Grade 7 – Mr. Miller

paul.miller@youngstowndiocese.org

  • 6th, 7th, & 8th grade English & spelling teacher
  • 7th grade (homeroom) religion teacher
  • English Festival advisor 
  • Student Council advisor

Mr. Miller’s English classes are on Google Classroom! Class notes, copies of worksheets, links to websites for extra practice or additional clarification, & classroom updates are all posted to Google Classroom. 


Mr. Miller’s Snow Day Policy: If we have a snow day on the day something is due, whatever is due must be turned in the next day school is in session. No exceptions. This policy is in place so we can accomplish everything we need to & stay on track regardless of the weather.


Announcements & reminders:

Class spelling bees will be conducted in English class on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The students who win their class spelling bee will go on to represent their homeroom class in the all-school spelling bee on Monday, January 29, 2018.

Please remember that all athletes must keep their grades above a 75% in all of their classes or they will be academically ineligible & will not be permitted to play.

Wednesday, January 3: [2-hour delay] classes resume

Friday, January 5: [snow day] all argument paper rewrites due (all grades)

Monday, January 8: [snow day] all argument paper rewrites due (all grades) – students: please submit rewrites using Google Classroom

Friday, January 12: [snow day] 2nd quarter ends; research paper/project proposal due (all grades) – students please submit using Google Classroom by 3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 15: [no school]

Tuesday, January 16: [2-hour delay snow day]

Friday, January 19: all sources & source evaluations due (all grades)

Friday, January 26: all outlines due (all grades)

Monday, January 29 – Friday, February 2: [Catholic Schools Week] a formal progress check will be taken on Thursday, February 1 (all grades)

Catholic Schools Week Agenda:

Monday, January 29: spelling bee

Tuesday, January 30:

Wednesday, January 31:

Thursday, February 1:

Friday, February 2:


What’s going on during the month of January:

The agenda(s) below are subject to change based on the pace and the needs of the students and/or the needs of each individual class.

6th grade English:

January 3 – 6: Students will get their argument paper back on our first day back from break, & we will discuss the successes & shortcomings of this paper. Students will work on strengthening one aspect of the argument paper in class; this is good practice for young writers to get into & it will help us prepare for research writing. The last day of our first few days back to school will be devoted to learning about what a proposal is & beginning to write one in relation to the topic they selected for their research paper. 

January 8 – 12: This is the last week of the 2nd quarter. This final week of the 2nd quarter is the perfect transition week to set us up for success in the 3rd quarter. The research writing pacing guide will be distributed & gone over in class. Students will be given class time to work on writing their proposal, which is the preliminary stage of the research writing process. Each student’s proposal must be approved by the teacher in order for them continue with the next phase of the research writing process. We will also talk about credible sources this week & the requirements for the sources they must have for their research paper. Any extra class time this week will be devoted to finding sources for the research paper. The completed proposal is due on Friday, January 12. 

January 15 – 19: This week is devoted to finding, evaluating, & analyzing sources for the research paper. Students must complete a source evaluation sheet for each of the sources they select for their research paper. While ample time in class will be allocated for this, since it is a tedious process, it is likely that students will have to work on this outside of class as well. We will review academic citations this week (something that was new to us last quarter) as it relates to how the students will cite the information they are pulling from each source in their research paper. All sources & source evaluations must be turned in on Friday, January 19.

January 22 – 26: Now that the students have located & evaluated their sources, it is time to organize what they have found in an outline format. We will go over what an outline is, the purpose of an outline, & how an outline will serve as the framework of the research paper when it is time for students to write the introduction, body paragraphs, & conclusion. An appropriate amount of class time will be allocated to students can work on their outlines in class. We will go over some of the grammatical requirements for the paper this week, which will turn our attention to reviewing the comma rules we have been learning about this year & aspects of the parts of speech. The completed outline is due on Friday, January 26. 

January 29 – February 2: This week is Catholic Schools Week. Students should use their outline as a guide as they begin writing their first rough draft. I will not see the 6th grade for a formal class for the majority of this week, but I will check in on their progress in relation to the research paper (what they are working on outside of class) towards the end of the week. A progress check will be taken on Thursday, February 1.

