Matt Streit - Lang. Arts, grades 6 & 7

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Summer message
Have a great summer everyone!  It was a great school year and I will miss having the 7th graders in my classroom.  I hope they all think about joining Debate, trying out for Knowledge Bowl, and/or attending Service Learning or Poetry & Short Stories after-school classes next year.

My 6th grade students were wonderful this year as well, and I hope they are in my 7th grade classes next year.  Remember, those students who participate in the Summer 6 Reading Program get credit for two books for their Quarter #1 Reading Log this fall.  Here are some recommendations for great young-adult books: Mr. Streit's Book Recommendations, Newbery Award Winners, and Good Reads YA Nonfiction.

I will continue posting on my classroom Facebook page throughout the summer.  See you all in late August!

Middle School Supply List
Here is a link to the middle-school supply list for the 2017-18 school year.

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.

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.

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 fall will be my seventh 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 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 for the Summer

"The Bookstall"
by Linda Pastan

Just looking at them
I grow greedy, as if they were
freshly baked loaves
waiting on their shelves
to be broken open - that one
and that - and I make my choice
in a mood of exalted luck,
browsing among them
like a cow in sweetest pasture.

For life is continuous
as long as they wait
to be read - these inked paths
opening into the future, page
after page, every book
its own receding horizon.
And I hold them, one in each hand,
a curious ballast weighting me
here to the earth.