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Welcome to the Write~Spot!

Thank you for checking your language arts blog!

Remember you are to carefully fill out your agenda each day and include class work that is not complete AND homework assignments.

Extended directions should be noted in your new folder for the winter quarter.

Listening and taking notes is key to being a top notch student. By now you should not have to be told to write important items that may be forgotten. You have six classes you are trying to keep up with and note taking is a life skill that will help you be among the most successful.

Monday:

We went to the media center and continued working on research disaster topics. This was our fourth day in the media center. You have had access to books on disaster topics and access to using computers.

You are to write one or two highly related facts on each card. You were to have had a total of 25 note card when you came to class today. You will need 35 by tomorrow. Most of you stayed focused and were able to complete the 35. If you did not complete them, then it is your homework assignment. There will be a check tomorrow.

You should by now have copied two or more articles and these should be read and highlighted for important information. Write key words in the margin to match the "slugs" you would use on your cards.To receive full credit for these you must have Tuesday.

Tuesday:

You should have 35 fact note cards for your topic.

A handout on what the first page of a written MLA report looks like was added to the research packet.

On Tuesday we have DEAR reading. You should have documentation that show your reading for the week.

Spelling Lessons #13 and #14 discussed. There will be a quiz on Monday over #13 (odd) and #14 (even) words.

Today, we read and discussed topics from the Research Guide Books.

DOL Sentences were recorded in folders. There will be a DOL test on Tuesday of next week.

Literature Assignment:

Carefully record this assignment from the homework assignment board in your agenda. Your literature analysis assignment will be due on Thursday.

NOTE: Writing notes in your agenda is a skill that is very important. This blog does NOT take the place of your responsibility to copy assignments from the board.


Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:


Write~On!

Mrs. Worthington

(Chief in Charge of Classy Work)

posted on: January 23, 2007

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!

Welcome to your language arts blog!

Today, you will have a brief study session with a peer to jog your memory and to focus on the spelling words for your Spelling-Plus quiz.
You will do the editing, and other challenges, which go with your word collection. Remember to look at the review page, and of course, the word R-E-C-E-I-V-E-D will be on the list. :)

Today, we will begin to collect Greek and Latin roots; some of our collection will come from your spelling workbook; some will come from other sources we will view later in the week.

Halloween conversations with a partner is on the agenda for this week!
Writing Studio will be on Wednesday.

Plan "A" is to finish Old Yeller this week; Plan "B" will be that we will finish next week. Classes are at different places in the novel.

We will have both a reading and a writing warm-up beginning this week.
For reading you will begin a nonfiction book that is a collection of 101 expository writings. The name of the book is
101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows.

Today, for an exit-slip I will ask you to write to inform and tell my about your skills with keyboarding.

Write~On!

Mrs. Worthington

(Chief in Charge of Classy Writing!)

posted on: October 30, 2006

Welcome to the Write-Spot !

Thank you for visiting your language arts blog.

Below is a sampling of topics we will cover for the fourth week of school:

* How do writers use hyphens when punctuating sentences?

* How do you spell "No-Miss Words" that should be mastered by now? (This is set #2 of No-Miss Words.)

* Daily Oral Language: Punctuation Pointers for Advanced Sentences

* Literary Analysis: What are the terms that are used to talk about literature?

* What is characterization? How do writers create memorable characters? (Think: What book or TV characters are memorable to you?)

* How do you improve reading fluency when you read orally?

* What do good readers do when reading nonfiction articles/books? How is reading fiction different from reading nonfiction?

* How do you take quality notes?

* Study-Skill Focus: Taking Notes Like a Champ!

* Review/Expand Knowledge on Nouns and Pronouns

* ETC.

REMINDER . . .

Your project, "From the Desk of . . ." is due on either Tuesday OR Wednesday. Turning it in on Tuesday, on the earliest day, would be impressive! Try to "WOW" your teachers by showing enthusiasm; show you are highly motivated. Do you know that saying:
The earlybird gets the worm?" :)

TEXTBOOKS . . .

By now you should have your grammar text and a spelling workbook at home, placed near your study area. These are to stay at home until I call for them during the month of May. If you do not have them at home, you did not follow directions. OOPS! If this is the case~ask yourself why this happened, and make a plan for correcting the situation.

AGENDA IMPROVEMENT NEEDED . . .

Some of you are doing a terrific job taking notes about your assignments and you are writing details in your agenda.

Unfortunately, many of you are not! I hope you are among the first that I mentioned. There will be a grade check on Thursday, so have your agenda in tip-top shape!

Biography Reading . . .

You should be well into your biography book; in fact, many of you have finished! Good for you! On Tuesday you will receive an information packet on some activities in which you will respond to this genre of literature.

To Show You Have Read This Blog Entry . . .

Bring to class a new Response Packet with an MLA heading in which you have numbered each of the five pages. Staple the five sheets together. Write the first entry and have it say the following:

I am on the ball, and I checked Mrs. Worthington's blog.

Draw a line below your comment and ask your parent to sign and date.

SHHHH. . .

When you come into class on Tuesday, quietly place your new Response Packet on my desk, near the front of the room. Shhhh . . .do not say a thing to others; I may have a surprise for you. :)


Write-On!


Mrs. Worthington

(Chief in Charge of Classy Work!)

PS Some of you do not have a hole punch among your at-home desk materials. You will find this helpful as you organize your folders and binders. Ask your parents if this is an item you may add.


THE PARENT CONNECTION . . .

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Teacher/Parent Connection Section of this blog! :)

I have added hints and small incentives for students to encourage reading of this blog. Please do NOT bring these items to your child's attention. See if they read closely,tune in, and follow directions. Your task is to just be an observer and note if your child is showing enthusiasm, following directions, and taking charge of his/her learning.

Your child is to read the blog and not depend upon you to read, summarize, and remind. :)

Take care,
Mrs. W

posted on: September 03, 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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