7th Grade English & History
(303) 772-3711 x212
Room 212

Ms. Louis has been teaching since 1990. She has taught all subjects in self-contained classes at the elementary school level, English at the secondary and post-secondary levels, and art at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. In her spare time she likes to read, write, paint, hike, swing dance and listen to jazz.



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Summer Fun!
Below is the link to a PowerPoint of highlights of my hikes in Switzerland this summer. 



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Units of Study

Quarter 3
In English, we will continue to write a variety of essays. We will also read and discuss Jack London's The Call of the Wild. In addition, we will read a variety of poems, write original poems, and conduct a poetry reading, which will include reciting a poem of choice.

In History, we will begin by studying the ancient history and culture of both China and Africa. We will then study events in the U.S. and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s.

Quarter 2
In English, we will be reading short biographies of various people important to World War One and the Russian Revolution. We will also be reading the beginning of Animal Farm by George Orwell. We will continue with grammar, finishing up parts of speech and learning about parts of sentence (subject, predicate, direct and indirect objects, and subject complements) as well.

In History, we will study the causes and effects of World War One, as well as a variety of battles and events on the home front during that time period. We will also be studying the Russian Revolution and the beginning of communism as a form of government. We will be looking at a variety of primary documents, including documentary videos, in our studies.

Quarter 1
In English, we will be studying grammar and spelling/vocabulary most of the year. We will also be studying a variety of literature and types of written expression. Our first unit, which will run August-September, will be Core Knowledge short stories and a review of reading strategies that I will expect students to use throughout the year. 

In History, we will begin by studying U.S. geography then move on to learning about Teddy Roosevelt, including his role in the Spanish-American War and his legacy as a conservationist.

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Tutoring: Mondays, 3:30-4:30

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Write To Learn
Click on the link below to access the WriteToLearn student log-in page.


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Scholastic Online Book Order Code: GV76H
You can use the above code to set up an online account to order books from Scholastic. Books will be ordered at the same time as I submit the class' paper orders and will arrive with the class' order. Let me know if you have any questions.



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English and History (Humanities) Syllabus



Humanities Contract



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Quarter 4 Homework
If you have misplaced your homework, please print it out from the link(s) below. The due date for each paper is listed after the title and the class period. P 1/2 is the morning class; P 6/7 is the afternoon class. The papers are sometimes different for each class, so make sure you print out the correct one.






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Quarter 4 News

4/17-4/21
English: We will continue reading Anne Frank's diary and learning about the devastation of the Holocaust.
Social Studies: We will be learning about the Pacific theatre of WWII, including Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. We will also learn about the internment of Japanese-Americans in the U.S. during WWII.

4/10-4/14
PARCC testing will take place this week and next week. PARCC math tests in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. PARCC English tests in the morning on Thursday and Friday. Be sure to get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast every morning before coming to school. It's also important to be on time, especially on Thursday and Friday, due to the tests. Class times will be limited due to PARCC, but we will be doing the following this week:
English: We will continue reading and discussing Anne Frank's diary.
Social Studies: We will be discussing background information of the Holocaust.

4/3-4/7
English: We will begin reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
Social Studies: This week we will segue from American history in the 1920s and 1930s to world history at that time to understand how the events during the '20s and '30s led to the breakout of World War II.

3/20-3/24
English: We will wrap up our unit on Cyrano de Bergerac by acting out and discussing key scenes then watching the movie with Gerard Depardieu. Students who have not turned in their permission slips by Wednesday morning (3/22) will go to another classroom to read Cyrano and write a summary. If you need another copy of the permission slip, look in the section above "Quarter 4 Homework".
Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit on the 1920s & 1930s this week. 
Questions to ask your child: What is a Hooverville? Why was it called "Hooverville"? How did farmers deal with the Dust Bowl?

3/13-3/17
English: We will continue working with Cyrano de Bergerac, acting out key scenes in the play.
Social Studies: We will continue studying the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Note: This Thursday is the art field trip. Students should wear their field trip T-shirts and bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.

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Quarter 3 Homework
If you have misplaced your homework, please print it out from the link(s) below. The due date for each paper is listed after the title and the class period. P 1/2 is the morning class; P 6/7 is the afternoon class. The papers are sometimes different for each class, so make sure you print out the correct one.



