Matt Streit - Language Arts, 6th and 7th grade

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The week of March 18th - 22nd
All of my classes have their Q3 Reading Log due this Thursday.  All of my classes also have an end-of-the-quarter vocabulary/spelling quiz this Friday.  There is no grammar homework or vocabulary/spelling homework this week for any of my classes.

My 6th grade classes continue reading Walk Two Moons this week.  6th graders have their second WTM study guide due on March 26th.  My 7th grade classes continue reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane this week.

The Debate Team has practice this Monday from 8:30-9:20.  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.  I have been posting exemplary Children's Books and Poetry Books on our classroom Facebook page; please check those out.  Have a great week everyone!

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Kindness project.  Chapter 15 of Walk Two Moons.  Study for end-of-Q3 vocabulary/spelling quiz.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Chapters 16-18 of Walk Two Moons.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Chapters 19-20 of Walk Two Moons.
Thursday:  Q3 Reading Log due.  Journal writing.  Chapters 21-22 of Walk Two Moons.
Friday:  End-of-Q3 vocabulary/spelling quiz.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Q3 Journal due Monday, March 25th.
** Walk Two Moons study guide #2 due Tuesday, March 26th.

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Kindness project.  Study for end-of-Q3 vocabulary/spelling quiz.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Chapters 14-15 of Edward Tulane.  Summarizing plot.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Chapters 16-17 of Edward Tulane.  Character details.
Thursday:  Q3 Reading Log due.  Journal writing.  Chapters 18-19 of Edward Tulane.
Friday:  End-of-Q3 vocabulary/spelling quiz.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Q3 Journal due Monday, March 25th.

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 #3 Journal is due Monday, March 25th.

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 #3 Reading Log is due Thursday, March 21st.

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

"Ode to Dirt"
by Sharon Olds

Dear dirt, I am sorry I slighted you,
I thought that you were only the background
for the leading characters - the plants
and animals and human animals.
It's as if I had loved only the stars
and not the sky which gave them space
in which to shine.  Subtle, various,
sensitive, you are the skin of our terrain,
you're our democracy. When I understood
I had never honored you as a living
equal, I was ashamed of myself,
as if I had not recognized
a character who looked so different from me,
but now I can see us all, made of the
same basic materials -
cousins of that first exploding from nothing -
in our intricate equation together. O dirt,
help us find ways to serve your life,
you who have brought us forth, and fed us,
and who at the end will take us in
and rotate with us, and wobble, and orbit.