Matt Streit - Lang. Arts, grades 6 & 7

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The week of May 30th - June 2nd
I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.  Q4 Journals are due June 5th, and the Q4 Reading Log is due June 7th.

My 6th grade classes continue reading and studying their Choice Novel; their third Choice Novel study guide is due June 8th.  My 7th grade classes give their extra-credit 1-minute speeches this week.

You can check out my classroom Facebook page to see examples of student work.  Have a great short week, everyone!

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  No school.  Memorial Day.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Individual work on choice novels.
Wednesday:  Field Day for 6th grade students.
Thursday:  Journal writing.  Partner work on choice novels.
Friday:  DEAR.  Work on creative writing for CN study guide #3.  TED Talk.
** Q4 Journal due June 5th.
** Q4 Reading Log due June 7th.
** Choice Novel study guide #3 due Thursday, June 8th.

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  No school.  Memorial Day.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Watch the first part of Bridge To Terabithia.
Wednesday DEAR.  Extra-credit 1-minute speeches.
Thursday Journal writing.  Watch the second part of Bridge To Terabithia.  Field Day for 7th grade students in the afternoon.
Friday DEAR.  Extra-credit 1-minute speeches.  TED Talk.
** Q4 Journal due June 5th.
** Q4 Reading Log due June 7th.

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.  The Quarter #4 section of your Journal is due Monday, June 5th.

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 #4 Reading Log is due Wednesday, June 7th.

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
Lunch (1:45-2:20)
5th Hour (2:23-3:15): Preparation time
6th Hour (3:18-4:10): 6th grade Language Arts

About Me
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

"Polar Bear in the Central Park Zoo"
by Julie Sheehan

Watched, captivating, he swims to the rocky shelf
and berths a beat before pushing off with plate-sized
foot, belly up, yellow head plowing a watery furrow.

He soaks. A forepaw backstrokes the water once,
idly, but with force enough to speed his streamlined
bulk across the dole of open sea he's fathomed utterly.

He dives as if tethered, submerged body spread and flat
against the viewing glass, mounted momentarily, a trophy
hide on the lodge wall.  Watchers shriek, but he moves on

his fixed orbit, water-logged planet, up to the rock, a push,
one backstroke, dive, eyes closed the while. His swim,
compulsory as a Busby Berkeley routine, has captivated

the bear, too, or made him half captive, while the other half,
repeating his invention move for move, seeks a different
outcome: a new mercy, colder, austere; more genuine ice.