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Mrs. Amy Finley

7th Grade Lions Language Arts

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March 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Today in class we finished up book talk presentations. All students finished their book talks today unless they were absent. The absent students will make-up their book talk after Spring Break.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Spring Break!

Homework:

Continue to read 20 minutes a night so you are prepared for your April book talk. Remember, you have FREE CHOICE for the month of April and May! Make sure the book is on your independent reading level, not too easy and not too hard.

~Mrs. Finley

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good evening!

I apologize for not posting on Tuesday. It was just another one of those times where school was just super busy and I completely forgot to blog.

Wednesday I was out for a meeting with all the Language Arts teachers in the building. The kids knew this ahead of time that I would be out on Wednesday. Overall they were very good for the substitute and had a great day. She took them to the book fair for most of the class period to browse books and they had a chance to prepare for their book talks.

Today we started our book talk presentations in class. We will finish up tomorrow.

I have started ending 4th quarter grades. Right now I just have the test we took and the book talks that presented today. I have not had an opportunity to go over the test with the students yet because of orchestra being out on the day that we tested and trying to get make-ups finished. I now have all of the students finished so we will go over the test after Spring Break.

Note: 3rd quarter report cards went home today with students during 7th hour.

Tomorrow we will not have 6th hour because we will have team rewards at the end of the day! What a great way to kick off Spring Break!

 

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for your book talk on Thursday, April 24.

 

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, March 24, 2014

Today in class we discussed flat vs. round characters. Students were able to read their independent reading book while working on a graphic organizer. They had to identify a round character and list reasons as to why that character changed. I was really looking for them to analyze why the character changed throughout the course of a book.

Homework:

  • Prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday!
  • Start working on your April book for your book talk. You have free choice for April and May! 🙂
  • Bring money for the book fair on Wednesday.

~Mrs. Finley

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Friday!

Today marks the end of the 3rd quarter. Today in class we played a review vocabulary game and then we took our vocabulary quiz. I’ve already put the grades in Infinite Campus and that will be their 3rd quarter grade for Language Arts.

Homework:

Read for at least 20 minutes to prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday, March 27.

~Mrs. Finley

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today in class we took our test in class. The students had the entire class period to answer 11 multiple choice, 2 short answers and 1 essay. They worked hard and I can already tell they did a great job! I have started grading most of them. I did have quite a few that missed class today for orchestra so they will need to make up the test tomorrow. This will be the first grade on the 4th quarter.

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday, March 27.

Study for the vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

~Mrs. Finley

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today in class we reviewed the vocabulary for the quiz on Friday. I also went over the test for tomorrow and what material will be covered on it. Many students wrote down the notes so they would be able to look them over tonight.

The rest of the class period students could study their vocabulary for the quiz, review for their test, finish up any reading worksheets they have not turned in to me or read silently to prepare for their book talk.

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday, March 27.

Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday.

Review for the unit test tomorrow.

~Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Today we had a lot of students out for band assessment at UK. We reviewed character traits in class and discussed adjectives. The students will have to identify adjectives in sentences on their test on Thursday. This should be a review from elementary school and even 6th grade.

Homework:

  • Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday, March 27.
  • Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday.
  • We will have a Language Arts test on Thursday. It will cover the following material:
  •           Personification
  •           Mood & Tone
  •           Summarizing
  •           Symbolism
  •           Point of View
  •           Identifying adjectives in a sentence
  •           Cause & Effect
  •           Compare & Contrast characters
  •           Irony: Dramatic, situational and verbal
  •           Conflict: Internal and external
  •           Theme

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, March 17, 2014

Today was a crazy schedule with the 2 hour delay. I was able to see 3rd hour for a normal class period, but all the other classes were only 30 minutes. This gave us just enough time in class to go over our new vocabulary words for the week and to discuss mood and tone. We should get to practice this tomorrow with our fantasy books during class.

Homework:

Study the vocabulary for the quiz on Friday.

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday, March 27 (10 days!).

~Mrs. Finley

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today in class we had a catch-up day. Some students were finishing up assignments from earlier in the week. Other students just enjoyed a free reading day.

Homework:
Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the fantasy book talk on Thursday, March 27.

Have a good weekend!

~Mrs. Finley

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