• March 31, 2020- April 3, 2020

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/31/2020 7:45:00 AM

     

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    Good morning!  

     

    Today we begin our remote learning journey together.  I know that this is new for all of us, so please be patient with me and each other as we work through all of this.

     

    For the remainder of this week: 

     

    Tuesday, March 31- Friday, April 3:  Remote Learning will occur via Google Classroom

    • What can you expect?
      • The day's agenda, assignments, and resources to be posted on Google Classroom.  I will no longer post our daily agenda on my website.  I have put our plans for the day in Google Slides, but if there are issues with that, please let me know.
      • I will be available to you via email and Google Classroom for questions.
      • Technical difficulties!  This is a new process for everyone, so please be patient and understanding as we figure out what is going to work best for us until we are back in the classroom together.

     

    We can do this!  I look forward to working with you!

     

    Take care,

     

    Mrs. Van Camp

     

     

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  • Monday, March 30, 2020

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/30/2020

     

    Good Morning, Seventh Graders!

     

    I hope that you and your families are doing well! I wanted to take this opportunity to show you the expectation for today:

     

    Monday, March 30--Last day of Choice board activities (the ones that were sent to you before Spring Break)

     

     Please know that I am only an email away (jmvancamp@d47.org), so please reach out to me with any questions that you have.  I look forward to connecting with you again.  All other communication regarding tomorrow and the rest of this week will be sent out tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 7:45 A.M.

     

    Take care,

     

    Mrs. Van Camp

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  • Week of March 16, 2020

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/16/2020

    Dear Class,

    I will miss seeing you this week but wanted to send you learning activities!  Here is the link to Bingo/Choice boards on the district website.  Please complete one row of activities each day starting tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17).  Keep up the hard work each day, and I will look forward to seeing you soon.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Van Camp

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  • Third Time's the Charm!

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/13/2020

    Friday

     

    Today is our third (and last!) day of Reading IAR testing.  Let's do a quick review...

    • Today's schedule is on the board--do you have any questions?
    • Is your Chromebook charged?  
    • Do you have headphones or earbuds?
    • Do you have something to do when you are finished?
    • Please hit CTRL + SHIFT + 0 (zero) before you launch the TEST NAV app.

     

    Reading Status Check:

     

    • Please have your current page number ready to go.
    • Update your reading list if necessary.
    • If you need to visit the LMC, keep your visit short!  Thank you!

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • Let's review Gloria's monologue and poem from Thursday.  What is her perspective on being a teen mom?
    • Today, we will read Janelle Battle's monologue and poem "Inside" (pages 46-50).  What do you you think the metaphor in her poem?
    • Update your character sheets!

     

    To Do:

    • Update character pages through Janelle's part.
    • Vocabulary.com lesson
    • Graffiti Wall sheet
    • Read

     

    XLT:

     

    • Thank you for reading quietly for the first 10 minutes of class.
    • Let's hear more of what you have written so far.
    • Keep working on writing, revising, and practicing!
    • Let's sign up for when we want to present next week.
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  • IAR Testing--Take 2!

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/12/2020

    Awesome

     

    Today is our second day of Reading IAR testing.  Let's do a quick review...

    • Today's schedule is on the board--do you have any questions?
    • Is your Chromebook charged?  
    • Do you have headphones or earbuds?
    • Do you have something to do when you are finished?
    • Please hit CTRL + SHIFT + 0 (zero) before you launch the TEST NAV app.

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • If you were absent yesterday, please make up the assessment that you missed and turn it in.  Thank you!
    • If you were here, check your grade in Student Vue to see how you did.
    • Let's review what we heard about Lupe from her monologue.  Let's read her poem "Brown Hands" along with Tyrone's commentary.
    • Up next...Gloria Martinez (pages 40-45).  Let's read her monologue and poem "Message to a Friend".  How does her perspective vary from Lupe's?  What does Tyrone have to say about it?

     

    To Do:

     

    • Update character pages through Gloria's part.
    • Vocabulary.com lesson
    • Graffiti Wall sheet
    • Read

     

    XLT:

     

    • Thank you for reading quietly for the first 10 minutes of class.
    • Let's hear a portion of your poem so far.
    • Keep working on writing, revising, and practicing!
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  • IAR Testing--Day 1

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/11/2020

    encourage

     

    Today is our first day of Reading IAR testing.  Let's do a quick review...

    • Today's schedule is on the board--do you have any questions?
    • Is your Chromebook charged?  
    • Do you have headphones or earbuds?
    • Do you have something to do when you are finished?
    • Please hit CTRL + SHIFT + 0 (zero) before you launch the TEST NAV app.

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • Using the notes that you have prepared about the characters, take the matching assessment.  Turn it in when you are finished.
    • While everyone is finishing, I will check your independent reading status for today.
    • Today, we are going to read Lupe Algarin's monologue and poem "Brown Hands" (pages 34-39).
    • Update your character sheets with details about Lupe.

     

    To Do:

     

    • Update your character sheets.
    • Vocabulary.com lesson
    • Graffiti Wall sheet
    • Read

     

    XLT:

     

    • Please read silently for the first ten minutes of class.
    • Discuss the drafts of your slam poems.
      • This week, you need to edit and revise.
      • Practice!
      • You should have a poem that takes you 2-3 minutes to present next Thursday or Friday.

