Mrs. Forsdick

Phone: 350-4270 ext. 207

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA K-8 Education Literacy Endorsement 6-12 ELA Endorsement

Mrs. Forsdick

My name is Sheri Forsdick and I will be your Lewis and Clark 7th Grade Writing Composition and Lit Strategies teacher this year. I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you. I know that this school year isn’t starting out the way we all wanted it to, but please know that it will be okay. I know that each of you have a different set of circumstances, and we will work together so that you can be successful. While in Remote Learning, we will meet as a class each period on Teams, I will take attendance, and you will have assignments that will be graded. There are resources that the district has created and posted that I will have links to if you have questions. We will get through this together!

A little bit about me, I am married and have 2 children. I enjoy traveling, reading, quilting, and taking walks with my husband. This is my 7th year teaching at Lewis and Clark. I have always loved reading and writing. My favorite part of teaching is seeing the "Ah ha" moments in students' eyes as they light up. 

The following is a list of what we will be doing over the year, and how grades will be weighted. All signements and due dates can be found on Teams.

Unit 1:  Informational Skills: Read and respond to informative mentor texts

Students will:

  • make inferences and draw conclusions from a text while citing evidence to support explicit analysis of the text.
  • cite evidence from a source to support inferences and conclusions.
  • determine a theme and two or more central ideas in a text.
  • analyze the development of central ideas or themes of a text and write an objective summary of a text or excerpt.
  • Clearly introduce a topic by using a variety of organizational strategies which includes developing a topic with relevant information and a concluding statement.
  • use transitional words, phrases, and clauses to connect a claim and reasoning.  
  • use precise language and specific vocabulary to support an argument which establishes and maintains a formal style.  
  • organize writing to fit many diverse tasks, audiences, and purposes. 
  • use a variety of sentence types in writing and make grammatical corrections.

Unit 2:  Argument Skills: Read and respond to argument mentor texts

Students will:

  • make inferences and draw conclusions from a text.
  • cite evidence to support explicit analysis of the text.
  • cite evidence from a source to support inferences and conclusions.
  • determine a theme and two or more central ideas in a text.
  • analyze the development of central ideas or themes of a text and write an objective summary of a text or excerpt.
  • determine meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
  • determine the meaning of figurative language as they are used in the text and the impact of connotations on the meaning of a text.
  • analyze the effect of technical language, analogies, allusions, and word choice on the tone.
  • state a claim with evidence to support an argument by using credible sources to determine relevant evidence and develop reasons to elaborate ideas. 
  • acknowledge and refute an opposing claim.
  • use transitional words, phrases, and clauses to connect claims and reasoning using precise language and specific vocabulary to support an argument while maintaining a formal style.  
  • provide a concluding statement that supports the argument presented.
  • assess the accuracy and credibility of sources.
  • quote or paraphrase a source, citing it correctly while avoiding plagiarism.

Unit 3:  Narrative Skills: Read and respond to a variety of text that use narrative technique

Students will:

  • determine a theme, two or more central ideas, analyze the development of central ideas or themes of a text, and write an objective summary of a text or excerpt.
  • identify and interpret figurative language and its connotation.
  • analyze the word choice to determine the author’s attitude toward the topic (tone).
  • write a narrative that tells about real or imagined events, establishes context and point of view, and organizes plot and logical events.
  • Include and correctly punctuate dialogue in a narrative.
  • use transition words, phrases and clauses to show changes in time, location and sequence while using precise words and phrases, descriptive details and sensory language to "show vs. tell".
  • identify and correct misplaced and dangling modifiers.
  • use word parts that were taught in class to determine the meaning of a word.

Unit 4:  Synthesis of Skills: Read and respond to a variety of grade level text types

Students will:

  • read and understand grade level text.
  • organize writing to fit many diverse tasks, audiences, and purposes.
  • present claims and findings that are sequential and logical.
  • use visual aids and deliver a presentation that adds clarity to the information presented and clearly demonstrate evidence to support a claim.
  • present claims and findings that are sequenced in a logical order while using appropriate eye contact, volume, and pronunciation while drawing audience’s interest.
  • use word parts that were taught in class to determine the meaning of a word.

Seventh Grade Novels:

·         Red Kayak – Priscilla Cummings

·         The Giver – Lois Lowry

·         The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

·         Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor

 

Grades will be weighted based upon the following categories and percentage of final grade:

Quizzes—20%

Projects—20%

Classwork—25%

Assessments—25%

Finals (EOC)—10%

I try to update PowerSchool weekly. If you have questions, don't hesitate to email.

Assignments are expected to be turned in on the due date. Due dates are posted on Teams.

Technology Resource Link:

 https://www.westada.org/Page/81268

 

Library Link: