Homework for Week 11/13 – 11/17

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

* Copy of a HRL can be found on the “handouts” page – just click on “handouts” link at the top of the page.

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MONDAY – 11/13

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today students began working on their Character Analysis Essay.  We looked at an example, highlighted the parts, and began brainstorming the parts.  A copy of the sample paragraph can be downloaded here:

SAMPLE-Introduction and Body-Paragraph

  • The following packet was given and students were asked to fill out ONE page for “Body Paragraph 1” by class tomorrow.  They are welcome to work ahead, but they only need to brainstorm  one paragraph. The packet can be downloaded here:

Body Paragraphs Essay Brainstorm Packet

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Body Paragraph 1 “Brainstorm” – DUE 11/14
  2. HRL A #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We worked on “word choice” and “Sentence Fluency” today.  Students brainstormed words for “big” and “small” and then wrote various lengthened sentences using words
  • Poems were returned – with scores.
  • Finally, students were given the rest of class to work on reading part 5 in The Running Dream and continue filling in the blue form.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Running Dream Part 4 & Blue Sheet – DUE 11/14
  2. HRL “A” #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

 

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TUESDAY – 11/14

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students had the entire class period to continue filling  in their brainstorm sheet for body paragraphs 2 & 3 for their Character Essay.  The entire yellow packet should be filled out and is due tomorrow in class – so students can begin typing up their Body Paragraphs.
  • *Most of the packet (if not all of it) should have been completed in class.  Students shouldn’t need too much time to complete it.
  • Tomorrow, they will get the entire class period to type up their rough paragraphs.  The typed paragraphs will be due Thursday.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Yellow Essay Packet
    Body Paragraphs 2 & 3 “Brainstorm” – DUE 11/15
  2. HRL A #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we looked at three main characters in our novel and brainstormed character traits for them.  We identified their strongest 4 traits and then found evidence from the book that demonstrated/supported that trait.  Evidence was put on sticky notes and collected on the back classroom wall.  
  • Students were given the rest of the class period (about 20 minutes) to continue working on reading part 4 (if not already done) and begin reading part 5 (the last part of the book).

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “A” #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

 

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WEDNESDAY – 11/15

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

See update on Thursday.  Due to teacher absence, blog was not completed.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

See update on Thursday.  Due to teacher absence, blog was not completed.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

 

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THURSDAY – 11/16

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students spent Wednesday and today trying to complete their Character Essay.  Students who finished in class, printed their final copy and turned it in.
  • Students who DID NOT FINISH had two options:
    • OPTION ONE– They can finish tonight and bring in the final draft (highlighted) to turn in.  They need to highlight their body paragraphs the way they did on  the sample paragraph about mom.  *They can also see their yellow scoring guide (first page of brainstorm packet).  We highlighted the parts with the assigned colors.

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    • OPTION TWO – Students can have until 5:00 PM on Monday to complete their paper on Google drive, highlight the parts on the computer, and share their draft with me electronically.
  • *Students can email Mrs. Bowen if they have questions or want specific feedback. 

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Final Draft Character Essay –
    DUE Friday on paper
    OR 
    5:00 PM Monday Electronically
  2. HRL “B” # 3 & 4 – DUE 11/30
    2nd quarter – 6th grade Part Ib

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were introduced to “Caught Ya!” editing practice today.  We worked through a couple practices and discussed the various editing/punctuaion/grammar rules that were presented.
  • They had some time at the end of class to read the novel or work on missing work.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish The Running Dream – DUE 11/27
  2. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 11/30
    Quarter 2 – 7th Grade Character Analysis “B”

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FRIDAY – 11/17  TURKEY TROT (Special Class Schedule)

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

7th Grade HOMEWORK:



Homework for Week 11/06 – 11/10

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

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Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): 

The Home Reading Log has changed a bit this quarter.  It is due EVERY Two-Weeks on Thursday. Students need to fill in more information about characterization.  (There is an example on the back of their HRL showing how to fill it out).  They are to try to read 120 minutes every TWO-WEEKS.  The due dates have already been  put  on the forms to ease with organization.  A copy of the “HRL” can be found on my “handouts” page by clicking the “handouts” link at the top of this page.

 

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MONDAY – 11/06

 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the 2nd Quarter NEW Home Reading Log (HRL).  We looked that CHANGES for this quarter.  A copy of “HRL form A” can be found and downloaded here:

HRL “A” 6th Grade

  • Students were given the rest of the class period to work on reading The Crossover and work on their yellow character sheet.  The book and sheet are due tomorrw, 11/07.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish The Crossover & Character sheet – DUE 11/05
  2. HRL A #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the 2nd Quarter NEW Home Reading Log (HRL).  We looked that CHANGES for this quarter.  A copy of “HRL form A” can be found and downloaded here:

HRL FORM “A”

  • Students had whatever time we had left in class to work  on reading The Running Dream.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Final POEM – DUE 11/07
  2. The Running Dream “Straightaway” part & Pink Reading handout – DUE 11/09
  3. HRL “A” #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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TUESDAY – 11/07

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took a test on The Crossover assessing their comprehension of the novel.
  • The yellow character sheet was reviewed for the chosen characters.
  • Papers were handed back.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL A #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students turned in the FINAL DRAFT of the poem today in class.
  • We reviewed Figurative Language – and  then found examples in our novel The Running Dream.  

Figurative Language NOTES

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. The Running Dream “Straightaway” part 3 & Pink handout – DUE 11/09
  2. HRL “A” #1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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WEDNESDAY – 11/08 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we worked on setting up our Character Essay.  Students identified the strongest character traits for their chosen character.  Then, they got in groups and crafts a Thesis Statement for a possible Essay.
  • Students are supposed to check their grades on-line and write their current grade in their planner.  

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Check Grades – DUE 11/09
  2. HRL A # 1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began class reviewing 7 examples of Figurative Language.  Students  worked on a handout and then we reviewed it in class.  A copy of the practice work can be downloaded here:

Figurative Language Practice #1

  • The last part of class was work time to complete Part 3 in The Running Dream which is due tomorrow in class.
  • Students are supposed to check their grades on-line and write their current grade in their planner.  

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Check Grades – DUE 11/09
  2. The Running Dream “Straightaway” part 3 & Pink handout – DUE 11/09
  3. HRL A # 1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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THURSDAY – 11/09

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students learned about and began working on their five paragraph essay.
  • We focused on the INTRODUCTION and they wrote one together  in groups based on the character they have chosen to write about from the  novel The Crossover.  A sample of an introduction showing the parts to include can be found here:

The Crossover Sample Introduction

  • All groups submitted their introduction to the teacher through google drive.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL A # 1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class analyzing various quotes from the novel The Running Dream.  They had to identify 11 differentwriting techniques and examples of figurative language and writing techniques: simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, allusion, idiom, repetition, magic-3, hyphenated modifier, pun

*To get a visual of this handout – go to “handouts” at the top of this page and look under “Figurative Language Handouts”.

  • Students reviewed Part 3 on The Running Dream (pink handout) and turned it in. 
  • Part 4 “Adjusting the Blocks” handout (blue) was given for students to fill out while reading the next section of the book pages 209-274.  This handout is due TUESDAY 11/14A copy of the handout can be found here:

RD Part 4 – Adjusting the Blocks

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. The Running Dream “Adjusting  the Blocks” part 4 & Blue handout – DUE 11/14
  2. HRL A # 1 & 2 – DUE 11/16

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FRIDAY – 11/10  No School

Observation of Veteran’s Day



Homework for Week 10/30 – 11/03

MONDAY 10/30  

 Grade Day – No School

TUESDAY 10/31    

6th Grade:

  • NO HRL this week. We will begin our new one next Monday.
  • We began working on Characterization and  looking at how authors develop a character through S.T.E.A.L.  This handout was give and reviewed as a class.

CHARACTERIZATION Notes

  • Finally, we looked into our novel and found examples of evidence that showed the main character’s personality.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary Flash Cards – DUE 11/01
  2. Vocabulary TEST – ON 11/03

 

7th Grade:

  • NO HRL this week. We will begin our new one next Monday.
  • Students took a quiz on The Running Dream covering the first two sections.
  • We continued our work on stereotypes and the “Who are you?” brainstorm sheet.
  • Students selected two possible groups from their brainstorm sheet.  They need to write down 5 stereotypes in pencil and 5 truths in pen for EACH of the two groups they selected.  We will begin a writing piece on this tomorrow – so I recommended they select groups that they would like to write about and that lent to some good stereotypes/truths contrasts.

HOMEWORK:

  1. 5 Stereotypes & 5 Truths for two Groups – DUE 11/01

 

WEDNESDAY – 11/01

6th Grade:

  • NO HRL this week. We will begin our new one next Monday.
  • Students began class filling in possible character traits for a selected character from our novel The Crossover.  We shared out the traits and talked about the difference between physical traits and personality traits.
  • We read in our novel for the remainder of class.  Students need to read to page 169 at home for tomorrow’s class.
  • Sample of the poem we analyzed in class today can be downloaded here:

Examples – We Would Like You to Know

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read to page 169 in The Crossover  DUE 11/02
  2. Vocabulary TEST – ON 11/03

 

7th Grade:

  • Students got their Running Dream quiz back.  The quiz was “Performance”, so all grades are final.
  • We looked at samples of poems like the one they will write.  We identified writing craft and poem structure.  Examples of the poem can be found here:

Poem Examples – We Would Like You to Know

  • Students had some time to begin writing their poem in class – Two stanzas are due by tomorrow.
  • Students will get the class period to continue drafting their poem tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Write two stanzas for your poem – DUE 11/02

THURSDAY – 10/02

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students selected a character to focus on for the novel The Crossover.  They received a chart to record their findings regarding their chosen Character’s Character Traits.  They will take notes for the remainder of the novel (knowing they can add anything from the first part of the novel that we’ve already read).  A copy of the retreival chart is here (there are two copies – front and back).

Character Trait Recording Sheet #1

Character Traits Recording Sheet #2

  • Students had the rest of class to read and work on there Character Trait Recording sheet.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary #1 TEST – On 11/03 (Tomorrow)

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the class period to working on drafting the poem.  A copy of the scoring guide/requirements can be downloaded here:

POEM – Scoring Guide

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Poem Rough Draft PRINTED – DUE 11/03

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FRIDAY – 10/03

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • The new HRL for 2nd quarter will be handed out on Monday and is due on 11/16.  
  • Students took their vocabulary test today.
  • After the test, they had the rest of the the class period to read the novel The Crossover and work on their yellow Character sheet.  Students need to finish reading the novel and filling in the yellow sheet (to the best of  their ability) by Tuesday.
  • They will have time in class on Monday to work on this as well as the weekend.
  • A copy of the yellow character sheet can be downloaded here:

Character Trait Recording Sheet #1

Character Traits Recording Sheet #2

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish reading The Crossover  and yellow Character Sheet – Tues. DUE 11/7

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • The new HRL for 2nd quarter will be handed out on Monday and is due on 11/16.
  • Students marked their poem rough draft for feedback.  Then they rotated around the room reading various poems from their classmates and gave feedback (while others read their poem  giving them feedback).
  • Students need to make any final changes to polish their poem and print out their FINAL  DRAFT which is DUE 11/7.  A scoring guide can be downloaded here:

POEM – Scoring Guide

  • Students were given a reading sheet to fill out while reading the 3rd section in our novel The Running Dream.  The 3rd section, “Straightaway” should be read and the pink handout should be completed by Thursday 11/09.  We will have book club meetings using the pink handout which can be downloaded here:

Part 3 “Straightaway” Reading Sheet

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7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Poem FINAL DRAFT – Tues. DUE 11/07
  2. Read Part 3 – “Straightaway” – in The Running Dream ThursDUE 11/09
  3. Fill out the pink reading sheet while reading Part 3 – ThursDUE 11/09


Homework for Week 10/23 – 10/27

Monday 10/23

6th Grade:

  • Study for Figurative Language Test (all examples except “Allusion” – that is not on the test).

