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Friday, 5 February 2016

*Anticipation/reaction guide for Walk Two Moons completed and discussed opinion changes

*Conclusion paragraph overview (see below)

Conclusion paragraph:

Transition phrase (must have)

        *In conclusion

        *It is clear that

        *To summarize/in summary

        *No All in All!

Restate thesis with reasons (must have)

Other thoughts to possibly include:

      Why/how did this cause Sal to change?

      What kinds of lessons were learned?

      Does this apply to me or to others?

      Connect hook (if possible) 


Body Paragraphs only:

      Topic Sentences – PURPLE

      Text Evidence – BLUE

      Commentary – GREEN

*Finished typing rough draft in LRC. If not finished, students must finish, color code and have draft printed out, ready for peer review Monday. If there are printer issues, email me an attachment and I will print:


Thursday, 4 February 2016

*Introduction/Hook lesson and examples

*Added introduction to rough draft in computer lab


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

*Group feedback on outlines

*Began typing EA1 rough draft in computer lab; we only worked on thesis and body paragraphs for now


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

*Analogy warm-up

*Clarified thesis statement and revised them

*Worked on outline - body paragraphs 1 and 2; outline should be done (not the hook or conclusion yet) tomorrow

*Students should start bringing flash drives!


Monday, 1 February 2016

*Grammar warm-up

*Continued "Writer's Workshop" on response to literature; we went over all the specific steps to creating a body paragraph - they have this a resource to refer to when writing EA1

*EA1 (based on Walk Two Moons) outline - students only need to choose their prompts (pg. 125) and write a basic thesis statement on outline sheet for tomorrow


Friday, 29 January 2016

*Article on Challenger disaster

*Finished synthesis posters

*Writing workshop: response to literature (to be continued Monday)


Thursday, 28 January 2016

*Walk Two Moons plot elements synthesis poster (group project)

*Vocabulary retakes must be done by next Wed. 2/3!


Wednesday, 27 January 2015

*Vocabulary quiz

*Walk Two Moons Socratic/Lit Circle


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

*Timeline Activity #2 with groups

*Socratic/Lit Circle preparation questions; due tomorrow

*Vocabulary Quiz Ch. 34-44 tomorrow!


Monday, 25 January 2016

*Vocabulary crossword ch. 34-end; back side (fill in the blanks) is homework; quiz on words Wed.

*Walk Two Moons ch. 40-end read in class

*Students need to write a reaction after finishing reading in their "reader/writer notebook" for tomorrow


Friday, 22 January 2016

*Compound sentences refresher

*Walk Two Moons vocabulary Ch. 34-44

*Read novel Ch. 34-39 in class, if not finished, must be read over the weekend

*Annotations were checked


Thursday, 21 January 2016

*Visualizing and making connections

*Group activity: literary elements tree

*Comprehension Quiz Walk Two Moons Ch. 23-33, open book - due tomorrow if not finished in class (it's ok that students work on it at home)


Wednesday, 20 January 2016

*Read Walk Two Moons ch. 31-33 in class

*Continued "unpacking" embedded assessment 1 for unit 2

*Springboard activity 2.11: connecting chart needs to be finished (4 categories) by tomorrow if not done in class


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

*STAR reading test

*Walk Two Moons ch. 28-29 pop quiz

*Mini-expository writing prompt (one paragraph) on theme from Up; due tomorrow if not done in class

*Read Ch. 30 in W2M book for Wednesday


Friday, 15 January 2016

*Figurative language examples from Walk Two Moons

*Theme statement discussion

*Internet/external conflicts for Carl in Up

*Read Walk Two Moons Ch. 27 in class; Ch. 28 and 29 need to be finished by Tuesday


Thursday, 14 January 2016

*Vocabulary review crossword puzzle Ch. 23-33

*Sprinboard Act. 2.10 group work on plot, setting, characters, and theme


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

*Group activity (Act. 2.9) "Diction Detectives"

*Figurative language review: similes, metaphors, personification

*Read Walk Two Moons ch. 25 in class; ch. 26 needs to be read tomorrow


Tuesday, 12 January 2016


*Finished vocabulary Ch. 23-33

*Read Ch. 23-24 (should have been finished in class)

*Discussed what went well and what can be improved in regards to mini-Socratic seminars

*Activity 2.9 in Springboard introduced


Monday, 11 January 2016

*Socratic seminar prep sheet

*Group norms or expectations for discussion

*Mini-Socratic Seminar

*Evaluation of seminar and group's performance

Friday, 8 January 2016

*Questioning levels examples and discussion (Act. 2.8 con't)

*Group creation of leveled questions for mini-Socratic seminar on Walk Two Moons Ch. 12-22

*Walk Two Moons vocabulary Ch. 12-33


Thursday, 7 January 2016

*Compound sentences

*Checked vocabulary crossword review sheet

*Vocabulary Quiz Ch. 12-22

*Activity 2.8 introduction: Questioning

*LRC book check out


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

*Sentence variety: compound sentences

*Vocabulary crossword puzzle review; due tomorrow and quiz tomorrow!


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

*Worked on Walk Two Moons time line project with group; turned in

*Walk Two Moons comprehension quiz Ch. 12-22 (OPEN BOOK!)

*Vocabulary Quiz Ch. 12-22 Thursday


Monday, 4 January 2016

*Writing warm-up

*Walk Two Moons Ch. 20-21 - Chapter 22 needs to be read for tomorrow!

*Group project: Timeline review Ch. 1-22 in Walk Two Moons; will continue working in class tomorrow


Wednesday, 16 December 2015

*Walk Two Moons Ch. 16

*Act 2.7: Setting discussion and expository writing paragraph on important setting in each student's life

*Ch. 17 and 18 must be read and annotated for tomorrow


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

*Tic-Tac-Toe work time; due tomorrow!

*Walk Two Moons Ch. 15 read in class

*Springboard Act. 2.6 con't - physical and emotional journey of Sal

*Plot/subplot web example


Monday, 14 December 2015

*Analogy puzzle

*Went over Walk Two Moons comprehension quiz

*Vocabulary Ch. 12-22

*Tonight's assignment: Read an annotate Ch. 12, 13, an 14 in the novel


*Tic-Tac-Toe due Wed.


Friday, 11 December 2015

*Logic puzzle

*Act. 2.6 plot/subplot and inferences/predictions on character changes

*Walk Two Moons Ch. 1-11 vocabulary quiz and comprehension quiz

*Tic-Tac-Toe Activities due Wed 12/16*Short story revisions due Tuesday 12/15


Thursday, 10 December 2015

*Pronoun agreement

*Checked Walk Two Moons vocabulary review crossword; quiz tomorrow!

*Read Ch. 10-11 in novel and annotate

*Revisions for short stories due Tuesday 12/15 (optional)


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

*Vocabulary crossword review sheet - due tomorrow, quiz on Ch. 1-11 words on Friday!

*Annotation discussion with group

*Notice and Note Signposts presentation


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

*Walk Two Moons discussion questions

*Graded short stories returned and recollected

*Expository writing paragraph: compare or contrast the two main characters (Sal & Phoebe) in Walk Two Moons using text evidence (quotes from story with page numbers) and commentary (student's explanation/interpretation of text evidence) - most students finished in class today

*Read Ch. 7-9 in novel for tomorrow


Monday. 7 December 2015

*Verb tense consistency

*Walk Two Moons characterization activities

*Read Ch. 5-6 (and annotate) in novel


Friday, 4 December 2015

*Verb tense practice

*Note and Note Signposts introduction and crash course

*Walk Two Moons anticipation guide

*Read Walk Two Moons Ch. 1-2 in class; Ch. 3 and 4 need to be read over the weekend if not finished in class. Students are expected to do 1-2 annotations (on post-its) for every 2 chapters read.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

*Finished expository paragraph with group; evaluated other groups' paragraphs

*Verb tenses

*Walk Two Moons vocabulary Ch. 1-11; LA3 (only) needs to finish the last 5 definitions on spreadsheet for tomorrow - online sources are fine (


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

*Silent reading

*Finished Up clips and discussion

*Expository writing introduction and example

*Checked out Walk Two Moons book but no reading assigned yet


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

*Pronoun practice

*Clips from the movie Up showing the difference between internal and external forces of change on a character


Monday, 30 November 2015

*Silent reading

*Pronoun review

*Springboard Unit 2 introduction - preview, vocabulary, EA1

*Tic-Tac-Toe reading activities due Wed. 12/16


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

*Thanksgiving logic puzzle

*Turned in short stories

*Pronoun review

*Independent reading/Tic-Tac-Toe activities work time


Monday, 23 November 2015

*Silent reading

*Adding as a self-revising strategy (added figurative language, sensory details and vivid verbs)

*Made final revisions to short story; final draft due tomorrow at the beginning of class!


Friday, 20 November 2015

*Continued peer editing and revising

*Revised draft in computer lab

*OPTIONAL EXTRA CREDIT: If an adult or teenager over the age of 16 proofreads the student's paper (must make editor's marks and sign the bottom), the student will get 3 extra credit points toward their final grade. Students must show me draft on Monday for points.

*Final draft of story due Tuesday!

*2nd Quarter Tic-Tac-Toe Activities distributed today (download above); due Wed. Dec. 16th


Thursday, 19 November 2015

*Silent reading

*Exemplar short story examples and discussion

*Began the peer review process - will be continued tomorrow


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

*Typed short story rough draft in computer lab; draft should be printed and ready for peer editing tomorrow at the beginning of class! Scoring rubric is available for download above.


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

*Silent reading time

*Checked story idea maps

*Worked on plot diagram

*Began typing rough draft of story in computer lab; rough draft will be due Thursday


Monday. 16 November 2015

*Possessive pronouns

*Story starter pictures gallery walk/write

*Short story idea map - due tomorrow so Mrs. Rossi can check topic and approve

*Short story will be due Tuesday, November 24th


Friday, 13 November 2015

*Silent reading

*"All Summer in a Day" plot elements discussion (continued) and story board  (comic) assignment (copy of story available for download above); story board due Monday if not finished in class

*"All Summer" comprehension quiz


Thursday, 12 November 2015

*Possessive pronouns

*"The Fun They Had" summary and brief discussion

*Started reading "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury and determining plot elements: conflict, climax, resolution


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

*Silent reading time; books need to be read by Thursday, 12/11/15

*Foreshadowing mini-lesson

*Alternate ending for "Lemon Brown" written in reader/writer notebook and shared with small group

*Homework: Read "The Fun They Had" pg. 79-81 for tomorrow


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

*LRC for book check out; independent reading book selection due tomorrow!

*Socratic seminar and self-reflection on "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"


Monday, 9 November 2015

*Warm-up/plot diagram retake

*Indefinite pronouns and verb agreement

*"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" Socratic seminar questions - need to be answered with TEXT EVIDENCE included in most responses; seminar is tomorrow

*Second Quarter independent reading book choice is due Wed. Book will need to be read by Thursday, Dec. 11th.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

*Fall conference survey

*Indefinite pronoun practice

*"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" theme and discussion question group assignment - Socratic seminar on selected discussion questions will be Monday


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

*Indefinite pronoun practice

*"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" reading check (pop-quiz)

*Reread "Lemon Brown" thinking about a theme statement and higher-level thinking questions about the story

*Springboard pg. 78 questions 4,5, and 6 due tomorrow


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

*Socratic seminar self-evaluation and discussion

*Indefinite pronoun introduction

*"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" Springboard pg. 70 needs to be read for tomorrow

*Book Fair trip


Monday, 2 November 2015

*Socratic seminar preparations: expectations and partner evaluation

*Socratic seminar for "The Bridegroom"


Friday, 30 October 2015

*Halloween logic puzzle

*Finished discussion on early Russian marriage article

*Read the poem "The Bridegroom" twice and recorded margin notes of questions, reactions, and thoughts

*Answer the 6 critical thinking question in preparation for the Socratic Seminar on Monday; if not finished in class, must be finished over the weekend


Thursday, 29 October 2015

*How They Croaked: Egdar Allan Poe

*Checked sentence structure homework and wrote examples of each type of sentence

*LRC for book check out

*Early Russian marriage custom article read and annotated in preparation for poem tomorrow


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

*Sentence structure puzzle (simple, compound, complex sentences); back side: "Worthy of a Great King" is due tomorrow

*"Eleven" key idea and detail/conflict discussion

*Comprehension and plot quiz for "Eleven" given in class


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

*Shared myths/lessons with group and gave/received feedback

*Sentence variety notes

*Read "Eleven" (pg. 65 in Springboard) aloud in class

*Homework: Reread "Eleven" and respond to all 5 "Key Idea and Details" questions in margins for tomorrow; comprehension and plot quiz on story tomorrow


Monday, 26 October 2015

*Passed back personal narratives, completed portfolio cover sheets and distrubuted first quarter grade sheets

*Sentence structure into/notes: simple, compound, complex

*Read Greek myth: "The Seasons of the Year"

*Students were instructed to write the exposition (setting, characters, conflict) of their very own myth or lesson story; due tomorrow

Friday, 23 October 2015

*"Pandora's Box" focused on exposition (setting, characters, conflict) and using text evidence

*Discussed theme of Pandora and techniques authors use to create an engaging exposition


Thursday, 22 October 2015

*Brief intro to mythology: "The Beginning of the World" myth

*Read "Pandora's Box" in Springboard book, looking for specific elements of plot


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

*Figurative language lesson focusing on similes, metaphors, personification

*Vivid verbs

*Revised "Thank You, Ma'm" story from Roger's point of view to include vivid verbs, sensory details, and figurative language - most finished in class, but if not, it's homework


Tuesday. 20 October 2015

*Logic puzzle warm-up

*Plot diagram based on one of the two pictures put up; shared with group

*Began Activity 1.14 about figurative language; reviewed simile, metaphor and personification - looked for examples in quotes from story Walk Two Moons


Monday, 19 October 2015

*L.A. 1st Quarter Survey

*"Dragon, Dragon" with plot diagram

*Figurative Language notes on simile, metaphor, alliteration, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and personification


Thursday, 15 October 2015

*Conflicts in "Thank You, Ma'am"

*Elements of Plot Lesson

*Read "Big Al" children's story and completed a plot diagram


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

*Pronoun review

*Theme mini-lesson

*Reread "Thank You Ma'am" and discussed inferences, topics, and theme statement

*Homework: Writing prompt pg. 53 in Springboard book: Rewrite from Roger's point of view include thoughs and feelings; should be about 2 paragraphs long in reader/writer notebook


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

*Columbus's death story (from How They Croaked)

*Mini quiz on revising skills

*Activity 1.12 - What's in a Short Story?

*Read "Thank You, Ma'am"


Friday. 9 October 2015

*Intensive/Reflexive pronoun check

*Finish unpacking Embedded Assessment 2: Writing a Short Story - scoring guide simplified

*Comparing personal narratives and short stories

*No homework unless student hasn't turned in Tic-Tac-Toe activities that were due today


Thursday, 8 October 2015

*Intensive/Reflexive pronouns

*Turned in personal narratives (EA1)

*Reflection of EA1

*Unpacking Embedded Assessment 2 (EA2): Writing a Short Story

*Homework: Tic-Tac-Toe book activities are due tomorrow!


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

*Peer Review of narrative rough draft

*Final revisions and editing of narrative - Final draft due tomorrow at beginning of class

*Tic-Tac-Toe book activities due Friday!


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

*Intensive/Reflexive practice

*Self-editing and revising of rough draft

*Computer lab time to make changes in draft of narrative - new draft (still not final copy) needs to be printed out for class tomorrow

*Narrative final copy due Thursday, October 8th at the beginning of class


Monday, 5 October 2015

*Instensive/Reflexive pronoun introduction

*Narrative rough draft editing and revising


Friday, 2 October 2015

*Typed personal narrative rough draft in LRC; rough draft should be printed out ready to be peer-edited by the beginning of class Monday!

*Tic-Tac-Toe independent reading activities are due next Friday, October 9th. Attachment of choices available above.


Thursday, 1 October 2015

*Silent reading/ Tic-Tac-Toe activity work time - due Friday 10/9

*Transition words and phrases

*Began typing EA1: Writing a Personal Narrative (based on Memory Map) in the computer lab; narrative rough draft needs to be printed out by Monday, October 5th at the beginning of class; formal district assessment rubric available for download above


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

*Punctuating dialogue

*Good beginning and endings in narratives

*LRC for book check out/silent reading


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

*Independent reading book "Tic-Tac-Toe" activities: Students need to finish reading their independent reading book and choose 3 activities to complete (about book) to make a tic-tac-toe. Work is due by Friday, Oct. 9th. Attachment of choices sheet will be available tomorrow. Students may type or hand write neatly.

*Reporter's question graphic organizer on Memory Map

*Peer Review and verbal feedback of completed Memory Maps

*Punctuating dialogue rules


Monday, 28 September 2015

*Using pronouns correctly puzzle

*Memory Map worktime (based on chart about incident that changed them that students completed on pg. 34 of Springboard book); completed booklet due tomorrow (not colored) - this is the outline of their narrative for Embedded Assessment 1!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

*Favorite narrative - group poster activity finished in class

*Springboard activity 1.8 brainstorming for a narrative - graphic organizer for events pg. 34 was completed in class


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

*Independent reading time

*"Kira,Kira" reading check pop quiz, sensory language lesson, and structure of events graphic organizer

*Homework: students are to complete questions #7-9 on pg. 33 in their Springboard book based on the story "Kira, Kira"


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

*Using pronouns correctly practice

*"The Jacket" expert group meeting and presentation to class

*"The Jacket" analysis graphic organizer; started in class - needs to be done for homework if not completed (open book, open note)

*Homework: Read "Kira, Kira" pg. 30 in Springboard book


Monday, 21 September 2015

*Descriptive/Precise Words from "Flipped" and connotation activity

*Read "The Jacket" pg. 26; students were assigned "expert groups" on either ideas, structure, or language, and had a prompt to answer after reading according to their group; most finished this in class, if not finished, it is due tomorrow.


Ideas Experts – Highlight sentences that show opinion in paragraphs 10-12. Summarize the author’s reflection on the Jacket. What kind of effect did it have on his life? Write in the “My Notes” section of work book.


Structure Experts – Highlight the effects of the jacket on Soto’s life (from his perspective). Summarize the effect of the Jacket on Soto’s life in paragraphs 6-9. This is the “response” part of the narrative. Write in the “My Notes” section of work book.



Language Experts – Highlight the descriptions the author uses about the jacket – adjectives, colors, etc. Be on the lookout for similes. What is the impression that these descriptions give about the author’s feelings on his new jacket? Write in the “My Notes” section of work book.



Friday, 18 September 2015

*Subject-Object Pronoun mini-quiz (redo was available for students to take and complete over the weekend, open note)

*Descriptive Words Gallery Walk: Each group created a poster with the descriptive alternative synonyms they came up with for the assigned word; everyone walked around and copied the words they liked and thought they would use


Thursday, 17 September 2015

*Independent reading journal entry; silent reading time

*Pronoun practice

*Discussed the different P.O.V chart of Juli and Bryce from "Flipped"

*Students completed narrative prewriting chart on pg. 25 in Springboard book based on an incident that they and someone else saw differently (and event, opinion, or disagreement); they need to include description of incident and their reflection, plus the other person's version - due tomorrow is not finished in class.

*Homework: Each student was assigned a word in which they need to find 4-5 vivid synonyms. They may use a thesaurus or dictionary - due tomorrow


Wednesday 16 September 2015

*Pronoun sort: subject, object, possessive

*Using pronouns correctly

*Finished characterization chart group activity; homework: complete #7 (chart comparing Juli and Bryce's point of view) on pg. 23 in the Springboard book based on quotes from the text; due tomorrow

*LRC book check out


Tuesday, 15 September 2015

*STAR test - reading

*Characterization chart - group work on poster paper; will finish tomorrow in class


Monday, 14 September 2015

*Independent reading time

*Fragment/Run-on puzzle practice

*Pronoun lesson in Springboard workbook pg. 24


Friday, 11 September 2015

*Discussion about significance of 9/11 and Patriot Day

*Sentence fragment/run-on/subject-predicate practice

*"Flipped" characterization chart - pg. 22 in Springboard book; students need to complete the chart on pg 22 about their character (boys=Bryce, girls=Juli) using text evidence (1-2 examples) for each box; due Monday!


Thursday, 10 September 2015

*Sentences, fragments, and run-on practice (identifying and correcting); homework: fragment and run-on sheet (one side, do not do "sentences" side) due tomorrow

*Connotation vs. denotation lesson

*Began reading "Flipped" pg. 18-22 in Springboard book marking evidence of characterization by author; if not finished in class, it must be done by tomorrow!


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

*Independent reading book questions and group share; silent reading time given

*Sentences, fragments, and run-ons introduction and foldable note-taking activity

*Began Springboard lesson 1.6


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

*Subject predicate practice

*Mini-subject/predicate open-note check

*Bonus - peer editing of Simba - Nala Narrative; students edited narrative in the computer lab and reprinted; new due date - tomorrow!


Friday, 4 September 2015

*Subject/Predicate foldable activity

*Typed Simba/Nala Narrative in computer lab; due Tuesday!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

*Subjects and Predicates notes and introductory lesson

*Introduction of Simba/Nala Narrative final draft (typing tomorrow in class using rough draft and graphic organizer to write)

*Students need to bring flash drives to class tomorrow!


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

*Cause and Effect lesson on "My Superpowers" story.

*Looked at Simba/Nala rough draft to check for setting, incident, response, and reflection pieces; did graphic organizer to ensure that these parts would be included in the final narrative

*LRC book check out/silent reading time


Tuesday, 1 September 2015

*Nouns and verb review puzzle

*Lesson 1.5: Incident-Response-Reflection lesson on structure of narrative; read story "My Superpowers" and looked at organization of narrative

*Make sure Simba/Nala rough draft is finished for tomorrow

*LRC book check out tomorrow; bring books and I.D.


Monday, 31 August 2015


*Writing prompt (rough draft due tomorrow) on video clip from class:


Narrative Writing Prompt (on a piece of loose leaf paper):


Imagine that you are Nala or Simba and you want to tell a friend the story of going to the graveyard. Write a narrative of what happened there, from your point of view.


  • Use first-person pronouns correctly
  • Describe the conflict, setting, and sequence of
  • events of the incident.
  • Include details of your character’s feelings and include dialogue


*Conflict lesson and flip-box in notebook: character vs. self, vs, character, vs. nature, vs. society and internal/external


Friday, 28 August 2015

*Assembly and workshop for 6th grade students all day; no class


Thursday, 27 August 2015

*Chose book and wrote independent reading plan in workbook; silent reading time was given in class today


*Lesson on narrative elements (setting, characterization, dialogue, plot, sequence) using a scene from The Lion King

*Homework: Read independent reading book over the weekend


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

*Checked homework: change graphic organizer

*Assigned Frame Poem pg. 9 in Springboard workbook; students wrote first draft in workbook then had to get a piece of paper from me to rewrite as final draft. The Frame Poem final draft is due tomorrow and may be colored or decorated.

*Independent Reading Planning Activity: Book Pass

*Students need to decide on the book they are going to read independently 1st quarter an bring book with them tomorrow


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

*Warm-Up: Which word?

*Finished discussion about poem "On Turning Ten"

*"Change" word map

*Students logged into Springboard online and reset passwords:

*Homework: Bring an independent reading book to class tomorrow

*Homework: Graphic organizer chart about change pg. 8 in workbook; do not do #7


Monday, 24, August 2015

*Classroom Hunt activity

*Finished "unpacking" E.A. 1 and completed graphic organizer as unit guide

*"Change" discussion

*Began reading poem "On Turning Ten" about change

*Students need to bring a silent reading book to class that they are going to read for the quarter on Wed. They can check out from TR's LRC, Oswego Library, home, or my collection.


Friday, 21 August 2015

*Finished vocabulary introductory activity (QHT)

*Began the "unpacking" process for Embedded Assessment 1: Writing a personal narrative

*Signed contracts and supplies due today!


Thursday, 20 August 2015

*Parts of speech review and partner activity

*Organized binder (tabs: 1. Unit Guides 2. Vocabulary (with paper) 3. Unit Worksheets 4. Grammar (with paper) 5. TBD -leave blank (with paper)

*Students received Springboard text/workbooks

*Introduced Unit 1: Stories of Change; student answered Essential Questions in workbook

*Vocabulary introduction using QHT Strategy (Question, Heard, Teach); will continue tomorrow

*Signed contract and all supplies due tomorrow!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

*LRC Orientation and book check out

*Signed contract and supplies due Friday!


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

*School word scramble

*LA policies and procedures overview; Signed contract and all supplies due Friday!

*Mad Libs

*Bring Student I.D. card for LRC Orientation tomorrow!


Monday, 17 August 2015

*Introductions/Name tent creations

*First Day of School Thoughts; If not finished in class, it is due tomorrow.

*Classmate Scavenger Hunt


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