CA Eng. Tchrs - Mid Sch Lang. Arts Book

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  1. ayotte04

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    Jun 13, 2007

    Hello to Middle School Language Arts Teachers,

    I recently found out that my school is using the Holt Language Arts book for the class I'll be teaching (7th grade English). While I will be picking up my own copy to look at in a few weeks, I was interested to see what lesson plans you have aligned with this book, or how to access that Holt Website (don't you need a special code?)

    Any experience you have with this curriculum is appreciated.

    :) :thanks:
     
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  3. 25YearsIn

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    You'll be looking on the Holt web-site for the series listed as HLLA (Holt Literature and Language Arts--which is the California version of Elements of Literature.) This URL should get you into that site:

    http://hlla.hrw.com/hlla

    As to lesson plans available on AtoZ for this book, I have no idea. But many of the titles you'll find in your grade 7 book are pretty universally taught ("Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," for example.) Sites all over the web are full of stuff for these titles. And the Holt programs come with a good array of teacher materials. Not that we ever have enough, of course ....

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Thanks 25, it does help
     
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    Hi, last year I used the Holt book for 7th grade. Now I'm teaching 8th grade, but what really helped me was using the curriculum map that Holt provides. It's the spiral-bound book that comes with TE (Teacher's Edition). We went through the red printed portions of the curriculum map. You don't have to do everything in there of course. Make sure you get the CDs that come with the Holt TE . It has a great deal of activities in there that you can pick and choose through that are found in the TE. The things that my students enjoyed in there were "The Last Dragonboy", "Fish Cheeks" by Amy Tan, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", "The Monsters on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, and some of the non-fiction or information pieces that went with the stories. Also, use the videos that they use with the TE. You can also find those on the CDs; they come with worksheets that students should fill out as they watch the video.

    By the way, I had students pick out a scene from the "Monsters" play in the book, and assigned a rubric for it. They are so dramatic! I'd have to look for it on my harddrive. PM me if you'd like a copy, and I try to find it for you.

    Oh, I did have a PowerPoint for "The Skeleton Key" another short story the kids loved!

    Anyway, I kind of like the 7th grade book a little more than the 8th. :)
     

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