Wednesday, May 30: Wake-Up Wednesday & Revise Explanatory Writing

Click HERE for the Unit 10: Digital Portfolio HyperDoc

Goals: Revise, edit, and reflect on the explanatory piece you wrote this year (e.g., Guide to Happiness). Add it to your portfolio.


  • Book Talks–Friday, June 1
  • iPad return June 4
  • Digital Portfolio project due June 6
  • Workshop Time Noise Level–Whisper. Do not let your words intrude on others’ thoughts.


1) #075 Starter

Open #075 Starter on Google Classroom.  Read the directions carefully before you start.


2) #072: Digital Portfolio–Revise & Edit Your Explanatory Writing.

Before you start, open the directions by click the image below or in Google Classroom: #072 Digital Portfolio

Digital Portfolio Screen Shot

Next , find your explanatory writing in Google Drive. For most students, this is the “Guide to Happiness” we wrote for Unit 3.

You can search by the word “Happiness” or follow this workflow: Google Drive > Classroom folder > English 7 folder

Follow the directions below to revise and edit your work:

Revise & Edit

Click HERE for how to change the sharing settings to “anyone with the link.”


3) Add the explanatory writing Doc to Your Portfolio Site and Write Your Reflection

Click HERE for how to add a Doc to your site.

On the Narrative page for your site, write a reflection responding to the question below:

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Homework: Charge iPad, Finish revising and editing your explanatory writing

Wednesday, May 16: Be the Hero of Your Own Life Story

Click HERE for theUnit 9: Among the Hidden website.

Goals: Read. Track your thinking. Practice reading aloud with feeling. Make connections between the “hero’s journey” and your own life.


  • Friday–> Voice Actors Wanted Assessment
  • May 21 Quarter 4 Reading Ladder Reflection
  • Book Talks Friday 5-18 and Monday 5-21


1) #065 Starter

Open #065 Starter in Google Classroom or click HERE.


3) Read Among the Hidden.

Stop at least two times to practice your voice acting. Remember, your assessment is Friday.

4) #058 Thought Log 

Open your Thought Log in Google Classroom. Complete today’s entry (5/16).


Homework: Read, Charge iPad, Complete Thought Log (Last One!)


Wednesday, May 9: Wake-Up Wednesday & Read Among the Hidden

Click HERE for the Among the Hidden Unit 9 website.

Learning Targets: Form interpretations with “That Statements.” Refer to the text. Elaborate on your responses.  Revise your work.


  • Book Talks Schedule
  • Calendar Change: Mini-Quiz 2 Tomorrow
  • Continue Independent Reading at Home


1) #062 Wake-Up Wednesday on Socrative

Open Socrative and login to ENG7RM402. Watch the Wake-Up Wednesday video and write a response using the cognitive strategy ANALYZING AUTHOR’S CRAFT.



2) Read and #058 Thought Log

Continue reading Among the Hidden. Track your thinking as your read.

Take a few minutes to practice your reading fluency. See the graphic below for tips.

Voice Actors Wanted

After reading for 25 minutes, open #058 Thought Log in Google Classroom.

Write today’s Thought Log entry. Start with That Statements, which help you form interpretations about a specific passage in the book. Include the page number you are referring to.


Work on elaborating your response. Say more than you normally would.  Spend two minutes revising what you wrote.


3) Debrief


Homework: Read, Charge Your iPad, Continue Reading Your Self-Selected Reading Book, Thought Log Check Tomorrow (May 3 – May 9)

Wednesday, May 2: Start Reading Among the Hidden


Click HERE for the Among the Hidden Unit 9 website.

Learning Targets: Track your thinking with cognitive strategies. Refer to the text. Elaborate on your responses. Take a stand on several controversial issues. Articulate your point of view. Keep an open mind. Reflect on your own learning. Revise your work.


  • Check NEO for missing work: #053 #BookLove Reading Log, #022 Visible Poem
  • Schedule Book Talks
  • iPad Reminders
  • Quarter 4 Reading Ladder Reflection May 21
  • Today’s bell schedule
  • Thank You Gift from Mr. Ortega


1) #054  Agenda

Open assignment #054 in Google Classroom and find the Unit Calendar (or click HERE). Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the full month view and active links, click Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.


2) #055 STARTER: Wake-Up Wednesday Video

Open the #055 Starter in Google Classroom. Read the directions. Click HERE to see the Thought Log.

Press MARK AS DONE when you are finished.


3) Check Out Among the Hidden from the Library.


4) #056 Among the Hidden Unit Website

Click HERE to go to the website or type into your browser.

Explore by clicking on all tabs. Skim the various assignments.

What questions might a student have about this unit?


5) Read and #058 Thought Log

Open your copy of #058 Thought Log in Google Classroom. Read the directions carefully.  You will type on this log daily as we read.

