Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Bell-Ringer:  Subject/Verb Agreement  -- Find ten subject-verb agreement errors in the following passage about Antarctica.  Underline the subject, circle the incorrect verb, and write the correction above the circled verb.

     There are a place on earth where few creatures can survive.  The land are covered with ice and snow, and temperatures is far below freezing for most of the year.   Beyond the warm lands of South America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand lies the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean.  If all the ice and snow that covers Antarctica was to melt, the world's seas would rise about 250 feet.
     The only creatures that inhabits Antarctica's interior is insects.  However, thousands of penguins lives on the continent's frozen coasts.  Skuas, which you might remember from the movie Happy Feet, is probably the penguins' worst enemy.  Whales and seals also lives in the waters surrounding the continent. Most of the people who live in Antarctica is scientists.


Correct Antarctic Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-Verb Agreement Rules for Seventh Graders


*  Purpose and Mood:  Polar Poetry

2.  Apostrophe Test 

3. Ice Story and Shackleton

More Ice Story and External Text Features
 A1:  Read from  page 16 to  page 25
Video from  1:37 to  finished first disk, to second disk 16:14.

Read from   page 16 to  page 25
Video from beginning of second disk to 54:13 killing the dogs

Read from page 15 to  page 25
Video from beginning of second disk to 30:10?

Read from  page 14 to   page 25
From  1:33:42, sighting of open water to   From beginning of second disk to 25: 06 Start again at 28.  

You can read most of the book at



 Book of the Month Assignment for March
We talked about the Book-of-the-Month Assignment for March.  Create an external text feature  (one) for your individual book -- one your book doesn't already have.   See the rubrics available in the classroom and also available to download and print here.

Bk of Mnth Rubrics 2 for External Text Features(2).doc

See more information under the tab above for Book of the Month.  


 Please note that the State Core test will be given in Ms. Dorsey's seventh grade English classes on April 19 and 23.  Parents, encourage your student to be here, to be well rested, to have eaten a healthy breakfast (and lunch), and to bring clear bottle of water.
You can review the state core for seventh grade language arts  and topics that will likely be found on the test from links under the "Seventh Grade Core" tab on our class blog.
This is the first year the test will be taken online for our language arts classes, so we will be in the computer lab for testing.   Thanks.