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Mrs. Balk

7th Grade Language Arts

balkm@westerville.k12.oh.us

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Homework Mon, 1/6:  Use your Lightning Thief Study Guide to prepare for the cumulative test Tues, 1/7, and Weds, 1/8; Read section 3 of your independent novel by Thurs, 1/9

Homework Tues, 1/7:  (same)

Homework Weds, 1/8:  Finish reading section 3 of your independent novel by tomorrow (complete entire novel by Weds, 1/15)

Homework Thurs, 1/9: Finish reading your independent novel by Weds, 1/15

Homework Fri, 1/10:  (same)

Homework Mon, 1/13:  Finish reading your independent novel by Weds, 1/15

Homework Tues, 1/14:  (same)

Homework Weds, 1/15:  Begin reading your biography book with section 1 read by Weds, 1/22; Clean out your LA binder (remove anything related to The Lightning Thief/mythology and old vocab packets-save flash cards); Complete Common Lit article entitled "Thank You, Ma'am" by Weds, 2/5

Homework Thurs, 1/16:  (same) Also, take the guided Bio Notes as you read your biography book; Share your graded Lightning Thief Test and self-reflection with parents/guardians

Homework Fri, 1/17:  Complete vocab 7A "sentences" and study for test Fri, 1/24; Read section 1 of biography book by 1/22 and take Bio Notes as explained; Complete Common Lit entitled "Thank You, Ma'am" by Feb. 5

Homework Tues, 1/21:  Vocab 7A "synonyms/antonyms" and study for test Fri, 1/24; Read section 1 of your biography book by tomorrow and take Bio Notes as explained; Comp Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Feb. 5

Homework Weds, 1/22:  Vocab 7A "sentences/illustrations" due Fri, 1/24 and study for 7A Test Fri, 1/24; Read section 2 of your biography book by Weds, 1/29 and continue taking Bio Notes as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Feb. 5

Homework Thurs, 1/23:  (same)

Homework Fri, 1/24:  Read section 2 of your biography book by Weds, 1/29 and continue taking Bio Notes as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Feb. 5; Refill your basic school supplies:  binders, pencils and pens

Homework Mon, 1/27:  Read section 2 of your biography book by Weds, 1/29 and continue taking Bio Notes as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Feb. 5; Refill your basic school supplies:  binders, pencils and pens; Study for Unit 7B Vocab Test Fri, 1/31

Homework Tues, 1/28:  Complete Vocab 7B "synonyms/antonyms"; Read section 2 of your biography book by Weds, 1/29 and continue taking Bio Notes as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Feb. 5; Refill your basic school supplies:  binders, pencils and pens; Study for Unit 7B Vocab Test Fri, 1/31

Homework Weds, 1/29:  Vocab 7B "sentences/illustrations" due Fri, 1/31 and study for 7B Test Fri, 1/31; Read section 3 of your biography book by Weds, 2/5 and continue taking Bio Notes, as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Weds, 2/5

Homework Thurs, 1/30:  (same)

Homework Fri, 1/31: Read section 3 of your biography book by Weds, 2/5 and continue taking Bio Notes; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Weds, 2/5

Homework Mon, 2/3:  Vocab 8A "Sentences" and study for test Fri, 2/7; Read section 3 of your biography book by Weds, 2/5 and continue taking Bio Notes, as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by Wed, 2/5; Study all worksheets and notes for Figurative Language Quiz Weds, 2/5

Homework Tues, 2/4:  Study for Unit 8A Vocab Test Fri, 2/7; Read section 3 of your biography book by tomorrow and continue taking Bio Notes, as explained; Complete Common Lit "Thank You, Ma'am" by tomorrow at 2:45 pm; Study all notes/worksheets for Figurative Language Quiz tomorrow

Homework Weds, 2/5:  Vocab 8A "synonyms/antonyms" and study for test Fri, 2/7; Read section 4 of your biography book by Weds, 2/12 and continue taking Bio Notes

Homework Thurs, 2/6:  Study for 8A Vocab Test tomorrow; Read section 4 of your biography book by Weds, 2/12 and continue taking guided Bio Notes, as modeled in class

Homework Fri, 2/7:  Read section 4 of your biography book by Weds, 2/12 and continue taking guided Bio Notes, as modeled in class

Homework Mon, 2/10:  Vocab 8B "Sentences" and study for test Tues, 2/18; Read section 4 of Bio book by Weds, 2/12, and continue taking guided Bio Notes, as explained

Homework Tues, 2/11:  Vocab 8B "synonyms/antonyms" and study for test Tues, 2/18; Read section 4 of Bio book by Weds, 2/12 and continue taking guided Bio Notes, as explained and modeled in class

