Mrs. Wilson's Language Class
Tuesday we started to look at the theme of the students short stories. They will be using the same short stories that they used for their character essay to write a thematic essay. In order to write an essay on theme, they worked on finding a good theme for their short story with their reading group.
Wednesday the students re-read their story with the focus of finding evidence to back up what they thought the theme was of their story. Once they found evidence, they started to fill out an outline to help organize their thoughts.
On Thursday, the students took the hour to construct a rough draft of their essay.
Friday we looked closer at refining out introductory and conclusion paragraphs.
Next week, we will spend time revising the rest of our rough drafts. We will be focusing specifically on the transitions, quoting techniques, and analyzing their evidence.
Tuesday the students started to brainstorm different ideas/topics that they could expand on for their companion book.
Wednesday we looked at different structures that they can use to get some of their information across. Some students got more ideas for what to include once they saw examples of the structures.
Thursday we looked at an example companion text. This sample text goes along with a short story that we read titled, "The Stolen Party". The students were to read the text to look at the writing and how they can model their companion book chapters after the example.
Friday students discussed with their book groups what strategies they saw ans how they can use them in their own book. They were then given an outline to start to organize their thoughts for one of their companion book chapters.
Maternity Leave Update
As many of you know our family is expecting another child. Due to complications, I will be delivering our baby early and will be out a little longer than expected. We have learned that we will not be bringing our baby home from the hospital. I appreciate your well wishes and concern during this difficult time. My family also wishes to keep the remaining details private, thank you for understanding.
Mrs. Skelton and I are working on finding a substitute that is most suitable to take over a Language Arts classroom. We will let you know as soon as we find that person.
My leave will start February 15 and I will be out until the beginning of May. Due to my absence, I would like all late work in by February 12 so that I can have it graded before my leave starts. This way the students will have a fresh start with the substitute.
All School Incentive
Field Trip Information
As a third quarter incentive we will be doing a trip to Sunburst. The details are as follows:
February 26- 12:30-2:30
In order to qualify to go students must be:
*Passing all classes by February 19
*No missing work by February 19
* No more than 2 detentions
*Alternate for students who would prefer not to tube will be invited to watch a movie in the theater
Consent forms were handed out Thursday in Science.
Now that we are half way through the year, and students know what is expected of them, the strike rule is changing a bit. This means that they get one warning and the second time that I have to talk to them about breaking a rule, the student will earn a detention.
February 12- Read to Succeed Slips due (6th grade)
February 19- Final date to qualify for tubing trip
February 26- Tubing Incentive- see above
February 29- No School- PD Day
March 2- Kona Ice Day