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Wednesday, 8/16 (A) & Thursday, 8/17 (B): Achieve 3000 Level Set Baseline Test

two kinds of people


  • Every Wednesday, wear college shirts.


  • Students turned in their signed syllabus to the class inbox for full credit. Students who did not have the assignment ready to submit have one extra class period this semester (as per 7th grade late work policy) to submit for partial credit.
  • The class reviewed computer expectations and students were assigned their personal computer to use in this class. If absent, or you forget, please check the clipboard on the cart.
  • We reviewed the importance of doing your best on the Achieve 3000 Level Set Baseline Test and discussed how students should aim to earn between a 970L – 1120L. Please refer to the chart we used in class (below) to see where the different ranges fall.
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  • Students completed the Level Set Baseline in class. If absent, or you did not finish WAIT to complete the assessment in class. It’s important that this assessment is administered at school under teacher’s supervision.
  • Students turned in their Personality Tests. If your class did not have a chance to review the results, we will go over this in a future class when the papers are returned to you.
  • Students completed the Student Interest Survey (Kahoot/paper copies depending on time.) Classes that completed the paper copy, this is due by the start of next class but could be submitted today if complete.
  • Here is today’s power point.


  • Bring Collections textbook (black cover) to class next time.
  • Parent extra credit email. Have your parents email by 8/24 (A) & 8/25 (B.) To earn the five extra credit points, the email needs to include: 1) the name you go by in class, this includes your last name 2) class period you have ELA 3) one fact they want me to know about you. It can be as simple as a favorite food, or it can be something more personable. I will reply to let them know I have received the email.

If you haven’t done so already,

  • Get syllabus signed and returned by next class for partial credit.
  • Complete summer reading assignments and submit by 9/5 (B) & 9/6 (A) for full credit. Exception: new-to-Landon students have until the end of the first quarter.


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Monday, 8/14 (A) & Tuesday, 8/15 (B): Rituals and Routines

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  • Welcome to 7th grade English Language Arts. This blog is updated frequently with each A/B day’s work appearing in a single post. Use the calendar, archives, and titles to help you locate the correct post. Please note I generally update the blog on A days.
  • Collections textbook (black cover) not needed in class until told. Announcements will be made in class, through the blog, and/or with a sign posted by the class door.


  • Collected summer reading assignments. Please see this post for more information regarding the summer reading assignments.
  • Collected communal supplies (post-its, sanitizer/wipes, and tissues) These items may be brought in throughout the week. I have a shortage of tissues! Please consider donating as 7 boxes of tissues will not last the year.
  • Reviewed service dog etiquette.
  • Put heading on front cover of comp. book and placed in class storage bin.
  • Reviewed syllabus/began to cover important places in the classroom.
  • Worked with table mates to brainstorm reasonable class expectations.
  • Took the Personality Sorting Self-Assessment Personality Test. We will review results next class!

Home Learning:

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2017 – 2018 School Year Summer Reading


Before the close of the school year, this summer’s reading was posted to the main page of the school website and announced daily in class since May 10th. Click here for the 2017 – 2018 Summer Reading List & Assignments.

The above link was found on the front page of the school’s website (pictured above.)

Please be sure to carefully read ALL directions from the summer reading list & assignments (by following the link above or navigating to the school website.)

Below are student examples of the Mind Map:
Assignment #2 – Mind Map:
 Mind Map       Mind Map
Please be sure to include the following information in the top, right hand corner of both assignments:
  • Student first & last name
  • Date assignment completed
  • Period (will discover upon receiving schedule at Orientation)
  • Assignment title (Summer Reading Informative Essay/Summer Reading Mind Map)

Students who have the assignment ready to turn in the first day of ELA will earn 1 extra credit point per assignment.

Assignments turned in by Sept. 5 (B) and Sept. 6 (A) will earn full credit. EXCEPTION: New-to-Landon students. Speak with teacher about your unique deadline.

Assignments turned in by Sept. 7 (B) & Sept. 8 (A) will earn partial credit.

With the exception of new-to-Landon students, summer reading assignments will not be accepted after Sept. 7 (B) and Sept. 8 (A.)



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2017-2018 Ms. Barker’s 7th Grade ELA Supply List

The Supply Lists 2017-2018 (1) is available for your reference. Please note there were some errors for ELA. I have listed my corrected preferences below.

back to school supply shopping


  • 1 – composition book (college ruled)
  • 2 – packages of loose leaf notebook paper (college ruled)
  • 1 – pack of highlighters (assorted colors)
  • 1 – Flash Drive (any size) to be kept with student & used with other classes
  • 1 – personal novel (this is a book the student enjoys reading and will be kept with them. It will change throughout the year as they finish one and get another, but students need to bring something they enjoy reading to class each day.)
  • Pens (dark blue and/or black ink only) and/or pencils
  • 1-package of post-its (any size and color)
  • 1 – package of markers OR colored pencils
  • 1-set of headphones or earbuds (ideally WITH a microphone.) They will be kept with the student, but will be needed occasionally in class and are required for testing.


  • 1 – one-inch three ring binder
  • 1 -set of 6 dividers for three ring binder
  • 1-pack of 10 count page protectors
  • 1-pocket dictionary/thesaurus
  • 1-pack of 3×5 index cards

Class Wish List:

Donations to the class wish list are purely voluntary. Any items below would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for considering contributing. Teacher preference is disinfectant wipes/spray, copy paper, and tissues.

  • Tissues
  • Clorox wipes
  • Lysol spray
  • Copy paper (white or pastel colors)
  • Post-its (any size or color)
  • Glue sticks
  • Thin-tipped expo markers

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Arturo Turtle, Class Mascot


Happy first day of Summer!


Summer break is just a few short weeks away! Your favorite class mascot is here to remind you to finish the school year strong, and also use the summer to rest up for next year. Maybe you are finished with your summer reading, or are looking for more ways to stave off boredom. If you’re looking for a pastime, consider creating your very own Take-Along-Arturo.

The class mascot you know and love has shell and will travel. He’s got a few stops this summer and would love to join you on your plans: be it visiting local coffee shops, enjoying backyard barbecues, or traveling to far off countries.


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