This week in Language & Literature
WHAT WE WILL DO: determine the theme of a text; continue to cite textual evidence to support literary analysis; analyze how differing points of view and dramatic irony create an effect on the reader; determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and master their use (articulate/inarticulate, formidable, calamity, discomfited, beseech, inundate, concur, reprimand, negligent, vocation, trepidation, renounce, servile, inextricable, vitriol).
We will finish Flipped this week. Young scholars need to be taking good notes as they read. The final short essay response test on the book will be open note, but not open book. This summative assessment task, featuring several text dependent questions, will occur in the middle of next week.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: occasionally check your child's agenda for homework; quiz your young scholar on the new vocabulary words - see if she/he can use them in a sentence; ask about what it means to determine THEME.
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This week, I am sitting down with students individually to score and help them improve their narratives.
We are also doing intensive purposeful annotations on our novel, Flipped, to better enable these young scholars to analyze a text and answer in depth text dependent questions.
Our new vocabulary words are: implied, constrict, retract, mangy, indeterminate, culprit, dismantle, sufficient, reluctant, encroach, molting, flustered. The vocabulary assessment task will be given Friday. I believe that in the near future I will be able to raise the difficulty level of these new vocabulary words for the majority of our wonderful 7th graders, so watch out for that.
This week, my amazing 7th grade scholars will be reading chapters 3 - 6 in Flipped, and answering text dependent questions.
Students will also begin writing personal narratives, and I will be pulling individuals and small groups to my writing workshop table for intensive writing instruction. The first narrative will be written from first person.
The scholars have received their first batch of vocabulary words. In the assessment of their knowledge of these words, students will have to use each one in a sentence including enough context clues to prove their mastery of its meaning. the words are: ornery, obstructing, majestic, covert, dilapidated, scowled, disoriented, artificial, contaminated, scrutinized, optimizing, preoccupied. They will be assessed on these words Friday.
We are working hard on developing Close Reading Tools and Purposeful Annotation skills. Along with Text Dependent Questions, Vocabulary, and Writing Workshops with embedded English grammar usage instruction, it is part of the foundation for Language and Literacy at West End.
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