Writing...We are on a Roll!
I often speak to students about their "writer's tool belts" - tools that they can use when to build their writing. Each week we add to our tool belt as we develop our writing. I have created a "Narrative" packet for the students to keep and utilize, as a tool, when they go to the high school. Ask to take a look at their packet - it is filled with lots of notes and learning that we have been doing. It is a great conversation piece!
Hopefully you see your son/daughter reading each night at home (fingers crossed!). Most days, they are given a few minutes to read during class as well as they enjoy their Independent reading novel. There is nothing like seeing them engaged in a book that they are enjoying:) Their books should be completed within the next week!
What's in the News?
A large part of what we focus on is nonfiction - real stories that are happening around us! It is important that students stay current with world events and formulate opinions about their world. Starting next week, the students will have a weekly opportunity to explore the world of nonfiction with a wonderful resource called "Newsela," This is similar to a newspaper, geared for kids, where they can choose the articles that interest them. WIth this site, we will evaluate our reading skills and responding to text. Please check it out and have your son/daughter share it with you. It's a good one!
What's in the News?
What's Coming Up?
- Rhetorical Analysis: learning how to analyze various mediums for ethos, pathos and
logos! This can be tricky - but we will have fun with it through the exploration of Super
bowl commercials and magazine ads!
- Argumentative Essay Writing: Persuasive writing - with a twist! We will learn how to
look at both sides of an argument and they will pick a current news topic that is
interesting for them. I will guide them through the stages of what an Argumentative
essay looks like and how we create one from start to finish!
- Animal Farm: Remember this classic!?! In the beginning of February, we will begin our
journey onto the farm to take a better look at Napoleon and his antics! Students will
be placed into "reading groups" where they will continue to focus on creating questions
for discussion and looking for various elements in the novel that we have been learning
Vocabulary: Tracking our Learning!
Order in the Court!
* what is the topic? What is your position on topic and why?
* how do you plan to convince the judge? What are strategies?
* what sites are you using to research the topic?
STAY TUNED - pictures will follow on our big day!
Students participate in a Socratic Seminar - a discussion that is completely student-centered! So proud of them!
We analyzed a character in The Outsiders and in December we came to class as that character! What a groovy time!
Is that a Ponyboy? Darry? No - it's David Cambiotti! The students did an excellent job as their characters and learned ALL about characterization. S.E. Hinton would be proud...I know I am!
No Homework? Check Google Classroom!
We Are All in this Together!