Monday, September 24, 2018

Best Draft Memoir Project Details

This Friday, we have our best draft of our memoir project due.  For the past few weeks, students have been immersed in learning about the memoir structure by reading memoirs and also trying their hand at writing one.  Over the weekend, I gave feedback to all of the students who handed in their best draft so far. 
Here is the breakdown of the project.


The Memoir Project
Due: Friday before class starts.
Goal:  To take your memoir draft and pair it down to a story that has heart, dialogue, and descriptive word choice.
Options
  • Typed narrative with a visual component
    • This can be a drawing, painting, collage, etc.   
  • Comic
    • This must be hand or digitally drawn. You cannot use Powtoon or anything similar because it is too limiting for this assignment.
    • If you choose this, you must talk to Mrs. Ripp because some of the rubric items will be found in your drawings not just your words.
  • Poem with a visual component
    • This can be a drawing, painting, collage, etc.
  • Picture book
    • Use Google Slides
  • Video
    • You can use our Animoto account if you would like
    • Copy of your script
    • Can use digital images or your own photos
  • 100 word narrative with a visual component
    • This can be a drawing, painting, collage, etc.

Challenge:
  • Pare it down to only exactly 100 words - you must still have a visual component.
Class Schedule
  • Monday-Tuesday- Everyone is working on the writing in class
  • Wednesday- Editing lesson and groups. Students may work on writing or visuals
  • Thursday- Finishing the project. Students may work on writing or visuals
  • Friday- Gallery walk/Sharing something from your memoir

Standards assessed:
Standard 4
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Standard 8
Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, spelling, and vocabulary.

To see the rubric, go here

Monday, September 17, 2018

To Help With the Character Analysis Assignment

Students in English have been practicing analyzing a character using the 1st chapter from the book Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhoarse.  This Wednesday, they have their re-written character analysis due.  To do this analysis, they may need the following:

The text can be found here 
The example and progression chart can be found here
The rubric can be found here
Directions can be found here

They have been given 30 minutes of work-time in class as well on this, where many were able to finish.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Scholastic Book Order for September

Scholastic Book Orders!
If you at all are considering ordering books for your child, please make it from this one, because if we receive $300 worth of orders our classroom gets 10,000 bonus points, which I then use to get us more books!  You are also more than welcome to order for younger siblings.

Due date:  Thursday, the 13th of September.  

How to place your order:
You can place your order by sending in a check made out to Scholastic Book Club or by ordering online.
To shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: GXJ8R

Recommended Books:
  • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • Miles Morales Spiderman by Jason Reynolds
  • From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
  • Amulet book 8 by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Fault Lines in the Constitution by Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson
  • Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • Dog Man : Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
  • Track series by Jason Reynolds

And so many more!

Best,

Pernille Ripp

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

7th Grade Reading Challenge Introduced

7th Grade Reading Challenge:
Today I introduced the 7th-grade reading challenge to students.  The expectations for reading this year are:
  • To set a reading challenge goal for themselves, this will be done in class tomorrow.
  • To read at least two hours outside of class every week.
  • To read at least 25 chapter books or more.
  • To only read great books for them, whatever that may be.
  • If they do not want to do a quantity goal, they can challenge themselves in another way, such as
    • Reading longer books than you normally do, if so, what is your typical range of pages?
    • Reading harder vocabulary books.
    • Trying new formats of books, if so which?
    • Trying new genres, if so which?
  • They do not need to log their minutes but we will keep track of books in class.

