Matt Streit - Lang. Arts, grades 6 & 7

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The week of November 20th - 21st
I hope everyone has a nice short week and a great Thanksgiving.  My 6th grade classes have their Connection Narrative first draft this Tuesday.  My 7th grade classes have their second AF/BT/Echo study guide due this Monday.  My 7th grade classes have their AF/BT/Echo Essay prewriting assignment due this Tuesday.  

The Debate Team has practice this Monday morning from 8:30-9:20 in Room 213.  Our Service Learning group meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40.  There is no Poetry & Short Stories group or Knowledge Bowl practice this week.  You can check out our classroom Facebook page to view student work and other happenings in my classroom.  Have a great week everyone!

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  Read "From Seed to Seedfolks" epilogue.  Work on Connection Narrative first drafts.
Tuesday:  Connection Narrative first draft due.  Journal writing.  Setting in Seedfolks.  TED Talk.
Wednesday:  No school.
Thursday:  No school.  Thanksgiving.
Friday:  No school.
** Connection Narrative FINAL draft due Friday, December 1st.

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  AF/BT/Echo study guide #2 due.  Monday circle.  Hand out AF/BT/Echo study guide #3.
Tuesday:  AF/BT/Echo Essay prewriting due.  Journal writing.  Work on essay first draft.  TED Talk.
Wednesday:  No school.
Thursday No school.  Thanksgiving.
Friday:  No school.
** AF/BT/Echo Essay first draft due Friday, December 1st.

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 #2 Journal is due Monday, January 22nd.

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 #2 Reading Log is due Thursday, January 18th.

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 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 our school; these teams are for grades 6-8.  I lead three after-school groups: Service Learning (Tuesdays from 4:15-5:40), Poetry & Short Stories (Thursdays from 4:15-5:40), and Using Technology Wisely group (Fridays near the end of the month from 4:15-5:00); 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 MN.  I love teaching and I look forward to going to work every day.

Awesome Poem of the Week

"A November Sunrise"
by Anne Porter

Wild geese are flocking and calling in pure golden air,
Glory like that which painters long ago
Spread as a background for some little hermit
Beside his cave, giving his cloak away,
Or for some martyr stretching out
On her expected rack.
A few black cedars grow nearby
And there's a donkey grazing.

Small craftsmen, steeped in anonymity like bees,
Gilded their wooden panels, leaving fame to chance,
Like the maker of this wing-flooded golden sky,
Who forgives all our ignorance
Both of his nature and of his very name,
Freely accepting our one heedless glance.