Welcome & Classroom Information
Important ELA News and Information:
Room 18 ELA Community School Supplies and Responsibilities:
Room 18 Classroom Rules & Policies (2018/19) - Please access this link if you have lost your original copy from the first day of school! It includes behavior standards and expectations, homework, test, and grading policies.
ELA Course Outline of Learning - Please access this link if you lost your original. It will help you keep daily, weekly, and trimester pacing of your work in ELA this year!
Google Calendar and Documents:
PARENTS: Please note that I can "invite" you to all assignments
posted to Google Classroom; please provide me your gmail address for this option to be functional.
ELA Supply List - Please remember to bring supplies with you to class. ELA welcomes any donations, too!
What is Common Core ALL ABOUT?
Common Core Academic Vocabulary for 8th Grade ELA
Common Core Academic Vocabulary for 7th Grade ELA
Academic Vocabulary Notebook Format (Template)
Academic Vocabulary Example for Establish(ed)
Test Yourself!!! Prepare yourself for Junior High!
Are you familiar with these Spelling & Vocabulary Words?
What about these Greek & Latin Affixes (Prefixes, Suffixes, & Roots)?
ALL Students: Remember to check out the Blog Page! You MUST register on the PVSD Schoolwires website to post to my BLOG Page. Blog posts and commentary responses are due weekly beginning September 8th!!!
English Language Arts 7th Grade- Reading Logs and Academic Vocabulary Packets due EACH grading period!
Trimester Benchmark Writing Exams: Narrative (Realistic Fiction), Information (Writing About Reading), Argument (The Art of Argument/Researched Based Essays).
English Language Arts 8th Grade- Reading Logs and Academic Vocabulary Packets due EACH grading period!
Trimester Benchmark Writing Exams: Narrative (Investigative Journalism), Argument (The Literary Essay), Information (Position Papers).
MS Grades and Trimester Report Card Window:
Trimester 1 Progress ends 10/12/18; Trimester 1 Final ends 12/7/18.
Trimester 2 Progress ends 2/21/19; Trimester 2 Final ends 3/15/19.
Trimester 3 progress ends 5/10/19; Trimester 3 Final ends 6/7/19.
To learn, .... You need to be charged up!!!
Remember: Sleep Tight, Eat Right, Don't Fight (your learning process)!
Also, please don't forget to charge your laptops after school or they won't operate well, either!
About Me- Hello and Welcome 2018/2019!
I'm Ms. Bennett, the 7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher for Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School. We have another adventurous learning year ahead of us and I am very excited to have the opportunity to watch and help your child grow this year into a more accomplished adolescent! A little about me: I hold a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from California Lutheran University and a State of California Reading Specialization. My baccalaureate was in English, with an additional Multi-Cultural Literature/Social Histories emphasis from Cal State Channel Islands. I have instructed English/English Language Arts at the 9th, 10th, and 12th grade levels and I came to instruct at the junior high levels to be more effective in their preparation for high school.
This will be my thirteenth year teaching 8th grade and twelvth year teaching 7th grade. I have also worked extensively with low level readers for over ten years in educational environments. I believe that the most effective teaching practices come from continually learning the most recent educational designs of instruction; in other words, I must continually grow and learn for your child to have the best education in English, as well. I believe in community values within the classroom for the most effective balance of teaching and learning. I also incorporate strategies and formats for reading and writing into our classroom that your child will use for his/her educational lifetime.
What we'll do: Please access the links for 7th & 8th Grade above. These links will take you to the California Common Core Standards that will be covered for both grade levels in English/Language Arts. Both grade levels use our District Adoption of California Collections by Holt/McDougal/Littel. Our textbooks are also available online at My.HRW.Com - students will use the online version often in class. For Reading & Writing Resources- I post many of the documents and packets we will use on this website under my tabs. Please feel free to peruse through them.
In 7th grade, your child will study (read, write, and speak about) the fiction genres of mythology and fantasy, which align with the 7th Grade Medieval and Early Modern Times World History. We will read the novels Beowulf the Warrior and The Door in the Wall for a deep understanding of these genres. We will also explore major literary concepts of Man Vs Man, Man VS Nature, and Man Vs Self thematic conflicts through novels like: The Call of The Wild, Banner in the Sky, Walkabout and Call It Courage. Our culminating literature studies of the novel A Wrinkle In Time will be Science Fiction based and include Investigation and Experimentation Standards of 7th Grade Science. All of the literary works studied will begin with and intertwine with expository and non-fiction articles, essays, and web-based publications to acclimate students with the standards of English Literacy in Common Core.
In 8th grade, your child will study (read, write, and speak about) political and social justice issues through historically based literary novels like: Slopes of War, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Glory Field, The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank, Inside Out and Back Again, and A Farewell to Manzanar, which align with many 8th Grade Social Studies and History standards. All of the literary works studied will begin with and intertwine with expository and non-fiction articles, essays, and web-based publications to further ingrain the standards of English Literacy in Common Core. My goal is to help prepare students for these issues, which will be further addressed and analyzed in the content areas of English, History, and Social Studies at the high school level. These historical social issues that we discover will help prepare them to be the best leaders of our future! :-)