Homework for MONDAY, May 21st

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

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Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

6th Grade Homework:

Book Club meetings are Monday, May 21st.  Students need to complete the required reading and Book Club Role Sheet.  See below for reading requirements for the two books we are reading:

1. Be prepared for the 1st Book Club Meeting:

Esperana Rising read pages 1-58  AND
Complete Role Sheet

Touching Spirit Bear read Chapters 1-4 AND
Complete Role Sheet

Extra Role Sheets  Here:

Literary Luminary

Vocabulary Enricher

Artful Artist

Discussion Director

Summarizer

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7th Grade Homework:

1. Introduction & supporting Paragraphs for GROUP ESSAY
are DUE Monday, May 21st.

*Students will get about half of the class period on Monday to write the conclusion, revise & edit, and print out a final draft.

We are completing our group Theme Essays for All the Broken Pieces.  Students had time in class to work together Thursday and Friday.  The group writes the introduction and conclusion, but each group member has their own supporting paragraph to write.

Brainstorm Sheet for Supporting Paragraph and SCORING GUIDE:

Template for supporting Paragraph and SCORING GUIDE



Homework for Week 5/7 – 5/11

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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MONDAY – 05/7

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students wrote their “Thesis Statement” Paragraph for Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry in class today.  The typed, paper copy is due tomorrow in class 5/8.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1.  ROTHMC Paragraph -typed, paper copy – DUE 5/8

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students reviewed and practiced on Dialogue & Blocking rules.  Then they had the rest of class to work on the dialogue & blocking  in their Historical Fiction story.

Dialogue & Blocking Practice – All Types

Punctuating Dialogue & Blocking Rules

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Have Dialogue “polished” in Story – DUE 5/8


Homework for Week 4/30 – 5/04

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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WEDNESDAY – 05/02

6th Grade Language Arts

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish any missing/late work.

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We analyzed some quotes from our new novel All the Broken Pieces.  

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Novel pages 60-79 – DUE 5/03

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THURSDAY – 5/03

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we worked on the ROTHMC Novel Packet.  The packet is due tomorrow.  Students do NOT have to complete pages 8, 16-19.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. ROTHMC Reading Packet – DUE 4/4

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began our work on a Historical Fiction Story – from the time of the Vietnam War.  See Mrs. Bowen if you missed class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Historical Fiction Story Brainstorm Sheet – DUE 4/4

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FRIDAY – 5/04

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We  continued our  work on with Thesis Statements and then outlined evidence and explanations for a chosen Thesis Statement.  Students had 30 minutes in class to fill out their outline.  A copy of the outline can be downloaded here:

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Theme Paragraph OUTLINE – DUE 4/7

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the requirements for their Historical Fiction Story.  We reviewed the requirements and then they had the rest of class to begin drafting.  A copy of the requirements can be downloaded here:
  • Students should try to include all requirements.  We will have mini-lessons and time to work more on: Dialogue, Blocking, and Interior Monologue next week in class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Historical Fiction Rough Draft – DUE 4/7


Homework for Week 4/16 – 4/20

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

MONDAY – 4/16

6th Grade Language Arts 

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we reviewed Dialogue, dialogue tags, and blocking.  See Mrs. Bowen for notes.
  • Students need to finish the book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry  by Thursday 4/19.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish Reading ROTHMC – DUE  4/19

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We collected “Animal Fare” poem.
  • We continued our work on Public Speaking – focusing on adding “life”, “eye contact”, and “gestures”.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “Eyebrow” Test – DUE 17 (Students know what this is – see Mrs. Bowen if absent).

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TUESDAY – 4/17

6th Grade Language Arts 

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reivewed punctuating dialogue and practiced on sentences.
  • Students were given their “Injustice Narrative” rough draft back and they were to look over (or add if missing) their dialogue and blocking.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish Reading ROTHMC – DUE  4/19

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students received they Poetry Quiz scores – and we went over it in class.
  • We worked on “Gestures” for public speaking by pantomiming a “story” in small groups.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish any Missing or Late work.

 

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WEDNESDAY – 4/18

6th Grade Language Arts

  • We worked on Interior Monologue in class today.  Students then  had the rest of class to revise their Narrative for all the requirements that were listed on their scoring guide.  
  • They need to bring in a 2nd draft (their best draft so far) with all the requirements for a peer feedback lesson tomorrow.

“Injustice” Narrative Guidelines and Brainstorming

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Injustice Narrative Clean Paper Copy – DUE 4/19
  2. Finish ROTHMC – DUE 4/20

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We  began some work on Sleep articles.  Learning how to find important details, make a claim, cite evidence to support the claim, and elaborate responses to explain how the evidence supports the claim.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. No Homework (unless missing work)

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THURSDAY – 4/19

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students reviewed “Hyphenated-Modifiers” and participated in Peer Feedback on their Narrative Papers.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • FINAL DRAFT Injustice Narrative (Paper Copy) – DUE 4/20
  • Finish ROTHMC – DUE 4/20

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We read “The Veldt” by Ray Bradbury in class.  Students looked at “foreshadowing”, the role of technology in relationships, and how to critique a piece of writing.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • No Homework (just complete late/missing work).

