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Unit 7 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 6.1.20

Unit 7 Homework (pg. 105):

  • Need Those ZZZZZs: Young Night Owls Still Require Plenty of Sleep, pg. 105

Class Summary:

Today, we started with a review of the homework from Unit 6. Students had to read Behind the Mountains and answer two short answer response questions. Before jumping into student responses, we reviewed the short response writing rubric, highlighting the aspects of great writing! Students had the opportunity to review both Level 1 and Level 2 responses, as well as a chance to revise their own writing to make sure it was complete and comprehensive.  

In Unit 7, we revisited the STARR strategy that we learned in Unit 3 to help with answering multiple-choice questions. When attempting to answer a multiple-choice question, students should always:

  • Say the question in their own words.
  • Try to answer in their head BEFORE reading the answer choices.
  • Axe answer choices that are 100% wrong.
  • Revisit the text to find support for their answer.
  • Review their answers.

We then practiced the STARR strategy while reading the fiction passage Martin Eden and the non-fiction passage FTC Fact Sheet – Identify Yourself

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 8 classwork from Flipping Book before June 8.
  • Please ensure that your student is logged into Zoom by 3:00 PM for each class.

Unit 6 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.22.20

Unit 6 Homework (pg. 101):

  • Behind the Mountains – Pg. 101
  • Homework is due by 12 PM on Friday, May 29.
    • Students should type their responses directly into the GoogleDoc provided.
    • The instructor will provide feedback on these submissions before Monday’s class.

Class Summary:

Today, we started with a review of the Unit 5 homework. Students had to read Weaving with Light and answer two short answer response questions. Students also had an opportunity to look at several examples of student writing and rank them according to the rubric. 

In Unit 6, students continued to practice the  Plan of Attack strategy for writing prompts, and we discussed the necessary features/structure of a short response written answer. They even had an opportunity to practice with poetry!

If students follow these steps, they should always be able to generate a level 2 response:

  • Read and interpret the question by putting it in your own words.
  • Go back to the text and your main idea to formulate your answer.
  • Identify specific pieces of evidence in the text to support your claim.
  • After you finish your response, reread your writing.

Lastly, we included a bonus activity at the end of Unit 6 for students to practice creating an essay planning page comparing the two different texts that we read in class. This can be found on page 63.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 7 classwork from Flipping Book before June 1.
  • Please ensure that your student is logged into Zoom by 3:00 PM for each class.

Unit 5 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.18.20

Unit 5 Homework (pg. 97):

  • Weaving With Light – Pg. 97
  • Homework is due by 12:00 PM on Thursday, May 21.
    • Students should type their responses directly into the GoogleDoc provided.
    • The instructor will provide feedback on these submissions before Friday’s class.

Class Summary:

Today, we started with a review of Unit 4 homework. It was evident that the students have been working hard on their homework assignments and were eager to go over questions!

We launched into short response writing in Unit 5. Students were taught the Plan of Attack for writing prompts and we discussed the necessary features/structure of a short response written answer. If students follow these steps, they should always be able to generate a level 2 response:

  • Read and interpret the question by putting it in your own words.
  • Go back to the text and your main idea to formulate your answer.
  • Identify specific pieces of evidence in the text to support your claim.
  • After you finish your response, reread your writing.

Lastly, we reviewed common question types before diving into some supported and independent practice. Students were engaged in live polling questions about the texts we read as a group, and even got the opportunity to step into a grader’s footsteps. Students were asked to differentiate between level 2 short responses and level 1 short responses. This activity helped them identify if their own writing may be missing a piece of evidence, or prove to themselves that their own writing is a level 2 because it has all the necessary pieces to get full credit.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 6 classwork from Flipping Book before May 22.
  • Class 6 will be held on FRIDAY, MAY 22 from 3-4:30 PM due to Memorial Day Weekend. 
  • Please ensure that your student is logged into Zoom by 3:00 PM for each class.

Unit 4 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.11.20

Unit 4 Homework (pg. 94):

  • The Great Pumpkin due on May 18

Class Summary:

We began class with a review of last week’s homework. Then, we revisited the STARR strategy that we learned last week to help with answering multiple-choice questions. When attempting to answer a multiple-choice question, students should always:

  • Say the question in their own words.
  • Try to answer in their head BEFORE reading the answer choices.
  • Axe answer choices that are 100% wrong.
  • Revisit the text to find support for their answer.
  • Review their answers.

Next, we reviewed how to identify craft and structure questions and vocabulary questions. Identifying the question type can help students narrow down what the question is specifically asking. We practiced these strategies during supported and independent practice. Students also had an opportunity to reflect on what they learned during class and how they will apply it to their homework.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 5 classwork from Flipping Book before May 18.
  • Print Unit 6 classwork from Flipping Book before May 22.
  • Class 6 will be held on FRIDAY, MAY 22 from 3-4:30 PM due to Memorial Day Weekend. 

