Language Arts Loop

Your News For What's Happening in Room 404! - March 23

Reading News

In Reading this week students will practice writing their own questions based on text read. Students will read a piece of text (expository or fiction) and then spend time creating questions for others to answer from the text. The critical thinking it takes to develop well-written questions is a skill that transfers to the students simply answering questions later. After writing their own questions, student will swap both text and questions with another student or group, answer the questions and then spend time in discussion about their chosen answers. The reading homework will undergo a change this week as we drift from reading logs and a few questions to a complete packet of STAAR formulated questions and text. Students will still have until the following Monday to turn in completed homework but they are welcome to turn the homework in as soon as it is completed. There will be NO reading log for the next few weeks.

Writing News

This week begins our final push before we tackle the STAAR Writing Test next Monday and Tuesday, March 30 & 31. Students will be working on skill specific lessons all week to prepare. We will work on developing our ideas while keeping our pieces focused; revising boring, redundant sentences; sentence variation and word choice. These are the areas that remain a challenge for some writers. They are also the skills when done well produce strong, quality compositions. Students will also be bringing home their revised pieces from Writing Camp last week.

Grammar & Spelling

There will be no spelling this week. Students will continue to apply spelling rules and grammar skills in writing and through revising and editing as we prepare for the STAAR test. Greek & Latin Root work this week will be with the root phon.

Reminders to Parents


  • March 25 - Progress Reports Sent Home
  • March 30 & 31 - STAAR Writing Test
  • April 3 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
  • April 10 - 5th Six Weeks Ends
  • April 21 - STAAR Math Test
  • April 22 - STAAR Reading Test