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FRIDAY – 4/20 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students turned in their final “Injustice” Narrative.  If were missing any key requirments or felt they could improve it before I graded it, they could take it home over the weekend to revise/polish it up and bring it back on Monday.
  • Then we discussed the ending of the novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish Narrative (if not finished or needed to revise) – DUE 4/23
  2. Bring in forecasting sheet to Advisory Teacher  (if you still need to) – DUE 4/23
  3. Bring in ZIPLOCK bag with field study supplies for Outdoor School – DUE 4/23

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students read the articles on “sleep” and answered questions with cited evidence to support their answers.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Check Grades for 4th Quarter
  2. Finish any missing/late work – DUE 4/23


Homework for Week 4/09 – 4/13

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

MONDAY – 4/9 Grade Day (No School for Students)

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TUESDAY – 4/10

6th Grade Language Arts 

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on their packet (pages 12 & 13) for ROTHMC novel.  We focused on Protagonists & Antagonists from chapters 7 & 8.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish packet pages 12 & 13 – DUE 4/11
  2. Read pages 195 – 201 – DUE 4/11

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed our work with onomatopoeia words and students wrote a short, quick Onomatopoeia Poem in class.
  • We looked at and practiced RUN-ON Sentences (and comma splices).

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish  Onomatopoeia Poem and Run-on Paper (if not done in class) – DUE 4/11
  2. One-Page Poster (independent novel study) – DUE 4/12

 

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WEDNESDAY – 4/11

6th Grade Language Arts

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

1. Finish chapter 9 and Packet pages 14-15 – DUE 4/12

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

Absent students see Mrs. Bowen for notes on “types of rhymes”.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. One-Page Poster (independent novel study) – DUE 4/12

 

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THURSDAY – 4/12

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed chapter 9 and examples from the book that showed theme.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Pages 218-226  DUE 4/13

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed for our poetry quiz tomorrow.  Students need to know the following:
    • line, stanza, couplet, end rhyme, simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, personification, dialect, rhyme scheme

Poetry Devices NOTES

  • Students were given a sheet to brainstorm details for their next poem:  “Animal Fare” – They will select two animals OR an animal and another object to blend into a “new animal”.  Then they will write a poem that share characteristics of their two items and the newly created animal.  They only need to brainstorm – and will get time in class to type the poem after they finish the poetry quiz.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. POetry QUiz – DUE 4/13
  2. Brainstorm “Animal Fare” Poem – DUE 4/13

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FRIDAY – 4/13 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students wrote a poem “If I was in Charge of the World”.  Most students turned it their rough draft to me to check…if they didn’t complete it, there were to take it home to finish.

Poem Template and EXAMPLE

  • Students who finished early continued reading chapter 10 in our novel.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Chapter 10 – DUE 4/16

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took their Poetry Quiz and then worked on their “Animal Fare” Poem.  The final, typed draft is due Monday 4/16.  It needs to be printed on paper with all poetry devices highlighted and labeled on the poem.  See Google Classroom for more details.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Final Draft “Animal Fare” Poem – DUE 4/16


Homework for Week 4/2 – 4/6

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

MONDAY – 4/2

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed writing techniques:  Magic-3 Sentences, Similes, Alliteration, Sensory Details.  
  • Students worked on their Narrative Essay about an “Injustice” they experienced.  They need to include the following in their Narrative:
    • Magic-3
    • Simile
    • Alliteration
    • Hyphenated Modifier
    • Sensory Details
    • Dialogue

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Chapter 6 in ROTHMC Novel – DUE 4/3
  2. “Injustice” (UNFAIR) Narrative Rough Draft – DUE 4/4

“Unfair” Narrative Guidelines and Brainstorming

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students filled out self-reflection forms to share at Student-led Conferences.
  • The details for the “One Page Poster” for their independent novel were given out and explained.  Samples of possible poster designs can be found in a slide show in Google Classroom. *Note taking handout and Rubric are in Google Classroom.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Blues Poem Rough Draft – DUE 4/3
  2. One Page Poster on Independent Novel – DUE 4/12

 

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TUESDAY – 4/3

6th Grade Language Arts 

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “Injustice” (UNFAIR) Narrative Rough Draft – DUE 4/4

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students completed a Test Review of “Complete Sentences & Fragments” for tomorrow’s test.
  • Students began writing a “Phobia Poem”- including some “Dark Humor”.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • Phobia Poem Rough Draft – DUE 4/4
  • One Page Poster on Independent Novel – DUE 4/12

 

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WEDNESDAY – 4/4

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began reading chapter 7 and focused on finding examples from the text that showed the following 4 main Themes that we are focusing on:  injustice, courage, friendship at risk, power.  We continue to read and find evidence for the themes in class tomorrow.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “Injustice Narrative” (If not turned in today).  – DUE 4/4

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took a test on identifying “Sentences and Fragments”.
  • We shared “Phobia Poems” and wrote an “Emotion Poem”.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Emotion Poem Rough Draft – DUE 4/5
  2. One Page Poster on Independent Novel – DUE 4/12

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THURSDAY – 4/5

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students had the class period to finish reading chapter 7 and complete the theme packet pages 10 & 11.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Complete chapter 7 and Packet pages 10 & 11 – DUE 4/6

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We  reviewed poetry devices and figurative language.  Then students began a scavenger hunt looking for the devices and elements in published poetry books.  They will get time in class tomorrow to finish this.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. One Page Poster on Independent Novel – DUE 4/12

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FRIDAY – 4/6 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed chapter 7 and the themes we found.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read chapter 8 – DUE 4/10

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We finished the poetry devices scavenger hunt.
  • Students worked on a handout on “Onomatopoeia” in class. 

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. One Page Poster on Independent Novel – DUE 4/12

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Homework for Week 3/19 – 3/20

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

MONDAY – 3/19

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We worked on questions for Chapter 5 in our novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.  
  • We explored “Injustice” and how different roles are played:  perpetrator, target, bystander, upstander.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Think of 1-2 instances of injustice that you experienced in some way – DUE 3/20

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students had silent reading time for their Independent Reading Project.
  • Fragment Practice – students were given a handout to work on identifying complete sentences and fragments.  *Absent Students will need to see Mrs. Bowen for a copy (I can’t post on blog).

