Pegasus

6 ELA


5/23/2018: Our Last Full Day!!

  • Writing- We finished up our stories and Fantasy World Maps. Students also wrote letters to future 6th graders giving them advice for next year.
  • Reading- We finished Holes and our discussion questions for the movie.
  • Compacted- We finished Holes and our discussion questions for the movie.

5/22/2018: Our Last Tuesday!!

  • Writing- Students worked on finishing up their story (they chose between Realistic Fiction and Fantasy) and their Google Drawing project.
  • Reading- We continued watching Holes and working through some discussion questions, while analyzing the movie for elements of Mystery.
  • Compacted- We continued watching Holes and working through some discussion questions, while analyzing the movie for elements of Mystery.

5/21/2018: Our last Monday!!

  • Writing- A guest speaker from the Saint Louis County Library came to talk to us about the Summer Reading Program and some new books available through the Library.
  • Reading- We started watching the mystery movie Holes and doing some work with our mystery elements.
  • Compacted- A guest speaker from the Saint Louis County Library came to talk to us about the Summer Reading Program and some new books available through the Library.

5/18/2018: Our last Friday!!

  • Writing- Students continued drafting their Fantasy stories and working on their Fantasy Setting Maps.
  • Reading- We finished our Detective Case Reports today and began making our presentations. Students also finalized their jots and did one last long write for the year!
  • Compacted- We finished our Detective Case Reports today and began making our presentations. Students also finalized their jots and did one last long write for the year!

5/17/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued drafting their Fantasy stories and working on their Fantasy Setting Maps.
  • Reading- We finished our Detective Case Reports today and began making our presentations. Students also finalized their jots and did one last long write for the year!
  • Compacted- We finished our Detective Case Reports today and began making our presentations. Students also finalized their jots and did one last long write for the year!

5/16/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued drafting their Fantasy stories and working on world building. We also discussed our final project-a Google Drawing sketch of their Fantasy world with captions, explanations, character development, and various other components. Students will be completing these in Classroom!
  • Reading- We discussed how repetition is so important in mysteries in how it helps us figure out themes and clues. We discussed "AHA" moments as well. Students did a couple of long writes about their books and read independently.
  • Compacted- We discussed how repetition is so important in mysteries in how it helps us figure out themes and clues. We discussed "AHA" moments as well. Students did a couple of long writes about their books and read independently.

5/15/2018:

  • Writing- We continued working on our Plot Diagrams/ Storyboards and began drafting our Fantasy pieces.
  • Reading- Students wrote about shady characters and shocking moments and then began working on their Detective Case Reports for their final project in their Book Clubs. We then had some reading time.
  • Compacted-Students wrote about shady characters and shocking moments and then began working on their Detective Case Reports for their final project in their Book Clubs. We then had some reading time.

5/14/2018:

  • FIELD TRIP!

5/11/2018:

  • Writing- We continued working on our setting and characters, and then moved into Plot Diagrams and Story Boards for our Fantasy stories. Students who were ready started drafting their ideas.
  • Reading- We took some time to jot and visit the library, then we learned a bit about tracking suspects in our mystery reading. Students then had reading time to practice the skills from class.
  • Compacted- We took some time to jot and visit the library, then we learned a bit about tracking suspects in our mystery reading. Students then had reading time to practice the skills from class.

5/10/2018:

  • Writing- We discussed elements of the Fantasy genre as well as characters archetypes. Students then continued creating their worlds from the setting work, creating characters, and brainstorming story boards for their fantasy writing.
  • Reading- We talked about how important it is to consider EVERYTHING when reading Mystery. Students created a helpful anchor chart and we watched a Scooby Doo episode to practice the skills. Students then applied these skills to their own reading books.
  • Compacted- Students finished up NWEA and had independent reading time.

5/9/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on brainstorming Fantasy story settings by looking at pictures and creating worlds from them.
  • Reading- Students listened to a couple chapters of "Chasing Vermeer" and continued filling in their "Clues" charts.
  • Compacted- Students listened to a couple chapters of "Chasing Vermeer" and continued filling in their "Clues" charts.

5/8/2018:

  • Writing- Students took their NWEA Progress Monitoring test today.
  • Reading- We visited the Library, did some read alouds, and worked on tracking suspects through our Mystery books.
  • Compacted- Students took their NWEA Progress Monitoring test today.

5/7/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their Realistic Fiction stories.
  • Reading- We met for the first time for our Mystery Book Clubs and answered some specific questions related to the Mystery Genre. We then read from our read aloud book, Chasing Vermeer, and worked on solving a code that pertains to the overall mystery in that book.
  • Compacted- We met for the first time for our Mystery Book Clubs and answered some specific questions related to the Mystery Genre. We then read from our read aloud book, Chasing Vermeer, and worked on solving a code that pertains to the overall mystery in that book.

5/4/2018:

  • Writing- Students began writing their realistic fiction pieces today. We continued brainstorming where needed, and had some great discussions about what "realistic" means to 12 year old writers.
  • Reading- Students solved a two-minute mystery, did some jotting, visited the library ( and the new furniture!), and we read a chapter of our Mystery book, Chasing Vermeer. Students then settled in and did some independent reading.
  • Compacted- Students solved a two-minute mystery, did some jotting, visited the library ( and the new furniture!), and we read a chapter of our Mystery book, Chasing Vermeer. Students then settled in and did some independent reading.
  • Homework- Enjoy your weekend!

5/3/2018:

  • Writing- Students brainstormed character traits together and then developed at least two characters for their realistic fiction stories. We then worked on creating conflicts that could actually happen. Once the students had settled on an idea they filled out a plot diagram and got it approved.
  • Reading- Today we talked about different kinds of clues-physical, verbal, and thematic. Students then practiced identifying these clues by watching a Scooby Doo episode. When we were finished they continued practicing these skills in their own Book Club books.
  • Compacted- Today we talked about different kinds of clues-physical, verbal, and thematic. Students then practiced identifying these clues by watching a Scooby Doo episode. When we were finished they continued practicing these skills in their own Book Club books.
  • Homework- Read and Jot :)

5/2/2018:

  • Writing- We started our quick study of fiction genres today with a look at realistic fiction. We read the short story "Popularity" and then went about analyzing the characters and developing our own.
  • Reading- We officially began our Mystery unit today! We are reading "Chasing Vermeer" as our mentor text. We also discussed elements of mystery and then students read and jotted using some of those skills and ideas.
  • Compacted- We officially began our Mystery unit today! We are reading "Chasing Vermeer" as our mentor text. We also discussed elements of mystery and then students read and jotted using some of those skills and ideas.
  • Homework- Enjoy your afternoon! :)

5/1/2018:

  • Writing- Students got to do their Fishbowl over the two questions we've been studying, "Is technology beneficial or detrimental in the classroom?" and "Does technology connect us, or make us feel more alone?" They did a great job and majorly exceeded my expectations! Many of them even earned extra credit!
  • Reading- To kick off our Mystery unit we tried to solve the "Murder at Blue Mountain Lodge"! Students went through stations and read clues about the murder of Ms. Peabody. They then filled out detective reports stating who did it, when it happened, the murder weapon, and the motive.
  • Compacted- To kick off our Mystery unit we tried to solve the "Murder at Blue Mountain Lodge"! Students went through stations and read clues about the murder of Ms. Peabody. They then filled out detective reports stating who did it, when it happened, the murder weapon, and the motive.
  • Homework- MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR MYSTERY BOOK TOMORROW!!

