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7th Grade ELA (Section 7A)

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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Summer Work Packet for Incoming 8th Graders


Attached is your summer packet - it will be due on the first day of school in the fall. If you need help or clarification on any of the assignments, feel free to send me an email (; I'll be available most days this summer. 


Week of June 1st - 5th

Dear Parents & Students, 
    We've made it - this is the last week of school in the 2019-2020 school year - and what a year it's been! I want to thank all of my students for the great memories this year, and thank parents for working with us to navigate this unusual spring semester. 
     To my 8th graders: Congratulations! You are almost officially done with middle school :0) - crazy, right!?!? I will miss you; please come back and visit. 
     To my 7th graders: I'm looking forward to seeing you in the 8th grade this fall. 
     To parents: Meals will continue to be served M-F from 9am-noon this week and there will be a summer packet available for pick up on Friday (06/05/20, also from 9-noon). Summer packets will also be available electronically on the class website. (***Current 8th graders - don't pass out - this is only for incoming 7th & 8th graders.) If you still have any books from our classroom library, I would appreciate it if you could return them this week between 9am-12pm - make sure to mark them with my name so that Admin. knows where they belong.
     Please continue to check the Phoenix website for updates throughout the summer as decisions are made regarding next fall. If you have any questions that I can answer, please reach out via email:
     Have a great summer - stay well & healthy - and returning students, please work on your summer packets!
Ms. Koshler

Week of May 25th - 29th

Dear Parents & Students,

     We’re in the homestretch! I can hear summer calling, how about you? It’s been quite the spring semester hasn’t it?

     Thank you for diligently completing the work posted online, and preparing yourself for next school year. None of us yet knows what it’ll look like, but rest assured that the more you read and practice your comprehension, the sharper your ELA skills will be come this fall. Thank you too to everyone who has attended a Zoom class - please encourage your friends to attend as we only have two weeks of school left!

     As a reminder, this Monday is Memorial Day so we will not have class  - any Monday classes will be rescheduled to another day this week so check above for details. Also, meals are still available for pick up M-F between 9am & 12pm, and paper work packets are available on Friday's 9-noon. If you still have any books from our classroom library, I would appreciate it if you could return them during these hours - make sure to mark them with my name so that Admin. knows where they belong.

      If you have any questions or need help on an assignment, you can reach me via email: Have a great week!

Thank you,

Ms. Koshler


Week of May 18th - 22nd

Dear Parents & Students,
     Can you believe we're halfway through May? I swear my "days" have merged into one big dayweekmonth. Just a few weeks left in the 2019-2020 school year. 
     Thank you to all of you who've been attending our Zoom classes and those who've been faithfully completing your assignments. Please know that I am available and more than happy to help you with any of your work should you require (or desire) assistance. 
     As a reminder, meals are still available for pick up M-F between 9am & 12pm, and paper work packets are available on Friday's 9-noon. If you still have any books from our classroom library, I would appreciate it if you could return them during these hours - make sure to mark them with my name so that Admin. knows where they belong. 
     If you have any questions, or need help with anything, please reach out to me via email: Miss you - hope to see you "in" class this week!
Ms. Koshler

Week of May 11th - 15th

Hello Parents & Students,
     Happy belated Mothers' Day to all of you moms and/or dads/aunties/cousins/siblings acting as moms - your job is tiring and thankless - and I'm sure you're feeling it now more than ever. 

     Just four more weeks to go in this school year, can you believe it?!? Thank you to all of you who've been keeping up with your work, and to those of you who joined our Zoom classes this past week. Please set a reminder on your phone for each of your class sessions so that you don't miss out on important content. 

     PCLC is continuing to hand out food M-F from 9am to 12pm, and in addition, on Fridays, paper copies of practice work packets can be picked up during that same time window.

     If you have any questions, need help with any assignments, or just want to chat - send me an email ( and we can set up a time to meet via Zoom. Looking forward to class this week!
Ms. Koshler

Week of May 4th - May 8th

Dear Parents & Students,
     I hope that everyone is hanging in there and finding lots of projects to occupy your time. I have plenty of projects, but when I'm not doing things for school, I feel really unmotivated and usually end up binging a Netflix show. 

     We're switching things up a little this week, but first, here's what's staying the same: Meals are continuing to be served M-F, 9am - 12 pm. Additionally, paper practice work packets are available for pick up on Fridays between 9am - 12 pm. 

     What is changing: Instead of us simply posting work online, we will now be holding online classes via Zoom for the remainder of the school year. Please see below for the 7th & 8th grade class schedule. All students who have the proper technology are expected to attend classes in each subject for the next 5 weeks. The meeting invite is above under class assignments on the date of your grade level's class. There is still daily work that will correspond with the week's lesson.

