Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review Project Grade 7

Parents and 7th grade advisors,


The following information was given in class today for the culminating 7th grade project:

Create either an interactive activity or a presentation (both of 5 minutes duration) to help your class review a topic that will be on the exam.

write and recite a poem

create a video

use voice thread and pictures to explain a concept

make a review game

design an interactive poster

write and act out a skit (live)

write a new version of an old song (same tune, new words)

create a children’s book (ABC or other style)


Possible review topics (all “fair game” for exam):

Capitalization rules

Comma rules

Semicolon, colon, and hyphen rules

Apostrophe rules

Irregular verbs (sink, sank, sunk)

Kinds of sentences and end punctuation

Quotation marks and dialogue

Fun and Useful words (60)

Word Parts

Language Arts words

Ten Little Indians vocabulary

Plot reviews of all stories and books this year

Essays -- genres, structure, expectations


Important Information:

DUE:  June 4

TIME AVAILABLE (in class):  20 - 30 minutes at least 3 times (one hour to count on)

WHO: May have ONE partner, or may work alone

GRADING: 200 points!!!  Judged on: Quality, On time, Depth of information/helpfulness, Use of class work time, Sharing of load, Presentation (if applicable), Engagement


Students will select partners and topics tomorrow (Friday).  In order to ensure that many review topics are covered, only one person or partner will be allowed to do their project on each topic.  Therefore, it is possible that a student may not get his or her top choice for topic.  Students who choose to work alone will have first pick of topics. 




Abby Wald


Thursday, May 17, 2012

8th Grade Homework

Complete first section of the "Dailies" packet given during class.

Also, begin graduation speech by filling in the organizer we made in class. You ONLY need to fill in what you plan to be your "purpose," intended "audience," a possible "theme" or two, and then compose ONLY the first paragraph (welcome and thanks).

Abby Wald

Monday, May 14, 2012

Two things

8th graders should be working on memorizing the Declaration of Independence for recitations TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  This is a repeat assignment, as few students earned acceptable grades on their recitations last week. 


Also, if it was not completed in the time allotted in class, students should finish the review worksheet entitled “Language Arts.”




Abigail P. Wald


Reminder -- Project and Test

This is a reminder that letter # 1 of the out of class reading project is due tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, for those students who were required to complete it.  Letter #2 is due on May 30. 


ALL students should be reading a book outside of class (even if not required to do the project) and be prepared to answer questions and/or write about it in class.


Also, a vocabulary quiz on the first 4 chapters of Ten Little Indians will be on Wednesday



Homework 7th grade, Due May 15


Following the directions on the sheet given in class, please write the FIRST paragraph only of a report on television.


Friday, May 11, 2012

7th and 8th grade homework

7th graders should be studying for a vocabulary test next Wednesday (May 16).  The test will cover vocabulary from chapters 1-4 of Ten Little Indians, with an emphasis on chapters 3 and 4 as well as the “ly” words (adverbs like surreptitiously, conscientiously, and adroitly).


8th graders should be studying The Declaration of Independence for a second recitation due Tuesday, May 15.  Students, in general, did quite poorly on this recitation a few days ago, and they are being asked to continue trying to memorize the first few sentences.  The first recitation grade WILL stand, but a second recitation grade will help to balance it out.  Ms. Briggs and I challenged the students who earned good scores the first time to aim for at least one letter grade of improvement. 




Wednesday, May 2, 2012

7th and 8th: homework, tests, projects, memorizations, oh my!

7th graders have their independent reading project letters due on May 15 and 30, as detailed in yesterday’s email and blog posting.  They will also be having a TEST on May 7 that covers the VOCABULARY we’ve been learning from chapters 1 – 4 of Ten Little Indians.  There will be some time dedicated in class to reviewing this vocabulary, but students will also need to study at home.  They may print their vocabulary lists off of their iPads to bring home.


8th graders have a “layered curriculum” project that they will begin in class today.  In this project, they have a menu of options to choose from to earn a particular grade.  They will have 2 ½ blocks to work on this project, which may be sufficient for some students.  Time may need to be spent on the project over the weekend or during nights this week. The entire project is due at the start of class on Monday, May 7.  Additionally, students are being asked to memorize and recite the beginning of The Declaration of Independence as part of our ongoing commitment to grappling with rigorous text and our current study of our rights as Americans (related to the class novel).  The first sentence is the basic requirement, and memorizing it will earn students a 75%.  They may choose to memorize more of the text, and may earn up to a 105%. Recitations will be held on Tuesday, May 8. 


All students will be having end of the year exams.  It is never too early to start reviewing for these by organizing binders, reading through notes, making flash cards for vocabulary, correcting old worksheets, et cetera.  June will be upon us all before we know it!





Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Last Independent Reading Project

7th Grade Parents,


The final independent reading project is to read a book in a genre of choice and compose two 400-word letters/emails to me about the book.  The first letter/email should be written at the halfway point in the book, and the second should be written when the book is completed.  Each letter/email should be 400 words and should be approximately half summary of the text and half personal response (opinions about characters, predictions, things you notice about the author’s style, connections, et cetera). 


Letter one is DUE on or before MAY 15, 2012


Letter two is DUE on or before MAY 29, 2012


Students who earned a 3 or a 4 on the NECAP this past fall are exempt from writing the letters, but are still expected to read a book and be ready for an informal assessment(s) on that book. 




Abby Wald