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Fragment Practice W.S. – DUE 3/20

 

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TUESDAY – 3/20

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began brainstorming for our next paper “Unfair Paper”.  Students are writing about a time they were involved with an injustice or “unfair” experience.

“Unfair” Narrative Guidelines and Brainstorming

  • Students drew a picture, then talked about the experience with partners and then listed the key details in their journal.
  • We will begin drafting tomorrow in class. 

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Illustration for “Unfair Paper” (if not done yet) – DUE 3/21

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we explored “Rhyme Scheme” used in poetry.  After taking notes, students wrote a sample poem with ababcdcd rhyme scheme.

rhyme scheme NOTES and practice

  • Students who finished early could use the remaining time to work on their “Individual Reading Project”.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Rhyme Scheme Poem – DUE 3/21
  2. Finish Novel for Book Project – DUE 4/2

 

 

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WEDNESDAY – 3/21 – Early Release

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students filled out self-reflection forms to share at Student-led Conferences.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Write/Type Introduction Paragraph for “Unfair” paper (about the injustice/unfair experience you brainstormed in class on Tuesday) – DUE 3/22

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students filled out self-reflection forms to share at Student-led Conferences.
  • The details for the “One Page Poster” for their independent novel were given out and explained.  Samples of possible poster designs can be found in a slide show in Google Classroom. *Note taking handout and Rubric are in Google Classroom.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish Reading Independent Novel – DUE 4/2
  2. One Page Poster on Independent Novel – DUE 4/12

 

 

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THURSDAY – 3/22

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

 

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FRIDAY – 3/23  No School – morning conferences

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 3/05 – 3/09

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

MONDAY – 3/05

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students reviewed chapter 1 in our novel ROTHMC.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary #2 Cards and Writing – DUE 3/06
  2. Vocabulary #2 TEST – DUE 3/09

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We finished watching the movie McFarland USA and students were given the rest of class to being their “W.O.W. #3” writing on Google Classroom.  This “W.O.W.” writing will be a Compare/Contrast  paper for the movie and novel Breaking Through.  All directions and due date can be accessed on Google Classroom.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #3” Compare/Contrast Paper – DUE 3/07 (9:00 PM)

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TUESDAY – 3/06

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students created a new “Vocabulary Review” BINGO card.

BINGO Card Template

  • We read chapter 2 in ROTHMC and began working in our packets. *See Mrs. Bowen for a packet if absent.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. ROTHMC Packet Pg. 3 & 4 – DUE 3/7
  2. Vocabulary TEST – DUE 3/9

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on “Complex Sentence” construction.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #3” Compare/Contrast Paper – DUE 3/8
    This assignment is on Google Classroom

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WEDNESDAY – 3/07

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We read in the novel pages 42-56.  Students should finish if they didn’t on class.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. ROTHMC read Pgs. 42-56 – DUE 3/8
  2. Vocabulary TEST – DUE 3/9

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We practiced Compound Sentences.  Students were given an extension on the “W.O.W #3” writing assignment. They need to identify one simple, one compound, and one complex sentence example in their writing.  * that added directions are listed on Google classroom.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #3” Compare/Contrast Paper – DUE 3/08 (9:00 PM)
    This assignment is on Google Classroom

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THURSDAY – 3/08

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students finished reading chapter 3 and completed the questions and packet page 5.
  • We played “Vocabulary Review BINGO” .

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocab Test – DUE 3/9
  2. Finish Chapter 3 & questions – DUE 3/9

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Introduced “Independent Novel Project”.  Students were offered a selection of novels to choose from or could get a book from the library (or home).  The project was explained – and a handout was given.  See Mrs. Bowen for the handout.  Novel must be read by 4/2.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #3” – DUE 3/8 @ 9:00 PM
  2. Read independent Novel – DUE 4/2

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FRIDAY – 3/09

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary Practice Work and Flash Cards – DUE 3/13

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students practiced with simple, complex, compound, and complex-compound sentences.  *See Mrs. Bowen for the missed work if absent.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Independent Reading Novel – Finish by 4/2


Homework for Week 2/26 – 3/2

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

MONDAY – 2/26

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed vocabulary for our Test tomorrow.
  • Narrative Papers were returned.
  • Jigsaw poster sharing was started – we will continue this tomorrow.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Check grades On line.

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Introduction to types of Fragments and practice with fixing them.  Students had time in class to work on a fragment handout.  *See Mrs. Bowen for a copy if absent.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Fragment Handout – DUE 2/27

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TUESDAY – 2/27

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We  finished our Jigsaw Poster Presentations and began our Character Mixer work.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. No Homework

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Projects were collected for the “100 Point Project”
  • We reviewed the “Fixing Fragments” homework and began some work with complex sentences.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. No Homework

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WEDNESDAY – 2/28 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students interacted with a “Character Mixer” where they learned about the characters in our next novel.
  • Students checked out the next book.  We will begin reading in the book tomorrow in class.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Check Grades on-line – DUE 3/1

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began watching the movie McFarland USA.  

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. No Homework

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THURSDAY – 3/01

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

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FRIDAY – 3/02

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 2/19 – 2/23

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

*Due to Snow Days – this week’s blog shows all adjustments in due date below:

FRIDAY – 2/23

6th Grade 

HOMEWORK:

  1. Update BINGO Card (put new 10 words on it) – DUE 2/26
  2. Vocabualary #1 TEST – DUE 2/27
    ROTHMC Vocabulary #1 Lists and Assignment

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7th Grade:

  • Work day on “100 Point Project”.

