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 - Tuesday 3:15 - 4:15  - Every Tuesday
__ Tuesday, December 16 -  Tuesday test
__Wednesday,December 17- Homework 12 due.  
                                                        Absolute deadline for Homework 11
__ Monday, December 5 - Absolute deadline for 1st independent reading
__ January 12 - 2nd independent reading due.
Materials needed in class everyday
_Two composition books - One for Grammar and Writing and one for
                                                Literature and Reading
_ Pocket Portfolio with all handouts that have been given out
_Homework sheet
_ At least two writing implements, one of which must be a pencil.
_ Looseleaf paper
_ DGP - grammar packets
_ Independent reading

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 the 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- Unit 2 - Perseverance
                   Readings - Poetry - "O Pioneers" by Walt Whitman, "If" by Rudyard Kipling, "Hannah Armstrong" by Edgar Lee Masters
                                      Fiction - True Grit by Charles Portis
                                      Non-Fiction - selected readings about Seqouyah, westward expansion.  Non-fiction readings related to
                                                                True Grit from the 2013 NEA The Big Read.

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)                   11. tele (far)                                 12. ultra (beyond)
13. ver (true)                           14. zo (animal)                  15. alter (other)                          16. bene (good)
17. chron (time)                     18. demi (half)                   19.-ess (female)                         20. fin (end)
21. gamy (marriage)              22. hydro (water)              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 (give/pay)
37. uni (one)                           38. apt (able/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 (science/study)           48. mis (bad)

At Home Indepedent Reading:
         Each quarter students are required to read  two 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.
 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 or fill out a book report form.             
-for 3 of the books students must complete one of the projects of the"Ways to Present a Book" handout.  
-for 3 of their books students must fill out a book report form.
- 2 are free choice between project or form

 Notebooks :
                Students will be keeping an interactive notebook.  They must have two compostition books and a portfolio for handouts.  By the end of the year they are most likely to need another composition book.  
                 Notebooks will be collected and graded and notebooks will be assessed with notebook quizzes.  
               Students must have a separate notebooks 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: Dec 16, 2014

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