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Dear Students and Parents,
      I am very excited for another great year at Oakcrest Intermediate. This year
marks the start of my 27th year in TISD. I spent my first year at Decker
Praire Elementary teaching 5th grade. The following 16 years I taught at
Beckendorf Intermediate teaching both 5th and 6th grade students. From 2009-2016, I taught fifth and sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Creekside Forest Elementary.  I was so excited to transfer to Oakcrest  and be closer to home.
      I am orginally from Sac City, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University
in 1992 (GO CYCLONES!!). I grew up with both parents as teachers, so I guess
you could say that I inherited the "teaching gene". You've probably heard
that I'm the "teacher who sneezes loud", but there are other cool things
about me too. I have the best dog in the world!! Ruby was found at BIS in
January of 2009. She's been a great addition to my family and a constant
source of entertainment for me. I also love to bake and started a Cookie Camp this summer in my home.
I look forward to a great year full of exciting learning.
Ms Broughton

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Sample Reading Response: BHH

Your weekly letters should be three paragraphs in length. Your first paragraph should be a question from the In the Book, the second paragraph should be about In Your Head, and the third paragraph should address a question from In Your Heart. You need to tell me what you are reading and underline the title of the book. You also need to write using complete sentences use CUPS.

Broughton ELA News Update Jan. 11th

Dear Parents,

We had a great first week back at OIS!  I wanted to share with you some changes that are happening with the reading homework. (They still need to be reading for at least 20 minutes every day!!)  The students and I had a very honest discussion  and have made some changes to the reading homework.  We all agreed that we needed a change from the weekly reading logs.  Instead, the students will be writing ONE letter to me about their book a week.  We set up our folders today and practiced.  We also talked about how to get our reading mojo (motivation) back after a long break.  We talked about rereading a favorite book, or reading a short easy book to get back into the routine.  Students SHOULD have a book that they are committed to.  On Monday, I will share with the students what day their letter is due to me. (so I don't have to haul 82 red folders home every Friday)  All letters MUST be written in the red folders.  I want to be able to see their past letters and do a better job monitoring growth of reading.  The weekly letters will be a daily grade.   There will be reading project this nine weeks over a book they HAVE NOT read (no graphic novels).  More information will be coming by the end of the next week.  


This  nine weeks we will be studying persuasive nonfiction, poetry and drama.  Students will be writing a persuasive piece and a collection of poems for a major grade.


Finally, please read the attached letter about an upcoming project for Artrageous.  I talked to the students about it so they should be able to talk intelligently about it!!


Have a great weekend!!

Ms Broughton


Winter Break Reading Challenge

Dear Parents,

Attached is a copy of the Winter Break Reading Challenge I'll be sending home in the Wednesday folder tomorrow.  I hope you all have a wonderful vacation and are able to spend some time reading with your children.  Simply initial each box your child completes and have them return it when we come back in January.  I will have drawings for prizes!



Ms Broughton

ELA News week of Oct. 1st

Dear Parents,

Last week we practiced the life principle of responsibility and I have given students the responsibility of keeping track of their own reading and writing notebooks.  It was just taking too much time at the beginning of class to pass them all out.  Materials needed for ELA are now: 

  •  Red folder (this is where the weekly reading log page should be), 
  • reading notebook
  • writing notebook
  • books to read
  • planner and homework folder
  • pencil bag

We are finishing up our small moment personal narrative stories this week.  Final draft with all revision and editing copies will be due on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.  Students may hand write these.  I do want to see all revisions.  We will edit tomorrow in class.

We are starting our Literary Nonfiction this week as well.  We will be focusing on the following skills:


  • 5.7  Literary Nonfiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural patterns and features of literary nonfiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
  • 5.3  Theme and Genre. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about theme and genre in different cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.
  • 5.8  Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author’s sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

Essential Questions:

  • What are the similarities among biography, autobiography and memoir? What are the differences?
  • When reading this genre, what events in a person’s life contribute to their successes and growth?
  • What can you infer based on their choices and the events in the lives we read about?
  • What questions did the author ask/research to obtain the information presented?
  • How are texts in these genres like stories? How can we apply the same strategies used in reading fiction and nonfiction?


I will be encouraging students to read a biography or autobiography and will teach students how they can access some using our library online resources.


Progress reports will be going home on Wednesday and will need to signed and returned to homeroom teacher by Friday.  Don't forget that Friday is an early release and lunch will not be served.  Dismissal is at 12:00.  Next Monday, October 8th is a student holiday...no school.


Student clubs start this week!!  I have plenty of room in my reading club if your child would like to join Mrs. Dildy and I on Thursdays!! Students will need to sign up for a late bus at lunch on either Tuesday or Thursday.  If your child is a car rider, please be prompt when picking them up at 4:20 pm.  Teachers are not allowed to leave until all students are picked up.


Ms Broughton



ELA News week of Sept. 24th

Dear Parents,

It's BOOK FAIR WEEK!  Oh my, the fun we had window shopping at the Book Fair today!!  I'll send students to the book fair during INDEPENDENT work time if they show me money tomorrow and Thursday.  They may also visit at lunch time.


Wednesday is our Fiction Unit test.  Students are expected to show their annotations (thinking on the test) and well as proving their answering.  We have our last practice story tomorrow in class.    Here is a fun interactive review of story elements you may want your child to do at home:



Students are also finishing up a mini project over our first read aloud, The Kid in the Red Jacket.  Students who are still not finished by the end of class tomorrow will need to bring it home to finish.  This is a major grade.


In writing we have narrowed down our small moments and will be working on adding sensory language to our drafts.  The tentative due date for these stories is Tuesday, October 2nd.


Our next unit of study in Reading is Literary Nonfiction. We have a lot of resources of biographies and autobiographies online through our media center.


I collected last week's Weekly Reading Logs today.  Don't forget, your child need to read at least 20 minutes EVERY DAY...yes, even on the weekends!!  This is a daily grade!!  Ask your child for their red folder daily!!  


Finally, grades for the first progress report will be submitted on Friday.  Progress reports will be sent home in next week's Wednesday folder.


Ms Broughton

ELA News week of Sept. 10th

Dear Parents,

          Welcome to week four of fifth grade!!  I can't believe we've already been in school for 14 days.  Our classroom routines and expectations are established and kids are working hard.

            Students should be reading for at least 20 minutes every day.  Today we started the accountability portion of the homework.   I started modeling my expectations for reading homework in class today.  I will model this all week and students will fill out in class FOR THIS WEEK ONLY.  Starting next week, it will be part of their reading homework.  I've attached the file for you to see.  Students need to make sure they are bringing their red Reading Folder and a book to read to class EVERY DAY!!  The  weekly reading log is a daily reading grade per week.  Students should fill this out on a DAILY basis.  

                   Today we started our unit on Fiction and reviewed the story structure of all fiction stories.  Students have a copy of the class notes and anchor chart in their notebooks.  For now, notebook are kept in class.  The major TEKS we will be covering in this unit are:

  • 5.6 Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
  • 5.6(A) describe incidents that advance the story or novel, explaining how each incident gives rise to or foreshadows future events 
  • 5.6(B) explain the roles and functions of characters in various plots, including their relationships and conflicts
  • 5.6(C) explain different forms of third-person points of view in stories 

          Since we are studying fiction now, I would love for kids to have a fiction story to read in class.  We will have several mentor texts to use in mini lesson and small groups as well, but the extra practice of fiction reading will help strengthen skills taught in class.  The tentative date for our common assessment over fiction is Friday, Sept. 21st.

          So, how can you help your child at home?  READ!!  Read with them, read to them, talk about the character and the problem.  Talk about inferences you  can draw about the character and how they are changing.  You can even do this when you watch a movie or tv show on the weekends!!


          We will also be writing a personal narrative story and taking it through the writing process.  That will be a major grade.  Due date TBA.  


          Notables this week:

  • Chick Fil A Spirit Night is tonight!!  I will be there from 5:30-6:00 pm
  • Picture Day is Wednesday.  Send movie to if you want to order or you can order online.
  • Library Day is always on Thursday!!

          Mark your calendars for Parent Orientation for Monday, Sept. 17th from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Space is limited, so arranging child care is greatly appreciated if possible.


          Lastly, you can follow me on Twitter @SarahBroughton5.  I love to promote all the wonderful work we do in class and share my book recommendations with you!!

                                                                                                                                                Hope to you all soon,

                                                                                                                                                Ms Broughton

Summer Reading Lists

Many parents have asked for a summer reading list...which makes my reading heart sing.  I highly recommend some quiet time with a book built into your summer schedule to help prevent the summer slide.  Attached are two lists:  3-5 grades and 6-8 lists.
I'll also be posting about my summer reading on my Twitter page @SarahBroughton5