MeWelcome to 7th Grade Language Arts!
Hello! My name is Megan Zinn and I am thrilled to be your 7th grade Language Arts teacher this year! A little bit about me, I grew up in Burke, Virginia and went through the Fairfax County Public School system. After completing my undergrad at George Mason University in 2017, I decided to go back for my Masters and I am currently working to complete that program. Additionally, I own and run a middle school summer camp in Springfield, VA called Summer Cove. I have far too many hobbies to name them all, but a couple include reading, volleyball, baking (and eating), and I love spending my weekends binge watching a good show with my husband and our dogs, Sly and Violet, curled up next to me. I can't wait to get to know each and every student and all of the wonderful families who attend Porter! 

Parent Notifications:
 
This year we will be using the following resources as our main forms of communication: 

Edmodo - Track student assignments/upcoming assessments
Parent Portal - Track student grades/performance
ClassDojo - Receive updates on student behavior
ClassTag - Receive updates about upcoming events or volunteer for class field trips, etc. 

You can find "quick links" to each of these resources below. Also, please be sure to check Parent Portal regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. 


QUICK LINKS

Edmodo: Link
Powerschool (Parent Portal): Link
Powertest (IA): Link
ClassDojo: Link
ClassTag: Link


CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

June 1st, 2020 
Hey there! No more optional assignments from me moving forward :) Those of you who are looking to bring up your final overall grade, please reach out to me by the end of THIS WEEK to receive an individual improvement plan. The last day to turn in work to improve your final grade will be Wednesday, June 10th. Everyone is encouraged to go onto IXL to continue to practice the standards I have starred for you. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns!

May 25th, 2020
Hello! I hope that everyone is doing well! My office hours are Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime though via email. ‌ Weekly Breakdown: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ccTNUVOTd9b59bS1SGOEXKtFz4BfNg3UDMTC8RCxwWU/edit?usp=sharing ‌ Bell Ringers: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sDMFeGjor_XHh3vPJJcURtCJX0bFgCDsrdyioFJLIlQ/edit?usp=sharing

May 18th, 2020
Hello! I hope that everyone is doing well! As a reminder, if you are interested in bringing up your previous grades, I need you to reach out to me via email to get a personalized improvement plan sheet from me. There have only been about 4 of you who have requested retakes for grade improvements. My office hours are Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime though via email. ‌ Weekly Breakdown: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ccTNUVOTd9b59bS1SGOEXKtFz4BfNg3UDMTC8RCxwWU/edit?usp=sharing ‌ Bell Ringers: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sDMFeGjor_XHh3vPJJcURtCJX0bFgCDsrdyioFJLIlQ/edit?usp=sharing

May 11th, 2020
Hello! I hope that everyone is doing well! It was so great to see so many of you last Friday in our review session. I'll try to plan another one super soon! My specific activities are listed below. Please note, I am working to finish a breakout session for you to review genres of literature. I hope to have that done by the end of today. As a reminder, my office hours are Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime though via email. ‌ Weekly Breakdown: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ccTNUVOTd9b59bS1SGOEXKtFz4BfNg3UDMTC8RCxwWU/edit?usp=sharingBell Ringers: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sDMFeGjor_XHh3vPJJcURtCJX0bFgCDsrdyioFJLIlQ/edit?usp=sharing

May 4th, 2020
Hey there! I can't believe it's already May... Also, May the Fourth be with all of you :) Mr. Fletcher and I are thinking about having a collaborative Zoom to check in with everyone and to review content. This will likely be on Wednesday, so be on the lookout for the link! ‌ My specific activities are listed below. As a reminder, my office hours are Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime though via email. ‌ Weekly Breakdown: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ccTNUVOTd9b59bS1SGOEXKtFz4BfNg3UDMTC8RCxwWU/edit?usp=sharing ‌ Bell Ringers: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sDMFeGjor_XHh3vPJJcURtCJX0bFgCDsrdyioFJLIlQ/edit?usp=sharing

April 27th, 2020
Here is a link to the 7th Grade Schedule for this week. Make sure that you check out the optional assignments for each class :) My specific activities are listed below. As a reminder, my office hours are Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Please feel free to reach out to me at anytime though via email.

Weekly Breakdown: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ccTNUVOTd9b59bS1SGOEXKtFz4BfNg3UDMTC8RCxwWU/edit?usp=sharing ‌ Bell Ringers: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sDMFeGjor_XHh3vPJJcURtCJX0bFgCDsrdyioFJLIlQ/edit?usp=sharing

April 20th, 2020 
Hey there! Welcome to another week of "Let's Figure this all out Together and Adjust in Any Way Necessary!" I hope you all are safe and healthy at home :) Below are the links to my weekly breakdown as well as my bell ringers for this week. Please try your best to complete these assignments, but remember that they are OPTIONAL. As a reminder my office hours are Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM and if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to me directly via email. ‌ Weekly Breakdown: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ccTNUVOTd9b59bS1SGOEXKtFz4BfNg3UDMTC8RCxwWU/edit?usp=sharing ‌ Bell Ringers: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sDMFeGjor_XHh3vPJJcURtCJX0bFgCDsrdyioFJLIlQ/edit?usp=sharing ‌ Grades for the Nonfiction Unit Project were posted to Gradebook and you should be able to see them now. If you were missing the project, I have already reached out to you and expect to get your projects ASAP. The grades are due on Friday, so if you would like to redo a portion of your project for a higher grade, you are welcome to do so! I will say, the one that matters the MOST was the summary of the story itself because that grade was summative.

April 14th, 2020
Below is anOPTIONALweeklyschedule forstudents and families to utilize during Home Learning. The schedule is to helpwith accessing resources, links, and activities; these can be completed at any time.  All students are encouraged to engage in the review activities below.These activitiesalign withPWCS's vision of (60 for Elem. and 90 for MS) minutes per contentarea, per week. Students are encouraged to utilize this time to review and remediate objectives from the beginning of the year that they would like to improveonPlease reach out to the teacher with any questions.

7th Grade Schedule

Additionally, here is the link to my breakdown of this week's optional assignments:

Ms. Zinn - Language Arts Week of 04/14

March 31st, 2020
Good morning! Please continue to try to work through the OPTIONAL review that was provided to you yesterday that focused on types of conflict. If you have already completed your's, I have provided feedback on your worksheets on ClassKick. See my last post for ClassKick codes! ‌ Additionally, as stated yesterday, IF you are choosing to read through The Giver, here is an OPTIONAL worksheet to help guide you through the chapters. Please use it if you think it would help you: https://app.wizer.me/learn/NJTJ5R

March 30th, 2020
Good morning! What a gorgeous day to start our a new week :) Below is my expectations of you all today. Because I keep getting questions about work, I want to reiterate that all work is optional for the time being. No assignments will be graded, however, I challenge each and every one of you to try your best to get the work done so that you can review material. We want everyone to be in a good place next year when we are back in school! ‌ To review types of conflict, please work on this ClassKick: 2nd Period - XSV A7U 5th Period - 39R SAF 8th Period - 8N9 Y3R ‌ If you are choosing to read The Giver, please read through part II of The Giver (up to chapter 11). Here is the Wizer.Me link to help you work through the chapters: https://app.wizer.me/learn/NJTJ5R

March 24th, 2020
Below is a chart with all of the SOL standards that have already been taught across the school year. You can access a larger version that is easier to view here. Additionally, a full overview of the standards of 7th grade are provided in this curriculum framework

We have one project that is currently being graded: the Nonfiction Unit/Research Project. This assignment was first introduced to students on February 10th and was due on March 9th. Students were given time in class to complete portions of this project on an ongoing basis. During the last week of the project, students were asked to complete any incomplete work at home in addition to working on it in class. This will be graded for 3rd quarter with the following standards:
      - 7.6 i) Create an objective summary, including main idea and supporting details (assessed summatively)
      - 7.6 k) Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats (assessed formatively)
      - 7.9 b) Collect, organize, and synthesize information from multiple sources (assessed formatively)

Standards met
standards met

March 23rd, 2020
Good morning friends! I hope that everyone is healthy and safe at home with your families. I know that everything has been really crazy and confusing, but please know that we are all getting through this together. I am here if you want to talk (even if it's just about TikTok). 

This week, I will be focused on grading your nonfiction unit projects (which were assigned and due wayyyyyy before any of this happened). If you have not turned your project in or if you are missing a portion, now is the time to get it done. I will be putting those grades into the gradebook. 

Additionally, I will be working to create various GimKits so that we can participate in "live" review sessions with each other! I will put together a schedule of times when I will be playing the GimKit so that you all can play at the same time to compete against one another. Once I have those all squared away, I will post the schedule times. 

Many of you have been asking me what are we going to do if we don't have the SOLs? Guess what, friends? The SOLs are not the only way to assess you :) You are still expected to learn things and engage in critical thinking during this time. However, in accordance with PWCS, I will not be assigning any new, mandatory work to anybody at this time, but I will encourage you to finish reading The Giver (which is a great book!) and log into IXL to review any highlighted material (the ones with the stars on them!). Once we get more information about when we will be focused on new material, I will make sure you have it!

March 6th, 2020
As discussed, we will begin writing our slam poetry on Monday with the goal of a brave few presenting in class on Tuesday. Remember, this classroom is a safe space and we will treat it as such on Tuesday just as we do every other day.

Additionally, do not forget that your Nonfiction Unit Project is due on Monday by the end of the day. As a reminder, we have worked on this project since the beginning of February and have spent numerous class periods working on the various elements. If you are struggling to get it complete, you need to plan to be in my room during lunch on Monday. If I see that you do not have something turned in on Monday, you will be asked to be in lunch on Tuesday to hit submit. 

As always, please reach out with any questions you may have! I cannot promise that I will get back to you right away over the weekend, but I will try!

March 5th, 2020
Reminder - the last day to do retakes for the last nonfiction unit test is tomorrow in lunch! 

February 25th, 2020
Reminder: Your study guide was given to you today and most of the classes had time to begin working on it in class. We will go over the answers in class tomorrow in preparation for our test on Thursday. 

Additionally, the summary of your nonfiction text is due by tomorrow. We will work on it for a short period of time in class. 

February 24th, 2020 

Due to the fact that so many students decided to be unproductive during class, the summary portion of the research project is expected to be done at home moving forward. I will not be giving time in class to complete this portion of the project. It is due on Wednesday and I am happy to assist anybody who has questions. For now, please create your summaries on Word and save them until Wednesday. 

February 19th, 2020

Hello! If you did not hear my announcements today, here are some updates that everyone should know moving forward:

  • Author's purpose and viewpoint quick check: Friday, Feb. 21st
  • Historical background of time period + text evidence: Friday, Feb. 21st.
  • Nonfiction Unit Test Part III: Thursday, Febrary 27th


February 12th, 2020
Reminder: we have our cause and effect quick check tomorrow. In order to review, my suggestion would be to go onto IXL and complete the "Match causes and effects in informational texts" assignment (it is starred and it's under the Text Structures section).

Please also remember that you have your book club meeting #4 on Friday!


February 11th, 2020
We will be finishing up retakes tomorrow during lunch. Please remember to complete the remediation on your own time at home before coming in. Additionally, as a reminder we are having a quick check on cause and effect on Thursday. 

February 7th, 2020
We made it to the weekend! As a reminder, we have retakes for the Nonfiction Unit Test Part II happening during lunch on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Remediation needs to be completed prior to retakes. If you are missing the remediation form, please go on Edomodo to print off the form. 

February 3rd, 2020
Hey everyone! Remember, our Nonfiction Unit Test Part II is tomorrow, Tuesday February 4th. There are lots of resources listed on Edmodo if you would like extra practice tonight!

Also, the Maker-Space Tech Night will take place on February 25th. If you would like to attend, please have your parents fill out this form!

January 31st, 2020 
This week, we had a discussion around RESPECT and classroom expectations and norms that we know we should follow that go into that acronymn. My hope is that we can continue to challenge ourselves to do better and be more mindful in the classroom. 

Quick reminder, you all have your Nonfiction Unit Test Part Two on Tuesday, February 4th. Please complete your study guide over the weekend and come prepared to review on Monday. Remember, it does not help you if you do not go over the study guide on your own. 


January 28th, 2020
As a reminder, your Book Club meeting #2 has not moved and will take place this Friday. Please come prepared with notes from the section you read and whatever you gathered as part of your role for this week. 

January 23rd, 2020
One more day! You all are chugging along and we are almost there! I wanted to remind everyone that we have two quick checks that will be on tomorrow. These will primarily cover summarizing using main idea and supporting details. As a reminder, there are still a handful of you who need to submit your Hoot project by tonight on Edmodo!

January 21st, 2020

After much consideration and review of the practice assessment given to you all (Natural Wonders), I have decided to move your summative assessment back to next quarter. We will continue to review and work towards our goal of creating an objective summary including main idea and supporting details with a new date of Wednesday, January 29th in mind. 

Aside from that, please remember to bring your nonfiction book to class tomorrow for a mini check in. 


January 14th, 2020
As discussed today in class, our next summative assessment will be based on two strands focusing primarily on summarizing text with main idea and supporting details. This assessment will be written and should look really familiar for those of you who worked on the worksheet today. The summative assessment will be given on Tuesday, January 21st.

Additionally, that worksheet will be graded formatively, so please make sure you get it done tomorrow and turned in. 


January 9th, 2020
Sorry that it's been awhile that I posted anything! With the break and the various snow days/delays/early releases, I haven't gotten around to it. Just a couple of things: 
        - I was planning for our Nonfiction Unit Test Part II to be next week, but I know that Mr. Denney and Mr. Fletcher's tests have been shifted because of all the delays. For now, I am planning to have our 2nd unit test on Tuesday, January 21st. 
       - Because of all of the scheduling shifts, I will accept remediation and retakes for the Nonfiction Unit Part I until Friday. If you need to retake any portion, you need to do the remediation at home and come prepared to take the test during lunch.
       - We will be starting to work more regularly on our writing unit. Many of you did not turn in your baseline writing prompt which makes things a little tricky. It would be to your advantage to have that done and turned in so that you have a reference point through the unit.

December 11th, 2019

Hey friends! Just a friendly reminder that you have your Nonfiction Unit Test tomorrow. The review guide answers have been posted on Edmodo. Additionally, you can use the following study resources:

  • Identifying Main Idea (IXL)
  • Text Features (Study Island)
  • Identifying Text Structures/Organizational Patterns (IXL) 


December 5th, 2019

Just a couple of announcements:

- The Newsela activity where you are identifying the main idea is now homework because many of you were not getting the work done in class. If you did not pick up a handout from me, you can download a copy (attached) or you can write down the title, topic, main idea, and three supporting details on a sheet of paper. This will be collected tomorrow and counted as a formative grade.

- The main idea quick was moved to tomorrow (Friday)! If you have not already done so, there is a review on IXL called "Identifying the main idea". This is a good source for your quick check.

- Lastly, if you are participating in the MLK Oratorical competition, the school-wide contest will be next Thursday, December 12th during the school day. Please come prepared to read your speech (off script as much as possible!) in front of the Porter judges.


December 2nd, 2019
Welcome back from break! I hope that everyone had a refreshing and wonderful time spent with family/friends. Just a couple of reminders for upcoming assessments:
- Main Idea Quick Check: Thursday, December 5th
- Nonfiction Unit Test #1: Thursday, December 12th

Additionally, many of you still need to turn in your Hoot projects as well as your Expository writing assignment. Please get these turned in ASAP!


November 20th, 2019
Don't forget about the Baltimore Aquarium field trip tomorrow! 

November 12th, 2019

Hello friends! Just a reminder about a couple of upcoming assignments. Your expository writing for the prompt "teen stressors" is due on Thursday, November 14th by the end of the day. All of the requirements for this prompt can be found on the Writing Unit Page (under Files and Documents). Additionally, your Hoot Summative Project is due on Friday, November 15th. All of the details for this project can be found under the Fiction Unit Folder (under Files and Documents) as well as on Edmodo. 

November 7th, 2019
As we go into the second quarter, we will be starting our nonfiction unit in Language Arts. Across this unit, students will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts including newspaper articles, essays, magazines, and novels. For this unit, I have decided to try to split the unit into multiple parts so that students are not overwhelmed when it comes to the summative assessments. Although this will split up the standards into more easily-digestible parts, it will mean more summative assessments for this unit.

November 4th, 2019
Please be aware that report cards will be mailed home to you on November 13th. Be on the lookout as they will not come from the school, this is a CHANGE from elementary school.

October 29th, 2019

Hello Parents,

 

Parent Teacher conferences are on November 5th, 2019. Conferences in middle school are on an AS NEEDED basis, we will not be able to meet with 87 parents. Please sign up for a time to meet with the team using the link below, ONLY if you feel that your child is struggling. If you simply want to check progress, please check ParentVue and email teachers to get a full report. Again we appreciate your understanding that conferences will be on an as needed basis. Please email if you have any questions.

 

7th Grade Conference Link


October 25th, 2019
Today is career day! I hope that everyone has a wonderful time listening to all of our speakers and learning more about a variety of careers :) Remember, we will be taking notes today and crafting a short essay next week. Additionally, your Fiction Unit test grades will be posted today! Next week during lunch, I will be hosting remediation and retakes. 

October 23rd, 2019
Today, we talked about social media and how it affects our relationships. I want to always encourage everyone to remember that your words and your actions matter; they have an impact on your life and those around you. Be mindful of how you interact on social media! Reminder, please keep reading through your Hoot book - because we have career day on Friday, you have extra time to finish reading it ;) 

October 17th, 2019
A couple of reminders as we have lots of things coming up:
         - You need to finish reading Hoot by Friday, October 25th
           - Your Writing Response - Theme assignment is due tomorrow by midnight
          - Our Fiction Unit Test is on Tuesday, October 22nd
           - We will go over the review guide on Monday. Please complete it by then. 

October 16th, 2019
This week, we are working on theme and developing writing responses to themes that pop up in Hoot. Your writing response is due on Friday by midnight. Additionally, we will be reviewing for your unit test which is on October 22nd. Please finish your review guide by Monday!

October 11th, 2019
A couple of reminders for Tuesday: You are expected to read through chapter 17 in Hoot by Tuesday as well. Additionally, our Fiction Unit test is coming up on Tuesday, October 22nd, so please come prepared to review in class. Lastly, 5th Period is required to join me during lunch on Tuesday to make up work we were not able to get to in class because of talking.
October 7th, 2019

As we begin to approach the end of our Fictional Unit, I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the test date coming up. We are now taking the summative Fiction Unit Test on Friday, October 18th. We still have a lot to cover, so please make sure that you come to class prepared to work your hardest!

October 3rd, 2019

We are half way through the first quarter - how crazy is that?! As we continue through our Fiction Unit, we have been working on figurative language this week and we discussed point of view today in class. Moving forward, we will touch on tone, mood, and theme in the upcoming week. As a reminder, you are expected to read through chapter 13 in Hoot by Monday. Please come prepared on Monday having already completed this reading. 

September 27th, 2019
What a week! This week, we were focusing on Conflict in literature. Please remember that you will need to have your conflict group presentation ready on Monday. Additionally, we will have a binder check on Monday, so please make sure that you have your worksheets completed. Lastly, next week we will have a Roots/Prefixes quick check on Wednesday and a Hoot Reading quick check on Tuesday

September 25th, 2019
This week, we are continuing to read "Hoot" for our Fictional Unit. Everyone needs to have read through chapter 8 by Monday, September 30th. We will be reading both in class and you are expected to read the remainder at home. Additionally, I will be checking and grading one of the worksheets in your Fictional Unit Binder randomly, so please make sure that you are keeping up with the work. 

September 18th, 2019
We are currently in the beginning phase of our Fictional Elements Unit. As we work through the novel together, you can always access the stations and assignments on the "Fiction Unit" link listed in the "Files and Documents" tab.  As a reminder, you should be bringing your "Hoot" book to class every day as well as your Literature Binder and Interactive Notebook. 

September 13th, 2019
Thank goodness for the weekend! I hope that everyone has something fun planned and enjoy a relaxing couple of days. Just a reminder for all classes, the Pre-Reading Writing Response is due on Sunday night by 11:30 PM. Additionally, 8th Period is expected to read chapter one of Hoot by Monday.

September 10th, 2019
It was so great to see so many faces at Back to School Night! I am really hoping that I was able to answer questions that both students and parents are curious about, but as always, feel free to email me about anything! As a reminder, we will be finishing up the Student Growth Assessment in IA (PowerTest) on Wednesday and if you are unable to complete it in class, we will need to set up time for you to come work with me. Additionally, this week, we will be starting our unit on Fictional Elements! Please make sure you bring your binder to class tomorrow (Wednesday)! 

September 3rd, 2019
Heads up! If you were unable to finish writing your "Graph" sentences, please complete them for homework tonight. I will be doing a notebook check from time to time to make sure that you have been keeping up with the work. Additionally, we will be taking quick-checks throughout the year to assess whether we have mastered the root words, prefixes, and suffixes we are working on. 
August 29th, 2019

Phew! We made it through the first week :) I hope that everyone enjoys their 4-day weekend! When we get back from break, we will be finishing up going over classroom expectations and procedures as well as the code of behavior. Additionally, we will start working on our interactive notebook, so be sure to bring that to class with you every day!

August 26th, 2019


Yay! It's the first day of school! Who is excited to get back in the grove of things at Porter? For those of you who I did not get a chance to say hi to at the Meet and Greet, I am so very excited to meet you!

Important Resources:
- Supply List: Click Here
- 7th Grade Welcome Letter: Click Here


Nemo


ANNOUNCEMENTS



Parents & Students: Please check Parent Portal regularly. A lot of questions and concerns can be alleviated by simply checking performance. I am more than happy to answer any questions, but be sure to glance at the grade book first! :) 


Parents: Don't forget to sign up for ClassDojo. The link and information can be found under "Useful Links."

 

SCHEDULE
9:00 - 9:45 Homeroom & Period 1
9:45 - 10:30 Period 2
10:30 - 11:15 Period 3
11:15 - 11:45 LUNCH
11:45 - 12:10 Period 5
12:10 - 12:55 ENCORE
12:55 - 2:05 Period 7
2:05 - 3:35 Period 8
3:35 Lockers
3:40 Dismissal

CLASSROOM TIPS

Check out my Edmodo for more important information! I check my Edmodo quite frequently and I can address class questions easily there.

Absent?
If you ever miss class, please head over to our Absent page on our class page. This will have a full detailed account of what we did in class as well as links to work you missed. If you know you will be out ahead of time, please also let me know that!

You should be bring the following items to class every day unless specified in class:
- Language Arts Binder
- Independent Reading Book

Need help finding a book that is just right for you? Try Find a Book with MetaMetrix! Just type in your Lexile, choose your interests, hit submit, and see what you find! You can then take that list to the library to checkout any books you may be interested in. 





PORTER GIVES BACK 2019!
NJHS and PTO Coming Together For Good!
Posted on 10/25/2019
Porter Gives Back 2019

The Porter mission states our focus on community service will aid our students in becoming productive, resourceful, and responsible citizens in their neighborhood environments.  

In an effort to carry out this mission, the National Junior Honor Society and PTO are collecting items for the women and children supported by ACTS of Prince William County.  We will be making bath caddies for the children and self-care kit gifts for the women. 

Wednesday, November 20
3:45-5:00pm
Porter cafeteria


DONATIONS ARE NEEDED for these care packages....….please CLICK HERE for donation suggestions.

PERMISSION FORMS are due by Monday, November 18th. 


ACTS is an independent, private, nonprofit organization serving the residents of the Greater Prince William county area.