4/27/2018:

  • MAP

4/26/18:

  • MAP

4/25/2018:

  • Writing- Students took some time do a creative writing piece about a picture we found. We shared out and their stories were pretty entertaining. We then took about 15 minutes to collect our thoughts and get ready for our fishbowl, and at that point ran out of time, so our fishbowl will be postponed until Monday after MAP!
  • Reading- We visited the Library and made sure we were set for both MAP and Mystery unit. Students then had a reading day to relax and clear their minds before their test tomorrow and Friday.
  • Compacted- We visited the Library and made sure we were set for both MAP and Mystery unit. Students then had a reading day to relax and clear their minds before their test tomorrow and Friday.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!
  • PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR MYSTERY BOOK FOR MONDAY, APRIL 30TH!

4/24/2018:

  • Writing- We continued discussing our upcoming fishbowl debate and our expectations for the conversation. We read an article "Technology in the Classroom: Friend or Foe?" and marked it up together. We then created a t-chart to organize our thoughts and evidence. Students then worked through some other resources on their own.
  • Reading- We finished up the Ruby Bridges movie and took some time to complete our work for the film. Students then read along with me as we read "The Sign of The Cat" about some Hooverville "askers". Students then began their post assessment for Historical Fiction.
  • The students and I read "Fidget Toys are Being Banned in Some Schools for Being Too Distracting" and then discussed how to go about summarizing, pulling author's craft techniques and goals, and inferring relationships for our post assessment.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!
  • PLEASE REMEMBER A MYSTERY BOOK FOR OUR NEW UNIT ON APRIL 30TH!

4/23/2018:

  • Writing- We continued discussing our upcoming fishbowl debate and our expectations for the conversation. We read an article "Technology in the Classroom: Friend or Foe?" and marked it up together. We then created a t-chart to organize our thoughts and evidence. Students then worked through some other resources on their own.
  • Reading- We finished up the Ruby Bridges movie and took some time to complete our work for the film. Students then read along with me as we read "The Sign of The Cat" about some Hooverville "askers". Students then began their post assessment for Historical Fiction.
  • The students and I read "Fidget Toys are Being Banned in Some Schools for Being Too Distracting" and then discussed how to go about summarizing, pulling author's craft techniques and goals, and inferring relationships for our post assessment.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!
  • PLEASE REMEMBER A MYSTERY BOOK FOR OUR NEW UNIT ON APRIL 30TH!

4/20/2018:

  • Writing- We did a creative writing prompt about a tricky genie and three wishes. The students were so sweet and some of their wishes were very selfless! We then started talking about Fishbowl discussions and expectations for our Speaking and Listening Debate standards.
  • Reading- Students finished up Ruby Bridges and worked on their worksheet, making some pretty great inferences about the movie and the historical context.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their Book Clubs by inferring about relationships between parts. We then did a final long write and students had some reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

4/19/2018:

  • Writing- Students finished up their Map Webquests and did some silent reading while we all caught up on our activities.
  • Reading- We began watching Ruby Bridges. We discussed how violent protests could be at the time, and how a young six year old became a symbol for a movement. We also talked about how language is different in a historical context.
  • Compacted- Students finished their Webquests and then finished up their Book Club books and jotting for Nonfiction.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

4/18/2018:

  • Writing- Students did a short creative writing piece about their dream pets. They were able to combine features, add magical abilities, etc. We shared out and then began working on MAP Webquests to familiarize ourselves with the tools offered through the DRC testing site.
  • Reading- Students finished their Book Clubs for Historical Fiction and did a long write about big ideas, connections, and impacts. We also did a jot check and visited the library to prepare for MAP.
  • Compacted- Students did a short creative writing piece about their dream pets. They were able to combine features, add magical abilities, etc. We shared out and then began working on MAP Webquests to familiarize ourselves with the tools offered through the DRC testing site.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

4/17/2018:

  • Writing- Students did a short write for 10 minutes about their dream vacations. Some of them chose to visit real places, while others threw themselves into movie or book universe. We shared out and the students were very entertained. We then continued our "catch up" day from yesterday and students worked on a variety of projects.
  • Reading- We discussed how narrative fictional often mirrors real life and we looked for links between historical fiction and real life. We watched some videos about Ruby Bridges and read her biography. We then filled out a chart comparing and contrasting the differences between her fictiionalized book, and her real life.
  • Compacted- Students did a short write for 10 minutes about their dream vacations. Some of them chose to visit real places, while others threw themselves into movie or book universe. We shared out and the students were very entertained. We then continued our "catch up" day from yesterday and students worked on a variety of projects.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

4/16/2018:

  • Writing- We had a "catch up" day and worked on finishing Letters and Long Writes from last week. Students made claims and practiced their evidence skills. We also began the No Red Ink grammar diagnostic to see which skills we needed to concentrate on as we finish up the school year.
  • Reading- We read a short story about Ruby Bridges, one of the first African-American girls to integrate an elementary school in New Orleans. We talked about complicated characters and worked on forming big ideas about those complications.
  • Compacted- Students worked on independent reading skills and finishing up their Non Fiction book clubs together.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

4/12/2018:

  • Writing- We read an article about space exploration and how companies are trying to send civilians into space for "tours". Students collected evidence for why they would like to participate, as well as reasons why they would NOT. We then chose sides and practiced creating claims. Once we finished the mini lesson students moved through stations practicing these skills wit different topics and articles.
  • Reading- Students showed their appreciation for our Librarians and our Assistant Principal Mr. Lackey by creating Thank You cards. We also visited the Library and had some reading time.
  • Compacted-Students showed their appreciation for our Librarians and our Assistant Principal Mr. Lackey by creating Thank You cards. We also visited the Library and had some reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

4/11/2018:

  • Writing-Students finishes their letters to Dr. Jahnke and did some last minute revisions and editing based on the rubric for the assignment.
  • Reading- We talked about Big Ideas and how even the simplest stories have messages that can spark a conversation about the world as a whole. We read "Belle-The Last Mule of Gee's Bend" and talked about ideas like poverty, inequality, and community. Students then practiced these skills in their Book Club books.
  • Compacted- Students worked with their Book Clubs to discuss their text features and parts that are making them wonder in the beginning of their books.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

4/10/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued drafting their letters and working through the rubric to make sure they were meeting all requirements. The letter will be completed tomorrow!
  • Reading- Students met with their Book Clubs to discuss their reading so far. We talked about character's and how the setting affects them (and vice versa) as well as how our characters are complicated. They looked for examples of these complications within the text and evaluated their characters through that lens.
  • Compacted- Students created their constitutions for their new Nonfiction Book Clubs. We set our dates for meetings and the students began exploring their text features and predictions for their books.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

4/9/2018:

  • Writing- Today we started transferring our outlines into paragraph form for our letters. We also added our Introductions and Conclusions.
  • Reading- Students worked with their book clubs to determine what kind of person their characters are. We talked about complexity and how sometimes actions, dialogue, and thoughts do not match up within a character. The students discussed why this is important to understand and how it can help us make predictions or evaluations as readers.
  • Compacted- Students finished their Graffiti posters and chose their new book club books for their second round of Nonfiction reading.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

4/6/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on Conclusions today. We read some mentor texts and talked about what makes our closing statements powerful. They then practiced and worked together to craft persuasive endings.
  • Reading- Students discussed setting and the impact on characters in Historical Fiction. They worked with their Book Clubs to answer some higher-level questions and then synthesized their information to craft a long write about setting and it's implications.
  • Compacted- Students met with their group for the final time to talk about their books. We then finished our Long Write and chose our new Book Club Books.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

4/5/2018:

  • Writing- We looked at some mentor texts today to get a good idea of what goes into a persuasive letter introduction, as well as what DOES NOT. Students then took some notes on powerful introductions and tried to write their own. They did a great job!
  • Reading- We talked about how important setting is to Historical Fiction books. The students realized that setting is almost like a character when you are talking about time period pieces. We did a jot organizer about the components of setting to prepare for our Long Write tomorrow.
  • Compacted- Students met with their Book Clubs and gathered information to make inferences about different relationships between parts of their books. They created claims together and worked to support those claims. We then had some reading and catch up time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs Due Tomorrow!!

