English Language Arts

English/Language Arts Remote Learning Plan
March - April 2020
Grades 6-8

  • All class novels (6: The Lightning Thief and Bud Not Buddy, 7: A Long Way Down, 8: To Kill a Mockingbird) will be posted online via pdf for students to have access to the novel. 
  • Students will be responsible for reading 1 chapter every two or three days (depending on the length of the chapter) of their class novel. Students will respond to comprehension questions and an accordion paragraph prompts for each chapter. These will be posted on and submitted back to the teacher and graded via Google Classroom. Students will also be responsible for constructing a Cornell Note for each chapter of their class novel. The Cornell Note Mini Lesson will consist of questions, noticings, and wonderings students create while reading. The Work Time will require students to plan for their accordion paragraph.  For differentiation, YOUTube readings of each chapter will be posted when available. 
  • Students will be responsible for reading and submitting 1 to 2 non-fiction articles per week (either via NewsELA, Commonlit, Readworks as per teacher's choice) along with the multiple choice questions for each article. 
  • Students will be responsible for reading their Independent Reading novel and submitting weekly thought logs via Google Classroom. Students will log pages read, along with title and author. Students will be required to read a minimum of 80 pages per week. If students cannot upload the normal thought log, they will be responsible for submitting a 1-page double spaced typed response based on the Thought Log Prompts.  Students will also have the option to submit Thought Logs via Flipgrid/Video recording.
  • Teachers will engage in Video Chats with students via Google Meet on Tuesdays about the classroom novel and/or the independent reading novel. Teachers will also offer supplementary google meets when needed. 
  • Any questions, comments or concerns should be e-mailed to teachers using their @ms297 e-mail. Students and parents can expect a response within 24 hours. 

English/Language Arts Remote Learning 
Grade Breakdown

Classwork (60%)

Homework (20%)

Participation (20%)

  • Comprehension Questions for each chapter
  • Accordion Paragraph per each chapter
  • Essays when applicable

 

  • Thought Log
  • NEWSELA/Readworks/CommonLit

 

  • Cornell Notes
  • Logging into live chat
  • Completing Reading Tracker

Staff

Ms. Devito: ndevito@ms297.com

Ms. Bleiweiss: dbleiweiss@ms297.com

Ms. Cacchioli: kcacchioli@ms297.com 

Ms. Lucatuorto:  nlucatuorto@ms297.com 

Ms. Muncan: smuncan@ms297.com 

Ms. Manfredi: jmanfredi@ms297.com

A Typical Week During Remote Learning
6th Grade ELA

Monday

Classwork (Reading):Students will read a chapter of their class novel. Students will answer comprehension questions about the chapter.

OR 

ReadWorks:Students will be responsible for reading and annotating an article on NEWSELA, CommonLit or Readworks. Students will then respond to multiple choice questions.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

Tuesday

Classwork (Reading):Students will read a chapter of their class novel. Students will complete a Cornell Note while reading their novel, answer comprehension questions, and plan for their accordion paragraph. 

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

“Office Hours” from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Students may set up a video-call, post questions on Google Classroom, or ask questions by email.Students can still feel free to reach out to their English teacher at any time.

Wednesday

Classwork (Reading):Students will complete the accordion paragraph for Tuesday’s assigned chapter. The accordion paragraph should contain a topic sentence, two pieces of evidence, a closing sentence, unit target words and correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

Thursday

ReadWorks:Students will be responsible for reading and annotating an article on NEWSELA, CommonLit or Readworks. Students will then respond to multiple choice questions and short response questions.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

Friday

Thought Logs: Students should also complete/submit their weekly thought log. This can be uploaded as a picture/pdf of their thought log notebook or a 1-page double spaced Google Doc. Students should submit thought logs based on the Thought Log Prompts.

Weekly Reading Tracker:Students will update the class reading log with information about their independent reading novel: the title, author and pages read.

A Typical Week During Remote Learning
7th Grade ELA

Monday

  1. Open that week’s Cornell Note and complete the Brainstarter.
  2. Read the required pages ofLong Way Down by Jason Reynolds. PDF is on Google Classroom.Week 1: 1-30Week 2: 31-70Week 3: 73-106
  3. As you are reading, take notes in your Cornell Notes under Mini Lesson.
  4. In Google Docs, answer the Comprehension Questions for the week.
  5. Post a discussion video in Flipgrid about the reading.
  6. Read 30 mins of your Independent Reading Novel

Tuesday

  1. In your Cornell Notes under Work Time, plan your accordion paragraph for that week.
  2. Complete CFU #2, Closing, and Summary in Cornell Notes.
  3. Read 30 mins of your Independent Reading Novel

Wednesday

  1. Use the outline from your Cornell Notes to write that week’s accordion paragraph.
  2. Read 30 minutes of your Independent Reading Novel

Thursday

  1. Read the assigned article on Readworks
  2. Answer the multiple choice questions
  3. Respond to two posts on Flipgrid with your own videos
  4. Read 30 minutes of your Independent Reading Novel

Friday

  1. Complete and submit your Thought Log entry for the week on Google Docs or upload a photo from your Thought Log notebook.
  2. Update the Novel/Page tracker with your current book and which pages you read that week.
  3. Read 30 mins of your Independent Reading Novel

A Typical Week During Remote Learning
8th Grade ELA

Monday

Classwork (Reading)Students will read a chapter of their class novel. Students will complete a Cornell Note while reading their novel, answer comprehension questions and plan for their accordion paragraph.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

Tuesday

NEWSELAStudents will be responsible for reading and annotating an article on NEWSELA, CommonLit or ReadWorks. Students will then respond to multiple choice questions.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

“Office Hours” from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.Students may set up a video-call, post questions on Google Classroom, or ask questions by email.Students can still feel free to reach out to their English teacher at any time.

Wednesday

Classwork (Reading)Students will complete the accordion paragraph for Monday’s assigned chapter. The accordion paragraph should contain a topic sentence, two pieces of evidence, a closing sentence, unit target words and correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

Thursday

NEWSELAStudents will be responsible for reading and annotating an article on NEWSELA, CommonLit or Readworks. Students will then respond to multiple choice questions.

Students should read their independent reading novel for 20 minutes.

Friday

Thought Logs: Students will update the class reading log with information about their independent reading novel: the title, author and pages read. Students should also complete/submit their weekly thought log. This can be uploaded as a picture/pdf of their thought log notebook, a Flipgrid/Video Recording of themselves, or a 1-page double spaced Google Doc. Students should submit thought logs based on the Thought Log Prompts.

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