Announcement 6/8/2020:

Hello students and parents! My "Work at Home" folder has been updated with a final activity for students to complete if they choose. To reflect back on this year and look toward the future, students will write an email to themselves that they will receive five years from now. Please email me if you have any questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Office Hours: 
Thursdays 1:30-3pm

**For this final week's office hours, I will be sending out a zoom link for a short meeting to say a final goodbye to each of my classes! I miss you all and hope you will join.

Below are the topics we will review each week from now until the end of the school year. All lessons/activities will be posted in my "Work at Home" folder by 10 am on Tuesday of each school week.

Week 1: April 14-17 Genre identification/Connotation/Denotation 

Week 2: April 20-24 Figurative language & Extended metaphors/Imagery 

Week 3: April 27-May 1 Text features

Week 4: May 4-8 Author's Organizational Patterns 

Week 5: May 11-15 STAR writing-sentence types, parts of speech

Week 6: May 18-22 Elements of fiction: point of view, setting, character  

Week 7: May 26-29 Elements of fiction: conflict, plot, theme

Week 8: June 1-5 Main Idea & Summary

Week 9: June 8-12 Context Clues

And here's a message from our librarians:

Hello Gainesville Family!
Mrs. Klassen and Mrs. Ware really miss seeing you in the Library, so we created some fun weekly challenges on the Library School Messenger page
Go to the Work at Home folder and scan the QR Code for the Flipgrid or click on the link. 
All you need is your student login. 
There is also a document in the folder with separate links for each challenge in case you would like to complete the challenges offline.

We can't wait to see your Flipgrid responses and reconnect with you in the virtual world!
Check back each week to see new challenges.

Previous Announcements:

Please see the Instructional Calendar located on the left-hand side of this page to view standards that we have completed through March 13th.

Other resources for working at home during the school closure can be accessed in the Work at Home Folder located on the left-hand side of this page.

Please remember to read at least 20 minutes per day. Talk to a parent/sibling or journal about what you have read. View the "Middle Grades Book Titles" document to see my list of suggested authors/titles in the "Work at Home" folder.

Mrs. Branchetti

7th Grade Language Arts

The purpose of 7th grade language arts is to build upon and expand each student's abilities in the realms of reading, writing, research, and communication. Students will explore various fiction and nonfiction genres throughout the year while improving their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Instruction will also focus on developing students' skills in the narrative, persuasive and expository forms of writing. In addition, this class will provide students with opportunities to conduct research in conjunction with the library, as well as to prepare and deliver whole-class presentations. A final goal is for students to learn best practices for communicating effectively in small group discussions.

My Schedule:
8:10-9:07: Period 1
9:09-10:06: Period 2 
10:08-11:06: Period 3
11:07-1:19: Planning/Lunch
1:21-1:50: Team Time (Advisory)
1:52-2:50: Period 7

Required Materials:
1. 3-Ring Binder
2. Looseleaf Lined Paper
3. Dividers (5)
4. Pencils
5. Dry Erase Marker
6. Highlighters
7. Composition Book
8. Two Packs of Post-Its

Recommended Materials:
1. Glue Sticks
2. Scissors
3. Colored Pencils

After School Help:
Students may see me to schedule a time for extra help after school. Late buses run on Mondays and Thursdays, but I can also be available other days if needed.