Jarratt's Journal

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Home Stretch.......

Here we are at the HOME STRETCH to the Holiday Break. I need your help. This is the time of year students tend to struggle the most. 3rd 6 weeks always poses the most challenges because students see a shift in the calendar and we have two long breaks during this 6 weeks. Please check your student's planner and help them stay on top of their homework. There will only be 4 AOW's this 6 weeks due to the schedule and final exams which happen at the end of the 6 weeks.



HOMEWORK THIS WEEK:

NO ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

WE WILL BE COMPLETING A ONE PAGER OVER THE GIVER: THIS IS AN ASSIGNMENT WE ARE BEGINNING IN CLASS AND WILL BE DUE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH. ANYTHING NOT COMPLETED DURING CLASS ON THE 16TH WILL BE DONE AT HOME. THIS IS A PROJECT OVER THE BOOK AND WILL BE COUNTED AS A MAJOR GRADE FOR LITERATURE.


Homework for this week is to read 20 minutes a night, we will be going to the library on the 17th to check out new books for the NOVEL SURVEY.


A MAJOR grade each 6 weeks is your student's NOVEL SURVEY Assignment, this time the students will have UNTIL DECEMBER 16TH to turn this in.


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Please email me at ajarratt@ems-isd.net should you have any questions.

Lone Star Books

Students can read a Lone Star Book and take the test over it in the Library for a FREE 100 SUMMATIVE GRADE.


If your student needs to raise their grade in my class they can check out or purchase a book from this list: http://www.txla.org/groups/lone-star, read the book entirely and take the test in our Library NO LATER than November 12th. If the student passes the test over the novel, the librarian will confirm the grade with me and I will enter a FREE 100 Summative Grade in the Grade Book. I will allow the students to decide whether they want to apply the grade to ELA or Lit dependent on their end of 6 weeks average. (this is a pretty sweet deal!)

Novel Survey

Please make sure your child is working at completing the Novel Survey due on DECEMBER 16TH. This assignment has been a challenge for a lot of the students but is a requirement of this class and is a SUMMATIVE GRADE.

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The Hidden Benefits of Reading Aloud — even for older kids by: Connie Mathiesson

Why do you think it’s important to read to older kids, too?

People often say to me, ‘”My child is in fourth grade and he already knows how to read, why should I read to him?” And I reply, “Your child may be reading on a fourth grade level, but what level is he listening at?”

A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. You can and should be reading seventh grade books to fifth grade kids. They’ll get excited about the plot and this will be a motivation to keep reading. A fifth grader can enjoy a more complicated plot than she can read herself, and reading aloud is really going to hook her, because when you get to chapter books, you’re getting into the real meat of print — there is really complicated, serious stuff going on that kids are ready to hear and understand, even if they can’t read at that level yet.

WORK THE WILLKIE WAY!

Do we have homework?

Students should be reading 20 minutes a night minimum, as well as other assignments


What is AOW?

Starting September 14th we will have the ARTICLE OF THE WEEK. This is an article and a series of events the student needs to complete during the week for homework. It will be handed out every Monday and is due back on Friday. If the student misplaces it, or you would like to see what they are, they are listed by date on my website.


What is a Book Talk?

Book Talk happens every time we go to the library. The students pick a book and as they read it (in class, at home, etc) they are to respond to a series of questions that aid in better understanding what they have read. These are MAJOR grades and are due once a 6 weeks.