Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today we responded to comprehension questions by providing text evidence. Students need to complete chapters 9 and 10 questions for homework.

We will have a test on vocabulary and academic terms for our current unit. Students were given flashcards for all terms, and can access these terms on Study Stack:


Monday, November 5, 2017-No School Tomorrow!

Today we finished character charts for Because of Winn  Dixie. We read through chapter 15 in our books.

On Wednesday we will continue reading BOWD, and will review vocabulary terms for our novel study.


PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE SPENDING AT LEAST 10 MINUTES PER SESSION, THREE SESSIONS PER WEEK ON MEMBEAN.  You will use Thursday Mav Block for Membean if you have not worked on Membean for this week.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Today we wrote responses to Chapters 1 & 2 of Because of Winn Dixie. Students are using short answer responses to practice citing text evidence and how to properly respond to questions. Tomorrow we will read chapters 3-4 and begin short answer responses.


Students: we will have a quiz on chapters 1-5 of our book on Thursday, and take part two of our mini-Milestones on Friday. Please make sure you have your books with you every day for our novel study.


Important: Membean needs to be accessed for at least 10 minutes at a time, three times per week.

Wednesday, 10/11/17 HAPPY HUMP DAY!!!

We will begin watching the movie UP in order to analyze the effect of internal and external forces on a character. This will aid students in analysis of characters during our novel study.

Today we finished our academic vocabulary. The following terms will be discussed in this unit, and students will be responsible for learning the majority of them.


Academic Vocabulary:

  1. Compare: they are alike, how are they alike
  2. Contrast: they are different, how are they different
  3. Inference: read between the lines, using text evidence to back it up
  4. Prediction: tell the future, using text evidence
  5. Communication: giving or exchanging information
    1. Non-verbal: movements, gestures, and facial expressions
    2. Verbal: written or spoken words
  6. Synthesize: put it all together (combine)


Literary Terms:

  1. Topic sentence: sentence that contains the main idea, makes a point to support the thesis statement*
  2. Commentary: explanation of how things (facts, details, and examples) support the topic sentence
  3. Novel: type of literature, fictional
  4. Subplot: secondary plot that happens alongside the main plot
  5. Setting: the place (where) and the time (when) stories occur
  6. Literary analysis: breaking down literature, a piece of work, the elements of the work
  7. Introduction: opening paragraph, include the topic and get the reader’s attention
  8. Hook: idea or statement to catch the reader’s attention
  9. Thesis statement: intro that shows the writer’s position or opinion on a topic
  10. Conclusion: ending which brings everything together, leave an impression on the reader
  • Nonfiction: writing that is true
  • Fiction: writing that is made up
  • Imagery: figurative language used to create word pictures, visuals in your mind
  • Expository writing: type of writing that explains or gives information about a topic
  • Reflection: to think back to something, lesson you learned
  • Supporting details: includes evidence that support the topic sentence
  • Stanza: paragraph (unit) in poems

Text evidence: evidence from text to support a position/opinion

Tuesday, October 10th

Today we focused on vocabulary and our new unit. Students will be responsible for the following vocabulary words:

compare, contrast, inference, prediction, verbal and non-verbal communication, synthesize



We will be reading the novel Because of Winn Dixie for our novel study this nine weeks. Please be sure your child has his or her copy of this by next Monday, October 16th. I made the decision to change the  previously announced novel due to accessibility and lower complexity for our struggling readers.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Please see Wednesday’s post for your study guides and other materials which will help you get an awesome grade on your test on Friday!

Reminder: you need to log into Membean three times per week for 10 minutes at a time (total of 30 minutes/week) to do your vocabulary training. Here’s how:

User name is your firstname_lastname_mcclure  (ex: nancy_goodemote_mcclure)

Password is your lunch number

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Today we reviewed for our pronoun test scheduled for Friday. The test will cover the following types of pronouns: subjective, objective, possessive, intensive and reflexive pronouns. Students were given a study guide which we completed as a class. I will attach another guide for students to complete. Related image

Remember: Reflexive and intensive pronouns are the same. Here are the rules:

Reflexive pronouns:

  • refer or reflect back to the subject
  • the pronoun is needed to understand the sentence

Example: Olivia helped herself to the candy. Herself refers or reflects back to the subject of the sentence, which is Olivia. If we take out “herself” the sentence would read: “Olivia helped to the candy.” That doesn’t make sense! In this case, herself is a reflexive pronoun.

Intensive pronouns:

  • emphasize a noun already named in the sentence
  • the sentence meaning does not change when the pronoun is removed.

Example: Olivia herself likes candy. “Herself” just emphasizes Olivia. If we remove herself from the sentence, it reads “Olivia likes candy.” which does not change the meaning of the sentence. In this case, herself is an intensive pronoun!

Try the following worksheets for practice:

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