September 2018

    Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful summer! I know I am ready to get back to work, and I hope you are, too! 
     We will be working diligently this year to grow as readers and writers. We will review many reading strategies to help us become more engaged readers while we study both fiction and nonfiction text. Additionally, we will study many elements of literature while we enjoy many short stories and novels. Throughout the first marking period, we will focus a great deal on citing evidence to support our ideas, which will not only strengthen our reading comprehension, but will help us hone our writing skills.
     Our writing curriculum will begin with a narrative writing unit. After a review of the writing process, we will practice many writing strategies while we write our first piece--a memoir. Once we have completed the memoir unit, we will further apply our narrative writing strategies to our fiction story unit, which is always a lot of fun! Our grammar standards will be addressed in context throughout all writing instruction over the course of the year. 
     So, as you can see, we will be very busy learning and growing as readers and writers this year! Please feel free to contact me via email at any time with your questions or concerns! I will be happy to help!

Sincerely,
Sheryl Friedman