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April 29, 2007

Friday, May 4, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.

Night Write-Students will revise their persuasive essay using the information completed on page 6 of the revising checklist handout and page 7 of the editing checklist.

If students will type their persuasive letter and save it to the following site, access to the essay will be available at home and at school.
http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/authoring/login/login.jsp. The final copy of the persuasive writing letter will be due Tuesday, May 8.

Genre charts will be due on 5/11. These have been kept in the student portfolio. Time was given in class today to update these charts.


Warm Up:
Appetizers pg. 52

Activity 1:
Students will complete review the completion of pages 1-6 of the revising handout and continue to make revisions in their rough draft.

Activity 2:
Students will review 7 of the editing checklist handout. Please refer students to the Write Source book pg. 232-245 to assist in the final revising and editing of this persuasive writing piece. Pages 1-7 of the guidelines and checklist will be collected on Monday, May 7.

Posted by Abrams at 03:47 PM

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.

Night Write-Students will revise their persuasive essay using the information completed on page 6 of the revising checklist handout and page 7 of the editing checklist.
If students will type their persuasive letter and save it to the following site, access to the essay will be available at home and at school.
http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/authoring/login/login.jsp
The final copy of the persuasive writing letter will be due Tuesday, May 8.


Genre charts will be due on 5/11. These have been kept in the student portfolio. Time was given in class today to update these charts.


Warm Up:
Appetizers pg. 51

Activity 1:
Students will complete 6 of the revising checklist handout. Students may use a thesaurus and "The Wonders of Writing" notebook to assist them in the revising of their persuasive paper.

Activity 2:
Students will complete 7 of the editing checklist handout.

Posted by Abrams at 03:37 PM

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.

Night Write-Students will revise their persuasive essay using the information completed on pages 2, 3, and 4 of the revising checlist handout.

Genre charts will be due on 5/11. These have been kept in the student portfolio. Time was given in class today to update these charts.

If students will type their persuasive letter and save it to the following site, access to the essay will be available at home and at school.
http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/authoring/login/login.jsp


Warm Up:
Appetizers pg. 49


Activity 1:
As students complete their first drafts, they will get with their writing buddy to make sure the graphic organizer and the 4 middle paragraphs are completed correctly. Using the information gathered during the research time, students will create a thesis (opinion) statement, the three main reasons to support their thesis, and facts and examples to validate each reason.
Students must state their problem/issue in the center of their graphic organizer. The 4 key words that will facilitate the completion of this graphic organizer are:
Describe the Problem
Cause
Effect
Call to Action- What can I do to solve this problem?

Activity 2:
Students will work with a writing buddy they have not worked with before to check the strategies that your writing buddy is using to build their argument. The writing buddies will need to check each other's "Guidelines For Writing a Persuasive Essay," making sure the paragraphs are in the correct order and each sentence is in the correct order. Be sure to highlight the clue word in each topic and closing sentence.

Activity 3:
Students will complete pages 2, 3, and 4 of the revising checlist handout.

Posted by Abrams at 03:28 PM

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Students will finish writing a first draft of the 6-paragraph persuasive letter. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website, if they did not complete this assignment on Friday or Monday. Students should use the following persuasive verbs: may, could, must, should, ought, and would. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website or "How to Write a 5-Paragrasph Persuasive Essay"
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/pers.html
Students will need to write he first draft of the introductory paragraph and the concluding paragraph. The first rough draft including 6 paragraphs were due on Monday.

If students will type their persuasive letter and save it to the following site, access to the essay will be available at home and at school.
http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/authoring/login/login.jsp

Genre charts will be due on 5/11. These have been kept in the student portfolio. Time was given in class today to update these charts.


Have your progress report signed, if you have not done so already.

