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.
  • 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.

  • 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:
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!


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