4/4/2018:

  • Writing- Students that needed to worked on finishing up SRI while students focused on making fixes to their boxes and bullets format. I made comments for them to work on and most of the students were able to organize their thoughts into a better pattern to move forward.
  • Reading- Students got their new Book Club assignments and created their constitutions. We also started reading and jotting for this round of clubs.
  • Compacted- We explored the relationships between parts of text that we read. We made some inferences and worked on crafting solid, evidence-based responses to prompts.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

3/30/2018:

  • Writing- We continued working on our Boxes and Bullets.
  • Reading- We had a discussion about our movie, finished our questions, and did a Write Long about the movie in which students made a claim and supported it with reasoning and evidence.
  • Compacted- We met for Book Clubs and the students worked on Author's Craft jotting together.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/29/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on elaboration and transitioning into their citations.
  • Reading- We finished the Hidden Figures movie, visited the Library and worked on finishing our questions for the movie.
  • Compacted- We did a read aloud and worked on finding author's craft techniques and goals and their ultimate meaning in our reading.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs

3/28/2018:

  • Writing- Today we talked about types of evidence and how to put them in our writing for variety. We also did a study on elaboration and showing our audience versus just telling them our opinion is correct. The students then used that information to "bulk up" their Boxes and Bullets outline.
  • Reading- We continued watching Hidden Figures and working on generating ideas about historical fiction and it's crossover to multimedia "texts". Students were very upset to pause the movie today! We are excited to see the con

3/27/2018:

  • Writing- We discussed boxes and bullets formatting today and worked on finding the best evidence to support our claims. Students also worked on linking their elaboration to their claims and organizing information so that it fit under the topic it was supposed to be supporting.
  • Reading- We continued watching Hidden Figures. The students are really enjoying this movie and the discussions we are having have been awesome. They are making some great connections!
  • Compacted- We started our read aloud about Hannibal Barca-Rome's Worst Nightmare! We are reading a nonfiction book from the Wicked History collection. We focused on engaging questions and ideas that spring from our first encounters with information.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/26/2018:

  • Welcome Back!
  • Writing- Students wrote claims and worked on their reasoning. We are doing independent research to find the best sources.
  • Reading- Students began watching Hidden Figures. This movie is the perfect tie-in for our Historical Fiction unit. We worked on answering questions related to themes and big ideas in historical fiction.
  • Compacted- We did a scavenger hunt to familiarize ourselves with text features in our Nonfiction books.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/15/2018:

  • Writing- Students moved through eight creative writing prompts at different stations. They got pretty creative! We shared out at the end. These kids are hilarious!
  • Reading- Students had a reading day with their independent books.
  • Compacted- Students had a reading day with their independent reading books!
  • Homework- ENJOY SPRING BREAK!!

3/14/2018:

  • Writing- Students finished their portfolios and continued working on their topic argument for Persuasive. They are taking concentrated notes to make their argument to Dr. Jahnke.
  • Reading- Students visited the Library to prepare for Spring Break. We also presented our Book Reflections and finished our Post Book Questions. Students then chose their Books for our next Book Club when we return from break.
  • Compacted- Students finished their Portfolios, visited the Library, and chose their Nonfiction books for when we return from break. We also had some independent reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/13/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their Spring Conference Portfolios. Once they had finished they chose a topic from our text set that they would like to explore further and started crafting claims for their persuasive letter. They are working on independent research to support their claims as well.
  • Reading- Students finished their Book Club Reflection presentations and began working on their End of Book Club questions. These questions test the skills we have learned so far in our Historical Fiction unit.
  • Compacted- Students finished their Informational Post On Demand and began working on their Spring Conference Portfolios.
  • Homework-Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/12/2018:

