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December 20, 2006

Wednesday's Write-Place

As we continued working on our response to literature PowerPoint, students discovered that writing about the key four events was more challenging than they expected. Since each student had a reading partner at home, discussions about the Dream Series novel helps students analyze and summarize aspects of the story. A good topic of conversation at dinner might be about the events that helped the main character learn a lesson that changed his/her life.

Holiday Reading: Students have been asked to read 2 books (each at least 150 pages or 1 if over 300 pages) between December 14 and January 8th. They received 2 copies of a book report form to fill out for each book (due when we return from winter break).

Skills:
Analyzing characters for response to literature project
Analyzing lessons learned and theme
Four events leading to lesson learned (include four details of the event)
Paragraph structure: topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher sentence
Sentence variety: Compound sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20 to 30 minutes

Posted by Beals at 01:53 PM

December 19, 2006

Sunny Tuesday

We enjoyed the gorgeous weather and took DEAR outside today. Sooooo nice!

Students have been asked to read 2 books (each at least 150 pages or 1 if over 300 pages) between now and January 8th. They received 2 copies of a book report form to fill out for each book (due when we return from winter break).

Skills:
Analyzing characters for response to literature project
Analyzing lessons learned and theme
Four events leading to lesson learned (include four details of the event)
Paragraph structure: topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher sentence
Sentence variety: Compound sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read for 20 to 30 minutes

Posted by Beals at 05:06 PM

December 18, 2006

Monday's Write-Place!

We continued to work on our response to literature power point.

Students have been asked to read 2 books (each at least 150 pages or 1 if over 300 pages) between now and January 8th. They received 2 copies of a book report form to fill out for each book (due when we return from winter break).

Skills:
Analyzing characters for response to literature project
Analyzing lessons learned and theme
Four events leading to lesson learned (include four details of the event)
Paragraph structure: topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher sentence
Sentence variety: Compound sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record
Bring a book to read for DEAR Gorilla

Reading Logs are due tomorrow

Posted by Beals at 04:36 PM

December 15, 2006

Write-Stuff Friday

We started our Response to Literature power point projects today and will continue to work on them next week.

Students have been asked to read 2 books (each at least 150 pages or 1 if over 300 pages) between now and January 8th. They received 2 copies of a book report form to fill out for each book (due when we return from winter break).

Skills:
Analyzing characters for response to literature project
Analyzing lessons learned and theme
Paragraph structure: topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher sentence
Sentence variety: Compound sentences

Have a fabulous weekend!

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record

Posted by Beals at 04:39 PM

December 14, 2006

Media center Thursday

We started working on individual gathering charts for the key events in each student's Dream Series novel. Having met the author yesterday and working with students and reading buddies from another class has helped students better understand this part of the writing process. We will continue to work on this chart and begin the power point projects tomorrow.

The rest of class was in the Media Center. Mrs. Hendrix arranged for students to work with various resources in preparation for our up-coming research project (2007). Ask your son/daughter about the some of the holiday info they discovered.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record

Posted by Beals at 04:30 PM

December 13, 2006

Write-Spot Wednesday!

Writing - Book Chat - Meet the Author! What a wonderful experience for our class! Everyone displayed outstanding manners, intelligent conversation, focus on task at hand, and mature behavior. I am so proud of everyone!
Have a wonderful evening.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record

Posted by Beals at 04:51 PM

December 12, 2006

Tuesday's Write-Track

This week has been busy getting ready for the Book-Chat tomorrow. Most students finished both their character chart and their focus statement in class today. If those were not finished they became homework.

Parents: If you are coming to our Book-Chat tomorrow, please fill out and bring the Book-Chat pass with you (your daughter/son has the paper).

Skills:
Analyzing characters for response to literature project
Analyzing lessons learned and theme
Paragraph structure: topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher sentence
Sentence variety: Compound sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record
Finish Character Chart & Focus Statement

Posted by Beals at 04:37 PM

December 11, 2006

This is the Write-Place Monday!

If you earned the bonus points offered last week, write your name on a slip of paper with the date of the 1st blog and the answer to the question of the 2nd blog. If you didn't read and earn the bonus points - You missed a great opportunity! Maybe you should go back and check to see what was there and try again. (Second chance :-D ).

Book-Chat News: We are sending home a Book-Chat Visitors form to make signing in an easy task and to monitor safety in our building. If you are coming to our book chat, please bring the filled out form with you. 5th period LA took the form home today. 4th period LA will bring it home tomorrow.

Skills:
Analyzing characters for response to literature project
Paragraph structure: topic sentence, detail sentences, clincher sentence
Sentence variety: Compound sentences

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record
Start Character Chart: Headings: Character = Lesson learned
include 3 or 4 characters from your Dream Series novel

Posted by Beals at 04:37 PM

December 09, 2006

Flying-fingers Friday

Yes, we continued to type away. To adjust a quote, "So much writing and so little time."

Our meet the author and book chat will be this coming Wednesday, December 13. Ask your daughter/son for the information letter, with time and place, passed out Thursday.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record

Posted by Beals at 11:03 AM

December 07, 2006

Typing fingers Thursday!

Students who had not finished their final copy of the weekend paragraph continued typing. The rest of the class started typing the 3 middle paragraphs of their 5 paragraph essay on their Thanksgiving vacation. Very busy fingers!

Checking this blog will earn bonus points - Shhhhhhh-----
On the back of your COPS page write the difference between a clueing topic sentence and a specific topic sentence. (Hint: one includes a list of ideas , and the other gives a clue about what you included in the paragraph.

Skills:
Writing compound sentences
Writing topic sentences, detail sentences, and clincher (concluding) sentences.
Using the writing process in paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essays
Identifying and writing appositives

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record
Complete COPS analysis worksheet on your weekend paragraph.

Posted by Beals at 02:00 PM

December 06, 2006

Write-Away Wednesday!

Most students have completed their final copy of the weekend paragraph.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record/Summary sentence for each chapter if you are still reading your Dream Series novel
Complete topic sentence pages 7, 9, and 10 of green packet

Posted by Beals at 05:05 PM

December 05, 2006

Typing and writing Tuesday

We are working hard to complete all revisions and editing on the weekend paragraph. This was definitely a DEAR and typing day.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record/Summary sentence on chapters in the DS novel
Finish Thanksgiving web and organizer

Posted by Beals at 08:10 PM

December 04, 2006

Missing Monday!

Oops! I almost missed posting this to our blog. Did you catch my mistake? Bonus points if you tell me you saw this post. Shhhh.... don't tell.

Students typed away, revising and editing their weekend paragraphs. Almost finished.

HOMEWORK:
Read/Record/Summary sentence for each chapter in your Dream Series novel.

Posted by Beals at 08:37 PM

December 01, 2006

Fabulous Friday

Each student continued to move through the writing process at their own pace today. We hope to have a final copy of our weekend paragraphs by next Wednesday. Students are learning that they need to revise and edit rough drafts more than once - painful but productive. Have a wonderful weekend.

Continue skills:
Writing compound sentences
Spelling homonyms
Using the writing process in paragraph writing and multi-paragraph essays
Identifying and writing appositives

HOMEWORK:
Read/record/write summary for each chapter in you Dream Series novel.
If you have not already finished your Dream Series novel, try to finish this weekend.
Weekly reading goal, 100 pages or more each week :)

Posted by Beals at 02:57 PM

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