7th Grade Language Arts
Look at these pictures, read the captions, and read the comments.
Sandra Cisneros Study "Abuelito Who"
After you finish your work on Notability about "Chanclas," your next task is to read the poem "Abuelito" on p. 623 and the essay about the poem, "The Place Where Dreams Come From" on pp. 624-625.
Create a new note on Notability. Be sure to put your name on it! Answer the following questions:
Look again at the poem. Find four word images that might refer to the time when Abuelito was "sick and cranky."
Is the final paragraph an effective conclusion to the essay, in your opinion? Why or why not?
Answer questions 2, 3, 4, and 5 on p. 626.
Sandra Cisneros Study Final Response
In all of her writing, Sandra Cisneros focuses a lot on family. Reflect back over the pieces that you've read and write about her viewpoint on family. How does she convey her viewpoint? Review her writings and write a two paragraph response.
The first paragraph should be about her message/her viewpoint in her stories, poems, and essays.
In the second paragraph, describe your response to her writings and their message
Be sure and use text evidence to support your interpretation.
If you're done with all the other responses and are looking for a challenge, consider undertaking the following task:
Using "Chanclas" as a model, write a short story about an autobiographical incident. Begin with your memories, and then use vivid words and images to describe the setting, characters, and events.
Use these questions to respond to the interview and short story by Sandra Cisneros.
Trash - Part 1 (4th Hour)
These are the themes that we generated in class on Monday.
Choose one of these poems to practice identifying allusion and figurative language.
There were smells: wood smoke filled the air in every season because it wasn't just for heat, but to cook as well; the smell of oak for long fires, pine for short and fast and hot fires. The smell of bread, and sometimes, if they were lucky and had honey or rock sugar to pulverize in a sack with a hammer, sweet pie. (p. 8)
from Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
4th Hour Vocabulary Practice
This is continued practice in dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary.
This article was written by Michiko Kakutani in response to the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's speech during the March on Washington.
Use this organizer to compare Dr. King's speech with the article written by Michiko Kakutani, an Pulitzer-prize winning literary critic.
Use this link to find four animated examples of Greek myths.
Directions for Monday, December 15
Shut the Screen Questions
Use your Research Note Taker and all the articles from Creative Comm and AVID to help you answer the questions below.
Read slides 1-48 and take Cornell notes. Please be aware that the structure entitled Main Idea should be called Description in your notes.
Please put each type of text structure in the left-hand column of your notes and your explanation of each type in the right-hand column.
Directions for November 13, 2013
Figurative Language Educreations
2nd/3rd/5th hour Directions
Instructions for 10/22/13
Listen to this Educreations for instructions while I'm gone.
New York Buildings "Going Green"
Use this information to prepare your Cornell notes. Blank Cornell notes can be downloaded from the right side of my website's main page. I will be checking your notes at the beginning of class tomorrow.
Chapters 1-3 Check In
9-27-13 Educreations directions
Educreations Directions for Wednesday, September 25
Using your annotation tools, label Item #1 School in the year 2155 and label Item #2 School in the year 2013. When you save it, use the icon at the bottom of the document, NOT File, Save. Save it to your Language Arts folder; title it with your last name Compare/Contrast Chart. Example: Copeland Compare/Contrast
Vocabulary List 1B
Vocabulary List #1A
Plot Structure Educreations
These maps should go in your composition book behind the pink tab. The words are on p. 509 in the literature textbook. You will have some time in class to work on these.
For the parts you can't read - Definition: must be student friendly. Sentence: should help us understanding the meaning of the word. Synonyms: one or two words you already understand.
Remember: these are due tomorrow.
This is the text that we'll use to practice for the 4th quarter extended response assessment.
This badge activity is for Thursday, March 14.
This badge activity is for Friday, March 15.
