Ms Vierra-Moore's 7th Grade Language Arts
Learning about the English Language
                472014_35356_0.png      English Language Arts - Lisa Vierra
Important upcoming dates:
__Tutoring - Every Tuesday afternoon.  3:15-4:15, unless announced otherwise
__Every Wednesday  -  Homework sheet due -
__Tuesday Test - - 25 stems plus identifying the parts of speech (Monday DGP) and part of sentence (Tuesday DGP) and diagramming.
       Independent Reading Assessment Due - 5 days before end of term.
           Reading assessments may be turned in earlier than the due date.  
           Projects must be accompanied with a rubric.

General Homework Policy-The Homework Packet
Homework Packets are given out on Wednesday of most week.   The completed packet will be collected on the following Wednesday.   Each day there will be reading, vocabulary and/or grammar practice work.  In some cases your child  may need a dictionary to complete an assignment.  If you do not have a printed dictionary and do not have access to the Internet which provides many dictionaries, then your child  may check out a dictionary from the class, but it must be brought back the next day.  Before they packet is turned in each Wednesday, please review the packet and sign it.  Students may work ahead in the packets, unless I have given them instructions not to do so.     
I  often check students' homework  packets to see that they did the work for the night before.  Also, we often go over the work and correct it; therefore, it is important that your child bring his packet to class each day.

Grammar -Grammar - We will be using the Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) grammar program this year.  At the start of each class we will have a grammar practice exercise.  

Literature/Reading- Courage: A Holocaust Primer - We will be reading selections by Jerry Spinelli, Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank.  There will be a heavy emphasis on non-fiction reading and comparing non-fiction accounts.  ?
Related Vocabulary – Empathy, Holocaust, Genocide more to come

Literary & Academic Terms students should know and be able to use by this point:
Conflict, Resolution, Dynamic Character, Protagonist, Antagonist, Dialogue, Monologue, Main Idea, Citation, Indirect Characterization, Direct Characterization, Character development, Summary, Infer, Imply, Theme, Setting, Simile, Metaphor, Allusion, Personification, Hyperbole, Imagery, Idiom, Figurative language, Literal language, Connotation, Denotation, Tone, Mood....(more to come)

Vocabulary & Spelling - We will be using a roots and stem vocabulary system for teaching vocabulary.  Vocabulary activities will account for a major portion of the student's homework
 1. anti (against)                      2. bi (2)                              3. comm (together)                   4. dis (away)
5. mono (one)                        6. nym (name)                  7. pyro (fire)                               8. re (again)
9. se (apart)                           10. semi (half/twice)       11. tele (far)                                 12. ultra (beyond)
13. ver (true)                           14. zo (animal)                 15. alter (other)                          16. bene (good)
17. chron (time)                     18. demi (half/twice)      19. -ess (female)                         20. fin (end)
21. gami (marriage)               22. hydro (water/fluid)  23. inter (between)                    24. intra (within)
25. junct (join)                       26. lat-(side)                    27. mal (bad)                              28. non(not)
29. omni (all)                          30. phon (sound)            31. poly (many)                           32. rupt (break)   
33. scrib (write)                      34. sens (feel)                  35. thermo (heat)                       36. trib (pay)
37. uni (one)                            38. apt (fit)                      39. cent (100)                              40. centri (center)
41. dict (say)                            42. ex (out)                      43. graph (write)                        44. hyper (over)
45. il (not)                                46. ject (throw)               47. logy (study of/science)      48. mis (bad)
49. neuro (nerve)                    50. post (after)                51. pre (before)                           52. syn (together)            
53. un (not)                              54. voc (voice)                 55. tion (Commonly used noun ending; act/state)
56. -ous (Commonly used adjective ending; full of)   57. audi (hear)                           58. bio (life)                     
59. cide (kill)                           60. de (down)                    61. equi (equal)                       62.  fort (strength/strong)
63. geo (earth)                         64. hypo (under)     
65. intro (into)                        66. medi (middle)            67.  micro (small)                     68. neo (new)
69. -ness (qualtiy)                  70. -oid (appearance        71.  prim (first)                         72. retro (backward)
73. sci (know)                          74. sym (together)            75. trans (across)                     76. urb (city)
77. viv (life)                              78. auto (self)                    79. archy (government)          80. biblio (bo0k)
81. cede (go)                             82. con (together)            83. cred (believe)                      84. dyna (power)
85. in (in or not)                      86. ego (I/self)                  87. fract (break)                        88. grat (pleasing)           
89.  leg (read)                            90.  matri (mother)             91.  pater (father)                        92. nat (born)
93.   Octa (8)                             94.   plu (more)                   95. per (through)                        96. psych (soul)
97.   soph (wisdom)                  98.  tetra (four)                    99. a (not)                                 100. aqua (water)
101.  circum (around)             102. cur (care for)                103.endo (within)                     104. gyro (turn)
105.  bell – war                        106. meta (change)              107. ocul (eye)                          108. phile/o/a (love)
109.  punct - point                   110. stell (star)                    111. tort (twist)                         112. alt (high)
113. brev  (short)                     114- contra (against)          115. dorm (sleep)                      116. germ (vital/related to)
117. -ine (nature of)                118. mega (large)                119. orinth (bird)                      120. photo (light)
121. sanct (holy)                      122. sur (over)                    123. vita (life)                           124. -ar (related to)
125. -cle (small)                       126. derm (skin)                 127. fus (pour)                          125. -ify (make)

Outside Reading:
         Each quarter this students are required to read ONE chapter books, fiction or non-fiction, written at or near their reading level.   Please encourage you child to complete these books by their due date.
      (I have reduced the number because the library will close for inventory)
To receive credit for their reading, students must
____  have the books approved by me in advance.  
____ Upon completing the book they must either complete a project
              fill out a book report form.
For the remaining 6 required independent readings:              
-for 3 of their books students must complete one of the project in their"Ways to Present a Book" handout.  
-for 2 of their books students must fill out a book report form.

 Notebooks :
                Students will be keeping an interactive notebook.  They must have a spiral notebook with  pocket dividers.
                 Notebooks will be collected and graded and notebooks will be
                  assessed with notebook quizzes.  
               Students must have a separate notebook for language arts.  Their notebook will be collected and graded from time to time.  They will be graded for organization, work,  and completeness.                                                     






Last Modified: Apr 18, 2014

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