Ladies and Gentlemen… we are in the home stretch!
Only about 6 more weeks left in the school year. How can that possibly be? What a fast year!
My kids are all finished with testing season… PARCC is over (aside from a few make-ups here and there for some kids) and our 7th grade ELA cumulative exam is done (and the SGO calculations complete!). So, we are now free to move into what I like to call the “Ahhh”-season. It’s during this time that I really try to make sure that the ARTS in ELA is emphasized.
So… here is what I’ve got on tap for the next 6 weeks:
We are going to read and analyze four myths from our Holt Literature series and then do a little myth writing ourselves with some help from:
Then, we are going to read a few excepts from Holt’s Unit 7: Biographies and Autobiographies. After we do some reading, I’m thinking a little research project, maybe using this:
This project can be used in reading or writing, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll fit it into my writing time.
Once that is finished, I think I’m going to break out this product again:
But this time, rather than just writing snapshots, I’m going to let them write a short story. I’m not a huge fan of short story writing, mostly because it’s impossibly difficult for a 7th grader to tell a complete story, but they’ve been BEGGING to write some fiction, so now is a good time.
And finally, I think that I’m going to close out the last week with this:
Again, this can easily be stretched out until the very last day of school, and that is most certainly a plus!
Now, I don’t teach math anymore, but I did for years! In those days, I always ended the year with this:
Holy moses – I am planning on our last few weeks (today was 19 days!) for my 7th graders to write their own myths because they love writing fiction, but I wasn't entirely sure how to prep them before we begin writing. That product you listed is THE ANSWER! Couldn't have been better timed.
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