Quarter 3 Week 1, 2, and 3 January 7 – 25, 2019

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #20 & 21 & 22
Unit of InstructionReading carefully with comprehension, writing friendly letters, choosing tasks and managing your time
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.1.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
LAFS.7.W.1.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
LAFS.7.SL.1.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and
issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
LAFS.7.SL.1.1a Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the
topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
LAFS.7.SL.1.1b Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
LAFS.7.SL.1.1c Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion
back on topic as needed.
LAFS.7.L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
LAFS.7.L.1.1a Explain the function of phrases and clauses in general and their function in specific sentences.
LAFS.7.L.1.1b Choose among simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to signal differing relationships among ideas.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
Classroom Activities

Dr. Forney’s Awesome 2019 Challenge

Welcome back! Happy 2019! This is your chance to pick and choose activities and learning tasks of all kinds! You will work on these tasks every day for the next two weeks. You will earn points for finishing tasks and for quality work. Make sure you follow directions so you don’t have to do work over.

_______(5 pts.) 1. Find the country of Haiti on one of the maps on the big table. Notice where it is in relation to the state of Florida.

_______(25 pts.) 2. Research the country of Haiti on the Internet and the book on the big table. Do not use Wikipedia (This is not considered a credible source on its own). Find 10 interesting facts about Haiti, its foods, customs, and its people. Write a list of the 10 facts IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Proofread your list to make sure all words are spelled correctly and you have not left out any words. Your list should be no more than one-page long.

_______(50 pts.) 3. Make your bed at home 5 days in a row. Parent Signature_____________________________

_______(100 pts.) 4. Write a letter to a child in Haiti. Use the words, Dear Friend, since you don’t know the child’s name or whether the child is a boy or girl. These letters will be sent to schoolchildren in a small town our from Port-au-Prince near Ganthier, Haiti. Dr. Forney’s friends run a clinic there and help with schools and orphanages. They have helped hundreds of children get school uniforms, food, medical care, and school supplies.
Use excellent writing. Make sure every sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a period. Don’t use slang words. Haiti is a poor country. The kids you write to have virtually nothing. Don’t brag about what you have or what you got for Christmas. Some of these kids don’t even have shoes or a bed to sleep in. Many of them have one meal a day that is served at school.
You can talk about your family, your pets, sports, school, things that make you happy, careers that interest you, countries you’d like to visit, etc. You could tell about Florida’s beaches, alligators, Everglades, orange groves, etc. The artistic programs here at Ivy Hawn are what make our school different and special. Share stories and activities. All of these details will be fascinating for Haitian children to read.
Don’t ask questions because we don’t know if the kids will write back or not. Above all, remember you are creating joy for a poor child. Do not write anything that would cause embarrassment for our school. I know you will make me proud.
Your letter should have a greeting, middle, and a closing. For the closing, type Your Friend, and your own name under those words. Leave enough space to sign your name in blue ink once Dr. Forney has approved your letter.
It should be at least a half-page long but no more than one-page long. It should be typed using 12 pt. Times New Roman and single-spaced. When you have proofed your letter, print it out to B231 on Carl.
Ask Dr. Forney to look at it and approve it after you’ve printed the letter.

_______(30 pts.) 5. Use Google Translate to translate your letter into Haitian Creole. Print out a copy and staple it to your approved English letter. Sign both letters in blue ink once Dr. Forney has approved them.

_______(40 pts.) 6. Use the pens and markers to create a beautiful graphic for your Haitian child. This will be included with your letters.

_______(50 pts.) 7. Think Cerca assignment – There are 3 Think Cerca assignments. Each assignment is worth 50 points. You must take the quiz and score 80% or above. You cannot do the same assignment twice, so read slowly and carefully. Prove your answers to yourself before you click on the answer.

________(25 pts.) 8. Run-on sentences – Do the run-on sentences worksheet. There are two or more sentences
that run into each other. Rewrite them as individual sentences. Hold on to your work when you finish. We will check these as a class.

_______(25 pts.) 9. Pronoun Sheet – Fill out the pronoun sheet that is on the big table. We will correct these as a class. Read carefully and do your best work.

_______(10 pts.) 10. Choose a book for your next book report. Your book report is due January 31. The name of the book you will read is: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________and the author is: _____________________________________________

_______(30 pts.) 11. Independent reading – You will earn 30 points for each 45 minutes of independent reading. The max is two sessions, one each week. This independent reading is done in class on Wednesday mornings.

_______(20 pts.) 12. Do a classroom job. These will be posted on the board. Sign your name by the job, do it, and ask for my approval. You may do one job each week IF there are jobs available.

