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

The week of January 14th - 18th
Only seven more school days in Quarter #2.  All of my classes have their Q2 Reading Log due this Thursday.  All of my classes have an end-of-Q2 vocabulary/spelling quiz this Friday.  All of my classes have their Q2 Journal due January 22nd.

My 6th grade classes continue reading The One And Only Ivan and working on their children's books this week.  6th graders have their First 6 Children's Book Pages assignment due this Wednesday.  6th graders also get their Children's Book final draft rubric this Wednesday; the final draft of the Children's Book is due February 5th (a Q3 grade).  My 7th grade classes have their Structured Poems assignment due this Wednesday.  7th graders also get their 10 Poems assignment this Wednesday; those 10 Poems are due January 30th (a Q3 grade).

The Debate Team has practice this Monday from 8:30-9:25.  Service Learning meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40.  Poetry & Short Stories meets this Thursday from 4:15-5:40.  There is Quiz Bowl practice this Friday from 8:40-9:20.  The Knowledge Bowl teams did great at their meet in Minnetonka last week, finishing 11th, 12th, and 20th out of 46 total teams.  Please check out our classroom Facebook page for examples of student work.  Have a great week everyone!
 

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Pages 121-140 of The One And Only Ivan (for 1st hour).  Physics Force field trip (for 4th hour).
Tuesday:  Field trip to Hyland Hills ski park.
Wednesday:  First 6 Children's Book Pages due.  DEAR.  Hand out Children's Book final draft rubric.
Thursday:  Q2 Reading Log due.  Journal writing.  Pages 141-160 of The One And Only Ivan.  Meet in reading log book groups.
Friday:  End-of-Q2 Vocabulary/spelling Quiz.  Word of the Day.  TED Talk.
** Children's Book final draft due Tuesday, February 5th (a Q3 grade).
 

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Physics force field trip (for 2nd and 3rd hour).  Work on structured poems (for 6th hour).
Tuesday:  Field trip to Hyland Hills ski park.
Wednesday:  Structured Poems assignment due.  DEAR.  Hand out 10 Poems assignment.
Thursday:  Q2 Reading Log due.  Journal writing.  Meet in reading log book groups.
Friday:  End-of-Q2 Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  TED Talk.
** 10 Poems assignment due Wednesday, January 30th (a Q3 grade).
 

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.  The Quarter #2 Journal is due Tuesday, 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 (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 #2 Reading Log is due Thursday, January 17th.


My Daily Class Schedule
Advisory (9:40-10:01): Advisory (7th grade)
1st Hour (10:04-10:55): 6th grade Language Arts
2nd Hour (10:58-11:49): 7th grade Language Arts
3rd Hour (11:52-12:43): 7th grade Language Arts
Lunch (12:43-1:28)
4th Hour (12:46-1:37): 6th grade Language Arts
5th Hour (2:25-3:16): Preparation time
6th Hour (3:19-4:10): 7th grade Language Arts
 

About Me
This is 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 of the Week

"Ghost Villanelle"
by Dan Lechay

We never saw the ghost, though he was there-
we knew from the raindrops tapping on the eaves.
We never saw him, and we didn't care.

Each day, new sunshine tumbled through the air;
evenings, the moonlight rustled in dark leaves.
We never saw the ghost, though: he was there,

if ever, when the wind tousled our hair
and prickled goosebumps up and down thin sleeves;
we never saw him.  And we didn't care

to step outside our room at night, or dare
click off the nightlight: call it fear of thieves.
We never saw the ghost, though he was there

in sunlit dustmotes drifting anywhere,
in light-and-shadow, such as the moon weaves.
We never saw him, though, and didn't care,

until at last we saw him everywhere.
We told nobody.  Everyone believes
we never saw the ghost (if he was there),
we never saw him and we didn't care.