This Week in Literacy

Week of February 11, 2013

We have recently posted many of the reading strategies that we have worked on so far this year!

Reader's Workshop

We will be spending another week diving further into Historical Fiction.

  • Monday - we will be discussing what it was like in certain time periods of the past and the challenges that were faced then. We will discuss how that is different from challenges that we have in the present day.
  • Tuesday - students will discover when additional background information is needed by the reader in order to understand the time period being referenced in their books. We will look at important events in history, important historical figures, etc.
  • Wednesday - we will be looking at characters' actions in historical fiction. We will be assessing whether the characters' actions are reasonable/believable for that time period.
  • Thursday - we will be looking at the dialogue and dialects found in historical fiction. Along with this, we will also be looking at how the structure of a sentence can change from time period to time period.

We will be encouraging our students to read historical fiction books this week. Please ask your child about the book he/she selected.

Writer's Workshop

This week we will finish up our Persuasive Essays. We will be looking at word choice, transitional sentences between paragraphs, and any other revising and editing that is needed. These essays will be due at the end of the day on Thursday.

Word Study

This week the entire class will be working on the same principle: the suffix -ure means "an act, process, or state of being". Some of our words this week: acupuncture, allure, assure, conjecture, feature, indenture, legislature, manufacture, venture, overture.

On Wednesday night, students will be bringing home a Making Connections worksheet to complete. The goal is for the students to think about their words and find ways that will help them remember the spelling patterns/rules that we are working on. We have been working on this in class all year and are transitioning into having the students work on this independently. We will discuss what they have discovered during class on Thursday.

On Thursday night, students will be bringing home an analogy worksheet. We will review how analogies work in class: for example, cat is to kitten as dog is to puppy. The goal is to find the relationships between the words in order to find the missing word. Analogies are a great way to challenge your brain! If you would like a more thorough description of what analogies are, please click here.

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