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Parents/Students - please read - January 9th   

January 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone's winter break was wonderful.  Reports cards for quarter 2 will go home with students on Friday.  

The root word your child is studying this week is mob/mot which means move.  The mob/mot homework will be due tomorrow (Wednesday, January 10th).  There is a Powerpoint with these words located on this webpage.  It is also important that your child is reading a minimum of 20 minutes each evening and filling out his/her reading log.

We be working this week on how to correctly use commas in complex sentences and using commas with transition words and phrases.  Students will also be introduced to expository (informational) essay writing.  

 Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Thanks,

Mrs. Jordan


Please read - December 8th  

Dear Parents and Students,

Take a moment to review the class calendar for upcoming assignments. 

There is test scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th.  Below is the study guide.  Please remember, you will be able to use your literacy notebooks, textbook, short story folder, and writing folder.  There is a chron/temp PowerPoint online if you would like to look over your vocabulary words this weekend.  Below is the study guide.

You will read two metaphorical poems that you have not analyzed before.  It will be important to annotate these poems for better understanding.  Questions will cover the following:

·        Central Idea

·        Structure

·        Analysis of repetition

·        Tone

·        Analysis of figurative language/poetic devices

You will have questions over The Hitchhiker that will include the following:

·        Tone

·        Author’s purpose

·        Foreshadowing

·        Symbolism

·        Character perspective/point of view

Correlating, Coordinating, and Subordinating Conjunctions: 
You will read several paragraphs and locate where the commas are missing in the sentences that contain subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.  You will also decide which correlating conjunction pair works best in sentences. 

Root Words Chron/Temp (Time)

You will read a story and fill in blank with the correct Chron/Temp word.  You will have a word bank.

You may use all of your notes in your literacy notebook, textbook, short story folder, and writing folder. 


Q-2 Independent Reading Assignment  

Dear Parents, 

Today, students were sent home with instructions and a rubric regarding the upcoming independent reading interview.  Please see the information below.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. Jordan

jordan_m@hcde.org

 

Second Quarter Independent Reading Interview
(Interviews will take place December 13th, 14th, and 15th.  You will be assigned your interview date on Monday, December 4th)

Your independent reading interview is a conversation about your experience with the book you chose to read this quarter.  To prepare for your interview, follow the steps below:

What to do:

1.       Finish book you committed to reading for Quarter 2.

2.       Place 5 Post-it notes inside your book on five different pages that you find particularly interesting, beautiful, or significant.  Make notes on the Post-it to remind yourself why you chose each page (see attached sheet with exemplary examples of Post-it note annotations).

3.       Preview the interview questions at the bottom of this sheet and think about how to answer them.

4.       Bring your book and your Post-its to your independent reading interview.

At the beginning of your interview, you will be asked to explain at least one of your Post-it notes.  You will also be asked to answer a few of the following questions.

Interview questions:

·         What is your favorite quotation in the book?  Locate the page that the quotation is on and explain what it means.

·         Describe the main character.  What is his or her greatest flaw?  What is his or her greatest strength?

·         What genre is the book?

·         Did you relate to any of the characters in the book?  Who did you relate to the most and why?

·         What is the overarching theme of the book?

·         Describe the setting(s) of the book.

·         What is the main conflict that takes place in your book?  How does this conflict help the author develop the characters? 

·         If the book is nonfiction, when did the events of the book take place?

·         If the book is nonfiction, what did you learn from the book?

·         To whom would you recommend this book?  Why?

Independent Reading Interview – Quarter 2

20 pts.

15 pts.

10 pts.

5 pts.

0 pts.

Communication Skills – Student can speak effectively, has come prepared, and communicates clearly and fluently with the teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Comprehension – Student can recount plot with accuracy, shows evidence of utilizing comprehension strategies such as questioning, making predictions, and making text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.

 

 

 

 

 

Character Knowledge – Student shows ability to relate to/infer character emotions, motivations, actions, and personal qualities.  Student can identify major transitions (changes) undergone by character.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis/Response – (Indicated through 5 Post-it annotations).  Student demonstrates ability to select / analyze passages that are significant to the narrative throughout the full scope of the text and have significant meaning to them.

 

 

 

 

 

Connections – Through conversation, student connects literature to life, whether on a personal level or by drawing similarities to other novels or world/community/ cultural issues.

 

 

 

 

 

                                              Total Score:                 /100

 

 

 

 

 


Please read - November 27th  

November 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  

This week students will learn the difference between theme and central idea.  Students will also understand the differences between implied central idea and stated central idea.  Tuesday, the students will analyze three complex poems and  apply all knowledge they have learned over the last several weeks in order to analyze these poems.  These skills will be:  understanding figurative language, determining tone, determining central idea, determining theme, annotating for meaning, symbolism, understanding the use of myths and religious texts in modern literature.  Thursday and Friday, students will learn how to develop complex sentences.  

Students homework this week is a worksheet on the root words chron/temp which means time.  This will be due on Wednesday.  There is also a PowerPoint presentation on this webpage which reviews the meaning of these words and how they are used in sentences. 

