Reading- 5/9/17

posted May 9, 2017, 9:57 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students are still reading historical fiction and meeting for book group discussions. Today's lesson made students think about slowing down their reading as the book slows down. Students suggested asking questions, stopping to think, and jotting during times in the book when the author slows things down. 

Reading- 5/2/17

posted May 2, 2017, 12:00 PM by Keith Burgoyne

Today students thought about using timelines to make sense of the information they are reading in their historical fiction novels. They created timelines for the characters in their books as well as timelines showing what was happening in the world at the time their novel took place.

Reading- 5/1/17

posted May 1, 2017, 6:49 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students have started historical fiction book club groups. The time period of focus is the American Revolution. Lessons have discussed paying close attention to the setting, making mental bulletin boards to collect and organize the information, and pausing to think about the information they are learning. Besides jotting, groups also meet to discuss their books. 

Reading- 2/13-17/17

posted Feb 14, 2017, 10:14 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students have been reading material to find evidence for their side of a debate. They been collecting the evidence for the debate which will occur on Friday.

Reading- 2/1-3/17

posted Feb 6, 2017, 6:39 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students have switched topics for another debate. They are collecting evidence in preparation.

Reading- 1/27-30/17

posted Feb 6, 2017, 6:38 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students have been working on summarize evidence for their claims in their own words.

Reading- 1/26/17

posted Jan 26, 2017, 9:47 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students have been researching potential arguments dealing with zoos and plastic. Groups were created to debate possible claims about the topics. Students are paraphrasing evidence from the texts and thinking about the possible arguments from their opponents. 

Reading- 1/17/17

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:04 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Students were grouped according to the topic they chose to research and argue. Today's lesson focused on reading lots of different articles about a topic to gain an understanding of the evidence for both sides of the argument. 

Reading- 1/11/17

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:01 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Today students assessed the recent performance assessments they completed for reading. Students shared ideas to create a class list of goals for growth.

Reading- 1/6/17

posted Jan 20, 2017, 10:59 AM by Keith Burgoyne

Today students used their notes to participate in mini debates about whether to serve chocolate milk in the school cafeteria or not.

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