October 28th

This week we are continuing to read OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA and search for the main idea and supporting that with details. Please discuss the reading material with your students,. It is meaningful reading for a family.




Gifted research is recording podcast 2 this week as well as preparing their script for podcast 3.

Second Quarter

The next book report project is due on October 31st.

AC reading is working on author’s purpose and will completing in class work to exhibit what they have learned. The second quarter is when the assignments become more demanding.


The next book the students are reading in class is Omnivore’s Dilemma which discusses the changes in food production and distribution. By the end of the quarter we will also complete a project based on the book and a unit test over the material from this quarter. Below is the material to be covered in the Unit 2 test.

Week 1: Author’s Purpose

Week 2: Determine central ideas/ Rethink central ideas in light of new information.

Week 3: Trace central ideas/ RACE

Week 4: Consider how embedded stories/articles connect to central ideas/ details

Week 5: Context Clues

Week 6: Cause and Effect

Week 7: Compare and Contrast

Week 8: Review Inferencing

Week 9: Remediation and summative


September 30 – October 11

We are slightly behind on our podcast but everyone seems to be getting up to speed so things should smooth out soon.


October 4th the 3rd book report is due.


On Friday October 4th, students will be taking the unit 1 assessment which will cover the skills we have studied this quarter.


Below I have pasted a copy of the project which students will be completing by October 9th. That will be a total of 3 class days as well as any time they wish to work on the project at home.



End of Unit 1 Project!
You will be creating a book cover. There are different components to each part of the book cover.

Front of book cover: Create a new Title for the book. Then, using visualization create a new picture on the front cover. Get Creative!!

Inside flap one: Copy three pieces of text evidence that supports your visualization.Then, below each quote, explain how it supports your visualization.

Inside flap two: create a 5-7 sentence summary of the book. DO NOT USE BACK OF BOOK!

Back cover: Answer two of the following RACE strategy questions.
1. Identify a problem in the story. Support your answer with text evidence.
2. Make one connection between yourself and the story. Use text evidence to support your answer.
3. Create a new title of the book. Why is your title a better title for the book? Use text evidence to support your answer.
4. Make a prediction. If the author added one more chapter, what would that chapter be about? Explain using text evidence from the book.
5. After reading this book, I can infer that the main character will make what decision in the future? Use textual evidence to support your claim.
6. If I could ask the author any question about the book, what would it be? Using textual evidence explain why you would ask this question?

Checklist for Project:

1. Front Cover of Book (10 points)
2. Inside Flap 1 ( 10 points)
3. Inside Flap 2 ( 10 points)
4. Turns in Rough Draft ( 10 points)

Constructed Response 1

X 10= .

Constructed Response 2

X 10 = .

Summary Rubric
Excellent (4) Good (3) Below Average (2) Ineffective (1)
Clear conflict Clear Main Conflict Main Conflict is unclear-not specifically stated in the writing. The main conflict is not present.
All important details are included Important details are included but some might be missing Some critical information is missing Contains only some details
Details are in logical order Ideas are in logical order Ideas are in random order and not logical Ideas are not in a logical order
Demonstrates clear understanding of information in the text. Demonstrates adequate understanding Demonstrates basic understanding of information in text Demonstrates little or no understanding
Is characterized by paraphrasing of the main conflicts and significant details Is characterized by paraphrasing of the main conflicts and significant details Is characterized by the substantial copying of key phrases and minimal paraphrasing Is characterized by the substantial copying of indiscriminately selected phrases or sentences.


Total Project Grade: