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Ms.

Orozco
ELA7thGradeBacktoSchoolNight20162017
Email:sorozco@owncs.org
7182742902ext:113

GRADE BREAKDOWN
o Tests 30%
o Projects 30%
o Quizzes 20%
o Homework 10%
o Class work 5%
o Portfolios 5%

ELA 7th Grade Contract

PROJECTS
o Late projects: 5 points everyday it is late will not be accepted after 7 days.
o Students will be given class time to work on their projects.
TESTS
o Will be given monthly after completion of unit of study.
o They will be announced one week in advance and will be given a review sheet.
o Students will use their notebooks, quizzes and homework/class work to prepare.
QUIZZES
o Vocabulary quizzes will be given every other week (dates may vary).
o Grammar quizzes will be given every other week (dates may vary).
ASSESSMENTS
o Writing on demand at the end of writing units (not graded).
o On going running records (not graded).
o End of quarter writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar assessment (graded as a
test)
HOMEWORK
o Is assigned every night Monday Friday.
o Is worth 2 points (if collected).
o Will always be accepted with parent note.
o If a student is absent, they must complete the work and it must be shown to the
teacher one day after the day(s) they were absent
CLASSWORK
o Students earn points for class work (points will vary)
PORTFOLIOS...
o Each student compiles their best work into a portfolio (quarterly & is graded)
o Portfolio work is grouped by quarter and kept in the classroom

Ms.Orozco
ELA7thGradeBacktoSchoolNight20162017
Email:sorozco@owncs.org
7182742902ext:113

MiddleSchoolReading/WritingCurricularCalendarOverview,20162017

7thGradeELACurriculumOverview2016/17

Month

Sept
Launch
8/27 to
9/21 with
RRs

7th

Reading

Sept/Oct
Reading with
Agency:
Independent
Author
Studies

th
7

Argument
On Review
Writing
Research-bas
Demand

Poetry

Nov/Dec
Developing
Analytical
Reading
Practices
across
Genres

Jan/Feb
NF Research
across Text
Sets

March
Review

April
Poetry

May / June
Fantasy,
Dystopian
Book Clubs

Ind Projects

ed Essays 8-27 & 28


8-/29 to
9/21

OverviewoftheYearforSeventhGradeReaders
7thGradeELACurriculumMap2016/17:READING
Month/
Unit Name

Assessments

Learning Activities

Materials
(including individual reading
books, close-reading texts,
book club books)

Sept - Reading:
Launch

running records
spelling

reading log use close reading


intro annotating

newsela articles for close


reading Ray Bradbury short
stories

Sept./Oct vocabulary
Reading: Reading reading responses
with Agency
The Lord of the Flies

identifying story elements


learning how to analyze various
story elements using Post-its
in a meaningful way using
evidence to support thinking

selections from variety of


classics
(tentative)

Nov/Dec Reading:
Analytical
Practices

Focus on activities that


emphasize analysis of reading
material including reading
responses, Post-its, close
reading, annotation

selections from a variety of


classics

~Q1 assessment
~vocabulary
quizzes
~reading terms
exam

Ms.Orozco
ELA7thGradeBacktoSchoolNight20162017
Email:sorozco@owncs.org
7182742902ext:113
~practice analysis
of articles
Jan/Feb
NF Research
across Text Sets

~Q2 assessment
~Running Records
vocabulary quizzes
reading exam

activities focus on close


reading of texts, synthesizing
information across texts,

-Science text Sets


-Animals
-Sports

Feb./March
Review

Test Prep
~Practice Test
(watching our
time)
~WOW Words

Test Prep
~NEWSELA
~Close Reading strategies
~Word Meaning
~Genres
~

Test Prep

April
Poetry

poetry annotations
poetry terms exam

figurative language terms, close


reading, annotations,
vocabulary strategies for
complex words

individual poems including Robert


Frost, Gary Soto, Langston
Hughes

May/June
Fantasy,
Dystopian
Book Clubs

~Running Records

~Read across their novels,


noticing patterns, archetypes,
and themes.
~Word Choice
~Struggle between good and
evil
~Strong hooks

Dystopian Literature:
~The Hunger Games
~The Giver, Animal Farm
~Fahrenheit 451
~Dragon Slayer Academy series
~Harry Potter ~Narnia
Chronicles series
~Lord of the Rings
~Spiderwick Chronicles
~Divergent
~Percy Jackson and the
Olympians
~The Paper Bag Princess, or the
feminist The Princess and the
Dragon
~The Giver
~Maze Runner

