I just wanted to remind you of some important dates we have coming up here in Language Arts. The second Notice and Note Bookmark is due next Tuesday, Dec. 11. I checked in on each student today and many have not yet finished their books and some were FAR from finishing! We calculated how many pages they would need to read each day in order to finish the book by the due date. Please check with your child on their progress and encourage them to read the necessary number of pages to meet this goal.
Second, the Poetry Unit test is Friday, Dec. 14th. We have been working on using the WWAM strategy to analyze the poems and then using these annotations to answer the comprehension and analytical questions that follow. Ask your child to explain the WWAM strategy to you!
Lastly, the Poetry Project is due on Thursday, Dec. 20. On that day, the students will be able to share one of their original poems with the class at our Poetry Slam! The students have already composed 3 of the 6 poems in class. I am amazed at some of the poems my students have composed and I think you will be too!
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Have a great weekend!
On the second week of school students wrote a pre-instruction personal narrative. This is designed to see what students know about the writing genre prior to instruction.
This week, we are taking a closer look at personal narratives/memoirs and at the elements essential to this type of writing: a seed idea, strong introduction/hook, sequential order, vivid details, strong emotions, dialogue, transitions, and a reflective ending.
Yesterday we read several examples of good writing then discussed why they scored high. We talked about the revising and editing process. Today, I passed back their draft and students used a Google form from my Google classroom to learn how to revise their paper. Revising Personal Narrative Form
Some students chose to start a completely different story—which is absolutely acceptable. The Google form takes the student through various steps and videos to improve their narrative. All revisions are done in colored pencil. When they are ready to publish their final paper it should be on a new sheet of notebook paper. We will continue working on these in class for the remainder of this week and they will be due on Tuesday, September 25 for a major grade.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Have a great evening!