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Degrees and Certifications:

BS- Secondary Education, English from University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Zackery Becker

This will be my fourth year teaching 7th and 8th grade Readers/Writers Workshop here at AIMS. I attended University of Wisconsin-River Falls and have my Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education- English. After I graduated from college, I taught in the Stillwater School District, and at North High School. I have experience teaching every grade from 7th to 12th, and have taught basic English, grammar, career writing, and short story courses.

When I'm not teaching at AIMS, I love exploring the outdoors, spending time with my family, and staying in with a good book or a good bingeable TV show. I have 2 Budgies at home that keep my partner and I on our toes. One of my favorite places to spend time is up at the North Shore in MN. It feels like a whole different world just a few hours away from the cities. When I get time to read for fun, I love to read science fiction (space is awesome!) and mystery series. Something many people don't know about me is that I am an avid comic reader. 

Working at AIMS is a very special opportunity, and I feel extremely lucky to be here for a second year. I am constantly learning new things about Native culture and our amazingly talented student body. I look forward to a long and fulfilling career here at AIMS.

 

What Is Workshop?

One of the amazing things about Workshop is that it allows your kids to have a ton of choice in picking the book they read while we learn new skill. One of the hardest things about Workshop is that kids who struggle to read, or don't like to read can feel lost, stressed, and discouraged when they are suddenly in charge of their reading life. Every day in ELA consists of a short warm-up to start our hour, followed by a 10-12 minute lesson where I teach a specific skill for the day. After that, students will have about 30-40 minutes to read or write depending on the unit. We finish up each day with a short 3-5 minute reflection. Below is the schedule for the year.

During this unique year, we are going to work really hard to rebuild basic skills and regain good learning habits in the classroom.

 

2021-2022 Curriculum Schedule:

7th Grade

 

Quarter 1

Welcome Back to School! 

Re-Introduction to Reading

Investigating Characterization (Bend I)

 

Quarter 2

Race to Finish a Book

Investigating Characterization (Bend II)

Writing Basics

 

Quarter 3

Argument Essays

Study Skills for Teens

 

Quarter 4

Historical Fiction Book Clubs & Companion Books

Poetry

 

8th Grade

 

Quarter 1

Welcome Back to School! 

Re-Introduction to Reading

Investigating Characterization (Bend I)

 

Quarter 2

Race to Finish a Book

Investigating Characterization (Bend II)

Restarting a Writing Life

 

Quarter 3

Memoirs

Study Skills for Teens (8th Grade Version)

 

Quarter 4

Dystopian Fiction Book Clubs

Thematic Essays

 

In addition to the learning units, each day in ELA starts with a vocab warm-up where we learn a new word and practice remembering what that word means. At the end of the quarter, we will take a test based on the vocab words that we learned throughout the quarter.

 

Grading:

Formative* (60 total points; 60% of grade)

Warm Ups (10 points per quarter): vocab squares turned in weekly

Daily Participation (varies per quarter): students receive one point daily based on our ELA "I Do, You Do" Pie Chart

Other Turn-In Work (varies per quarter): any work that needs to be turned in will get graded accordingly; worksheets, skill checks, etc.

*Formatives are daily work, assignments, and other informal checks. Formative shows how the students are forming in their learning.

 

Summative* (40 total points; 40% of grade)

Pre/Post Assessments (5-10 points): the work of the unit is assessed at the beginning and the end of the unit to see how students grew in their learning

Final Projects (10-25 points): any project that showcases the learning of a unit

Vocab Tests (10 points): a final assessment of the vocab words learned that quarter

*Summatives are final pieces of work that show what students have learned over the course of a unit/quarter. They show a summary of student learning.

 

 

Links:

AIMS Grading Policy

 

Here are some resources for reluctant readers:

Epic Reads: This site gives book recommendations based off interests, books lists, quizzes, and more

Motivate Your Kids to Read: This blog gives some helpful tips on getting your reluctant reader to get excited about reading