Matt Streit - Lang. Arts, grades 6 & 7
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Email Address
Matthew.Streit@mpls.k12.mn.us
 

The week of Sept. 18th - 22nd
This week, my classes all get their first Grammar homework.  That homework will be handed out on Monday and is due on Thursday.

My 6th grade classes also have their Tunnel Inquiry Log this Tuesday.  6th graders also get a Shared Inquiry paragraph assignment this Tuesday; that paragraph is due September 26th.  My 7th graders have their Shared Inquiry Discussion Guide due on September 19th.  7th graders also get a Shared Inquiry paragraph assignment this Tuesday; that paragraph is due September 26th.

This Friday after school from 4:15-5:00, Ms. McCoy and I will be leading a "Using Technology Wisely" group in Room 213.  Anyone in grades 6-8 can attend this group.  We will be discussing how to use technology and smartphones in ways that are helpful for our lives.

You can check out our classroom Facebook page to view student work and other happenings in my classroom.  Lately, I've been posting pictures of winning covers from our binder cover contest.  Have a great week everyone!
 

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  What value is really important to you?  Hand out Grammar homework.
Tuesday:  Tunnel Inquiry Log due.  Journal writing.  Hand out Shared Inquiry paragraph assignment.  First reading of "Rattlesnakes."
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Re-reading "Rattlesnakes" with a partner.  Work on topic sentences for Shared Inquiry paragraphs.
Thursday Grammar homework due.  Journal writing.  Class discussion about "Rattlesnakes."  Work on Shared Inquiry paragraphs.
Friday:  Word of the Day.  Work on Shared Inquiry paragraphs.  TED Talk.
** Shared Inquiry paragraph due Tuesday, September 26th.
 

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  What value is really important to you?  Hand out Grammar homework.
Tuesday:  Shared Inquiry Discussion Guide due.  Journal writing.  First reading of "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers."  Hand out Shared Inquiry paragraph assignment.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Re-read "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers" with a partner.  Work on topic sentences for Shared Inquiry paragraphs.
Thursday Grammar homework due.  Journal writing.  Class discussion about "The Cat and the Coffee Drinkers."
Friday:  Word of the Day.  Work on Shared Inquiry paragraphs.  TED Talk.
** Shared Inquiry paragraph due Tuesday, September 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.  And don't lose sight of the overall goal for journal writing: to improve your writing skills and to feel more comfortable writing.  Your Quarter #1 Journal is due Monday, October 30th.
 

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 #1 Reading Log is due Thursday, October 26th.


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): Preparation time
3rd Hour (11:55-12:47): 6th grade Language Arts
4th Hour (12:50-1:42): 7th grade Language Arts
Lunch (1:45-2:20)
5th Hour (2:23-3:15): 7th grade Language Arts
6th Hour (3:18-4:10): 6th grade Language Arts
 

About Me
This school year 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 Lake Harriet Upper; these teams are for grades 6-8.  I teach two after-school classes: Service Learning (Tuesdays from 4:15-5:40) and Poetry & Short Stories (Thursdays from 4:15-5:40).  This school year, I will lead a monthly Mindful Use of Technology group on Fridays near the end of the month from 4:15-5:00.  I lead the Wellness & Environment group for our Student Leadership team.  I 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

"Nature Walk"
by Gillian Wegener

The fern fronds glow with a clean, green light,
and I lift one and point out the spores, curled
like sleep on the back, the rows so straight,
so even, that I might be convinced of Providence
at this moment. My daughter is seven.
She looks at the spores, at the leaf, at the plant,
at this wise, wide forest we are in, and sighs
at my pointing out yet another Nature Fact.
But look, I say, each one is a baby ready
to grow. Each one can become its own fern.

But she is already moving down the path
toward the bridge and whatever's beyond.