  • Writing- Today students worked on their Spring Conference Portfolios! They're working hard to prepare their conversations with you!
  • Reading- We did Book Club reflections for our books and tried to wrap up our conversations about the themes and big ideas.
  • Compacted- Students finished their Informational Post On Demand.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/8/2018:

  • Writing- Students finished up their On Demands and then began working on taking notes from the text sets they were given. We will be writing persuasive letters to Dr. Jahnke to kick off the unit!
  • Reading- We visited the library and then did a long write to show our understanding of our complicated characters and their motivations. Students then got some independent reading time to finish up their first round Historical Fiction books.
  • Compacted- We celebrated our accomplishments by sharing and complimenting one another's websites!
  • Homework-Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/7/2018:

  • Writing- Students brought in research they did as homework and we started our Persuasive On Demand. Students made a claim/argument and then supported that argument with evidence from their sources.
  • Reading- We met in our Book Club groups and talked about complicated characters and their motivations. Students then used their reading time to think and jot about their characters' traits and reasoning.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their websites and peer reviewed to finalize their work.
  • Homework-Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/6/2018:

  • Writing- Today we celebrated our accomplishments by exploring one another's websites and leaving compliments behind! The students were wonderful to their peers and really had some great insights.
  • Reading- Students worked on jotting and then we talked about complicated/developed characters. We read the book "I Dissent" about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discussed how and why she is a complicated character in her life story. The students then used these skills to do some jotting during their independent reading time.
  • Compacted- Students worked on their websites after we talked about linking and text features. Their websites are coming along very nicely! They have one more work day.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs, and topic and sources for persuasive pre-test!

3/5/3018:

  • Writing- Students worked to finish their Informational Websites today. We did some last minute checklists and peer review.
  • Reading- Students jotted at the beginning of class, turned in their Reading Logs, and then we talked about Character Struggles. We read a short story called "Ruth and the Green Book" and discussed how character's struggles can have a big impact on them and the story, overall. Students then met with their book clubs and created a chart for their books.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their flash drafts and worked on their websites. They are linking sources, pages, and information using a meta-text method in Google Docs.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

3/1/2018

  • Writing- Students worked through a "Website Checklist" today in order to make sure they are getting all the features of their website ready to be "published".
  • Reading- Students were given their Book Club Books. We spent about 10 minutes creating our Constitutions for the groups. We then did some personal research about the historical topics covered in the different books. Hopefully, this will give students some context into what they are reading. We had a few minutes of reading time at the end of class.
  • Compacted- Students worked through a checklist for their research. We took some time to organize our website pages and get our information gathered correctly.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/28/2018