HOMEWORK:

  1. “100 Point Project” FINAL projects – DUE 2/27
    100 Point Project Requirements and Scoring Guide

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Homework for Week 2/12 – 2/16

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

 

MONDAY – 2/12

6th Grade:

  • Scanning activity with The Circuit.  

HOMEWORK:

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7th Grade:

  • Work day on “100 Point Project”.

HOMEWORK:

  1. “100 Point Project” FIRST project – DUE 2/19
    100 Point Project Requirements and Scoring Guide

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TUESDAY – 2/13 

6th Grade:

  • Begin working on making a case for their opinion for the BEST chapter in the novel The Circuit.
  • Copy of the Brainstorming Sheet can be downloaded here:  Opinion Paragraph Brainstorm Sheet

HOMEWORK:

  1. Brainstorm for Opinion Paragraph – DUE 2/14
    Opinion Paragraph Brainstorm Sheet

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7th Grade:

  • Opening of class:  Word Choice and Sentence Fluency practice.
  • Project work day.

HOMEWORK:

  • Work on “100 Point Project” for @20 minutes – DUE 2/14

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WEDNESDAY – 2/14  

6th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  1. Finish “Opinion Paragraph” – DUE 2/15

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7th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  1. Work on “100 Point Project”
    1st Project – DUE 2/16

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THURSDAY – 2/15

6th Grade

HOMEWORK:

Today we collected the Opinion Paper (students who didn’t finish it need to complete it tonight and bring it in tomorrow).

  1. No New Homework 
  2. Opinion Paragraph (if not turned in today) – DUE 2/16

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7th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  1. Work on “100 Point Project” 
    1st Project – DUE 2/16

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FRIDAY  –  2/16

6th Grade

  • Students were given a new set of vocabulary for our new novel Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (ROTHMC).  We will begin this novel next week.  Vocabulary words and assignment can be downloaded below under “Homework”.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabualary #1 Flashcards and Sentences – DUE 2/22
    ROTHMC Vocabulary #1 Lists and Assignment

 

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7th Grade

  • 1st Project in the “100 Point Project” collected today.
  • Students were given the class period to work on the 2nd project.

HOMEWORK:

  1. 2nd project for the “100 Point Project”  – DUE 2/23


Homework for Week 2/5 – 2/9

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

 

MONDAY – 2/5

6th Grade:

  • MAP Testing in Reading today – 1st Day.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read The Circuit to page 112 – DUE 2/7

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7th Grade:

  • MAP Testing in Reading today – 1st Day.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Breaking Through to page 174 – DUE 2/7

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TUESDAY – 2/6  

6th Grade:

  • MAP Testing in Reading today – Final Day.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read The Circuit to page 112 – DUE 2/7

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7th Grade:

  • MAP Testing in Reading today – Final Day.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Breaking Through to page 174 – DUE 2/7

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WEDNESDAY – 2/7  

6th Grade

HOMEWORK:

*No Homework tonight (catch-up on reading if behind…up to page 112).

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7th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Breaking Through to page 185) – DUE 2/8 

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THURSDAY – 2/8 

6th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  • No Homework

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7th Grade

HOMEWORK:

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FRIDAY  –  2/9 

6th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  • Scan the novel The Circuit to find how many times Francisco’s family moved.  Only spend 20 minutes doing this.

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7th Grade

HOMEWORK:

  • “100 Point Project” 1st Project – DUE 2/16


Homework for Week 1/29 – 2/02

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

 

MONDAY – 1/29

6th Grade

  • Students self-assessed their Narrative “Favorite Gift”.  Several students found areas they wanted to revise/improve.  So, they were able to take it home tonight to give it one more revisions.  Students who felt their draft was ready – turned it in again.
  • We read “Death Forgiven” in our novel The Circuit while discussing writer’s craft.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Final “Favorite Gift” Paper (if taken home to revise one more time) – DUE 2/1

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7th Grade   

  • Students brought in their poems and participated in a detailed peer feedback session.
  • They had the rest of class (about 30 minutes) to make any last corrections.
  • Poems are DUE Friday along with reading ONE of their chosen stanzas about one of their groups they wrote about.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Breaking Through to page 126 – DUE 2/1
  2. FINAL DRAFT “For My People” Poem- DUE 2/2 
    For My People – Student Handouts
  3. Poetic Read of ONE Stanza – DUE 2/2

 

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FRIDAY – 2/02  

6th Grade  HOMEWORK:

  • Read The Circuit  to page 112 – DUE Wednesday 2/7

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7th Grade  HOMEWORK:

  • Read Breaking Through to page 174 – DUE Wednesday 2/7

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Homework for Week 1/22 – 1/26

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

 

MONDAY – 1/22

6th Grade Homework:

  • Today we reviewed “Theme” and “Author’s Purpose”

Get the Vocab List here:  Vocabulary #2 Words & Assignment

  1. Vocabulary #2 Flash Cards & Practice Writing –  DUE 1/23
  2. Vocabulary #2 TEST – ON 1/25

7th Grade Homework:

  1. Read Breaking Through pages 80-93 – DUE 1/24

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TUESDAY – 1/23  

6th Grade Homework:

  • Today we reviewed THEME and read the next chapter in The Circuit:  “Christmas Gift”.

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary #2  Practice Writing (Google Classroom) –  DUE 1/23 @ 9:00 PM
  2. Vocabulary #2 TEST – ON 1/25

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7th Grade Homework:

  • Today we made worked on a “Simile Quilt” – students got a simile from the book and created a visual representation of the simile in the quote. *Absent Students – come see me before school (anytime 8:30-9:10 tomorrow).

