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Course Description

Welcome to 7th grade ELA at Phoenix Community Learning Center. This year is off to a great start and I’m looking forward to seeing your child grow. We have a lot of exciting lessons planned throughout this year that will ensure the growth of your student’s reading comprehension and improve their academic writing.

Our ELA curriculum meets the State of Ohio’s Learning Standards through the use of Common Core based units and lessons. Here is a preview: This school year we will study several novels, starting with A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park; students will learn to effectively participate in partner, small group, and whole class discussions; they will make predictions and inferences based on texts; they will learn how to compare and contrast characters within a novel; and they will be able to tell you what they know and how they know it through focused Learning Targets along the way.

Students should expect a quiz at the beginning of each class and homework each night. Please note that some of these assignments will be computer/internet based, so they will need access to a computer either at home, at a friend or relative’s house, or at the local library.

Should you have any questions for me, I can be reached via email from the Staff Directory page.

Looking forward to this year!

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Classwork: We reviewed the learning targets and we finished going over the Word Pyramids. We talked through any remaining questions and then moved on to begin a new activity called Question Quads. Having already done this activity with 8th grade - I learned a couple of things about doing a bit of prep work with the students before actually beginning the activity. Therefore, we haven't actually begun the group discussions yet, but I did have students come up with TWO questions that they will use next week when we do the activity.
- An explanation (protocol) for how the activity works is attached. Also, on that handout are the question stems and question probes (for person D) referred to in the protocol/instructions.
- Students will be able to use their completed Word Pyramids and the text to engage in this activity. (A copy of "Football Hooliganism" can be found under Dec. 4.) 
Homework: Complete the assessment questions (1-5) for "Football Hooliganism" on CommonLit.