Shuntay  Chester
7th Grade Language Arts
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SMS Progress Reports for the 4th Nine Weeks go home


Thursday, April 13, 2017




4th  Nine Weeks



        Essential Questions:


What's Your Story? 


                                                                                                                                                                                       Ms. Chester's


Story Teller Project                    Name _________________


4th Nine Weeks





·        Choose an autobiography or a biography on a person of interest to you. The book must be a minimum of 150 pages and have multiple chapters.



·        Students are responsible for finding their own books and reading them on their own time. Southaven Public Library has an excellent selection.




·        Students may keep the books with them at school and read in class after classwork is complete.



·        Books must be brought to school and shown to Ms. Chester NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, APRIL 1st! This will count as a homework grade.



·        Final projects are DUE Friday, May 5th! It will count as a NINE WEEKS TEST GRADE! Every day the project is late will result in a 20 point deduction. PLAN AHEAD!



·        Final projects must be typed. All typed portions should be in Times New Roman 14 font. Projects should be neat and error free!



Things to remember:



·        Assembling the Story Teller Book:


-         The title will be the cover page to your book.


-         You must also create a table of contents which will include page numbers.


-         Binding the book: Staples are NOT acceptable and will result in a 10 point deduction! Clear, plastic binders are acceptable, but be creative in your binding.


-         Number your pages!



___ 1.              Title – Colorfully write the name of your Story Teller Project, the title of the autobiography or biography, and author on a title page. Also, include your name, date, and the class period on this page. Make sure the colors and style you choose reflect the tone of the book.


___ 2.              Shape Poem – A shape poem is a poem that describes an object and is written in the shape of the object. The shape that you choose should symbolize something from your book and at the same time, explain the concept behind the shape.


___ 3.              Setting Senses - Choose at least three of the five senses to describe the setting of the book in at least two paragraphs. Was the setting a backdrop for the story, or was it a necessary part of the story? Remember that the setting includes both time and place. (For example: In The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, the setting was critical to the plot of the book. The book was set in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement when bombings were way too common in Birmingham, Alabama. Christopher Paul Curtis created this historical fiction book where Joetta (Joey) Watson was in the bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church on September 15, 1963. He discusses the loud booms of various bombings, especially the one Joey was in. He mentions that Kenny’s ‘ears didn’t work’ afterwards, due to him being in shock. Also, sight is used as he describes the scene of the church in the aftermath of the bombing.)


___ 4.              Timeline – Create a timeline of 15 major events from your person’s life, and correctly label the events.


___ 5.              Defining Moment – Draw the most important, most exciting, saddest, or most thought-provoking moment from your person’s life. Explain your drawing and its significance to the story in at least one paragraph underneath your picture.


___ 6.              Vocabulary Search – Locate at least ten challenging vocabulary words from the book. Write the words and their definitions and usage in a sentence with context clues. Include small pictures to help you remember the words.


___ 7.              Lessons Learned – What are some important lessons your person learned in his/her lifetime? What lessons can you learn from him/her? (Themes)


___ 8.              Quotations – Include at least two important quotations that are significant. Use creativity to add color and/or drawings to help showcase the importance of the quotes.


___ 9.              Photographs – Choose at least three photographs and/or pieces of art that represent your person’s life. Write a one paragraph summary including names, dates, and reason for selection.


___ 10.            Evaluation – Write your opinion of the book you selected. Make a claim, and use examples to support your opinion. Don’t say, “It was good.” Be specific. This must be three paragraphs.



3rd Nine Weeks


        Essential Questions:

How do we fight injustice? 



Due: 12/12/16

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms. Chester      


The construction of the standing cube was done in class today, 11/28/16, by each student with the teacher’s help. Time will be given in class to work on projects. Therefore, the projects may be kept in the classroom unless a student or parent requests that it be taken home. Students will also be provided with pictures of the three doctors. The student is not required to use the pictures provided by the teacher; other pictures can be used. It is the responsibility of the student to keep track of their project and pictures. If anything is lost by the student, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the item in order to complete the project. Extra copies/items will not be given to the student. The 1st chart includes the items on each of the 4 sides of the cube. The 2nd chart is the rubric used for grading guidelines.

Side 1

Side 2

Side 3

Side 4

Title Page

Sampson Davis

George Jenkins

Rameck Hunt


Picture of Sam

Picture of George

Picture of Rameck

Create an alternate title for the   book that closely relates to the details and information of the text. The title of the book cannot be used.

Describe   Sam’s feelings/emotions by citing textual evidence.

Describe   George’s feelings/emotions by citing textual evidence.

Describe   Rameck’s feelings/emotions by citing textual evidence.

Create a logo or picture that   connects and relates to the book or an experience/incident discussed in the   book.

Use textual   evidence to describe and explain Sam’s personality and characteristics.

Use textual   evidence to describe and explain George’s personality and characteristics.

Use textual   evidence to describe and explain Rameck’s personality and characteristics.

Pictures from the book or pictures   used in class cannot be used on the title page. This is your visual representation of the   importance of the doctors’ journey to success.

Provide   background information for Sam by using textual evidence. Settings, family and friends, and incidents   that strongly affect Sam should be included.

Provide   background information for George by using textual evidence. Settings, family and friends, and incidents   strongly affect George should be included.

Provide   background information for Rameck by using textual evidence. Settings, family and friends, and incidents   that strongly affect Rameck should be included.

Pictures/logos/collage may be   printed or drawn by the student.

Write a paragraph   that explains what makes Sam a winner.   Use textual evidence to support your response.

Write a paragraph   that explains what makes George a winner.   Use textual evidence to support your response.

Write a paragraph   that explains what makes Rameck a winner.   Use textual evidence to support your response.



Points Possible





Title Page   includes all elements

Title Page   missing elements

Title Page   missing




Emotions/Feelings correctly are described   and explained by using textual evidence.

Emotions/feelings not correctly described/1   or more doctors have few emotions or feelings

None of the doctors have emotions/feelings.

Textual evidence is not used.




Personality   traits/characteristics of each doctor are explained by using textual   evidence.

Personality   is not explained/1 or more doctors have few or no personality traits

None of the   doctors have a personality/personality traits or characteristics.

Textual   evidence is not used.




Background information is fully described   for each doctor by using textual evidence.

Background not fully explained/1 or more   doctors have no background.

None of the doctors have a background. Textual evidence is not used.





What makes   him a winner? This question is fully answered for each doctor using textual   evidence and is written in paragraph form.

The question   is not answered in paragraph form or does not include cited evidence/Question   is not answered for 1 or more doctor.

None of the   questions are in paragraph form or includes cited evidence/Question is left   unanswered for all doctors. Textual   evidence is not used.




Project reflects great effort in   creativity/neatness.

Minimal creativity used/Information not   written in an orderly manner (The information is there, but it is hard to   locate).

Project does not exhibit any effort of   creativity.


Pictures/Doctors’   names are included on each side.

Pictures or   names are missing on 1 or more sides.

Pictures or   names are not included.



No mechanical/grammatical errors

Few mechanical/grammatical errors

Excessive mechanical/grammatical errors



Information   Printed

Information neatly   written

Information   is not neatly written or legible/readable.











10/31-11/4- Book Fair

Nov. 8 - Student Holiday

Nov. 10 - Progress Reports

Nov. 21-25 - Thanksgiving Week







October 13, 2016





2nd Nine Weeks  

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What makes a winner?



** Grading Scale


40% Tests/Projects 

35% Classwork/Quizzes 

15% Homework 

10% Nine weeks test








                          Ms. Chester

Freak the Mighty Project


Revised: Complete all of the following activities by Thursday, October 6.


  1. Illustrate one of your favorite scenes in the book. 5 points    

For teacher use only:




  1. The beginning of the book explains the physical description of both Freak and Max. Draw and label pictures of Freak and Max. Make sure you label each characteristic and also cite where you found it in the book. (ex. “shiny braces strapped to his crooked legs” pg. 2). 10 points

For teacher use only:




  1. Prepare a timeline highlighting the history of robotics. The timeline should include at least 10 typed events. 10 points

For teacher use only:




  1. Find 20 important words throughout the book that are new to you. Complete a template for each word. Use the context of the word from the book to help you. 20 points ( Picture, sentence, and definition of the word)

For teacher use only:




  1. We hear the story of daycare the way Max remembers it. Write a one page story about daycare from Freak’s point of view. Pretend that you are Freak and tell what daycare was like for you. Make sure your story is type neatly and correctly. 25 points

For teacher use only:




  1. Freak teaches Max about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Create a story about an exciting quest. You must use the words: slaying dragons, Fair Guinevere, knights, King Arthur, Excalibur, and quest. (Refer to page 17). Research on the topic is required. 30 points

For teacher use only:




Subtotal:                     Points deducted/added:                                Total:



Other Guidelines


  • Project must be in a  folder of some sort where all pages are secured with brads.
  • Creativity is KEY. The more creative, the better! J
  • A cover sheet MUST be the 1st page in the folder, including: the book title, author’s name, student’s name, class period, and date turned in. The cover sheet may be decorated.
  • This sheet MUST be the 2nd page in the folder.
  • Items 2 though 6 must be typed. All information must be neat and legible.
  • Illustrations must be completed by the student, not an artistic friend or relative!
  • Every activity must be labeled in the TOP, RIGHT HAND CORNER with the activity number. Also, the activities should be placed in order in a folder.
  • Everyday that this project is late will result in a deduction of 10 points from the project grade.


Plan ahead, and have fun! This is a TEST/PROJECT grade!



Progress Reports for the 1st Nine Weeks go home

Thursday, September 1






August 3, 2016


Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the jump start of another school year. I have been given the opportunity to work at Southaven Middle School as English Language Arts teacher and would like to introduce myself. I am Ms. Chester, your child’s 7th grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year at Southaven Middle School. I am delighted to have your child in my class this year, and I am looking forward to a very successful year, as I know you are too. I have high expectations for your child and I will be doing all that I can to help your child achieve those expectations.

I will be expecting all work assigned in class to be completed. Of course, all children do not work at the same pace, so I will provide an ample amount of time for assignments to be completed. Homework will be sent home twice a week. Please make sure your child completes his/her homework assignments. Progress report will be sent home for you to sign and return each nine weeks. This is to keep you updated on your child’s academics.

I am expecting your child to be on his/her best behavior. To ensure this, we (the class) have classroom rules that we must follow. I am providing you with a list of our rules and consequences.

You have been provided with a list indicating the supplies that your child will need. Please make sure that your child has all the supplies that he/she needs for a successful year.

I look forward to building a relationship with each of you. I am always available for any questions or concerns that you may have throughout the year. You may contact me by leaving a message at the middle school or by e-mail. I am more than happy to set up meetings with you immediately after school or during my planning period. It is important to me that your child is comfortable and confident in his/her classroom environment. I want all the best and most positive experiences for your child during the upcoming school year! Together, let’s make this a fantastic school year! J




Shuntay Chester, ELA


*Phone- Southaven Middle School (662) 280-0422


                                                             Ms. Chester


These supplies are essential to our classroom, and will be used on a daily basis!


   1 10 pack (or larger) #2 pencils

   2packages of Loose-leaf notebook paper

   2 Black/Blue Pens

   3 boxes of Kleenex

   2 Rolls of Paper Towels

   3 pack Dry Erase Markers / 2 Highlighters

   24 pack of Colored Pencils 

   2 Pack of Colored Sticky Notes (Small and Large packs)

   1 Ream of Colorful card stock paper or Colorful copy paper

   Scissors (They will keep these themselves so they can be used in other classes)

   2 Fine Point Black Sharpies

   2 Glue sticks

   1 Hand Sanitizer

   2 Disinfecting Wipes

   1 USB Flash drive (used by all grades)


If you would like to contribute any of the following items to our classroom, it would be greatly appreciated.


Old magazines


Wrapped candy 



Students who bring their supplies by Monday, August 15th, will receive a 100 for their first grade of the 9 weeks.


1st Nine Weeks

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What determines who you become?



During this nine-week period, we will be exploring this essential question in many ways through the use of different texts and books: Do our circumstances determine who we become?  The book we will be using this nine weeks is Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.  The book that will be used for the 2nd 9 week period is We Beat the Streets by Sampson Davis.  Books for the remaining 9 week periods will be announced at a later date.  Thank you for your prompt attention and support in this area.



Sign up for Remind: Text @mschesters to 81010.


I  highly recommend you sign up for REMIND 101 as soon as possible. I will use this throughout the year to remind you and your child of upcoming tests, projects, quizzes, homework, progress reports, etc. The codes for sign-up are located in the Parent Packet I sent home the first week of school.


Essential Questions and Books

1. What determines who you become?
1st Nine Weeks
Freak the Mighty-Rodman Philbrick
2. What makes a winner? 2nd Nine Weeks
We Beat the Streets-Sampson Davis
3. How do we fight injustice? 3rd Nine Weeks
Book to be announced
4. What should we learn? 4th Nine Weeks
Students will choose a book based on certain guidelines.