Matt Streit - Language Arts, 6th and 7th grade
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Email Address
Matthew.Streit@mpls.k12.mn.us
 

The week of September 24th - 28th
I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  All of my 6th and 7th grade students have grammar homework this week.  There is no vocabulary/spelling homework this week for any of my classes.

My students finish their Shared Inquiry units this week.  6th graders have their Shared Inquiry paragraph assignment due this Friday.  7th graders have their Shared Inquiry paragraph assignment due this Friday.  7th graders also have their extra-credit/optional Shared Inquiry poster assignment due this Thursday.  7th graders also get their My Cause Research Presentation guidelines this Thursday; that presentation is due October 4th.

All of my classes get their Journals and Reading Logs checked this Friday for progress.  This check is not graded.  Students are expected to have at least 7 pages (back-to-back) written in their Journal by Friday.  Students should have at least two Reading Log entries filled out by Friday, too.

Please check out and Like our classroom Facebook page.  It's a great way to see student work.  I have been posting winning binder covers from our Binder Cover Contest.  Have a great week everyone!
 

6th Grade Language Arts
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out grammar homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Fastbridge testing.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Work on Shared Inquiry paragraphs.  End-of-unit reflection.
Thursday:  Grammar homework due.  Journal writing.  First reading of "What Do Fish Have To Do With Anything?"
Friday:  Shared Inquiry paragraph due.  Journal check.  Reading Log check.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
 

7th Grade Language Arts
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out grammar homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Fastbridge testing.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Work on Shared Inquiry paragraphs.  End-of-unit reflection.
Thursday:  Grammar homework due.  Extra-credit/optional Shared Inquiry poster due.  Journal writing.  Hand out My Cause Research Presentation guidelines.
Friday:  Shared Inquiry paragraph due.  Journal check.  Reading Log check.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** My Cause Research Presentation due Thursday, October 4th.
 

Journal Writing
My 6th and 7th grade students are expected to write about 2 pages (back-to-back) in their journal every week.  We will have time for journal writing on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Language Arts, but students will likely have to do most of their journal writing at home.  Students can write about any subject they choose, and in any genre (poetry and illustrations are encouraged; just write some extra pages to make up the difference).  Near the end of each quarter, students will have their journals graded by the amount they wrote.  Students who write 15 pages (back-to-back) each quarter will receive the full 50 writing points for this project (students should average about 300 words per page, about 4500 words total).  Your journal is private - I will not read it unless given permission first.  Don't lose sight of the overall goal for journal writing: to improve your writing skills and to feel more comfortable writing.  The Quarter #1 Journal is due Monday, October 29th.
 

DEAR: Drop Everything And Read!
My 6th and 7th grade students are expected to read 20 minutes every day from a book of their choosing.  Parents will verify this independent reading by signing a reading log.  Find a book that you enjoy reading, and bring it to Language Arts class (and bring it home every day).  My 6th and 7th grade classes will have blocks of DEAR time every Wednesday and some Fridays in Language Arts.  The Quarter #1 Reading Log is due Thursday, October 25th.


My Daily Class Schedule
Advisory (9:40-10:01): Advisory (7th grade)
1st Hour (10:04-10:55): 6th grade Language Arts
2nd Hour (10:58-11:49): 7th grade Language Arts
3rd Hour (11:52-12:43): 7th grade Language Arts
Lunch (12:43-1:28)
4th Hour (12:46-1:37): 6th grade Language Arts
5th Hour (2:25-3:16): Preparation time
6th Hour (3:19-4:10): 7th grade Language Arts
 

About Me
This is my 8th year teaching Language Arts at Lake Harriet Upper and my 15th year teaching overall.  I coach the Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl, and Debate teams at our school; these teams are for grades 6-8.  I lead two after-school groups: Service Learning (Tuesdays) and Poetry & Short Stories (Thursdays); these groups are for grades 6-8.  I am the Professional Development chair at our school, and I serve on the Instructional Leadership and Positive School-Wide Engagement teams.  I have teaching licenses in 5-12 Language Arts, 5-12 Social Studies, and 5-8 Math.  I have a Master of Education degree from the University of Idaho and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.  I love teaching and look forward to going to work every day.


Poem of the Week

"September Tomatoes"
by Karina Borowicz

The whiskey stink of rot has settled
in the garden, and a burst of fruit flies rises
when I touch the dying tomato plants.

Still, the claws of tiny yellow blossoms
flail in the air as I pull the vines up by the roots
and toss them in the compost.

It feels cruel.  Something in me isn't ready
to let go of summer so easily.  To destroy
what I've carefully cultivated all these months.
Those pale flowers might still have time to fruit.

My great-grandmother sang with the girls of her village
as they pulled the flax.  Songs so old
and so tied to the season that the very sound
seemed to turn the weather.