Welcome to 7th Grade Language Arts-
Mrs. Michele Petrie
Welcome to 7th grade language arts! My name is Michele Petrie, and I am very excited to be entering my sixteenth year of teaching in Alexandria Township. To let you know a little bit about myself, I live in Bethlehem Township (New Jersey) with my husband. I have two adult children, Caroline and Mikey. My daughter started graduate school at Temple University School of Pharmacy, and my son, Mikey, is a freshman at Penn State University. We also have a dog named Pepper (see photo above!) In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, and coaching!
Reading & Writing:
This year in language arts, we will be utilizing components of the workshop model for reading and writing instruction which will include the use of anchor and mentor texts, modeling, and conferencing. In addition, we will also be using aspects of the Collaborative Classroom program including IDR (individualized daily reading.) To learn more about the Collaborative Classroom program, please visit the following website: https://www.collaborativeclassroom.org/
Language Skills & Development:
Grammar & Mechanics: To further develop writing skills, students will be using the No Red Ink program. No Red Ink is an interactive program that provides targeted instruction and practice activities regarding grammar and usage. Students will also use the program to complete guided writing tasks following the steps of the writing process. For more information about No Red Ink, please visit https://noredink.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044303911-Parent-Guide-to-NoRedInk
Students will be using Membean to further develop their language and vocabulary skills. Membean is a personalized online program designed to challenge students to expand their vocabulary in all aspects of communication. Students will be completing (on average) three Membean training sessions per week and will be assessed on their assigned words periodically. For further information regarding the Membean program, please view the following video: https://vimeo.com/399527713/02e29088c3
Points will be used to calculate a student’s final grade for the trimester. Points will be awarded for the following categories of learning:
Tests/Projects/Writing Tasks: 75-100 Points (per assessment/task)
Applied Work (performance tasks, quizzes): 10-50 points (per assessment/task)
Homework & Classwork: 4-12 points (per assignment)
I am a true believer that communication is key to a student's success. Weekly emails will be sent out updating both families and students about future learning goals as well as upcoming assignments and assessments. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am always happy to help! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for visiting!