Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi my favorite 7th graders,
Today in class I taught a new reading strategy called: Emotional Event Map. It is basically listing all of the IMPORTANT events in the story. You could put these on a time line or anyway you could creatively display it. Then you are to tell whether the event for the protagonist has a positive or negative effect on him/her. Then in a different color tell the same about the supporting character. Remember to use your voice to explain your analysis. I also talked about how you still need to add to/revise all your other strategies as you are reading nightly and finding out more about the book.
Then you went back to your desk and started work on your emotional event map.

Copy the link below and paste it into your browser to view the rubric for the reading strategy entries.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1JFDEBNf4pbT06pdTuwk8g50NEb-C9mmOHvrbi4S-KM8/edit?usp=sharing

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes tonight as you read.

2. Continue to fill in your scavenger hunt sheets.

3. Revise strategies #'s 1-4 and complete strategy #5.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, January 30, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class I went over the three reading strategies you have already completed. I had you look at them and see where you have done a great job. Some of you had not completed one or more of these strategies. From there we talked about the Ladder Of Abstraction and how the details help you to understand the theme of the book.
-You went back to your seats to look at your three reading notebook entries and made them better. Added information now that you have read a little more in your book. You should be more than half way through completion of rereading your book.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes

2. Fill in your scavenger hunt chart

3. Revise all three strategies to make them better with your voice. Add more information to them about your book.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, January 27, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon,
-Today in class we had two discussions. The first one you looked at one of your reading partner's reading strategies. You then assessed their voice and had a discussion with them about where you saw their voice in the reading strategies. Copy the link to see the assessment:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1DOHn5DqDP_raahrEzSGg4nxI0I6QTcI4nkH55Xfr-9c/edit?usp=sharing

-Next you sat and did a quick write with a prompt. Copy the link to see the prompts we used at the top of the paper:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1rgkg0E1duKx9s-YSBfWJ3tZHS7GOdnkqzi5vQGWdZFg/edit?usp=sharing

-Finally after the quick write, you explained your "first thoughts" and then your "now thoughts" to your partner. You used the fortify and clarify questions on the sheet above to have an intelligent conversation about each of your books.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your page numbers, title, and minutes. Be sure to fill in your scavenger hunt
worksheet.

2. Be sure that if you want to order books from Scholastic.com that you do so over the weekend.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
-Today in class I instructed you about pressures that your protagonist feel throughout the book. Some of these pressures are internal-from within the character themselves, and some are external-from others or situations in the book. We used the short story "Rules of the Game" to talk about Waverly's pressures she felt from her mom and herself. We analyzed the pressure and what it meant for Waverly.
-Then you went back to your desk and begin to create a pressure map in your reading notebook on page 41. I had used a stick figure and put the pressures in clouds all around it, then used quotes for the pressure to show them in the book. After all the pressures were completed, I wrote at the bottom of the paper an analysis of what these pressures meant for Waverly. The other way I did it was a time line with the pressures on the top and the reactions/feelings on the bottom explaining and analyzing them.
-Lastly I went around the class and  assessed your reading notebook setting map using a HOWLs.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your rereading of your book.

2. Continue to fill in the scavenger hunt chart.

3. Finish reading notebook #3-pressure map.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, January 23, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Mondays are great aren't they?
-Today in class we talked about voice and setting. We talked about what is voice. It is writing that: Sounds like you, shows you care, shows your connection to the book through characters, conflict, setting, plot, and theme, it is worth sharing, it shows your intellect, it is intense, potent, and deep-thinking.
-We then shared with a partner the setting of our reread book. Then I explained what a setting map is and showed three examples. From there you went back to your desk and began to creatively create your setting on two pages of your notebook. As you drew the setting you were to analyze/ deep think about the setting with questions like: How does the time (year, day, season) impact the plot and characters, How does the culture impact the plot and characters, How does the weather impact the plot and characters and Why did the author chose this particular setting.  You were to be looking at your notebook assessment requirements to be sure you included all that is needed. Copy this link in your browser to see the notebook requirements:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1slf9HEWi12YFgxMKtbaheLelI1Qm1bUqbC0v5aPRKlM/edit?usp=sharing
-Then you went back to your desk to begin creating your setting and deeply analyzing it with your words. This is NOT homework, we will work again tomorrow on this.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes.

2. Continue filling in your scavenger hunt paper as you read your reread book.

3. Book MUST be a baggie.

4. Book orders are due this Friday.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Friday, January 20, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there wonderful students,
Today in class we did something a little different. I broke the class up into two groups and each group watched the video from Flocabulary about Elements of Plot. Then each of the two groups went to my Google Classroom and completed either the first or second assignment. Next week you will have an opportunity to complete the other assignment.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Continue filling out your scavenger hunt papers.

