September 20 and 21

HAT DAY is FRIDAY!  Bring $1.oo for Relay for Life.

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Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost is $30.00 until October 31st! The price increases after that date! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson webpage. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: Students are writing their personal narrative inner dialogue; this will be a summative grade.  They will have time to draft, edit, revise, and publish before leaving class Friday.  They will use a writing check list as well as the rubric to help guide their work.  Students who are absent Friday will have to come in before school after break to finish.  This time will be set up then.

HW: None

Reading: Students worked on their extension menu for Hatchet.  By the end of class Friday, they will have completed a task on plot and on character before answering standards-based questions.  If they finish early, they will be able to check out new books from the media center or read silently.

HW: Bookmark #3-Due October 19

September 19

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Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost is $30.00 until October 31st! The price increases after that date! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson webpage. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: We spent today practicing writing the personal narrative inner dialogue.  We used a rubric to guide our evaluation of sample pieces as well as our own as we practiced in our journals.  We also had writing conferences and peer editing time.  Tomorrow, we will put everything together as we start to write our rough draft of our personal narrative inner dialogue.

Here is a sample inner dialogue..  Inner Dialogue for The Circuit paragraphs 33 and 34 page 10-yodvk5

HW: If students did not get the homework on Tuesday or did not finish it Tuesday night, finish today.  Write the inner dialogue of the boy pictured.  inner dialogue hw practice boy getting a shot-ydvfan

Reading: Students worked on their extension menu for Hatchet.  Over the next few days, they will select and complete a task on plot and on character before answering standards-based questions.

HW: Bookmark #2-Due TOMORROW

September 18

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Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost is $30.00 until October 31st! The price increases after that date! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson webpage. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: Students took their test on punctuating dialogue before writing more inner dialogue in their writing journal. We will practice more tomorrow before students write their first embedded assessment, inner dialogue personal narrative, Thursday and Friday.  Students who will not be here Friday will either need to finish writing Thursday or come in before school the Wednesday after break.

Here is a sample inner dialogue that can be used if students need help completing tonight’s homework.  Inner Dialogue for The Circuit paragraphs 33 and 34 page 10-yodvk5

HW: Write the inner dialogue of the boy pictured.  inner dialogue hw practice boy getting a shot-ydvfan

Reading: Students worked on their extension menu for Hatchet.  Over the next few days, they will select and complete a task on plot and on character before answering standards-based questions.

HW: Bookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 17

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Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost is $30.00 until October 31st! The price increases after that date! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson webpage. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: Today, we started looking at the process of writing inner dialogues.  We viewed a clip from “Hidden Figures” and an example of inner dialogue written about one of the scenes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k26egojN1jo  sample inner dialogue-2n2ewdu  Then, we wrote a class example using a photograph for inspiration.

HW: Study for Dialogue Test TOMORROW–

Reading: We went to the media center for students to check out new books.  Then, we returned to the room where students either read the remaining portion of Hatchet or their media center book.

HW: Finish reading HatchetBookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 14

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Book Orders:  Last Scholastic Book Orders until November…Due September 14.  Scholastic Online Directions

Yearbooks are on sale now! The cost is $30.00 until October 31st! The price increases after that date! You can purchase yearbooks online only by visiting the Dickerson webpage. In addition, you can personalize your book by purchasing an engraved name plate for only $5.00.

Language Arts: We continued to review correct dialogue punctuation by looking at a text in our book to see how an author used dialogue.  Then, students had a choice.  They could either practice writing a conversation in their journals, or they could review using a grammar book.

HW: Optional HW to Prepare for Dialogue Test on 9/18

Reading: Students met with their literature circle groups to discuss plot and their job.  Then, they started reading the rest of Hatchet.

HW: Bookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 13

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Book Orders:  Last Scholastic Book Orders until November…Due September 14.  Scholastic Online Directions

Language Arts: In their journals, students wrote a conversation they had this morning.  After 15-20 minutes of write time, we reviewed punctuating dialogue using the PPT and dialogue rules sheet linked below.  Students then went back to their journal entry to edit and revise their use of punctuation in the conversation written at the start of the period.  Dialogue Rules-qr9rxc   Dialogue (1)-17p4dad

HW: Punctuating Dialogue Practice Sheet (Those who did well on the dialogue pretest do not have to complete the homework.): Dialgoue Practice 2 with key-pkk4ul

Optional HW to Prepare for Dialogue Test on 9/18-

Reading: Students worked together to prepare their literature circle job for our literature circle meeting tomorrow.  As they finished, they read their own book.

HW: Bookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 12

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Book Orders:  Last Scholastic Book Orders until November…Due September 14.  Scholastic Online Directions

Language Arts: Today, students finished their choice board focused on brushstrokes, figurative language, and connotation.  Their response to the second row of the choice board will be graded using the rubric provided students on Monday.  Tomorrow, we will begin reviewing punctuation of dialogue.

HW: None

Reading: We started class by revisiting the standard that guides our reading of chapters 9-12 in Hatchet.  Then, students had time to read and annotate for elements of the plot.  Tomorrow, they will work with their groups to prepare their literature circle jobs.

HW: Bookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 11

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Book Orders:  Last Scholastic Book Orders until November…Due September 14.  Scholastic Online Directions

Language Arts: Students continued to work on a choice board where they reviewed and appied different skills and concepts that are important when writing narratives–brushstrokes, figurative language, and connotation.  They will complete 3 activities of their choice.  By the end of next week, students will apply these skills and concepts to their first embedded assessment, a personal narrative.

HW: None

Reading: We had a mini-lesson on the elements of plot, and then students worked to create a plot diagram using “The Three Little Pigs.”  Elements-of-a-Plot-Diagram-with-3-Little-Pigs-1-1vo9ov1

HW:  Hatchet Postcard–Due TOMORROW (Students may turn this is before early; however, because of the Jewish holiday, I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a conflict.) Hatchet Postcard RAFT after chapter 8-1jmr3no;  Bookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 10

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Book Orders:  Last Scholastic Book Orders until November…Due September 14.  Scholastic Online Directions

Language Arts:  For the next three days, students will work on a choice board where they review and apply different skills and concepts that are important when writing narratives–brushstrokes, figurative language, and connotation.  They will complete 3 activities of their choice.  By the end of next week, students will apply these skills and concepts to their first embedded assessment, a personal narrative.

HW: None

Reading: The last set of chapters read in Hatchet focused on setting, and we have a standard that asks how the setting impacts the story and characters.  To look at the impact of setting, students completed one part of an extension menu by selecting one of three tasks focused on setting to complete.

HW:  Hatchet Postcard–Due Wednesday, 9/12 (Students may turn this is before Wednesday; however, because of the Jewish holiday, I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a conflict.) Hatchet Postcard RAFT after chapter 8-1jmr3no;  Bookmark #2-Due 9/20

September 7

Book Orders:  Last Scholastic Book Orders until November…Due September 14.  Scholastic Online Directions

Language Arts:  Students took a pretest on punctuating dialogue.  This will not count as a grade but will help determine groupings and assignments for mini-lessons on dialogue next week.  When they finished the pretest, students wrote in their writing journals and were to incorporate brushstrokes in their stories.

HW: None

Reading: Today, students started an assignment that annalyzed how the setting of Hatchet affected the story and Brian, the main character.  Hatchet Postcard RAFT after chapter 8-1jmr3no

HW:  Hatchet Postcard–Due Wednesday, 9/12 (Students may turn this is before Wednesday; however, because of the Jewish holiday, I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a conflict.);  Bookmark #2-Due 9/20