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Week at a Glance: May 19 -23

Monday

Objectives:

  • Compare and evaluate two products.

Using an article from Consumer Reports, evaluate and compare two products.  Create a chart or Venn diagram that shows your results.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Compare and evaluate two products.

Using an article from Consumer Reports, evaluate and compare two products.  Create a chart or Venn diagram that shows your results.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Identify ways you can take part in the Summer Reading Program at the Jennings County Public Library.
  • Choose a book to read over the summer.

The Youth Services Librarian from the Jennings County Public Library will present information about the summer reading program.  After their presentation, you can choose a book to take home.  If you would like to bring in books, to swap, you may bring in books to trade for more books.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Clean out Language Arts binders.

Reading homework is due today.  We will clean out your binders today.  If your materials are in good shape and you do not wish to keep them, you may donate them to next year’s students who may need the supplies.  You should return all of my classroom library books today.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Celebrate the end of a successful 7th grade!.

There will be an awards convo in the morning.  Then you may choose from a choice of activities in the afternoon for the Spring Carnival.
Homework:  Enjoy your summer vacation!  Remember to read and write.

Week at a Glance: May 5 – 9

Monday

Objectives:

  • Analyze the parts of a book review.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  18 (Monday – parts of speech).  Write a brief review of a candy bar.  Before you write, brainstorm sensory details that show your opinion of the candy bar.  Your word choice should let your reader know if you like the candy bar or not without stating that whether or not you liked it.  Read the sample book reviews and list the characteristics that you notice.  What types of information is included?  How do they begin and end?
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Use a planning sheet to organize ideas for writing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 18 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Choose a book that you’ve read this year and enjoyed.  List the important information to include in your review:  characters, setting, conflict, genre, reading experience, and, of course, title and author.  Is it part of a series?
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Write a strong lead to hook your reader.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 18 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). Using the book reviews you have or examples from the list of review leads, write an opening sentence for your review.  In fact, experiment by writing two or three different leads.  Which one works best for you?  Take that lead and begin drafting the rest of your review.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Write a rough draft of your book review.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 18 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation). Continue writing the rough draft of your book review.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 18 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: April 28 – May 2

Monday

Objectives:

  • Read and perform “The Red-Headed League.”

Daily Grammar Practice Week   (Monday – parts of speech).  Each group of students will read one scene from “The Red-Headed League.”  Practice reading for fluency and expression.  Then you will perform your scene for the rest of the class.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Review ISTEP questions.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Work with a partner to determine the best answer for each question about “The Red-Headed League.”  Be sure to write down the page where you find the answer and be able to explain why your choice is the best answer.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • ISTEP test.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). ISTEP Language Arts test.  We will meet in the library for testing.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • ISTEP test.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  ISTEP Language Arts test.  We will meet in the library for testing.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: April 21 – 25

Monday

Objectives:

  • Explore nonfiction text features.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  17 (Monday – parts of speech).  We are going to the library today.  While we are in the library, explore one of the nonfiction books on the table.  Using your paper as a guide, write the purpose for each text feature and find an example of it in your book.  Once you have finished, find a new book to read and enjoy the time to get lost in a good book.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Review elements of a drama.
  • Read “Pandora’s Box.”

Daily Grammar Practice Week 17 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Review elements of a drama:  characters, stage directions, dialogue.  We’ll choose parts and read “Pandora’s Box” aloud together.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Read and discuss “Pandora’s Box” and “Are You Curious?”

Daily Grammar Practice Week 17 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). We will finish reading and discussing “Pandora’s Box” and “Are You Curious.”  We will play a game to review the quiz questions that go along with the story.   You will choose what you think is the correct answer and try to convince your classmates that you are correct.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Conduct written conversations about literature.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 17 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  We’ll brainstorm big questions from the books we read aloud.  Choose one question and write at the top of your paper.  Write your response to the question until I call time.  Then pass your paper to the left.  Read what the person before you wrote.  Add your response.  Write until I call time.  We will repeat this process until you have had a chance to read and respond to everyone in your group.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 15 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.  We will have a quiz over this week’s DGP sentence.  If you want to review what we did each day, you can click here to watch the lessons.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: April 14 – 18

Monday

Objectives:

  • Read “Welcome to the Future” on pages 21-24 of Scope magazine.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  16 (Monday – parts of speech).  Read “Welcome to the Future on pages 21-24 of Scope magazine.  As you read, take discussion notes.  Write down ideas that you want to talk about from the article.  What surprised or amazed you?  What confused you?  What questions do you have?  Which vocabulary words are confusion or interesting?  What does the article remind you of from the news, other books, other television shows or movies?
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Discuss “Welcome to the Future.”

Daily Grammar Practice Week 16 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Use your discussion notes to talk in a small group about the article.  Share your ideas, answer each others’ questions.  By the end of your discussion, everyone in your group should have a deeper understanding of the article.  Then you will take a quiz over the article.  For each question, cross out one or two answer choices that are obviously wrong.  Choose the best answer from the choices that remain.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Review elements of literature.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 16 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). Read “Electric Summer” in Scope magazine.  We will review the literary elements of character, point of view, setting, tone and mood, and plot.  Complete “Back to Basics,” giving examples from the story.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Review literary elements.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 16 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Complete the “Electric Summer” and the review of literary elements.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 15 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: April 7 – 11

Monday

Objectives:

  • Finish vocabulary presentations.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  15 (Monday – parts of speech).  Before we head to the library today, we will discuss this question:  How do busy people find time to read?   Brainstorm a list of times and places you had to wait during the past week.  Plan to have a book with you so that you can read a few minutes anytime you have to wait.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Review grammar and editing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 15 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   We are going to look at an example of the grammar and editing section of a past ISTEP.  Working with a partner, look at each question and identify what grammar or editing skill is being tested.  HINT:  look at what changes in each of the answer choices.  Then decide on the correct answer choice.  Be prepared to explain why.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Analyze symbol and theme in poetry.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 15 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). Read “Two Haiku,” “Fireflies,” and “Fireflies in the Garden.”  For each poem, write down sensory details and what they make you think of when you “see” them.  A symbol is a person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself.  In the poem “Fireflies in the Garden.”  look at the description of the firefly to analyze what fireflies symbolize.  Then answer, “What theme about life might the author be trying to express?”
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Connect nonfiction text to poetry.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 15 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Read “Stars with Wings.”  Use the different text features of nonfiction to record facts you learn about fireflies.  Which of the poems that we’ve read is the most factual?

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 15 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: March 17 – 21

Monday

Objectives:

  • Finish vocabulary presentations.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  13 (Monday – parts of speech).  Second period will be taking the social studies portion of ISTEP today.  After the test is finished, I will read from Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen to 2nd and 6th periods.  I will read from Moonbird by Phillip Hoose to 1st, 3rd, 4th periods.  I will read from Endangeredby Eliot Shafer to 7th period.  Students who did not get to present their skit for their vocabulary word will do so today.  .
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Avoid dangling participles and misplaced modifiers.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   What is a dangling participle or misplace modifier?  Watch this video to find out:  Grammar Pop Dangling Participles.  Then we will correct twenty sentences that may or may not have dangling participles or other misplaced modifiers.  You can find the quiz at Chomp Chomp.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Create illustrations of dangling participles.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). Dangling participles can lead to some pretty silly sentences.  Choose one of the dangling participles from the sentence I give you.  Draw a picture  that shows the silly meaning of the sentence.  Your picture should include the original sentence, a picture that illustrates the unintended meaning, and the corrected sentence.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Write about your reading.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Think about the books you have read and books you want to read.  Write at least a 150 word blog post giving at least two books in each of the following categories:  1) Books to read – these are books you haven’t read yet, but that you want to read.  2) Books to reread – These are books that you read and loved enough to want to read again.  3)  Books not to read – These are books that you don’t want to waste your time reading, even if everyone else loves them.  Explain why your chose the two books in each category, and include pictures of the books.  Make sure you edit and proofread before publishing.  Check out this post for further directions.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: March 10 – 14

Monday

Objectives:

  • Use vocabulary words in creative presentations.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  13 (Monday – parts of speech).  Second period will be taking the math portion of ISTEP today.  After the test is finished, I will read from Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen to 2nd and 6th periods.  I will read from Moonbird by Phillip Hoose to 1st, 3rd, 4th periods.  I will read from Endangered by Eliot Shafer to 7th period.  We are going to review our roots vocabulary with some creative activities.  Each student will choose a root to perform in front of the class.  You will need to create a visual aid and a skit to share your root.  On your visual aid, you should write the root in letters at least 3 inches high.  You should also write at least two vocabulary words formed with the root (at least 2 inches high).
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Create poems from book titles.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   We are going to use book titles to create poems.  Stack books so that when you read the titles, it makes a poem.  Click on the link for examples here and here.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Present vocabulary skits.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  Each person will act out the definition of the vocabulary root they chose.  The class will have a chance to guess.  If the class cannot guess it, show them your mini-poster you created on Monday. Make sure your turn in your poster today.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Discover new books in the library.
  • Choose a book to read.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Miss Bowman has a lots of books waiting for you to explore in the library.  Use this musical chairs activity to find more books that you want to read.  Record those titles and authors on the Some Day Books list in your Reading Journal.  Due to ISTEP testing, 2nd period will not be able to go to the library.  Never fear, I will bring the books to you, and we will do the activity in our room.
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: March 3 – 7

