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We will be utilizing the Write Source SkillsBook from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for our main composition curriculum this year. It provides students with opportunities to practice editing and proofreading skills throughout the writing process. Students will focus on MUG when writing- mechanics, usage, and grammar. The seventh grade SkillsBook will include: proofreading activities (marking punctuation, editing for mechanics, improving spelling, and using the right word), sentence activities (sentence basics, sentence problems, sentence variety), and part of speech activities (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, interjections, and conjunctions).
 
Students will take a pretest at the beginning of the year, two quarterly progress tests, and one post test and the end of the year. The pretest is designed to determine students' level of writing experience and knowledge. It is used as the baseline for measuring students' progress from beginning of the year to the end. The progress tests help monitor students' progress and allow teachers to refine teaching plans based on individual learners. The post test will determine how much progress students have made. Each assessment has three parts. Part 1: Basic Elements of Writing and Part 2: Proofreading and Editing comprise a total of 30 multiple choice questions. Part 3: Writing provides a writing prompt in which students respond with a short essay.

We will also be incorporating a spelling unit throughout the course of the school year which will expose our seventh graders to 300 new words.
 
DAILY HOMEWORK: Read for 30 minutes! Parent initial in planner.

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ELA (April 6th-10th): THIS IS FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING PAPER WORK ONLY.
Be sure to pick up printed materials from the school. Please note, to submit your work, you can either send me the answers via email or you can return the packet to school and the office staff will scan your documents to me.

Students who DO have access to technology at home should follow the weekly schedules posted to my google classroom, and complete their assignments online.
 
Day #1: Dump vs How Things Work
Read p241 to compare texts. You are going to read two poems that reflect on people's everyday experiences and relationships with material things. The first poem commemorates the dump, a place where people discard old, used, broken, or unwanted items. The second poem shares a perception about people's everyday spending and its effects on others' ability to spend. Read the background information on both authors before you set your purpose to read.
 
Read “Dump” by X.J. Kennedy (p242-243) and answer the following short response questions below. Be sure to email me your responses so I may grade them.
  1. Identify Patterns- How many stanzas does the poem have? How many lines are in each stanza? Why might the poet have chosen to organize the poem this way
  2. Analyze- Read the information on traditional form on p244. How does the poem’s form contribute to its meaning?
Day #2: Dump vs How Things Work
Read “How Things Work" by Gary Soto (p245) and answer the following short response questions below. Be sure to email me your responses so I may grade them.
  1. Interpret- In lines 5-7, what does the speak compare to rain, and what does that comparison help readers picture?
  2. Analyze- Read the information on free verse form on p246. How does the poem’s form contribute to its meaning?
Day #3: Dump vs How Things Work Quiz
You CAN use your Student Book to review the poems, "Dump," by X. J. Kennedy and "How Things Work," by Gary Soto before and during your test. You will have 10 multiple choice questions to answer for your quiz grade. You do NOT need to complete the written response questions. You can scan the quiz document to my email, or you may number your responses and just sent them to me through email.

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