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Welcome to Mrs. Hodge's 7th grade Language Arts page!

I am looking forward to a wonderful year with my students!

Mission for Classes:
Language Arts - To give each of my students the knowledge needed to
successfully complete this year's STAAR. Also to encourage a love for
the English language, while keeping students interested in learning.

Please check the Weekly Schedule & Assignments page for your section frequently for homework and project updates. Grades are updated weekly (by Friday). Major papers and projects may take up to two weeks to grade.
Tutoring:  Please see ELA Tutoring Schedule page for details on before and after school tutoring.

Recent Posts

3rd Nine Weeks Calendar

Good morning.  Our calendar has been updated to reflect current due dates.

Happy Holidays!

Our first semester is coming to an end.  I have enjoyed every class and am looking forward to coming back after the holiday.  I hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday break!

Weekly Update

We have made it to the last week of this first semester!  Time flies when we are having fun!  This week we will be focusing The Giver comprehension questions and vocabulary.  We will test over the novel when we return from the holidays.

Scholastic Writing 2017-2018

Good afternoon! I hope you have a wonderful holiday week planned.
The Scholastic Writing Contest is just around the corner. This is a wonderful opportunity for those students who love to write. I have attached the criteria and information about the contest.
The submission deadline is November 29.
I encourage all students to submit their best work. 
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know.

Weekly Update

Good afternoon!
(I apologize...our teacher access center has not been working)

This week the students will be taking the District Writing CBA on Monday and Tuesday.  This is 50% of a major grade.
This is our week to go to the library, please make sure that your kids have their books on Thursday.
We are rolling right along with all our lessons. After we finish the CBA we will be finishing our Story Board assignment from our play. Then we will get back into our novel, The Giver.

As always let me know if you have any questions. I am here to help.
Take care and a fantastic week!

Grammar Assignment

Revise & Edit Assignment - DUE TOMORROW - Tuesday, October 31
Grammar Assignment  
DUE THURSDAY, November 2
1.  Find a current event article about space, the space program, astronauts, or aliens.
2.  Highlight all commas, colons and semicolons in the article.
3.  Write a summary of your article. 
Your summary MUST:
a.  Be  a minimum of 2 paragraphs.   
b.  Contain at least 1 comma, 1 colon and 2   semicolons. 
c.  Contain:  1 compound sentence and 1 complex sentence.
4.  You must highlight and label each of the requirements.

Library Tomorrow

Please make sure you have library books in class tomorrow!  We will also start reading The Giver in class.

Weekly Update

Good morning! 
This week we will be working on starting our class novel The Giver. We will be reading the novel between now and the holidays, along with working through the associated assignments and packets.  We have a class set of the novel, but if your student would like their own copy they are welcome to bring it (and it may also be an electronic copy). We will also be focusing on grammar.

Take care and have a blessed week!

Weekly Update

Good afternoon Parents!
Today we finished up our Summer Reading activities.  They will not need to bring their book to class any more.  Thank you for help in having students bring them to class this week.  
Grades have been updated in the grade book, but I will hand back work on Monday due to the test today.  Students were also given their Home Access codes today in Advisory.  Please encourage them to stay on top of their grades.  This week is the cut off for progress reports.
This week in class we will start creating our first expository essay.  This will be done in class for a major grade.
As always, if you have any questions please let me know.
Enjoy your weekend!  

Happy Friday

Good afternoon!  Grade book is updated.  Next week we will have a checkpoint quiz on Monday and then finish our Summer Reading Assignments.
Please make sure to have your Summer Reading books Tuesday - Friday.
Have a great weekend!

Open House

We are off to an amazing start!!
The 7th grade open house will be held on Wednesday September 13th, 2017 from 6-8 pm. The doors to let parents in will open at 5:40. You all will follow your child's schedule so wear some comfortable shoes.:)) Please take a picture of your child's schedule or ask to borrow theirs.

I am excited to see all of you this Wednesday


Good morning!  Calendars have been updated due to our unexpected week off last week.
Today students were assigned a Symbol Map Activity that is due tomorrow.  I have attached a PDF of that assignment in case they need help.