Homework Weds, 2/12:  Vocab 8B "sentences/illustrations" due Tues, 2/18; FINISH reading Bio book and Bio Notes by Weds, 2/19 and be prepared for an in-class reflection; Re-stock supplies of pencils and pens

Homework Thurs, 2/13:  (same)

Homework Tues, 2/18:  Finish biography book and Bio Notes by tomorrow!!! Come prepared with your Bio Notes to respond in class; Restock your supply of pencils and pens

Homework Weds, 2/19:  Complete Common Lit "How the News Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm.; Organize binder and remove anything related to Lightning Thief and old vocab packets; Restock your supply of pencils and pens

Homework Thurs, 2/20:  (same)

Homework Fri, 2/21:  (same)

Homework Mon, 2/24:  Vocab 9A "Sentences" and study for test Fri, 2/28; Complete Common Lit "how the News Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Tues, 2/25:  Vocab 9A "synonyms/antonyms" and study for test Fri, 2/28:  Complete Common Lit "How the News Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm; Try your new realistic fiction novel on for "size" and exchange tomorrow if it doesn't "fit"

Homework Weds, 2/26:  Vocab 9A "sentences/illustrations" due Fri, 2/28; Read section 1 of your realistic fiction novel by 4/2 and take Post it notes over each chapter's plot/main events; Complete Common Lit "How the News Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Fri, 2/28:  Read section 1 of your realistic fiction novel by Weds, 3/4 and take Post it notes over each chapter's plot/main events; Complete Common Lit "How the News Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Mon, 3/2:  Vocab 9B "Sentences" and study for test Fri, 3/6; Read section 1 of your realistic fiction novel by Weds, 3/4 and take Post it notes over each chapter's events; Complete Common Lit "How the Media Works" by 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Tues, 3/3:  Vocab 9B "synonyms/antonyms" and study for test Fri, 3/6; Finish reading section 1 of your independent realistic fiction novel by tomorrow; Complete Common Lit "how the Media Works" by 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Weds, 3/4:  Vocab 9B "sentences/illustrations" due TOMORROW and study for 9B Test Fri, 3/6; Read sect 2 of your novel by WEds, 3/11 and continue taking Post it notes over events in each chapter; Complete Common Lit "How the Media Works" by 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Thurs, 3/5:  Study for 9B Vocab Test tomorrow; Read section 2 of your realistic fiction novel by Weds, 3/11, and continue taking notes in each chapter over plot; Complete Common Lit "How the Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm
Homework Mon, 3/9:  Complete the Outsiders Anticipation Guide by Weds, 3/11; Finish reading section 2 of your realistic fiction book by Weds, 3/11 and continue taking Post it notes over the main events in each chapter; Complete Common Lit "How the News Media Works" by Weds, 3/11 at 2:45 pm

Homework Tues, 3/10:  (same) and review all preposition worksheets for Quest Tues, 3/17

Homework Weds, 3/11:  Read section 3 of your independent realistic fiction novel by Weds, 3/17 and continue taking Post it notes over the main events in each chapter; Review all preposition worksheets for Quest on Tues, 3/17

Homework Thurs, 3/12:  (same)

Homework Fri, 3/13:  (same); Beginning Tuesday, 3/17, you will need to monitor this website and refer to Schoology for assignments (these are NOT optional). ALL assignments listed are due upon our return to school, presumably 4/6:  Read chapters 1-3 in The Outsiders (this is available online or on You Tube-just search "Outsiders full text" or "Outsiders whole novel" and it will come up); Complete the 3 sets of Outsiders chapter 1, 2 & 3 questions; Complete the S.E. Hinton biography paper; Complete the 60's peace sign if you were in school on 3/13; Finish reading your independent realistic fiction novel and notes; Study all of your 9 preposition worksheets and be prepared to take the quiz; Complete CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd?"; Email me if you have questions!

Homework Expectations 3/17:  Read through chapter 7 in The Outsiders; Monitor Schoology (or pick up paper copies of worksheets) for Outsiders chapter questions 1-7 which are due upon return; Complete the S.E. Hinton page; Complete "Why do people follow the crowd" in Common Lit; Finish reading and taking notes over your independent realistic fiction novel; Study for Prepositions Quiz (upon return); Email me if you have questions!

Homework Expectations 3/30:  Plan on reading 2 chapters of The Outsiders each week and then complete the accompanying chapter worksheets on paper or in a google doc or Word doc (these are posted on Schoology); Also do the S.E. Hinton biography paper; Finish reading your independent realistic fiction novel and the Post it note summaries per each chapter (by 4/6); Study/review your preposition worksheets; Complete the CommonLit article "Why do people follow the crowd?" by 4/13; email me if you have any questions!!! Stay safe!

Homework Expectations 3/31: Read chapters 3&4 in Outsiders by Friday, 4/10 and complete each chapter worksheet in a google doc to share this with me (2 chapters per week due on Friday of each week); finish your novel and notes by 4/6; complete CommonLit “Why do people follow the crowd?”; study preposition worksheets; email any questions! 

Homework Weds, 4/1:  Since we began our assignments early (prior to spring break), we are a bit ahead. At this point, read Outsiders chapters 3&4 and complete the 2 chapter worksheets by Fri, 4/10. These chapter worksheets should be completed in a google doc and shared with me by the Friday of each week OR you can type them in a word doc and email them to me; Finish reading your independent novel and Post it notes by 4/6; Complete CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd" by 4/15; Study your preposition worksheets; Email me with questions and STAY WELL!

Homework Thurs, 4/2: In addition to the above, complete the S.E. Hinton biography paper and the 60's peace sign (if you were in class on Friday, March 13)

Homework Fri, 4/3:  Read chapters 1-4 in Outsiders by 4/10 (found online if you google "Outsiders whole text/whole novel") and complete the accompanying 4 worksheets (these can be done in a google doc and shared, in Word and emailed, or on paper and sent in a pic through email) by 4/10; Complete the S.E. Hinton biography and peace sign (peace sign only if you were in school on Fri, 3/13), take a pic of each and email to me by 4/10; Finish your independent realistic fiction novel and Post it notes by 4/6 (save all Post it notes); Complete CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd?" by 4/15; Study your preposition worksheets for a potential quiz; Email me with questions or concerns! I miss you!!!

Homework Mon, 4/6:  Read chapters 1-4 in Outsiders by 4/10 (found online if you google "Outsiders whole text/whole novel" and on YouTube) and complete the accompanying 4 worksheets (these can be done in a google doc and shared, in Word and emailed, or on paper and sent in a pic through email) by 4/10; Complete the S.E. Hinton biography (due 4/10) and 60's peace sign (only if you were in school on Fri, 3/13), take a pic of each and email to me by 4/10; Complete CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd?" by 4/15; Save Post it notes taken over your independent novel; Review your preposition worksheets for a potential quiz; Email me with questions or concerns! Take care!

Homework Tues, 4/7:  (same) 

Homework Weds, 4/8:  (same) NOTE:  All Outsiders worksheets and S.E. Hinton biography can be found in Schoology under each class's course

Homework Thurs, 4/9:  Chapters 1-4 Outsiders questions, S.E. Hinton biography and peace sign design (peace sign only if present in class on March 13) due by tomorrow, Friday, 4/10 (these assignments were originally due on Monday, April 6, but have been extended until tomorrow) Outsiders chapter worksheets can be found on Schoology to be submitted via a shared google doc OR a Word document OR take a pic of written responses and email me; CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd?" is due Weds, 4/15; Continue to read 2 chapters per week of Outsiders and complete the accompanying worksheets found on Schoology; Save independent novel Post it notes; Review preposition worksheets for potential quiz; Email with me any questions or concerns-I miss you!!!

Homework Expectations for week of 4/13 due Friday, 4/17:  Read chapters 5&6 in Outsiders (read online or listen on YouTube) and complete chapter 5 and chapter 6 Outsiders worksheets found on Schoology (type into a shared google doc OR type in Word and email OR write on paper, take a pic and send); Complete CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd?" ALL OF THESE ASSIGNMENTS DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 17; You should have finished your independent realistic fiction novel and Post it notes (save notes); Save all preposition worksheets; Email any questions or concerns-I miss you!!!

Homework Expectations for week of 4/13:  ALL ASSIGNMENTS LISTED PREVIOUSLY ARE DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 17 (This includes past due assignments previously listed). Email me if you have questions or need help! I miss you!

Homework Expectations for week of 4/13:  Please refer to previous list of assignments; ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 17 (This includes both past due assignments and this week's assignments). Email me if you have any questions

Homework Expectations for the week of 4/20, DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 24:  Read chapters 7&8 in Outsiders (can be found online or on YouTube) and complete chapter 7 and chapter 8 worksheets found on Schoology (complete in a shared google doc OR in Word and email OR on paper, take a pic and email); Your independent realistic novel should already be completed as of 4/6 (save all the Post it notes taken) as should CommonLit "Why do people follow the crowd" which was due Fri, 4/17 (this assignment is no longer accepted for a score since it was assigned prior to the remote learning period); INTERIM GRADES WILL BE POSTED WITH S/U/I (Incomplete is recorded if no assignments have been submitted during the remote learning portion of the fourth quarter); Take care and email me with any questions or concerns! Hope you are enjoying The Outsiders-Miss you all lots!

