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April 22, 2007
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Final Essay Compare Contrast

Final essay is due tomorrow, Friday, April 20. Remember, it was due Thursday, but I will accept them on Friday...Late papers will have a 15 point deduction. This is a TEST grade

If it is typed it must be MLA style.

If written, it must be in blue or black ink and written in cursive on final copy paper given in class.

Rubric must be on top.To obtain extra point the rubric must state that your paper (draft or final copy) was read by the parent.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 10:35 AM

May 11, 2007
Week of May 14

Book Logs Due Tuesday, May 15

Readers Theater Groups and Story Selections MUST be made by end of class on Monday.

Candy Activities will begin on Tuesday. Bring candy in wrappers with name of candy displayed. Individual size please. We would like a variety, so be creative.

Field Day Wednesday. Bring drinks, lotion, hats and plenty of energy. Remember, no face, or hair painting, no pets allowed.....school rules are in place.

Readers Theater is fun. You may choose plays I have, or search for your own. Bring one copy and I will make copies for your group. Costumes should be minimal. Parents should not make costumes, Be creative and make hats and props from everyday items.

Books will be checked Monday and Tuesday. Bring you Literature Books, Grammar Books and Spelling softcover books. See me, if you have lost one and we will search to see if a classmate has it.

Great job on Persuasive Projects, I will try and have grades posted by Tuesday. I am posting some to the blog, see me if you do not want to share yours.

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May 08, 2007
Week of May 7

All book reports were due last Friday. Grades were given today to students that have turned them in. Late assignments are accepted until Wednesday.

Persuasive Projects should be in Ms Miller folder. I will give grades back as soon as I complete viewing.

Book Logs are due NOW. Grades will be given until May 23 on book logs. If you have read your 25 books and have documentation-turn it in.

Bring Grammar and DEAR books to class everyday.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:57 PM | Comments (0)

May 01, 2007
Persuasive Projects

We are in the MAC Lab all week. Students will produce a project that will show knowledge of strategies and techniques associated with persuasion.

Rubric includes:

  1. Introduction/grab interest (10)
  2. Position or Opinion Statement (10)
  3. Reasons with support(30)
  4. Conclusion: Call for action or solution(10)
  5. Sources cited correctly (MLA)(10)
  6. Mechanics(10)
  7. Neatness(10)
  8. Effort and Creativity(10)
  9. Book Reports are due on Friday. (Tic-Tac)

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:10 PM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2007
Friday April 27

Persuasive Projects:

1. Discussed many types of projects students are able to do: imovie, podcasts, posters, brochures, letter, essays....

2. Rubric Discussed.

Progress reports/Compare and Contrast Papers were passed out in class.

Students are to read and complete questions on reading done during class.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:07 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2007
Tuesday, March 24

DEAR logs checked for 22 book goal.

Class:

1. Brainstorm topics for a persuasive essay/select by Wednesday.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 03:12 PM | Comments (0)

Monday, March 23

Writing and Grammar Workbook - Pages 96-97 Odd only.

Book Report Projects Due May 4

  • Tic -Tac- Toe For Student Choice Activities given out today. Students must pick three activities from a book that has been logged. It may not be the Dream Series Book that the Response Essay was written on,The Ousiders, or a summer reading book.



Introduction to Persuasive Essay Unit

  • Warm-Up activity: Write an opinion statement on one of the following topics and three reasons to support it.


OPINION STATEMENT

  • Profession athlete
  • Musical group
  • Television show


SUPPORTING REASONS

1.
2.
3.


We read a sample persuasive essay and discussed elements of organization and responded to each part.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 03:10 PM | Comments (0)

April 22, 2007
Final Essay Compare Contrast

Final essay is due tomorrow, Friday, April 20. Remember, it was due Thursday, but I will accept them on Friday...Late papers will have a 15 point deduction. This is a TEST grade

If it is typed it must be MLA style.

If written, it must be in blue or black ink and written in cursive on final copy paper given in class.

Rubric must be on top.To obtain extra point the rubric must state that your paper (draft or final copy) was read by the parent.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 10:35 AM | Comments (0)

April 16, 2007
Monday, April 16

Media Center Lesson: CRCT Review

Agenda: Read "After Twenty Years" Literature Book by Wednesday
First Draft Peer Editing will be on Wednesday during class. Make sure your paper is ready and readable.

Tuesday:

Revise/Edit First Drafts

DEAR time outside, weather permitting.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 03:01 PM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2007
Wednesday April 11

WAG workbook(hyphens): Pages 169-170 Make sure you completed 141-142 yesterday

Corrected 109-110

Reviewed first drafts: Focus Statements MUST follow guidelines given in class

Revision started in class:

Ideas: Write at least 3 details that are interesting, amazing or entertaining.

Check for Balance in paragraphs by listing for each paragraph your compare/contrast words;

Example:First middle Paragraph (physical characteristics)

Compare: also, both, similar, alike,

Contrast: different, but, instead, whereas

Posted by Ms. Miller at 05:25 PM | Comments (0)

March 29, 2007
Thursday, March 30

Warm Up: Grammar Workbook (Simple, compound sentences)

Topic Sentences and Focus Statements reviewed

Outline for Compare Contrast: Daily Grade

Students tried three ways to begin introductions: Ask a Question, Personal Experience, Interesting Fact and Dramatic Scenes.

Introduction and First Paragraph should have been completed during class. If not, students should take home to finish. Remember to write every other line and put each part on a separate piece of paper.

We will finish writing Middle Paragraphs tomorrow.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:05 PM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2007
Wednesday, March 28

Compare/Contrast Essay

Rubrics were given out. Parent Signature is worth 1 point out of 24....

DOL 5 and 6

Grammar Workbook pages 83-84.

Today we wrote our topic sentences for our middle paragraphs. They must introduce the topics: Physical Characteristics, Diet, and Habitat.

Focus Statement: Last Sentence of Introductory Paragraph. Must give a preview of paper.

Tomorrow we will complete outlines and write the introductory paragraph.

Check out the Podcast they have been posted!!

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:50 PM | Comments (0)

Student Podcast

The following is a list of many of the podcasts the students created. Click on any of the links below to download that podcast. Once you download the file, you can open it in iTunes (Windows or Mac) to see it.

Spanish Flu
San Francisco Earthquake
Hurricane Andrew
Apollo
Bhopal
Chernobyl
Chicago Fire
Hurricane Andrew
Krakatoa
Lusitania
Mt. St. Helens
Pompeii
Pompeii
PompeiiE
Dust Bowl
Spaceship Columbia
Titanic
Tsunami

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:44 PM | Comments (0)

March 27, 2007
Tuesday

Gathering Charts were due today.

We talked about organization of our compare/contrast essay.
Essay must be balanced with similarities and differences.

DEAR time was spent outside.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 04:12 PM | Comments (0)

March 26, 2007
Web Site Links

Animal Essay: Compare and Contrast

Prewriting Gathering Grid: Notes on both animals physical characteristics, diet and habitats.

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html

http://kids.yahoo.com/directory/Science-and-Nature/Living-Things/Animals

http://www.swbg-adventurecamps.com/animal-info/animal-bytes/index.htm
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/archive/
http://www.animalcorner.co.uk/
/www.picadome.fcps.net/lab/currl/animal/default.htm
http://www.animalinfo.org/spechind.htm

Posted by Ms. Miller at 08:44 AM | Comments (0)

Monday, March 26

MAC Lab:

These are the sites you may use to research your animal. You will need :
1. Physical Characteristics
2. Diet
3. Habitat

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html
http://kids.yahoo.com/directory/Science-and-Nature/Living-Things/Animals
http://www.animalinfo.org/spechind.htm

Posted by Ms. Miller at 08:30 AM | Comments (0)

March 23, 2007
Week of March 19-23

Sorry- I have had problems posting this week!

Daily Oral Language Worksheets are to be completed, checked and kept for the quiz we will have in the future. Please keep and study.

We are beginning our Compare/Contrast Essay. Students are to choose two similar animals that they will write a Compare/Contrast Essay about.
Rubric will be given before we begin the project Monday. We will spend one day in the MAC Lab prewriting and gathering information.

Students that do not have the minimum number of books logged will be checked periodically over the next few weeks. By mid-quarter, students need to have logged 22 books toward the 25 book goal.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 09:06 AM | Comments (0)

March 20, 2007
Monday/Tuesday March 19-20

Read "Ribbons" and "The Treasure of Lemon Brown"

What is the theme and purpose on these selections?
Class:

1. Complete Quiz on selections
2. Check DOL 3-4
3. Read Article on Chinese Foot Binding

Compare/ Contrast Essay Topics : We will make an essay comparing two animals. They must be in the same 'species'. Science teachers will clarify. Students are asked to find two animals they would like to do their paper on by Friday. We will be in the Mac Lab next Monday, making a visual organizer and researching animals.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

March 15, 2007
Notebook Check

Notebooks will be checked on FRIDAY. Directions were given in class.

Posted by Ms. Miller at 08:44 AM | Comments (0)

Oral Presentation/Non-Fiction

Due at presentation: Presentation Note cards: Intro, Body with Transition Sentences and Conclusion

Posted by Ms. Miller at 08:39 AM | Comments (0)

March 12, 2007
Non-Fiction Oral Presentation

Presentation Requirements

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