Matt Streit - Language Arts, 6th and 7th grade

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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 January 13th - 16th

Welcome to the last week of Quarter #2.  All of my classes have their Q2 Journals due this Monday.  There is no vocabulary/spelling homework or grammar homework for any of my classes this week.

My 6th grade classes continue working on their Children's Book this week.  6th graders have their First 6 Children's Book Pages assignment due this Wednesday.  6th graders also get a Children's Book Final Draft rubric this Wednesday; the final draft of the Children's Book is due January 29th.  6th graders also get a Little Prince Movie Script assignment this Thursday; that movie script is due January 24th.  My 7th grade classes have their Structured Poems assignment due this Tuesday.  7th graders get a 10 Poems assignment this Tuesday; those ten poems are due January 22nd.

The Service Learning group meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40.  The Poetry & Short Stories group meets this Thursday from 4:15-5:40.  There is no Knowledge Bowl practice this week.  We have our third Knowledge Bowl meet this Tuesday at St. Anthony middle school.

Please visit our classroom Facebook page.  Have a short week everyone!

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Q2 Journal due.  FastBridge testing in computer lab.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Chapters 22-24 of The Little Prince.  Work on children's book pages.
Wednesday: First 6 Children's Book Pages due.  DEAR.  Chapters 25-26 of The Little Prince.  Work on children's book pages.  Hand out Children's Book Final Draft rubric.
Thursday:  Journal writing.  Chapter 27 of The Little Prince.  Hand out Little Prince Movie Script assignment.
Friday:  No school.  Record-keeping day.
** Little Prince Movie Script due Friday, January 24th (Q3 grade).
** Final Draft of Children's Book due Wednesday, January 29th (Q3 grade).

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Q2 Journal due.  FastBridge testing in computer lab.
Tuesday:  Structured Poems assignment due.  Journal writing.  Hand out 10 Poems assignment.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Work on ten poems for poetry book.
Thursday:  Journal writing.  Work on ten poems for poetry book.
Friday:  No school.  Record-keeping day.
** 10 Poems assignment due Wednesday, January 22nd.

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 #2 Journal is due on Monday, January 13th.

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 on Thursday, January 9th.

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 (1:31-2:22): 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

by Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow
on the mountain. But when I look up,
saw in hand, I see a nest clutched in
the uppermost branches.
I don't cut that one.
I don't cut the others either.
Suddenly, in every tree,
an unseen nest
where a mountain
would be.