There will be a vocabulary test Tuesday on the first batch of words from A Christmas Carol. This will be part fill-in-the-blank and part create-your-own-sentence. New words will be distributed to scholars on Wednesday. Monday, I will give students a rubric for their final summative task due before Christmas. This is a small group project involving identifying a systemic problem and innovating possible solutions. Throughout the week, students will be working on text-dependent questions from the book. These will be due by the end of the week. We will also be doing activities focusing on cause and effect using supplemental informational texts.
New Vocabulary**All these words come from our current anchor text, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.
1. Clergyman 2. Veneration 3. Emphatic 4. Residual 5. **I'm at home, with most recently updated list on my school computer. There's one word I'm not sure about, since I edited the list at school. Kids have all the words in their journals.**
6. Solemn 7. Covetous 8. Implore 9. Obscure 10. Indignantly 11. Homage
12. Ominous 13. Misanthropic 14. Relinquish 15. Melancholy
DUE TO THE FACT THAT SEVERAL STUDENTS WILL BE LEAVING TOWN EARLY, I WON'T TEST OUR YOUNG SCHOLARS ON THESE WORDS UNTIL THEY RETURN FROM THE BREAK.
Monday, we will assess our ability to identify run-on sentences, as I continue to see too many of these in student writing.
**Our young scholars have a passage to memorize and recite. They have had this for a few weeks, at this point, and I will soon begin to enter grades into Gradespeed whether they have recited the quote or not. My homeroom class was to have had it done by Thanksgiving, whereas the 7th grade group I teach later in the week needs to have it done before Christmas.
When we return from the break, we will begin working on our summative task for this unit, which involves identifying a systemic problem and innovating a solution. Students will work together on this task. A rubric will be distributed as soon as they return from the break.
*FINALLY, STUDENTS NEED TO TAKE CARE OF ALL UNFINISHED BUSINESS ASAP, AS IT WILL BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE UP OLD WORK AFTER THANKSGIVING.
I have an important update for you: we are going to push our reading of The Glory Field into next semester. Instead, this coming week, we are starting a unit using Dickens' A Christmas Carol as our anchor text. You do not need to buy a copy of this book. We have copies here, and, it is also available for free on-line.
**Important** There is a vocabulary test Monday. Students will receive new words by mid-week. I will post them in due time.
Also, if students have not submitted their Contender essays/projects, they need to do so ASAP, as we are beginning a new unit with new tasks to be accomplished.
This week, 7th grade scholars will write their Contender essays. Everyone should have a rubric for this writing task by the end of tomorrow. Text dependent questions on the last half of the novel are due Tuesday. We will wrap up Contender discussions by the end of the week. Soon, we will begin Walter Dean Myers' The Glory Field.
NEW VOCABULARY: serene, onslaught, deaden, emblem, spar, adversary, aptitude, banish, conspicuous, luminous, malleable
There will be a quiz on punctuation usage mid-week. **Commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, and parentheses.
Bonus points to anyone who got the reference above! It's a music thing.
All right - for the remainder of the week this is what we've got:
Wednesday = vocabulary quiz, punctuation review (commas, colons, semicolons, dashes, parentheses), writing workshop. I will sit down with individual students and review the first draft of their recently submitted research papers.
We must finish The Contender soon, as a new unit begins later next week. Students will be annotating the remainder of The Contender and answering graded text-dependent questions over the next few days.
Before the end of the week, our young scholars will receive a rubric for their next major writing assignment, a research essay about what it means and what it takes to be a contender. They will reflect on what can make them contenders. There will also be a research element, as they will find and cite examples of other people who were contenders.
The next anchor text is called The Glory Field.
There is no new vocabulary list, yet - coming soon.
In My Class:
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