The Porter Press
Issue #10 January 20, 2015
Readers have been hard at work discussing and responding to their book club books. It has been such a treat to sit in on their book club meetings and hear them share ideas, make connections, and predict what is going to happen next! This week students will complete their novels. Next week students will be working with their groups to complete a project that showcases important elements of their historical fiction books, including theme.
To prepare for these projects, we will be studying theme this week. Students will learn that the theme of a story is the message the author wants you to take away when you finish reading. Themes can change throughout the story, and we can often identify the theme by studying what the character learned.
Writing and Word Study
Students are blazing through Ohio History! Last week we constructed an accordion book highlighting multiple causes and effects of The American Revolution. Next, students created an advertisement for the Northwest Territory persuading colonists to move west of the Appalachian Mountains to the Northwest Territory. Today students will be taking home a study guide for an Ohio History quiz on Friday, January 23. Next week, we will celebrate Ohio admittance to the Union as the 17th state (and the first under the Northwest Ordinance) on March 1, 1803!