Warm Up:
Appetizers pg. 48


Activity 1:
As students complete their first drafts, they will get with their writing buddy to make sure the graphic organizer and the 4 middle paragraphs are completed correctly. Using the information gathered during the research time, students will create a thesis statement, the three main reasons to support their thesis, and facts and examples to validate each reason.
Students must state their problem/issue in the center of their graphic organizer. The 4 key words that will facilitate the completion of this graphic organizer are:
Describe the Problem
Cause
Effect
Call to Action- What can I do to solve this problem?

Students will work with a writing buddy they have not worked with before to check the strategies that your writing buddy is using to build their argument. Jot down their reasons in the Notes section of the "Peer Editing" handout http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson56/observation.pdf to use as examples later.

Activity 2:
Students will read their chapter book for 30 minutes focusing on any persuasive strategies used by the author.

Activity 3:
Students will update their genre charts. The completed genre charts are due Friday, May 11.


Posted by Abrams at 03:11 PM

April 26, 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Students will finish writing a first draft of the 6-paragraph persuasive letter. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website, if they did not complete this assignment on Friday. Students should use the following persuasive verbs: may, could, must, should, ought, and would. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website or "How to Write a 5-Paragrasph Persuasive Essay"
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/pers.html
Students will need to write he first draft of the introductory paragraph and the concluding paragraph. The first rough draft including 6 paragraphs were due on Monday.

If students will type their persuasive letter and save it to the following site, access to the essay will be available at home and at school.
http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/authoring/login/login.jsp

Have your progress report signed, if you have not done so already.

Warm Up:
Since we have just a few more weeks of school, I need to ...

Activity 1:
As students complete their first drafts, they will get with their writing buddy to make sure the graphic organizer and the 4 middle paragraphs are completed correctly. Using the information gathered during the research time, students will create a thesis statement, the three main reasons to support their thesis, and facts and examples to validate each reason.
Students must state their problem/issue in the center of their graphic organizer. The 4 key words that will facilitate the completion of this graphic organizer are:
Describe the Problem
Cause
Effect
Call to Action- What can I do to solve this problem?

Students will work with their writing buddy to check the strategies http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson56/observation.pdf that your writing buddy is using to build their argument. Jot down their reasons in the Notes section of the Peer Editing http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson56/observation.pdfhandout to use as examples later.


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Posted by Abrams at 03:53 PM

April 22, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Using the completed persuasion maps, students will begin writing a first draft of the 4 middle paragraphs essays. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website, if they did not complete this assignment on Thursday. Students should use the following persuasive verbs: may, could, must, should, ought, and would. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website or "How to Write a 5-Paragrasph Persuasive Essay"
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/pers.html
Students will need to write he first draft of the introductory paragraph and the concluding paragraph. The first rough draft including 6 paragraphs will be due on Monday.

Have your progress report signed.

Activity 1:
Have students access the Persuasive Writing website independently or with a partner to further introduce them to this genre of writing. This website is an excellent resource that walks students through the process of writing a persuasive essay. Students should take notes on the three main sections of a persuasive essay (i.e., introduction, body, and conclusion).

Activity 2:
Label three sheets of chart paper with the three main sections of a persuasive essay. Once students have finished reviewing the website and taking notes, have each student add a detail from his or her notes to the appropriate sheet of chart paper.

Activity 3:
Review with students the main components of a persuasive essay as presented by students on the chart paper.

Activity 4:
Students will meet with their writing buddy to make sure the graphic organizer and the 4 middle paragraphs are completed correctly. Using the information gathered during the research time, students will create a thesis statement, the three main reasons to support their thesis, and facts and examples to validate each reason.
Students must state their problem/issue in the center of their graphic organizer. The 4 key words that will facilitate the completion of this graphic organizer are:
Describe the Problem
Cause
Effect
Call to Action- What can I do to solve this problem?

Students are to transfer their graphic organizer to MS Word, save, and print.

Activity 2:
Using the completed graphic organizer, students will begin writing a first draft of their essays. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website or "How to Write a 5-Paragrasph Persuasive Essay"
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/pers.html

Activity 3:
As students complete their first drafts, they will get with their writing buddy for peer review and conferencing.

