Monday, February 5: Reading Workshop & Reading Arguments

Goal: Read and keep track of progress. Participate in book talks. Start writing weekly pages 10 (your choice).  Complete work for Newsela article #1.

Announcements:

  • AbsentFriday? Complete your reading log and send me a message (email or NEO), so I can assign points. Make sure you have an independent reading book.
  • Bring fully charged iPad daily.
  • Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument Progress Check: About half of you are ready to move on to the expanding summary or article #2. Half are still working on completing article #1.

1) Reading Workshop

Read for 15 minutes. Participate in book talks by either presenting or by listening and adding to your My Next Reads list in the Notes app.

Open book and reading workshop text

 

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

 

2) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the full month view and active links, click Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.

3) Weekly Pages 10

Click HERE to see writing ideas for your weekly pages. I recommend practicing with one of the following ideas to practice with argument writing:

 

Set up your English Journal with today’s date and the title Weekly Pages 10 on the top of the Doc.

 

4) Newsela Article #1 & Learning Targets

Your score in NEO reflects whether or not you have met the following learning target for reading informational materials:

LEARNING TARGET:  RI 7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 

Check your score in NEO to see your progress. The slides embedded below have a simplified version of the scoring system. For a more detailed look, click on the assignment name Newsela Article #1

 

5) Workshop

Homework: Read & Bring Book, Charge Your iPad, Weekly Pages 10 (Due Thursday), LATE Newsela #1

Monday, January 29: Reading Workshop

Goal: Read and keep track of progress. Participate in book talks. Start writing weekly pages 9 (your choice). Participate in a community-building activity in order to build stronger relationships.

Announcements:

  •  5 winners for most persuasive Would You Rather? speeches
  • AbsentFriday? Complete your reading log and send me a message (email or NEO), so I can assign points.
  • Bring fully charged iPad daily
  • Turn in missing / incomplete work:
    • 2 Would You Rather? Speeches
    • 3 Missing Weekly Pages 8 / English Journal
    • 2 Missing Reading Log Entries

1) Reading Workshop

Read for 15 minutes. Participate in book talks by either presenting or by listening and adding to your My Next Reads list in the Notes app.

Open book and reading workshop text

 

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

 

2) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the full month view and active links, click Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.

 

3) Make-Up Would You Rather? Speeches

4) Weekly Pages 9

Click HERE to see writing ideas for your weekly pages. I recommend practicing with one of the following ideas to practice with argument writing:

 

Set up your English Journal with today’s date and weekly pages 9 on the top of the Doc.

 

 

Homework: Read & Bring Book, Charge Your iPad, Weekly Pages 9 (Due Thursday)

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 26: Would You Rather? Mini-Speeches Day 2

Goal: Read and keep track of progress. Participate in book talks. Say an argument with a clear claim, support, and a consideration of the counterargument. Listen to your classmates’s arguments.

Announcements:

  • Missing Weekly Pages 8
  • Absent Yesterday? Complete the starter, and be prepared to give your speech. Complete the starter.
  • Bring Fully Charged iPad Daily

1) Read

Open book and reading workshop text

 

 

2) #BookLove Reading Log

Fill out your reading log for this week ending in 1/26. Make sure your reading log is in your English folder in Drive.

3) Book Talks

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

4) Mini-Argument Speeches

 

Read the speaking tips below to prepare for your mini-argument speech.

As you listen to your classmates’s speeches, take notes on what you hear. You will vote on the top three most persuasive arguments. Take notes on the top of your English Journal Doc.

5) Vote & Debrief

Go to Google Classroom and open the voting form. Vote for the top 3 most convincing speeches.

Final Question: What makes a good argument? Give at least three ideas.

Homework: Read & Bring Book, Charge Your iPad

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 5: Outsiders Ch. 11 & Evaluating

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Goals: Read Chapter 11 and complete 11 close reading strategies.

Announcements:

  • You should have 10 close reading responses done today. I will give you points and feedback based on your work so far.
  • Finish The Outsiders by Tuesday 1/9 (last day). All Outsiders activities, including Newsela and No Red Ink, are due Friday 1/12.
  • If you are done with The Outsiders, get a new book to read.

1) Read

2) Update #BookLove Reading Log

Record your reading from over the break and this week. Remember to include The Outsiders.

EXAMPLE

 

 

3) Workshop Time

5) EXIT TICKET

 

HOMEWORK: Read Ch. 11 & Complete 11 Close Reading Responses, Read a Newsela article or complete the No Red Ink Pretest

Friday, December 1: Outsiders Ch. 3 & Close Reading

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Goals: Read Chapter 3. Choose a cognitive strategy to respond. Add a transition word.

