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Mrs. Knichel`s Class 

Welcome to my class website! :)

I am delighted to have your child in my Language Arts class! I have outlined each of the four grading periods below in REVERSE ORDER. Feel free to scroll through what our upcoming year will look like, and contact me with any questions or concerns. My email address is rosa.knichel@dcsms.org.

Rosa Knichel

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During the 4th grading period, all of our reading and writing will be focused around answering our essential question, "What is your story?" Students will be exploring various articles, poems, and excerpts from books, including: Adventure's Call, Call of the Wild, Brown Girl Dreaming, "The Desert is My Mother", "leaving columbus", and so on. Students will be allowed to choose either an autobiography or biography about a person they want to learn more about and/or who is inspirational to them.  Their final project will be a Story Teller Project based on the book of their choosing. Rubrics were given out in late March, and projects are due Wednesday, May 10. Projects will count as a Semester Exam grade!

 

State Testing begins in late April and lasts until May 9th for 7th graders. They will test in English/Language Arts, Writing, and Math. Please, help your student to get plenty of rest during this time and send them off to school with healthy breakfasts in their tummies! :) These things help students to concentrate more and do better on their tests.

School is almost over! It's hard to believe that we are within weeks of the school year ending! We will have Field Day on May 17, Award's Night for Highest Average and Most Improved students in each subject, and exams begin on Wednesday, May 18th.  Thursday, May 19th, and Friday, May 20th, are both 60% days, which means no lunch will be served just on those two days. Buses will run through the last day of school on Friday, May 20th.

 

It has been a great year, and I have thoroughly enjoyed having your child in my classes! Have a wonderful, safe summer! If I can answer any questions, please, do not hesitate to contact me either at 901-827-3522 or rosa.knichel@dcsms.org.

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During the 3rd grading period, all of our reading and writing will be focused around answering our essential question, "How do we fight injustice?" Students will be exploring the answer to this question through reading excerpts from The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter, and completing our novel, We Beat the Street by Drs. George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon Draper. We will read a variety of informational texts, including articles about Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as on The Civil Rights Movement, The Holocaust, Women's Sufferage, and various topics of injustice. This is to provide students opportunities to build knowledge about our topic through analysis of different perspectives. Students will be writing in response to texts read throughout this unit, as well as participating in research activities.

I will supply class sets of any extended texts that we read this grading period, so no books will need to be purchased by students, with the exception of We Beat the Street which they should already have. We will have a project later in the grading period, and I will send a rubric home with students well in advance of the due date to provide them plenty of time to complete it.

If I can answer any questions or if you would like to talk with me, please contact me at rosa.knichel@dcsms.org. I will get back with you within 24 hours unless it is a school holiday or a weekend. Usually, I will respond the same day on school days.  I am excited about this grading period and look forward to working with my students and parents!

Happy New Year! :)

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During the 2nd grading period, all of our reading and writing will be focused around answering our essential question, "What makes a winner?". Students will be exploring the answer to this question through the reading of our extended text, We Beat the Street by George Jenkins, Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and Sharon Draper. We will read a variety of informational texts, including articles about: Bethany Hamilton, Gabriel Douglas, Michael Phelps, Lance Armstrong, Jonathan Vaughters, Darryl Strawberry, Nancy Kerrigan, Tonya Harding, and others. Also, we will read the teleplay, Brian's Song, as a class.

Our writing focus will be learning the elements of informational writing. Students will be writing in response to texts read throughout this unit, as well as participating in several research activities.

It is recommended that students have their own copy of We Beat the Streets in order to read outside of the classroom. The book can be purchased at Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble, or online at Amazon.com. The reading of this novel will take place both during classtime and at home. A class set is available to use in my classroom, but they will not be available for checkout. A project will be assigned on the book and will be due at the end of the grading period.

This unit is always a favorite of our students... and mine! :) I hope your child will enjoy reading and learning about current events and delving further into high interest topics. Please, feel  free to contact me at anytime by email at: rosa.knichel@dcsms.org, or leave a message for me through our main office at 662-280-0422. I will return your email/call within 24 hours.

 

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During the 1st grading period, we will focus all of our material around the essential question: "To what extent do our circumstances determine who we become?".  Various texts will be used by such writers as: Langston Hughes, Rudyard Kipling, Liz Murray, Walter Dean Myers, Fernando Santos, and Amy Tam to provide students an opportunity to build knowledge about our topic through analysis of different perspectives.

We will be reading Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick as our extended text. This is an intriguing story about two middle school aged boys, Max and Kevin, who become unlikely friends and form a friendship that allows them to stand strong in difficult circumstances in ways they could not individually. Students will see the characters learn critical life lessons about bullying, learning disabilities, sickness, stereotyping, determination, and so on.  Students have been asked to supply their own copy of the book, as they will read both in and out of class. I encourage them to borrow books, as well as check them out at our school or public libraries.  I will have copies for students to use in class, but they will not be able to remove them from my classroom.

Our writing will focus on argumentative essays.  We will learn how to present a claim and evaluate both sides of the argument before stating our final case. We will learn positive, constructive ways to debate opposing sides of disagreements and base decisions on factual information instead of opinions or hearsay.

I am delighted to have your child in my Language Arts class! I hope my students enjoy this unit as much as I do! Please, feel free to contact me at anytime with any questions or concerns that you may have. My email address is: rosa.knichel@dcsms.org. I will respond within 24 hours.