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Mrs.  Freda  Hale
7th Grade Language Arts/US History II/Science
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Assignments - Language Arts(Archived)
Week of Jan. 29
Due Date: 2/3/2018
Subject: Language Arts

This week we are working on Genre.  Students will learn to classify works of literature into different genres and subgenres.  

Fiction -  stories that are not true

Nonfiction - stories that are real life     (Biographies, stories written about someone else's life,  Autobiographies, stories written by someone about their own life,  Informational writing, and Technical Writing)

Folktale - Stories about ordinary people that reveal traditions and values of a culture, usually teach a lesson

Tall tale - type of folktale, uses hyperbole for comic effect, Central hero who must perform impossible tasks

Fable - Short story featuring animals that talk and act like humans, ends with a directly stated moral

Fairy Tale  -  Magic, princesses, princes, heroes, talking animals, "Once upon a time,"  "Happily Ever After"

Myth - Gods, goddesses, heroes, attempt to explain natural phenomena

Poetry - Uses imagery to convey feelings to a reader - (Epic- long narrative poem that is important to the history of a nation or culture.  Larger-than-life hero that goes on a quest

Drama-  Writing that is meant to be acted out in front of an audience (a play)


Dec 1- 22
Due Date: 12/22/2017
Subject: Language Arts




We are preparing for our 2nd Benchmark Test.  Students will test either Thursday, Dec. 14, or before Dec. 22.  We will also spend some time doing make-up work before the end of the six weeks.  We will finish "Gathering Blue" before Christmas break.  Students should make sure that they have taken an AR Test on both "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue." 

Students should have finished outlines for Essay 4 and Essay 5.  They should also have finished a rough draft and final draft for one of these essays of their choosing. 

Essay 4:  What is something you would like to accomplish in the future?  Perhaps you would like to learn how to play an instrument, graduate at the top of your class, or visit the ocean.  Identify ONE thing you would like to accomplish and include specific details and examples to help explaing why it is important.

Essay 5:  Some people enjoy public speaking while others are frightened by it.  Using specific details and examples, explain how you feel about public speaking.

We will complete one more essay before Christmas break.

Essay 6:  There is a common saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover."  Think of something that has an uattractive appearance but that has special meaning to someone for other reasons.  It might be an old car, a well-used toy, a faded photograph, or something else.  Identify the object and explain why it has special meaning.    *Outline and Rough Draft due Friday, December 15.  Final due Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The following things will be tested on the 2nd Benchmark:

Unit #5: Identifying Main Idea, Supporting Details, Multiple Meaning Words, Context Clues, Genre Study and Nonfiction Text and Reference Materials

Unit Objective: By the end of the unit of study the student will be able to demonstrate mastery as evidenced by a minimum score of 80% on Main Idea and supporting details, Context Clues, Multiple Meaning Words, and types of genres and reference materials on Unit #5.

Lessons: 42-51

Standard(s): 7.4e, 7.5b, c, h, i, 7.6h, i, 7.9a


Unit #6: Nonfiction Text Structure, Root/Affixes, Nonfiction Organizational Pattern, Author’s Purpose and Viewpoint

Unit Objective: By the end of the unit of study the student will be able to demonstrate mastery as evidenced by a minimum score of 80% on Nonfiction Text Structure, Root/Affixes, Nonfiction Organizational Pattern and Author’s Viewpoint and Purpose on Unit #6.

Lessons: 52-66

Standard(s): 7.4b, 7.6b, c, f, g, j


Unit #7: Central Idea, Vocabulary to enhance Central Idea, Tone, Voice, and Identify Audience, Enhancing Writing (adjectives, adverbs, and quotation marks) Prefix Study, Writing an Expository Essay, Review Elements of Fiction

Unit objective: By the end of the unit of study the student will be able to demonstrate mastery as evidenced by a minimum score of 70% establishing central idea, tone, voice, identifying audience, adjectives, adverbs, and quotations in writing; and word analysis using prefixes, on Unit #7 Student should also demonstrate mastery as evidenced by writing rubric on an Expository Essay

Lessons: 67-80

Standard(s): 7.4b, 7.7a-g, j, k, 7.8b, g



Week of Nov. 13 - Nov 21
Due Date: 11/22/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we are working on a new writing prompt:

"Sometimes people recognize similarities between themselves and a character from a book or movie.  Write about a character from a book or movie who you think is similar to you.  What do you have in common with this character?"