Ms.Orozco
ELA7thGradeBacktoSchoolNight20162017
Email:sorozco@owncs.org
7182742902ext:113

MiddleSchoolReading/WritingCurricularCalendarOverview,20162017

Overview of the Year for Seventh Grade Writers


7thGradeELACurriculumMap2016/17:WRITING
Month/
Unit Name

Assessments

Learning Activities

Materials
(including individual reading books,
close-reading texts, book club
books)

SeptemberWriting:
On Demand,
Memoir

Memoir
~On-Demand
~Rubrics
~Checklist
~Writing Goals

brief teach into on


demand mentor texts
as samples of memoir
steps of the writing
process

~All Ball

October Writing:
Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction
Story

work through writing


process assist students
in being able to
generate ideas for
writing teach important
individual elements of a
realistic fiction story

Papas Parrot

**Q1 assessment
~On-Demand
~Rubrics
~Checklist
~Writing Goals
~grammar quizzes
~Portfolios

Ms.Orozco
ELA7thGradeBacktoSchoolNight20162017
Email:sorozco@owncs.org
7182742902ext:113
Nov/ Dec
Writing:

~Rubrics
~Checklist
~Writing Goals

Writing to Deepen
Literary Analysis
*

The Stolen Party


Students need to have selected
and read the first few chapters of
a fiction book.

Planning
and Drafting Companion
Books

ALSO:
Write an introduction
Elaborate with a
variety of information.
Organize your writing
Use transition words
Write a conclusion
Jan/Feb

Q2 assessment
~On-Demand
~Rubrics
~Checklist
~Writing Goals
~Portfolios

~To Research before


Establishing Your
Position in an Argument
~Establishing and
Supporting Argument
Positions
~Honing in on subtopics,
critically evaluating
sources, and using craft
techniques that support
writing goals
Write an introduction
State your opinion or
claim
Give reasons and
evidence
Organize your writing
Acknowledge
counterclaims
Use transition words
Write a conclusion

Link to article Listening to


Wisdom from a 10-Year-Old Son
about His
Head Injury
Shared TC folder
on google drive
with articles and video links

Ms.Orozco
ELA7thGradeBacktoSchoolNight20162017
Email:sorozco@owncs.org
7182742902ext:113
FEB/
MARCH
Test Prep

Test Prep
~Practice Test
~WOW Words
Review
~

Test Prep
~NY READY BOOKS
~RIFF(short answer
response)
~Argument Essay
~Persuasive Essay

Test Prep
~5th-7th
NY READY
~Engage NY
~Florida State Exam

April
Poetry

ELA
NY State Exam
~Rubrics
~Checklist
~Writing Goals
~initial assessment
~Q3 Portfolios

~Trying Out Narrative


and Lyric Poetry
-immerse in the world
poetry
-Inspiration that brings
out meaning
~Revising
-zero in on specific
techniques
-shape and word choice
that represent feeling
and insight
~Publishing
-Select poetry for
presentation and slams
that demonstrate the
power and beauty of
poetry

Mentor Text:
~Mary Olivers Roses, Late
Summer
~The Summer Day in House of
Light
~ Langston Hughess Dream
Deferred.
Other suggestions:
Paint Me Like I Am, (2003) edited
by WritersCorps.
Collections of contemporary poems
-Poetry 180
-Honey I Love, by Eloise Greenfield
(1986)
-This Place I Know:
-Poems of Comfort, edited by
Georgia Heard (2006) and Walter
Dean Myers (2004) -Here in
Harlem: Poems in Many Voices.
Collections by *Langston *Hughes
*Nikki Giovanni *Billy Collins
*Lucille Clifton *Mary Oliver
Song lyrics and videos
Taylor Swift

May/June
Creative Writing
Fantasy
Independent
Projects

Q4 assessment
~On-Demand
~Rubrics
~Checklist
~Writing Goals
~End of the Year
Independent Project
~Portfolios

~Collecting and
Developing Ideas for
Fantasy Fiction
~Drafting and Revising:
Crafting a Compelling
Fantasy Fiction Story
~Editing and Publishing:
Preparing the Fantasy
Story for Readers