Contact Information

Email: erin.drees-snyder@austinisd.org

Phone: 512-841-8685
 
Office Hours Throughout School Cancellation: 12:00-2:00 PM
 
Reminders: To receive classroom updates and reminders via text, send a text to 81010 with the code for your student's class period:
3rd: @SnyderGMS3
4th: @SnyderGMS4
5th: @SnyderGMS5
7th: @SnyderGMS7
8th: @SnyderGMS8
 

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Office Hours (March 23 - April 3)

12:00-2:00 PM
 
I will be actively responding to all student/parent communication during this time. Please reach out via email if you have any questions or concerns!

Hello, students and parents! I am already missing you guys, and I look forward to seeing you again in person. Until then, I hope you are staying safe and healthy at home. I know you are all unsure of what the rest of this school year is going to look like, and I am too! The GMS teachers and principals are having virtual meetings today, so we’ll all know more soon.

In the meantime, AISD made a great “Learning at Home” website with optional lessons and activities to enrich your brain. And, of course, the best way to keep your ELA skills sharp is to read and write daily. Keep reading good books writing a little bit each day about what’s going on in your world and what you’re thinking about. No pressure to share it with me or anyone else. I'll keep you updated as I learn more about what's to come. Feel free to email me any time with questions or concerns!

AISD Learning at Home 7th Grade Lessons: https://sites.google.com/austinisd.org/aisd-learning-at-home/6th-12th/seventh-grade-students

iReady: https://login.i-ready.com/

March 9-13

Monday: STIR & Peer revision
HW: Side 2 of peer revision
 
Tuesday: Editing musical chairs
HW: Finish sentence variety and peer revision. Read 20 minutes. Final draft due Wed. by 10 pm.
 
Wednesday: Keepers & Finish essay
HW: Final draft due by 10 pm. Read 20 minutes.
 
Thursday: Keepers & Read-around groups
HW: Read 20 minutes.
 
Friday: Evaluate MOY essay
HW: Read 20 minutes every day!

March 2-6

Monday: Weekly article & Type essay
HW: Weekly article due Friday. Read 20 minutes.
 
Tuesday: Keepers: Too/Two/To & Type essay
HW: Weekly article due Friday. Read 20 minutes.
 
Wednesday: STIR & Revise transititions
HW: Weekly article due Friday. 
 
Thursday: Keepers: It's/Its & Revise word choice
HW: Weekly article due Friday. Read 20 minutes.
 
Friday: Revise sentence variety
HW: Finish revising rough draft. Read 20 minutes every day!

Feb. 18-21

Tuesday: Keepers: You're/your, study guide, finish/revise/reheard Book Club book talk
HW: Finish script. Study guide due Friday.
 
Wednesday: Book Club book talk presentations
HW: Study guide due Friday.
 
Thursday: Hooks
HW: Study guide due Friday.
 
Friday: Library & add to expository essay outline
HW: Bring a new book Monday. Study for Tuesday's test.

Feb. 3-7

Monday: Keepers: Commas with transitions and series, weekly article "station"
HW: Read 3rd chunk of Book Club book.
 
Tuesday: Keepers: Commas in dates and places, STIR
HW: Read 3rd chunk of Book Club book. 
 
Wednesday: Weekly article station, continued
HW: Read 3rd chunk of Book Club book. Finish weekly article station activity.
 
Thursday: Thesis Prezi, notes, practice, and creation (5-10)
HW: Read 3rd chunk of Book Club book.
 
Friday: Book Club - Session #3
HW: Finish Book Club book by next Thursday.

Jan. 27-31

Monday: Keepers: Commas after introductory (adverbial) phrases & introduction to expository writing
HW: Read second chunk (2/4) of Book Club book by Friday
 
Tuesday: Weekly article: WWII strudel & STIR
HW: Finish weekly article by tomorrow & read second chunk (2/4) of Book Club book by Friday
 
Wednesday: Keepers: Commas after direct address & interjections; expository writing, cont'd.
HW: Read second chunk (2/4) of Book Club book by Friday
 
Thursday: IStation & STIR
HW: Read second chunk (2/4) of Book Club book by tomorrow
 
Friday: Book Club - Session #2
HW: Read third chunk (3/4) of Book Club book by next Friday

Jan. 21-24

Tuesday: Introduce Keepers: They're, their, there
HW: Read first chunk (1/4) of Book Club book & study for Thursday's test
 
Wednesday: Weekly article: Australia's bush fires
HW: Read first chunk (1/4) of Book Club book & study for Thursday's test
 
Thursday: Sentence types test
HW: Read first chunk (1/4) of Book Club book & finish weekly article
 
Friday: Book Club - Session #1
HW: Read second chunk (1/2) of Book Club book

Study for the TEST over Sentence Types on Thursday, January 23rd.
 
WHAT to Study:
* Sentence Types Notes (pg. 30 in journal)
* Flow Chart (pg. 29 in journal)
* Sentence Practice Worksheet (graded and returned Monday, Jan. 20)
 
HOW to Study:
* Memorize the coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS)
* Memorize the subordinating conjunctions (AAAWWUBBIS)
* Memorize the structure for each sentence type
* Memorize the flow chart
* Practice labeling and writing each type of sentence
 
SUGGESTIONS:
* Make physical flash cards
* Take turns quizzing a friend on the conjunctions and sentence types
* Look for each type of sentence in your STIR book
* Come to ELA tutoring Tuesday, Jan. 21 for extra practice

Jan. 13-17

Monday: Spoons - Parts of speech review
HW: Get BC book by Friday, 1/17
 
Tuesday: Simple & compound sentences
HW: Get BC book by Friday, 1/17
 
Wednesday: Complex sentences
HW: Get BC book by Friday, 1/17
 
Thursday: Sentence types practice
HW: Get BC book by Friday, 1/17
 
Friday: Book Club - Establish norms & deadlines
HW: Read 1/4 of BC book & study for sentence types test

Jan. 8-10

Wednesday: 2019-2020 warm-up, introduce Book Clubs, review expectations, begin Madlibs
HW: If you have a book you've been wanting to read, bring it tomorrow
 
Thursday: Share Madlibs & BC book tasting
HW: Get BC commitment form signed and return by Monday, 1/13
 
Friday: Review parts of speech
HW: Get BC commitment form signed and return by Monday, 1/13

Dec. 9-13

Monday: STIR & theme lesson
HW: None
 
Tuesday: Theme review, cross-genre connections table
HW: Read 20+ min.
 
Wednesday: Cross-genre connections Venn diagram
HW: Read 20+ min.
 
Thursday: Cross-genre connections APE response
HW: Read 20+ min. & finish cross-genre connections
 
Friday: Cross-genre connections quiz & STIR
HW: Read 40+ minutes

December 2-6

Monday: STIR & Vision + Voice Poem
HW: Submit poem online Thursday evening and in class Friday
 
Tuesday: Writing MOY & 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th periods: Novel read-aloud & work on Vision + Voice poem
HW: Submit poem online Thursday evening and in class Friday, read 20+ min.
 
Wednesday: Reading MOY & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th periods: Work on Vision + Voice poem
HW: Submit poem online Thursday evening and in class Friday, read 20+ min.
 
Thursday: Finish poem & complete peer feedback
HW: Submit poem online and print or email proof of submission to Mrs. Snyder, read 20+ min.
 
Friday: "Mark your moves" on Vision + Voice poem and turn in to Google Classroom. Turn in proof of submission and paper rubric.
HW: Read 20+ minutes EVERY day