March 23, 2020
Please continue to work on ReadWorks in Google Classroom as is assigned each day. You were assigned 5 last week and 5 this week. I am proud of the efffort you are putting into your work. Keep it up! I will have all of what was turned in graded so that you can see what you earned. If there is a low score, I will reassigne them tomorrow so that you can improve your score.
Since we are not together in class, you will continue our work at home on line. The following has been assigned for you to work online:
READWORKS – I have assigned one article every day for you to work on starting on Monday, March 16 through March 31st. Please make a copy and paste your written answers on Google Docs and send them to me to check. We had some issues in the past of your written answers not showing up, so I want to make sure that I get them from you. Be sure to write the title of the article and the date at the top of the page.
READSEED – April 1, 2, 3 complete at least 4 passages and questions.
IXL – If you have not completed D.P.1 or 2P1, please complete this by Tuesday, March 17.
April 1, 2, 3 Everyone work and complete DS2.
Also, 7th grade, please work on IXL for Mrs. Wiacek and my co taught class.
We have been working on our classification skills and using Tree Maps to identify main ideas and supporting details. Students are beginning to learn how to write paragraphs from this map using a topic sentence, details to support the topic, and a concluding sentence of why the information is important to know. We have mapped out an article called “Political Parties” and wrote a paragraph reflecting the information in the article.
Since the school closings, I will be posting work for the students to do on line next week. Students already know how to logon to IXL, ReadSeed, and ReadWorks using ILearn and Google Classroom.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
If you do not have internet, Comcast is offering free internet access. The link is below if you so choose. Be sure to read the details carefully.
We have been working on paragraph structures with sequencing being our focus. Students have learned how to use a Flow Map to help them understand sequencing and comprehend articles using time order.
We just finished learning how to summarize and retell narratives as well as an informational pieces. Students have been working on being able to tell the difference between the two.
This semester we will be working on informational text and learning how to use text evidence to support a claim. Each week students are receiving articles and using reading strategies such as Talking to the Text, Question-Answer-Relationships (QAR), and Claim/Evidence/Reasoning (CER) to understand text and understand how to make an argument.
We have been using IXL, READWORKS.ORG, and Newsela.com to support student learning.
Conferences will be this week. I will be in the Media Center on Monday and Wednesday from 4-7, with both Mrs. Hojeije and Mrs. Wiacek. Please stop by my table to discuss Language Arts Lab during this time.
We have been busy reading informational text passages and learning how to argue a claim by finding evidence and discussing our reasoning using talk to the text strategies and Socratic Seminar format. Most articles are taken from “Newsela”. The first article was about the sport of pigeon racing and the other was about the legality of lemonade stands in Denver.
We will continue practicing comprehension, vocabulary and fluency skills with narrative text using 5 W’s and 1 H summarizing strategy and talk to text.
This week we are continuing to work on summarizing strategy using the 5 W’s and 1 H Reading Strategy with narrative texts. We are continuing to practice this strategy and reviewing previous work to make corrections. This strategy will also be introduced with informational text as well.
Last week we read “There Were Two” focusing on the elements of a story. (Character, Setting, Conflict, and Resolution). We will continue to focus on those elements as we continue to explore fiction stories.
This week we will focus on identifying the theme of “There Were Two” as well as other stories as students learn to follow the characters changes within the story which usually leads to identifying the theme.
Also, we are focusing on summarizing using the 5 W’s and 1 H Summarizing strategy and applying it to a variety of stories.
Students need to bring their library books as we will be reading in class to build their stamina in reading.
Welcome to Language Arts Lab
What Will I Learn In This Class
Students will focus on mastering a variety of universal reading and writing strategies to help not only in Language Arts, but in all other classes. These reading and writing strategies will be taught using a variety of texts including some from their Language Arts class. Students will work independently and with their classmates to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills throughout the semester.
- Students started class in the hallway to review entering class routines and begin working.
- Students began their DO NOW writing. Next week they will be given a Writer’s Notebook to place this in.
- Students were introduced to Thinking Maps. The first one is called a Circle Map. This is used for brainstorming -Defining in Context.
- We will share out on Tuesday.
9/20 Early Dismissal 11:05
9/25 Late Start
10/1 Picture Day