Category Archives: Grade 7

Newspaper Article Rubric



Editor’s checklist:

  • Is the information grouped into logical paragraphs?
  • Are the paragraphs in a logical order?
  • Is there any unnecessary information?
  • Is any necessary information missing?
  • Are there any parts that you can’t understand?
  • Are a lot of the same words repeated?
  • Can more precise words be used?
  • Is there too much repetition of linkers like and, but, then etc?
  • Do all the verbs agree with their subjects? (e.g. she are is …)
  • Have articles (the, a, an) been used correctly?
  • Have the correct verb forms been used?
  • Is the punctuation correct?
  • Have all the words been spelt correctly?

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Journalism & Quotations

We are conducting interviews and practicing writing quotes!

In every interview:

  1. Listen more than you speak. Control the interview gently, but don’t interrupt.
  2. Be polite but persistent.
  3. Ask open-ended questions; especially avoid questions with “yes/no” answers.
  4. Visualise the story as it is revealed to you.
  5. Evaluate the news story as it is revealed to you.
  6. At the end of the interview, recap what you understand the story to be.



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Newspaper Learning Goal

We are learning to read and write newspaper articles

  • I can identify the parts of the newspaper, using proper vocabulary
  • I understand the purpose of newspapers
      1. Inform, Interpret, Entertain, Persuade, Provide a Service, Make Money
  • I can critically analyze images in the newspapers
    • angle, composition, background, etc.
  • I can critically read a newspaper and identify sources of bias and point of view
    • author, publication, experts, omissions, tone, etc..
  • I can write a newspaper article using facts (5Ws) and represent both sides of the story
    • facts vs opinions
  • I can write an effective title that generates interest in the article
    • specific, alliteration, conflict, mystery, rhyme, numbers, adjectives/word choice, facts, etc…

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Fairy Tale – Moral Debate

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students consider the ethics of characters in three fairy tales.

  • In “Puss in Boots,” a clever cat engineers a succession of hoaxes and lies for the benefit of its master. As a result, the master eventually marries the king’s daughter and appoints Puss in Boots prime minister, and all parties live happily ever after. Among the debatable questions inspired by this fairy tale are
    1. Was Puss in Boots wrong to lie to the king and deceive him?,
    2. Was the cat wrong to trick the ogre and then kill him?, and
    3. Is trickery ever justified?
    4. Challenge students to support their positions with at least three cogent arguments.
  • In “Jack and the Beanstalk,” young Jack, whose impoverished mother is left with nothing but the family cow, is sent to market to trade the cow for as much money as he can. Jack trades the cow for a handful of beans and, in despair, his mother throws the beans out the window. Jack narrowly escapes from the giant with two stolen treasures that will secure the future for himself and his mother. Among the debatable questions posed by this story are
    1. Since the giant wanted to eat Jack, was it OK that Jack stole the giant’s goose and harp?
    2. An older version of this familiar tale offers up some unique twists that will add to the debate: Since the giant had stolen everything from Jack’s father, do you think it was OK for Jack to take it back?
  • Create a two-column graphic organizer for the first two fairy tales above. Print one of the ethical questions raised by the tale at the top of the graphic organizer. Print “Yes” at the top of the first column and “No” at the top of the other. As students share their responses to the questions, write the responses in the appropriate columns.For a printable comparison chart, see Comparison Chart.

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Debate Homework: What’s interesting in the news?

7 1/2 – your homework for this weekend is to post a link to an interesting or controversial article that’s in the news right now. You don’t have to pick this topic for the debate, but I want you aware of what’s happening in the world.

Some great news sites include:

I’m less interested in the source than the idea.

Post the article as a comment below.

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7 1/2 – Weekly Update

This week 7-1/2 is finishing off their:

  • Fairy Tales
  • Front and back book covers
  • self-assessment of their Reader’s Theatre presentation (if not already done)

Also, those who are finished are building animated stories in PowToon. I will not be marking PowToon, this will just be a fun way to learn the program before we use it “for real” in the future. Also, students will have an animated version of their own fairy tales, which is pretty cool!

And here is the link to use it at home: 

Here’s a help manual:


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7 1/2 – Fairy Tales

Your fairy tale should be typed and edited at this point. If it’s not, you are behind.

This week, we will be making our book covers in Photoshop.

Learning Goal: I can create a book cover that conveys the intended purpose (fairy tale genre) and audience of my story by using the following:


  • The fonts used for the title and author reflect the genre of the book and convey the appropriate tone.


  • The graphic composition on the cover matches the content of the story, and reflects the purpose and audience of the story.


  • The colours of the image and fonts help to convey the appropriate tone of the story. (E.g., vibrant = kids, faded = historical, black and red = horror)


  • Tone is conveyed through the combination of font, image and colours on the cover.

Note, the example provided is of the fantasy genre, but highlights the elements of a book cover that you are to include (no award necessary for your cover).



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Reader’s Theatre

Here are your self-selected reader’s theatre plays. The top link is the script. The bottom link is the video. To watch the plays, you must log in using your child’s gmail account.

  1. One Eye. Two Eyes. Three Eyes. 
  2. Cinderella Bigfoot
    1. GoogleDrive/CinderellaBigfoot
  3. The 3 Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
  4. Hansel & Gretel
  5. The Wizard, The Fairy & The Magic Chicken
  6. Gingerbread Boy
    1. GoogleDrive/GingerBreadBoy

Rubric: Reading Fluency Rubric – 4 factors.pdf

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7 1/2 – Homework

Students have now all been emailed user names and passwords to my blog (my apologies if you tried to do this earlier). Students are to post one (1) simile and (1) personification to the blog. Instructions.

  2. after you log in, type in or click on the Google grid icon and select Gmail.
  3. Open email invite to WordPress and get temporary password
  4. Login to blog with temporary password (
  5. Change temp password.
  6. Post a comment to this blog with your simile and metaphor.
  7. If you are unsuccessful, DON’T STRESS!  Just come see me during nutrition break and I will help you in the computer lab.

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7 1/2 – Personification

We are completing our descriptive writing exercises and will begin writing our own stories next week, as well as completing CASI.

Homework: please complete both sides of the yellow sheet on personification.

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