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Welcome to 7th grade Language Arts class with Ms. Pillow. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together. If you ever have any concerns or questions please contact me at 901-634-2830 or email me at dpillow@bartlettschools.org     Thank you, Ms. Pillow
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lesson Plans: November 11, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019        

Veteran’s Day…No School

 Tuesday, November 12, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 46/47: Figurative language; context clues; fable.
  • Students will receive the information for the “FlipGrid” discussion project for the short story, “The Gift of the Magi.” Students will need to read the story and be able to have a discussion with a partner on November 20th.
  • Students will continue the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will begin the analyzation of sensory details, figurative language, their connotations and the impact on Scrooge’s characterization.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 48: Main idea; word meaning.
  • Students will continue the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will begin the analyzation of sensory details, figurative language, their connotations and the impact on Scrooge’s characterization.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 49: Argumentative essay
  • Students will continue the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will analyze how an author establishes, conveys, and contrasts the points of view of different characters.

Friday, November 15, 2019   Ask your student for their Progress Report J

  • Warm-up Chomp 50: Better choice of wording.
  • Students will continue the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will analyze how an author establishes, conveys, and contrasts the points of view of different characters.

 

Lesson Plans: November 4, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 41: Poetry, figurative language; author’ characterization; context clue for word meaning.
  • Students will continue to identify themes in “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers and explain how the theme is developed through Greg’s experiences an changing perspective in the text.;

 Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 42: Word meaning; setting; tone of passage
  • Students will complete the quiz for “The Treasure of Lemon Brown;” will be introduced to the vocabulary for A Christmas Carol.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 43: Main idea; cause and effect; word connotation
  • Students will begin the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will begin the analyzation of sensory details, figurative language, their connotations and the impact on Scrooge’s characterization.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 44: Revising paragraphs
  • Students will continue the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will begin the analyzation of sensory details, figurative language, their connotations and the impact on Scrooge’s characterization.

Friday, November 8, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 45: Complete sentences; point of view; word connotation
  • Students will continue the study of the novel, A Christmas Carol, they will begin the analyzation of sensory details, figurative language, their connotations and the impact on Scrooge’s characterization.

Lesson Plans: October 28, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 36: Poetry, figurative language; author’ purpose; paraphrase
  • Students will continue to read “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” by Walter Dean Myers, and analyze the main character’s perspective on other characters in the text.

 Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 37: Figurative language; context clues
  • Students will continue to read “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” by Walter Dean Myers, and analyze the main character’s perspective on other characters in the text.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 38: Thesis; purpose of captions; bias
  • Students will continue and finish reading “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” by Walter Dean Myers, and analyze Greg’s changing perspective about his father and Lemon based on his experience/interaction with Lemon Brown.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 39: Simile; metaphor; personification;
  • Students will continue and finish reading “The Treasure of Lemon Brown,” by Walter Dean Myers, and analyze Greg’s changing perspective about his father and Lemon based on his experience/interaction with Lemon Brown.

Friday, November 1, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 40: Compound sentences; revise sentences
  • Students will identify a theme of “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers and explain how the theme is developed through Greg’s experiences an changing perspective in the text.

 

 

Lesson Plans: October 21, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 31: Poetry, symbolism; author’ purpose; summarization
  • Students begin to write for their Culminating Writing Task for Written in Bone, determining another central idea for the text.

 Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 32: Point of view; irony; climax; inference
  • Students will finish writing their Culminating Writing Task for Written in Bone, determining another central idea for the text by peer editing each other’s paper.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 33: Information support; results of a table; main idea
  • Students will edit and finalize their own paper for the Culminating Writing Task for Written in Bone and turn it in.
  • Common Lit: “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 34: Word choice; sentence fluency; voice; transition words
  • Student will begin the study of the short story, “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers to analyze the connection between our values, relationships, and happiness.

Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 35: Punctuated; prefix meaning
  • Student will continue the study of the short story, “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers to analyze the connection between our values, relationships, and happiness.

 

 

Lesson Plans: September 30, 2019

Monday, September 30,  2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 26: Poetry: imagery; personification; figurative language
  • Students will continue to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapter 10.

 Tuesday, October 1, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 27: Text: personification; point of view; word meaning
  • Students will read an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Written in Bone and respond to open-ended question in preparation for next week’s cold-read task for the end of this unit.

 Wednesday, October 2, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 28: Text: facts; word meaning; picking a title
  • Students today will be shown how to break down a prompt and answer the prompt; we will practice in class.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 29: Book Report: root word; source; website choice
  • Students will complete the Written in Bone final unit Exam – Part A, multiple choice and open book.

 

Friday, October 4, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 30: Grammar: fragmented sentence; prefix; context clues
  • Students will continue to practice breaking down prompts and answering the prompt.

 

Lesson Plans: September 23, 2019

Monday, September 23,  2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 21: Poetry: mood; symbolism; inference
  • Student will complete the “District Pre-test” in Power-school.

 Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 22: Conflict; identify main character; word context
  • Students will complete Quiz 2 for Written in Bone, open book and notes quiz.  Work on the journal project due tomorrow.

 Wednesday, September 25, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 23: Central idea; author organization; strong argument
  • Blood on the River journaling final project is due today.
  • Students will begin to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapters 9 and 10.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 24: Supporting claim in argumentative essay
  • Students will visit the library to find a book they want to read. Please know that your student should be reading at home at least 30 minutes every day to become better readers and successful in their studies as they travel their educational path.
  • Students will continue to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapters 9 and 10.

Friday, September 27, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 25: Root word practice
  • Students will continue to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapters 9 and 10.

 

Lesson Plans: September 16, 2019

Monday, September 16,  2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 16: Poem rhyme and purpose
  • Students will receive the information and rubric for the Blood on the Riverfinal culminating project: the assignment is to write 4 journal entries from Samuel’s point of view with 4 significant events that take place in the book. Due on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 as final read check.
  • Students will begin to identify claims and analyze the text evidence that supports the claims in two informational texts, “August-September 1607” excerpt, and Written in Bone 

 Tuesday, September 17, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 17: Essay inference
  • Students will finish identifying claims and analyzing the text evidence that supports the claims in two informational texts, “August-September 1607” excerpt, and Written in Bone 

 Wednesday, September 18, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 18: Advertisement tone
  • Blood on the River, Chapter 1-20 read check.
  • Students will begin to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapters 9 and 10.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 19: Dependent clause; transition words
  • Students will continue to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapters 9 and 10.

Friday, September 20, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 20: Modifiers, capitalization
  • Students will continue to analyze how setting and characters interact in a literary text, Blood on the River, Chapters 9 and 10.

 

Lesson Plans: September 9, 2019

Monday, September 9,  2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 11: Central idea of a poem of a dialogue between a father and son.
  • Students will continue reading Chapter 2 and 3 of Written in Bone, identifying the main idea of each section and determine the central idea of the text and how the author develops that idea.

 Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 12: Five parts of plot to a story.
  • Students will continue reading Chapter 2 and 3 of Written in Bone, identifying the main idea of each section and determine the central idea of the text and how the author develops that idea.

 Wednesday, September 11, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 13: Text structure and word meaning, “Bigfoot”
  • Blood on the River, Chapter 1-15 read check.
  • Students will begin to identify claims and analyze the text evidence that supports the claims in two informational texts, “August-September 1607” excerpt, and Written in Bone 

Thursday, September 12, 2019    Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:15 – 6:00

  • Warm-up Chomp 14: Best  research resources to be used for an essay on a famous musician.
  • Students will visit the library to find a book they want to read. Your student should be reading at home at least 30 minutes every day.

Friday, September 13, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 15: Independent and dependent clauses.
  • Students will continue to identify claims and analyze the text evidence that supports the claims in two informational texts, “August-September 1607” excerpt, and Written in Bone.

Lesson Plans: August 26, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 1: Identifying metaphors
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in text.
  • Written in Bone, Chapter 1; Students will identify conclusions and evaluate supporting textual evidence; will work on filling out their Conclusion/Evidence graphic organizer with their partners.

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 2: Author’s tone and characterization
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • Written in Bone, Chapter 1; Students will continue to identify conclusions and evaluate supporting textual evidence; will continue to work on filling out their Conclusion/Evidence graphic organizer with their partners.
  • Students will write a paragraph discussing what texture and craft moves were used by the author.

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019  

  • Warm-up Chomp 3: Central idea and textual evidence
  • Student will complete a reading check: Blood on the RiverChapter 1-5
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • “Ode to the Virginian Voyage” by Michael Drayton: Students will identify unfamiliar words and discuss with their partner; paraphrase each stanza of the poem; and summarize poem.

Thursday, August 29, 2019              Open House at 5:30

  • Warm-up Chomp 4: Identifying topic sentence, claim, and textual evidence
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • “Ode to the Virginian Voyage” by Michael Drayton: Students will continue to identify unfamiliar words and discuss with their partner; paraphrase each stanza of the poem; and summarize poem.

Friday, August 30, 2019       A Christmas Carolessay due today

  • Warm-up Chomp 5: Compound sentences
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • “Ode to the Virginian Voyage” by Michael Drayton: Students will continue to identify unfamiliar words and discuss with their partner; paraphrase each stanza of the poem; and summarize poem.

 

Lesson Plans: September 2, 2019

Monday, September 2,  2019

Labor Day Holiday…No School

 Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 6: Author’s symbolism in the poem, “I’m Nobody! Who Are you?
  • Students will be taking a CFA, (Common Formative Assessment) on Common Lit., “Watch Out: Cell Phones Can Be Addictive” allowing me to know if my students are comprehending what they read and can they support their answers with pertinent textual evidence.

 Wednesday, September 4, 2019   

  • Warm-up Chomp 7: Textual evidence, “The Bald Man and the Fly”
  • Students will be completing the “AimsWeb assessment” to see where they place in their reading level.  When they complete the short assessment they  will be reading Chapter 2, Written in Bone, or the will be reading Blood on the Riverfor their read check tomorrow.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 8: Main idea and word meaning, “Snowboarding” winter sport
  • Blood on the River, Chapter 1-10 read check.
  • Students will read Chapter 2 and 3 of Written in Bone, identify the main idea of each section and determine the central idea of the text and how the author develops that idea.

Friday, September 6, 2019

  • Warm-up Chomp 9: Essay claims, “Should the legal driving age be lowered?”
  • Students will continue to read Chapter 2 and 3 of Written in Bone, identify the main idea of each section and determine the central idea of the text and how the author develops that idea.

Lesson Plans: August 19, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • The summer reading writing project for A Christmas Carol is due on Friday, August 30, 2019, they received the rubric and instructions last week.
  • Students will receive the schedule for their reading checks for the novel they are reading on their own, Blood on the River.
  • Warm-up will be students adding to their vocabulary log.
  • Continue to read the forward, "A Note to the Reader" in Written in Bone to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in the text.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • The summer reading writing project for A Christmas Carolis due on Friday, August 30, 2019.
  • Warm-up will be the students adding to their vocabulary log.
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • Students will begin to read Written in Bone, Chapter One, "A Grave Mystery" identifying conclusions and evaluating evidence that supports each conclusion in the informational text.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019            Fall Yearbook Pictures today

  • The summer reading writing project for A Christmas Carolis due on Friday, August 30, 2019.
  • Warm-up will be the students adding to their vocabulary log.
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • Students will continue to read Written in Bone, Chapter One, "A Grave Mystery" identifying conclusions and evaluating evidence that supports each conclusion in the informational text.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

  • The summer reading writing project for A Christmas Carolis due on Friday, August 30, 2019.
  • Warm-up will be the students adding to their vocabulary log.
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • Students will reread Chapter 1 of Written in Bone and analyze text structures as well how the author uses craft moves to enhance traditional informational text structures.

Friday, August 23, 2019

  • The summer reading writing project for A Christmas Carolis due on Friday, August 30, 2019.
  • Warm-up will be the students adding to their vocabulary log.
  • Continue to determine the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words in a text.
  • Students will continue to reread Chapter 1 of Written in Bone and analyze text structures as well how the author uses craft moves to enhance traditional informational text structure.