Grammar 7: “No Red Ink”

EDIT: During a discussion with Grammar 7, Period 6 on Thursday, students expressed interest in trying “No Red Ink” as a short, weekly homework assignment. The post below is instructions on how to set it up.


Grammar 7 students will be taking a diagnostic grammar test during the block period sometime in the next week or two. Students will be asked to complete short, interactive grammar lessons in their free time and at home, when they are not working on their blogs.

The link to these grammar lessons isĀ Students will be asked to sign up, create an account, and add our classroom to their dashboard with the following code:

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Please don’t forget to bookmark NoRedInk in your browser for quick access to these lessons!


How is class structured?

Both teachers and students may have questions about the general structure of my classroom. In general, I favor project-based curriculum that emphasizes individualized student attention. Here is a screenshot of my current plan for the rest of the year. Please note that 6th graders will be completing an ongoing “poem of the week” project, and the 7th graders will be completing an ongoing blog project.

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Dear Parents: A New Journey Together

To the Parents of English 6 and Grammar 7 students in Room L16:

Wow, this semester has been busy!

For the last month or so, your students and I have been working on a songwriting unit. The 6th graders began with a short history of the blues, before diving into song structure and learning about terms like dualism, colloquialisms, figurative language (e.g., simile and metaphor), and rhymes. The 7th graders have been working on folk music, beginning with the Greenwich Village movement in the 1960s, and have covered conventions like personal storytelling and character development in lyrics, political allusion, and a review of terms like figurative language, dualism, and irony. All students have displayed a remarkable aptitude and willingness to experiment with a form of writing that is rarely taught at the middle school level. Although I have only been with this group of students for the last month, I am constantly amazed by their work and positive attitude, and I’m looking forward to exploring other topics related to English with them this semester.

As many of you will learn this week, I will now be teaching full-time. This was a position that I didn’t expect to be in this year. However, I am confident that all students in L16 will have a fun, interesting, and writing-filled semester.

Not much will be changing in the classroom. I will be providing students with ample class time to complete all relevant assignments. If they use class time wisely, they should only have between 30-60 minutes of homework (reading and grammar practice) per week.

I will be informing students about the plan for the rest of the semester, but for now, please feel free to reach out to me through my QLS email, or my official Gmail account, if you have any questions or concerns.

Warm Regards,

Ms. Celina Reynes