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Mrs. Amy Finley

7th Grade Lions Language Arts

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April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today in class students wrote an on-demand argumentative essay about poverty. They had the whole class period to write a five paragraph essay and try to persuade the reader to do something about the poverty issue around the world that we have been studying in class.

We are going to take these essays and begin to make revisions on them over the next week. Students will then turn this into their final writing piece.

 

Homework:

  • Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the book talk on Thursday, May 29. This is the last book talk for the year and it is FREE CHOICE! Remember that your book should be “just right” for you! Not too easy and not too hard. 

 

  • Bring your book to class tomorrow!

 

~Mrs. Finley

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Today in class we finished up our book talk presentations.

Tomorrow we are going to be taking a practice on-demand. I will give the students a prompt when they walk in to class and they will have the class period to write an essay that answers the question. This will take the entire class period. We are going to make this into our final writing piece for the school year. I will edit and have the students revise the writing piece starting next week.

 

Homework:

Prepare for the May book talk by reading 20 minutes each night. May’s book talk will begin on Thursday, May 29. This is the last one and is also FREE Choice!

 

~Mrs. Finley

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

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

 

Homework:

Prepare for the book talk presentation if you did not go today.

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the May book talk. (It’s also the last one!)

~Mrs. Finley

GT Summer Camps

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There are some great camps including aviation camp, space camp, theater, dance, drama, writing, robotics, etc.! Western Kentucky University just compiled the annual GT summer camp list. You can see all of the camps available and the dates at this website:

http://kagegifted.org/resources/summer-camps2014/ 

 

Just download the word document once there and it will pop up in a separate browser.

 

~Mrs. Finley

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Today in class we discussed why we should help people in need and how we can help them (in the U.S. and in other countries). We also played a vocabulary review game to prepare for our quiz tomorrow.

I will be out tomorrow so the students will have a sub. They will be taking their vocabulary quiz and practicing identifying some of the things they will be tested on next month, such as organizational patterns, antonyms, figurative language, etc. The remaining amount of class they will have time to read and prepare for the book talk.

 

Homework:

Study for the vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the book talk presentation on Monday.

 

~Mrs. Finley

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Today in class we looked at the article we read yesterday and analyzed the author’s argument. We really looked at the claim the author made in her argument and how she supported the claim. This should help the students since it was our second time looking at the structure the author uses to make an argument. Students are preparing to write an on-demand essay on a similar topic on Monday.

 

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the book talk on Monday.

Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday.

 

~Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today in class we read the article “Saving The World One Click At A Time.” We had some great discussion on how we could help poverty by donating to charities. The article specifically talks a lot about FreeRice. This is a great vocabulary website where students can play by correctly matching the vocabulary word with the definition. Each time they get an answer correct 20 grains of rice are donated to a family in need in another country. The vocabulary words are also fantastic! They words get progressively harder so you will start to see tougher vocabulary matches as the students get more of them correct. I highly encourage students to play this if they ever have 5 or even 10 minutes every night. A lot of the students enjoy the game and enjoy knowing that their donations are going to someone in need.

 

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the book talk on Monday, April 28 (6 days!).

Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday.

 

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, April 21, 2014

Today in class we went over our new vocabulary list for the week. Our root word this week is port which means to carry. We also discussed our vocabulary for our reading tomorrow. The students are not tested on this vocabulary, however I try to pre-teach it before we read so that they know what the words mean when we come across them. We also discussed organizational patterns, such as chronological order, compare and contrast, problem-solution, and cause and effect. The students will need to know these patterns for on their test next month. We will be doing lots of quick multiple choice practice every day identifying these different organizational patterns.

 

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the book talk next Monday, April 28.

Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday.

 

~Mrs. Finley

Friday, April 18, 2014

Today in class we took our vocabulary quiz. When we finished I let the kids silently read their library books to prepare for the book talk on Monday, April 28. I promised them I would still give them time to read in class so they could make sure they had enough time to prepare for their presentation.

 

Homework:

Read at least 20 minutes to prepare for the book talk on Monday, April 28.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

~Mrs. Finley

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