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Due Date: 5/31/2018
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

***Beginning in Quarter 2 (October 2017)***

You can find all of the daily presentations, notes, and assignments in Google Classroom! This makes it easier for any student to get caught-up after being absent, as well as making it easier for parents/guardians to assist with work. Every student has signed in, and their information should be listed on the first page 13 in their agenda. Please contact me if you're unable to log in using your student's information.  



Week of 9/25
Due Date: 9/29/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Rough Draft

  • Students combined all of the work they have done on their realistic fiction story thus far, and they created a rough draft on notebook paper.
  • HW: Finish the rough draft if not completed during class. Homework sheets went home today; they are tailored to the student's needs, so these will not be the same for everyone. They are due Friday, September 29th.

Tuesday: Revision

  • Students learned to use ARMS (information below) to revise their paper. They will write their new writing on "flippy-flappies" which will be taped to their rough draft. A minimum of 4 are required.
  • HW: Finish revising your paper. Homework sheets are due Friday.

Wednesday: Editing

  • Students learned to use CUPS (information below) to edit their paper. They will correct their papers in class.
  • HW: Finish editing your paper. Homework sheets are due Friday.

Thursday: Peer Review

  • Students will exchange papers to peer review. They will use a checklist to make sure the student has everything and give feedback.
  • HW: Homework sheets are due Friday.

 

**ARMS

  • Add - What else does the reader need to know? Be sure to add more detail, sensory words, and descriptive words.
  • Remove - Is there anything that does not need to be in my story? Remove any words that do not make sense, sentences that do not make sense, scenes that do not move the plot along, and any unnecessary characters.
  • Move - Is the information in the correct order? Move any words or sentences that could go in another place, as well as, any events that are not in time order.
  • Substitute - What can I replace and make more expressive or clearer in my writing? Substitute all dead, boring, and repetitive words.

**CUPS

  • Capitalization: Capitalize all proper nouns, the beginning of each sentence, and the pronoun "I".
  • Usage and Grammar: Make sure your subject and verbs agree, your POV is consistent, and you used the correct homophone.
  • Punctuation: Check to make sure you have ending punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation points). Also, ensure you used the proper punctuation for your dialogue (see notes in your notebook). Be sure all of your paragraphs are indented.
  • Spelling: Use a dictionary to make sure if you're not certain.


Week of 9/18
Due Date: 9/22/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Leads/Hooks

  • Students will write a new lead for their realistic fiction story.
  • HW: Complete any class work not finished in class. There will be a realistic fiction test on Thursday. Reading Fair project is due 10/17.

Tuesday: Dialogue

  • Students will add meaningful dialogue to their stories.
  • HW: Complete any class work not finished in class. There will be a realistic fiction test on Thursday. Reading Fair project is due 10/17.

Wednesday: Endings

  • Students will write a new ending for their realistic fiction story.
  • HW: Complete any class work not finished in class. There will be a realistic fiction test on Thursday. Reading Fair project is due 10/17.
  • Study the following for the test:
    • What are the characteristics of realistic fiction?
    • Character Traits - Be able to identify a character exhibiting those traits, as well as, be able to pick traits that a character is showing though their actions, thoughts, and speech.
    • Be able to write a realistic fiction story using given character traits and setting. It should include a conflict; it should also SHOW the character traits (through actions, thoughts, and speech) as well as a detailed setting. 
    • See your composition notebook.

Thursday: Strategic Reading Day

  • HW: Complete any class work not finished in class. There will be a realistic fiction test on Thursday. Reading Fair project is due 10/17.

Friday: Realistic Fiction Test

 



Week of 9/11
Due Date: 9/15/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: 

  • School dismissed 2 hours early. Blocks 1 & 2 reviewed their work regarding character traits.

Tuesday: No School due to weather

Wednesday: Setting Development

  • Students will develop the setting to their realistic fiction story by including the five senses. They will describe their setting using taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell.
  • HW: Reading fair due 10/17; you should be reading the book you have chosen.

Thursday: Plot Development

  • Today we will develop the plot to our stories by using a story arc.
  • HW: Finish any work not completed in class. Reading fair projects are due 10/17; you should be reading the book you have chosen.

Friday: Flash draft

  • Students will write their flashdraft today. This is a rough, rough draft. The intention is just to get the words and ideas from their heads and notes onto paper.
  • HW: Finish any work not completed in class. Reading fair projects are due 10/17; you should be reading the book you have chosen.

 

Friday:



Week of 9/4
Due Date: 9/8/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

 

Monday: No School! Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday: Generating Ideas

  • Students will generate ideas for a realistic fiction stories by thinking of small moments in their own lives.
  • HW: Read and make sure you like your idea for a story.

Wednesday: Developing our ideas

  • Students will fill out a graphic organizer (see below) to further develop their story.
  • Reading Fair information went out today. 
  • HW: Brainstorm ideas for your reading fair project. Finish any class work not completed in class.

Thursday: Character Development

  • Students will develop their characters by giving them traits & personality.
  • Students will fill out a graphic organizer (see below) to further develop their story.
  • HW: Finish any class work not completed.

Friday: Strategic Reading Day

  • Students will practice finding character traits and developing characters by completing task cards.
  • EXTRA CREDIT!!! Write the title of your independent reading book, the main character's name, the main character's traits, and evidence from the text proving those traits.

Realistic Fiction Outline

Character Development



Week of 8/28
Due Date: 9/1/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Today students will learn how authors repeat items to convey the theme or conflict by looking for words, phrases, or actions that happen again & again then asking, "Why does this keep showing up again and again?"

  • HW: N&N Test on Thursday; study the signposts, definitions, and anchor questions. 
  • Summer Reading due September 1st! 

Tuesday: Today we will learn about the N&N signpost "Memory Moment" by identifying when a character remembers something from their past, and then asking, "Why might this memory be important?"

  • HW: N&N Test on Thursday; study the signposts, definitions, and anchor questions. 
  • Summer Reading due September 1st! 

Wednesday: Today we will apply our knowledge of signposts to texts in order to increase comprehension by completing task cards.

  • HW: N&N Test on Thursday; study the signposts, definitions, and anchor questions. 
  • Summer Reading due September 1st! 

Thursday: N&N Assessment

  • HW: Summer Reading due September 1st! 

Friday: Strategic Reading Day! We will build our reading stamina as well as utilize the signposts learned by finding signposts in our independent reading books and answering the anchor questions.

  • HW: Enjoy the long weekend!

 

N&N Again & Again

 

N&N memory Moment



Week of 8/22
Due Date: 8/25/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: No school - Enjoy the eclipse!

Tuesday: Today we will learn how to use the N&N signpost "Tough Questions" by identifying when a character asks a difficult question then asking ourselves, "What does this make me wonder about, and what does this tell me about the character?" 

  • Open House TONIGHT at 6:00.
  • Students will read a "Long Walk to Water" and fill out their T-Chart.
  • HW: Summer reading (book clubs and writing task) due September 1st!

Wednesday: Today students will take the InSight Assessment in Reading Plus.

  • HW: Summer reading (book clubs and writing task) due September 1st!

Thursday: Today students will complete the InSight Assessment in Reading Plus, take 6WP Quiz, and practice reading strategies.

  • HW: Summer reading (book clubs and writing task) due September 1st!

Friday: Today students will learn to utilize the N&N Signpost "Words of the Wiser" by noticing when a character gives another character advice then asking, "What is the life lesson, and how might this affect the character?"

  • HW: Summer reading (book clubs and writing task) due September 1st!

 

 Tough questions

Words of the Wiser

 



Week of 8/14
Due Date: 8/18/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Students will take a non-fiction pre-assessment. Students will begin their writing task.

  • Writing Task: Write two pages with a well developed plot and characters. Include dialogue, good details, and correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Writing Prompt: The story begins when a kid comes out of the school bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband. Begin your story there and tell what happens next. 
  • HW: Welcome letter should be signed and returned by Tuesday.

Tuesday: Students will have an opportunity to go to the library to learn the processes and procedures as well as check out books needed for class. They will then complete their writing prompt.

Wednesday: Students will learn to use the Notice and Note signpost "Contrasts and Contradictions" by identifying places in the text that reveal a contrast or contradiction and asking themselves "Why did the character act/feel this way?"

Thursday: Students will learn to use the Notice and Note signpost "Aha Moment" by identifying the moment when a character makes a realization and then asking themselves "How might this change things?"

Friday: Strategic Reading Day - Students will utilize the reading strategies they have learned by practicing and finding the N&N signposts and answering the anchor questions.

 

N&N C&C

 

N&N Aha

 



Week of 8/10
Due Date: 8/15/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Welcome back to school!

Thursday: Today we will learn how to be successful in class by going over the policies, procedures, and expectations. 

  • HW: Students have been given a Welcome Letter that tells all about the class. Please sign and return on Tuesday, August 15th. A copy of this letter is in the "announcements" section if you did not receive one.

Friday: Today we will learn what our strengths and weaknesses are in fiction reading by completing the fiction pre-assessment.

  • HW: The Welcome Letter should be signed and returned by Tuesday, August 15th.
  • Students should have a book to read in class every day starting Monday, August 14th.