  • Writing- Students worked through a "Website Checklist" today in order to make sure they are getting all the features of their website ready to be "published".
  • Reading- Students were given their Book Club Books. We spent about 10 minutes creating our Constitutions for the groups. We then did some personal research about the historical topics covered in the different books. Hopefully, this will give students some context into what they are reading. We had a few minutes of reading time at the end of class.
  • Compacted- Students worked through a checklist for their research. We took some time to organize our website pages and get our information gathered correctly.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/27/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked through a "Website Checklist" today in order to make sure they are getting all the features of their website ready to be "published".
  • Reading- Students were given their Book Club Books. We spent about 10 minutes creating our Constitutions for the groups. We then did some personal research about the historical topics covered in the different books. Hopefully, this will give students some context into what they are reading. We had a few minutes of reading time at the end of class.
  • Compacted- Students worked through a checklist for their research. We took some time to organize our website pages and get our information gathered correctly.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/22/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on collecting their text features for their websites today. Those that needed to also continued researching for their websites.
  • Reading- Students took some notes about the 1960s and the differences between that decade and the 1950s. We then had some independent reading time.
  • Compacted- Students delved into their research a bit deeper today. They will focus on one specific cause and start finding credible, important information. We also had some independent reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/21/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on organizing their information for their websites. I have conferenced with every student and subheadings are complete as well!
  • Reading- Students watch "Crash Course" about the 1950s and how a lot of issues played into the Civil Rights movement. We filled out a KWL chart about what we already knew, what we wanted to know, and what we learned.
  • Compacted- Students are focusing in on a topic and are going to start researching that topic exclusively for their website.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/20/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on their subheadings for their chapters today. I met with each student individually to discuss their progress and create a research plan that would help them be successful.
  • Reading- We read an article and took some independent notes about the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s. Students then utilized those notes on a Kahoot! quiz. We will move more deeply into our Historical Fiction unit throughout this week as we gain more background knowledge of the era and the movements.
  • Compacted- Students chose to hone in on a young activist that they are most interested in and took some detailed notes about them. We then used those notes to practice our profile writing. Students crafted a claim and some support about an important aspect of their young activist.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/16/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on their independent research and note-taking.
  • Reading- We went to the Library and did some independent reading.
  • Compacted- Students had a reading day!
  • Homework- Enjoy the long weekend :)

2/15/2018:

  • Writing- Students will focus on research notes, source-gathering, and subheadings today as they move deeper into their independent research.
  • Reading- Students will take their inferring within the text post assessment and have some time for reading.
  • Compacted- Students will continue working with their Starter Pack and researching young activists.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs due TOMORROW!

2/14/2018:

  • Writing- Students filled out Research Proposals about their independent research book. We found topics and the students narrowed down their chapter titles.
  • Reading- Students practiced inferring within the text, and then took their author's craft post assessment.
  • Compacted- Students started researching young activists and their causes.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/13/2018:

  • Writing- Students Finished their book!
  • Reading- We took some time to practice author's craft skills for the students' post assessment tomorrow.
  • Compacted- Students read about Marley Dias and her book drive for Jamaican girls.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/12/2018:

  • Writing- Students finished up their Informational Books. Most students are finished at this point and we will be moving onto our individual research projects while the rest of the group catches up.
  • Reading- Students finished their Graffiti Walls for their Nonfiction Book Clubs. We then read an article together and practiced our summarizing skills one last time before taking our Summary On Demand Post Assessment. We are breaking the assessment into parts to make it more manageable for the students.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their work with Zootopia and then we switched lenses over into Nonfiction and Informational writing. We read a short article about Marley Dias and focused on our note-taking skills to start the unit.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/9/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their books and we realized as a class we needed at least one more day. We are pushing the due date to Monday. We will decide then if that is adequate time.
  • Reading- Students finished up their Book Club work with a "graffiti" wall. They created a poster that let them celebrate their books in a creative way.
  • Compacted- Students took a short answer quiz over Zootopia and then finished their analysis work for the unit.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs Due!

2/8/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on citations, text structures, and text features to finalize their books.
  • Reading-Students Worked on summarizing, author's craft, and inferring. We also visited the Library.
  • Compacted- Students finished up Zootopia.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/7/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on adding citations so that we can credit the authors that gave us information for our books!
  • Reading- Students met with their Book Clubs and worked on author's craft, summary, and inferring relationships. We then had some independent reading and jotting time.
  • Compacted- Students worked on analyzing media to connect their work from Social Issues to bigger world issues.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/6/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on the text structures and features in their informational books.
  • Reading- Students got a lot of jotting and independent reading time today. They will meet in Book Clubs tomorrow.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their Social Issues activities and worked on their reading and jotting skills.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

2/5/2018:

FIELD TRIP DAY :)

2/2/2018

  • Writing- Students worked on text structures and their checklist. Books will be due NEXT FRIDAY (2/9)!
  • Reading- To prepare for our post-on demand students read an article about the possible links between bullying and tumors later in life. They then practiced their summarizing skills for the article.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their essays and had a reading day.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

