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Ms. Moss - 7th grade English Language Arts & Social Studies

Week of 10/14-10/18 in 7th Grade ELA and Social Studies



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Please contact Mrs. Barrios at with any questions.


*This Week*

Wear Blue for Anti-Bullying on Monday 10/14

Students may wear a blue shirt on Monday to stand against bullying. Students must wear uniform bottoms. 


*Coming Up*

Literature Day 10/31 - Early Dismissal 12:30pm

Events will include student presentations, a class party hosted by our room parents and an all-school serpentine costume parade. Clink the link below for project directions.

Literature Day Project


Chromebooks must come to school charged. Please bring headphones to school every day.
We are in full technology integration with our ELA curriculum! 
To aide in these efforts, students bringing personal Chromebooks must bring their devices to school FULLY CHARGED
Students using school Chromebooks will be assigned a Chromebook this week (in Ms. Moss' homeroom) that they will be responsible for keeping FULLY CHARGED during the school day.
Consequences for technology infractions is -10% of students' citizenship grade. 😭
Technology infractions include, but are not limited to: 
-Leaving/forgetting a personal Chromebook at home
-Uncharged Chromebooks (If the Chromebook "dies" during instruction)
-Chromebooks left in desks/on desks/in classrooms after the bell
-Visiting non-academic/inappropriate websites 
*Absences* Makeup work will not be provided before an absence without an official IS contract requested from the front office for absences of 5 days or more.
Students, when you return, check your teacher's makeup work folders/bins for physical copies of missing assignments you requested. My folders are under the world map, Mrs. Barrios' are next to her turn-in bins.  


What are we studying?*
*Please note, plans are subject to change depending on class needs.
English Language Arts - 
  • Treasure Island - Part II - Chapters 7-12 and in-class writing assignment
Part II Quiz - Chapters 7-12 POSTPONED until NEXT WEEK
  • Reading Logs due 10/21 - 150 min per week with active reading graphic organizer. Late reading logs grades will lose 10% credit for each day they are turned in past the due date.
Social Studies - The Roman Empire 
  • Chapter 1 - Section 3 
  • Chapter 1 - Section 4
Section 1.3 and 1.4 Quiz on FRIDAY 10/18
(Some of the) Standards Addressed in the ELA Unit: 
CA-CCSS RI.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CA -CCSS RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
CA -CCSS RI.7.3 Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
CA -CCSS RI.7.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. 
Standards Addressed in the Social Studies Unit: 
7.1 Students analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire. 
7.1.1. Study the early strengths and lasting contributions of Rome (e.g., significance of Roman citizenship; rights under Roman law; Roman art, architecture, engineering, and philosophy; preservation and transmission of Christianity) and its ultimate internal weaknesses (e.g., rise of autonomous military powers within the empire, undermining of citizenship by the growth of corruption and slavery, lack of education, and distribution of news). 
7.1.2. Discuss the geographic borders of the empire at its height and the factors that threatened its territorial cohesion. 
7.1.3. Describe the establishment by Constantine of the new capital in Constantinople and the development of the Byzantine Empire, with an emphasis on the consequences of the development of two distinct European civilizations, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic, and their two distinct views on church-state relations.
Book titled 'Personal Introduction Book'Read this book made on StoryJumper
You asked, and we answered! Mrs. Williams, the school librarian, and I have curated a small sampling of book lists to keep our Champions reading! Follow the links below to discover books at every reading level.  
American Library Association
Recommended by Mrs. Williams, OPA Librarian, for 4th-5th grade reading level: 
Johnson County Library (Kansas)