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HOMEWORK POLICY

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What do I do when I’m absent or have missed Mrs. Kelly’s class for any reason?

  • How long do I have to make up my absent work? What about work I have merely “neglected” to turn in on time?

First, I follow the TVUSD policy for absent make-up work: Students will have 2 days for every day absent to make up their assignments and missed homework. For example, if you are absent Monday, and you return on Tuesday, then Tuesday is day one, and Wednesday is day two. Your work from Monday will be due on Wednesday. However, if you fail to turn your work in on time due to negligence, then once again you have two days to do so, but you will only receive 50% of the credit earned.

  • Where do I find the handouts I missed during my absence or time away from language arts period?

Handouts of any kind can always be found in the “black box” on our outside counter. These worksheets are here for the week, so make sure you get what you need immediately upon return. Items that are important to the entire year (ex. syllabus, independent reading plan, first day parent letter) can all be found as links above so that you may print another at home, if need be.

  • How will I know what I missed?

While the “black box” will always contain any handouts you missed, our website, as well as the whiteboard in class, will always show what homework was assigned, as well as the nuts and bolts of the lesson each day in class. It’s always a good idea to have the phone number of a buddy you can call and ask, as well. J

  • How do I know what to make up if notes were taken in our comp book?

When absent, it will be solely your responsibility to make up notes by looking on this website under calendar for a digital link to the notes you missed. In the event that I cannot link the day's notes, you will read what we did under calendar, they must be copied from a friend, or come to me during intervention class to make them up :-). I check these in class, they are worth part of your grade, and neatness/completeness counts!

  • What if I need Mrs. Kelly to explain something to me I don’t understand?

I am always here for you! You can come and see me during intervention period Tuesday-Friday. Your intervention teacher must take your attendance first, and then issue you a pass. You can also email me, ask a friend, or make an appointment with me to visit after school for clarification.

 

 

 

7th Grade English Language Arts

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WELCOME TO MRS. KELLY'S CLASS

Welcome Grizzlies and Grizzly Families!

 

      I am so proud to be at Gardner, as GMS is a very supportive and rewarding place to be for students, parents and staff alike! My educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on Neuropsychology from UC San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership. With 19 years of teaching experience, I have two teaching credentials: cross-cultural multiple-subject and a single-subject in English. I love to teach with technology and enjoy using our Smart Boards to engage students in dynamic and interactive ways! Married for 29 years to Patrick Kelly, we have one daughter, Brenna, who graduated from Washington State University in 2015—“Go Cougs!" and is now a TV news reporter for the CBS affiliate in Bangor, Maine. We enjoyed an exciting summer of traveling to see her, plus two side trips to nearby Quebec City as well as New Brunswick and NovaScotia, Canada. Traveling adventures with my family, gardening, and reading biographies are what I enjoy most...what is your favorite genre to read? Students and parents, please refer to our website and the Infinite Campus grades portal often…I look forward to working with students closely to achieve success in all areas of the Common Core State Standards!

 

     This year, we have been selected to be part of piloting new materials for 7th grade language arts. :-)  Although there are new, highly anticipated classroom books and digital resources, please know that we will continue to teach the same state-approved standards and use the same district created end-of-unit assessments as all other teachers within the grade level across the district. These new state-approved materials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, CollegeBoard, and McGraw Hill will be used according to a schedule outlined by TVUSD. For those interested in seeing which publishers will be piloted during which months, including links to where parents can learn more, please look to the link on the left side of this home page to read the letter called, New ELA Pilot Schedule.  You can expect to see your child using both digital and hard copy resources from these publishers in and out of the classroom throughout the school year.

 

     This classroom website will be the hub of all information you and your student will need at home. Not only will it keep parents informed of what's happening on a daily basis, it is where absent students can always look to find the details of our day when they are absent. It will also serve as a source for extra copies of our most important handouts so they can be printed at home if they are ever lost. English Language Arts is a rigorous class that requires focus and attention on every assignment, good attendance, and organizational skills, plus lots of reading. Remember, English Language Arts is the engine that drives success in every other subject area! Students who try their best, spend 30 minutes a day reading and take responsibility for their actions will have a fun and enriching learning experience.

 

     Again, welcome to all of you! I look forward to a most successful and rewarding year!

