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Week of 5/16
Due Date: 5/19/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: 

  • Journal Entry: Describe the personality of the main character. Give examples from the text to support your choice of character traits.

Tuesday: 

  • Students will read their book club book and sketchnote.

Wednesday:

  • Journal Entry: What hardships did the main character have to overcome? How does this impact the decision they make?

Thursday: 

  • Journal Entry: Make a list of 3-6 key events in the story. Tell why each event is important to the story.

Friday:

  • Students will read their book club book and sketchnote.


Week of 5/8
Due Date: 5/12/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday:

  • Sketchnoting: What is it, and how can we use it? 
  • Students will generate ideas and practice.

Tuesday: Failure letters went home today; ask your student if they received one.

  • Sketchnoting practice using "Seven Things You May Not Know About Cinco de Mayo". 
  • We began our book club books today! Students will read and make notes daily.

Wednesday:

  • Book club focus: Setting and the impact it has on the story.
  • Daily journal entry: Where does the story take place? Describe the setting in detail.

Thursday: 

  • Book club focus: Narrator and Point of View
  • Daily journal entry: Who is the narrator of the story? How can this point of view change the story?

Friday: 

  • Stamina Building Day
  • Students will read, make notes, and share their weekly journal entries. 


Week of 4/17
Due Date: 4/24/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Stations

  • No HW sheet given this week. Students should prepare for their upcoming TNReady tests.

Tuesday: TNReady Writing Assessment

  • During class, students will be selecting their enrichment classes for the 2017/2018 school year.

Wednesday: Writing Stations Continued

Thursday: Grammar Review Stations

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

Any and all late/missing work from the 1st progress report period is due NO LATER than 4/18.

Summer reading forms are due by 4/18. See the "Summer Reading" link on this website for more information.



Week of 4/10
Due Date: 4/17/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Reminders:

  • I'm still missing a lot of Q4 letters, please sign and return ASAP.
  • Summer Reading forms are due April 18th. Book club choices cannot be changed after it has been selected. If you are ordering books from HxMS, the money is due with the form. Even if you do not believe you'll be at HxMS next year, I still must have the form.

Monday: Feelings vs Traits

  • Students will learn that in order to understand how a character feels, as well as their traits, we should look at their actions and speech. 
  • HW: HW sheet was given out today; it is due Monday 4/17.

Tuesday: Indirect Characterization

  • Students read "Oranges" by Gary Soto and used the STEAL method to determine a character's traits. (STEAL = Speech, Thoughts, Effects, Actions, and Looks).
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Wednesday: Characterization

  • Students rotated through stations to practice finding character traits.
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Thursday: Quiz on characterization.

  • After the quiz, students will write a journal entry. Think about an incident that happened to you. Write about it, but make it a tall tale by exaggerating about what happened.

Friday: No School



Week of 4/3
Due Date: 4/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

This week's focus: Theme

Monday: Overview

  • Students reviewed theme.
  • Students read a passage and answered the questions. *See below
  • HW sheet was given today; it is due 4/10.

Theme Sheet Theme Sheet

Tuesday: Common theme across texts

  • Students will read a poem, picture book, and a piece of an autobiography to find a common theme.
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.

Wednesday:

  • Students will complete stations to find theme in a variety of ways.
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.

Thursday:

  • Quiz on theme.
  • Journal Writing - Which character from a book would you most like to meet and why?
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.

Friday:

  • Reading Stamina Day
  • HW: Work on homework sheet.


Week of 3/13
Due Date: 3/16/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Poetry Project

  • Students may use any of the forms discussed in class to create poetry (black-out, artistic, cut-out, or written)
  • Students need to make sure that it is neat, creative, and an example of their best work.
  • The top 5 will be on display in the library.

Tuesday: Poetry Project Continued

  • HW: If the project is not completed in class, it must be finished for homework.

Wednesday: Poetry Slam

  • Students will have the opportunity to share their poetry with their class.

Thursday: Reading Stamina Day

Friday: No school for students!

Enjoy your spring break!



Week of 3/6
Due Date: 3/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Boot Camp

  • Students will learn to identify the type of writing required for different prompts.
  • Students will then take any 2 prompts from the list and create a plan.
  • HW: Finish any class work not completed.

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp

  • Students will be given 1 of 3 available prompts with the coordinating text set. They will have to complete the writing task.
  • HW: Due to STEM night, there will be no additional homework.

Wednesday: Poetry

  • Students will be given a topic and a random page from a book to create their found poetry. 
  • HW: Work on any missing/late work. ***See notes below.***

Thursday: Poetry

  • Students will create a found poem using art.
  • HW: Work on any missing/late work.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

 

***Student progress reports went home on Wednesday. These should be signed and returned by Friday.

***EXTRA CREDIT! The students were told about the extra credit opportunity on Wednesday. They are to take one of the prompts from 3/6 and answer the prompt. The progress report must be signed and returned by Friday in order to have the ability to complete the extra credit assignment. 

All missing, late, or extra credit assignments must be turned in by Monday, March 13th. No assignments will be accepted after this date.



Week of 2/27
Due Date: 3/6/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Boot Camp: Argumentative Essay

  • Students will learn to break down the prompt and organize their thoughts in an outline.

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp: Argumentative Essay

  • Students will read the articles and answer the prompt from Monday.

Wednesday: School Canceled

Thursday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will create a found poem using "Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting.
  • They will use the black-out method for finding poetry within the story.

Friday: Read Across America Day

  • Students will participate in stations with various Dr. Seuss texts.

***Homework: The homework sheet was sent home on Monday; it is due 3/6.

***Failure letters were sent home on Thursday. Ask your student if they received one. Please sign and return on Monday, 3/6.



Week of 2/20
Due Date: 2/21/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: No School - President's Day

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp - Narrative Writing

  • Students will break down the prompt, make a checklist, answer the prompt, and check their writing. ***See prompt below.***
  • HW: A homework sheet went home today. This sheet is due 2/28.

Wednesday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will analyze the poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" with their partners. They will then compare it to the poem "Thinking" to find the tie that binds.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will find the meaning of unknown words in "Summer in the South" and determine the poem's meaning.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

 

***Narrative Writing Prompt:

Write a narrative in which you are Sammy. Explain how you eventually returned home. Write from a first-person point of view, using dialogue, description, and chronology to describe your adventures.

Manage your time carefully so that you can:

• Plan your response

• Write your response

Your written response should be in the form of a multi-paragraph narrative story.

Spend about 35 minutes on this response, including the time you spend reading the passage(s), planning, and writing your response.

Trouble for Sammy

By Cindy Stevens

Sammy was so tired. It had been a long night already. First he had been confused. Then he had gotten lost. Sammy was trying to find the beautiful moonlight reflecting off the water. It was supposed to be like a guiding light. Somehow he’d missed it. If it hadn’t been for that nice man, Sammy would still be lost and in trouble. With a kind and gentle voice the older man had said, “Little fella, you seem to be going in the wrong direction. Let me give you a hand.”

Oh, there was the water. He could see the moonlight shining brightly on its surface. Without looking back, Sammy made his way to the ocean. It would be the last time Sammy ever came onto land again. All he had to do was get into the water and swim.

Suddenly, as Sammy was almost into the ocean, a ghost crab came scooting across the sand. Crabs ate sea turtles like Sammy. Sammy’s short life was in danger. He tried to move quicker. The ghost crab moved directly toward Sammy.

 



Week of 2/13
Due Date: 2/19/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Writing Boot Camp - Informational

  • Students will learn how to attack a writing prompt by reading closely to find what it's asking for, making a checklist, and creating an outline.
  • HW: Read for 20 minutes

Tuesday: Writing Boot Camp - Informational

  • Students will demonstrate that they know how to break down a prompt and answer it by reading, marking up the prompt, creating an outline, and writing about it.
    • Prompt: You and a friend are having a conversation about a "popular" group of students. Write an essay sharing your thoughts about popularity in general, and what makes someone popular. Be sure to discuss how society perceives certain types of people and how this may affect their "popularity" status.
  • HW: Homework sheet sent home today. It is due 2/21.

Wednesday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will learn how to analyze a poem by reading "Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes" and filling out the graphic organizer.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Poetry Boot Camp

  • Students will use the graphic organizer to analyze the poem "Thinking" with their partners.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

***No school Monday 2/20 for Presidents' Day!***



Week of 2/6
Due Date: 2/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday:

  • Students will peer review their partner's essay and fill out the peer review sheet.
  • HW: Students should read over the comments given to them during peer review.

Tuesday: 

  • Students will use the ARMS and CUPS strategies for revising and editing their paper.
  • HW: Extra Credit! Students that would like to earn extra credit may write their final rough draft at home on notebook paper.

Wednesday: 

  • Students will type their final paper in class.
  • HW: read for 20 min

Thursday: 

  • Students will use the rubric to check their final essay and submit in Google Classroom.
  • HW: read for 20 min

Friday: 

  • Students will build their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time.
  • HW: read for 20 min


Week of 1/30
Due Date: 2/3/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Elaboration

  • Students will elaborate on their evidence by connecting it back to their claim. They will ask themselves, "how does this prove my claim?" (See Notes Below)
  • HW: any elaboration not completed in class will be done for homework.

 

Elaboration Notes

Tuesday: Flash draft

  • Today students will get their thoughts on paper by writing a flash draft (1st rough draft).
  • HW: If not completed in class, students will need to do it for homework.

Wednesday: Transitions

  • Today students will revise their paper paying close attention to transitions. (see notes below)
  • HW: Students will finish revising their papers at home.

Transition Examples

Thursday: Expert Vocab

  • Today students will revise their paper paying close attention to expert vocabulary.
  • HW: Students will finish revising their papers at home.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • Students will build their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time.
  • HW: Any work not completed in class needs to be completed for homework.

Students have had time in class to make notes on these articles; however, if further research is needed, you can find these articles in the "File Manager" section of this website.

  • Click on "File Manager" 
  • Click on "Competitive Sports Articles: Non-Fiction Argument Essay"
  • Click "Download" on the right-hand side

There are more articles in this file than what we are using. The following is a list of the ones we are using in class:

  • "Hard Knocks" by Maggie Mead
  • "Football Concussions: Head Injuries Not Confined to NFL; Youth, High School, College Players at Risk" by Amy Nordrum
  • "Pushing Too Hard Too Young" by Jacqueline Stenson
  • "School Sports: The Pros and Cons" by Raven J Railey
  • "Sports: The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Participation in Today's Sports Climate" by Kirk Mango
  • "Guidelines Issued for High School Sports Safety" by Gary Mihoces


Week of 1/23
Due Date: 1/30/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Students have had time in class to make notes on these articles; however, if further research is needed, you can find these articles in the "File Manager" section of this website.

  • Click on "File Manager" 
  • Click on "Competitive Sports Articles: Non-Fiction Argument Essay"
  • Click "Download" on the right-hand side

There are more articles in this file than what we are using. The following is a list of the ones we are using in class:

  • "Hard Knocks" by Maggie Mead
  • "Football Concussions: Head Injuries Not Confined to NFL; Youth, High School, College Players at Risk" by Amy Nordrum
  • "Pushing Too Hard Too Young" by Jacqueline Stenson
  • "School Sports: The Pros and Cons" by Raven J Railey
  • "Sports: The Benefits of Competitive Athletic Sports Participation in Today's Sports Climate" by Kirk Mango
  • "Guidelines Issued for High School Sports Safety" by Gary Mihoces

 

Monday: What does our research tell us?

  • Students will finish making notes on the articles provided.
  • The students will analyze their notes to determine the point, or main idea, the author is making.
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed in class.

Tuesday: Claim and Counterclaim

  • Students will develop their claim and counterclaim using sentence stems provided (see below).
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed.

Claim Statement Sentence Starters

Wednesday: Outline

  • Students will make an outline of their argumentative essay. They will use their claim from Tuesday and build their argument.
  • A copy of the outline may be found in my "File Manager" section along with the articles.
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed.

Thursday: SOQ

  • Students will find evidence worth quoting in their argumentative essay. 
  • Students will use the SOQ (Source, Other Words, Quote) method to include them in their paper.
  • HW: Finish any class-work not completed.

Friday: Stamina Building Day

  • Students will learn to build their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time.

 

 

 



Week of 1/9
Due Date: 1/10/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Preconceived Notions: Students learn what preconceived notions are and why we need to put them aside while researching.

  • HW: New homework sheet went home; it's due 1/17.
  • Report Cards went home. Please sign the white copy & return it to school

Tuesday: Research - How to find evidence

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Wednesday: How to weigh your evidence against logic using A FOREST.

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Counter-Arguments - students will research the opposing side of the argument to produce a counter argument.

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.


Week of 1/2
Due Date: 1/6/2017
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday & Tuesday - Winter Break!

WELCOME BACK!

Wednesday: ARMS - students will revise their realistic fiction paper they wrote in Google Classroom by using the ARMS strategy.

  • A - Add: add more details, dialogue, action, and character development.
  • R - Remove: remove any unnecessary information.
  • M - Move: move words, sentences, and paragraphs to improve the flow of the paper
  • S - Substitute: substitute the dull, boring words with beautiful words.

Thursday: CUPS - students will edit their realistic fiction paper they wrote in Google Classroom by using the CUPS strategy.

  • C - Capitalization: check to make sure all proper nouns, the pronoun "I", and the beginning of sentences are capitalized.
  • U - Usage: check to make sure the grammar is correct as well as subject/verb agreement.
  • P - Punctuation: make sure you have used correct punctuation in the correct places.
  • S - Spelling: make sure all words are spelled correctly.

Friday: Reading stamina day: students will learn to increase their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time. 



Week of 12/5
Due Date: 12/12/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

***Any and all late/make-up work is due no later than 12/9.***

***Any work not completed in class will need to be completed for homework.***

Over the course of the Fantasy Book Club unit, students have written three different flash drafts (rough drafts) about their book: setting, theme, and archetypes. This week, the students are choosing one to submit for their final paper. Once they have chosen, the students will work on revisions Monday - Wednesday. They will write their final paper in class on Thursday. 

Monday: Introductory Paragraphs

  • Students will revise their introductory paragraphs to include:
    • Title and Author
    • Short Summary
    • Thesis Statement
  • HW: Study guide went home today; it is due on Monday. The test will be on Tuesday 12/13.

Tuesday: Body Paragraphs

  • Students will revise their body paragraphs. They will use the TREE strategy for writing.
    • T - Topic Sentence
    • R - Reason
    • E - Evidence from the text
    • E - Elaboration
  • HW: Work on study guide.

Wednesday: Conclusion Paragraphs

  • Students will revise their conclusion paragraph so that it wraps-up the story. It should:
    • Restate the thesis statement.
    • Summarize the three main points.
    • Leave the reader with an interesting final impression.
  • HW: Work on study guide.

Thursday: Final Rough Draft

  • Students will rewrite their flash draft including all revisions made this week. This will count as an assessment grade.
  • HW: Work on study guide.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

 



Week of 11/28
Due Date: 12/2/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Archetype Flash Draft *See my "File Manager" section for a flash draft template.

  • Students will take what they have learned about archetypes and combine it with the knowledge of their book club book. Students will then write a flash draft (rough draft) analyzing the archetypes found in their book club book.
  • HW: If the flash draft is not completed in class, students will complete for homework. 

 

Tuesday: Symbolism *Sign into Google classroom to see the web quest.

  • Students will complete a web quest in class to find what the American symbols represent.
  • HW: Complete the HW sheet by 12/6. You can find all of the homework pages in my "File Manager" section.

Wednesday: Symbolism

  • Students will find the symbol in a passage and determine what it represents. 
  • HW: Complete the HW sheet by 12/6.

Thursday: Essay Boot Camp

  • Students will get all of their flash drafts back today.
  • Students will examine their papers and determine how they can improve their paper. They will make notes in their notebook regarding what they will add, change, remove, etc. Then, after examining their papers, they will decide which paper they will use for their final paper next week.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day

****Students received a class progress report Friday. See the "announcements" for more detail.

 



Week of 11/7
Due Date: 11/14/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Most Significant Theme in a Story

  • Students read "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. They selected one of the given themes to support with evidence. Students participated in a debate to find the most significant theme.
  • HW: New homework sheet went home today! It is due next Monday (11/14).

Tuesday: Summary to Analysis

  • Students will use "The Lion and the Mouse" to see the difference in a summary and an analysis. 
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Wednesday: Summary to Analysis

  • Students will use their book club book to summarize and create an analysis.
  • HW: Work on HW sheet.

Thursday: Flash draft on theme.

  • Students will create a flash draft (rough draft) on the theme in their book club book.
  • HW: Work on HW sheet. If the flash draft was not completed in class, it must be completed for homework.

Theme Flash Draft Instructions

Friday: Reading Stamina Day



Week of 10/31
Due Date: 11/7/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Happy Halloween! Analytical Reading

  • Students worked with All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury to find all the elements of a story. They then talked about how the elements influence each other and the cause and effect relationship they share.
  • HW: Homework sheet went home today! It is due next Monday. ***See the File Manager section for a copy of the homework.***

Tuesday: Analytical Reading - Application

  • Students worked with their book club group to identify the elements of their story. They were to explain how they influenced each other. They also created a "what if" scenario and indicated what the effect would be from changing one element. 
  • HW: Work on homework sheet that's due Monday.

Wednesday: Theme

  • Students worked with "The Lion and the Mouse" to identify the theme (life lesson) of the story. The students highlighted the evidence they found to support their answer.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Thursday: Theme

  • Students worked on finding the main idea vs the theme of a story. The students completed task cards to demonstrate their knowledge.
  • HW: Work on your homework sheet.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day



Week of 10/24
Due Date: 10/28/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Monday: Tone and Mood

  • See the file manager section titled "Tone and Mood"
  • Students watched BrainPop, made notes, and looked at examples; students were asked to identify tone and mood.
  • HW: Work on your reading fair project; it is due Tuesday!

Tuesday: Reading Fair and Literacy Night

  • Students will participate in a gallery walk of the projects. They will write about what they see, and how this impacts their reading life.
  • HW: Study for quiz on Thursday on setting, tone, and mood. Come out to Literacy Night from 6-7:30!

Wednesday: Tone and Mood

  • Students will learn more vocabulary associated with tone and mood
  • Students will practice identifying tone and mood
  • HW: Study for quiz tomorrow over setting, tone, and mood.

Thursday: Setting Flash Draft

  • Students will take a quiz on tone, mood, and setting
  • Students will write a flash draft (rough, rough draft) about the setting in their book and how it is impacting their characters and/or plot.

Friday: Reading Stamina Day



Week of 10/17
Due Date: 10/21/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Fantasy Book Clubs have begun! 

Monday: Students will learn about the expectations of book club, set reading goals, and make predictions about their assigned books. 

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project. More information went home today!

Tuesday: Students will learn how to note their thinking about their readings as well as plot elements using graphics (outlines, flowcharts, timelines, character webs, etc).

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project. Information about Literacy Nights went home today.

Wednesday: Students will learn that the setting is very important in fantasy by analyzing the setting and how it affects the characters and plot. We will read All Summer in a Day in class and analyze its setting.

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project. Our quarterly newsletter was sent home today.

Thursday: Students will practice analyzing setting in two separate stories.

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project.

Friday: Students will learn to increase their reading stamina by participating in extended reading time. Students will read their fantasy book and continue to take notes.

  • HW: Work on your reading fair project.


Week of 10/3
Due Date: 10/7/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

HW: Students should continue working on their reading fair project!

Monday: Editing

  • Students had a refresher on capitalization and punctuation.
  • Students then used CUPS to edit their paper.

Tuesday: Typing

  • Students are using their rough draft to type their final paper using Google docs.
  • Instructions are located in the "file manager" section on this website.

Wednesday: Typing

  • Students will finish typing their paper and turn it in.

Thursday: Celebration

  • Students will celebrate a job well done. Students may bring a drink that has a lid (no energy drinks allowed).

Friday: No School!

 



Week of 9/26
Due Date: 10/3/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Imagery

***Any class work not completed in class should be done for homework. No Reading Log was sent home this week; students should focus on their paper which will count for a test grade.***

Monday: Rough Draft

  • Students will take all the work we have done on their realistic fiction story and create a rough draft

Tuesday: Peer Review

  • Students will share their paper with someone in their group. They will check each other's work using the provided checklist. You can find a copy of the checklist in my "file manager" section. 

Wednesday: Imagery

  • Students will revise their work so it includes imagery.

Thursday: Revision

  • Students will use the ARMS strategy for revising their paper. 
  • A = Add
  • R = Remove
  • M = Move
  • S = Substitute

Friday: Stamina Building Day

  • Students will build their stamina by reading for extended periods of time. 


Week of 9/19
Due Date: 9/26/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Punctuating Dialogue

***Any work not completed in class is automatically added to their homework for the day.***

Monday: Assessment Day

  • Students will complete the realistic fiction assessment today.
  • HW: New reading logs went home today; five entries are due on Monday.

Tuesday: Leads

  • Students will revise their leads in a way that will draw the reader into their story.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.

 Wednesday: Dialogue

  • Students will revise their dialogue to be meaningful and to ensure their characters are believable.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.

Thursday: Endings

  • Students will revise their ending to ensure their main point is resolved and the story is wrapped up.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.

Friday: Stamina Building Day

  • Students participated in a Q&A session regarding the reading fair. 
  • Students will build their stamina by reading for an extended time today. Exit Slip: Students should find an example of good dialogue in their book while reading. Students will write the dialogue down then explain what makes it a good example.
  • HW: Continue working on the reading log.


Week of 9/12
Due Date: 9/19/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Characterization

***Any class work not completed in class should be finished at home for homework.***

Monday:

  • Character Development: Students will put their character into an every day scene (i.e. doing dishes, eating dinner, getting ready for school, eating lunch in the cafeteria, etc). Students will then compare the character on the page to the one they began on Thursday. Do they match? What should change? What else have you learned about your character?
  • HW: New reading log went home today. It is due next Monday. There should be 5 entries on the log for the week.

Tuesday:

  • Plot: Students will develop their story plot by using a graphic organizer. They may use a story arc, outline, timeline, or flow chart to do so. Students will add detail (i.e. character feelings, actions, dialogue, etc) to their graphic organizer once the main events are noted.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log. 

Wednesday: 

  • Flashdraft: Students will transfer their ideas, characters, and plot to create a story. Students are just getting their thoughts on paper. This is to find the "holes" in their story. The students will share their initial story with their partner for feedback.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log.

Thursday:

  • Scenes: Students will take one scene from their flashdraft and turn it from 2D to 3D by elaborating and expanding. Students will add dialogue, actions to show feelings rather than telling about them, and additional detail.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log.

Friday: 

  • Reading Stamina Day: Students will read their independent book during extended reading time.
  • Students will be required to write a 1-sentence summary about the story they are writing.
  • HW: Students should continue working on their reading log.


Week of 9/6
Due Date: 9/9/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Unit: Realistic Fiction

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Context Clues

Monday - Labor Day - No School

Tuesday:

  • Generating Ideas
    • Students generate ideas for fiction stories by looking at small moments in their own life.
    • Students will generate as many ideas as they can. Then, students will write a small "blurb" about three of their ideas.
  • Homework: Finish any classwork not completed. 

Wednesday:

  • Generating Ideas
    • Students generated ideas for fiction stories by thinking of stories they wish existed
    • Students were to generate as many ideas as they could. Then they were to pick 3 to write a small "blurb" about.
  • Homework: Finish any classwork not completed. The reading logs went home today; they are to make 3 entries. The log is due Monday.

Thursday:

  • Believable Characters
    • Students were to choose a story to write based on their ideas. They were to give the main character traits and emotions by visualizing their character in real life.
  • Homework: Finish any classwork not completed. Have 3 entries on your log by Monday.

Friday:

  • Reading Stamina Building Day
    • Students will read to build their stamina. While they are reading, they will focus on the main character of their book. Students will describe the traits of their main character. 
  • Homework: Have 3 entries on your log by Monday.

 

 Character Trait List: This list is in the student notebooks

Character Emotions vs Traits

Examples of Feelings and Traits

 



Week of 8/29
Due Date: 9/2/2016
Subject: Reading/Language Arts

Weekly Warm-Up Focus: Context Clues/Vocabulary

Monday: 

  • Identifying the signposts (putting it all together)
  • Signpost packet to be used as a study guide
  • HW: Test on Thursday, Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

 

Tuesday:

  • Signpost task cards
  • HW: Test on Thursday, Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

Wednesday:

  • Signpost task cards
  • HW: Test on Thursday, Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

Thursday:

  • Test Day
  • HW: Project due Friday, and make an entry on your reading log

Friday:

  • Stamina Building Day
  • HW: reading log due Tuesday