Monday

Objectives:

  • Discover new books in the library.
  • Choose a book to read.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  13 (Monday – parts of speech).  Miss Bowman has a lots of books waiting for you to explore in the library.  Use this activity to find more books that you want to read.  Record those titles and authors on the Some Day Books list in your Reading Journal.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Preview nonfiction text features.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  We’re going to read and discuss two nonfiction articles about disasters:  ”Don’t Touch the Water” and “The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.”  Before reading, look at the titles, pictures and captions, and headings.  Read both articles with a partner.  As you read, turn and discuss at each subheading.  Fill in the comparison chart.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Support answers with details from the text.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).   Finish reading “Don’t Touch the Water” and “The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.”  Finish comparison chart.  Then answer the two open-ended questions.  Underline key words in the question.  Restate and answer the question.  Use details from the story to support your answer.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Write an essay to compare and contrast the two disasters.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  The two disasters you read about were alike in some ways and different in others.  Write an essay to compare and contrast the two events.  How are they similar and different?  What lessons can be learned from them?
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 14 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Week at a Glance: February 24 – 28

Monday

Objectives:

  • Use sensory details to describe a place.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  13 (Monday – parts of speech).  Think of a place that is important to you.  It might be your bedroom.  It might be a spot outside that you like to visit.  It might be a place you go to be alone or a place you go to hang out with friends.  Use your five senses to brainstorm details to desribe this place and what you like to do there.  What is your feeling about this place?  What details help show that feeling?  Use those details to write a paragraph–or two–to desribe your place.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  I have nominated seven bloggers/students for a Sunshine Award.  Each of them will then nominate seven more students.  Once you are nominated, complete the directions as given here and check out the other posts here.   Test over Group 7 and Group 8 vocabulary Friday.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Use RUPR to creat a plan for the writing prompt.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  Use the steps of RUPR to create a plan for the writing prompt.  I will time you for each step.  Spend 2-3 minutes reading the prompt and underlining the key words.  Then spend 10 minutes creating your plan for writing.  Once your plan is complete, work with a partner to revise your plan.  What other kinds of details can you add?
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.  I have nominated seven bloggers/students for a Sunshine Award.  Each of them will then nominate seven more students.  Once you are nominated, complete the directions as given here and check out the other posts here.   Test over Group 7 and Group 8 vocabulary Friday.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Use participles to focus on details in writing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  A participle is a verb ending in -ing (or -ed for a past participle).  Even though participles are formed from verbs, they work like adjectives in a sentence because they describe a noun.  We’ll look at some pictures and write sentences using participles or participle phrases to describe the picture.  Not only do participles allow you to zoom in on details in your writing, they also give your sentences more variety.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.  I have nominated seven bloggers/students for a Sunshine Award.  Each of them will then nominate seven more students.  Once you are nominated, complete the directions as given here and check out the other posts here.   Test over Group 7 and Group 8 vocabulary Friday.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Write a blog post.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).   I will check Writer’s Notebooks/Blogs for your writing during the month of February next week.  You should have your posts about making up snow days and the Sunshine Award.  In your notebooks, you should have the writing plan we did in class and the synonyms for said and walk.  You should have at least two writings of your choice as well.  Today, you may finish up any and all of the assignments you need.  I will also work with those of you who did not quite get the questions on the Sierra Oscar Sierra story.
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  I have nominated seven bloggers/students for a Sunshine Award.  Each of them will then nominate seven more students.  Once you are nominated, complete the directions as given here and check out the other posts here.   Test over Group 7 and Group 8 vocabulary Friday.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.
  • Test over Group 7 and Group 8 Vocabulary.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 13 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.  Vocabulary test today over Groups 7 and 8 Greek roots.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  I have nominated seven bloggers/students for a Sunshine Award.  Each of them will then nominate seven more students.  Once you are nominated, complete the directions as given here and check out the other posts here.  Test over Group 7 and Group 8 vocabulary Friday.

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