 

Mrs. Kelly’s Contact Information:

Phone: (951) 699-0080 x3703

Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School

Email: ckelly@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Website: http://gms.tvusd.k12.ca.us

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HOMEWORK AT-A-GLANCE

 

Monday: 3/20

Students collaborate to complete pre-reading activities and read the articles, "Hardy Knox Middle School Parent Involvement Policy," "Letter from a 'Concerned Mother,'" and "In Defense of Helicopter Parents."  Homework: For tomorrow's Socratic Seminar, be sure to establish the claim you will make for the essential question: How can parents give students freedom and also protect them? Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 32nd week of school). Final day to complete Semester 2 Book Commercials will be Thursday, March 23. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Tuesday: 3/14

Students conducted a collaborative Socratic Seminar to address the essential question, "How can parents give students freedom but also protect them?" using notes and evidence from their helicopter parents passages: "Hardy Knox Middle School Parent Involvement Policy," "Letter from a 'Concerned Mother,'" and "In Defense of Helicopter Parents."  Homework: For those going in tomorrow's Socratic Seminar, be sure to establish and practice the claim you will make for the essential question. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 32nd week of school). Final day to complete Semester 2 Book Commercials will be Thursday, March 23. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Wednesday: 3/22

Students finished their Socratic Seminars addressing the essential question, "How can parents give students freedom but also protect them?" Today, we also looked at how to determine which of the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, and logos is used in persuasive text. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 32nd week of school). Final day to complete Semester 2 Book Commercials will be Thursday, March 23. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Thursday: 3/23

Students read/annotate the article, "In Defense of Helicopter Parents," determining which lines of text use the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, and logos. Homework: Finish annotating article for "ethos" only. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 32nd week of school). Final day to complete Semester 2 Book Commercials is today, March 23. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.


Friday: 3/24

Students will complete the assignment to read/annotate the article, "In Defense of Helicopter Parents," determining which lines of text use the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, and logos. Homework: Finish annotating, if necessary. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge all throughout spring break! :-) Enjoy your vacation! 

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Monday: 3/13

Students read the article/Blast, "Parental Guidance," and held an online, collaborative discussion on the topic, "How can parents give students freedom and also protect them?" Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 31st week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Tuesday: 3/14

Students collaborated to complete pre-reading activities for the article, "Putting Parents in Their Place: Outside Class." Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 31st week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Wednesday: 3/15

Students collaborated to complete pre-reading activities for the article, "Putting Parents in Their Place: Outside Class." Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 31st week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Thursday: 3/16

Today, students will present Book Commercials. Also, students conduct a close read/annotation of the article, "Putting Parents in Their Place: Outside Class." Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 31st week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial "last day to make up" day, if needed, on Thursday, March 23. Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.


Friday: 3/17

Students conduct post-read activities for the article, "Putting Parents in Their Place: Outside Class." Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 31st week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial "last day to make up" day, if needed, on Thursday, March 23.Remember that your book, or a printed picture of it, is required, plus your completed form. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

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Monday: 2/27

Students finish paragraph 4 of "How do we stop extinction?" Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Tuesday: 3/7

Students read and analyze, "Elephant Sanctuary." Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Wednesday: 3/8

Students conduct a prereading of the argument, "Should Parents Help with Homework?" Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Thursday: 3/9

SPRING SHOWCASE NIGHT! 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Students finished analyzing the argument, "Should Parents Help with Homework?" Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.


Friday: 3/10

CAL STATE SAN MARCOS FIELD TRIP FOR 7TH GRADERS. MODIFIED DAY. RELEASE IS AT 12.25. :-)

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Monday: 2/27

Students prepare their notes and practice for tomorrow's Socratic Seminar. To what extent does a person have a right to lead a life not controlled by others? What is one similar theme between The Giver and The Truman Show? Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Tuesday: 2/28

Students participated in a Socratic Seminar to answer the questions, "To what extent does a person have a right to lead a life not controlled by others?" and "What is one similar theme between The Giver and The Truman Show and what evidence is there to support that claim? Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Wednesday: 3/1

Students analyzed two arguments in favor of mandatory after-school sports to determine 1.) author's purpose and 2.) the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Thursday: 3/2

Students are reading/annotating/analyzing the article, "How do we stop extinction?" to determine 1.) author's purpose and 2.) the evidence for how we know.  Homework: Argument crossword due tomorrow! Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.


Friday: 3/3

Students continue reading/annotating/analyzing the article, "How do we stop extinction?" to determine 1.) author's purpose and 2.) the evidence for how we know.  Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 29th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

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Monday: 2/20

SCHOOL HOLIDAY :-)

 

Tuesday: 2/21

Students compare and contrast The Giver and other themes or central ideas about basic human rights to the ideas they observe in the film, The Truman Show. In what ways is our protagonist, Truman, leading a similar life to Jonas? Homework: Each night, continue to record answers to the questions on your notetaking sheet. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 28th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Wednesday: 2/21

Students compare and contrast The Giver and other themes or central ideas about basic human rights to the ideas they observe in the film, The Truman Show. In what ways is our protagonist, Truman, leading a similar life to Jonas? Homework: Each night, continue to record answers to the questions on your notetaking sheet. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 28th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Thursday: 2/22

Students compare and contrast The Giver and other themes or central ideas about basic human rights to the ideas they observe in the film, The Truman Show. In what ways is our protagonist, Truman, leading a similar life to Jonas? Homework: Each night, continue to record answers to the questions on your notetaking sheet. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 28th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 