Figurative Language Definitions and Examples

  • Some students found mistakes (or missing parts) on their poems as they shared today.  They were allowed to take their poems home and revise one more time.  Bring new final draft tomorrow – TUESDAY 10/24 – if it wasn’t turned in today.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Review Figurative Language for TEST – ON 10/24
  2. HRL #7 – DUE 10/26

 

7th Grade:

  • Students discussed their notes on The Running Dream pgs 1-60.
  • They had reading time to begin the second section of the novel “Headwind”.  There is another handout to fill out while reading.  See Mrs. Bowen for the handout.  It covers pages 63-119.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary #3 Practice Work
    (Free Write & Flash Cards)  –  DUE 10/25
  2. HRL #6 – DUE 10/26

 

TUESDAY 10/24

6th Grade:

  • Students took the Figurative Language Test (all examples except “Allusion” were on the test).

 

  • We read in our novel The Crossover together in class to page 40.

HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #7 – DUE 10/26

 

7th Grade:

  • Today we brainstormed on word associations.  Students were given several words and had to write down their first 2-3 words/phrases that come to mind when they heard the word.
  • As a class, we brainstormed a group poster list of key words students thought for the following two words off the list.
  • We also talked about the protocol for having class discussions where students share their thinking/understanding about topics – especially the more serious ones.

HOMEWORK:

  • Vocabulary #3 Practice Work 
    (Free Write & Flash Cards)  –  DUE 10/25
  • HRL #6 – DUE 10/26

 

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WEDNESDAY 10/25 – Early Release

6th Grade:

  • We read in our novel The Crossover together in class to page 58.
  • Students were given their Figurative Language Tests back to see their results.  They had to turn them back into the teacher until all absent students have taken the test.

HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #7 – DUE 10/26

 

7th Grade:

  • We reviewed the vocabulary free write directions and then students turned in the work.
  • They prepared a BINGO card for “Review BINGO” tomorrow.
    • Keep the following words on the current BINGO card:  theme, symbolism, inference, foreshadowing, allusion
    • ADD the 10 vocabulary words from THIS week’s list (Vocab #4) and from our LAST list (#3).

HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #7 – DUE 10/26
  2. Vocabulary TEST – DUE 10/27
  3. Read The Running Dream to page 119complete the orange handout – DUE 10/30

 

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THURSDAY 10/26

*Due to unexpected circumstances, today’s blog was not updated until late.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

6th Grade:

  • We began looking at characters in the book The Crossover.  Students identified details they knew about characters.
  • We read in our novel The Crossover together in class to page 76.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read The Crossover to Page 85 – DUE 10/27

 

7th Grade:

  • We reviewed the vocabulary playing “Review BINGO”.  Vocabulary TEST is tomorrow.
  • Students worked on observations/stereotypes with photos in class.  we will continue this work on stereotypes in class tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary TEST – on 10/27
  2. Read The Running Dream to pg 119 & complete Orange handout – DUE 10/31

 

 

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FRIDAY 10/27

6th Grade:

  • NO HRL this week.
  • Students received a vocabulary list.  They need to make a flashcard for each word with the word on one side and the definition & sketch of the definition on the other side.  For the definition, they need to put the definition in their own words.  We worked on one card in class together and then looked at some samples.  You can download the vocabulary here:

  • We read in our novel The Crossover together in class to page 96.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read The Crossover to Page 119 – DUE 10/31
  2. Vocabulary Flash Cards – DUE 11/01

 

7th Grade:

  • Students took their vocabulary test.
  • We continued our work on stereotypes.  Students identified positive and negative stereotypes for certain groups – and then we put them on a poster.
  • A brainstorming assignment was given to complete over the weekend.  Students are to make a web/list of groups they identify as being a part of…these are groups they are in by chance (based on gender, age, ethnicity, etc.) and group they have chosen to be a part of based on interests.  This list will be the focus for our next writing piece.  If a student was absent, they can simply put their name in the middle of a piece of paper and circle it.  Then draw lines out from the circle for each group they list.  

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read The Running Dream to pg 119 & complete Orange handout – DUE 10/31
  2. “Who am I?” Identity Web – DUE 10/31


Homework for Week 10/16 – 10/20

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): Students will complete a weekly Home Reading Log (HRL).   Reading logs are DUE on THURSDAY of each week.  They are due at the beginning of the class period – and will NOT be accepted late.  (If a student is absent on the day it is due, their HRL is due the next day they return to class.) All expectations and grading are explained on the handout.  They will use the same handout all quarter filling in each week as we go along. If a student loses their copy, a new copy can be printed out here:

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

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MONDAY – 10/16

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students reviewed the homework on Figurative Language that was given last Wednesday.
  • An “Identity Bubble” handout was given for students to list their different identities.  They simply found at least 5 categories that best define them.  These could be:  family, ethnicity, interests, hobbies, religion – basically any thing that they feel helps make them who they are.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish filling in the “Identity Bubbles” – DUE 10/17
    *If a student was absent they can just list five groups/categories that define who they are.

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began working on their “My Best” Narrative paper.  Using their 2nd draft, they were to find a part that was important in their experience.  Then they expanded that part of their story to include 1-3 more sentences that gave more detail.  It was like slowing down the moment and capturing it play-by-play.
  • All added details were to be added in pencil or pen on their 2nd draft.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 2nd Draft with expanded Moment written in – DUE 10/17

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TUESDAY – 10/17

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given their “Overcoming an Obstacle” Narrative papers back.  They can revise up to 80% if they conference with me during office hours.
  • We looked at the “Identity Bubbles” and shared out examples of what students wrote.  Students were given time to add to or revise anything in their bubbles.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #6 – DUE 10/19

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students highlighted their 2nd draft for Magic-3 and Hyphenated Modifiers.  They also highlighted the “Expanded Moment” they added from Monday.
  • They shared their highlights with partners and then got computers to work on polishing up for their 3rd draft.
  • Students were given the SCORING GUIDE for the NARRATIVE PAPER showing all the writing strategies we’ve been doing and that are required on their final paper.  A copy of the handout can be downloaded here:

