Now you will write a collection of original poetry. There are no requirements on what style poetry you choose or themes/topics. You may choose whatever you wish that expresses yourself.
Must include 8 poems – limit two on haikus
Please make each poem a separate page with a title. You may include images to go with your poetry if you wish.
Please see my example Poetry Anthology (in One Note/TEAMS) to help guide you.
P.S Last day to turn any work in for grades is Sunday May, 17th. This is to ensure that I have time to get assignments graded and accurately placed in the grade book.
I have posted part 3 of Task 5 in your One Note Class Notebook. This week you will be working on your autobiography. You will find the details below. If you have questions, please reach out to me.
Grades - Please see the message sent through Parent/Student VUE
An autobiography is an account of a person's life written by that person. In Part 2, you wrote brief biographies about three poets you chose to research. Before writing your own poetry, you will write an autobiography for others (me) to understand your life to make deeper connections to the original poetry you will write in part 4 of your Poetry Anthology
Timeline of Events
Before you begin writing out your life's story, I would like you to talk to several family members about earlier memories that you may not recall. This will help with writing about your very early years of life. You will create a timeline of events that you will include in your autobiography. You will write about four major events, so keep that in mind when you are creating your timeline.
See below for some events to ask your relatives about. You do NOT have to include everything listed below
> Early Years:
your birth day
the very first thing you remember happening
your first toys
started to walk
when you began school (What was your kindergarten teacher’s name?)
the first book you read by yourself
the year you learned to ride a bike, ice skate, play a musical instrument, swim or whistle a train, plane, or car ride somewhere special
the time you broke your arm or had an accident and how it happened
the year your voice changes or you grew really fast
when you met your best friend
the first movie, baseball game, concert, or play you attended
when your first tooth fell out
special events when you finished elementary school
first trip to a special place like the zoo, circus, or state fair
> Later Years:
Favorite memory with a friend
Getting a pet
Putting it all together
Now that you have completed a brief timeline of events in your life, you will begin writing your autobiography in paragraph form. There are no paragraph restrictions. I want you to focus on your autobiography not as a school assignment, but a dedication and remembrance of important things in your life.
Please include the following details (in order) in your autobiography:
Your autobiography should be personal to you. It will only be read by me.
EXAMPLE (Posted in OneNote) – Below is my autobiography. My autobiography will be different from yours because every person's life is different and each of our experiences are different. Please do not feel that you have to include anything that I include below. I am taking this time to share parts of my life that I don't typically share will others. By sharing some of my fondest memories and heartaches, I hope that you will share your life story with me.
Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a relaxing Spring Break. I know I enjoyed my down time. I have been in contact with a lot of you via Microsoft TEAMS as well as through email/text. I just want to provide some clarification for some of the questions that were asked as well as general information.
Assignments - Your final assignment for my class is your Poetry Anthology. I have broken the project into weekly tasks. Only one part is due each week. I adjusted the original due dates so please follow the due dates below. In addition, you should complete one Reading Plus assignment each week. I should see 100% participation on Reading Plus (no excuses!).
Task 5 Part One - Sunday April 19th
Task 5 Part Two - Sunday April 26th
Task 5 Part Three - Sunday May 3rd
Task 5 Part Four - Sunday May 10th
Task 5 Part Five - Sunday May 17th
Remember these due dates are guidelines and not strictly set in stone. If you need additional time, please reach out to me prior to the "due date" so I can grant you more time.
The last week and half of school will be dedicated to catching up on any missed assignments or revising of assignments.
Grades - Information about Q4 grades was sent out by the Superintendent. If you have specific questions in regards to Q3 OR Q4 grades, please email Mr, Langston or Dr. Hill. Any emails sent to me regarding grades will automatically be forwarded to them. This is to ensure that information regarding grades is accurately given to parents/students.
Weekly Wellness Check-In
Please make sure that you are completing the weekly wellness check-in form on TEAMS. I did not post one this week. This helps me to see how each of you are doing. Plus I enjoy reading them.
Weekly Video Conferences Moved to Thursday
I am moving our weekly video conferences to Thursday per the schedule that was sent out. I am also combining class periods together. I will also have an additional video conference time for any student that missed the scheduled times. To access the video conference, you must go to the TEAMS link I send out through the chat box. See below for the changes.
Video Conferences are OPTIONAL for any class, but highly recommended. My video conferences are to ask any questions you have about assignments/school as well as to check up on all of you to see how you are doing.
Thursday Video Conference Schedule
9:00AM 3rd period, 4th period, & 5th period
10:30AM 6th & 7th period
One Note ISSUES
Several of you have reached out to me this week informing me that your work is not being saved in your One Note Notebook and getting an error code. I have submitted a work order to our IT department to see if we can resolve the issue. If this is happening to you, please let me know and try not to stress. In the mean time, for those having the issues, please complete work in a Word Document to prevent any saving issues. I know how upsetting/infuriating it can be to have technology issues. I will provide an update once I hear from the IT department.
End of the Year Virtual Class Party
Typically as the school year comes to an end, we have many events to look forward to such as field day and class parties. I have been thinking about how we can still make this happen. So I came up with having a virtual class party with trivia/online games. I will put out a poll on TEAMS to see if anyone is interested. I think it would be fun and great to see all of you before our official summer break!
Stay Happy & Healthy,
After reading some of your Wellness Check-Ins, talking with some students and parents, and reflecting on everything, I am making two major changes to your assignments & due dates. I am changing the requirements for Reading Plus to just ONE lesson per week. I am changing the due date to TASK 5 to AFTER Spring Break. The only two things that need to completed this week is ONE Reading Plus Lesson and Task 4 in your Class Notebook.
Please make sure you are putting your work in the Class Notebook OneNote at the top and not anywhere else. When you finish Task 4, if would like to work ahead, please do so. I am making these changes to alleviate stress and the work load. I know that you are receiving an unprecedented amount of work at this time from ALL teachers. I can only control what I am assigning you for my class. Hopefully by removing some assignments and adding additional time to complete tasks you are able to get your work done without unnecessary stress and are able to complete it with high quality work instead of rushed, incomplete work.
In addition, the 7th grade Reading Department has put together a no-tech paper packet for any student that does not have adequate technology/internet access. If you are in need of one of these paper packets, I need to know ASAP. Please reach me at 678-561-6011.
I want all of you to know I really do miss you and hope that you know I am here to support you in any way I can. I tremendously miss each and every one of you!
We are starting week three of our digital learning. Below are two links to the video instructions for the assignments as well as detailed information about your big summative project. Please view these videos today and do not procrastinate on your work this week. All teachers are setting due dates to keep structure and keep a steady pace. However, these deadlines are loose deadlines. If you are unable to complete all course work in a week, do not stress. I am more than happy to give you the time you need to produce quality work.
Link to videos - https://youtu.be/Kb3vZfG5DKo
Please watch both videos in it's entirety. In the first video, I discuss the requirements for Task 4 and discuss your Poetry Anthology Project. The second video shows you how to set-up your OneNote for this project. I cannot stress enough to watch the videos so you make sure you are creating your assignment tabs correctly and understand the assignments given to you.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. I am readily available during the school week (M-F). On weekends, you may not receive a quick response as I do not frequently check my email/messages/remind. I am currently caring for five of my family members who are immunocompromised, have under lying health conditions, and are front line workers. Therefore, they are unable to go out into public to take care of their every day necessities, so I am having to assist in every way I can. In order to ensure all of your questions are answered about course work, please view all work at the beginning of the week and send questions throughout the week. If you do not receive a response from me that is needed to complete work, you are always allowed extra time to complete work, especially during these unusual circumstances.
Our staff is working diligently to create paper work packets for families that have inadequate technology/internet access. We want to ensure that all students have the equal opportunity to practice and learn skills while off campus. Our goal is to have packets available for each grade level by the end of this week or sooner. The paper packet may have slightly different assignments compared to the online assignments, but both forms cover the same standards and skills. If you prefer to have a paper packet of course work for your child, please let me know as soon as possible so I can get your child's name on the list. You can reach my by email or phone - 678) 561 6011
Stay Healthy Everyone,
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I am shaking things up a bit this week!
Cobb County has finally granted students access to Microsoft TEAMS. This is a one-stop shop platform where students will be able to see assignments, notes, videos, discussion posts, and chat with their peers/me. In the message on Synergy, there is a link to a video on how to access Microsoft TEAMS and instructions on the assignments for this week.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!
Click the following link to access TONS of information on TEAMS for Students - www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/InstructionalTechnology/CR/Microsoft/TeamsStudents.aspx
CLICK PDFS FOR HOW TO SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS ON TEAMS & INFO ON TEAMS FEATURES
I hope you had a great first week of digital learning! If you haven't seen my message in Synergy, I am giving everyone an extra day (today) to complete any unfinished work and to take some time to decompress from last week. I know some of you were working on things over the weekend. I encourage you to create a schedule for your course work during the week and leave the weekends for free time. I don't want you to overwork yourself!
I will be posting this weeks lessons later tonight. I am changing things up a little bit in hopes to ease the work load. Remember if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me or text me! (I sent out my number through Synergy)
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