Sunday, March 31, 2013

New York State ELA Assessment

Students have been preparing for the upcoming NYS ELA assessment by reviewing strategies to analyze fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  After Spring Break, students will be reviewing the methods to use when creating a complete short response answer as well as an extended response answer. 

The NYS ELA assessment is April 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Spring Break 2013

Mrs. Earl would like to wish all of her students and their families a relaxing and fun Spring Break!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Students of the Week for 3/18-3/22!

Period One - Be A.

Period Two - Patricia R.

Period Four - Jordan H.

Period Five - Eve L.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Answering a Blog Question

Earn a Homework Pass!

You can earn a homework pass when you come back from Spring Break by answering the question below before midnight on March 31st, 2013.  Be sure to leave your name with your response and be sure that your response is in complete sentences.

Question:  Describe what you can do over break to help prepare for the NYS ELA test on April 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Helping You Analyze Poetry

Having trouble analyzing poems in class or on your homework?  Take a look at this short video which breaks down the strategies to poetry analysis.  Although we have covered them in class, here is just another way to look at and utilize them in breaking down a poem.

Investigating Poetry

Analyzing poetry can be very difficult for students.  In an effort to help make the process easier, students can use the directions below to create a poetry road map.  The details in the road map can help students to answer questions later on.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the students of the week for 3/11-3/15.  Keep up the great work!

Period One - Tydre B.
Period Two - Dadiri H.
Period Four - Mawahip K.
Period Five - D'Zyre J.

Next Incentive

Students will have the opportunity to watch one of the following movies during next Thursday's seventh grade incentive.  Students simply need to have three of their core teachers sign off on their academics and behavior for that class.  All incentive forms are due to Mrs. Earl by 2:45 on Tuesday, March 26th.

Movie Choice One - "Hotel Transylvania"

Movie Choice Two - "Undefeated"

Movie Choice Three - "The Hobbit"

Movie Choice Four - "Glory Road"

Monday, March 18, 2013

Analyzing Non-Fiction

To help us better understand non-fiction passages, students can use the directions below to create a road map.  By using the road map, students can better approach the comprehension questions that follow each passage.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Congratulations to the seventh graders participating in the SUNY ESF Science Fair.

Dararetu A.
Imane A.
Shevori G.
John H.
Eh Tha Yu J.
Mawahip K.
Joshua L.B.
Tang L. 
Eve L.
Amela M.
Johnathan N.
Nyazhia R.
Samir S.
Alexandria W.

Ahlaam A.
Be A.
Trevonne D.
Dadiri H.
Thu Zar H.
Diamant I. 
Hassan M.
Stella P.
Rahmo S.A.
Safet S.

Ambika K.
Amina S.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Students of the Week for 3/4 to 3/8:

Period One - Moulid Y.
Period Two - Zach S.
Period Four - Nyazhia R.
Period Five - Shevori G.

Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Beginning to Review for the NYS ELA Test

This week our ELA classes will begin reviewing for next month's NYS ELA exam.  Students have been learning a variety of skills that will aid them in tackling the exam throughout the year and for the next few weeks, they will be reviewing and refining these skills beginning with how to tackle fiction passages.  Students will utilize the chart below to create their own road maps to success!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Students of the Week for 2/25 to 3/1!

1st Period - Thu Zar H.

2nd Period - Imane A.

4th Period - Tang L.

5th Period - Hassan M.