Outlines due Wednesday, 11-15-17

Rough Drafts due Friday 11-17-17

Peer Edit on Monday 11-20-17

Final Drafts due on Tuesday 11-21-17

We will also be working on parts of speech, and main idea this week.

We will complete "The Giver"

There will be no school Wednesday, Thursday or Friday due to Thanksgiving Break.  November 22-24

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!


Week of October 29
Due Date: 11/5/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we will complete our 1st quarter benchmark.  

We will continue our study of prefixes and suffixes.

We will continue working on Essay#2 "Be the change you want to see in the world". Outlines should be finished and rough drafts will be due and checked by Friday!  

All grades have been updated online, and all makeup work should be finished this week!  

We will also review and test on parts of speech and facts and opinions one day this week.


Week of Oct. 23
Due Date: 10/29/2017
Subject: Language Arts

Monday:  AR Reading/Testing

Review Prefixes & Suffixes

-acy state or quality privacy
-al act or process of refusal
-ance, -ence

state or quality of

-dom place or state of being freedom
-er, -or one who does somethng as a profession protector
-ism doctrine, belief communism
-ist one wh chemist
-ity, -ty quality of veracity
-ment condition of arguement
-ness state of being heaviness
-ship position held fellowship
-tion state of being transition
-ate become eradicate
-en become enlighten
-ify, -fy make or become terrify
-ize, -ise become civilize
-able, -ible capable of being edible
-al pertaining to regional
-esque reminiscent of picturesque
-ful notable for fanciful
-ious, -ous characterized by nutritious
-ish having the quality of fiendish
-ive having the nature of creative
-less without endless
--zy characterized by sleazy


Tuesday: AR Reading/Testing

Interjections PPT


Wednesday: AR Reading/Testing

Facts & Opinions


Thursday:  AR Reading/Testing

Review for Unit Test


Friday:  Unit 4 Test

Week of 10/16
Due Date: 10/22/2017
Subject: Language Arts

Monday:  AR Reading/Testing

Take Unit 3 Test

Read Chs. 4-5 of "The Giver" Independently


Tuesday: AR Reading/Testing

 Review Drawing Conclusions 7.6d

Read "Homesick"/Answer Questions


 Wednesday:  AR Reading /Testing


Review Inferences

Peer Edit Essays -  Rough Drafts MUST be finished!!!!


Thursday:  PPT Prefixes (Pre, dis, re, trans, im, non, over, post, un, in, sub, anti, bu, extra, fore, il, mis, post)

Read Ch. 6 of "The Giver"  Take quiz on chs. 4-6


Friday:  Essay Due.  Turn in outline, rough draft, and corrected final draft

Conjunctions and combining sentences

Week of Oct 2
Due Date: 10/9/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we will cover Context Clues and Theme.  We will also review Plot diagram and Conflict.  

Monday:  Read "Amigo Brothers" p.322 and take quiz 

Work on make-up work

Tuesday:  Discuss context clues.  Complete assignment on pg. 401 Vocabulary

Work on make-up work

Wednesday:  More context clues.  

Work on make-up work

Thursday:  Begin lesson on Theme

Read "Charles" and take quiz

Friday:  Half Day!!!  Homecoming!!!


Week of Sept 18
Due Date: 9/24/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we will continue and complete reading the play "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street."  We will watch a couple of video versions of the play and compare the videos to each other as well as to the written play.  Students will test on this story on Tuesday.  We will continue our work on parts of speech.  Students should be able to name with confidence any nouns, verbs, or adjectives in any sentence, as well as pick out the subject.  We will also continue working on essay writing.

Week of 9/11
Due Date: 9/17/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we are covering the following skills:

*Short Story Elements (Study notes)

*Inferences & Predictions

* Parts of Speech (esp. Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs)

* Subject/Verb Agreement


We are also practicing our writing skills by reviewing the Writing Process and working on creating outlines.

Labor Day Weekend
Due Date: 9/5/2017
Subject: Language Arts

While you are enjoying your wonderful three day weekend, take a moment to check your grades online!  Midterms will be coming out soon and you need to make sure you are not missing any assignments.  I will have all grades updated by tomorrow morning!  Sept. 2.  Have a wonderful weekend!!  READ SOMETHING GOOD!

