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

This year, I will be accepting assignments on Google Classroom.
- 6th graders can use this code to join our 6th grade Google Class: 55v4z9y
- 7th graders can use this code to join our 7th grade Google Class: l2zcl8
 

The week of September 9th - 13th
Welcome to the second week of school.  6th and 7th grade students will get their first vocabulary/spelling homework this Monday.  That homework will be due on Thursday, and there will be a quiz covering those words and definitions on Friday.

6th graders start our Shared Inquiry/short story unit this week by reading "Gaston."  6th graders get a Gaston Inquiry Log assignment this Wednesday; that inquiry log is due September 17th.  7th graders also start a Shared Inquiry/short story unit this week; 7th graders will be reading a Fred Rogers commencement speech.  7th graders get a Shared Inquiry Discussion Guide assignment this Wednesday; that discussion guide is due September 24th.

Students should take the Streit Web Site Pledge before September 13th to get five extra-credit points.  You can also Like and follow our classroom Facebook page.  I post examples of student work and other classroom news on this FB page.  Have a great second week of school everyone!
 

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out and explain vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Honor code.  Pep talks.  Shared Inquiry overview.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Hand out Gaston Inquiry Log.  First reading of "Gaston."
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Partner reading of "Gaston."
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Gaston Inquiry Log due Tuesday, September 17th.
 

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out and explain vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Honor code.  Pep talks.  Shared Inquiry review.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Hand out Shared Inquiry Discussion Guide.  First reading of Fred Rogers commencement speech.
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Partner reading of Fred Rogers speech.
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Shared Inquiry Discussion Guide due Tuesday, September 24th.
 

Journal Writing
My 6th and 7th grade students are expected to write about 2 pages (back-to-back) in their journal every week.  I think the best way to be successful developing a writing routine is to write 10 minutes a day for 5-6 days a 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 #1 Journal is due on Monday, October 28th.
 

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 #1 Reading Log is due on Thursday, October 24th.


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

About Me
This is my 9th year teaching Language Arts at Lake Harriet Upper and my 16th year teaching overall.  I coach the Knowledge Bowl and Quiz Bowl 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 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.


Poem of the Week

from "To Begin With, The Sweet Grass"
by Mary Oliver

What I loved in the beginning, I think, was mostly myself.
Never mind that I had to, since somebody had to.
That was many years ago.
Since then I have gone out from my confinements, though with difficulty.
I mean the ones that thought to rule my heart.
I cast them out, I put them on the mush pile.
They will be nourishment somehow (everything is nourishment somehow or another).

And I have become the child of the clouds, and of hope.
I have become the friend of the enemy, whoever that is.
I have become older and, cherishing what I have learned,
I have become younger.

And what do I risk to tell you this, which is all I know?
Love yourself.  Then forget it.  Then, love the world.