Homework:

  1. Read Breaking Through pages 80-93 – DUE 1/24

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WEDNESDAY – 1/24  

6th Grade Homework:

  • Students played Review BINGO for tomorrow’s vocabulary test. Words from all four lists (2- The Crossover and 2 from The Circuit) will be on the test.
  • We began brainstorming for our next  Narrative Paper: “Favorite Gift”.

HOMEWORK:

Study for Vocabulary Test – On 1/25

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7th Grade Homework:

Homework:

Read pages 94-102 in Breaking Through – DUE 1/25.

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THURSDAY – 1/25 

6th Grade Homework:

  • Students took the vocabulary test.
  • We finished brainstorming for our next paper “Favorite Gift”.

HOMEWORK:

  1. Complete the “Green Brainstorming Sheet” – DUE 1/26
    Favorite Gift Handouts

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7th Grade Homework:

  • We continued to work on “For My People” poem.  We looked at samples and began brainstorming for their own version.  Students will get tomorrow in class to begin writing their poem.

HOMEWORK:

  1. “For My People” Brainstorm – DUE 1/26 (must be done before typing in class)
    For My People – Student Handouts
  2. Read Breaking Through to page 112 – DUE 1/30

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FRIDAY  –  1/26  

6th Grade Homework:

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7th Grade Homework:



Homework for Week 1/15 – 1/19

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

 

MONDAY – 1/15   No School

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TUESDAY – 1/16  

6th Grade Homework:

  1. Final “Name Paper” printed on paper – DUE 1/17

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7th Grade Homework:

  1. “W.O.W. #3” – DUE 1/17 @ 9:15 AM (Google Classroom)  
  2. Vocabulary Test – DUE 1/18

 

WEDNESDAY – 1/17  Early Release  

6th Grade Homework:

*Due to a family emergency, I was absent and so I moved the due date for the “My Name” paper to tomorrow, 1/18.

*We read pg 45-50 together in class.

  1. Final “Name Paper” printed on paper – DUE 1/18
  2. Read pg. 45-50 (read in class) & Sketch of a favorite scene from The Circuit – DUE 1/18

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7th Grade Homework:

  1. Read Breaking Through to the end of page 69
    and take notes on “MINDSET” on Orange sheet – DUE 1/18
  2. Vocabulary Test – DUE 1/18
    Breaking Through Vocab List #1

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THURSDAY – 1/18  

6th Grade Homework:

  1. Find a favorite gift you’ve received
    bring in a picture of it – DUE 1/19
  2. CHECK GRADES – DUE 1/19

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7th Grade Homework:

  1. Read Breaking Through pgs 70-79
    Take notes on orange “Mindset” sheet – DUE 1/19
    *Extra “Mindset” notes sheet here:  Tracking Notes on MINDSET the novel
  2. CHECK GRADES – DUE 1/19

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FRIDAY  –  1/19  

6th Grade Homework:

  • Vocabulary #2 for The Circuit was handed out and students were given the class period to work on it.  They will need to go to Google Classroom for part of the work. 

Get the Vocab List here:  Vocabulary #2 Words & Assignment

  1. Vocabulary #2 Flash Cards & Practice Writing –  DUE 1/23
  2. Vocabulary #2 TEST – ON 1/25

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7th Grade Homework:

  • We watched a video documentary on migrant workers.  Students took notes and wrote a reaction response after.
  1. Catch-up on reading Breaking Through to page 79 (and take notes on Mindset) – DUE 1/21
  2. Complete any Missing/Late/Revised work – 1/26


HOMEWORK for WEEK 1/08 – 1/12

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

NEW Weekly Assignment:  “W.O.W.”  (Weekly Outstanding Writing)

What is “W.O.W.”?

  • This new weekly assignment will take the place of the HRL (Home Reading Log).  So, students will have a writing assignment to complete each week.  The requirements will vary from week to week based on what we are working on and what writing trait we are focusing on.  This first week is focused on “Ideas and Content”.
  • Students were given a handout with a scoring rubric for each of the 6 writing traits:

W.O.W. Requirements

  • This writing assignment is meant to be for practice  (is will be graded in the “formative” category).  They need to keep all copies of their “W.O.W.” papers.
  • This is not meant to be a paper that they spend hours on – it is meant to be a best first draft that they HAVE Proofread carefully and included the assignment writing requirements (all requirements will be skills we have learned and practiced in class).
  • This assignment  also encourages the practice of reading directions thoroughly and proofreading work carefully.
  • The assignment will be posted to Google Classroom every Friday with the finished paper due the following Wednesday by 9:15 AM. 

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MONDAY – 1/08  

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on a brainstorm on what they could write about their name. 
  • We read chapter 2 in The Circuit.
  • We will play Vocabulary Review BINGO tomorrow.  So, students need to update their BINGO card.   They can do this by erasing 10 words on their card (select the 10 words you know the best).  Write in the 10 words from this week.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Update BINGO card – DUE 1/09
  2. Vocabulary Index Cards & Sentences – DUE 1/09
    The Circuit Vocabulary #1
  3. Vocabulary TEST – DUE 1/10

 

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We watched a video to strengthen our background knowledge for the next novel.  Students worked on recording their reactions and questions to the video.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #1” Writing – DUE 1/10

 

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TUESDAY – 1/09  

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students turned in their Vocabulary Sentences and played “Review BINGO”.
  • Students logged into Google Classroom to began writing the rough draft of their “My Name” paper.  Directions for the assignment can be found in Google Classroom.  Rough Draft DUE 1/11.  A copy of the handout given in class for this paper can be downloaded here:

