Week of June 1st:

Hey everyone, this week I'm not assigning any new reading because there are still lots of articles I've posted on activelylearn.com that many haven't completed yet. I'm submitting final grades on Friday, June 5th. If you want to replace some lower scores or missed assignments from before school ended on March 13th, you need to contact me by Thursday and tell me which assignments you want replaced with assignments you've completed during the lockdown. If you have questions about this, email me and I'll walk you through it. This will be your last chance to do anything about your grade before final grades for the year are submitted. 

Week of May 18th:

Happy Monday, I hope you all had a nice weekend. You have three new reading assignments on activelylearn.com, one on urban legends, one on milk and toilet paper and one on smiling during trials. Enjoy! 

Week of May 11th

Happy Monday! I've assigned three new articles on activelylearn.com. If you're having trouble finding the new articles posted each week, let me know. You should be able to continue to use the codes I sent out to you weeks ago, which I've included again below. Remember to continue reading your own personal books for at least 30 minutes each day. Practicing reading is THE most important thing you should be doing right now for this class. Here are your codes:

1st PeriodClass code: m7idi

2nd Period: Class code: m7ooi

3rd Period: Class code: enqqs

4th Period: Class code: 7xiou

Week of May 4th: 

Good morning and happy May! New reading has been posted on activelylearn.com. Great job to those who are keeping up with the articles and getting most of the questions right! Remember to go slowly with the questions because sometimes the right answer isn't obvious. I know the articles about celebrities and social media tend to be the most interesting for many of you, but try out the poems too. Use the same codes from last week, posted under April 27th. As always, contact me with any questions! 

Week of April 27th:

Happy Monday, everyone! Your new assignments have been posted in activelylearn.com. You have a few interesting articles discussing modern topics (including Covid-19, TikTok, and the perils of eating food off of the floor), as well as an excerpt from a classic novel and a famous poem. 4th period, you're probably still getting through your longer reading assignment from last week, so don't feel anxious about getting these new articles done this week. Everyone, use your class codes from the email I sent out last week to access these new articles. I've included them below so you can access them easily:

1st PeriodClass code: m7idi

2nd Period: Class code: m7ooi

3rd Period: Class code: enqqs

4th Period: Class code: 7xiou

Week of April 20th: 

I sent out an email this morning with class codes for assignments on activelylearn.com. If you didn't receive an email, please let me know! Students have this week to finish the assignments (except 4th period-your reading assignment is longer and you may take longer to complete it) and I'll assign new work next Monday

4/15 Update

Here is our schedule for the next couple of months:

-Mondays: New assignment(s) posted on Teams. You have the week to work on the assignments. Check Teams (office 365) for all assignments. 

-Wednesdays: Office hours are 12:00-1:30. I'll be available for phone or video chats or you can email me or send a message on Teams. I'm happy to answer questions or walk you through anything you're struggling with on your assignments. You can also email or message me any other day, but I may not be able to respond immediately. 

*Assignments are optional and intended to help you review topics covered this year. If you're missing old assignments or have a bad grade on a previous assignment, I will grade one of these new assignments and replace the bad/missing grade. Make sure you let me know this is what you want to do. You'll need to do this by April 23rd because quarter 3 grades are due April 24th. 

*Check out the useful links page for resources to help you review different topics we covered this year*

Here's a list of standards we practiced this year in our class. The optional assignments I post in Teams will all be a review of these standards.

SOL Objectives covered:

7.1 The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations.

a)         Use a variety of strategies to listen actively and speak using agreed upon discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.

b)         Clearly communicate ideas and information orally in an organized and succinct manner.

c)         Ask probing questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas.

d)         Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas.

e)         Make statements to communicate agreement or tactful disagreement with others’ ideas.

f)         Use language and style appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.        

h)         Work effectively and respectfully within diverse groups.

i)          Exhibit willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a goal.

j)          Share responsibility for collaborative work.

7.2       The student will create multi-modal presentations both individually and in a group that effectively communicate ideas.

a)         Select, organize, and create content to complement and extend meaning for a selected topic.

b)         Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to deliver multi-modal presentations.

c)         Use language and vocabulary appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.

7.3       The student will examine the elements of media literacy.

a)         Identify persuasive/informative techniques used in media.

e)         Craft and publish audience-specific media messages.     

7.4       The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

b)         Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.

c)         Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

d)         Identify connotations.

e)         Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among  multiple meanings of words.

f)         Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.

g)         Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

7.5       The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

a)         Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development,  plot, theme, and conflict and how they influence each other.

b)         Identify and explain the theme(s).

c)         Identify cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

d)         Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.

e)         Identify elements and characteristics of a variety of genres.

f)         Compare and contrast various forms and genres of fictional text.

g)         Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including figurative language in an author’s style.

h)         Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.

i)          Make inferences and draw conclusions based on the text.

j)          Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

7.6       The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

a)         Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict  and categorize information.

b)         Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional  words and phrases. 

c)         Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence. 

d)         Differentiate between fact and opinion. 

e)         Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.      

f)         Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.

g)         Identify the main idea.

h)         Summarize text identifying supporting details.

i)          Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.

j)          Identify cause and effect relationships.

k)         Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.

l)          Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.

m)        Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

7.7       The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing.

a)         Engage in writing as a recursive process.

b)         Choose intended audience and purpose.

c)         Use a variety of pre-writing strategies to generate and organize ideas.

d)         Organize writing structure to fit form or topic.

e)         Establish a central idea incorporating evidence, while maintaining an organized structure and a formal style.

f)         Compose a thesis statement for persuasive writing that includes a position.         

g)         Clearly state a position and organize reasons and evidence, using credible sources.

i)          Write multi-paragraph compositions with elaboration and unity.

j)          Use transition words and phrases within and between paragraphs.

n)         Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

7.8       The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

a)         Choose appropriate adjectives and adverbs to enhance writing.

b)         Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.        

c)         Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.

d)         Edit for verb tense consistency and point of view.

e)         Use quotation marks with dialogue and direct quotations.

f)         Use correct spelling for commonly used words.

 7.9       The student will find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to create a research product.

b)         Collect, organize, and synthesize information from multiple sources.

e)         Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.