Language Arts 7


Yarber's bio:


This site will be updated throughout 

the summer with helpful info for

incoming 7th-graders.  I have heard

you're lovely kids, and I can't wait 

to meet you.


The (required) summer reading list for incoming 8th-

graders is out!  You must read two books from the 

list.  Your 8th-grade teacher will assign you an 

essay on one of the books in the first week of 

school.  She'll assign you a project for the 

second book later.  Here's the link to the 

incoming 8th-grade reading list. If you can't

click on it, cut and paste it into your browser.

Need to review the themes and concepts in the book?  

Need help writing the summer book essay that 

Ms. LaPajne will assign you in your first week 

back?  Take a look at Ms. Yarber's essay service,



Thank you to all who donated to

 the Agoura Animal Shelter!

We collected $510.24

and a whole lot of food, toys,

and healthcare items!

Here's our 7th grade community service project, 

helping animals at the Agoura Animal Shelter!  

Healthcare for Homeless Animals (a 503c non-profit) helps cure, comfort, and find homes for all kinds of animals at the Agoura shelter. They need a variety of items to continue helping dogs, cats, horses, and even hamsters and reptiles thrive and find homes. Warmest MHS thank-you to Dr. Dana DePerno (Malibu Coast Animal Hospital) and Jenn Commander (HHA) for visiting our 7th-graders to talk about the joys of helping and adopting shelter pets! And thank you for sticking around for numerous selfies with students, including this one!


Donations will be delivered to the shelter on Friday, June 9.  Monitor this web page for names of all families who donate, and for pics of students / donations.  We thank Sophia P., Lola A., Lucy T., Sophia O., Rio McB., Tess O., Lleyton O., Jack N., Sami S., Annika B., Matthew M., Luis B., Drake D., Waverly W., Matt T., Brooke K., Jaz A., Vanessa L., Isabella M., Heath S., Michaela K., Ellie E., Jasmine I., Sofi E., Alex A., Hannah K., Kevin S., Sienna B., Julia C., Quentin C., Lolitta R., Hailey C., Amber M., Milo J., Anais McK., Josie L., Tate M., Justin L., Henry H., Balthazar G., Elyse M., Anais McK., Lola A., Josie L., Saylor A., Lucas L., Jack N., Alex N., Lleyton Os., Ana M., Kevin S., Ashton V., Yadany A., Hailey C., Lolitta R., Luke D., Tess O., Chloe A., Morgan F., Anika B., Jack N., Sami S., Matt M., Mackenzie M., Jaz A., Brooke K., Sophia O., Zion K., Jason K., Justin L., Jaz A., Hank K., Alana M., Ethan R., Josh C., Hannah K., Quentin C., Sienna B., Danner R., Linda M., Sami S., Bella H., and Garen H. for their generous donations!  A repeat of student name = student donated more than once.

Special thank-you to the Sienna B. family, whose especially generous cash donation propelled us beyond our initial goal.

Special thank-you to 8th-grader Josh Speer, who heard about our effort and donated a huge bag of toys, treats, and supplies!

Special thank-you to the Luke DeLeo family for giving us a trunk-load of important products for the shelter animals! Here's Luke and his mother with some of the #petloot they brought!

Link to HHA (Healthcare for Homeless Animals):

Some of the animals rescued and treated by HHA:






The teacher-student band -- (Yarber -bass, Ervin -keyboard, Wadsworth -lead guitar)





Please do not put student work in my office mailbox.  Things often disappear from our mailboxes, and I may never see what you tried to submit.

Do not send your kids to school when they are sick.  Any kids displaying symptoms will be sent to the nurse and then probably sent home.  Meanwhile, please send your healthy kids to school with plenty of Kleenex, fluids, food, and cough drops; these are not provided by the school.  State law guarantees that absent students can make up any missed work -- so there's no need to send ill children to school for fear that they'll miss tests or assignments.

Checking Illuminate too often?  Not checking it enough?  Did you know you can sign up for a weekly update to be sent to you by email directly through Illuminate?  One of our parents found this feature that many of you might be interested in.  Click Account, then under Account Settings, enable the weekly digest option. (This announcement is courtesy of Mr. Miller.)

Bear in mind that teachers' web pages are a courtesy, not a contractual requirement.  There may be times that a teacher's web page is not up-to-date.  Failing to bring needed materials or assignments because "it wasn't mentioned on the web page" is not an acceptable excuse.  All assignments and deadlines are announced in class and posted in the whiteboard agenda box.  It is the student's responsibility to listen to announcements and copy them from the board into the planner, whether or not those announcements and deadlines also appear on the web page.

Every day, bring paper, your planner, and two black or dark blue pens.  Bring your outside reading book every day.
There is no need to tell me you are absent; simply find the assignments on this web page and turn them in on the day you return to class.  Or ask me for your work the day you return from absence; it is State law that you wait no longer than the day you return in order to ask me for the makeup work.

There is no need to ask me if I have graded your assignment.  If I have graded your work, I will return it to you.  If I have not returned it to you yet, then that means I have not graded it yet.  Teachers grade work as quickly as we can.

Mon., 6-5-17  Final exams start tomorrow!  Check the school website ( to ensure you know which exams occur on which days.  Today is the last day to donate cash or items for the Agoura Animal Shelter!
Fri., 6-2-17  Today is your last quiz of the semester. If you somehow miss it, you'll take it Monday, June 5. That is the only makeup day. You are responsible for getting notes from at least two classmates to study.  Donations accepted today and next Monday for the Agoura Animal Shelter's charity, Healthcare for Homeless Animals (
Thu., 6-1-17  Tomorrow is your last quiz of the semester.  Be there!  Otherwise it's a zero, which would be unfortunate.  Donations accepted tomorrow and next Monday for the Agoura Animal Shelter's charity, Healthcare for Homeless Animals (
Weds., 5-24-17  Your extra-credit report on the presentation by Dr. DePerno and Ms. Commander is due today. 
Tue., 5-23-17  It's a great day to pick up some items to donate to the 7th grade community service project!  See the animal shelter list of needs, above.
Mon., 5-22-17  Work on study topics presented today for your book report final exam.
Weds., 5-17-17  Have your questions and entry ticket ready for tomorrow's guest speakers in the Choir Room during support period.  No one will be admitted without an entry ticket SIGNED BY THEIR SUPPORT TEACHER.
Mon., 5-15-17  Writing task: What Makes Someone a Winner? Write at least one page. Read about Lance Armstrong on p.783. read "It's Not About the Bike" and "23 Days in July." Homework: Answer #1-8, not #4, on p.792.
Tue., 5-9-17  Writing task: Is Violence Ever Necessary?  Write a one-page response, due at next session.  Read and compose 15 highlights: "Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary," p. 795 -- due at next session.
Fri., 5-5-17  Bring an hour's worth of pleasure reading Monday.  You may also bring a book for the next book report.
Tue., 5-2-17  Answer #1-8, except #4, on p. 812.  Due at next session     ALSO:  book report project is due tomorrow or Thursday.
Mon., 5-1-17  Read and compose 15 highlights for "The Noble Experiment: The Jackie Robinson Story," p. 802. It's due tomorrow.  Book report projects are due Weds. / Thu.
Fri., 4-28-17  Your answers to 16 book report questions (given in class and reprinted in photographs at top of this web page) are due tomorrow.  The art project is due next Wednesday / Thursday.