“My Name” Paper – Requirements

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • Vocabulary TEST – DUE 1/10
    The Circuit Vocabulary #1
  • Rough Draft of “My Name” Paper – DUE 1/11
    (Directions in Google Classroom)

 

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #1” Writing – DUE 1/10
  2. Breaking Through Chapter 1 – DUE 1/10

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WEDNESDAY – 1/10 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students took the vocabulary Test.
  • There was some writing time on the “My Name” paper – the rough draft is due tomorrow.
  • We read over the scoring guide to see how this paper will be scored.  A copy of the scoring guide is here:

“My Name” Paper Requirements

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “My Name” Paper ROUGH DRAFT – DUE 1/11

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began class by setting up our journals for our novel study.
  • Then we reviewed the chapter 1 questions from Breaking Through.
  • Finally, we reviewed/learned about MINDSET – specifically “Growth Mindset” and “Fixed Mindset”.  We watched a video, took notes, and discussed.  We will be looking at MINDSET as we continue to read Breaking Through.
  • Students were assignment the task to write for at least 10 minutes at home tonight reflecting on their own MINDSET (growth and fixed) after watching the video.  This writing can be handwritten or typed – but a paper copy will be turned in.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 10 minute writing on MINDSET – DUE 1/11

 

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THURSDAY – 1/11

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We worked on academic conversation and accessing background knowledge while predicting the story of a picture book that was written in Spanish.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “My Name” Paper PROOFREAD Carefully
    and HIGHLIGHT 2 COMPLEX Sentences- DUE 1/12

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students received a handout to track MINDSET for the characters while reading Breaking Through.  We filled in one example together from chapter 1 – so they could see a sample of what they need to do as they continue to read the novel. A copy of the recording sheet can be downloaded here:

Tracking Sheet for Mindset in the Novel

  • They had the rest of class to read the second chapter and record on their sheet.  

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Breaking Through Ch. 2 (“Home Alone”) – DUE 1/12

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FRIDAY – 1/12

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we worked on how to revise sentences in our writing to improve Sentence Fluency – and create greater variety in our sentences.
  • Students had some time to work on their paper, putting in another complex sentence made with AAAWWUBBIS words (After, Although, As, When, While, Until, Because, Before, If, Since).
  • Students checked out their own copy of The Circuit today.  We have read the first two chapters and they need to read chapter 3 (“Miracle in Tent City”) over the weekend.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “My Name” Paper with 3 Complex Sentences
    Highlighted with PINK & GREEN   – DUE 1/16
  2. Read The Circuit to page 44 – DUE 1/16

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given a new set of vocabulary words from our novel Breaking Through.  They were given the entire class time to complete them.  *This week’s “W.O.W. #2” is on Google Classroom and connected to this week’s vocabulary.
  • When students finished, they could begin reading the weekend homework. Students need to read to page 55 over the weekend and record evidence around MINDSET on their orange sheet. A copy of the sheet can be found here:

Tracking Sheet for Mindset in the Novel

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Read Breaking Through to page 55  – DUE 1/16
  2. W.O.W. #2″ –  DUE 1/17


Homework for Week 1/01 – 1/05

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

NEW Weekly Assignment:  “W.O.W.”  (Weekly Outstanding Writing)

What is “W.O.W.”?

  • This new weekly assignment will take the place of the HRL (Home Reading Log).  So, students will have a writing assignment to complete each week.  The requirements will vary from week to week based on what we are working on and what writing trait we are focusing on.  This first week is focused on “Ideas and Content”.
  • Students were given a handout with a scoring rubric for each of the 6 writing traits:

W.O.W. Requirements

  • This writing assignment is meant to be for practice  (is will be graded in the “formative” category).  They need to keep all copies of their “W.O.W.” papers.
  • This is not meant to be a paper that they spend hours on – it is meant to be a best first draft that they HAVE Proofread carefully and included the assignment writing requirements (all requirements will be skills we have learned and practiced in class).
  • This assignment  also encourages the practice of reading directions thoroughly and proofreading work carefully.
  • The assignment will be posted to Google Classroom every Friday with the finished paper due the following Wednesday by 9:15 AM. 

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MONDAY – 1/01 

Happy New Year!  

 

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TUESDAY – 1/02  No School for Students

 

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WEDNESDAY – 1/03 

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began class with a journal write about an “Awesome Moment” from over break.
  • Vocabulary for our new novel was handed out for students to begin working on.  Practice work and test will be next week.  A copy of the vocabulary list  can be downloaded here:

The Circuit Vocabulary #1

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary Index Cards & Sentences – DUE 1/09
  2. Vocabulary TEST – DUE 1/10

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on some “Caught Ya!” editing to begin class.
  • Students went to Google Classroom for the writing assignment and had the rest of class to begin writing their paper.  All directions and due dates are posted on the assignment:  “Winter Break AWESOME MOMENT
  • *Absent Students: Go to Google Classroom to get the assignment.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Winter Break AWESOME MOMENT Paper – DUE 1/05 @ 9:15 AM
    (Assignment is in Google Classroom.)

 

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THURSDAY – 1/04

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on an in class activity to begin our new novel.  Absent students can see the teacher.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary Index Cards & Sentences – DUE 1/09
  2. Vocabulary TEST – DUE 1/10

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students participated in a “Carousel Walk” to view various pictures related to the new novel we will begin soon.  Absent Students can see me.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Winter Break AWESOME MOMENT Paper – DUE 1/05 @ 9:15 AM
    (Assignment is in Google Classroom.)

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FRIDAY – 1/05

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students began reading the novel The Circuit together in class.  We are looking at writing style (sentence structure and use of Figurative Language) and also working on reading strategies.  We will read the first part of the book together and then students will get a copy of the novel to have at home.
  • Students need to find out an interesting fact about their name (first, middle, or last) or nickname.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • Find an interesting fact about your name – DUE 1/08
  • Vocabulary Index Cards & Sentences – DUE 1/09
  • Vocabulary TEST – DUE 1/10

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • The Running Dream Essays were returned to students.  Students had the last part of class to see me if they had questions regarding their grade/feedback.  
  • No more HRLs this school year! 
  • We will now have a weekly assignment called “W.O.W.” (Weekly Outstanding Writing).  Students will get a writing assignment in Google Classroom.  The assignment will be written and specific about what they need to include and how they need to mark the final paper before submitting it online.   The Assignment can be accessed every Friday on Google Classroom with a due date of 9:15 AM on Wednesday the following week.

W.O.W. Requirements

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. “W.O.W. #1” Writing – DUE 1/10


Homework for Week 12/11 – 12/15

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

*Older handouts can be found by clicking on the “handouts”
at the top of this page.

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MONDAY – 12/11

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked on an academic discussion protocol using various photos representing concepts and background for our next novel – that we will begin reading in January when we return form our Winter Break.
  • Friday is the last day to turn in any missing/late work or Revisions from this quarter.  In January, we will begin a new novel and unit.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 12/14
  2. All Missing/Late Work & Revisions – DUE 12/15

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students turned in their essay for The Running Dream.
  • We began watching the movie Soul Surfer.  Students are focusing on a common themed in the movie and the novel – and focusing around a main character in the two.  After the movie, students will complete an assignment where they will compare and contrast the two chosen characters and how they demonstrated the common theme.
  • A copy of the Venn Diagram we are using while watching the movie can be found here:

Compare/Contract – Running Dream with Soul Surfer Venn Diagram

  • Friday is the last day to turn in any missing/late work or Revisions from this quarter.  In January, we will begin a new novel and unit.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 12/14
  2. All Missing/Late Work & Revisions – DUE 12/15

 

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TUESDAY – 12/12

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson: 

  • We continued working on our discussion protocols today – and shared out predictions for the new novel we will start in January.
  • Students were assigned a 10-minute Freewrite to complete at home.  They can hand-write or type – and then bring in a paper copy of what they write.  The topic is:  “Write about a difficult time you have had.”

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. 10-Minute Free Write about “A difficult time you’ve had” – DUE 12/13
  2. HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We continued watching and taking notes on the movie Soul Surfer.  We should complete the movie tomorrow and begin our compare/contrast writing on the chosen theme.

Compare/Contract – Running Dream with Soul Surfer Venn Diagram

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7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14

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WEDNESDAY – 12/13

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson: 

  • Students brought in their “Difficult Time” writing.  We added a list of “chores” or ways in which they contribute to their family and home.
  • We watched a video of two families and how their children contribute to their family/home.
  • While watching the video, students recorded their thinking – specifically taking notes on what they learned or found interesting/surprising.  They also wrote down any questions they had.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14
  • Check Grade – All Late work DUE 12/15

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We finished watching and taking notes on the movie Soul Surfer.  We should complete the movie tomorrow and begin our compare/contrast writing on the chosen theme.

Compare/Contract – Running Dream with Soul Surfer Venn Diagram

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14
  2. Check Grade – All Late work DUE 12/15

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THURSDAY – 12/14

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students worked some more on complex sentences with “Dependent Clauses” and “Independent Clauses”.
  • We wrote a Reaction Response to the video we watched yesterday – citing/referencing evidence from teh video to back up the reactions (opinions).
  • BONUS HRL over break is a BONUS – it is offered as a “Make-up” for students who are missing a HRL or earned a grade they would to improve.  If all HRL’s from this quarter earned a good grade – students can have the break “free” from doing an HRL.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. *Bonus HRL – DUE 1/04
    (See explanation above under today’s lesson.)

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students had the class period to complete their “Compare & Contrast Postcard” for The Running Dream  and Soul Surfer.  A copy of the directions can be found here:

Compare & Contrast Postcard Requirements

  • BONUS HRL over break is a BONUS – it is offered as a “Make-up” for students who are missing a HRL or earned a grade they would to improve.  If all HRL’s from this quarter earned a good grade – students can have the break “free” from doing an HRL.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. *Bonus HRL – DUE 1/04
    (See explanation above under today’s lesson.)

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FRIDAY – 12/15

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 12/04 – 12/08

Mrs. Bowen’s Blog Basics

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Emailbowena@wlwv.k12.or.us

Office Hours:  Wednesdays 8:30-9:00

 

*Older handouts can be found by clicking on the “handouts”
at the top of this page.

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MONDAY – 12/04

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today, students were given The Crossover essay back with feedback and their score.  I had them turn them back in because I plan to meet with each student to conference and discuss main areas to work on for next time.  Students are welcome to bring their essay home after we conference…hopefully by the middle of next week.
  • Next, we continued working on Sentence Fluency:  focusing on complex sentences and how to punctuate (and when) with commas. 