Activity 4:
Students should continue with the writing process as they work through revising their first draft.

Activity 5:
Students can then meet with a different peer for additional feedback using the “Conferencing with a Peer” handout, if time allows.

letter generator

http://readwritethink.org/materials/letter_generator/

Posted by Abrams at 01:15 PM

April 20, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Using the completed persuasion maps, students will begin writing a first draft of the 4 middle paragraphs essays. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website. Students should use the following persuasive verbs: may, could, must, should, ought, and would.

Graded Papers Returned:
5Ws and H from DEAR
Persuasive Chart

Activity 1:
Students will create a graphic organizer using Inspiration. Using the information gathered during the research time, students will create a thesis statement, the three main reasons to support their thesis, and facts and examples to validate each reason.
Students must state their problem/issue in the center of their graphic organizer. The 4 key words that will facilitate the completion of this graphic organizer are:
Describe the Problem
Cause
Effect
Call to Action- What can I do to solve this problem?

Students are to transfer their graphic organizer to MS Word, save, and print.

Activity 2:
Using the completed graphic organizer, students will begin writing a first draft of their essays. Students should be reminded to follow the outline provided on the Persuasive Writing website or "How to Write a 5-Paragrasph Persuasive Essay"
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Atrium/1437/pers.html

Activity 3:
As students complete their first drafts, they will get with their writing buddy for peer review and conferencing.

Activity 4:
Students should continue with the writing process as they work through revising their first draft.

Activity 5:
Students can then meet with a different peer for additional feedback using the “Conferencing with a Peer” handout, if time allows.

Posted by Abrams at 02:05 PM

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Students need to continue researching their topics and bring in notes taken.

Activity 1:
Students will have time in the computer lab to access the environmental websites "Environmental Education For Kids" http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/index.htm, http://www.epa.gov/students/ EPA Student Center, http://epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html EPA Global Warming Kids Site, http://audubonaction.org/audubon/home.html Audobon Action, http://environet.policy.net/ National Environmental Trust and find supporting evidence for their essays.

Activity 2:
Students are to take notes on Inspiration and print relevant information that they locate to support their thesis. All notes and printed materials will need to be submitted with the final copy of the essay.
Students must state their problem/issue in the center of their graphic organizer. The 4 key words that will facilitate the completion of this graphic organizer are:
Describe the Problem
Cause
Effect
Call to Action- What can I do to solve this problem?


Posted by Abrams at 10:46 AM

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.

Activity 1:
Students will read their chapter book for 30 minutes and write down the answers to:
who
what
when
why
how
This paper will be collected for a classwork grade.

Activity 2:
Read and discuss as a group Write Source pg. 244 and 245 to ensure that all of the students know the voice to use when writing a persuasive paper. As a table group students will complete the "Try It" activities on both pages. Then this information on voice will be discussed as a group.

Posted by Abrams at 10:34 AM

Monday, April 23, 2007

Homework:
Reading- Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws. If you have turned in documentation for reading 25 books, you no longer must maintain a daily reading log.
Night Write-Select a topic for your persuasive letter. Make a 2-column chart. One side should have the heading
Information I Already Know About__________
Information I Need To Know About_________

Class will be held in the MAC lab.

Activity 1:
Begin the class by asking, “What makes a good argument?” Have students share their ideas about making a good argument.

Activity 2:
The Role Play Activity will be conducted by two student volunteers to read the parts of parent and child in Scenario 1 and two student volunteers to read the parts in Scenario 2. Once the readings are finished, compare the two scenarios and discuss which one provided a better argument. Ask students to identify what made the argument better.

Activity 3:
Review the genre of persuasive essays by reading aloud the sample persuasive essay Should Marine Mammals Be in Captivity? printed from the Internet. Prior to reading, engage students in a brief discussion about whether they think marine mammals should be kept in captivity. Students should respond by stating their opinions on the topic and providing a few reasons to support their opinions. (This step will be completed as a journal writing activity.)