7th grade English:

January 3 – 6: The 7th grade will get their argument pair/group writing paper back on our first day back. We will spend some time going over the grading rubric & how it correlates to their paper. Students will complete an independent post-writing evaluation. Our second day back will be devoted to students strengthening one aspect of their argument paper. This will be completed entirely in class. The students will learn about what a proposal is and how it guides the entire research writing process. Students will be tasked with writing a proposal.

January 8 – 12: This is the last week of the 2nd quarter. This final week of the 2nd quarter is the perfect transition week to set us up for success in the 3rd quarter. The research writing pacing guide will be distributed & gone over in class. Students will be given class time to work on writing their proposal, which is the preliminary stage of the research writing process. Each student’s proposal must be approved by the teacher in order for them continue with the next phase of the research writing process. We will also discuss the importance of selecting a variety of appropriate, credible, & current sources. We will also discuss bias & how it can have an impact on the authenticity of a source. Any extra class time this week will be devoted to finding sources for the research paper. The completed proposal is due on Friday, January 12. 

January 15 – 19: This week is devoted to finding, evaluating, & analyzing sources for the research paper. Students must complete a source evaluation sheet for each of the sources they select for their research paper. While ample time in class will be allocated for this, since it is a tedious process, it is likely that students will have to work on this outside of class as well. We will review academic citations this week (in-text & formal) as well as what an annotated reference page is; this will be crucial as students begin pulling information they want to use in their research paper from the sources they select. All sources & source evaluations must be turned in on Friday, January 19.

January 22 – 26: Now that the students have located & evaluated their sources, it is time to organize what they have found in an outline format. We will review how an outline will serve as the framework for the research paper when it is time for students to write the introduction, body paragraphs, & conclusion. An appropriate amount of class time will be allocated to students can work on their outlines in class. We will go over some of the grammatical requirements for the paper this week & supplemental/review lessons will be the focus of our studies in English class. The completed outline is due on Friday, January 26. 

January 29 – February 2: This week is Catholic Schools Week. Students should use their outline as a guide as they begin writing their first rough draft. I will not see the 7th grade for a formal class for the majority of this week, but I will check in on their progress in relation to the research paper (what they are working on outside of class) towards the end of the week. A progress check will be taken on Thursday, February 1.

8th grade English:

January 3 – 6: The 8th grade will get their argument writing group paper back, & they will be tasked with completing a post-writing evaluation. Students will then be tasked with revising their group paper independently with the goal being for each student to focus on two main aspects the paper fell short on & improving those aspects. On Friday, the research writing process will be gone over in detail in class. The 8th grade is not writing a formal research paper this time around; they are working on a research project. As such, the 8th grade will be tasked with writing a proposal first that will detail the process and methodology behind the topic they have selected. 

A progress check will be taken at the end of every English class. Students are reminded that they must complete all work (both in-class & work completed outside of English class) in the shared Google Doc that Mr. Miller has access to.

January 8 – 12: This is the last week of the 2nd quarter. The research writing pacing guide will be distributed & gone over in class. Students will be given class time to work on writing their proposal, which is the preliminary stage of the research writing process. Each student’s proposal must be approved by the teacher in order for them continue with the next phase of the research writing process. We will review what bias is & how it can have an impact on the credibility of a source. Any extra class time this week will be devoted to finding sources for the research paper. The completed proposal is due on Friday, January 12. 

January 15 – 19: This week is devoted to finding, evaluating, & analyzing sources for the research paper. Students must complete a source evaluation sheet for each of the sources they select for their research paper. While ample time in class will be allocated for this, since it is a tedious process, it is likely that students will have to work on this outside of class as well. We will review what an annotated reference page is; this will be crucial as students begin pulling information they want to use in their research paper from the sources they select. All sources & source evaluations must be turned in on Friday, January 19.

January 22 – 26: Now that the students have located & evaluated their sources, it is time to organize what they have into subcategories & make sure each of the required subcategories on the project breakdown sheet is addressed. We will discuss the elements of good, effective public speaking as students learn the requirements for their presentation that correlates with their research project. We will also discuss the purpose of a travel brochure as well as the requirements for this aspect of the research project. A general outline of the presentation AND brochure must be turned in on Friday, January 26.

January 29 – February 2: This week is Catholic Schools Week. Students should use their outline as a guide as they begin writing their first rough draft. I will not see the 8th grade for a formal class for the majority of this week, but I will check in on their progress in relation to the research project (what they are working on outside of class) towards the end of the week. A formal progress check will be taken on Thursday, February 1.

7th grade homeroom religion: 

January 3 – 6: We will begin Chapter 5 which focuses on injustices in our world & how Jesus taught using parables. We will discuss what a parable is, what parables students are most familiar with & what life lessons or advice we are supposed to learn from those parables. Time permitting, students will begin a parable activity that will lead into next week. We will also spend some time focusing on the saint featured in this chapter which is Saint Damien de Veuster – a Belgian priest who fought against the injustices of his time. Students will be responsible for taking an active role in our class discussions – something that this particular chapter lends itself to. *The schedule was adjusted to accommodate our 2-hour delay on Wednesday, January 3 & our snow day on Friday, January 6

January 8 – 12We continue with Chapter 5 this week and learn about the saint featured in this chapter which is Saint Damien de Veuster – a Belgian priest who fought against the injustices of his time. Students will be responsible for taking an active role in our class discussions about injustices at the time of Jesus & injustices in our world today. We continue with Chapter 5 this week. We will spend some time learning about Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and how she was a model of kindness given the way she lived her life. Time permitting, we will finish the parable activity we began last week. Students will be responsible for taking an active role in our class discussions – something that this particular chapter lends itself to. Thursday (January 11) we will review the chapter, and on Friday (January 12) we will take our Chapter 5 test. The Chapter 5 test will be the final grade for the 2nd quarter.  *The schedule was adjusted to accommodate our snow days on Monday, January 8 & Friday, January 12.

January 15 – 19: We continue with Chapter 5 this week. We will spend some time learning about Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and how she was a model of kindness given the way she lived her life. We will wrap up Chapter 5 this week & create our chapter review together as a class. On Friday (January 19) we will take out Chapter 5 test. 

January 22 – 26: This week will be devoted to talking about Catholic Schools Week which is next week. The plan is to have several meaningful conversations about what being a Catholic School student means & how Catholic School has impacted us. We will also work on creating a class banner for the hallway in preparation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Time permitting, we may begin Chapter 6 this week. If not, we will begin Chapter 6 after Catholic Schools Week. 

January 29 – February 2: Happy Catholic Schools Week! We have a lot of fun things planned for us a school family for this week. On the days where we can work it into the schedule, the plan is to have Mrs. Kelly’s 1st grade class come up & spend time with us. The partnership between Mrs. Kelly’s class & our class is one we have kept going since earlier this year, & it is part of the Sandy Hook Promise our school adopted at the beginning of the year. We will complete a new Sandy Hook Promise banner with our 1st grade buddies, & we will work on an activity together. 


Spelling words for the week of January 15:

6th grade: (pg. 100) martial, minimum, nimble, onset, partition, perishable, retrieve, sinister, taut, & template 

7th grade: (pg. 100) capsize, decrease, evict, incentive, legible, onslaught, outstrip, prudent, remnant, & swerve 

8th grade: (pg. 100) attire, crony, divergent, fervent, infiltrate, perceptible, proclaim, rankle, stint, & unflagging 

10 new spelling words from the spelling book will be assigned at the beginning of each week. Weekly spelling homework will also be assigned at the beginning of each week. Students are responsible for spelling and defining their spelling words. While new words will be assigned each week, this does not mean that students should forget about their previous spelling words. Students will still have to know how to spell and define their previous words in order to do well on their weekly spelling test. The junior high spelling program is structured this way in an effort to put an emphasis on retention of information. There will be a comprehensive spelling test at the end of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter.