This week we are beginning our Argument Essay Unit. Students will be reading two stories and then composing an essay taking a stand over one of the issues in them. This will be completed in class.
We are starting Unit 3 of Greek and Latin Roots. They are to work on the Lessons page at home as well as during that station at school. They will turn in the lessons page on Thursday, March 15 (next week) and the quiz will be on Friday, March 16.
Please encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes each night. Better yet, try to find some time to read with your child at least twice a week. Even middle school kids enjoy reading with their parents. Studies show that this alone will increase their reading level by one grade level. Reading is important!
Some students did not complete their Unit 2 Embedded Assessment Essay. I will be at school early on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. They may come in at these times to complete their essay.
Dates to remember:
Thursday, February 8: Greek and Latin Roots Lessons A – D are due.
Friday, February 9: Greek and Latin Roots Quiz
Thursday, February 15: Dictionary Detective due
Friday, February 16: Walk Two Moons Double Entry Journal 29 – 44 due
There will be time in class to work on these assignments but you will need to work on some of them at home as well. This is our last week to work on the novel Walk Two Moons. You will need to find a way to read some at home.
Road Trip is due Friday, February 9. Be sure to have all the components from the research pages.
This week we will be completing a Reading assessment on Monday and Tuesday. We are working on completing the novel study of Walk Two Moons. Be sure to read some at home as well as what you get done at school. On Monday you will turn in the Double Entry Journal for chapters 23 – 28. Chapters 29 – 36 will be due on Monday, February 5th. Remember, one quote from the text, a commentary on that quote, and a paragraph about the chapter.
Your Greek and Latin Roots Unit 2 will be due on February 8 and the quiz will be on the 9th. Be sure to study the words each night and complete the work page. Also, pawsitives will be awarded to students who find examples of any root words already studied and complete the organizer. These will be displayed on our “Root Words” wall of trees.
AC Class reminder: USA Road Trip is due Friday, February 2. You must have all the requirements from the directions page.
Homework: Every night you should be reading a chapter in Walk Two Moons and completing a Double Entry Journal page. You should also study your vocabulary words for the quiz on 2/9
This week we are writing our original short stories. Friday we will be writing our final copy so be sure to be at school each day to work.
Monday- Test over “The Treasure of Lemon Brown”
Tuesday- Character Map, Conflict Map, and Sequence Time Line.
Wednesday- Rough Draft
Thursday- Revise and Edit
Friday- Final Copy (may be hand written in blue or black ink or typed)
Reminder: Next week is a break week. No school!
This week we will be completing the short story of “Daedalus and Icarus” by creating a story starter for our own myths. This will be completed in their journals and can be used at the end of our unit when asked to write an original short story.
We will also read the short story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros. Students may preview the story by logging into Springboard online (the link is on the Handy Web links page).
This week’s TELAP:
Reminder: Tuesday, November 7th is a student holiday due to Election Day.
This week we will be analyzing story elements and how to apply them into our own writing. We will be reading “Daedalus and Icarus” a Greek myth.
This week’s TELAP:
The next Reading Counts Quiz is due on November 17th.
This week is conference week so students will be dismissed at 1:30 each day.
This week we are continuing the short story “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes. We are completing questions about setting, incident and response.
This week’s homework:
Reading Counts Quiz 1 Due
Friday, October 20
This week we will be completing a Quarter 2 Pretest and reading the story “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes. You can log into your Springboard account to preview or even listen to the story before we read it on Friday.
Reminder that Thursday is early release day, students are dismissed at 1:30
This week’s homework: TELAP4
Tutoring will be available Wednesday morning this week due to a meeting I have Thursday morning. This week we will be working on subject/ verb agreement.
Here are the due dates for the Reading Counts quizzes for Quarter 2. Please remember to select books that are within 200 points of your Lexile level to receive credit, unless pre-approved by Ms. Haskins.
Reading Counts Flyer
Welcome back! I hope you had a great fall break. This week we will be writing letters of encouragement to hurricane victims, practicing annotating texts and previewing Embedded Assessment 2 from Unit 1.