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Write ~ On!

This week we will be using the Write Source book.

Writing: Persuasive writing is the focus for this week and next week. You will consider a topic for writing that has different view points: you will select from a science or social studies topic. We will begin discussing topic considerations in class and you will finalize your choice by Thursday.

Literature: Allegory as a genre will be discussed; the book Terrible Things by Eve Bunting will be read aloud, and you will write a response to literature for your portfolio. Responses to this literature selection will be read aloud during class.

Reading: You are reading your Dream Series book and considering the questions that will be discussed at the book chat on December 13. The Mabry book store has extended its time to 9:30 A.M. for your convenience.

Punctuation: This week the focus for punctuation will be on commas. By the end of the week you should be very knowledgeable about how to use commas to make your writing clear.

Sites to See:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

posted on: December 04, 2006

Welcome to the Write~Spot!

Thank you for visiting your language arts blog!

This week we will be taking a close look at poetry and will begin by enjoying the selection of poems in our literature text. On Monday we will kick-off our study by gathering important vocabulary that goes with the study of poetry, as well as, look closely at "word imagery."

You will write an "I Am" poem that may be turned in any time this week.

Our writing focus will be descriptive writing this week and for warm-up writings you will be using a variety of sentence patterns. The Write Source Book will be handy on your desk. This is also available at Mabry’s store.

We continue the following:

(1) Daily Oral Language; (2) Spelling Workbook Lesson (Combined 8 & 9 for this week); (3) WOW Words of the Week;(4) Journal Night~Writes; (5) Prentice Hall Grammar Workbook reviews; (6) DEAR Reading & Expository~Article reading; (7) Shared~Reading: 101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows.

There will be an agenda check several times this week. You should be recording for all of your classes and you should have a detailed account of what you are doing for both class work and homework.

We will be viewing personal organization skills this week. Is your locker neat and organized and debris free? What about your backpack? There should be no loose papers; ALL papers should be attached to your binder or tucked neatly in a pocket folder. Part of being organized is getting rid of paper clutter. This can be tricky because you do not want to throw away items that you are still referring to. When in doubt ~ ASK your teachers.

To be on the safe side ~ take the papers you think you no longer need and place them in a HOLDING FILE kept at home in a safe place (Using a box under bed may be a good spot). If you have taken a paper out of your binder that you need after all, then you have not thrown it away.

For this week, you will have a Daily Oral Language Test, a spelling quiz, an "I Am" poem project,a Night~Write entry, and selected assignments in your grammar textbook having to do with prepositions; and grammar workbook pages to complete and study (Test with date recorded in your agenda).

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

YOUR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RECORDING ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND DATES IN YOUR AGENDA!

Last week, you checked a nonfiction, bottom-shelf book out of the media center. Bring this to class Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. We will be using this book to practice writing MLA citations the correct way. This is a skill you will need in all of your classes as you give credit to authors when you use their ideas to support your own research.

Take care and WRITE~ON the RIGHT way!

Mrs. Worthington

Chief in Charge of Classy Work!

posted on: November 13, 2006

The Write~Spot!

Welcome to the Write~Spot!

This week we will view persuasive writing and use the Write Source Book.

Writing: Persuasive writing is the focus for this week and next week. You will consider a topic for writing that has different view points; you will select from a science or social studies topic. We will begin discussing topic considerations in class and you will finalize your choice by Thursday.

Literature: Allegory as a genre will be discussed; the book Terrible Things by Eve Bunting will be read aloud and you will write a response to literature for your portfolio. Responses to this literature selection will be read aloud during class.

Reading: You are reading your Dream Series book and considering the questions that will be discussed at the book chat on December 13. The Mabry book store has extended its time to 9:30 A.M. for your convenience.

Poetry: The poet for this week is Robert Frost. We will begin reading his poems on Tuesday.

Punctuation: This week the focus for punctuation will be on commas. By the end of the week you should be very knowledgeable about how to use commas to make your writing clear.

Sites to See:

#1

Comma Rules: A Visit to the OWL Perdue Writing Lab
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_comma.html

#2

OWL at Perdue: A University Writing Lab

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

Monday:

•Read for 20+ minutes and have parent(s) sign for verification.
•Create a mini-poster for comma usage. Due tomorrow.

Tuesday:

•Read for 20+30 minutes and have parent(s) sign for verification.
•Make arrangements for Dream Series reading. Do you have a book? You must have the book completed by December 11 so you will have time to do the response to literature.
•Study for Daily Language Oral Language Quiz on Friday.
•Spelling Lessons 10 and 11; (Even for 10 and odd for 11); quiz will be on Monday, December 11.
Wednesday:
•Read for 20+30 minutes and have parent(s) sign for verification.
•Make arrangements for Dream Series reading. Do you have a book? You must have the book completed by December 11 so you will have time to do the response to literature.
•Study for Daily Language Oral Language Quiz on Friday.

Thursday:Daily Language Oral Language Quiz on Friday.

Friday:

•Read for 20+30 minutes and have parent(s) sign for verification.
•Daily Oral Language quiz is today.
•Have Book Chat packet completed by Tuesday for class sharing.

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Discussion Questions for Fiction . . .

The following general questions can be applied to any novel, and they provide a good starting point for creating your own discussion questions for a given work.
1.What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
2.What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?
3.Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
4.How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
5.In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author's world view?

More Generic discussion questions . . .

1.Did you like the book? Why or why not?

2.Which character did you like the most or least?

3.What problems did the characters face?

4.Which scene do you remember the most?

5.Is there anything that seemed unbelievable or fake?

6.Are you satisfied or disappointed with the ending?

7.What was the author trying to say in the book?

8.If you wrote to the author, what would you say?

posted on: December 31, 1969

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