We use our 6th hour for Grad Prep - or a Reading Class that runs opposite our music program. How I wish all of our students had an extra class for reading everyday, but I get our seventh grade every two weeks and then, switch with their Math teacher, and get the 8th grade for two weeks. During those two weeks, I rotate standards.
Monday is Main Idea Monday. We focus on the big picture with details to support it.
Tuesday is Time Line Tuesday. We look at material and comment on how it applies to our own lives.
Wednesday is Wordy Wednesday. We study vocab.
Thursday is ummm well... I haven't thought of a cool name for that, but we take a story and make it into a poem or take a poem and write a summary - we take the basic meaning behind the work and re-create it into a different form.
Friday is Opine Friday. We study Author's point of View and then, express our own ideas!
Today, of course was Timeline Tuesday. We read an article about the invention of water skiing. Ralph Samuelson invented water skiing in Minnesota at Lake Pepin. He struggled and struggled to achieve his dream and never let go of his idea. I thought that this was a great message for seventh graders. I paired it with this youtube video.
While reading the students' timelines, I found that there are a lot of dreams out there. Kids wanting to do well in the world. They want to be nurses, mechanics, teachers, and motor cross racers. What I worry about most are those kids who don't know how to dream.
"Why dream? Nothing good comes of it anyways...."
"Don't give up - " I whisper and pat their arm. "Your assignment is to dream..."
Now, how do I grade that?