Mrs. Inman's Web Page
ainman@acgcschools.org

In response to our closure, I have a few resources for students to utilize to keep working those skills we use in English. Students are not required to do any work during this time, but they will have access to these resources if they wish to use them. 

Every week I will create a new Quizlet vocabulary set. I will share the links every Monday for students to use. These are not text specific lists, so students do not need anything for this activity. There are flashcards and games for students to play while home. Links will be posted to Google Classroom. 

I have set up class sections on Actively Learn (activelylearn.com). They are synced with Google Classroom. Students will need to use their school GMail to sign up for this. Once they are signed up and have joined a class (class codes will be posted on Google Classroom), students will see a list of “assigned” articles. I will add two to three articles per week. Again, I stress that none of this is required, just available. Actively Learn is an e-reading platform that focuses on reading comprehension. Students answer comprehension questions and learn vocabulary words. Students are also able to annotate the text and highlight unknown words for definitions. 

Khan Academy (khanacademy.org) is an excellent resource for students to utilize during this time. Khan Academy offers videos and practice on various content areas. There is a Grammar course under “Arts & humanities”. It covers parts of speech, punctuation, and syntax. Also, new to Khan, there is a reading section. If you click under the courses, there is a category “ELA beta”. There are links for both 7th grade reading and 8th grade reading. There are no videos, but there are practice sections. 

In addition to these resources, I have shared a list of writing prompts and a reading log on Google Classroom for all classes. I encourage my 7th and 8th graders to read for at least 30 minutes a day. I have shared a list of reading-response writing prompts on Google Classroom. I encourage students to let me know of any great books they are reading or any books they are interested in. I am always on the lookout for great books to add to my classroom library.

During this closure, there is no required work for students. These are just resources available to them. If students or parents have any questions, I will continue to check my email daily. As always, please allow 24-48 hours for a response. Stay healthy during this time. I look forward to seeing you on April 15th!

CLASSROOM LIBRARY

In my classroom, I have two large bookshelves mostly filled with books. Not quite half of the books were donated by Half Price Books in Des Moines and have an AC/GC Junior High stamp in them. The others are from my own personal library that I thought students might enjoy. These books have a stamp inside the front or back cover with my name on them. Students are allowed to check these books out. Students are to let me know, and I write down the book title, the student's name, and the date checked out. When they are returned, I write the date returned. I am pleased with the amount of books that students are reading. So far, I have not had any books not returned. However, if you happen to find a book with these stamps in them, please send them to school. 

ABOUT ME

Hey, I'm Annie Inman, and I'm super excited to be teaching 7th & 8th grade English! I'm new to the Charger staff this year. Recently, I graduated from Buena Vista University with a degree in Secondary Education with a focus in English. I grew up not too far away in Kimballton, Iowa, and currently reside in Exira, Iowa. 

This year I am teaching all 7th grade English and one group of 8th grade English. I have high expectations for my students' learning and want them to all succeed. We held a discussion over classroom expectations at the beginning of the year in each class and decided on our expectations together. Our classroom expectations all fall under two categories: Be Respectful and Be Responsible. I expect students to come to class prepared, on time, and ready to learn. Students are also expected to encourage one another, help each other, and listen openly to each others' opinions and ideas.

The first twenty minutes of class are dedicated to reading groups/interventions. From there, we get into our textbooks. This means that some days we are doing a lot of reading, other days we are doing a lot of writing. Our textbook units are super thorough and take some time getting through. There are only five units in both 7th and 8th grade textbooks. I will continue to update this as we continue moving through the units.

I am always here for any questions or concerns. Feel free to email me anytime. Please allow me 24 - 48 hours to reply to emails. I am also available to the students throughout the day. My schedule is:

1st period     English 7B

2nd period    English 7C

3rd period     English 7A

4th period      Prep          

5th period     English 8A

6th period     Study Hall

Great times for students to come in are in the mornings after 8 a.m., 4th period (11:37 - 1:26), and sixth block (2:30 - 3:30). 


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