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Classbook Wall

Assignment Description
Throughout the school year, the 7th grade class featured a bulletin board called
the "Classbook Wall. Based on the premise of a Facebook "wall," this space was
used as an ongoing reflection of each student and his/her learning.
Every week, students were responsible for "updating" their Classbook wall space
with something new to reflect what he/she is learning in class. Students are
allowed to update their "wall" with anything as long as it is pertinent and
relevant to the topics and objectives of class. The goal is for students to make
their daily learning personal, make connections, and engage in the material and
concepts in their own way. Student updates often include a wide assortment of
media including: articles related to the topic; video thumbnails; pictures; art
work; comics/memes; quotes; songs; etc.
In addition to the material posted on their walls, students were required to write
a description/reflection of what they posted, how it related to what they were
learning in class, and why they chose to post it.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the theme and essential question for the 7th grade
writing and science classes was What is life? Some of the topics within this
larger theme have included:
Defining life
Finding and developing ones passion and talents
Finding purpose and meaning in life
Analogies of life
Descartes proof of existence
Various grammar principles
Here, you will see each of the 7th graders individual reflections and unique
updates as it pertains to at least one of the topics mentioned above.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic
and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and
analysis of relevant content.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2a Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is

to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such
as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect;
include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and
multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2b Develop the topic with relevant facts,
definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2c Use appropriate transitions to create
cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.2d Use precise language and domain-specific
vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

A. Active Christians in their Catholic faith
Educate themselves and others about justice, equity, and peace
Engage in respectful dialogue with people who have different perspectives
B. College and Career Ready in the 21st Century
1. Become self-directed learners who formulate meaningful questions and effectively seek
out and use human, print, and digital resources to address those questions
2. Construct viable arguments by using logical reasoning and citing precise, relevant
3. Process, analyze, interpret, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative information while
maintaining an open mind
4. Demonstrate the ability to use multiple strategies to solve problems
5. Read, see, and listen carefully to improve general knowledge and discipline-specific
6. Demonstrate command of written and spoken standard English and acquire and use a
wide-ranging daily and academic vocabulary
7. Comprehend and critique complex literary and informational texts across a wide range of
types and disciplines
8. Use productivity tools to collaborate with others, enhance learning, and generate creative
9. Practice ethical and responsible use of technology