Language Arts Update November 2015

It's almost Turkey Time!

Give Thanks! Your students have made it to November!

Hello Everyone,

November is here! Congrats to your 7th grader for making it through the first Marking Period of 7th Grade! Your students are in the routine and are starting to show us some awesome stuff! I am proud of each and every 7th grader on our team!

Here's your update for November 2015. In Language Arts, we will be starting a new unit on November 30th that students are going to be working on into February. This unit will cover courage, Anne Frank, WWII, and the Holocaust. In my opinion, this is the best unit in the 7th Grade Language Arts curriculum.

As always, Please let me know if you have any questions! I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and a wonderful start to the the holiday and wintery season.


Michelle Wolfrum

7th Grade Language Arts

Team 7-1

P.S. I am sure you heard about our very eventful bus trip to MoMath in New York City. Check out the pictures throughout the page to see how our students explored the museum and still kept a smile on their faces despite the hardships! :)

Important Dates In November

November 13th-Report Card Distribution

November 19th-Evening Conferences

November 25th-Early Dismissal

November 26th-27th-No School

November 30th-New Unit for Language Arts

Check out what we did! Static and Dynamic Character Classwork.

What's Coming Next?

Students are starting their performance task for Unit 1 today! Students will be writing science fiction stories all this week. Their completed stories will be due right before Thanksgiving break. Tonight, students will be working on a brainstorming sheet to start their stories. Please have them e-mail me if there are any questions.

We will be starting Unit 2 as soon as students return from Thanksgiving. Students will be starting to discuss higher level topics by exploring and learning about the Holocaust and Courage through literature and nonfiction. We will focus on Anne Frank, her family's story, and the positive outlook Anne kept while hiding from the Nazis. We will also focus on what it means to be an upstander, someone that stands up in times of need, and a bystander. Students will be reading fictional stories of courage as well as nonfiction and current events that all discuss courageous acts.

Please review the ELA Notification Letter about Unit 2 below, and e-mail me with any questions.

For personal research, click here for the United States Holocaust Museum, which is a fantastic resource I use throughout the unit. Also, for more information on Anne Frank, click here to tour the Secret Annex and learn about her family and life. Students will be doing this in class, too, so feel free to explore away!

Hope you enjoyed the update!

I love talking to everyone (like this dude in the picture), especially the parents of my fabulous students! Please do not hesitate to e-mail with any questions or comments you may have.