Welcome to Mr. Coward’s Class Page – 2017

flashingdogWelcome back to Mr. Coward’s Seventh Grade page!
It’s our 20th year on the web, and our 25th year at Laguna!
Here are a few tips if you’re new here or if you’ve “forgotten.”headbeanie

  • Whenever you are absent, use the calendar (“What We Did That Day” or “Previously On”) and click the dates you were gone. You can also simply scroll down to the dates you were gone. Do what we did in class that day as best you can (IN YOUR NOTEBOOK) and show everything to me (IN YOUR NOTEBOOK) when you return. Be prepared with questions about whatever you didn’t understand.
  • Send emails to mcoward@slcusd.org.
  • You can also use the comments to ask PERTINENT questions about that day’s work.
  • All homework is assigned on Monday (or the first day of the week). Check the homework page for the latest.
  • There’s no need to be this guy:

Monday, 8/21: Welcome to Seventh Grade English!

Welcome to Seventh Grade English!
(Short classes today due to the Tour Schedule.)
Seating Charts/Schedules/Name Pronunciation, etc.

Web Page: middleschool.mrcoward.com or school.mrcoward.com or lams.slcusd.org–>Mr. Coward
Know it. Use it. Love it.

I. Copy homework into assignment book (AKA: planner).
This is the first thing we do every week. The homework for the entire week goes up Monday (or the first day of the week).

II. Vocabulary Sheet How-To.

III. Analogies.
x : y :: a : b.
Translation: is related to y in the same way that a is related to b.
Example –> ice : melt : garbage : rot.

In Notebook: “Warm Up, 8/21/17.” Copy 1-2.

  1. tobacco : cigarette : : meat : _____
  2. boxer : athlete :: chair : ______
  3. Which is correct: “18 plus 19 is 36,” or “18 plus 19 are 36″?

Time? AMA!

SCRABBLE Tourney!!

Each person draws a letter. The letter closest to A goes first. (Blank beats A.)
Draw continues clockwise (to the left) after that.
If no one volunteers, the person with the letter farthest from A is scorekeeper.
Put those letters back and draw seven (7) each.
Keep score like this (don’t write what’s in the parentheses):

Jimmy (First Player)
17 (first turn)
6  (second turn)
23 (total so far)
14 (third turn)
37 (total so far)
Johnny (Second Player)
23
15   
38
7   
45

First player must put the word down with a letter on the Star (2x word) in the middle.

Left to right, top to bottom; not diagonal, not bottom to top!
Suggestion: no more than 2 minutes per person.
NO! NO! NO!
NO abbreviations or contractions
NO foreign words
NO proper nouns (nouns you would normally capitalize) (Check the dictionary.)
Multiplier squares are one use only! Once covered, they are done!

(Final) Monday, 6/5: SCRABBLE Tourney!

SCRABBLE Tourney!!

Each person draws a letter. The letter closest to A goes first. (Blank beats A.)
Draw continues clockwise (to the left) after that.
If no one volunteers, the person with the letter farthest from A is scorekeeper.
Put those letters back and draw seven (7) each.
Keep score like this (don’t write what’s in the parentheses):

Jimmy (First Player)
17 (first turn)
6  (second turn)
23 (total so far)
14 (third turn)
37 (total so far)
Johnny (Second Player)
23
15   
38
7   
45

VERTICAL not horizontal.

First player must put the word down with a letter on the Star (2x word) in the middle.

Left to right, top to bottom; not diagonal, not bottom to top!
Suggestion: no more than 2 minutes per person.
NO! NO! NO!
NO abbreviations or contractions
NO foreign words
NO proper nouns (nouns you would normally capitalize) (Check the dictionary.)
Multiplier squares are one use only! Once covered, they are done!

Thursday, 6/1: l (a ?!? YEE #8 (collaborative), Message to 6th Grade

l (a ?!? You’re on your own with this one. For awhile.

YEE #8: Same as #7. Get some help. Really. I mean it.

Message to 6th Grade. Due Tomorrow! We are grading them LIVE in class.

If you haven’t already, share your GDoc (or whatever) with me or send me a link!

Form:

  • Storyboard That! Comic (10+ panels)
  • Prezi?
  • Slides?
  • Web Site?
  • Quiz
  • Newsletter
  • ???
Content:

  • Three Expectations vs. Reality
  • Three Good Things About Laguna
  • Three Pieces of Advice
  • One Euphemism?
  • Upbeat and Funny
  • Proofread!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rubric:

  • All Content Items (15)
  • Mechanics (20)
  • Effort (10)
  • Creativity (15)Total: 60

 

Wednesday, 5/31: “old age,” YEE#7, Message to 6th Grade

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  –Mark Twain

What does he really mean?

 

“old age sticks” by ee cummings.

 

YEE #7.

 

Message to 6th Grade.

Form:

  • Storyboard That! Comic (10+ panels)
  • Prezi?
  • Slides?
  • Web Site?
  • Quiz
  • Newsletter
  • ???
Content:

  • Three Expectations vs. Reality
  • Three Good Things About Laguna
  • Three Pieces of Advice
  • One Euphemism?
  • Upbeat and Funny
  • Proofread!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rubric:

  • All Content Items (15)
  • Mechanics (20)
  • Effort (10)
  • Creativity (15)Total: 60