Graphic Organizer and Writing Open Responses
Students spent several days learning to create self-generated graphic organizers for multi-paragrapgh open responses. They had in depth discussions about breaking writing prompts into focus areas, writing introduction and topic sentences, and including quotes with commentary. STudents worked to create their own organizers to use on the "Aaron's Gift" opem response.
"Aaron's Gift" Tests Rescheduled
Due to my absence on Monday, I have rescheduled the two "Aaron's Gift" Tests to begin on Wednesday 10/2 instead of Tuesday 10/1. This way I can still conduct a thoughtful review before the test.
"Aaron's Gift" Plot Test Tuesday 10/1 and Wednesday 10/2.
Please see the announcement below and the related homework assignment for details.
Plot-line Lesson and Annotating Lessons
We continued working with annotating using the short story "Stray." Students close read the short story. Then, students annotated for the five elements of plot. They viewed a PowerPoint explaining the plot diagram (plot-line). Students annotated to identify the elements of the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and the resolution. In addition, they discussed theme. This series of lessons gave them a foundation to independently create a plot diagram and to track the elements of a plot-line. Next, students close read the short story "Aaron's Gift." They annotated for the five elements of plot and had to create a rough draft and final draft of a self-generated plot diagram for the story (quiz grade). They will then be able to use their annotated packets and plot diagrams to take a multiple choice test about "Aaron's Gift," as well as answer an open-response question (test grade) about "Aaron's Gift" that is text-dependent.
Close Reading and Annotating lessons
Students spent classes discussing and defining close reading, annotating, text-dependent questions and how a reader is like a detective. They used the non-fiction short story "The Making of a Scientist." STduents read the story independently and as a large group. I conducted a think-aloud and asked series of text dependent questions that required them to annotate and search for text-dependent answers. At the end of the series of lessons, students took a quiz:
What is close reading?
How do we annotate?
Can we annotate in our textbooks? Why?
What is a text-dependent question/answer?
How is a reader like a detective?
Week One and Two Pretests and Mandalas
During the first two weeks, students take several pretests. They pretest on identifying nouns, verbs, and subjects. This data allows me to review those concepts at a later date and prepare students to begin learning about subject, object, and possessive pronouns. In addition, students do a practice Common Core reading test. They read a non-fiction piece as well as two myths. They answer multiple choice questions about each story and related open response questions. Finally, students create mandalas that are an integration of text and visuals. Students identify their interests and use both words and sentences to identify those interests on their mandalas. The purpose of the mandalas is much more than a "getting to know you" activity. It allows students to look at themselves and connect their interests to the various material we will read throughout the year.
Welcome to my Fusion page. This page will contain homework updates, both weekly and daily as needed. In addition, this "announcements" section will contain information about what we are working on in class throughout the year. It can be beneficial in helping to initiate conversations at home regarding what your child is learning. I believe in teaching for understanding, not memorization. If your child is understanding and learning in my class, he/she should be able to talk about it. Please e-mail me anytime with questions or concerns. Additionally, there are various resources at the bottom of this page. As I create new graphic organizers and study guides, I will post them below. There is a blank "reading log" that can be downloaded if your child ever forgets his/hers or is absent.
Classroom Expecations Letter
Long Composition & Essay Study Guide
Long-Term Project Organizer
Multi-Paragraph Essay Template
Multi-Paragraph Graphic Organizer
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