Phrases, Pt 2, P 6/7, due 2/8







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Quarter 3 News

3/6-3/10
Friday is the last day of the quarter. All missing work must be turned in by Wednesday, 3/8. Monday will be a make-up work day to help resolve missing work issues.
English: This week we will begin a short drama unit with the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand.
Social Studies: We will begin studying the 1930s Great Depression, looking at the culture and economic trends of this difficult decade in U.S. history.

2/27-3/3
English: We are wrapping up our poetry unit with a reading of poems written by students and a poetry unit exam.
Social Studies: We're continuing our study of the 1920s by studying the art, music and writing of the Harlem Renaissance. We'll also be looking at the trends and events that led to the stock market crash of 1929.

2/20-2/24
English: We will be writing free verse poems and reciting famous poems we've memorized. 
Social Studies: Continuing with our unit on the 1920s in the U.S., we will be learning about the Suffragette movement through a variety of projects. We will also be learning about new technology that came out during the 1920s.

2/13-2/17
English: We will be writing haikus, tankas, and rengas.
Social Studies: We will wrap up our unit on Africa and begin a unit on the 1920s and 1930s in the U.S. Our kick-off activity will be learning to dance the Charleston.

2/6-2/10
English: We will be studying "The Highwayman", by Alfred Noyes, to understand the structure of a narrative poem and to identify how Noyes uses poetic devices in this poem. We will also be writing tercets, quatrains, and cinquains.                 
History: We will be studying the ancient African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. We will also be discussing how Timbuktu was a center of learning during this time.

1/30-2/3
English: We are beginning a poetry unit that will include reading, listening to, and writing poetry. The emphasis during the unit will be on the use of poetic devices and the structure of different types of poems.
History: We are learning about the place storytelling has in African culture. Students will listen to a storyteller, write their own fable, and present their fable to the class in a storytelling session, which includes use of an African drum called a djembe.

1/23-1/27
Reminder: Thursday, 1/26, and Friday, 1/27, are half days.
English: We will finish reading and discussing The Call of the Wild.
History: We will wrap up our unit with an exam on Friday, 1/27. Meanwhile, we will begin our next unit--Ancient Africa--by drawing and labeling geographic features on a map.
Question to ask your child: What did you find most interesting in your study of Ancient China? Why was this topic most interesting to you?

1/16-1/20
English: We will continue reading and discussing The Call of the Wild.
History: We will be studying and discussing cultural aspects of Ancient China, such as art, religion, and inventions.
Question to ask your child: What are some of the inventions Ancient China created that we still use today? Which one do you think is the most important and why?

1/9-1/13
English: Students will finish writing their character essays this week. We will then begin a unit on Jack London's The Call of the Wild.
History: This week we'll be looking at and discussing the following Chinese dynasties: Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han.
Question to ask your child: What are the eight characteristics of civilization?

1/2-1/6
Happy New Year! 2017 is here.

English: The focus this week will be on writing an essay in response to a maxim (student's choice) that addresses an aspect of developing moral character.
History: We will begin our unit on China by exploring its geography using maps and an online geography program.

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Quarter 2 Homework
If you have misplaced your homework, please print it out from the link(s) below. The due date for each paper is listed after the title and the class period. P 1/2 is the morning class; P 6/7 is the afternoon class. The papers are sometimes different for each class, so make sure you print out the correct one.



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Quarter 2 News

12/12-12/16
Both the English and the History finals will take place on Tuesday, 12/13. We will be wrapping up the quarter this week by completing miscellaneous assignments. Students have been working hard the past couple of weeks and have earned the upcoming two-week holiday. Happy Holidays to all of you!

Holiday homework: Sleep in late, watch movies, play games, visit family and friends, and have lots of FUN!

12/5-12/9
English: We will be writing an essay, pulling information from text to support our ideas and citing sources using MLA in-text citation format. There will be no grammar or spelling/vocabulary homework or tests this week. Students should focus on studying for the English semester final, which will take place on Tuesday, 12/13. Students will be given a study guide on Monday, 12/5. 
History: We will be studying the geography of Russia, using an online, interactive program. We will also be completing a study guide for the History semester final, which will take place on Tuesday, 12/13. Students will receive a study guide on Thursday, 12/8.

11/28-12/2
English: In grammar, we will be identifying subject complements in sentences. We will also be reading Animal Farm and analyzing the characters and events in the story in relation to the Russian Revolution.
History: We will be analyzing primary documents to create a timeline of the Russian Revolution.