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocabulary TEST – ON 12/08
  2. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 12/14

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we looked at a sample Literary Essay.  We identified the parts to include in the Introduction and Body Paragraphs.  Students then highlighted the sample and shared observations. * See Mrs. Bowen for a copy.
  • We also highlighted the score sheet to fit with the sample.  Students can use this to guide their writing of their essay over the next few days.
  • Finally, students began (and many finished) writing their introduction on the back of the sample essay paper.
  • *NOTE* – students should come to class tomorrow with their Introduction written and TWO Body Paragraphs brainstormed.  So, they will only need to type them up in Google Classroom.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Handwritten Introduction – DUE 12/05
  2. Brainstormed TWO Body Paragraphs (on purple handout) – DUE 12/04
  3. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 12/14

 

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TUESDAY – 12/05

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson: 

  • Students reviewed the vocabulary with BINGO.
  • They also went to the library to checkout book.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Study Vocab for Test on FRIDAY – 12/08
  2. HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students were given the class period to write their Character & Theme Essay for The Running Dream.  They need to complete the Introduction and 2 Body Paragraphs for class tomorrow.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Typed Introduction & 2 Body Paragraphs – DUE 12/06
  2. HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14

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WEDNESDAY – 12/06

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson: 

  • We continued to work on sentence fluency – specifically focusing on “Independent Clauses” and “Dependent Clauses” – how to write and punctuate them.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  • Study Vocab for Test on FRIDAY – 12/08
  • HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed what goes into a conclusion paragraph for a Literary Essay.  We compared the requirements/score sheet with the examples.  Then they had the remainder of class (15-20 minutes) to work on drafting their conclusion.
  • A PAPER COPY of the complete rough draft 4-Paragraph (minimum) Essay is DUE tomorrow (12/07) at the beginning of class.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Complete Rough Draft (Intro, 2 body paragraphs, conclusion)
    PAPER COPY  DUE 12/07
  2. HRL “B” #5 & 6 – DUE 12/14

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THURSDAY – 12/07

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson: 

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

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FRIDAY – 12/08

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 11/27 – 12/01

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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MONDAY – 11/27

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Today we began working on Sentence Fluency:  writing a variety of sentences to create rhythm and flow to our writing.  We specifically focused on combing shorter sentences into longer more complex sentences.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 11/30

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students received a nonfiction article.  We discussed how to approach/begin reading nonfiction (and how it differs from fiction).
  • We read the article together – students marked the text showing where they read something interesting or that they had a reaction to, where they had questions, and circled words that they didn’t know.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 11/30

 

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TUESDAY – 11/28

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We continued our work with combing shorter sentences into longer more complex sentences.
  • A new set of vocabulary words were handed out.  *Students need to study this list and the previous list for our test next week.  The words can be down loaded here:

Vocabulary #2 – from The Crossover

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL”B” #3 & 4 – DUE 11/30
  2. Vocabulary #2 Cards – DUE 12/01

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students learned about “Thesis Statements” – and what three steps are need to craft a strong, working Thesis Statement.
  • We watched and discussed the following YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzuAMVmIZ8

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #3 & 4 – DUE 11/30

 

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WEDNESDAY – 11/29

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • Students wrote a Rough Draft of an “Awesome Moment” Narrative.  This will be used in class the rest of this week and next as we continue to work on Sentence Fluency.  The assignment is in Google Classroom.  Students are to following the directions that are posted there and submit their paper when finished.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Awesome Moment Narrative in Google Classroom – DUE 11/30
  2. HRL “b” # 3 & 4 – DUE 11/30
  3. Vocabulary Cards – DUE 12/01

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We cleaned and organized binders- specifically the sections in their binder:  “Resources”, “Classwork”, “Homework”.  
  • Students worked in partners or groups of three to craft a Thesis Statement for their Literary Essay that we are beginning to work on.
  • Students who missed class, should write a thesis statement at home and come to class with it ready for feedback.
  • For homework, students need to find two pieces of evidence from their novel that support their thesis statement.  They can use the book or any handouts they have already filled out while reading.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Find and list 2 Pieces of Evidence to support your Thesis Statement – DUE 11/30
  2. HRL “B” 3&4 – DUE 11/30

 

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THURSDAY – 11/30

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed how to quote evidence on the Home Reading Log.  Then, students were given a few minutes to proofread and make any last minute revisions to this week’s HRL before turning it in. They were also give back “HRL A” to see my feedback and compare it with this week’s.
  • Students worked on a “Sentence Fluency” assignment where we analyzed a paragraph for sentence beginnings, verbs, and number of words.  *See Mrs. Bowen for the handout and bring a paper copy of your “Awesome Moment” that you typed on “Google Classroom”.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Vocab #2 Cards – DUE 12/1
  2. HRL “A” # 4 & 5 – DUE 12/14

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7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We reviewed how to quote evidence on the Home Reading Log.  Then, students were given a few minutes to proofread and make any last minute revisions to this week’s HRL before turning it in. They were also give back “HRL A” to see my feedback and compare it with this week’s.
  • We reviewed “Thesis Statements” that were written yesterday and revised them.  Some groups began collecting evidence to support their thesis.  Groups that didn’t get their revised Thesis Statement written on the poster paper in time to collect evidence, need to come to class with evidence to add first thing in tomorrow’s class.  They will get the first 10 minutes of class to add their evidence to their poster.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. *2 Examples of Evidence (with page #) – DUE 12/1
    (this is only for students who didn’t add their evidence to their poster today)
  2. HRL “A” # 4 & 5 – DUE 12/14

 

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FRIDAY – 12/01

6th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We continued working on Sentence Fluency.  Students analyzed their “Awesome Moment” paper for variety of sentence lengths and beginnings.
  • Next, we began exploring different types of complex sentences and how to punctuate them – specifically when and where to add commas.

6th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. HRL “B” #5 & 6  – DUE 12/14 

7th Grade Language Arts

Today’s Lesson:

  • We began brainstorming supporting paragraphs for our Literary Essay on The Running Dream.  Students identified two pieces of evidence to support their thesis statement and started filling out the brainstorm sheet.  This sheet is due Monday 12/4.

7th Grade HOMEWORK:

  1. Essay Brainstorm for Supporting Paragraphs – DUE 12/4
  2. HRL “B” #5 & 6  – DUE 12/14 


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: