Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.

All students are encouraged to read a novel book (20 minutes a night) and summarize the pages read. Be sure to keep in mind from whose perspective the story is told. Who is the protagonist; who is the antagonist? I also want students to write questions down as they read. How would the story be different if told from another character's perspective? These questions are to be asked that may be answered by the end of the book. Some questions could be written as predictions. Questions could be related to students, as in how would you have handled the situation differently? Perhaps, if the main character were another character from another story, how would that character have handled the situation? 

A big thank you to Mr. Yuztler for providing a wonderfully organized template to better understand how the year had been delivered and how we were going to finish out the year. The following information is to provide a guide for all who are interested and willing to participate. More to come.

Optional Digital Learning Resources for Parents Related to Literacy

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Standards That We Covered During the Academic Year 2019-2020 

First Quarter (August - October) Focused Standards

7.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts. 

d)  Identify connotations.

g)  Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

 

7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

a)  Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development, plot, theme, and conflict and how they influence each other. 

b)  Identify and explain the theme(s). 

c)  Identify cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

d)  Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.

e)  Identify elements and characteristics of a variety of genres.

f)   Compare and contrast various forms and genres of fictional text.

j)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.



Second Quarter (November - January) Focused Standards

7.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts. 

b)  Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary. 

c)  Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

d)  Identify connotations.

g)  Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

 

7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, poetry, and drama.

a)  Describe the elements of narrative structure including setting, character development, plot, theme, and conflict and how they influence each other. 

e)  Identify elements and characteristics of a variety of genres.

g)  Describe the impact of word choice, imagery, and literary devices including figurative language in an author’s style. 

j)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

 

7.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

a)  Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information. 

b)  Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.  

g)  Identify the main idea.

h)  Summarize text identifying supporting details.

i)   Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.


Third Quarter (February - March) Focused Standards

7.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts. 

a)  Identify word origins and derivations.

b)  Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary. 

c)  Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

d)  Identify connotations.

e)  Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.

f)   Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.

g)  Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

 

7.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

d)  Differentiate between fact and opinion.     

e)  Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts. 

f)   Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint. 

g)  Identify the main idea.

h)  Summarize text identifying supporting details.

i)   Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.

j)   Identify cause and effect relationships. 

m) Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process. 

 

Standards Used Throughout the Year

7.1 The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations.

a)  Use a variety of strategies to listen actively and speak using agreed upon discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues. 

b)  Clearly communicate ideas and information orally in an organized and succinct manner. 

c)  Ask probing questions to seek elaboration and clarification of ideas.

d)  Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas. 

e)  Make statements to communicate agreement or tactful disagreement with others’ ideas.

f)   Use language and style appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose. 

g)  Give formal and informal presentations in a group or individually, providing evidence to support a main idea.

h)  Work effectively and respectfully within diverse groups.

i)   Exhibit willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a goal. 

j)   Share responsibility for collaborative work.

 

7.2 The student will create multimodal presentations both individually and in a group that effectively communicate ideas. 

a)  Select, organize, and create content to complement and extend meaning for a selected topic. 

b)  Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to deliver multimodal presentations.

c)  Use language and vocabulary appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.

d)  Paraphrase and summarize a speaker’s key ideas. 

 

7.3 The student will examine the elements of media literacy.

a)  Identify persuasive/informative techniques used in media.

b)  Distinguish between fact and opinion, and between evidence and inference.

c)  Describe how word choice, visual images, and sound convey a viewpoint.

d)  Compare and contrast the effectiveness of techniques in auditory, visual, and written media messages.

e)  Craft and publish audience-specific media messages.

 

7.7 The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing. 

a)  Engage in writing as a recursive process.

b)  Choose intended audience and purpose.

c)  Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas. 

d)  Organize writing structure to fit form or topic.

e)  Establish a central idea incorporating evidence, while maintaining an organized structure and a formal style. 

g)  Clearly state a position and organize reasons and evidence, using credible sources.

h)  Distinguish between fact and opinion to support a position.   

l)   Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.

m) Use clauses and phrases for sentence variety.

n)  Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.

 

7.8 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

a)  Choose appropriate adjectives and adverbs to enhance writing.

b)  Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.    

c)  Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.

d)  Edit for verb tense consistency and point of view.

f)   Use correct spelling for commonly used words.

 

7.9 The student will find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to create a research product.

b)  Collect, organize, and synthesize information from multiple sources.

c)  Analyze and evaluate the validity and credibility of resources.

f)   Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.