Students are required to read 20 minutes per night 5 nights per week.  In three weeks, students will be "interviewed" about their chosen book.  I have conferenced with each student and he/she has informed me of the book that he/she has committed to reading for Quarter 2.  Students will received information and a rubric regarding this Q-2 independent reading book assignment on Friday.  It will also be posted on this webpage.

There will be a vocabulary test on Thursday.  The root words covered on this test will be Astro/Stell (star) and Bi/Du (two).  Students have their homework sheets they can use to study as well as the PowerPoint presentations found on this webpage.  

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


Please Read - November 14, 2017  

November 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start.  

We will continue our suspense unit this week with the study of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe.  Students will be annotating this complex text.  This week we will continue our discussion on figurative language and also discuss symbolism and character conflict found in this amazing poem.

Students will not receive a homework assignment until Thursday of this week.  They will be analyzing the poem "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe.  This will be due on Friday and will help them better prepare for their upcoming test which will take place on Friday.

The test Friday will cover the following:

Prepositional Phrases
Questions over the text "The Raven".  This questions will cover

  • Tone
  • Theme
  • Symbolism
  • Alliteration
  • Internal Rhyme
  • Hyperbole
  • Metaphor

Students will also read two suspense/mystery texts that they have not read in order to apply skills taught.  Questions will cover:

  • Sequencing
  • Character conflict
  • suspense
  • Prediction
  • Plot
  • Compare and contrast two texts
  • Decoding unknown words

Students are required to read 20 minutes per night 5 nights per week. It is so very important your child is reading.  When a child's reading level starts to fall it will affect all other subject areas.  There will also be an assignment at the end of the quarter that relates to the book he/she chose to read for the quarter. 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


Test Tomorrow - October 31st   

Parents and Students,

There will be a test tomorrow (Tuesday, October 31) that will cover the following:

  • Root word - Foli which means leaf.  Students have their graded homework as well as access to the PowerPoint on my website.
  • Questions over the short story "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Students will read another short story by Edgar Allan Poe and apply concepts they have learned to the new text they will read during the test.

Skills covered over the two reading passages:

  • decoding unknown words
  • how dialogue help to reveal a character
  • draw logical inferences 
  • how incidents in a story propel the plot forward
  • reading text for understand / comprehension questions

If you have any questions, please email me at jordan_m@hcde.org

Thanks,

Mrs. Jordan

 


Please Read - October 23rd  

October 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start.  The book fair is taking place this week.  We went today to browse the selections.  Your child will be allowed to go back shopping the first part of Language Arts if they bring money to school.  

The root word your child is studying this week is Foli which means leaf.  The Foli homework will be due on Wednesday.  There is a Powerpoint with these words located on this webpage.  It is also important that your child is reading a minimum of 20 minutes each evening and filling out his/her reading log.

We began our suspense unit today.  We will kick off this unit by reading Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Tell Tale Heart".  Students will be working on the following:

  • Determine  meaning of unknown words
  • Develop vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
  • Analyze what a text says explicitly and draw logical inferences; support an interpretation of a text by citing relevant textual evidence.
  • Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
  • Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including repetition of words and phrases.
  • Analyze how similarities and differences in the points of view of the audience and the characters create effects such as suspense, humor, or dramatic irony.

 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


Please Read - September 25th   

September 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start.  A few reminders:

  • Coke sale pick up will be this Saturday, September 30th
  • The final day of the first quarter is next Thursday, October 5th

The root word your child is studying this week is Flam/Pyro which means fire.  The Flam/Pyro homework will be due on Wednesday.  There is a Powerpoint with these words located on this webpage.

The students will have an assessment on Tuesday, October 3rd.  This assessment will cover the following:

  • Root words uni/mono which means one
  • Root words flam/pyro which mean fire
  • Editing - punctuation and spelling

During the next week and a half, students will be working on their argumentative essays.  The students have selected the topic they are going to write about and I have given them articles for their research.  During the time students are working on these essays they will learn how to construct a well developed essay, write paragraphs with effective use of transitions, locate evidence that supports their thesis and explain this evidence, use in-text citations, and developed a counterargument paragraph.  All of this work will take place in class; however, if your child is absent they will need to make up any writing missed at home. 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


Please Read - September 18th   

September 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

I am so happy that it appears we are going to have a full week of school!  

Students are currently learning how to analyze argumentative texts in order to locate author's claim, find support, and locate the counterclaim.  

Students will have a test this Wednesday.  The test will cover the following:  Root word mater/pater, read texts to determine theme, read text and make inferences, and analyze argumentative texts.

Homework this week is a study guide that was sent home with your child today.  This is due Wednesday.  Also, students should read their independent reading book a minimum of 20 minutes per night.  

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


Please Read - September 5  

September 5, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend!  Please remember, the Loftis Coke Sale Fundraiser is in full swing.  The second turn-in date will be Monday, September 11th.

Here is a summary of what the students will be learning in class this week:  writing theme statements, developing paragraphs using text evidence to support theme statements, and elements of persuasive texts.

Students will not have root word homework this week; however, they are required to read their independent reading book a minimum of 20 minutes each evening and fill out their reading log.