Language Arts Week of Aug 21-25
Due Date: 8/21/2017
Subject: Language Arts

Parents and Students,

 We will be working on Language Arts Lesson 1.  This lesson will discuss the parts of a short story.  Students should be able to recognize the elements of narrative structure, identify correct placement of Plot Structure Elements on a graphic organizer and correctly identify internal/external conflict using their own life experiences.    SOL:  7.5a, and 7.1e. 

Students will complete a Quick Write about the biggest complication or conflict of their life.

Students will watch a powerpoint presentation on Plot Structure elements and complete a fill in the blank worksheet for notes.

Students will complete a graphic organizer for Plot Structure Elements.

Clicking the following link will take you to a site that will help students study Plot Structure:

Lesson 2 will cover Summarization, and Character Traits

Lesson 3 will cover Nouns

Lesson 4 will cover characterization

Lesson 5 will cover Setting

Due Date: 4/10/2017
Subject: Language Arts

Parents and Students,

We are gearing up for SOL Testing.  Most of our class time from here on out will be dedicated to SOL Review.  I will be sending home study guide packets soon for you to study!  Please use these packets as intended and study a little each night!  We will also be taking Released SOL tests in the classroom for grades and for practice.  Please be sure to take your time and try your best!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break and comes back ready to "DO YOUR BEST"

Week of Feb. 27
Due Date: 3/6/2017
Subject: Language Arts

Monday:  2/27/2017

COGAT test


Tuesday - Wednesday: 

Check Outlines - Rough Draft Due Friday

SOL Review

Review 5/6 Humbug 

Review 5/8 Racing

Students will spend two days taking these two review tests.  



SOL Review

Allow 10 mins to finish either test from previous two days.

Review answers to questions on both tests



Allow 10 mins for Peer Edit of Rough Drafts

Final Drafts Due Tuesday 3/7

Read Chs. 6-7 from "The Giver"





Week of Jan 30
Due Date: 2/1/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we are working on Poetry.  Students should be able to define and identify similes, metaphors, hyperboles, rhyme, haiku, cinquains, alliteration, consonance, assonance, limerick, ballad, and other terms related to poetry.  

Week of Jan 23
Due Date: 1/29/2017
Subject: Language Arts

This week we will be discussing word parts.  Greek and Latin word parts as well as suffixes and prefixes.  Students should be prepared for daily quizzes on these word parts.  We will also be working on Pronouns and Adverbs.  For reading, we will be reading and discussing the novel "The Giver."  Students should read and follow along in class and be prepared to discuss what is read.  Comprehension quizzes will be given.

Week of Dec 12
Due Date: 12/16/2016
Subject: Language Arts

Monday:  Review Parts of Speech

Take Remediation Quiz Benchmark 1

Continue Anne Frank Play


Tuesday:  Benchmark 2 Testing


Wednesday:  Work on Genre and Subgenre WS

Continue Anne Frank Play


Thursday:  Begin Unit 5 Assessment

Continue Anne Frank


Friday:  finish Unit 5 Assessment

Continue Anne Frank

Week of Nov 28
Due Date: 12/2/2016
Subject: Language Arts

This week we will be covering a variety of topics. 

Monday:  We will test on Unit 4

Tuesday:  We will discuss Main Ideas.  Students will complete worksheets.

Wednesday:  We will discuss Main Ideas and Supporting Details.  Students will complete worksheets

Thursday:  We will discuss Genres:  Fiction and Nonfiction

Friday:  We will discuss Genres and Subgenres.  Students will complete worksheets.

We will continue our reading and discussion of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Students should be prepared daily for a pop quiz on the material we have read in class.

Week of 10/24
Due Date: 10/30/2016
Subject: Language Arts

Monday:  Review Verbs, verb phrases and gerunds.  Begin reading "The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank."

Tuesday:  Review Context Clues, Verbs.  Continue reading "Anne Frank"

Wednesday:  Review Context Clues, Parts of Speech.  Continue reading "Anne Frank"

Thursday:  Context Clues, Parts of Speech.  Continue reading "Anne Frank"

Friday:  Context Clues, Parts of Speech.  Quiz on "Anne Frank" to point that we have finished reading.  Continue reading "Anne Frank"