- underlining new and important points;
- starring examples of textual evidence (such as a quote you could use for an essay);
- circling any words that are unknown or confusing;
- writing a question mark (and question) next to confusing ideas;
- noting down inferences and ideas in the margin.
Practice reading informational text by reading this fascinating nonfiction article about the impact A Christmas Carol had on Christmas. Please annotate as you read by:
Here is the adapted version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol that we will use for our performance!
Please download this PDF. (Do this by clicking on the link above or right-clicking on the file below, then clicking "Save as.") Then, either print it out for class or bring your device daily. You will need the script for auditions on Tuesday, November 10!
To prepare for your dramatic reading on Tuesday, re-read and rehearse your story, which you can find here:
The Legend of Old Befana:
Today, we learned the steps for identifying a complete sentence:
Identify which of the following are sentence fragments. Explain why it is a fragment sentence:
1. Fears vampire bats.
2. Most horror tales about vampire bats are not true.
3. Although they do bite other animals.
Make each phrase fragment part of a complete sentence by adding commas where needed:
1. Humans have kept dogs. For centuries.
2. Herding sheep and cattle and guarding property. Many dogs more than earn their keep.
3. A well-trained border collie. Syd is a great help around the ranch.
Make a complete sentence from each of the following subordinate clauses:
1. Who inspires me.
2. Because I enjoy acting.
3. Before I bought tickets to the play.
GoodReads is like the Facebook of books! It allows you to "friend" other readers, keep track of your books, create a wish list of books you want to read, and rate and review books you have read. Sign up for an account, and rate and review the books you have read, by following the directions in the document below. If you have any questions, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The most important lesson in English language is: Every single sentence has a subject and a predicate!
All sentences require a subject and predicate to be a complete sentence. If a sentence is missing a subject or a predicate than it is a fragment sentence! Avoid these like the plague...
A quick review of subjects and predicates: A subject is what or whom the sentence is about. (A simple subject is always a noun.)
A predicate is what or whom the subject is doing. (A simple predicate is always a verb.)
For example: Francisco was sleeping in Ms. Nina's class today.
Identify the subject and predicate of each sentence by underlining the subject and circling the predicate. To do this you will need to copy down each sentence.
Due Wednesday, September 23.
Next week are the MAP tests! This year is especially cool because the results will be compared to other Dominican schools for the first time. We'll get to see just how awesome St. Michael's really is! Get some practice with the type of questions you'll see, as well as the new technology, by taking 6 practice questions:
7th graders are creating book trailers for the books they read over the summer!
Project goal: To determine a theme of your book and analyze its development over the course of the text; to also provide an objective summary of the text. (Common Core Standard: ELA 7.2)
Check out the details and rubric in the document below:
To wrap up our historical fiction and non-fiction unit, your goal is to write an essay, according to strict essay-writing format, about World War 2. The specific aspect of WW2 that you choose to write about is up to you, but your essay must:
Remember: Essays should be informative, but NOT boring. Draw on your strong story-writing skills to add interesting descriptions, and be sure to start with a strong, engaging hook.
Post your final essays -- with grammar and formatting corrections -- here, as a comment. Due Thursday, April 30.
7A is one of Ms. Nina's 7th grade classes! Check back here to see what we're working on.