The week of March 27th - 30th
This is the last week of Quarter #3. There is no grammar homework and no vocabulary/spelling homework this week for any of my classes. All of my classes have their Q3 Journal due this Monday.
My 6th grade classes continue reading and studying Walk Two Moons this week. 6th graders have their WTM study guide #2 due on Tuesday. 6th graders also get their WTM study guide #3 on Tuesday; that study guide #3 is due April 25th (a Q4 grade). My 7th grade classes will be working on their final project for the FTM-KA unit this week; that project is due April 12th (a Q4 grade). 7th graders also get their Freak The Mighty notes graded this Tuesday.
Service Learning class meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40. Poetry & Short Stories class meets this Thursday from 4:15-5:40. You can check out my classroom Facebook page to see examples of student work. Have a great short week and a great Spring Break, everyone!
6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday: Q3 Journal due. Chapter 22 of Walk Two Moons. Finish WTM study guide #2.
Tuesday: WTM study guide #2 due. Journal writing. Hand out WTM study guide #3. Chapter 23-25 of Walk Two Moons.
Wednesday: DEAR. Chapter 26 of Walk Two Moons. Kindness project.
Thursday: Journal writing. Chapter 27-28 of Walk Two Moons. TED Talk.
Friday: No school. Record-keeping day.
** WTM study guide #3 due April 25th (Q4 grade).
7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday: Q3 Journal due. Organize/update FTM notes. Work on FTM-KA final project.
Tuesday: FTM Notes Check. Journal writing. Kindness project. Work on FTM-KA final project.
Wednesday: DEAR. Work on FTM-KA final project. Journal doodle vote.
Thursday: Journal writing. Work on FTM-KA final project. TED Talk.
Friday: No school. Record-keeping day.
** FTM-KA final project due April 12th (Q4 grade).
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. And 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 section of your Journal is due Monday, March 27th.
DEAR: Drop Everything And Read!
My 6th and 7th grade students are expected to read 30 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. The Quarter #3 Reading Log is due Thursday, March 23rd.
My Daily Class Schedule
Advisory (9:40-10:02): Advisory (7th grade)
1st Hour (10:05-10:57): 7th grade Language Arts
2nd Hour (11:00-11:52): 7th grade Language Arts
3rd Hour (11:55-12:47): 6th grade Language Arts
4th Hour (12:50-1:42): 7th grade Language Arts
5th Hour (2:23-3:15): Preparation time
6th Hour (3:18-4:10): 6th grade Language Arts
This is my sixth year teaching Language Arts at Lake Harriet Upper, and my 13th year teaching overall. I coach the Knowledge Bowl, Quiz Bowl, and Debate teams at Lake Harriet Upper; these teams are for grades 6-8. I also teach two after-school classes: Service Learning (Tuesdays from 4:15-5:40) and Poetry & Short Stories (Thursdays from 4:15-5:40). I also lead the Wellness & Environment group for our Student Leadership team. I also serve on the Instructional Leadership Team and lead the Positive School-Wide Engagement team. 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 I look forward to going to work every day.
Awesome Poem of the Week
by Ogden Nash
Geniuses of countless nations
Have told their love for generations
Till all their memorable phrases
Are common as goldenrod or daisies.
Their girls have glimmered like the moon,
Or shimmered like a summer noon,
Stood like lily, fled like fawn,
Now like susnset, now like dawn,
Here the princess in the tower,
There the sweet forbidden flower.
Darling, when I think of you
Every aged phrase is new,
And there are moments when it seems
I've married one of Shakespeare's dreams.
“A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in first.”
- Louis L'Amour
Looking for a good book to read? The links below give options of great young-adult books.
Good Reads YA Nonfiction
YALSA Nonfiction Awards
National Book Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Mr. Streit's Book Recommendations
Mr. Streit's Book Talk podcast
Each month, students in all of my classes vote on a charity and donate spare change to this charity if they choose to do so. Our March charity is the Children's Cancer Research Fund.
In February, we raised $46.07 for the World Wildlife Fund. In January, we raised $42.11 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In December, we raised $56.32 for Toys For Tots. In November, we raised $52.35 for Make-a-Wish. In October, we raised $69.77 for ASPCA. In September, we raised $62.74 for the Animal Humane Society. For the 2015-16 school year, we raised $582.83 for nine different charities. For the 2014-15 school year, we raised $546.37 for nine different charities. For the 2013-14 school year, we raised $564.15 for nine different charities. For the 2012-13 school year, we raised $586.82 for eight different charities.
Thank you all so much for your generosity.
Enrich your Language Arts experience with these podcasts.
The Writer's Almanac
Merriam Webster's Word of the Day
Mr. Streit's Book Talk