     While we're on the subject of technology, if you are in need of WiFi in your home, parents (it has to be someone over 18) please call Spectrum and say "I need to take advantage of the free two month internet service being offered for my child to complete school work".  Spectrum will take your information and set up a time to install services. There are no fees charged, not even installation fees. At the current time we do not have access to free computers, however, Mr. Shirley has contacted the local chapter of the NAACP and they are looking into this for students in the Cincinnati/Avondale area. 
     Lastly, if you need anything, including help on assignments, clarification on the new expectations, or you just want to talk about how you're going stir crazy and your family is annoying you :0) - feel free to send me an email ( Looking forward to seeing your faces!
Thank you,
Ms. Koshler

Zoom online classes begin this week - please consult the schedule to make sure you don't miss a session. Please note that the schedule is subject to change as we figure out what will work best for everyone involved, but we will be sure to let you know if it does. This is new for all of us, so remember to be patient and just go with it - it's all we can do at the moment. Looking forward to seeing your faces :0) !

Week of April 27th - May 1st

Hello Parents & Students,

       Another week down, only six more to go! Anyone have any good quarantine stories? I can’t really say that I do, though I think both my dog and cat are really enjoying the quality time with me, (or at least that's what I'm telling myself).
       By now you have likely heard that the governor has decided that Ohio schools will not reopen this school year, so all teachers will continue to have assignments posted to their respective class websites. 
       As a reminder, meals are continuing to be handed out to students from 9am-12pm M-F. Also, if you or someone you know needs hard copies of their assignments, practice packets are available for pick up on Fridays between 9am-12pm. 
       Another note: If you have any of the novels from our classroom, I would love it if you could please return them. If you're able to drop them off at school between 9 am & noon weekdays, that would be great, (please include a note so that someone in admin knows where they belong - if you just put my name on them it should do the trick). If this is not possible, I understand, but it would be ideal to keep our classroom library stocked and intact for next year.
       Please continue working on the assignments posted online as they will help you to be better prepared for next year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Also, I have been meeting with people on FaceTime/Zoom to help with assignments, or just chat about how things are going. Please let me know if you're interested in this - I would love to see your faces!!! 

Thank you,

Ms. Koshler

Week of April 20th - 24th

Dear Parents and Students, 
     We made it through another week! How is everyone holding up? Hopefully you're remaining healthy and enjoying the downtime with your families. Please take a look at this week's assignments (above) and let me know if you need passwords, password resets, or any help with any of the assignments. I'm around all day everyday, so I'm happy to help. 
     Just a reminder, if you need hard copies (paper) of work packets, they are available for pick up on Fridays between 9am & 12 pm. (These are only meant for students who do not have access to the internet and/or a computer on which to complete the work.) Additionally, meals are continuing to be handed out to students from 9am-12pm M-F. 
     If you're wondering about whether or not we're heading back to school on May 4th, the short answer is, I'm not sure. Continue to follow the news and check the Phoenix homepage for details as we get closer to May. 
     For those of you doing your work - thank you, you're doing a great job! For the rest of you, you need to get on it! Everyone have a safe and enjoyable week. Maybe get outside and do something nice for the environment on Wednesday; it's Earth Day :0). Let me know if you need anything.
- Ms. Koshler

Week of April 13th - 17th

Dear parents and students,
     I hope that you all are staying well and healthy, and that you're not losing your minds being cooped up inside for the past month. I find that getting outside and walking my dog keeps me sane (more or less). Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I miss you and I hope to see you all soon. Please continue doing work so that when we do return to school you're ready to pick up where we left off before break. 
     As many of you already know, April is National Poetry Month and as such, each day this week you will have a short poem to read and analyze, followed by related questions to answer. Don't be intimidated - poetry can be fun! I realize that we did not do an in depth study of poetry this year, (it was meant to happen when we returned from spring break), but I worked hard to find poems that I thought would be approachable and interesting. Just give it a try, you might surprise yourself. If you get stuck, feel free to reach out to me (, I'm around all day every day.
- Ms. Koshler 

Paper/Hard Copies of Weekly Assignments

Paper work packets can be picked up on Fridays between 9 am - 12 pm. Please note that paper packets do NOT need to be done if students are already completing work online. The paper packets are for students who do not have easy access to the tech/devices necessary to complete the work electronically.

CommonLit: LPP9LR
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Edcite: Q7PGG
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  • If you need a password reset for CommonLit, or your username/password for Study Island, let me know. (Email: or during school hours, you can "chat" with me from gmail.)