Wilson Reading

Ms. Sorenson

May 13th, 2022

We are wrapping up the last steps of word work for the year before we begin the end of the year benchmark assessments.

We continue to read the Younge Readers Edition Novel: Lion - A Long Way Home. This novel is a memoir and lends itself to being able to discuss in many ways, both as a narrative as well as a piece of non-fiction. Students will be working on developing their listening comprehension and finding evidence in the text to support their responses to discussion questions. They have also begun a project with the book called a bloom ball, which is a 12-sided 3-d figure. On each side, the students have a different focus related to the book (i.e. main characters and traits, setting, conflict, resolution, climax, important moment, reflection, theme ...). Once we have finished the novel the students will assemble the bloom balls with all 12 completed sides.

In addition, students have been analyzing classic fairytales and then comparing them to versions that have been "twisted" or changed. As students read these twisted tales they are working to compile a list of ways an original story can be changed and the effect it has on the new story and the reader's opinion of the characters. Next week students will be selecting a classic story (fairytale, fable, myth, scary story) and creating their own twisted version. I can't wait to see what they come up with for stories.

Topics of study:

  • Wilson Reading: end of year benchmarking
  • Reading/Listening to a Memoir.
  • Reading/Writing/Performing: Twisted Tales

Learning Targets:

  • I can read and spell words, sentences, and passages from previously and recently learned reading concepts.
  • I can provide evidence to support my responses to questions in writing and orally.
  • I can apply reading and question strategies to support my understanding of a text.

Criteria for Success:

  • I will arrive at class on time.
  • I will actively participate during review drills of reading concepts.
  • I will listen to, respond to or expand on others' comments.
  • I will participate in read-aloud/readers theatre by reflecting and responding to comprehension questions related to targeted skills.


Next week is Math: 5/19 and 5/20

Science (just 8th grade): 5/24 and 5/25


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