Homework Addition to week of 4/20 (see above):  Complete CommonLit poem "Knock, Knock" by May 6 and email me once this is completed; Make sure you read the comments I wrote for your other graded CommonLit assignments before you attempt this one (remember:  1/3 is text proof and 2/3 is your explanation)

Homework Week of 4/27:  Read chapters 9 & 10 in Outsiders (can be found online or on YouTube) and complete chapter 9 and chapter 10 worksheets found on Schoology DUE FRIDAY, MAY 1 (make sure to label each chapter worksheet, to number each response and to use thorough, complete sentences and legible writing when responding; complete worksheets in a shared google doc OR in Word and email OR on paper, take a pic and email);  Complete CommonLit poem "Knock, Knock" due May 6 and email me once this is completed (make sure you read the poem several times before you answer the questions and also make sure to read the comments I wrote for your other graded CommonLit assignments before you attempt this one; remember:  1/3 is text proof and 2/3 is your explanation); Email me with any questions or concerns; Stay well-I miss you all!

Homework Week of 5/4:  Finish reading Outsiders (use novel, or can be found online or on YouTube) and complete the chapters 11&12 worksheet found on Schoology DUE FRIDAY, MAY 8 (THIS MUST BE YOUR OWN WORK-DO NOT CUT AND PASTE FROM THE INTERNET, SHARE RESPONSES, COPY ANOTHER's WORK OR YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT; make sure to label each chapter worksheet, to number each response and to use thorough, complete sentences and legible writing when responding; complete chapter worksheet in a google doc OR in Word and email OR on paper, take a pic and email); Complete CommonLit poem "Knock Knock" due Weds, May 6 (make sure to read the poem several times before you answer the questions and also make sure to read the comments I wrote for your other graded CommonLit assignments before you attempt this one; remember:  1/3 is text proof and 2/3 is your words/explanation); Email me with any questions or concerns! Stay well! I miss you!!!

Homework 5/8-5/13:  You should be finished reading The Outsiders and complete the chapters 11&12 worksheet due Fri, 5/8 (LAST DAY TO SUBMIT WORK FOR CREDIT IS WED, MAY 13 in order to allow for grading); Once finished with the novel, complete the "Outsiders Post-Reading Reflection" found in Schoology-Read the directions carefully and refer back to the novel for specifics (this must be your own work and words and demonstrate that you read and understand the novel); the "Outsiders Post-Reading Reflection" is due no later than Wednesday, May 13, in order for grading to occur (this is a FIRM due date; late work will not be accepted); Email me if you have any questions! I miss being able to discuss the novel with you, but I hope you enjoyed it!

Homework 5/11:  Complete the "Outsiders Post-Reading Reflection by Weds, 5/13-this is a FIRM due date and late work will not receive credit (see directions/guidelines in Schoology); Assignments dated prior to the Interim date of April 21(chapters 1-6) will be no longer be accepted; CommonLit scores will be released Thurs, 5/14

Homework/Expectations 5/14-5/20:  ALL assignments and work should have been completed as of yesterday, May 13, and late work will no longer be accepted in order for grading to occur; Your CommonLit "Knock Knock" score is available for you to see; Look for your graded Reflection score to be posted by Tuesday, May 19; If you'd like (it's optional, but encouraged) you can watch The Outsiders video on YouTube (or on another source) if you have your parent(s)' approval-then, send me an email telling me your thoughts on both the video and book and which you liked more; Locker materials pick up is next week, so please drop off any novels/books that belong to me (make sure my name is on the book, please!); Email me with any questions; I missed reading this novel with you, but I hoped you enjoyed it and took away from it some great life lessons

Final grades/comments:  All Post Reflections will be graded and entered no later than Tuesday, May 19 (look for my specific grading comments on your Reflection google doc); Look for your fourth quarter grade/comments to be posted this week; I enjoyed having you in class this year, and I wish you all the best in eighth grade!  
 

June 1, 2020:  Hello and Goodbye to my Genoa family! I have retired from teaching after 37 years. I will miss you all. I wish each and every one of you a healthy, happy summer and a great eighth grade year! Should you wish to contact me, please leave a message for Mrs. Stock. Or if you’d like, you can email Mrs. Christoff at: christoe@wcsoh.org and she will forward your message.  Stay well, stay safe, stay gold! Mrs. Balk

 

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