Cambodian Slum dwelling
2nd/3rd hours - 1-29-13
Read pp. 140-162
As usual, in a well-developed paragraph, respond to today's reading. Our story is moving along quickly. Be sure to include in your response:
-what you think about Ms Olivia's sentiment that she's grateful for being used by the boys
-how you think her life will be changed because of her time in Behala
-identify the metaphor used on p. 149; there's a simile there too. Are the simile and metaphor effective? Why or why not?
-of course, include any other relevant issues/reactions
4th hour - 1-29-13
Read pp. 74-91
What information do we find out about Jose Angelico in his section? How is that information important to our story?
There is a new character introduced in this section. In your notes, be sure and include information about her and what type of person she is.
Add in any questions or connections you may have. If you come across any literary elements, include those also.
5th hour - 1-29-13
Read pp. 101-119
What was the prison like?
What did you learn about Gabriel Olondriz? What type of person is he? Why do you think he's important to the story?
Make a prediction about Sister Olivia after reading chapter 6 (pp. 113-114).
5th hour - 1-28-13
Read pp. 83-100
Take notes while you're reading then respond with a well-developed paragraph about new characters, what you've learned about how the prison system works, and any new developments for our protagonists.
4th hour - 1-28-13
As we continue with our story, Raphael’s situation gets very intense and we learn more about the backstory of the bag and its contents.
What do you think of Raphael’s reaction to the police questioning in Part 2, chapter 2? What is your reaction to how he was treated by the police?
Who or what do you think is the antagonist of the story? Why?
Your response should be fully developed and explained. Give me depth and substance!!!
2nd/3rd hour - 1-28-13
A lot happens in today’s pages. We learn a lot more about Rat’s background, about how Raphael’s dealing with the aftermath of his visit to the police station, and about Jose Angelico and Gabriel Olondriz.
In a well-developed response, react to what you learned today. I don’t want you to tell me what you learned; I want you to tell me your thoughts and reactions to what you learned. The various threads of this story are starting to come together. The characters are becoming more well rounded. Write to me about your perceptions, your questions, your wonderings.
Use the first picture on this site to write examples of figurative language.
Please put this scenario into Google Drive. You'll have time tomorrow to work with a partner, if you choose. Please share your document with me.
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Vocabulary Video Resources
This site has images that are available for use without obtaining permission from the creator.
You MUST click these boxes shown in the attachment above. If you search a word, then Advanced Search will appear on the upper right of the screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see Creative Commons then click these boxes in order to be able to use a photo in your video.
This site can help find the root of your vocabulary words.
When you enter the name of an author you like, a map appears with your author's name in the center. Suggestions for new authors appear around your author; the closer a new author's name is to yours, the higher the chance you'll like their work.
This site is sponsored by Sylvan Learning. It has a feature that matches kids and books as well as lots of other fun activities.
This site was launched by Jon Scieszka as a resource for boys of all ages.
This sites offers information about some of the newest fiction available. It also has interviews with authors and contests.
Online Poetry Portfolio
-use checklist (Rework Your Poem) I posted last week
-create new page on your website - Poetry Portfolio
Who are you? What makes you unique?
What are your hobbies? pets? siblings?
At least five poems
This site has a very large list of poem topics to choose from.
This site has poems covering many family and friend topics. See the list on the left side of the main page.
This site also has many categories of poems.
An adverb game
An adverb game
This site address many water-related issues and has a lot of information.
Global Water Crisis
Use this site to research Spanish-speaking countries for your project.
Colors in Spanish Practice
This site helps you construct very basic Spanish sentences.
Cognates are words that sound and/or look the same or almost the same in both English and Spanish.
Read the passages and identify the point of view.
Does a good job describing the differences between the doric and ionic costumes.
Overview of many things Greek
Covers the differences between the himation, peplos, chiton; also discusses colors.
Good basic information; links to projects for kids
Not lots of information but good pictures
This site will help you with the costume worksheet.
This sites lists names that can be used in your script.
This is the main website that we'll use for our career research.
This site helps students explore possible careers.
More career information.
List of websites for further information.
More career information