Drafts:

  • Staple your project in the correct order.
        • Beginning Page
        • Section One
        • Section Two
        • Section Three
        • Ending
        • Works Cited
  • Number your pages.
  • Fill out your rubric from the blue packet.
  • Turn in your SQ3R Notes.
  • Turn in your rough draft packet.

All final drafts are due today, Wednesday, at the end of class!

5/2/18

Hi! Work Day! All final drafts are due today, Wednesday, at the end of class!

  • Continue Historical Essay Final Drafts:

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

All students will write and finish their Historical Essay Final Draft.

We will write well-organized informational pieces.

By the end of the hour, all students should have their final draft completely written.

 

Final Drafts:

  • Staple your project in the correct order.
        • Beginning Page
        • Section One
        • Section Two
        • Section Three
        • Ending
        • Works Cited
  • Number your pages.
  • Fill out your rubric from the blue packet.
  • Turn in your SQ3R Notes.
  • Turn in your rough draft packet.


Final Drafts are due Wednesday at the end of class!

5/1/18  

Hi! Work Day! Continue your final drafts! :)

All final drafts are due Wednesday at the end of class!

M-Step Testing: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Hour: Do your best on the test! 

  • Continue Historical Essay Final Drafts: Complete Section Three, the ending and the Works Cited Page
  • Star Test Results: Conferences with Students

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

Today, we will STAR Test.






All students will write section Section Three, the ending and the Works Cited Page of their Historical Essay Final Draft.

We will STAR test to see our growth in ELA since the fall.




We will write well-organized informational pieces.

Each student will complete the STAR test with 100% effort to show true growth from the fall.



By the end of the hour, all students should have their Section Three, the ending and the Works Cited Page completely written.

 

 

Final Drafts:

  • Staple your project in the correct order.
        • Beginning Page
        • Section One
        • Section Two
        • Section Three
        • Ending
        • Works Cited
  • Number your pages.
  • Fill out (self-evaluation) your rubric from the blue packet.
  • Turn in your SQ3R Notes.
  • Turn in your rough draft packet.


4/30/18

Hi! Work Day! Continue your final drafts! :)


STAR Testing: Make-Ups

  • Continue Historical Essay Final Drafts: Complete Section One, Two and Three.
  • Star Test Results: Conferences with Students

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

Today, we will STAR Test.






All students will write section one, two, and three of their Historical Essay Final Draft.

We will STAR test to see our growth in ELA since the fall.




We will write well-organized informational pieces.

Each student will complete the STAR test with 100% effort to show true growth from the fall.



By the end of the hour, all students should have their section one, two and three completely written.

 

4/27/18

Hi! Work Day! Start your final drafts! :)


STAR Testing: Make-Ups

  • Begin Historical Essay Final Drafts: Complete the Beginning and Section One.

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

Today, we will STAR Test.






All students will write the beginning and section one of their Historical Essay Final Draft.

We will STAR test to see our growth in ELA since the fall.




We will write well-organized informational pieces.

Each student will complete the STAR test with 100% effort to show true growth from the fall.



By the end of the hour, all students should have their beginning and section one completed.

4/26/18

HI! Please begin your reading. :)

STAR Testing: All Classes: Please do your very best!  :)

  • When Finished, Finish all pages up to pg.14 in the Historical Essay Packet.
  • Begin Historical Essay Final Drafts

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

Today, we will STAR Test.






All students will begin to write the Historical Essay Final Draft.

We will STAR test to see our growth in ELA since the fall.




We will write well-organized informational pieces.

Each student will complete the STAR test with 100% effort to show true growth from the fall.



By the end of the hour, all students will start writing their final drafts.

4/25/18

HI! Please begin your reading. :)

Evacuation Slide Show: 3rd Hour

  • Reading/ Teacher Conferences with students and papers/ Finish all pages up to pg.13
  • Historical Essay Assignment: Works Cited

Learning Target:

Why?

Success Criteria:

Today, we will write our Works Cited Pages for the Historical Essay.


If time, we will begin our final drafts.

We will write well-organized informational pieces.

By the end of the hour, all students will have their Historical Essay works cited page written.