Mrs. Farmer's ELA/Reading Classroom
Be a Trailblazer. Be a Writer.
Mrs. Farmer's Weekly News: Monday, May 2nd- Friday, May 6th
What a fun week the students and I had as we learned to rid ourselves of dead and redundant verbs in our writing. We will continue to explore this in our writing this week.
Coming up this week...the students will explore great American tall tales and compare them to the characters in the novel, The BFG, by Roald Dahl in fun and interactive ways this week!
Common Core Standards Covered This Week:
CCSS.W.7.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well structured sequences.
a. Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view of characters.
b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
CCSS.RL.7.9: Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
CCSS.RL.7.6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters in a text.
Monday: Bellwork (Tall Tales). I will read-aloud the first chapter of Roald Dahl's, The BFG, students will discuss in small groups what they believe will happen next, while also analyzing the first chapter.
Tuesday: Bellwork (Tall Tales). Students will begin to brainstorm and write the second chapter of the novel, The BFG. Students must continue the story using narrative elements. Please refer to this link. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IkSvAL5xBNHoVrV7aI4tkBAhr5iC_b9pA28gMI_vPGE/edit?usp=sharing
Wednesday: Bellwork (Tall Tales). Students will continue to write the second chapter of the novel, The BFG. Students must continue the story using narrative elements. There will also be a creative presentation involved.
Thursday: Bellwork (Tall Tales). Students will complete their BFG creative project, present, and turn in for a grade.
Friday: Bellwork. Students will act out a Tall Tale adventure through a Reader's Theatre. http://mrcampbellrocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/The-Sword-in-the-Stone-Readers-Theatre.pdf
Students will study and act out this legendary tale with props and great enthusiasm.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
"Human Beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human Beans is not thinking we exist."
America is full of magical, bigger than life tall tales! It is what makes America great--the stories of larger than life heroes that attempted the impossible.
Who were some of the greats?
Along with introducing the novel, The BFG--students will also become familiar with these legendary tales and characters in American history:
Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Calamity Jane, Huckleberry Finn, and Johnny Appleseed.