     

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  • Tired Tuesday

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/10/2020

    tired

     

    Chromebook charge and earbuds/headphones check!  Who's ready for tomorrow?  Show me!

     

    Please review the schedule on the board for the next few days.  Do you have any questions?

     

    If you have an alternate testing location for IAR, I will share that information with you today.

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • Review what we learned about Raul
    • Read and discuss Diondra Jordan's monologue and poem ("If")
    • Read and discuss Devon Hope's monologue and poem ("Bronx Masquerade")
    • Update your character sheets!  (Be prepared for a short matching assessment tomorrow!)

     

    To Do:

     

    • Vocabulary.com lesson (Bronx Masquerade List 1)
    • Graffiti Wall sheet
    • Update your character sheets
    • Read--do you have an extra book for after IAR testing?

     

    XLT:

     

    • Read for the first part of class.
    • Second Step:  Gender Harassment Lesson

     

     

     

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  • Wait, What Time is it Again?

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/9/2020

    DST

     

    How are you adjusting to the time change so far?  Hopefully, we will all be used to it in a couple of days!

     

    Remember that we have Reading IAR Testing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week.  This means...

    • You need to charge your Chromebook every night!
    • Please bring your headphones or earbuds to class.
    • Have something to work on (non-Chromebook related) for when you are finished with testing.

     

    Independent Reading Status Check:

     

    • Do you need to update your reading list already?  Some of you have already finished books--good for you!
    • Please have your reading status ready for me.
    • Do you need to get another book to have on hand for testing?  If so, you may want to visit the LMC today!

     

    Vocabulary.com Assignment--Bronx Masquerade Set 1

     

    • The assignment has been posted in Google Classroom--you can edit the list of words in a Google Doc.
    • This is due on Thursday, March 19 in Google Classroom.  Please take a screenshot to show that you have completed the lesson and attach/submit it in Google Classroom.
    • If you are not sure how to do this, please ask!

     

    Graffiti Wall:

     

    • As we are reading over the next week, please think of symbols and illustrations that represent the characters and events from the book.
    • Illustrate and color these images on the sheet.  Choose three that you would like to explain further.
    • Due:  Wednesday, March 18.

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • Review Chankara's monologue and poem.
    • Review and finish reading Raul's monologue and poem.
    • Read Diondra Jordan's monologue and poem ("If")
    • Make sure that your character pages are updated!

     

     

     To Do:

     

    • Update your Bronx Masquerade character pages
    • Work on your Graffiti Wall sheet
    • Work on the Vocabulary.com lesson
    • Read!

     

    XLT:

     

    • Read for the beginning of class.
    • Second Step:  Taking Responsibility
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  • Early Release Schedule Day

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/6/2020

    legally

     

    It is finally Friday!  Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?  Don't forget that we "spring ahead" on Sunday!

     

    We are following an Early Release Schedule today.  I will see you downstairs at 1:00 in the Lower Gym to see the first act of the play.  Please be a polite and respectful audience!

     

    First things first...

     

    • Please take the No Red Ink quiz over Subjects and Verbs.  Read the sentences carefully!
    • Have your independent reading status ready when I come around to check in with you.
    • If you need to go to the library, please keep your visit short today!
    • Update your character sheet on Wesley and Tyrone from yesterday.

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • Quickly review what we read yesterday (finish Tyrone's poem if needed) and character notes.
    • Today, we will hear from:
      • Chankara Troupe "Bruised Love"
      • Raul Ramirez "Zorro"
    • Update your character sheet as we read.

     

    To Do:

     

    • Update your character sheet through Raul's part.
    • Read from your independent reading book!

     

    XLT:

     

    • Please read silently for the first ten minutes of class.
    • Continue working on the draft of your slam poem.
    • At the end of class today, please submit your draft in Google Classroom or turn your written copy in to me.  Thank you!

     

     

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  • Throwback Thursday

    Posted by Jill Van Camp on 3/5/2020

    notes

     

    Folding notes like this took quite a bit of skill...it definitely made it easier to pass them to friends, though!

     

    Remember that tomorrow we are running an Early Release schedule.  You will go to the play with your PE/Encore teacher and will be dismissed from that class at the end of the day.

     

    For starters:

     

    • Complete your No Red Ink lessons that are due today.
    • Preview the character list from Bronx Masquerade.  Is there a particular part that you would like to read?
    • Read!  Tomorrow is another reading status check day.

     

    Bronx Masquerade:

     

    • Review the setting of the story and how it likely relates to the events and the characters.  What is a masquerade?
    • Let's hear from Wesley "Bad Boy" Boone as well as Tyrone Bittings.
      • What do you notice about the format of the book?
      • What do you think of the poems so far?
      • Update the descriptions on the character pages.  If you want to write more about each character, feel free!

     

    To Do:

     

    • Finish updating the character sheets (if necessary).
    • Complete the No Red Ink Lessons that are due today.
    • Read!

     

    XLT:

     

    • Read for the first part of class today.
    • Does anyone want to share the slam poem that he/she found last week for inspiration?
    • Continue writing your draft--what would you like to share with us?
    • Reminder:  You need to share what you have written so far by the time that you leave tomorrow.

     

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