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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

Literature Circles

There has been a page added to the menu specifically for Literature Circles.  All information that students will need is in this folder.

Literature Circles - 2nd 9 Weeks

Good afternoon.  This nine weeks, our students will be participating in Literature Circles as our novel focus.  We will begin exploring the roles and requirements for this assignment on February 1, and students will being reading their books on February 4th. The final assessment will be on March 7.  There will be multiple is daily assessments as well as a major grade associated with this novel.  Each week, students will have a section of the novel they are responsible for reading and a role they will be required to complete in order to participate fully in the group discussions each Friday. 

We reviewed the books choices with our students in class.  Monday, students will be using their top three choices to help select their novel groups. 

We will have a group set of each novel available for class use, but students will likely not be able to take these borrowed books home.  We are strongly encouraging students to purchase their own copy of the book in order to write notes and highlight directly on the pages.  This will allow them the opportunity to actively read.  If they decide not to have a copy of the book, they will need to have post-it notes or a notebook in order to allow them the ability to take notes and make observations as they read.  Our books choices are as follows:


  1. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  2. The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender
  3. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  4. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  5. Librarian of Auschwitzby Antonio Iturbe

On Level:

  1. Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
  2. The Breadwinnerby Deborah Ellis
  3. The Boy Who Daredby Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  4. Esperanza Risingby Pam Munoz Ryan
  5. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

We are very excited about this assignment.  Students will need to have books in class by January 31, 2019.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for all your support and help making your child successful.

Independent Reading Books

On Monday when we return, we will be using our Independent Reading books to complete the assessment. Students have been reading and should be
finishing up their books over the break, if they are not already finished. Everyone will need their book with them to complete the assessment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Expository Essay / Class Spelling Bee Update

Good afternoon!  Tomorrow is our Classroom Spelling Bee.  Students who were interested were given a study list and permission slip last week.  The permission slip must be returned to be able to participate.  Winners will move on to the School Spelling Bee on January 16, 2019.

Today, we worked on our Rough Draft of our Expository Essay and completing a Self Edit Checklist activity.  This should have been completed in class, but needs to be finished before class tomorrow so students are ready to do their intense revise and edit.  Please ask your students about their essay and see what they are writing about.  They do not need to do any revising or editing at home, as they have not received that information and expectations in class yet.  Our due date for the final draft is still this Wednesday, November 14.  This will be a major grade.

Thursday we will begin the STAAR Benchmark test.  Students will need earbuds for this, as it will all be online.  Please make every effort to ensure that your student is present on these days, as this is a required assessment. Thank you for your efforts in making sure your student is here on this day.

Also, as a reminder, we will be finishing our Independent Reading Assignment when we return from Thanksgiving Break.  Students have been reading and should be finishing up their books next week (or over the break).  We will visit the Library on Wednesday for a quick check in/check out to renew books and get a new one for the holidays.

As we are approaching the Thanksgiving Holiday, I find myself reflecting on how amazing my students are and how it is so great that you, as parents, are always there to stand with them to be the best they can be.  I am so thankful for them and you.

Have a great afternoon!


9 weeks Calendars - Updated

Good afternoon!  Calendars for the 2nd 9 weeks are currently updated.  This is always subject to change and I will update when that happens.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

9 Weeks Grade Recovery Option

All major grades are up to date, as of today. Please check your grades on the online gradebook this weekend. 
Next Tuesday (10/9) and Thursday (10/11) ONLY, ELA will offer the option to do a Grade Recovery Assignment to replace a Major grade for the 9 weeks that is scored lower than a 70.  (For PAP, Summer Reading cannot be recovered, as it is a prerequisite for the class)  This assessment will allow you to recover your grade up to the grade of 70.
This assignment will be a completely new assessment than what they have already seen.  For this reason, students need to schedule with me to attend one of the Recovery days.  If you do not sign up and make arrangements with me, I will not be able to let you stay.
I encourage any student who scored below a 70 on one of their assessments to take advantage of this opportunity to raise their grade.

1st 9 weeks Review guide

Attached are the notes we have taken over the last couple of weeks as we have begun fiction.  There is also information showing the difference between revising and editing.  This should help you to prepare for the Common Assessment tomorrow.