Activity 4:
Students will participate in a discussion in response to the essay. Do students agree or disagree with the author of the essay? Were any students swayed from their previous thoughts on this topic? Students should use information presented in the essay and/or background knowledge to support their opinions as they type in their responses to these questions.

Activity 5:
Have students access the Persuasive Writing website independently or with a partner to further introduce them to this genre of writing. This website is an excellent resource that walks students through the process of writing a persuasive essay. Students should take notes on the three main sections of a persuasive essay (i.e., introduction, body, and conclusion).

Activity 6:
Label three sheets of chart paper with the three main sections of a persuasive essay. Once students have finished reviewing the website and taking notes, have each student add a detail from his or her notes to the appropriate sheet of chart paper.

Activity 7:
Review with students the main components of a persuasive essay as presented by students on the chart paper.

Posted by Abrams at 09:45 AM

April 12, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - Friday, April 20, 2007

Homework
Reading- Students will read their chapter book for 30 minutes and complete an entry on their reading log answering the 5 Ws.
Night Write- Students are to finish their persuasive song or poem using the 4 amazing facts researched in class and several of the persuasive strategies taught in class.


Activity 1:
With the use of laptops in the classroom or the MAC lab students will work with a partner to complete a poem or a song on "TV or No TV" using http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/stonemilles/thirdgrade/tvturnoff.htm, which supplies the resources and guides students step by step through the process of writing a persuasive argument.

Posted by Abrams at 02:12 PM

Monday, April 16, 2007

Homework:
Reading-Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws.

Classes will be shorter this week due to CRCT testing; therefore, the assignment to be completed today may need to be extended to Tuesday.


Graded Papers Returned:
1. Reading Logs-completion for 4 consecutive days and update on total number of books read so far this year
2. Night Write from 4/12

Activity 1:
Groups will work to complete their small group persuasive essays.

Activity 2:
As each group presents, students will mark off the strategies they hear in each presentation.

Posted by Abrams at 02:08 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Homework:
Reading-Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws.


Activity 1:
Groups will complete their small group persuasive essays, if the essay was not completed on Monday.

Activity 2:
As each group presents, students will mark off the strategies they hear in each presentation.

Activity 3:
Students will assess the essay they wrote with the rubrik handout.


Activity 4:
With the use of laptops in the classroom or the MAC lab students will work with a partner to complete an essay on "TV or No TV" using http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/stonemilles/thirdgrade/tvturnoff.htm, which supplies the resources and guides students step by step through the process of writing a persuasive argument.

Posted by Abrams at 02:00 PM

April 05, 2007

Friday, April 13, 2007

Students will go to the media center to:
1.Students will check out a challenging chapter book and obtain the reading level.
2. Discuss the art of persuasion
3. Review the strategies used in persuasion
4. CRCT review on research skills.

Collected Materials to Be Graded:
reading log
Night Write from 4/12

Posted by Abrams at 01:02 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Warm Up:
CRCT Prep Items

Homework:
Reading-Read for 30 minutes and complete an entry on your reading log answering the 5Ws.
Night Write-Students are to write about something new they have learned about persuasive arguments and something they want to work on to become better at persuasive arguments.


Reading logs will be collected on Friday, April 13 to update the number of books read and to check 4 consecutive days of reading entries 4/9-4/12.


Activity 1:
Groups will present their written argument to the class. Before students present, hand out the <a href="http://www.readwritethink.org/lesson_images/lesson56/homework2.pdf">Check the Strategies sheet. Students will mark off the strategies they hear in each presentation.


Activity 2:
After each group presents, ask the class to share any persuasive strategies they heard in the argument.


Activity 3:
With the use of laptops in the classroom or the MAC lab students will work with a partner to complete an essay on "TV or No TV" using http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/stonemilles/thirdgrade/tvturnoff.htm, which supplies the resources and guides students step by step through the process of writing a persuasive argument.

Posted by Abrams at 12:43 PM

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