Thanks to the three day weekend, I was able to get all papers graded and all grades entered in PowerSchool.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


Please Read - August 27th  

August 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Please remember, Loftis is having open house this Tuesday!  This will take place at 6:30 for 7th and 8th graders.  I look forward to meeting everyone!

Here is a summary of what we will be learning in class this week:  making inferences, root word "mater/pater", finding theme, and introduction to persuasive texts. 

Students have homework to complete on the root word “mater/pater”. This will be given to them on Monday.  This assignment is due on Wednesday.  I do have a PowerPoint presentation on my website that reviews the meaning of each word and demonstrates how to use these words in sentences.  I have also added a resource presentation to help students undercover the etymology of these words and discover new words with the same Latin root.

Students are to read their independent reading book a minimum of 20 minutes, 5 times per week and fill out their reading log.

Our first quarter test will be this Tuesday.  This test will include questions over The Giver, root words mal and gen, decoding unknown words, and characterization.   Below is the study guide that I sent home with students on Friday. 

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan

 

Study Guide - Quarter 1, Assessment 1 - Tues., August 29th

 

Summer Reading:  The Giver

Match character descriptions to character names and answer comprehension questions about the novel.

 

Vocabulary

Please study root words for gen and mal.  You may either use the mini dictionaries from the homework that was returned, or you may review the PowerPoint presentations on my webpage.  Each word will be used in a sentence, and you will need to select the meaning.

 

Reading Skills – Decoding unknown words and characterization
You will read an excerpt from Divergent and determine the meaning of complex words and phrases from that excerpt. 

You will read a short passage and apply your knowledge about characterization.

 

Note: 

·         You need to remember that antonym is a word opposite in meaning to another (e.g., bad and good) and a synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word (e.g. excellent and marvelous). 

·         You may use your Literacy Notebook and The Giver.  However, you will only have 55 minutes to complete this 41-question assessment.  Therefore, if you did not complete your summer reading, you do not need to spend a lot of time searching through the text for specific answers because you will not be able to complete entire test.  

 

 


Please Read - August 22nd  

August 22, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had an awesome day on Monday viewing the eclipse!   

We have a busy week planned.  Here is a summary of what we will be learning in class this week:  singular and possessive nouns and pronouns, root word "mal", characterization, and making inferences. I was hoping to introduce Accountable Talk last week, but was unable to find the time.  We will do this on Wednesday.  Accountable talk is a form of seminaring that students will participate in throughout the school year during Language Arts.

Students have homework to complete on the root word “mal”. This assignment is due on Wednesday.  I do have a PowerPoint presentation on my website that reviews the meaning of each word and demonstrates how to use these words in sentences.  

Students are to read their independent reading book a minimum of 20 minutes, 5 times per week.  There are several students that have not finished reading the summer reading book, The Giver.  Please encourage your child to continuing reading.

The test over summer reading has been moved to Tuesday, August 29th.  This test will include questions over The Giver, root words mal and gen, decoding unknown words, characterization, and making inferences. 

Students were asked to design their literacy notebooks.  Many students have completed this task.  Those students that did not do complete this task need to complete this by Wednesday.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


August 14th - Parents, please read  

August 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Today students were sent home with two forms specific to Language Arts.  Please take a moment to look over these, answer questions, and sign.  If at all possible, I would like this returned by this Wednesday.  

We have a busy week planned.  Here is a summary of what we will be learning in class this week:  How to correctly edit texts using editing symbols; understanding Greek and Latin root words; decoding unknown words; and how to write a well developed paragraph. Students will also be introduced to Accountable Talk.  This is a form of seminaring that students will participate in throughout the school year during Language Arts.

Students will have homework to complete on the root word “gen”. This assignment is due on Wednesday.  I do have a PowerPoint presentation on my website that reviews the meaning of each word and demonstrates how to use these words in sentences.  Also, there are several students that have not finished reading the summer reading book, The Giver.  Please encourage your child to continuing reading; there will be an assessment over The Giver on Friday, August 25th. 

Students were asked to design their literacy notebooks this past weekend.  Many students have completed this task.  Those students that did not do this over the weekend will need to complete this task by Wednesday.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. jordan_m@hcde.org

Jenny Jordan


August 10, 2017 - Please Read  

Dear Parents and Students,

I am looking forward to the 2017 - 2018 school year.  Today, a packet of registration materials was sent home with your child.  This information needs to be completed and returned no later than Monday, August 14th.  If your child returns this registration information by this date, he/she will be allowed to dress down on Friday, August 18th.  

Also, I will be sending home information specific to Language Arts next week.  Please be aware that I use two main sources to communicate with parents and students:  www.loftismiddle.com and Remind.  To join Remind please text the following from your phone:

 text @dbca36 to the number 81010 

Students that are at least 13 years old can also sign up to receive messages from Remind.

Please know that you will not be able to reply to these messages and the phone number that appears is a randomly assigned number and is not my personal phone number.

I am looking forward to this school year.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jordan_m@hcde.org

Sincerely,

Jenny Jordan