“My Best” Narrative Paper SCORING GUIDE

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 3rd Draft of Narrative paper – DUE 10/18
  2. HRL #6 – DUE 10/19

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WEDNESDAY – 10/18 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were introduced to their next writing assignment:  Poetry!
  • They were give two samples of the type of poem they will write.  We read the poems and tried to identify the structure and writing craft the authors used.
  • Next, they were give a copy of the requirements/score sheet.  They were to write their first stanza in class and have it checked by me for correct voice and structure.  Homework is to write a 2nd stanza at home (they can hand write or type).  We will continue typing in class tomorrow.  A copy of the requirements/scoring guide can be found here:

Write that I…Scoring Guide 2017-2018

Write that I…Student Examples 2017-2018

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Write 2 Stanzas of Poem – DUE 10/19
  2. HRL #6 – DUE 10/19

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class marking their 3rd draft for some of the writing requirements.
  • We reviewed the process and purpose for peer feedback.  Using their orange score sheet, they traded papers with a classmate and provided feedback on their paper.  FINAL DRAFT is DUE TOMORROW (Thursday 10/19).
  • We began reading our first class novel for the year – reading chapter 1.  We will continue reading tomorrow.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. FINAL  DRAFT of Paper – DUE 10/19
  2. HRL #6 – DUE 10/19

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THURSDAY – 10/19

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students spent the first half of class writing their poem.  The Rough Draft is due tomorrow – 10/20.  
  • We checked out our first class novel  The Crossover.  We began reading it in class.  We will read most of it together – although students are welcome to read ahead at home. 

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Poem ROUGH DRAFT – DUE 10/20

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • The Final Draft of the Narrative “My Best” paper was collected.  Students took a “listening quiz” as they marked the paper.  Absent students will need to see Mrs. Bowen for the Listening Quiz before they can turn in their paper.
  • We worked on The Running Dream novel.  A handout was given for students to fill out for the first 60 pages.  A copy of the handout can be downloaded here:

Running Dream “Tracking Sheet” for pages 1-60

  • Students will get a work period tomorrow to read in the book and work on the next vocabulary list (which will be given in class Friday).

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read The Running Dream to pg. 60 & fill out Tracking Sheet – DUE 10/23

 

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FRIDAY – 10/20

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class with peer feedback and time to revise their poem for the FINAL DRAFT – which is DUE Monday next week.
  • We read more in our novel The Crossover. Students are focusing on finding which character stands out the most to them, which one do they seem to know the most about.
  • Students were given a sample reading to analyze for Figurative Language.  This is their review for our upcoming Figurative Language Test – which is next week on Monday.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Final Draft of Poem – DUE 10/23
  2. Awesome Moment Figurative Language Analysis – DUE 10/23
  3. HRL #7 – DUE 10/26

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the class period to work on the following:
    • Reading The Running Dream and work on the green sheet that covers pages 1-60.  DUE 10/23
    • Vocabulary #4 – Practice work (flashcards and free write).  DUE 10/25

Vocabulary #4 – Word List and Assignment

Running Dream “Tracking Sheet” for pages 1-60

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. READ The Running Dream to page 60 & complete Green Sheet – DUE 10/23
  2. Vocabulary #4 Practice Work – DUE 10/25
  3. HRL #7 – DUE 10/26


Homework for Week 10/09 – 10/13

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): Students will complete a weekly Home Reading Log (HRL).   Reading logs are DUE on THURSDAY of each week.  They are due at the beginning of the class period – and will NOT be accepted late.  (If a student is absent on the day it is due, their HRL is due the next day they return to class.) All expectations and grading are explained on the handout.  They will use the same handout all quarter filling in each week as we go along. If a student loses their copy, a new copy can be printed out here:

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

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MONDAY – 10/09

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we worked on Personification, Similes, and Metaphors.  Students were given a practice sheet on Similes/Metaphors to work on the first page at home.  They will get time in class tomorrow to work on the 2nd page.  See Mrs. Bowen for the handout.
  • Reminder there is no HRL this week.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Simile/Metaphor Packet pg 1 (1-10) – DUE 10/10

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on different types of leads:  “Snapshot”, “Shocking”, “Dialogue”.  After practicing each one, they selected one and revised their “My Best” rough draft to include one of the styles of leads we practiced.
  • Period 3 – Talked about conclusion and making  sure they answered, “So what?” for their topic.  Why was their “Best” such a big deal…why was it important enough to write about it…why did it matter to them?

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Revise Lead on “My Best” Rough Draft – DUE 10/10
    *This should be corrected in pencil or pen on their paper…
    don’t just fix on the computer.
  2. Period 3 – Revise Conclusion to be sure it includes your “So What?”

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TUESDAY – 10/10

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed the Simile and Metaphor sentences practice. 
  • Hyphenated Modifiers were introduced.  We reviewed a power point and had a practice sheet to practice writing them.  You can access both here:

HYPHENATED MODIFIERS Power Point

Hyphenated Modifiers STUDENT Practice Worksheet

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Hyphenated Modifier Practice Worksheet – DUE 10/11

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students filled in a Student Reflection/Goal Setting  form for conferences.
  • Hyphenated Modifiers were introduced.  We reviewed a power point and had a practice sheet to practice writing them.  You can access both here:

HYPHENATED MODIFIERS Power Point

Hyphenated Modifiers STUDENT Practice Worksheet

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Hyphenated Modifier Practice Worksheet – DUE 10/11
  2. Hand write in your Narrative paper where you could
    add a Hyphenated Modifier – DUE 10/11

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WEDNESDAY – 10/11 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class reviewing Hyphenated Modifiers.  Then we added it to a Magic-3 sentence to create a “Hyphenated Magic-3”.  
  • Students were given a handout for a resource with notes about several writing techniques we have learned – including Hyphenated Modifiers and Magic-3.  This yellow handout should be in their binder.
  • Finally, students were given a green homework sheet to practice Figurative Language.  We will be having a test over Figurative Language towards  the end of next week.   A copy of the homework practice sheet can be found here:

Figurative Language Practice Sheet

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Figurative Language Practice Sheet – DUE 10/16
  2. HRL #6 – DUE 10/19

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class reviewing Hyphenated Modifiers. We also looked at a few examples of how students put them into their “My Best” Narrative paper.
  • Magic-3 Sentences were introduced.  We saw examples and practiced writing them.  Then they had some time to look over their paper and find a place to put one in their essay.