Announcements:

  • Outsiders Audiobook: I have posted the entire audiobook in Google Classroom. Feel free to listen on your own. Make sure you also read along with your book.
  • Instruction Guide to Happiness: Congratulations to those who have published their explanatory writing piece (Instruction Guide to Happiness). If you have not revised, proofread, and published yet, please do so today for partial credit.
  • Absent Yesterday? Read the blog from yesterday. Be sure to complete the starter, read Ch. 2 and write a close reading response.
  • Outsiders Research: If you did not complete the Outsiders research in the library, please finish it for homework. If you finish by Friday, you can still earn full credit.

1) Update #BookLove Reading Log

Record your reading for the week. Remember, this includes  The Outsiders AND what you read over Thanksgiving Break.

2) Read Outsiders Ch. 3

3) Close Reading Response

Click HERE to read about how to respond to what you read in The Outsiders.

For your own copy of the assignment, go to Google Classroom (click HERE).

Use the Cognitive Strategies Booklet to write an extended response (2 – 3 complete sentences).

4) Workshop Time

  • Finish your Instruction Guide to Happiness
  • Finish your Outsiders Research
  • Finish reading Ch. 1 or start reading and annotating your first nonfiction article in Newsela. Click HERE for directions on getting started.

5) EXIT TICKET

HOMEWORK: Read Ch. 3, 1 – 2 Close Reading Responses

 

 

Friday, October 27, 2017: Read & Monster Experiment Part 1

Goals: Read and track progress. Use sensory details to show not tell.

Announcements:

  • Check the Publish Your Narrative assignment in NEO. Did you turn it in? Did you submit a LINK not a file? Did you turn in the right version? Did you write a 2 sentence reflection about your writing?

Correct:

Incorrect:

  • Sign up for a book talk (right sidebar).
  • Absent yesterday? Turn in the paper copy of Revise and Publish in 5 Steps. Turn in Narrative to NEO (Publish Your Narrative).

Reading Workshop

1) Read.

2) Update Reading Log.

Open #BookLove Reading Log in Google Drive.

Update your reading for the week.

3) Participate Book Talks and Update My Next Reads.

Go to your “Next Reads”list in the Notes app. Write down the titles of books you might want to read next.

If you want to give a book talk, sign up on the form linked on the right sidebar.

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

 

Writing Workshop

 4) Complete Monster Experiment Part 1.

Click HERE to see the Monster Experiment handout.

Click HERE for a sensory details word list. You should also have this in your English folder.

Click HERE to see my example.

Use descriptive language and sensory details to complete Monster Sheet #1.

On Monday you will draw your monster based on your description.

Homework: Read. Charge Your iPad.

 

Reading Workshop, Sharing Characters & Worlds, Learning Log

Goals: Read. Keep track of your reading progress. Share your character & world idea. Summarize and reflect on your learning about “The Art of Storytelling” and Dialogue or Flow quotes. 

Announcements:

  • You should be 100% done with “We Are All Storytellers.” If you finish late, please complete the request a regrade form (tab on the upper right).
  • You should be 100% done with No Red Ink Assignment #1. If you finish late, please complete the request a regrade form (tab on the upper right).
  • DO NOT TURN IN ASSIGNMENTS TO GOOGLE CLASSROOM (UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE). Just make sure they are in your English 7 / Google Drive folder which is shared with amcmillan@sbunified.org.

1) Read

2) #BookLove Reading Log

  • Open your #BookLove Reading Log in Google Drive. Make sure the best reading log is in your English 7 folder. Remove old versions.
  • Update your reading for today (10/6).
  • Press share to make sure it has been shared with amcmillan@sbunified.org.
  • If you finish a book complete the blue shaded section. Otherwise, leave it blank.

Reading Log Entry for 10/6

 

3) Share Best “What If” from We Are All Storytellers, Ex. 4

  • Open We Are All Storytellers Doc. Scroll to Exercise 4, Part C.
  • Read over your What If? story idea and revise if needed.
  • Share your idea with your small group.

 

4) Learning Log–English Journal

  1. Review your learning for the week. This includes “We Are All Storytellers” and No Red Ink: Dialogue and Flow Quotes.
  2. In your English Journal, summarize and reflect on what you learned this week.
  3. REMINDERS: Start on the top of your English Journal Doc. Type the date (left) and title (center).
  4. Use at least two cognitive strategies:

Learning Log Cognitive Strategies

 

EXAMPLE LEARNING LOG

Learning Log Example

 

Homework: Read. Charge iPad. Bring earbuds.