Friday: 2/23

Students compare and contrast The Giver and other themes or central ideas about basic human rights to the ideas they observe in the film, The Truman Show. In what ways is our protagonist, Truman, leading a similar life to Jonas? Homework: Each night, continue to record answers to the questions on your notetaking sheet. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge (it is the 28th week of school). Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

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Monday: 2/6

District Assessments for Unit 3: Compare/Contrast. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Tuesday: 2/14

District Assessments for Unit 3: Compare/Contrast. Homework: "Honoring Early American Leaders" due Friday. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

 

Wednesday: 2/15

District Assessments for Unit 3: Compare/Contrast. Homework: "Honoring Early American Leaders" due Friday. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Thursday: 2/16

District Assessments for Unit 3: Compare/Contrast. Homework: "Honoring Early American Leaders" due Friday. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.


Friday: 2/17

District Assessments for Unit 3: Compare/Contrast. Homework: "Honoring Early American Leaders" due today. Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

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Monday: 2/6

Students are given the prompt to discuss the historical account "1906 San Francisco Earthquake" and the fictional portrayal, Dragonwings, to practice for their upcoming Socratic Seminar on Thurs./Fri. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Book log due Friday. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Tuesday: 2/7

Students collaborate/practice in groups discussing the prompt for this week's Socratic Seminar comparing/contrasting the "1906 San Francisco Earthquake" and the fictional portrayal, Dragonwings. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Book log due Friday. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

 

Wednesday: 2/8

Student groups conducted their Socratic Seminar comparing/contrasting the "1906 San Francisco Earthquake" and the fictional portrayal, Dragonwings. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

 

Thursday: 2/9

Student groups will finish conducting their Socratic Seminar comparing/contrasting the "1906 San Francisco Earthquake" and the fictional portrayal, Dragonwings. Also, Book Commercials will be presented. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 


Friday: 2/10

Student groups finished conducting their Socratic Seminar comparing/contrasting the "1906 San Francisco Earthquake" and the fictional portrayal, Dragonwings. Also, Book Commercials will be presented. Homework: Read 20+ min. nightly for the 40 Book Challenge. Prepare for your Semester 2 Book Commercial. Remember, your book (or a printed picture of it) plus your completed form is required for your Book Commercial. Required every day: Reading novel, student ID, homework calendar, and all of your supplies.

 

Important Dates

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3/21/17
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3/23/17
Friday
3/24/17
Saturday
3/25/17

Good Morning Grizzlies!

Why You Can't Skip Your Reading Homework!

Why You Can't Skip Your Reading Homework!

"REMIND" Text Messages!

Look for and open the "Remind" link on left side of home page to read about how you can get instant classroom updates text messaged to your cell phone. From me to you and your parents, with total privacy!

                                                  
 

News You Can Use:

Wednesday, August 10 ~ Welcome back to school!
 
ALL 7TH GRADE ELA STUDENTS...Don't forget you need a book in class every day! You will read 10 min. at the start of every class period. You will also have reading every day for homework. Remember--40 Book Challenge!
 
If you are interested in practicing spring's Smarter Balanced Test, you can access the link on the left side of this homepage (Link to Smarter Balanced Practice Test for ELA 7th Grade). 
 
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A 3-RING BINDER!!! A SMALL FOLDER FOR THE CLASS IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR HOLDING LARGE PACKETS OF INFORMATION YOU WILL USE DAILY!
 
NEED HELP VIEWING YOUR GRADES? READ BELOW...
To view grades, students can create their own Infinite Campus portal account by logging onto the following website and entering their personal information as follows:
 
 
Username = Student ID  (no padded zeros  Ex 1000003560 or 900011111)
 
Password = First Initial, Last Initial and 6 digit birthday  (XXMMDDYY  ex.  JK122998 or RB041199)
 
*When students set up their account they will need to set their security preferences and set up a valid email so the system can respond to lost passwords.
 

Every Monday is a late start

It's wise to find a "homework buddy" in class and share phone numbers

 

Supplies for Every Day:

Interactive Notebook for taking and gluing in notes (provided)

3-ring binder with subject dividers and pocket / Homework calendar too!

Independent reading novel--every day!

Highlighter

Lined paper

Pencils

Plus, it's SUPER handy if you want to bring in your own following items:

scissors, colored pencils/colored fine tip markers, glue stick :-)

 

Hang On! There Is Help Available! 7th Period Intervention Class...

image.jpg GMS is committed to providing additional support to those students who struggle with a given topic or concept. Additionally, we strive to provide enrichment to those who excel. Please avoid making end-of-day appointments that require checking your student out early, as this impacts our ability to best support your child. With a pass issued by me or your student's 7th period intervention teacher, you are welcome to return to English Language Arts class to receive help. This time can be used for making up absent work, or revisiting concepts you are unsure about.
 

Positive Behavior Intervention Program: PBIS Keeps Us Safe!

 

ALWAYS BE...

*Safe

*Respectful

*Responsible