The week of Feb. 21st - 24th
I hope you all had a nice, long warm weekend. It looks like we have some more warm days ahead.
My 6th grade classes also have their Persuasive Speech FINAL draft due this Thursday. 6th graders have no vocabulary/spelling homework and no grammar homework this week.
My 7th grade classes have grammar homework this week but no vocabulary/spelling homework. My 7th grade classes also have their Coat-of-Arms project due this Thursday.
There is no Debate Team practice this week. Service Learning class meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40. Poetry & Short Stories class this Thursday. Our first Quiz Bowl practice is this Friday from 8:45-9:25; any student is welcome to attend this Quiz Bowl practice.
You can check out my classroom Facebook page to see examples of student work. I've been posting some exemplary Children's Books and Poetry Books that my 6th and 7th grade students recently completed. Have a great short week, everyone!
6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday: No school. Presidents Day.
Tuesday: Journal writing. Revise persuasive speeches. Read pages 231-250 of The One and Only Ivan.
Wednesday: DEAR. Revise persuasive speeches. Early volunteers for persuasive speeches.
Thursday: Persuasive Speech FINAL Draft due. Journal writing. Students give persuasive speeches. Hand out extra-credit/optional TOAOI poster assignment.
Friday: Word of the Day. Students finish giving persuasive speeches. Read pages 251-265 of The One and Only Ivan.
** Optional/extra-credit The One and Only Ivan poster assignment due March 1st.
7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday: No school. Presidents Day.
Tuesday: Hand out grammar homework. Journal writing. Work on Coat-of-Arms assignment. Check out Freak The Mighty novels.
Wednesday: DEAR. Watch the first half of Arthur: The Once and Future King video.
Thursday: Coat-of-Arms assignment due. Journal writing. Watch the second half of Arthur: The Once and Future King.
Friday: Grammar homework due. Word of the Day. Chapter 1 of Freak The Mighty. TED Talk.
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 #3 section of your Journal is due Monday, March 27th.
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 #3 Reading Log is due Thursday, March 23rd.
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
5th Hour (2:23-3:15): Preparation time
6th Hour (3:18-4:10): 6th grade Language Arts
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
"If the Moon Happened Once"
by Kay Ryan
If the moon happened once,
it wouldn't matter much,
One evening's ticket
punched with a
round or a crescent.
You could like it
or not like it,
as you chose.
It couldn't alter
every time it rose;
it couldn't do those
things with scarves
“I like the part of being a writer in which you don’t feel the sides of anything. You don’t see the beginning, and you don’t see the end. You’re just in it.”
- Richard Ford
Looking for a good book to read? The links below give options of great young-adult books.
Good Reads YA Nonfiction
YALSA Nonfiction Awards
National Book Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Mr. Streit's Book Recommendations
Mr. Streit's Book Talk podcast
Each month, students in all of my classes vote on a charity and donate spare change to this charity if they choose to do so. Our February charity is the World Wildlife Fund.
In January, we raised $42.11 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In December, we raised $56.32 for Toys For Tots. In November, we raised $52.35 for Make-a-Wish. In October, we raised $69.77 for ASPCA. In September, we raised $62.74 for the Animal Humane Society. For the 2015-16 school year, we raised $582.83 for nine different charities. For the 2014-15 school year, we raised $546.37 for nine different charities. For the 2013-14 school year, we raised $564.15 for nine different charities. For the 2012-13 school year, we raised $586.82 for eight different charities.
Thank you all so much for your generosity.
Enrich your Language Arts experience with these podcasts.
The Writer's Almanac
Merriam Webster's Word of the Day
Mr. Streit's Book Talk