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Mrs. Amy Finley

7th Grade Lions Language Arts

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September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy Friday!

Today in class the student’s were working on revising their narrative writing piece. If they were finished I gave them a catch-up day to finish up any MobyMax/No Red Ink homework, Google Classroom book project,  read a book, or even visit the library to check-out new books.

 

Homework:

  • Book Projects are due on Google Classroom toinght!
  • Read 20-30 minutes daily to prepare for the essay due next month on 10/31

 

Core Only:

  • MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Informational” is due tonight!

 

Advanced Only:

  • No Red Ink practice is due tomorrow by midnight!

 

~Mrs. Finley

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today in class we looked at some mentor examples of narrative essays. I then had the students start making revisions on their essays. Some students even scrapped their essay and chose to start over. We will continue working and revising them over the next few days.

Homework:

All students:

*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the book essay due on Friday on Google Classroom.

 

Advanced:

*No Red Ink practice is due Saturday by midnight.

 

Core:

*MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Friday.

 

Tomorrow I am out for an appointment, however the students know they will continue revising their essays.

-Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sorry for not blogging yesterday! I had missed three days and was not in the habit of updating the website.

Today in class we focused on our narrative essay that the students wrote as an on demand. We focused just on hooks and introductions. I showed the students a lot of different ways that they can begin their narrative essay and gave them lots of examples. We will revise our introduction tomorrow in class. Through the next week or two we will revise our writing and go through the writing process with our narrative essay.

Homework:

All students:
*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the one page essay due on Friday 9/30!  Turn in using Google Classroom!

Core Classes:
*MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Informational” is due by Friday 9/30.

Advanced Classes:
*No Red Ink phrases and dependent clauses practice is due by Saturday 10/1.

 

7th Grade Homework Website

 

~Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Good Morning!

Yesterday I completely forgot to post! Sorry!

We are reviewing some vocabulary and discussing some economic terms that will be in our new unit on extreme poverty and how individuals and governments can help around the world. We will also study how authors construct an argument to persuade readers.

The next two days, Wednesday and Thursday, I will not be at school because all the Language Arts teachers are attending a Professional Development on On Demand Writing and Assessment. The students will have a substitute both days. I am leaving them a short documentary to watch called Billions in Change that is about the creator of five-hour energy and some ways that he is helping to end extreme poverty around the world. They will answer some basic comprehension questions as they watch the documentary, but then they will also be analyzing the film. This documentary will help start our discussion to the new unit.

Friday I will be back at school and we will be going to the library for the book fair. It is the last day, so I have advised the students that if they have money and want a book they may want to try to go sooner than Friday so they still have a nice selection to choose from. The advanced students will also have their vocabulary quiz on Friday. Usually we play a review game, however since I’m out the two days before we will have to skip it this one time.

Advanced students will take a pre-test as homework on No Red Ink.com over Phrases and Dependent Clauses. Based on the Diagnostic test the students took a lot of students are struggling with this and need some extra review. Before I assign the practice, I’d like to get a good measure to compare their post-test to to see how much they have gained. The quiz will take 15-20 minutes and is not due until Saturday at midnight. 🙂

 

I will blog once again on Friday! Have a great week!

 

All Classes:
*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on Google Classroom on 9/30.

*Bring money for the book fair.

Advanced:
*Study for the vocabulary quiz on Friday 9/23.

*No Red Ink Phrases and Dependent Clauses Pre-Test due on Saturday 9/24.

Core:
*MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Informational” is due on Friday. (Please note: We are switching from “Reading Skills Literature” to “Reading Skills Informational.”)

 

7th Grade Homework Website

 

~Mrs. Finley

Friday, September 16, 2016

Today in class the students had the opportunity to retake their tests. I have entered all of the scores for 1st, 3rd, and 6th hour. A few students have to still finish their retake so they may not have a score in yet. 7th hour did not retake their test yet because we had team day outside during 7th hour. They will retake on Monday.

Homework:

  • Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay on 9/30. The essay can be turned in on Google Classroom.
  • If students did not finish MobyMax “Reading Skills Literature” or No Red Ink (Advanced students) they have until midnight to get it completed.
  • Advanced Only: Study vocabulary for the quiz on 9/23.

***The book fair begins next week! Bring money to purchase books.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tonight is Open House from 6-7:30! Hope to see everyone there! You can pick up midterm reports, meet the teachers, and get MAP data. There will also be an informational meeting about understanding MAP data and how to get logged in to Infinite Campus. Light refreshments will be available. Lions teachers will be in the 7th grade Lions hallway.

Today the students took their unit test. Tomorrow I will offer retakes to students who did not have a perfect score and would like the opportunity to retest.

I have been busy grading the on demand narratives and entering those grades. You should see them showing up in Infinite Campus by Monday.

Homework:

All Classes:
*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 9/30. Turn your essay in through Google Classroom.

Advanced:
*No Red Ink Diagnostic Test is due tomorrow.

*Study vocabulary for the quiz on 9/23. Students received a list of the words today and the list is on Google Classroom.

Core:
*MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Literature” is due by tomorrow.

***Reminder: Book Fair is next week!

7th Grade Homework Website

 

~Mrs. Finley

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Today was picture day! The kids took all of their pictures today during 3rd hour. We should have proofs back in a few weeks. 🙂

Students had their quiz retakes. We then finished watching an episode of “The Twilight Zone” and discuss the plot elements, as well as how the setting effected our character, etc. At the end of class we also quickly discussed the test tomorrow and what will be covered.

All Classes:
*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 9/30. Turn your essay in through Google Classroom.

Advanced:
*No Red Ink Diagnostic Test is due Friday.

*Study vocabulary words for the quiz on 9/23. Words are on Google Classroom.

Core:
*MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Literature” is due Friday.

Reminder: We have a test tomorrow. The test will cover the topics covered in class which include: context clues, how setting shapes a character, determine a theme, etc.

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Today in class the advanced students took a review quiz over what we have learned so far this year. We are getting ready for our first test later this week! We then watched an episode of “The Twilight Zone” and will be analyzing the setting in the episode, however we are also reviewing elements of a story arc.

Core students took a review quiz. I then had a few students who had retakes they needed to make up or finish MAP testing. If they were finished with everything they were allowed time to do their MobyMax minutes or read a book.


All Classes:
*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 9/30. Turn it in through Google Classroom.

Advanced:
*No Red Ink Diagnostic Test is due by Friday.

Core:
*MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Literature” is due by Friday.

Reminder:
School pictures are tomorrow!

7th Grade Homework Website

~Mrs. Finley

Monday, September 12, 2016

Good evening!

Today in class the advanced classes looked at the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. We did some quick analyzing working with both our tables and as a whole class.

Core students read the story “Charles.” We will analyze more of the setting tomorrow.

Homework:

*Read 20-30 minutes to prepare for the essay due on 9/30. Students will upload the essay onto our Google Classroom website.

*Advanced: No Red Ink diagnostic test is due by Friday!

 

*Core: MobyMax 30 minutes of “Reading Skills Literature” is due by Friday.

 

-Mrs. Finley

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