• 7th Grade Extended Learning Resource Page

    Ms. Catanzarite


    Welcome 7th Graders & Parents! 

    This is our 7th grade Extended Learning Resource Page. This page was designed to provide students working from home with access to assignments, links, assessments, and other resources. Schools are now operating in Phase IV-Hybrid model as of April 19, 2021 and will remain in hybrid mode until the close of the school year; June 25, 2021.

    Additional information and daily updates for parents can be found on the district’s 

    COVID-19 Resource Page found at https://www.orange.k12.nj.us/domain/3058 

    Office Hours

    I will be available daily to answer any questions students or parents may have. My virtual office hours are: Every afternoon, Monday through Friday from 1:45pm until 3:20pm.

    Contact Information

    Should you have any questions about assignments, you can contact me through any of the following modes:

    Email: catanzli@orange.k12.nj.us

    Dojo App:

    Block #2:https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?c=CY2TX6R 

    Block #3:https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?c=C5RN9WP 

    Block #4 {homeroom}:https://www.classdojo.com/invite/?c=CMW9CN9 

    Access to Classrooms


    Important Links

    Google Classroom Codes:

    Block #2 ELA7: qopedfo

    Block #3 ELA7: rc5uafe

    Block #4 ELA7 {homeroom}: 7y7y53f

    Weekly small group schedule: 


    General Student Expectations

    Student responsibilities in completing the assignments include: 

    • Attending and participating in all virtual classes
    •  Identifying a comfortable and quiet space to study/learn.
    • Dedicating appropriate time to learning, as guided by your teachers.
    • Routinely checking appropriate Google Classrooms and emails for information on courses, assignments, and resources, on a daily basis.
    •  Engaging in the virtual platforms with academic honesty, integrity, and according to the district’s Acceptable Use Policy.
    •  Submitting all assignments in accordance with provided timelines and/or due dates
     ELA Curriculum Background

     Module 3: Slavery/The People Could Fly

    {April 12- June 25, 2021} 

    In this eight-week module, students explore the life of Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave and noted abolitionist who wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. The module focuses on the questions of what makes stories powerful and on understanding an author's purpose. In addition, students analyze how writers use figurative language and word choice to convey meaning.


    Unit #1: In Unit 1, a recommended read-aloud of The People Could Fly introduces the topic and the question that connects all three units in the module: What gives stories and poems their enduring power? Next, students build the background knowledge that will allow them to more fully understand the context of the Narrative:  they learn about slavery, Douglass's life, and the debate over slavery in the United States before the Civil War. The Narrative is a compelling, complex, and somewhat lengthy text; in this module, students read five excerpts from the text. In Unit 1, they read the first two of those excerpts, building their capacity for making sense of this complex text and learning the routines that will guide their work for the remainder of the module. Then students study poetry about slavery. They learn how to read and analyze a poem, and are introduced to the tools that poets and other writers use to make stories powerful: word choice and figurative language.


    Unit #2: Unit 2 centers on the analysis of excerpts from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Students read three excerpts, analyze how each excerpt served Douglass's purpose, and consider how he used language to convey meaning. They have consistent practice with short constructed responses that use evidence from the text.  The End of Unit 2 Assessment is an essay in which students explain how the Narrative conveyed Douglass's purpose and distinguished his position from that of others (RI.7.6). In addition, students develop a clearer understanding of how sentences are constructed, and they use this understanding to help them read and write (L.7.1).