Weds., 4-26-17 / Thu., 4-27-17  Write at least a page about a group of people or animals, or a cause, you would like to help when you're an adult. Reflect on what we just read and discussed: Eleanor Roosevelt's assistance to many organizations, kinds of underprivileged people, and civil rights groups. It's due Friday.  ALSO: answers to book report questions (given in class as reprinted in photographs above) are due Friday.
Tue., 4-25-17  Answer questions 1-8, not #4, on p. 766. If you worked with a partner, put both names in upper right corner. It's due at next session.
Mon. 4-24-17  Read and compose 11 highlights for profile of Eleanor Roosevelt, p. 754. Due tomorrow
Fri., 4-21-17  Writing task: write at least a page about 5 traits that make a good person. For each trait, provide a realistic example. Due Monday, 4-24-17
Weds., 3-29-17 and Thu., 3-30-17  Re-write your 5-paragraph, persuasive essay for a higher grade which will completely replace the original essay grade. Staple your original and rubric to the back of your re-write and submit the entire packet to me on Friday, March 31.  Re-writing the essay is optional -- not required.  
Mon., 3-27-17  In-class writing of 5-paragraph, persuasive essay (Can be made-up only during support period on March 29 or 30th)
Thu., 3-16-17  Bring at least an hour's worth of reading tomorrow.  If you're nearly done with your book, bring a second, also.
Weds., 3-15-17  Read "Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind" and compose 10 highlights for it.  There may be a quiz tomorrow.
Mon., 3-13-17  Read "Waters of Gold" and compose 15 highlights for it ... due tomorrow.  Also: write at least one page about an act of generosity among people you personally know. You cannot be the one who bestows the generosity, though you can be the recipient.
Thu., 3-2-17  See yesterday's post for the work that is due tomorrow.
Weds., 3-1-17  Read p. 661 and compose 5 highlights for it.  Read "Young Arthur," p.654 and compose 7 highlights. All work is due Friday, March 3. A quiz covering p.661 and the p.618 chart may happen Friday, March 3.
Mon., 2-27-17  Book report tomorrow!  Bring novel, paper, pens. Only make-up day is during support period on Weds.,3-1-17.
Fri., 2-23-17  Bring one hour's worth of reading Monday. It can be any book or magazine.
Thu., 2-22-17  Read "Dirk the Protector," p. 270, and compose 10 highlights. Then, answer #1-8, except #5, on p.277.  All work is due Friday, Feb. 23.  There is a strong chance of a quiz on the story, on Friday.
Tue., 2-21-17  Write a full page about three jobs that will no longer exist in 20 years and three jobs that will be fairly new in 20 years ... due at next session.
Mon., 2-13-17  Bring your African-American novel to class tomorrow.  You'll spend the period answering some study questions about your book.  If you don't bring your book, then you'll have nothing to work on all period.
Weds., 2-8-17 and Thu., 2-9-17:  Answer two study questions about "Fish" story and write letter of advice to Willie's mother ... due Friday.
Thu., 1-19-17  Bring an hour's of reading tomorrow -- your mystery novel or something else.
Tues., 1-10-17  Students' first day of second semester --  see you at P-9, our new Language Arts classroom, on the PE blacktop.
Mon., 12-19-16  FINAL EXAM WEEK begins today. Review the schedule carefully so that you're prepared for each exam on the day it happens.
Fri., 12-12-16  Some classes may have a quiz on the short story "Amigo Brothers." In class, we'll find out the concepts to be covered on the final exam. Take good notes.
Weds., 12-10-16 and Thu., 12-11-16  Read and compose 10 highlights for the short story "Amigo Brothers"; it's due Friday. There may be a quiz on Friday -- it would cover the short story "Amigo Brothers." Also: identify the five parts of plot, internal and external conflicts, and an inference for the story; this work is also due Friday and is a "practice-run" for next week's final exam.
Thu., 12-9-16 View examples of Twilight Zone and explain in writing how those examples fit three-part definition of science fiction.
Weds., 12-8-16  R.O.P.E.S. field trip: all seventh grade
Mon., 11-21-16  Quiz on Titanic notes today -- all class periods
Fri., 11-18-16  Study Titanic notes for Monday's quiz.  See Ms. Anderson if you're interested in volunteering on Thanksgiving Day at Malibu Methodist for extra-credit points (see announcement above).
Thu., 11-17-16  Study Titanic notes for Monday's quiz.  See Ms. Anderson if you're interested in volunteering on Thanksgiving Day at Malibu Methodist for extra-credit points (see announcement above).  Bring your sci fi / fantasy book tomorrow.
Tue., 11-8   In-class book report.
Thu., 11-3-16  Extra-credit reports about the Halloween dance are due tomorrow.
Tue., 10-18-16  Finish your writing task which is due tomorrow ("An Unwelcome Change") ... at least one page long. Bring your spooky book to class every day.
Mon. 10-17-16  For class today, bring your scary/horror/ghost novel.  You'll receive a 0% F if you fail to bring the book to class at the beginning of the class period.
Fri., 10-14-16  Next Monday, bring your scary/horror/ghost novel.  You'll receive a 0% F if you fail to bring the book to class at the beginning of the class period.
Thu., 10-13-16  Write the "Dear Parents" letter in which you offer five detailed pieces of advice (one brief paragraph for each) to Laurie's parents in order to help them get their son back on a path of good behavior and academic achievement ... due tomorrow.  Next Monday, bring your scary/horror/ghost novel.  You'll receive a 0% F if you fail to bring the book to class at the beginning of the class period.
Tue., 10-11-16  NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!  
Mon., 10-10-16  In-class book report:  adventure book
Due Weds., 10-5 or Thu., 10-6:  Finish "Dear Mrs. Jones" letter, if needed.  Bring your adventure book; you'll need it in order to answer some study questions with direct quotes from the book.  You will receive a classwork grade of 0% F if you do not bring the book.
Due Friday, 9-30-16:  Writing task "Who Believes in Me?"  Writing task "A Second Chance"  Read "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes (p.64)   Extra-credit reports on MHS women's sports event are also due today
Mon., 9-26-16  Your book report project on your second summer book is due today!  The deadline was extended from last Friday. Homework: bring your adventure novel / memoir / biography / autobiography tomorrow.
Fri., 9-23-16  Your book report project on your second summer book is due Monday.  
Weds., 9-21-16 and Thu., 9-22-16  Read and compose 10 highlights for "The Scholarship Jacket."  It is due Friday.
Tue., 9-20-16  Finish classwork, if needed:  p. 58 questions #1 -7 but not #5.  It is due at next session.
Mon., 9-19-16  Read "The Last Dog," p.44.
Fri., 9-16-16  Take good notes in class today regarding your next book report on your other summer book!  The project is due next Friday!
Weds., 9-14-16  Bring an hour's worth of pleasure reading tomorrow.  
Tue., 9-13-16  Read second half of "RTT," pp. 82-end.  Answer questions 1 - 7, but not 4 or 6, on p. 89.  Work is due tomorrow.  A quiz on second half of story is possible.
Mon., 9-12-16  Read first half of "RTT," pp. 74 through 81. Read shaded column (on right), p. 73.  A quiz is possible tomorrow.
Thu., 9-8-16  Send your parents to Back-to-School Night tonight. 
Weds., 9-7-16  Write second half of summer book report in class today.  Bring a book or magazine for pleasure reading tomorrow.
Tue., 9-6-16  Begin summer book report in class today.  Bring your summer book to class tomorrow in order to write the second half of the in-class book report.  All work must be done in class; there is no take-home portion.  Any work done at home will not be accepted.

Tue., 8-23-16  "My Best Story" is due BOP tomorrow, Weds., 8-24-16.
Tue., 8-30-16  Study 5 parts of plot for tomorrow's quiz.  Finish "A First Impression" writing task; it's due tomorrow.
Weds., 8-31-16 + Thu., 9-1-16  Study short story "Seventh Grade" for tomorrow's quiz.  Finish charting its plot parts, which are due tomorrow.

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