Start reading Among the Hidden.  Remember, that you will be tracking your thinking when we finish. As you read today, visualize the characters and setting. Make predictions about what will happen next.

After reading for 30 to 40 minutes, write your first Thought Log entry. Work on elaborating your response. Say more than you normally would. Be sure to spend a couple of minutes revising what you wrote.


Homework: Read, Charge Your iPad, Continue Reading Your Self-Selected Reading Book

Wednesday, March 14: What Is Poetry?

Click HERE for Unit 6: Take a Stand Site

Click HERE for Unit 7: Poetry Workshop HyperDoc

Learning Targets: Analyze the author’s craft with an animated poem. Learn and practicing using poetic terms.


  • Absent Yesterday? Check the blog, Complete Newsela: Anne Frank, Reply to My Feedback on Argument Draft
  • Make-Up: Monitor & Discuss Assessment
  • Regrade for Written Argument (Due Tomorrow): Revise based on my feedback. Request a regrade (lower than 3).
  • Make-Up Speeches
  • Book Talks Monday 3/19


1) Starter: Golden 10 (Revising Your Argument Draft from Feedback)

Complete today’s weekly work chart. Spend 10 minutes on late work or on To do when you are done.


2) Wake-Up Wednesday


3) Unit 7: Poetry Workshop HyperDoc

  • Open Unit 7: Poetry Workshop HyperDoc in Google Classroom.
  • Spend some time reading what you will be doing this unit. Click the links. Look at the directions.
  • At my signal go back to the original Poetry Workshop HyperDoc.


4) Flocabulary: What Is Poetry? WATCH

  • Go to > Log in with Google > Click What Is Poetry?
  • Open the LYRICS (under video). DO NOT play the video.
  • Read along as we listen. Be prepared for a quick review.


4) Flocabulary: What Is Poetry? VOCAB

  • Complete the VOCAB flash cards. Include illustrations.
  • If you finish early, revise your argument draft  and complete the Request a Regrade form (see tabs above) or go to and work your assignments.


Homework: Read, Charge iPad, Revise Argument from Feedback and Request Regrade, (Late) Finish Newsela Article: “Anne Frank”


March 7: Plan Your Speech

Click HERE for Unit 6: Take a Stand! Site

Learning Target: Modify your argument essay into speech form. Practice giving your speech with appropriate volume, pronunciation, and eye contact.


  • Absent Yesterday? Revise your argument (color-code and reflect & relate)
  • Argument Help: YouTube “Think Alouds” on Take a Stand Site
  • Take a Stand! Speeches Tomorrow
  • Book Talks Friday
  • Make-Up: Monitor & Discuss Assessment


1) Golden 10

Open your Weekly Work Chart in Google Classroom. You have 10 minutes to work on your Golden 10. If you are done, skip to the last row.


2) Wake-Up Wednesday

Analyzing Craft: What does this speaker do well? What makes his speech effective? Consider what he says and how he says it.

Go to Socrative / ENG7RM 402. Share your response using the cognitive strategy Analyzing CraftWait to read the response of others. Vote.


3) Plan Speech & Practice

Find instructions for planning your speech on the Publish! page of the Unit 6 site. After you plan your speech, take turns giving it to a partner. Focus on speaking slowly, pronouncing each word carefully, and using eye contact.


4) Debrief and Exit


Homework: Read, Charge iPad, Practice Giving Your Speech

Tuesday, January 31: Is Social Media Bad for Young People?

Goals: Read and respond to an opinion article from Newsela. Analyze the author’s craft. Add your own opinion to a class discussion.


  • Book Talks Friday 2/2
  • Missing Work (Mostly Good!): 1 Reading Log, 1 Would You Rather? (Weekly Pages 8),  1 English Journal
  • I’m Finished! Tab = If you complete a task from the “What to Do When I’m Done” list, fill out the I Finished Something form to receive credit.

1) Starter

Open the starter in Google Classroom. Answer today’s question. When you are done, choose See previous responses to see your classmates’ answers.


2) Reading Arguments: Social Media’s Effects…

Open the Unit 5: Reading Arguments HyperDoc. Read the Planning and Goal Setting task.


Read the task for Newsela Article #1. If you have not finished replying to the annotations, do that first. Today’s goal is for you to write to the prompt and take the quiz.


When you finish the Newsela quiz, go to Google Classroom and write your own opinion on the discussion post titled, “Evaluating: Is Social Media Bad for Young People?” Use evidence from the article and from your life to answer the question.

After others have responded, press See Classmates’ Answers. Write academic responses to at least two classmates.

4) What to Do When You Are Done

  • Finish Weekly Pages 9
  • Choose an activity from the What To Do When You Are Done list on the right sidebar.


5) Debrief

Homework: Read, Charge Your iPad, Weekly Pages 9 (Due Tomorrow), Finish Newsela Article 1 (ALL)