To see more information about this challenge, please go here

Monday, September 11, 2017

7th Grade Reading Challenge and Book Orders

7th Grade Reading Challenge:
Today I introduced the 7th-grade reading challenge to students.  The expectations for reading this year are:
  • To set a reading challenge goal for themselves, this will be done in class tomorrow.
  • To read at least 20 minutes outside of class every single day
  • To read at least 25 chapter books or more
  • If they do not want to do a quantity goal, they can challenge themselves in another way, such as
    • Reading longer books than you normally do, if so, what is your typical range of pages?
    • Reading harder vocabulary books.
    • Trying new formats of books, if so which?
    • Trying new genres, if so which?
  • They do not need to log their minutes but we will keep track of books in class.
To see more information about this challenge, please go here

Book orders:

I asked the 7th graders if they still did book orders and they answered with a resounding  "Yes!"  So our first book order will go home today with interested students.  They are due back to me by Wednesday, the 13th of September.  Note that there is a teen catalog of choices too and that some of the books in it are more mature.

If you at all are considering ordering books for your child, please make it from this one, because if we receive $300 worth of orders our classroom gets 10,000 bonus points, which I then use to get us more books!

You can place your order by sending in a check made out to Scholastic Book Cub or by ordering online.
To shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: GXJ8R

Recommended Books:
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Restart by Gordon Korman 
  • Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
  • I Survived True Stories: Tornado Terror
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Teen)
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz (Teen)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Teen)
  • Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (Teen)
  • Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating (Picture book)
  • Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Supersoaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (Picture book)

And so many more!

I hope to see you tonight at Go to School night from 6 PM to 7 PM.
Best,
Pernille Ripp

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome to 7-O English!

Hello and welcome to 7-O English!
7th grade is an incredible year of maturing, gaining responsibility, figuring out the world, and learning.  I am so excited to be a part of this journey.  My name is Pernille Ripp and I am one of the 7-O English teachers, the other being Reidun Bures.  I grew up in Denmark, but have lived here for the past 19 years.  I am the mother of 4 children all under the age of 8, which means we have a lot of laughter and craziness in our home, which I share with my husband Brandon.  I am the author of four books on education and I also get to speak to other educators around the world about engaging students, but most importantly, I love being a teacher especially of 7th graders!

Reading and writing are my passion, which you will see when you enter our room.  Right now our classroom library is bursting at the seams with books, all waiting for the right reader to pick them up as part of the 25 book challenge.  This year, your student will have tow separate English classes:  English:  Informational Studies and English:  Literature Studies. They may have me or Mrs. Bures for one or both.  Our hope for these two classes is that we will read a lot, we will write a lot, and we will connect with the world.   We will be integrating technology when it makes sense, and focus on our own learning journey.  I am a huge believer in student's voice, so students will be setting goals, assessing themselves, and taking, even more, control over their own learning journey.  Our theme for the year will be “Exploring our Identity” and this theme will help us guide us through all of our work.  My mission as your child’s teacher is to help them either stay in love with reading or writing or help them fall back in love with it.  

I need your help as we prepare for the upcoming year.  Please take a moment to take the short survey for parents/guardians posted here.  This will help the team and I get to know you better.  

Some great tools for you to use this year to stay connected with our classroom are:

Our team website - For all things Sharks related, go here.  Homework is posted, fun events, as well as updates.  Sign up on the side to get updates delivered right to your inbox, no need to even check the website if you don’t want to. Click here to see the website and the 7-O welcome.

Our Facebook site - This is where we post pictures and videos from our day to days.  It is a way to get a sneak peek into the learning that is happening.  To see it, go here.

The days of summer are disappearing quickly, but know that we are eagerly anticipating our year together.  I cannot wait for the learning that lies ahead and all of the adventures we will have together.  Welcome to 7-O English, I cannot wait to meet you!  

Locker Drop off is August 31st and September 1st.  Parent Open House night is September 111th.

Sincerely,
Pernille Ripp

7-O English
608-835-4874
Team website

Hola y Bienvenidos  a Ingles de 7-O!

7mo año es un año increíble de madurez, adquiriendo más responsabilidad, descubriendo al mundo y el aprendizaje. Estoy muy animada de ser parte de este viaje. Mi nombre es Pernille Ripp y soy una de las maestras de Ingles en 7-O , la otra es Reidun Bures. Crecí en Denmark pero he vivido aquí por 19 años. Soy la madre de 4 niños y todos menores de 8 años, lo cual significa que tenemos mucho de que reirnos y es una locura en nuestra casa, lo cual comparto con mi esposo Brandon. Soy autora de 4 libros en educacion y tambien hablo para otros educadores alrededor del mundo acerca de entusiasmar a los estudiantes es la cosa más importante. Me encanta ser maestra especialmente de 7mo grado.

