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 December 9th - 13th
Only four school weeks left in Quarter #2.  Students should do their best to continue reading 20 minutes a day, and writing 5 days a week, 10 minutes at a time.  My 6th grade students have grammar homework this week.  My 7th grade students have vocabulary/spelling homework this week.

My 6th grade classes have their Children's Story assignment due this Tuesday.  6th graders also get a Children's Book Storyboard assignment this Tuesday; that storyboard is due December 19th.  7th graders have the FINAL draft of their HTDN Essay due this Tuesday.  7th graders then start their Poetry unit this week.  7th graders get a Response Poem assignment this Wednesday; that response poem is due December 17th.  7th graders also get a Note Poem assignment this Thursday; that note poem is due December 18th.

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 Friday.  We do have our second Knowledge Bowl meet this Thursday in Shakopee.

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

6th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Monday circle.  Read children's book.  Hand out grammar homework.
Tuesday:  Children's Story due.  Journal writing.  Chapters 5-6 of The Little Prince.  Hand out Children's Book Storyboard assignment.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Chapters 7-8 of The Little Prince.  Work on children's book storyboards.
Thursday:  Journal writing.  Chapters 9-10 of The Little Prince.  Work on children's book storyboards.
Friday:  Grammar homework due.  DEAR.  Chapters 11-12 of The Little Prince.  TED Talk.
** Children's Book Storyboard assignment due Thursday, December 19th.

7th Grade Language Arts this week
Monday:  Edit HTDN essays.  Pages 202-204 of HTDN.  Hand out vocabulary/spelling homework.
Tuesday:  HTDN Essay FINAL Draft due.  Journal writing.  End-of-unit reflection.
Wednesday:  DEAR.  Poetry survey.  Read and discuss "Introduction to Poetry."  Hand out Response Poem assignment.
Thursday:  Vocabulary/spelling homework due.  Journal writing.  Read and discuss "This Is Just To Say."  Hand out Note Poem assignment.
Friday:  Vocabulary/spelling quiz.  DEAR.  TED Talk.
** Response Poem due Tuesday, December 17th.
** Note Poem due Wednesday, December 18th.

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.