Unit 3 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.4.20

Unit 3 Homework (pg. 91):

  • Excerpt from “A Man’s Cup” from Children of the Longhouse (pg. 91) due on May 11

Class Summary:

We began class with a review of last week’s homework. Then, we learned how to use the STARR strategy to answer multiple-choice comprehension questions. When attempting to answer a multiple-choice question, students should always:

  • Say the question in their own words.
  • Try to answer in their head BEFORE reading the answer choices.
  • Axe answer choices that are 100% wrong.
  • Revisit the text to find support for their answer.
  • Review their answers.

Next, we reviewed how to identify common question types after reading a passage. Identifying the question type can help students narrow down what the question is specifically asking. We practiced these strategies during supported and independent practice. Students also had an opportunity to reflect on what they learned during class and how they will apply it to their homework.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 4 classwork from Flipping Book before May 11.

Unit 2 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 4.27.20

Unit 2 Homework (pg. 88):

  • Excerpt from The Mozart Season (pg. 88) – due on May 4

Class Summary:

Today, we continued to build upon the reading comprehension strategies that we learned last week and applied them to both fiction and poetry passages! Students also learned how to effectively write a short answer response that accurately addresses the prompt. Students should always include an accurate claim, 2 pieces of evidence to support their claim, and make sure that their response has little to no grammatical errors.

Students also had an opportunity to practice their multiple choice skills with the passage, “The Car.” Students should always read the prompt thoroughly and make sure they are choosing the answer choice that best responds to the prompt. If a student is stuck between two answer choices, they should always go back to the text to find evidence! Students should continue to practice these skills as they attempt the homework.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 3 classwork from Flipping Book before May 4.

Unit 1 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 4.20.20

Unit 1 Homework (pg. 84-87):

  • Telling Plastic to “Bag It,” pg. 84 – due on April 27

Class Summary:

We started class with a quick icebreaker, and then we dived right into reviewing reading comprehension strategies and genre-specific thinking questions for nonfiction passages. Students should always make brief 2-3 word annotations while reading, underline key words and phrases, and jot a main idea at the end of a passage. We then practiced these strategies with the passage “Food Fakeout!” which debunked common misconceptions about “healthy” foods and eating habits. 

Then, students had an opportunity to practice their new strategies with the nonfiction passage “Birth of the Cool,” which detailed the history of the modern day refrigerator. We then reviewed the highest leverage questions as a class. 

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 2 classwork from Flipping Book before April 27.
  • Class Participation:
    • Polling:
      • During class, students will be asked questions in real time through the Zoom Polling function.
      • Students should participate in all polls to help provide the instructor with data.
    • Questions:
      • If students have a question during class, they should:
      • Click on “Participants”
      • Click on “Raise Hand”
      • Wait to be recognized by the instructor 
      • Once recognized, unmute themselves to ask the question

Welcome! – 4.16.20

Welcome, 7th graders and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone next week! Your family has taken an important step to ensure that your student is ready for 8th Grade. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for 8th Grade and beyond!

The Tutorverse Team is here to provide the framework, instruction, and support needed to make this the rewarding experience it’s designed to be. We also need your help to make this a success. You can help us help you by making a commitment to show up for each and every class, diligently complete the homework, and actively participate in class (ask questions!).

Important information is included below, so please read it carefully, and bookmark this page for easy access!

Course FAQs

When is class?

Check the calendar above! Each online class session runs from 3-4:30 PM on Mondays, with the exception of Class 6, which will be held on Friday, May 22 due to Memorial Day Weekend.

What if I’m late? What do I do?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the login link and login password above as soon as you can. Feel free to chat the host of the meeting to jump right into the lesson. We can help catch you up to speed!

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • ELA Course Pages (linked above)
    • Pencils and an eraser
    • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
    • Login link (found above)
    • Login password (found above)

What if I need to miss a class?

Let us know as soon as you know that you need to miss class. This will allow us enough time to let the instructor know and to help you develop a plan to study the missed material! In most cases, we will have a video recording of the class session that we can make available to you so you can get the notes and instruction.

Is there homework?

Of course! Showing up for class is important, but just coming to class won’t help. Homework is an opportunity to reinforce the skills we learn in class. Remember: it’s not just about getting the homework done; it’s about doing it right and implementing reading comprehension strategies!

Parents: we need your help to make sure that students are doing their homework!

Homework can be found at the end of each unit (linked above).

What happens if a student’s conduct has a negative effect on the learning environment?

A safe, conducive learning environment is paramount. The instructor has the capability to remove a participant from the online class session if necessary. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if I still need help?

No problem! Please email hello@thetutorverse.com for support.