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

Summer Message
I hope everyone is having a great summer.  I'm teaching summer school at Andersen Open School this summer and it's going great so far.

If you're looking for some good books to read over the summer, here are some links that may help you find a good book:

Mr. Streit's book recommendations
Newbery Medal books
Printz Award books
YALSA Nonfiction Award books

I will also continue to post examples of student work over the summer on my classroom Facebook page.  Have a great summer everyone!
 

6th Grade Language Arts typical schedule
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out grammar homework and vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Work on class novels and units.
Wednesday:  Grammar homework due.  DEAR.  Work on class novels and units.
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Work on class novels and units.
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  Word of the Day.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
 

7th Grade Language Arts typical schedule
Monday:  Monday circle.  Hand out grammar homework and vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  Journal writing.  Work on class novels and units.
Wednesday:  Grammar homework due.  DEAR.  Work on class novels and units.
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Work on class novels and units.
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.
 

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.


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

About Me
This fall will be 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 look forward to going to work every day.


Poem for the Summer

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.