Roald Dahl – our first novel of the year

boyToday we will begin reading our first novel of 7th grade, Boy, by Roald Dahl.

All students are required to read the novel by Oct. 12th.  Please read the novel carefully with a focus on Roald Dahl’s voice and word choice.

You will need to find information from the book relating to the 6 Traits.  This will also be due on Oct. 12th.  6-traits-in-boy.  Find 3 examples of sentences or passages from the novel that relate to, or illustrate, each of the 6 traits of writing.

Enjoy the novel.

Early Dismissal Wednesday!

Please read the following message from our administration.  There is a change in dismissal for Wed.

Dear students and parents,

We were notified yesterday by the Shanghai government that there would be significant traffic interruptions as part the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China celebrations in our fair city beginning at 3:30 tomorrow and continuing through October 4th.   Strict traffic limits will be imposed in Shanghai as the city celebrates the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the holiday break with spectacular fireworks and lighting shows.

As we are concerned about our students, faculty and staff reaching their homes, airports and destinations in a timely manner, we have decided that:

Student dismissal will be moved to 11:30 AM tomorrow

Monday 9/21/09 – Editing

Sorry I’ll miss today as I explore fun options for a 7th grade field trip.  Be good, have a great day editing your fantastic personal narratives.  Red and White classes today should do the following:

1.) Progress Reports – Receive your  progress report and have a parent/guardian sign it, then return it to me.

2.) Vocab HW – Check your vocabulary homework with your 1 O’Clock Buddy. If you disagree on something, try to figure it out on your own. If you still disagree, ask another group. You will have 15 minutes to check.

3.) Editing – Get your stories ready. You need to have 4 different people in class read your essay. Each reader will check for a different thing (Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization). Use the Editing section in the WriteSource books on pages 125-128 to help you. Be sure that your paper gets edited for all four areas.

4.) Essay Title – be sure to have a creative title for your personal narrative. Ask your partners for suggestions.

5.) personal-narrative-rubric – You are now almost done with the writing process! Before you finish, though, please look at the rubric in the link. (You can click it to make it larger.) I will use that very rubric to assess your personal narrative. You should use it to self-assess and think about how your narrative will score. If there is anything you can see that needs improvement, change it. This is your last chance to make any changes.

6. Publishing – You will have the chance to print during ELO tomorrow, and I will be collecting narratives on Wednesday in Humanities.

Revision Time

By Monday you should be finished with the Writing phase of your Personal Narrative.  On Monday and Tuesday we will be entering the Revision stage of the writing process. All students need to bring three (3) things with them to Humanities class –

1.) Completed first draft

2.) A list of areas for help – For example, “I would like help with my word choice and sensory language.” or “I am unsure if I have enough details in the beginning.” or “I need more dialogue to bring my characters to life.”

3.) USB Thumb Drive

With these things we can help make our ideas and narratives the best they can be. People will be able to give you specific advice about making your writing better.

Let there be BLOGS!

What you must have on your blog by Monday September 14:

1. A category for each class you take (including advisory), plus one for SLCs.

2. A blogroll linking to all your teachers blogs, plus the 7th grade team blog.

3. A new theme.

Watch these videos by Mrs. DeCardy if you need help. If you need more time to get your blog in order, please stay for H.O.T. with Mr. Robinson on Tuesday 9/15.

***Remember*** Your blog is a school blog owned and maintained by SAS. Please do not post pictures, videos, lyrics, etc. that are not school related. Also, do not disclose personal information.

You are free and encouraged to post written thoughts and opinions in the “Uncategorized” category.

Your advisory teacher will be monitoring your blog each week to make sure that you are following SAS blogging standards.