_______(45 pts.) 13. Write a poem – This rhyming poem has to be 12 lines long. You can write about any appropriate subject about which you are passionate.

_______(30 pts.) 14. Crossword puzzle – You must fill out all answers on your own. No fair asking other kids, teachers, or parents for help.

_______(30 pts.) 15. Word search – Fill out all answers.

_______(20 pts.) 16. Do the dishes and clean the kitchen. Parent signature______________________________.

_______(50 pts.) 17. Go to TweenTribune.com and search for the article, “Pink joins fight to end childhood malnutrition” (https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/pink-joins-fight-end-child-malnutrition/) Read the article carefully. Write a 4-sentence summary of the article on a 3×5 index card. Your summary should tell the main ideas of the article. Write in complete sentences. Your handwriting and spelling should be excellent.

_______(20 pts.) 18. Call your grandmother. Tell her you love her, and tell her something specific you like that she does. Be sure to tell her how much you appreciate her.

_______(20 pts.) 19. Make a Get Well card for Mr. Harold Gebele, Dr. Forney’s friend. He is 93 and in the hospital with cancer. Send him bright, happy thoughts.

_______(30 pts.) Watch the nightly news at home. Summarize one of the news stories on a 3×5 index card. Your summary should be 4 sentences long and present the main ideas of one news item.



Assignments Due

Dr. Forney’s Awesome 2019 Challenge

Week 2 Additional Choices


  1. _______(25 pts.) ***Go to You Tube and watch “The Shoe,” by Stella Tomiola. Use headphones. Make sure you have the right video. The story is about a rich boy, a poor boy, and a pair of shoes. When you finish the video, write a 5-sentence summary telling the story on a 3 x 5 index card.
  2. _______(50 pts.) *Do the Think Cerca “Author’s Purpose. You must score an 80% or 100% to get the 50 points. Read carefully. Prove your answers so you won’t make a mistake.
  3. _______(50 pts.) *Do the Think Cerca “A Lighter Side.” Prove your answers so you will make 80% or 100% and get 50 points.
  4. _______(50 pts.) *Do the Think Cerca “Students Get Lessons in Character Building in a Day off of School.” Read carefully. Do the quiz and score 80% or 100% to get 50 points.
  5. _______(25 pts.) Spend 15 minutes having a conversation with a student you don’t know well who is not in your pod. It can’t be a good friend, or you will not receive any points. The object is to get to know someone new.

Ask each other these questions:

  1. What is the biggest challenge in your life right now?
  2. What is something you’ve been successful at? Explain.
  3. Describe your absolutely perfect meal. Give specific details.
  4. What is something we do in this class that you really enjoy?

Record your findings about the other person on a 3×5 index card AFTER the conversation back at your own desk.

  1. _______(15 pts.) Make a list of five books and their authors you would like to read in the future. Only only one choice can be a popular “blockbuster” book. The rest you must find in the book selections in Dr. Forney’s classroom.
  2. _______(25 pts.) Clean your closet. Organize and get rid of things you don’t need.

Parent signature___________________________________________

  1. _______(30 pts.)***Read independently for 45 minutes on Wednesday morning.
  2. _______(25 pts.) Research 10 facts about Japan. Rewrite each fact in your own words. Do not copy! Use excellent handwriting and spelling.
  3. _______(100 pts.) ***Research how Japanese school children help make and serve lunch each day to their teacher and classmates. Watch the You Tube video “School Lunch in Japan: It’s Not Just About Eating.” On Google, look up the article, “Two Weeks of Japanese School Lunch.” Find one or two more articles where you can find cites. Use the information you learn to write a one-page explanatory essay on Japanese School Lunches.

Type your essay in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Be sure to have a beginning, middle, and an ending for your essay – at least 4-5 paragraphs. Your essay must use indentations for each paragraph. Your essay should be one full page long. Use quotation marks to quote material from THE YOU TUBE VIDEO AND ARTICLES.

Remember, your reader will not know anything about Japanese school lunches. Use creative, imaginative writing to explain all about it.

  1. _______(20 pts.) Write a thank you card to Mr. Tom Zeoli, the custodian who cleans our room every day. Tell him specifically why you appreciate the good job he does.
  2. _______(20 pts.) Choose a home job that would be helpful to your mother or father. Do an excellent job.

My Job ____________________________________________________________________________________


Parent signature_______________________________________________________

_______(20 pts.) Bring in classroom mints, juice, or a case of water.

  1. _______(20 pts.) Do a classroom job, if available.



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