Homework for Ms Munoz's Class Homework should always be meaningful and balanced. Homework shouldn't dominate after school time; after being at school all day, young minds need to rest, explore other activities, spend time with family, play and sleep. Although, spending some time to read for pleasure and growth is meaningful in numerous ways. Reading text that is interesting and engaging improves one's reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and more. The majority of homework for English class will be reading in self-selected reading books -- these books should be of high interest to students. After reading their books, students will share reading reflections with parents and the teacher. At home, students may also revise, edit and complete any written assignments/projects worked on in class, and students should study notes and main concepts learned in class for periodic quizzes and tests.
• There are 4 Homework Components for English Class. .
Homework 1 -- Main Homework – Student will READ self-selected reading books. (Students may also read short stories in district-assigned English textbook for reading minutes.) When reading in self-selected reading books, students need to read a minimum of 2 hours a week, although, students may read many more minutes/hours if they'd like! Students will log minutes and have parents sign weekly logs. Logs will be checked for parent signatures most Mondays -- these reading checks count for 1 point each. After an assigned reading session (approx 5-6 weeks), students will record a brief session discussing a few questions about the book with a parent on the Flipgrid app for the teacher to view. If students need assistance in finding a book, they can visit the school's library, the public library, or see Ms Munoz at lunch or after school to check a book out from the classroom library. Students are given logs at the beginning of each reading session. Homework 2 – Occasionally, students will STUDY items when needed for quizzes. Study items are given to students when needed. Students are quizzed on these items periodically. When a student misses a quiz due to a verified absence, he or she will need to make an appointment with Ms. Muñoz. It is the student's responsibility to make up the quiz if absent.
Homework 3 – Students will WRITE responses throughout the year. They will start the writing in class, but may need time to complete writing at home. Students will be given the opportunity to write/revise/edit writing portions of their essays at home when needed.
Homework 4 – Students will PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTEER WORK when working on their Impact Projects. Students will participate in 3-4 hours of self-selected community service during the school year. Students will receive more details about this project once the school year begins.
Please note that Homework Reading Logs/Video will be "weighted" as being no more than 10-15% of the student's overall final grade.
Throughout the year, check the ESM 7 Team Website, students' planners and Schoology for upcoming assignments and due dates.