Magic 3 – Definition and Examples

  • DUE MONDAY – students need to polish their draft on the computer by putting  in the revisions they have been adding on their paper all week.  Bring in a NEW 2nd DRAFT, already printed on Monday.
  • Students were given a checklist for what to be sure is included in their 2nd draft.  A copy of the checklist can be found here:

Check List – “My Best” NARRATIVE 2nd draft

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 2nd Draft of “My Best” Narrative – DUE 10/16
  2. HRL #6 – DUE 10/19

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THURSDAY – 10/05

CONFERENCES No School

 

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FRIDAY – 10/06 

No School



Homework for Week 10/02 – 10/06

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): Students will complete a weekly Home Reading Log (HRL).   Reading logs are DUE on THURSDAY of each week.  They are due at the beginning of the class period – and will NOT be accepted late.  (If a student is absent on the day it is due, their HRL is due the next day they return to class.) All expectations and grading are explained on the handout.  They will use the same handout all quarter filling in each week as we go along. If a student loses their copy, a new copy can be printed out here:

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

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MONDAY – 10/02

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students turned in their Final Draft of their Personal Narrative about overcoming an obstacle.
  • Students were given a “Listening Quiz” on their paper as they prepared it to be turned in.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took the MAP Test for the fall.  We will finish it tomorrow in class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “My Best” Brainstorm Sheet – DUE 10/03
    My Best Brainstorm Sheet
  2. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05

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TUESDAY – 10/03

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took the MAP Test for the fall.  We will finish it tomorrow in class.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students finished the MAP Test for the fall.  
  • Vocabulary #3 Word Lists and index cards were given  out.  Card are due tomorrow and TEST on Friday.  

Vocabulary#3 Word List

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary #3 Flash Cards – DUE 10/04
  2. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05
  3. Vocabulary #3  TEST – DUE 10/06

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WEDNESDAY – 10/04 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students finished the MAP Test for the fall.  

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students reviewed the vocabulary for this week – focusing on the similarities and differences among some of the words.  TEST is this Friday 10/05.
  • We read over a sample chapter from a novel, looking at the use of imagery to slow down a moment and really “show” the reader what was happening.  * See Mrs. Bowen for a copy of this handout.
  • Students identified the topic from their “My Best” paper that they want to write about.  Tonight, they need to write a “rough draft” of an introduction paragraph.  The introduction paragraph should tell us “who”, “where”, and “what” the paper will be about.  They are setting the scene.  We will continue to work draft the rough draft in class tomorrow.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Rough Draft of Introduction for the
    “My Best” Paper (typed or handwritten) – DUE 10/05
  2. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05
  3. Vocabulary #3 TEST – DUE 10/06

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THURSDAY – 10/05

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class with 15 minutes of silent reading.
  • We worked on writing “Magic-3” sentences.  These are sentences that create a parallel structure with three details in one sentence.   See the handout below for definition and examples:

Magic 3 – Definition and Examples

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Tell someone at home about “Magic-3” sentences.

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took a “practice vocab quiz” to prepare for the test tomorrow.  
  • We brainstormed a “key” moment in their “My Best” paper.  This was a moment that they felt was important and would be good to capture “play-by-play”. 
  • They filled out some details that would appeal to the senses (sight, hear, touch, taste, smell).  Once it was approved by the teacher, they could get a computer and type their paper.  The first Rough Draft of their entire paper is DUE Monday 10/09.  (They will have the rest of class tomorrow, after the test, to continue writing their paper.)

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Type on their Rough Draft for at least 15 minutes tonight.

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FRIDAY – 10/06

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We finished our work with “Magic-3” sentences.  Students wrote a simple one of their own and then revised it to turn it into a complex one.

Magic 3 – Definition and Examples

  • We began our work with Figurative Language.  Students read quotes from a novel and identified types of figurative language used.  We began working on it in class – and they may need to finish it at home.  I ask they spend up to 20 minutes working on it.  They can stop after that if still not finished.  They only need to find at least one type of figurative language for each quote.  
  • Copies of the definitions and worksheet are here:

Figurative Language Definitions and Examples

Figurative Language Quotes WORKSHEET

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Find Figurative Language in Quotes – DUE 10/09
    (Work on it for 20 minutes.)
  2. No HRL this next week because we don’t have school on Thursday.  🙂

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took the Vocabulary Test for our #3 word list.
  • The rest of class they worked on writing  their 1st Rough Draft for the “My Best” Narrative paper.  A PRINTED paper copy is DUE Monday 10/09.  (They are asked to bring in their printed copy ready to go – this will allow us more time in class to learn revision/writing techniques.)
  • NO HRL next week since we don’t have class on Thursday.  Next HRL #6 will be DUE 10/26.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Printed Copy of “My Best” Rough Draft – DUE 10/09 (beginning of class)
  2. No HRL this next week.  🙂


HOMEWORK for WEEK 9/25 – 9/29

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7Th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): Students will complete a weekly Home Reading Log (HRL).   Reading logs are DUE on THURSDAY of each week.  They are due at the beginning of the class period – and will NOT be accepted late.  (If a student is absent on the day it is due, their HRL is due the next day they return to class.) All expectations and grading are explained on the handout.  They will use the same handout all quarter filling in each week as we go along. If a student loses their copy, a new copy can be printed out here:

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

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MONDAY – 9/25

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we worked on types of Narrative Leads, specifically “Talking Leads” and “Snapshot Leads”.  
  • Students could choose to use one of their crafted leads in their Narrative Paper for tomorrow.
  • Personal Narrative paper is due tomorrow.  The Paper needs to be:
    • Printed on paper
    • Double spaced
    • Size 12 or 14 font
    • Regular printed font (no italics, cursive, or old English)

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Personal Narrative – DUE 9/26
  2. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we reviewed the story “Revolt of the Evil Fairies”.  

copy of the story

  • Students filled out a story plot for the story.
  • We will review the plot tomorrow in class to see where students still have questions.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Story Plot for “Revolt of the Evil Fairies” – DUE 9/26
  2. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28

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TUESDAY – 9/26

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class reviewing leads – specifically “Talking” and “Snapshot”.
  • Then we discussed imagery and how to “SHOW” the struggle(s) they faced within their obstacle they wrote about.
  • Finally, students looked into their first draft and identified places where they could REVISE to add in more “showing” details (imagery) in their writing.  I want to see their revision work, so they should make these changes on their paper draft with pen or pencil.  

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Make Revisions for Imagery in pencil/pen on paper draft – DUE 9/27
  2. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began reviewing the story plot for “Revolt of the Evil Fairies” as a practice for our Story Plot Test on Thursday 9/28.
  • Students read an “Awesome Moment” and identified examples of sensory details that showed imagery in the author’s writing.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish Highlighting Awesome Moment about the “Smell of books” – DUE 9/27
  2. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28

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WEDNESDAY – 9/27 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We worked on “Word Choice” and how to choose more descriptive words to create images in the readers’ minds.  Words that appeal to the senses.
  • Students are to select one or more words to “revise” with better “word choice” in their Personal Narrative.  They are to make corrections with pencil on their papers and bring back to class tomorrow.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Personal Narrative with Word Choice Revised in pencil/pen – DUE 9/28
  2. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We worked on “Word Choice” and how to choose more descriptive words to create images in the readers’ minds.  Words that appeal to the senses.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28
  2. Story Plot TEST – On 9/28 (Tomorrow)

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THURSDAY – 9/28

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we spent time in class looking and “Word Choice” revisions in the Personal Narrative.
  • Then we looked at an example of  a “Conclusion” and discussed what goes in a conclusion.
  • Students had the rest of class time to make all revisions on their Personal Narrative on the computers – their 2nd Draft (which is their “best” so far) is due tomorrow.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 2nd Draft of Personal Narrative (best version so far) – DUE 9/29
  2. HRL #5 – DUE 10/5

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we took the “Story Plot” Test in class.  Students had silent reading if they finished early.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #5 – DUE 10/5

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FRIDAY – 9/29

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on “proofreading” their 2nd draft of their Personal Narrative to make sure all required elements were not only present, but well developed.
  • They swapped their paper with a partner and completed a “Peer Feedback” handout.
  • A scoring guide for the paper – showing what will be graded – was handed out too on a purple paper.  *Handout coming to the blog soon.  Check back later Friday or early Saturday.
  • They only need to give their paper a FINAL polishing this weekend.  Final Draft is DUE 10/02. 
  • *NOTE*  Students shouldn’t need more than 15-20 minutes to polish up any final details on their paper.  If they were behind on their paper, they may need more time to catch up and meet the deadline on Monday.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Final Draft of Personal Narrative – DUE 10/02
    Brainstorm, 1st Draft, and 2nd Draft
    must be turned in too.
  2. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We worked on sentence construction and revision with strong word choice that creates imagery.
  • Students received a paper for them to brainstorm their “best” for various  topics.  A copy of the handout can be accessed below:

My Best Brainstorm Sheet

  • Graded “Story Plot Tests” were returned – but then collected.  They will returned again next week and discussed after all students have completed the test.  Results are shown in the grade book.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “Your Best” Brainstorm Sheet – DUE 10/02
  2. HRL #5 – DUE 10/05


HOMEWORK for WEEK 9/18 – 9/22

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7Th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): Students will complete a weekly Home Reading Log (HRL).   Reading logs are DUE on THURSDAY of each week.  They are due at the beginning of the class period – and will NOT be accepted late.  (If a student is absent on the day it is due, their HRL is due the next day they return to class.) All expectations and grading are explained on the handout.  They will use the same handout all quarter filling in each week as we go along. If a student loses their copy, a new copy can be printed out here:

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

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MONDAY – 9/18 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began class by reviewing the purpose of using planners.  Students looked at their planner to see if it was complete for Language Arts last week for showing both assignments and due dates for each day we had class.
  • We finished plotting the story Jane and  the Dragon
  • 4th Period began reading “Tarred Feathers“.  We will work on plotting the story tomorrow in class.
  • Vocabulary Quiz results from Friday’s quiz were shared.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began class by reviewing the purpose of using planners.  Students looked at their planner to see if it was complete for Language Arts last week for showing both assignments and due dates for each day we had class.
  • We read the short story “War of the Wall”.  As we read, we reviewed the following as they appeared in the story:
    • Exposition (setting, characters, background)
    • Conflict
    • Inference
    • Foreshadowing
    • Dialect
    • Irony
  • The new list of Literary Terms for Vocabulary #2 with completed flashcards are DUE Tuesday 9/19.

Vocabulary #2 – More Literary Terms

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocab #2 Flashcards – DUE 9/19
  2. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21
  3. Vocabulary Quiz – DUE 9/22

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TUESDAY – 9/19

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today students worked in groups to plot the story “Tarred Feathers”.  We will continue to plot a couple more stories as we prepare for a Story Plot Test next week.
  • Students had some silent reading  time in Every Soul a Star in class.  The novel will be given to students this Friday to keep and finish reading on their own.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began class checking-in vocabulary flashcards.  Students also had some time to practice them with a partner.  The Vocabulary Quiz is this Friday, 9/22.
  • Today students worked in groups to plot the story “The War  of the  Wall”.  We will continue to plot a couple more stories as we prepare for a Story Plot Test next week.
  • Students had some silent reading  time in Every Soul a Star in class.  The novel will be given to students this Friday to keep and finish reading on their own.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. STUDY Vocab #2 Flashcards – Every Night
  2. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21
  3. Vocabulary Quiz – DUE 9/22

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WEDNESDAY – 9/20  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class brainstorming challenges and obstacles they have had to overcome.  They were to think of challenges that required time to overcome, perhaps multiple days and/or multiple tries.
  • Then we went around the room and shared possible topics that were brainstormed.
  • Finally, students selected two possible topics that they thought they could write an essay on (one that had at least 3 noticeable attempts they made to overcome).

