Language and Literacy
Learning Experiences with real world connections in:
–Literature Circles/Book groups
-Article of the Week (AOW)
Compose, Revise, Edit and Publish
–Connected to real-world reading
–Expository Writing (a 7th grade focus) in addition to narrative, persuasive and imaginative writing
Listening and Speaking
-Research to build knowledge and present knowledge to others
-Class discussions and social media communication
Journal - a dedicated LA journal
Pens/pencils - it is essential to have writing utensils for our class
Silent Reading book - learners are expected to have a self-selected book in class daily
Earbuds - we use these often and particularly for Istation and Membean
Novels - please pickup an order form
**Why do we set aside time to do this??
According to research, reading is the BEST way to
-increase fluency (reading speed)
-increase standardized test scores
-become a better writer
Learning minutes are completed during class (THIRTY minutes) with biweekly quizzes (Level One grades). Learners are encouraged to complete more learning minutes to enhance spoken and written vocabulary as well as boost Membean quiz grades.
Fall novel - TBD
Whole class novel - Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Book study/Lit Circle novel - TBD
Summer Reading/End of Year novel - TBD
*The first three novels are required for class, but the fourth novel is optional.
CISD uses the online reading program called iStation to screen learners in the area of reading comprehension, fluency, spelling, and vocabulary.
Every learner in the school will take an iStation screener at the beginning, middle, and end of the year to measure progress throughout the year. Learners may also complete a monthly Istation assessment for progress monitoring.
The program scores learners in these four areas between Tier 1 (on or above grade level) and Tier 3 (below grade level).
Data analysis will help guide instruction, intervention and extension.
Learners may also attend tutorials with another Language and Literacy 7 educator if these times aren't convenient.
Schoology & Google Classroom
Google Classroom - some assignments will be posted and submitted through Google Classroom. Learners may use the Google Classroom app or the website, but information about where to submit assignments will be posted on Schoology under the weekly Update.
What can you do to help?
- Encourage your learner to read 30 minutes DAILY
- Establish a study time at home
- Facilitate real-world connections - encourage discussions with your learner about what he/she is reading and/or writing and make connections to day-to-day life
- Check Schoology and the Parent Portal regularly
- Encourage your learner to self-advocate and take responsibility for his/her learning