Matt Streit - Lang. Arts, grades 6 & 7

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The week of February 20th - 23rd
I hope everyone had a nice 4-day weekend.  There is no grammar homework for any of my classes this week.  Only my 7th grade classes have vocabulary/spelling homework.

My 6th grade classes finish reading The One and Only Ivan this week.  6th graders have their Persuasive Speech Final Draft due this Thursday.  6th graders also get an optional/extra-credit TOAOI poster assignment this Tuesday; that optional poster is due February 26th.  My 7th grade classes have their Poetry Recital this Wednesday.

There is no Debate Team practice this week.  The Service Learning group meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40.  The Poetry & Short Stories group meets this Thursday from 4:15-5:40.  We have our first Quiz Bowl practice this Friday from 8:40-9:25.

I have started posting exemplary examples of 6th grade Children's Books and 7th grade Poetry Books on our classroom Facebook page; please be sure to check those out.  Have a great short week everyone!

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  No school.  President's Day.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Revise speeches.  Pages 260-278 of TOAOI.  Hand out optional/extra-credit TOAOI poster assignment.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Finish reading TOAOI.  Early speeches.
Thursday:  Persuasive Speech FINAL Draft due.  Journal writing.  Students give speeches.
Friday:  Word of the Day.  End-of-unit reflection.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Optional/extra-credit TOAOI poster assignment due Monday, February 26th.

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  No school.  President's Day.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Work on memorizing poem for Poetry Recital.  Early poetry recitals.  Hand out vocabulary/spelling homework.
Wednesday:  Poetry Recital due.  DEAR.  Students recite poems.
Thursday Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  End-of-unit reflection.
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** King Arthur/Heroes unit starts Monday, February 26th.

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.  By the way, 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.  Your Quarter #3 Journal is due Monday, March 26th.

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 every day (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.  Your Quarter #3 Reading Log is due Thursday, March 22nd.

My Daily Class Schedule
Advisory (9:40-10:01): Advisory (7th grade)
1st Hour (10:04-10:55): 7th grade Language Arts
2nd Hour (10:58-11:49): Preparation time
3rd Hour (11:52-12:43): 6th grade Language Arts
4th Hour (12:46-1:37): 7th grade Language Arts
Lunch (1:47-2:22)
5th Hour (2:25-3:16): 7th grade Language Arts
6th Hour (3:19-4:10): 6th grade Language Arts

About Me
This is my 7th year teaching Language Arts at Lake Harriet Upper, and my 14th 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 from 4:15-5:40) and Poetry & Short Stories (Thursdays from 4:15-5:40); 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 MN.  I love teaching and I look forward to going to work every day.

Awesome Poem of the Week

"Acquainted With The Night"
by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain - and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchmen on his beat.
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet.
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.