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we reviewed Story Plot by reading Ray Bradbury’s All Summer in a Day and students plotted the story on their own.  You can access a copy of the story at this website:

 http://www.btboces.org/Downloads/6_All%20Summer%20in%20a%20Day%20by%20Ray%20Bradbury.pdf

  • Students had silent reading for the remainder of the class period.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. STUDY Vocab #2 Flashcards – Every Night
  2. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21
  3. Vocabulary Quiz – DUE 9/22

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THURSDAY – 9/21  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began brainstorming for their first Narrative paper.  They filled in a story plot handout.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Complete the story plot brainstorm – DUE Next Class

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed the story plot for the short story “All Summer in a Day”.
  • Students set-up a BINGO card for Vocabulary Review.  Students one of the words from the last two weeks in each square on the BINGO sheet (No FREE Space). We played a few games to practice for tomorrow’s quiz.  If a student needs a BINGO card they can get one here:

BINGO Card Template

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Study all 25 Words for Vocab Quiz – DUE 9/22
  2. Check Grades On-line – Email Mrs. Bowen with Questions

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FRIDAY – 9/22  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on the first rough draft of their Narrative Paper.
  • They should include the following:

Your Essay should follow this basic format:

  • INTRODUCTION – 1 Paragraph (Introduce the Exposition and Conflict)
  • BODY – 3 or more Paragraphs (Tell the Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action)
  • CONCLUSION – 1 Paragraph  (Resolution)

*Written in 1st Person and Past Tense

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Typed first rough draft – DUE 9/26
  2. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • The Vocab Quiz was given today.
  • Students had time for silent reading in the novel Every Soul a Star.  

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #4 – DUE 9/28


HOMEWORK for WEEK 9/11 – 9/15

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7Th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

Weekly “HRL” (Home Reading Log): Students will complete a weekly Home Reading Log (HRL).   Reading logs are DUE on THURSDAY of each week.  They are due at the beginning of the class period – and will NOT be accepted late.  (If a student is absent on the day it is due, their HRL is due the next day they return to class.) All expectations and grading are explained on the handout.  They will use the same handout all quarter filling in each week as we go along. If a student loses their copy, a new copy can be printed out here:

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

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MONDAY – 9/11 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We set-up dividers for the two categories needed for this class:
    • Resources
    • Classwork
  • Today we took notes on the different types of Conflicts:
    • Person vs Person
    • Person vs Society
    • Person vs Nature
    • Person vs Self
  • We  plotted the story  Jane and the Dragon.  We will continue plotting the story this week

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #2 – DUE 9/14
  2. Syllabus Signed Slip – DUE 9/14

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we completed  the plot of the short story “Seventh Grade”.  
  • Students also took notes on the different types of conflicts in a story:
    • Person vs Person
    • Person vs Society
    • Person vs Nature
    • Person vs Self
  • Students were given their first vocabulary list to learn.  They need to create a flash card for each work (they were given index cards for this).  They had part of class to get started…the first 10 need to be completed by tomorrow in class.

Vocabulary Literary Terms #1

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 10 Vocab Flash Cards – DUE 9/12
  2. HRL #2 – DUE 9/14
  3. Syllabus Signed Slip – DUE 9/14

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TUESDAY – 9/12  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we began class with a  journal write where students wrote about where they were when we had the Total Solar Eclipse.
  • We had an introduction to our all school read novel Every Soul a Star.
  • Students were given a quote and got into groups.  In their groups they read their quotes and figured out a sequence for their quotes.
  • We predicted what we thought the book will be about.  We will begin reading the novel tomorrow in class.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #2 – DUE 9/14
  2. Syllabus Signed Slip – DUE 9/14
  3. Vocab Test – DUE 9/15

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we began class with a  journal write where students wrote about where they were when we had the Total Solar Eclipse.
  • We looked at the vocabulary flashcards and shared strategies for sketches.
  • We had an introduction to our all school read novel Every Soul a Star.
  • Students were given a quote and got into groups.  In their groups they read their quotes and figured out a sequence for their quotes.
  • We predicted what we thought the book will be about.  We will begin reading the novel tomorrow in class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 15 Vocab Flash Cards – DUE 9/13
  2. HRL #2 – DUE 9/14
  3. Syllabus Signed Slip – DUE 9/14
  4. Vocabulary Test – DUE 9/15

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WEDNESDAY – 9/13  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students received their all school read book Every Soul a Star and we began reading the first three chapters – where  we learned about and discussed the three major characters.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #2 – DUE 9/14
  2. Syllabus Signed Slip – DUE 9/14
  3. Vocab Test – DUE 9/15

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students received their all school read book Every Soul a Star and we began reading the first three chapters – where  we learned about and discussed the three major characters.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #2 – DUE 9/14
  2. Syllabus Signed Slip – DUE 9/14
  3. Vocabulary Test – DUE 9/15

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THURSDAY – 9/14  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Journal writing began class working on “Leads” to our papers.  We focused on and wrote an example of a “Shocking” lead.  The style is based on the examples we’ve seen in the novel Every Soul a Star that we are reading together.
  • We read more of the novel together in class.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Study for Vocab Test – DUE Tomorrow 9/15

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Journal writing began class working on “Leads” to our papers.  We focused on and wrote an example of a “Shocking” lead.  The style is based on the examples we’ve seen in the novel Every Soul a Star that we are reading together.
  • We read more of the novel together in class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Study for Vocab Test – DUE Tomorrow 9/15

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FRIDAY – 9/15  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • HRLs were returned.  We reviewed the expectations of proofreading carefully, writing as neatly as possible, and turning them in on time.  Common mistakes that students should be sure to proofread for are:
    • Underlining Book Title
    • Reading the prompt so they know what how they need to respond
    • Using capitals for book titles, names of characters, and beginning sentences
    • Filling in ALL sections
  • We began class taking the vocabulary test. We reviewed test taking procedures.  After the test, we corrected it in class so students could have immediate feedback on how they did. 
  • We completed our story plot for Jane and the Dragon.  

