November 27 – December 1, 2017

TeacherMelissa Forney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7th
Week #16
Unit of InstructionSpelling, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing a Summary, Listening, Speaking, Literature, Courtesy, Etiquette, Research, Reading for Specific Details
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7.RL.2.4, LAFS.7.RI.2.4,  Determine the meaning of words in text

LAFS.7.W.1.2d, LAFS.7.W.1.3d Use precise language and vocabulary

LAFS.7.SL.1.1, LAFS.7.SL.1.1 Participate in discussions, come prepared to discuss after reading

LAFS.7.SL.1.1b Follow the rules of speaking and listening in a group

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says

Provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

My students will participate in a fun challenge game that results in points, grades, and prizes.

My students will discuss issues, listen to their classmates, and give opinions.

My students will research and write facts.

My students will learn to read silently looking for key details and reasons and prepare book reports.

My students will learn to find evidence in the texts they read and write.

My students will practice reading aloud and comprehend what they have read.

My students will learn new words, definitions, and spellings about persuasive/argumentative writing


Classroom Activities

Parents and Kids,

We’re doing something different this week! We are learning to be self-motivated and have high standards of work. I’ve made it in the form of a contest. In order to get in as many of their points as they can, kids will have homework Monday – Thursday. Students don’t have to do everything on the list. The more they do, the more points they earn. There is a cash prize for the highest scorer in each class!

The cutoff for the contest is Friday at the end of class block. If your child is absent Friday, he can turn in his work for a grade, of course, but he would not be eligable to win the contest unless I receive his work by the end of classtime just like every other student in his class.

All absences this week must be officially excused in order for your student to remain in the competition
for the cash prize. I don’t want kids to skip school just to stay home and work on their challenges.

Assignments Due

throbbing – pulse or beat steadily
rely – count on
chambers – a private room or compartment
prevent – keep from happening
self-proclaimed – to give yourself a title based on your own opinion
vigilantes – a group of people who want to enforce the law without any official backing
self-motivated – to achieve something because of your own enthusiasm or interest
research – to dig and investigate information, articles, books, web sites, etc. on a given subject
high quality work – work that stands out as being done by someone who did a great job
colossal – huge, massive, enormous
initial – write the first letters of one’s own name as proof that you’ve seen something
overdue assignment – an assignment that was not done on time
specific compliment – an expression of esteem based on something you’ve seen or experienced
drone – a mechanical flying device that flies and takes picture by remote control
points possible – the number of points you can earn if you do a good job on a challenge

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