11/14-11/18
English: In addition to reviewing parts of speech, we will work on identifying direct and indirect objects in sentences. We will also begin reading Animal Farm and analyze the characters and events in order to correlate them with the Russian Revolution.
History: Using primary documents we will analyze the causes and effects of the Russian Revolution. We will also explore an overview of the Revolution via a timeline of events.

11/7-11/11
English: We will continue reviewing parts of speech. We will also work on identifying the simple & complete subject & predicate  in sentences. In addition, we will be reading short biographies of key figures of the Russian Revolution.
History: We are wrapping up our unit on WWI with a study session on Monday and a unit final on Friday. We are beginning our unit on the Russian Revolution on Tuesday when we begin exploring and analyzing the causes and effects of the Revolution.

10/31-11/4
English: We have a grammar test on Tuesday. The best way to study is to look over old papers and/or come to tutoring on Monday. Also, we will continue to read biographies of notable figures in World War One. We will also be reading information about the Versailles Treaty and Wilson's essay "The Fourteen Points". After that we will write a five-paragraph essay comparing and contrasting these two documents.
History: We have a vocabulary test on WWI terms on Friday. In addition we will be working with pre- and post-war maps of WWI and discussing the Versailles Treaty and "The Fourteen Points".

10/24-10/28
English: We will be studying interjections and prepositions in grammar. We will also be reading biographies of various leaders during World War I.
History: We will be completing and giving presentations of the World War I battles projects.

10/17-10/21
English: We will be working on persuasive and argumentative essays this week.
History: We will be researching various battles in World War 1 in partners for presentations next week.

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Quarter 1 Homework



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Quarter 1 News

10/10-10/14
This is a short week due to parent/teacher conferences. 
English: We are wrapping up a couple of essays we've been working on for the past week. We will also be learning about conjunctions in grammar.
Social Studies: We are wrapping up our lessons in the underlying causes of WWI. We will be exploring how the war began changing culture, focusing on clothing and the class system in England.

10/3-10/7
English: This week we are working on different aspects of writing five-paragraph essays. 
Social Studies: We are studying the underlying causes of World War One.

9/26-9/30
English: We are working on writing standard five-paragraph essays this week.
Social Studies: We are wrapping up our unit on Teddy Roosevelt and the Spanish American War. At the end of the week, we will begin a unit on World War I.

9/19-9/23
English: We will be focusing on writing different types of essays this week and in the weeks to come.
Social Studies: We will be studying the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War this week.

9/12-9/16
English: We will conclude our short story unit this week.
Social Studies: We are studying the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt and life from 1898 to 1910.

9/5-9/9
English: We're continuing our short story and reading strategies unit.
Social Studies: We're beginning a unit on U.S. history from 1898 to 1910. The unit will include information on the Spanish-American War and what life was like for ordinary people during this time period. However, the bulk of the unit will be about Teddy Roosevelt and how his political legacy still affects us today.

8/29-9/2
English: We're continuing our short story and reading strategies unit this week.
Social Studies: Students are taking a test on the state capitals and a map test on the location of each state. Students will also be finishing their state travel brochures and presenting them to the class this week.

8/22-8/26
Our field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on September 16th will be here before you know it! If you have not returned the field trip permission form and payment yet, please do so as soon as possible. I need time to create student groups and, if we end up with some students not participating, I need to take care of them, too. Thanks!

At the museum we'll be watching an IMAX film about our national parks. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Parks System, which includes our own gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park. Since we're studying U.S. geography in 7th grade right now, the IMAX movie fits in beautifully with our Social Studies curriculum.

In English this week, we'll begin a unit on short stories and reading strategies like making connections, visualizing, predicting, and inferring, amongst others, which are all strategies good readers use to understand what they're reading better. My expectation is that students will continue to use these strategies throughout the year.

8/15-8/19
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This is going to be a crazy busy week as we try to get "housekeeping" items--forms, pretests, etc.--out of the way quickly so that we can start learning cool stuff in English and history. Please remember to check your child's Google calendar daily for homework assignments. Also, the sooner we can get important permission forms back, the better, so thanks for asking your child, "What do you have for me to sign today?" and getting those forms back to us in a timely fashion.

Ms. Louis' Calendar