3. BOOK MUST be in a baggie.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hello,
Today in class we went over how to complete a t-chart for figurative language. I used the "Rules of the Game" short story as an example. Last night you were to read with your focus on figurative language/author's craft. You were to fill in your chart for especially the two boxes repetition and literary devices. Then today in class you were to look at those boxes and create a t-chart. You needed four examples of figurative language with detailed explanations.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Be sure to fill in your scavenger hunt chart looking for all ten boxes in your reading. You are to be analyzing your story as you are reading it as opposed to just reading for the plot.

3. Finish four boxes of t-chart.

4. BOOK ORDERS are due 1/27. You can bring in one check with the orders or go on line and order. Scholasticbooks.com and use code: HC3C7.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
-Today in class we went over the Author's Craft sheet I handed out a short period ago. Page 15 in your reading notebook. Copy and past here this link to view the page:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1APhEVmk0ZRvcDZcyAaJIuKOtdhCHcjJvAp9xyI8VoQA/edit?usp=sharing
-We talked about examples from the story "Rules of the Game."
-Then you started reading your rereading book and filling in the chart that was given you yesterday. Copy and paste the link below to see the chart:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/13fxb0dLBne4PSGRgUG5Y97_hzVMWwLc-Cq1mCWjOeHY/edit?usp=sharing
-Then you spent the last 5 or more minutes reading and filling in the chart and continue tonight.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, minutes and pages.

2. Fill in your chart-Literary Element Scavenger Hunt

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hi there,
-Today in class we talked about universal topic words and theme statements that are common among novels, short stories, songs, and poems. We talked about how a common theme of power ran through the story, "Rules of the Game", a poem called: "Size is Relative", and other common books or songs that had this theme in them. We talked about "Wings" by Mackelmore and "Grenade" by Bruno Mars as having this common theme.
-We then looked at a triple t-chart and discussed it. Copy the link below into your browser to see the chart:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1ejs_DrqqCsBmDdk75A6QbkSJLnOrh9_5En0vwkdaKA/edit?usp=sharing
-Then I handed out a Literary Elements Scavenger Hunt paper. You began to think about your reread book and the chart. You are to begin to fill it in and continue to fill it in during your reading of the book. Be sure to include page numbers in the boxes. Copy this link to your browser to view the chart:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/13fxb0dLBne4PSGRgUG5Y97_hzVMWwLc-Cq1mCWjOeHY/edit?usp=sharing

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Begin filling out your boxes chart.

3. Be sure to have your REREAD book in a baggie.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, January 13, 2017

Classwork and Homework

It is Friday!!!
Today in class we finished reading "Rules of the Game." The link to this is on yesterdays homework page on this blog. After we finished reading it, we talked about topic words  that would describe both character's perspective of the story and its happenings.
The next thing we did was to sit alone first and create a couple of theme statements. Then with our table-mates we chose the best written theme statement that everyone agreed upon.
Lastly, we share out these theme statements and discussed them.
Some passed in their reading notebook and others will pass it in on Tuesday if they feel they need to improve the quality of their theme statements.
Copy and paste the link below to see one of the reading notebook strategies. It is the t-chart. You also could create a venn diagram and on the back write topic words and 2-3 theme statements. Look at t-chart on the back to understand this.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1cepqjM5ak3IQMeuhkcTbpdE4EIr7RZzPUed5GuFN92I/edit?usp=sharing

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Finish or improve your reading notebook entry #2 which is a t-chart or a venn diagram.

3. Last chance to bring in your rereading book. It MUST be here by Tuesday in a baggie.

Have a great long weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class I showed a short video to let you see that you miss a lot while watching something or reading something.
Here are two links for videos to show you that we need to look closer at details. Double click on them:
Spot the Difference:

Whodunnit?

Then we began reading the story "Rules of the Game" by Amy Tan. Click here for the story:

During the time we were reading the story, we created a t-chart. One side for Waverly and one side for Mother. As we read the story, we looked for quotes, details and important characteristics about each and listed them on the chart.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Finish your reading notebook entry up to the point of writing topic words, but not necessarily writing the theme statement. Do think about it and if you come up with a strong one, write it down.

3. Bring reread book in a baggie.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Good evening,
Today in class you sat with your table-mates and talked about the important characteristics of both your protagonist and secondary character. Then we shared these out loud so everyone could hear words we attach to characters.
Then I instructed about the next reading notebook entry about characters and themes you can conclude from their actions, thoughts and feelings around the events of the story.  You could choose to complete a t-chart or a venn diagram. On the back of these you are to write some topic words about both the protagonist and the secondary character. Then you are to write a theme statement about their perspectives of the story.
See me if you need a copy of these.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Work on reading notebook #2 which is due Friday.

3. BE SURE TO BRING THE BOOK YOU WANT TO REREAD IN A BAGGIE.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class your sat with reading table-mates and began rereading your second short story. As you were reading, you underlined or highlighted sentences, phrases or words that were about who your protagonist or secondary character. Once you underlined them, you were to identify if they were the protagonist=P or the secondary character=SC. Once that is done, then you are to write what the underlined or highlighted words tell you about the character. Who is this character, what are they thinking or feeling, what are they wondering?

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages and minutes.

2. FINISH annotating your story for the protagonist and the secondary character.

3. Bring in your book you are going to reread in a baggie.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, January 9, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class you self-assessed your reading notebook entry of the T-Chart that you completed for Friday's class. Some of you handed these in to me and I handed them back for you to self-assess.
 Here is the link to the assessment. Remember to copy it into your browser and print off to complete.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1slf9HEWi12YFgxMKtbaheLelI1Qm1bUqbC0v5aPRKlM/edit?usp=sharing

Next, I handed out a trimester two analysis of goal sheet. Copy the link into your browser and print it off to complete.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1slf9HEWi12YFgxMKtbaheLelI1Qm1bUqbC0v5aPRKlM/edit?usp=sharing

Lastly, I handed out another short story that you were to read to understand tonight. Do not need to annotate it, just read it and be prepared to discuss it tomorrow with your tablemates.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record: You are to use your short story for some of your reading tonight. Then you may read the rest of the pages out of your free reading book.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, January 6, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in classes we conducted our spelling bee. We have five winners:Mei M., Nathaniel S., Garet M., Rise A., and Emily C. CONGRATULATIONS to them all.

You also passed in your reading notebook point of view entry. Some came to class without it completed. It needs to be DONE!

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi students,
Today in class we reviewed what we did yesterday in class. We went over the section called read one. Some students did not have their homework done, therefore, they had to finish section one while the rest of the class completed section two.
Copy the link in your browser to see read 1 and read 2.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1O6SuZNDiY8w10BqCVtUIA8hcksbmPau7tarXDJATlhs/edit?usp=sharing

Some of you worked with your group today and others worked on their own.
I passed out a Reading Notebook Entry-Point of View. Copy the link into your browser to see this paper.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1cepqjM5ak3IQMeuhkcTbpdE4EIr7RZzPUed5GuFN92I/edit?usp=sharing

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes.

2. Reading Notebook Entry-point of view

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we did some good work. We started out with reading a poem. Copy this link and put into browser to see poem:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1fZwBLx6N4hIJLz5EOmtrPx0wMuraOKIXq6UBhbgDSy0/edit?usp=sharing
We talked a lot about the deep meaning of this poem as the last line was a twist to it. Next you and your partners wrote topic words under the poem and from these you created a theme statement.

Then I gave each group a short story to read. As you were reading it, you were to annotate it. See the directions below

Short Story Club Task Card

FIRST READING:
  1. Read the short story:  Independently or with your partner.
  2. Annotate:  Underline and circle small details that help you gain a deeper understanding of the protagonist’s thoughts and feelings.  Write notes in the margins to explain why you underlined/circled the phrases.  (Independently or with your partner)
  3. Share and Discuss the annotations that you made.  
  4. Theme statement:  Decide which topic words (love, friendship, trust, hardship, grief, etc.) were important in this story and write a theme statement that expresses what the protagonist learned about this topic word.  (Friendship helps people get through tough times.)

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Be sure to bring in a book you like reading as you will be rereading it.

3. Read your story and do the above instructions for the short story club task card.  After you read and underline or circle things, be sure you to create a list of words 2-3 about the theme. You have a list of theme/topic words in your reading notebook on page 18.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hello everyone,
We are back from vacation and hope all had a great one.
I first looked at what you read over vacation and gave you a responsibility grade. You had to have read at least four nights to get a three.

Today in class we read and watched two videos about Bruno's Mars song titled Grenade. We read the lyrics first and annotated it for what it was about, what did it mean for you, what did you notice, emotions, point of view, and anything else you can come up with.
Then we watched Bruno Mars and took notes about the video and discussed it in small groups.
Then we watched Delilah and took notes about the video and discussed it in small groups. We made comparisons to the two videos.

Copy the links below in your browser and view them all.

Here is the link for the lyrics:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1rb-51IbM1HvYljZSTHDdbbEfBIb8t1j29BlWCLGIXag/edit?usp=sharing

Here is the link for Bruno Mars' Grenade video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs

Here is the link for Delilah singing Grenade:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEuOyU1_jkA

Then on page 28 of your reading notebooks you began writing theme statements with your group about the songs.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your pages, title and minutes.

2. Bring in a book you recently, within the last year or so,  loved reading and would not mind rereading it. You will be rereading this book and using it to create a companion book in our next writing unit.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs