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 November 18th - 22nd
All of my classes have vocabulary/spelling homework this week.  My 7th grade students also have grammar homework this week.

6th graders have their Connection Narrative first drafts due this Tuesday.  6th graders will also be working on their CN final drafts; the FINAL draft is due November 26th.  7th graders get a HTDN Essay Prewriting assignment this Wednesday; that prewriting is due November 26th.

Service Learning meets this Tuesday from 4:15-5:40.  Poetry & Short Stories meets this Thursday from 4:15-5:40.  There is Knowledge Bowl practice this Monday, November 18th from 8:45-9:25.  We have our first Knowledge Bowl meet this Tuesday in Woodbury.  And pleae visit our classroom Facebook page.  Have a great week everyone!

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  CN first draft due.  Journal writing.  Reading habits survey.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Revise connection narratives.
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Edit connection narratives.
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Connection Narrative FINAL Draft due Tuesday, November 26th.

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Finish HTDN exploration presentations.  Hand out grammar homework and vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Pages 120-126 of HTDN.  Reading habits survey.
Wednesday:  Grammar homework due.  DEAR.  "This is Water" video.  Pages 127-131 of HTDN.  Hand out HTDN Essay Prewriting.
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Pages 133-139 of HTDN.
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.

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

"A November Sunrise"
by Anne Porter

Wild geese are flocking and calling in pure golden air,
Glory like that which painters long ago
Spread as a background for some little hermit
Beside his cave, giving his cloak away,
Or for some martyr stretching out
On her expected rack.
A few black cedars growing nearby
And there's a donkey grazing.

Small craftsmen, steeped in anonymity like bees,
Gilded their wooden panels, leaving fame to chance,
Like the maker of this wing-flooded golden sky,
Who forgives all our ignorance
Both of his nature and of his very name,
Freely accepting our one heedless glance.