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #3 – DUE 9/21

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • HRLs were returned.  We reviewed the expectations of proofreading carefully, writing as neatly as possible, and turning them in on time.  Common mistakes that students should be sure to proofread for are:
    • Underlining Book Title
    • Reading the prompt so they know what how they need to respond
    • Using capitals for book titles, names of characters, and beginning sentences
    • Filling in ALL sections
  • We began class taking the vocabulary test. We reviewed test taking procedures.  After the test, we corrected it in class so students could have immediate feedback on how they did. 
  • The new list of Literary Terms for Vocabulary #2 was handed out with index cards.  We reviewed each of the words together and then students had the rest of class to work on creating  flashcards for their words.  Flashcards are DUE Tuesday 9/19.

Vocabulary #2 – More Literary Terms

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocab #2 Flashcards – DUE 9/19
  2. HRL #3 – DUE 9/20


HOMEWORK for WEEK 9/04 – 9/08

MONDAY – 9/04  No School

TUESDAY – 9/05  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today in class we reviewed the assignment about “Life Lessons”.  Students received the requirements/score sheet:

Life Lesson Requirements/Score Sheet 

  • Home Reading Log (HRL) was given out and we went over the weekly requirements.
  • Students will read weekly and fill out a reading log – tracking their minutes (aiming for 60 minutes a week outside of school).
    • This week, we will fill out the HRL handout together in class on Thursday.  So, students just need to read some at home the next two nights (Tues. and Wed.).

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

  • We reviewed computer usage procedures and students logged into Google Classroom.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read at Home – DUE 9/07
  2. Final “Life Lesson” – DUE 9/08

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed the “Life Lesson” assignment and I answered questions.

Life Lesson Requirements/Score Sheet 

  • Students set-up their “Resources” Divider in their binders.
  • We reviewed the part of a “Story Plot” – and reviewed notes on the parts of a story.

Story Plot Graph and Definitions

  • Students highlighted the given notes and put the handout in their “Resources” section of their binder.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Final “Life Lesson” project – DUE 9/6
  2. HRL #1 (first week of the “Home Reading Log”)  – DUE 9/07

1st Quarter HRL – Reading Strategies

 

WEDNESDAY – 9/06  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today  we looked at the elements of a story – “Story Plot”.  We explored the “Skeleton” of a story and highlighted  notes for future reference.  A copy of the notes can be found here:

Story Plot Graph and Definitions

  • Students spent time making flashcards for the story elements  to prepare for a quiz next week.
  • We worked on “re-writing” definitions in their own  words and including a visual sketch to represent what the word means.
  • We will continue working on flash cards tomorrow.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read at Home – DUE 9/07
  2. Final “Life Lesson” – DUE 9/08

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began class with a journal quick-write.  Students wrote about meeting someone for the first time – sharing first impressions.
  • Students presented their “Life Lesson” project in class.
  • We finished class beginning to read the short story “Seventh Grade”.  We will continue the story tomorrow in class.
  • The first “Home Reading Log” (HRL) is due  tomorrow at the beginning of class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL #1 (first week of the “Home Reading Log”)  – DUE 9/07

 

 

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THURSDAY – 9/07  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we began class by going over the Home Reading Log requirements so students could fill it out and ask questions.  Then they turned it in.
  • We read a story Jane and the Dragon and began plotting the story elements.  We will continue this tomorrow.
  • Students were given some time in class to fill out more vocabulary flashcards.  These are DUE tomorrow in class.  So, they need to complete them at home if not finished.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finished 8 Flash Cards – DUE 9/8
  2. Final “Life Lesson” – DUE 9/8

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we began class by going over the Home Reading Log requirements and students could make corrections as we reviewed it and ask questions.  Then they turned it in.
  • We finished reading the short story “Seventh Grade” and began plotting the story elements.  We will continue this tomorrow.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read at home for next week HRL

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FRIDAY – 9/08

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the class syllabus and we reviewed it.  They are to share it with parents, get a signature, and return the half-sheet that was included.

6th Grade Class Procedures and Grading Syllabus 2017-2018 (Autosaved)

  • “Life Lessons” were presented an turned in.
  • We checked vocabulary flash cards.
  • Students were given some time for silent reading.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read and Sign Course Syllabus – DUE 9/14
  2. Read for HRL #2 – DUE 9/14

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the class syllabus and we reviewed it.  They are to share it with parents, get a signature, and return the half-sheet that was included.

7th Grade Class Procedures and Grading Syllabus 2017-2018 (Autosaved)

  • Students worked in groups of three to finish plotting the short story “Seventh Grade”.
  • Students were given some time for silent reading.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read and Sign Course Syllabus – DUE 9/14
  2. Read for HRL #2 – DUE 9/14

 



HOMEWORK for WEEK 8/30 – 9/1

Friday – 9/1

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today in class we learned about “Life Lessons”.
  • We watched a short clip about “Going to Solution” by focusing on the solution and not on the problem.
  • We looked at several photos and the possible “Life Lesson” that the photo could be showing if we look beyond the obvious image.
  • Students were told to look into their old photos (anything taken from birth – 8/31/17).  Find a photo where they can look beyond the obvious image and see a possible “Life Lesson”.  Try to find a photo that they are in.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Bring in a “Life Lesson” Photo – DUE 9/5
      • Photo only needs to be regular 4×6 size or smaller.
      • It can be in color or black &  white.  
      • It can be on regular copy paper or photo paper.

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given their first WEEKLY “Home Reading Log” (HRL).  
  • We went over the handout in depth today in class.  I will review it again and answer questions next week.
  • We also learned about “Life Lessons”.
  • We watched a couple short clips about “Going to Solution” by focusing on the solution and not on the problem.
  • We looked at several photos and the possible “Life Lesson” that the photo could be showing if we look beyond the obvious image.
  • Students were told to look into their old photos (anything taken from birth – 8/31/17).  Find a photo where they can look beyond the obvious image and see a possible “Life Lesson”.  Try to find a photo that they are in.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Work on their “Life Lesson” Photo – DUE 9/6
      • See the requirement sheet for more details: