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January 27, 2014
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Week at a Glance: January 27 – 31

Monday

Objectives:

  • Define Group 7 Roots.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  12 (Monday – parts of speech).  We will define six new roots.  You need to draw a picture that will help you remember the definition of each root and come up with two example words and definitions that use each root.  Group 7 Roots are due on Friday.   You may find the Group 7 Answers here.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Complete Group 7 Roots.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Write on blog or in your notebook.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  You should be writing twice and week in either your Writer’s Notebook or on our class blogs.  Work on developing your ideas by adding details and examples.  Strengthen your writing by focusing on part of your topic.  It is actually easier to write more–and better–if your topic is smaller.  You may write about anything you like (school appropriate), but if you need ideas, check out the Student Blogging Connection.  Be sure to share the link to your post and connect with other bloggers.  Make sure you click your name under Categories whenever you write a blog post!
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.  Complete Group 7 Roots.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Answer constructed response questions.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  In order to answer constructed response questions, use RATE:  Restate and Answer the question.   Tie it to the text with details.  Explain your answer.  When you read the question, circle key words that you should include in your answer.  Answer the question concisely.  Then support your answer with examples or details from the text.  Watch the TED Talk video and take notes to answer these two questions:  1)  So we know our minds change our bodies, but is it also true that our bodies change our minds?  2)  Can power posing for a few minutes really change your life in meaningful ways?
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.   Complete Group 7 Roots.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Write answers to constructed response question.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Use your notes from yesterday to write an answer to both questions on our class blogs.  Your answer should include key words from the question and give specific details from the video to support it.  
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Coomplete Group 7 Roots.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Group 7 Roots due today.

January 21, 2014
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Week at a Glance: January 20 – 24

Monday

Objectives:

  • Choose books from library.
  • Set reading goal.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  12 (Monday – parts of speech).  We will visit the library for you to renew, return, and check out new books.  Since we missed school last Friday, we will set your reading goal today for this week.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Since we didn’t have school on Friday, 6th & 7th periods will turn in Writer’s Notebooks for a writing check.  Writing on the blog counts, too!  You should have six entries for December.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Write on blog or in your notebook.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  You should be writing twice and week in either your Writer’s Notebook or on our class blogs.  Work on developing your ideas by adding details and examples.  Strengthen your writing by focusing on part of your topic.  It is actually easier to write more–and better–if your topic is smaller.  You may write about anything you like (school appropriate), but if you need ideas, check out the Student Blogging Connection.  Be sure to share the link to your post and connect with other bloggers.   Make sure you click your name under Categories whenever you write a blog post!
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Explore the use of transitions.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.   .

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Add tranistions to your writing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Transitions are like signposts that direct your reader where to go.  Log into Google Drive ([email protected] and your lunch number 19) and open the compare contrast essay we drafted before Christmas.  Use one of the transitions in your Writing Handbook to introduce each paragraph after your lead.  Read your draft outloud.  Does it flow smoothly?.  
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 12 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one. After you finish your reading, tell your partner what you read today.  If you can’t remember anything you read, you are reading too fast.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

January 12, 2014
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Week at a Glance: January 13 – 20

Monday

Objectives:

  • Set goals for the new semester and write a blog post explaining your goal.

Daily Grammar Practice Week  11 (Monday – parts of speech).  For the first of this week’s journal/blog writing, you do need to write a blog post on our class blog.  Check out the post I wrote, A New Year:  A Reading Roadmap or One Little Word for the writing prompt.  Yes, you have to pick one of these topics to write about today.  For your second writing this week, you may write about a topic of your choice.  Your post needs to be at least 150 words.  Check the bottom of the text box when you are writing it, and it gives you a word count.  Remember you need to write twice this week either in your Notebook or on the class blog
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  1st period will turn in Writer’s Notebooks for a writing check.  Writing on the blog counts, too!  You should have six entries for December.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Write a quality comment on at least three blogs.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 11 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  Follow the directions to under the top Student Blogging Connection post to leave a link to your blog post in the comments.  Then click on the link for at least three classmates and leave a quality comment for them.  A quality comment continues the conversation.  First, read the blog post and think about what the writer shares.  Ask a question for further information.  Share a similar experience or more information about the topic.  Point out something specific that the writer has done well.  Remember to use correct capitalization and punctuation!
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.   2nd period will turn in Writer’s Notebooks for a writing check.  Writing on the blog counts, too!  You should have six entries for December.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Complete benchmark assessment.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 11 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  Go to my.hrw.com and log in with your username and password (on the narrow strip of paper you fastened to your binder).  Complete Assessment Practice Unit 4.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15 -30 minutes.   3rd period will turn in Writer’s Notebooks for a writing check.  Writing on the blog counts, too!  You should have six entries for December.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Use participles to give detail to writing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 11 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  A participle is a verb ending in -ing (or -ed/past tense) that is used as an adjective.  We will look at several pictures and brainstorm participles and participle phrases that describe the action of the picture.  Then write a sentence using your favorite participle to describe the picture.  
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.   4th period will turn in Writer’s Notebooks for a writing check.  Writing on the blog counts, too!  You should have six entries for December.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 11 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).    Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.   6th and 7th periods will turn in Writer’s Notebooks for a writing check.  Writing on the blog counts, too!  You should have six entries for December.

January 8, 2014
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Week at a Glance: January 9-10

Monday

Objectives:

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Daily Grammar Practice Week (Monday – parts of speech).
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

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Daily Grammar Practice Week (Tuesday – sentence parts).
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

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Daily Grammar Practice Week (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Write a thank you note.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  Many times in life, you will be expected to write a thank you note:  when you receive a gift, when someone provides exceptional service, when you interview for a job.  The good news is that thank you notes are easy to write and make a powerful impact.  Use the format for a friendly letter.  Thank the person for the specific gift or service.  Mention how you will use or enjoy the gift.  
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goals for the week and semester.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Friday – Sentence diagramming).  We’ll share good reads from over the holiday break.  How did you do with your reading challenge?  Once everyone has a good book to read, we will do a timed reading to set your reading goal for the week.  Remember to read at a comfortable rate for understanding.   Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

December 15, 2013
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Week at a Glance: December 16 – 20

Monday

Objectives:

  • Draft body paragraphs of comparison/contrast essay.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Monday – parts of speech).  Use the plan you made to draft the two body paragraphs for your comparison/contrast essay.  The first paragraph should explain how you and the main character are alike.  The second paragraph should explain how you and the main character are different.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Craft a lead.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Use one of the suggestions from your notes to craft a lead for your comparison essay.  Your lead should hook the reader and state what your essay is about in a thesis.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Craft a conclusion for your essay.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  Use your notes to craft a conclusion for your essay.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Choose a book to read.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).   Once you have finished typing your essay, we will go to the library to choose books.  Think about what you would like to read over the break.  Don’t let yourself have a book emergency!
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Celebrate the end of first semester.

Daily Grammar Practice Week (Friday – Sentence diagramming). We’ve made it halfway through the school year.  In the morning we will go the gym for the Operation Spirit Convocation.  Homerooms will present the canned good collected for the Coordinating Council and different groups will perform.  Fourth period will be as normal.  In the afternoon, students may choose an activity of their choice for the Winter Carnival.
Homework:  Enjoy your Winter Break.  Make time to read!

December 1, 2013
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Week at a Glance: December 2 – 6

Monday

Objectives:

  • Plan “Sneak Attacks of Kindness” and write about them.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Monday – parts of speech).  Take two minutes to brainstorm a list of possible “sneak attacks of kindness.”  These acts of kindness should be quick, but should focus on being kind.  As you go through this week, look for ways to perform a sneak attack of kindness or watch for them being done at school.  Write a story or poem about the experience either in your Writer’s Notebook or on our class blogs.  Jot a short note about sneak attacks of kindness you see or do on an ornament for our bulletin board.  You still need to write two entries in your Writer’s Notebook or on the class blog this week.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 6.  Period 1 will turn in Writer’s Notebooks and/or blog posts today.  There should be five entries, including the favorite things about middle school post.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Read “Homeless” by Anna Quindlin on page 368.
  • Identify author’s purpose through analyzing word choice.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Read the nonfiction essay “”Homeless” by Anna Quindlin (page 368).  To take notes for tomorrow’s discussion, label your paper with the title and author of the article.  Divide the paper into four boxes.  In one box, write down direct statements, descriptive words, and other details that you think are important or confusion.  In the second box, write questions you have while reading the article.  In the third box, write down connections from your own knowledge or experience.  In the last box, look for words that are based on our vocabulary roots.

Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.  Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 6.  Period 2 will turn in Writer’s Notebooks and/or blog posts today.  There should be five entries, including the favorite things about middle school post.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Discuss “Homeless” by Anna Quindlin (page 368).
  • Identify author’s purpose.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).   Use your notes to discuss “Homeless” by Anna Quindlin.  Look at the details you wrote down to infer the author’s purpose.  Why did she choose the words she uses?  What do they tell you about her attitude toward this subject?
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.   Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 6.  Period 3 will turn in Writer’s Notebooks and/or blog posts today.  There should be five entries, including the favorite things about middle school post.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast theme of “What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?” and the author’s purpose of “Homeless.”
  • Use RUPR to understand a writing prompt.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).    Use RUPR to understand what is asked in the writing prompt on page 373.  Complete a plan for writing the essay.  No, you don’t have to write this essay, but your plan should include everything you would need to write in the essay.
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 6.  Period 4 will turn in Writer’s Notebooks and/or blog posts today.  There should be five entries, including the favorite things about middle school post .

Friday

Objectives:

  • Set reading goal.
  • Define vocabulary roots.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).  Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one.  Take vocabulary quiz over Groups 1 – 6.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 6.  Periods 6 and 7 will turn in Writer’s Notebooks and/or blog posts today.  There should be five entries, including the favorite things about middle school post.

November 17, 2013
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Week at a Glance: November 18 – 22

Monday

Objectives:

  • Define new vocabulary roots for Group 6.
  • Complete and turn in Character Highway and written plan for Paper Bag Book Project.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Monday – parts of speech).  We will define new vocabulary roots for Group 6 and brainstorm words that use these roots.  Check here for the answers.  Students will turn in the Character Highway and Written Plan for the Paper Bag Book Project.  Students may use the remainder of class to work on the rest of the project that is due later this week.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Group 6 Vocabulary due Friday.  Work on Comparison Chart due Wednesday.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Express ideas through writing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   Starting this week, you will have to write twice a week either in your Writer’s Notebook or on our class blog.  You may choose to write about anything you like.  If you need help thinking of something, here is an idea to try.  Pick an object that is special to you and write about it.  How did you get this object?  What does it mean to you?  What stories can you tell about this object?  If you take a picture of your object, you can upload it to your blog post.  If you bring it in, I can take a picture for you.

You log into your class blog (at edublogs.org) with the same user name and password you use log into the school computers.  Once you are logged in, click on +New and choose post.  Give your post and title and write a paragraph that describes your five favorite things about the middle school so far.  When you are finished, proofread!  Then click the blue PUBLISH button on the right side.  You may read and comment on your classmates posts.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.  Group 6 Vocabulary due Friday.  Comparison Contrast Chart due Wednesday.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Make inferences.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).   Inferences combine what is in the text with what you know from reading or experience.  As we read “What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything” by Avi (page 352), we will practice making inferences.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Group 6 Vocabulary due Friday.  Turn in Comparison Contrast Chart.  Paper bags for character and you due Friday.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Analyze symbol and theme in “What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?” by Avi.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation).  A symbol is a person, place, or thing that represents something else.  What people, places, things, or actions are repeated in the story “What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything?”.  With a partner, trace what happens each time it appears.  What is different?  What stays the same?  How does the symbol relate to the theme of the story?  
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Group 6 Vocabulary Roots due Friday.  Paper bags for character and yourself due Friday.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Celebrate our writing.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 10 (Friday – Sentence diagramming).  Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one.  Turn in your completed Paper Bag Book Projects.  Anyone who would like to share some of their writing will have the opportunity to do so.  Remember you can also read and respond to your classmates’ writing on the class blogs.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Group 6 Vocabulary due today.  Paper Bags due today.

November 10, 2013
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Week at a Glance: November 11 – 15

Monday

Objectives:

  • Review Paper Bag Book Project Requirements
  • Choose library books and preview Book Fair.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 9 (Monday – parts of speech).  The Veteran’s Day Program will be this morning at 9:30.  We will visit the library today so you can check out the next books you want to read.  While you are there, make sure you list of books you have read is up-to-date.  Miss Bowman will share some exciting titles that will be available at the upcoming Book Fair.  I will answer questions you have about the Paper Bag Book Project and adjust the due dates.  The Character Highway and Written Plan (see checklist) are due Monday, November 18.  The Character Compare/Contrast Chart is due Wednesday, November 20.  The Paper Bags are due Friday, November 22.  If you do not have magazines at home that you can cut out pictures, I will bring some in for you to borrow.  You can also print out pictures from the Internet.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Study for vocabulary quiz over Groups 1 -5 on Friday.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Identify theme in “Amigo Brothers.”
  • Analyze how setting influences theme.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 9 (Tuesday – sentence parts).   What is the topic or big idea in “Amigo Brothers”?  Use clues from the setting, characters, and conflicts to come up with a possible theme for this story.  Write a paragraph in your Writer’s Notebooks that explain what you think the theme is and give at least three examples to support it.  Be sure to include the title and the author in your paragraph as well as a sentence that clearly states the theme.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.  Study for vocabulary quiz over Groups 1 -5 on Friday.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Complete Benchmark Assessment.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 9 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose). Log in to my.hrw.com and complete the Benchmark Assessment.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Study for vocabulary quiz over Groups 1 – 5 on Friday.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Develop a writing habit.
  • Brainstorm writing topics.
  • Introduce class blogs as a place to write.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 9 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation and Friday – Diagramming).  Good writing takes practice.  At least twice a week you will need to write either in your writer’s notebook or on your new class blog.  Today everyone will try out the blog to see how you like it.  If you prefer writing on paper, you may continue to write in your Writer’s Notebook.  If you like writing on the computer, you may submit your journal writing on the blog instead.

Here are the links for each class’s blog:

You log into your class blog (at edublogs.org) with the same user name and password you use log into the school computers.  Once you are logged in, click on +New and choose post.  Give your post and title and write a paragraph that describes your five favorite things about the middle school so far.  When you are finished, proofread!  Then click the blue PUBLISH button on the right side.  You may read and comment on your classmates posts.
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Group 5 Vocabulary Roots due Friday.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Complete Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 5.
  • Set reading goal for next week.

Fill out the reading goal slip with the title and author of your book and write down what page you begin on.  Read for 10 minutes and write down what page you end on.  Subtract the beginning page from the ending page to find out how many pages you read in 10 minutes.  Multiply that number by 6 to discover how many pages you should be able to read in 1 hour.  Double that answer to find out how many pages you should be able to read in 2 hours.  That is your reading goal for the week.  If you finish or switch to a book that has a very different reading rate, you will need to redo your goal and let me know the new one.  Complete vocabulary quiz over Groups 1 – 5.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.

November 3, 2013
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Week at a Glance: November 4 – 8

Monday

Objectives:

  • Define Group 5 Vocabulary Roots.
  • Read and understand a poem that uses figurative language.
  • Describe and practice good group discussion.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Monday – parts of speech).  I will give you the definitions of Group 5 Vocabulary Roots.  We will often read and discuss literature in small groups called literature circles.  We’ll practice our first ones today!  Together we will read and take notes on the poem “How to Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriman. Use the Discussion Notes to write down what catches your attention or confuses you.  Then I will ask for volunteers to model a discussion of the poem.  Then it’s your turn.  Read and take notes on “You Enter a Poem” by Robin Hirsch to prepare for your discussions.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Group 5 Vocabulary Roots due Friday .

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Identify important events that reveal character for your Character Highway.
  • Describe character traits that you share with and are different from your main character in the t-chart.
  • Read and take discussion notes on “Amigo Brothers.”

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  I will explain and answer questions you have about the Character Highway and t-chart you need to complete while reading the book for your book project.  After introducing the short story “Amigo Brothers, ” you will read and take discussion notes to prepare for discussion tomorrow.  For your notes, compare and contrast the two main characters, ask questions you have about the story, note parts that confuse you or vocabulary that is new to you. Put your notes in your Writer’s Notebooks.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes. Group 5 Vocabulary Roots due Friday.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Identify elements of good discussion.
  • Apply elements of good discussion to discussion of “Amigo Brothers.”

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  What should you see and hear during a good group discussion of literature?  After we discuss and identify these things, you get to practice by discussing the story you read yesterday.  Yes, you should bring your notes to your discussion!  After the discussion, you will have time to reflect on what worked well in your discussions and what could work better.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Group 5 Vocabulary Roots due Friday.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Identify theme in “Amigo Brothers.”
  • Analyze how setting influences theme.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation and Friday – Diagramming).  What is the topic or big idea in “Amigo Brothers”?  Use clues from the setting, characters, and conflicts to come up with a possible theme for this story.  Write a paragraph in your Writer’s Notebooks that explain what you think the theme is and give at least three examples to support it.  Be sure to include the title and the author in your paragraph as well as a sentence that clearly states the theme.
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Group 5 Vocabulary Roots due Friday.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Complete Benchmark Assessment.

After setting a reading goal for next week, log in to my.hrw.com and complete the next benchmark assessment.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Group 5 Vocabulary Roots due today.

October 27, 2013
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Week at a Glance: October 28 – November 1

Monday

Objectives:

  • Select book to read.
  • Practice study skills for vocabulary.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Monday – parts of speech).  Each person will make one flashcard for your table to use to study the vocabulary roots.  On the blank side, write the root in large letters and draw a picture that represents the meaning of the root.  On the lined side, write the definition on the top line.  Then write at least two example words and definitions.  These flashcards will be kept in the room.  By the end of the day, there will be a complete set for each group, and we will add new ones each time we learn new roots.  You can use these flashcards to study in class for the quizzes.  The more you repeat them, the better you will learn them.  In the library, you will choose a new book to read!
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Study for Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 4 on Thursday.

Tuesday

Objectives:

  • Analyze prompt for new book project.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Tuesday – sentence parts).  Use the steps of RUPR (Read, Underline the FAT-P, Plan, and Reread) to understand the requirements of the new book project.  You will compare and contrast the protagonist (main character) with yourself.
Homework: Read a book of your choice for 15-30 minutes.  Study for Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 4 on Thursday.

Wednesday

Objectives:

  • Read and understand a poem that uses figurative language
  • Describe and practice good group discussion.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Wednesday – clauses, sentence type and purpose).  .
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.  Study for Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 4 on Thursday.

Thursday

Objectives:

  • Define vocabulary roots.
  • Set reading goal.

Daily Grammar Practice Week 8 (Thursday – Correct capitalization and punctuation). Complete the roots vocabulary quiz over Groups 1 – 4.  Set a reading goal for next week.  (See how many pages you can read comfortably in 10 minutes.  Then use your math skills to figure out how many pages you could read in 2 hours.  This is your reading goal for the week.)
Homework: Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice. Vocabulary Quiz over Groups 1 – 4 today.  Since we have Reality Store tomorrow, today is the day I will check to see if you met your goal.

Friday

Objectives:

  • Reality Store.

Today we will be exploring what it takes in the real world through a variety of activities.
Homework:  Read 15-30 minutes in a book of your choice.