La lectura y la escritura son mi pasión lo cual usted verá cuando entre a mi salon de clases. Ahorita nuestra biblioteca del salón está llena de libros todos esperando por lectores para que tomen parte del desafío de leer 25 de ellos. Este año, su estudiante va a tener dos clases separadas de Ingles: Ingles: Estudios informativos e Ingles: Estudio de literatura. Puede que tenga a mi o ala sra. Bures para uno o ambas. Nuestra esperanza es que estas clases podamos leer mucho, escribir y nos conectaremos con el mundo. Vamos a empezar a integrar tecnología cuando tenga sentido y enfocarnos en nuestro viaje de aprendizaje. Soy creyente de la voz de los estudiantes, entonces ellos establecerán objetivos, evaluarse y tomar más control sobre su viaje de aprendizaje. Nuestro tema para este año será “ Explorando nuestra Identidad” y este tema nos ayudará a guiarnos durante todo nuestro trabajo. Mi misión es que como maestra de su hijo los ayudare a que se mantengan enamorados de la lectura o de la escritura o ayudarlos a que se vuelvan enamorar.

Necesito su ayuda para prepararnos para el año que viene. Por favor tómese un momento para llenar una pequeña encuesta para padres/guardianes anexa aquí (parents/guardians posted here). Esto ayudará al equipo y para conocerlos mejor.

Algunas herramientas para que use este año para mantenerse conectada en nuestro salon de clases son:

Nuestra página de internet-para todas las cosas relacionadas con los Sharks, vaya aquí. La tarea es desplegada , eventos divertidos así como también actualizaciones. Registrese para que sean mandadas directamente a su buzón , no necesita checar la página si usted no quiere. Haga clic aquí para ver la página de internet y la bienvenida a 7-O.

Nuestro lugar en Facebook-Esto es donde ponemos fotografías y videos de nuestros días. Es una manera de dejarle saber de nuestro aprendizaje qué está pasando en la clase. Para ver vaya aquí.

Los días de verano están desapareciendo rápidamente, pero sepan que estamos anticipando con mucha emoción a nuestro año juntos. No puedo esperar por el aprendizaje que está enfrente de nosotros y de todas las aventuras que vamos a tener juntos. Bienvenidos a la clase de Ingles 7-O, no puede esperar para conocerlos.

Para venir a dejar sus útiles y saber donde esta localizado su armario son las siguientes fechas: 31 de agosto y 1ro de septiembre. La noche de puertas abiertas (open house) es el 11 de septiembre.

Sinceramente,

Pernille Ripp

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Note on Our Spelling Work

The students received their very first spelling work today.  Spelling in English is a two-fold process.  We have a district mandated exploration of root words and definitions, this is what they were handed today, with more explanation to follow in a moment.  The other process is the work they do within their own writing; recognizing words that they do not spell well consistently and working on them.  There are never any quizzes attached to the work but instead (hopefully) a building awareness of what they still need to work on.

The district mandated program is based on the work they have done in previous years and there are two paths for them to choose from.  One is the regular path that consists of an exploration of 5 root words and 5 definitions, the other is the enriched which centers around 25 root words.   Students may choose either one every time.  They do not lock in with a path once they have chosen it the first time.

Today we discussed what analogies are as both paths include analogy work.  Students are expected to work on this word work on their own or with a partner.  Technology should be used to assist them in their venture and the purpose of the work is not memorization but understanding.

Spelling work will always be due two weeks after it has been assigned, but can be handed in sooner.

The actual pages and resources for spelling can be found in their Google Classroom accounts in case they need access to it again.