The Giver
The Outsiders
Walking Home


Writing an Explanation
Explanation Learning Goal and Success Criteria
Writing a Procedure
Procedure Learning Goal and Success Criteria
Opinion Choice Board
Double Entry Journal
Recount Writing
Speech Assignment

Reading Assessments

Reading Interview
The Tunnel
Should Uniforms Be Mandatory in Schools
Homemade Sound Effects
Papa's Parrot (7)
Stray (7)

Spelling and Vocabulary Lists

Word of the Day
Vocabulary Quizzes
AAASpell Grade 7
Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones
Comma Rules and Practice
Semicolon Rules and Practice

Vocabulary Word Activities
Use the word in an original sentence.
Find and learn the definition of the word.
Know how to pronounce the word.
Which parts of speech is the word used as (e.g. noun, verb)?
What are other forms of the word such as plurals or tenses.
What are synonyms of the word?
What are antonyms of the word?
What is the origin or etymology of the word?
What words rhyme with this word?

Close Reading

Reading for meaning and understanding*Read passage slowly*
1. Circle any unfamiliar vocabulary and look up the definition. Does the definition make sense in context?2. Underline any language that attracts your attention. Why did you find it interesting? Note your reasons.3. Verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs (highlight in different colours/what do you notice? are there patterns, comments on your findings)4. Predictions. What might happen next? Why?5. Opinions and Reflections. What do you think of the story, narrator, characters?6. Connections (TEXT, SELF, WORLD). Does the reading remind you about your own experiences? Books? Movies? What are the similarities?7. Ask questions. Focus on open questions.8. What are the key themes reflected in the passage?

Reading 2014-2015

Reading 2015-2016

Social Media


Before Reading
What do you think will happen?
What do you think it will be about?
Why did you choose it?
What do you hope for?

During Reading
What’s happening?
What are the important facts?
What is surprising you?
What is confusing you?
What questions are you asking yourself?

After Reading?
What happened in the story? What was the text about?
What was awesome?
What didn’t you like?
What confused you?
What is the big idea?
What did you learn?
What were the characters like?
What was the most important part?

Words, Sentences, Drawings, Pictures you paste in, Diagrams, Symbols

Thinking Book
Thinking Book Examples

Reading Responses

Determining Importance
Types of Questions
The Big Picture Activity


Book Talk Learning Goal and Success Criteria
Movie and Book Comparison
Political Cartoon Activity
Literature Circle Roles
Literature Circle Roles (text)