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

Summer Message
Thank you for a great 2017-18 school year everyone!  I hope you all have a great summer. Here are links to some book recommendations if you're looking for a good book to read this summer.

Mr. Streit's book recommendations
Newbery Medal and Honor books
National Book Award for Young People's Literature
Printz Winners and Honor books
Good Reads popular YA nonfiction
YALSA award-winning nonfiction books

I will continue to post student work every week or so on our classroom Facebook page; I took some pictures of great promotional posters and dioramas that my students made for their Q4 Reading Log.  Have a great summer everyone!  See you in August!
 

6th Grade Language Arts
Monday:  We usually have a circle on Mondays and pass out spelling and/or grammar homework.
Tuesday:  We have time for journal writing, work on our novel units, and work on our grammar homework on Tuesdays.
Wednesday:  We have time for silent reading, work on our novel units, and correct grammar homework on Wednesdays.
Thursday:  We have time for journal writing, work on our novel units, and spelling homework is due on Thursdays.
Friday:  We usually have a spelling quiz, have time for silent reading, and usually watch a TED Talk on Fridays.
 

7th Grade Language Arts
Monday:  We usually have a circle on Mondays and pass out spelling and/or grammar homework.
Tuesday:  We have time for journal writing, work on our novel units, and work on our grammar homework on Tuesdays.
Wednesday:  We have time for silent reading, work on our novel units, and correct grammar homework on Wednesdays.
Thursday:  We have time for journal writing, work on our novel units, and spelling homework is due on Thursdays.
Friday:  We usually have a spelling quiz, have time for silent reading, and usually watch a TED Talk on Fridays.
 

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.
 

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.


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 fall will be 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 for the Summer

"More Than Enough"
by Marge Piercy

The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.

The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets.  Season of
joy for the bee.  The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly

new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind.  Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.