Students visited the library last week and picked out a novel on their reading level. Their Book Talk (project) will be due on October 10th. Each student calculated how many pages they must read nightly to have their novel completed by the due date which is September 27. I have added a tab at the top of the page of the Book Talk Rubric. Parents please encourage your child to read the number of pages they are required to read nightly so they will not fall behind. The students will be using their own creativity to come up with a project for the book they read.
At the beginning of school, I sent home a Remind 101 sheet for you to sign up for class reminders for homework, test, and due dates. If you have not received a Remind 101 sheet, please email me at email@example.com.
Our what we are currently working on for the next week is Authors Purpose and Perspective. We will continue revisiting the Literary Elements. I have a tab at the top of the page of Literary Elements Vocabulary. Please review the vocabulary with your child.
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For the next few weeks, we will be working on the structure and features of non-fiction text, grammar through class bell ringers, and homework. Students received a homework/bellringer sheet that they should be working on everyday for the first 5 minutes of class, and completing for homework each night. Please encourage them to use technology to help them find the answers for these questions. I recommended the students visiting www.english-grammar-revolution.com, and they can also visit www.IXL.com for help. Please go to the top tabs for Text Structure notes.
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“So B. It” Characters we have been introduced to so far.
Mama- Heidi’s mom
Heidi- Mama’s daughter, narrator
Chudacoff (Mrs. C)- taught violin lessons
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Just a reminder for what we will be working on for the next 2 weeks are Sentence Structures (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex), Dialogue, Novel “So B. It”, Mood and Tone, The RACE Method (written response/short answer), Fluency Timed Reading, Power Writing, and Vocabulary. Please go to the above tabs and links on the right for resources and practice.
Book Projects Due Oct. 26, 2015. Students will be working on their projects this Thursday & Friday in the computer lab. Please have them show you what they have completed so far.
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This week our focus will be on sentence structure. I have noticed through the student’s writing that one area of weakness for them is properly punctuating sentences, so we are redirecting our focus to sentence structures this week (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex) and sentence construction.
We will be begin reading a new novel on Wednesday. The novel is ” So B. It” by Sarah Weeks.
Introduction to “So B. It”
Twelve-year-old Heidi has lived with her mentally disabled mother in an apartment that connects to her neighbor, Bernadette, as long as she can remember. Since Heidi was a baby, Bernadette has taken over the care of Heidi and her mother. Bernadette’s agoraphobia keeps Heidi confined more than she likes — not that she minds the homeschooling, but she would like to meet some friends. Heidi begins to have questions about where she and her mother came from, and how she came to be. After finding a picture of her young mother in a facility in Liberty, New York, she sets out from Reno on a train to New York to discover who she really is.
The students have been working hard on their time fluency reading daily. Please continue to do the time reading for 1 minute and document on their sheet’s (please sign) how many words they read. It is a great motivation to them by the end of the week to see how many more words they read from the beginning of the week.
Reminder: Book Projects are due October 26th. I am excited to see how each student has used their own creativity to present their book to the class. You can find the Book Project Choice Board tab at the top of the page.
If you have any questions, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click on link to view Story Plot Diagram Notes
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Students visited the library today and picked out a novel on their reading level. Their Book Talk (project) will be due on October 22nd. Each student calculated how many pages they must read nightly to have their novel completed by the due date. I have added a tab at the top of the page of choices the students may choose from for their Book Talk. Parents please encourage your child to read the number of pages they are required to read nightly so they will not fall behind.
Last we your child got a Remind 101 sheet sent home for you to sign up for class reminders for homework, test, and due dates. If you have not received a Remind 101 sheet, please email me at email@example.com.
Our unit we are currently working on is Literary Elements. I have a tab at the top of the page of Literary Elements Vocabulary. Please review the vocabulary with your child.
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I am so excited to be working with your child this school year. I will be co-teaching Language Arts with Mrs. Martin and Wilson. Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) at anytime with questions or concerns about anything related to your child’s learning or well-being. You may also call the school to speak to me. My extension is 19501. I am looking forward to a great school year!
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This year, I plan on communicating regularly with students and parents through an app called Remind 101. It is a free, safe, and easy-to-use communication tool that helps teachers connect instantly with students and parents. This app will only let you see the message I have sent. If you have any questions or need clarification on a message I have sent, please email me at email@example.com. The app will not let you reply to the message. All that you need is a cell phone or access to the internet. I am sending home the form again. Please ask your child for the form that has been sent home with the directions to receive the text or email. If your child has a phone, they activated the app today. I will use it to remind the students of test and assignments ect.. I will also be communicating through Infinite Campus Messenger. If yu attended open house your were given information on your child’s Infinite Campus account. If you do not have this information, please email me and I will send it home with your child. Parents will receive messages on missing assignments, upcoming events, projects, etc…
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