2/1/2018:

  • Writing- We got writing checklists for our books today. Students reflected on where they are and how far they still have to go. We also made plans for our paths forward.
  • Reading- Students met with their Book Club and focused their discussions on author's craft and summaries.
  • Compacted- Students had a reading day to decompress from their essays.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/31/2018:

  • Writing- We talked about text structures and how they can make our writing more engaging. Students identified different structures and then worked to rewrite their chapters using what they had learned.
  • Reading- We finished up our Inferring Relationships work and had some reading time.
  • Compacted- Students worked on finishing their Compare/Contrast essays and had some reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/30/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued their flash drafting for their informational books. We focused on text features and adding engaging pieces to our writing.
  • Reading- We focused on inferring about relationships between different parts of our texts. Students made claims and practiced supporting their ideas.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their essays by adding their introductions and conclusions.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/29/2018:

  • Writing- Mrs. Sykes (6th Grade Counselor) came to visit to explain next year's schedule to the students.
  • Reading- Students had their first Book Club meeting with their new groups. We also worked on Author's Craft and summarizing skills.
  • Compacted- Students finished their Theme posters and worked on their Compare/Contrast Essays.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

1/26/2018:

  • Writing- Students worked on transferring their information from their flashdrafts to their books. They are also concentrating on citing their sources and creating subheadings.
  • Reading- We visited the library and did some independent reading from our new Book Club books. Students focused on jotting about text features, summaries, and author's craft.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their Compare/Contrast Essays and had their final Book Club meeting for their Social Issues unit.
  • Homework-Enjoy the weekend :)

1/25/2018:

  • Writing- Students started moving their information from the flash draft into their books. They're looking great so far!
  • Reading- Students chose their new Book Club books and began creating their constitutions for their club agreements.
  • Compacted- Students continued drafting their final essay for their Literary Argument Essay.
  • Homework- Read (30), Reading Logs!

1/24/2018:

  • Writing- Students added some more information to their flash drafts as we looked at QUESTIONS researchers ask themselves to fill in the blanks. This activity really clicked for the students and I saw some awesome improvement today!
  • Reading- We talked about Author's craft and the differences in techniques and goals in Nonfiction writing versus narrative writing. Students met with their Book Clubs and worked on these skills together.
  • Compacted- Students continued working on their Compare and Contrast Outlines for their final essay in our Literary Argument unit.
  • Homework- Read (30)

1/19/2018:

  • Writing- We continued drafting our Informational text. We discussed citations and crediting evidence when we use it. Students are also working on organizing information logically.
  • Reading- Mrs. Frese visited us from the Library to give some book talks about new novels, graphic novels, and nonfiction in the Library!
  • Compacted- Mrs. Frese visited us from the Library to give some book talks about new novels, graphic novels, and nonfiction in the Library!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs due MONDAY!

1/18/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their flashdraft and note-taking skills. These are coming along nicely!
  • Reading- We worked on summarizing articles versus sections of books today. Students also met with their Book Clubs to discuss what they're learning. I did a quick summary assessment and I am very pleased with the students' progress!
  • Compacted- Students met in Book Clubs, then we switched to writing. We are focusing on claims for their Compare/Contrast essays.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/17/2018:

  • Writing- Students began their flash drafting today as they continued researching information on their focus cause. We discussed sections and how important it is to give valid, valuable information.
  • Reading- We visited the Library and then discusses summarizing. We continued our Read Aloud from the "Wicked History" series on Hannibal Barca. We summarized our reading as a whole class and then students practiced the skills during their independent reading time.
  • Compacted- We discussed Author's Craft and the techniques authors use to meet their goals We worked on analyzing the reasons behind these techniques and goals. Students then practiced these skills with their Book Club books during independent reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/16/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their power-learning and note-taking skills. We focused our research to one particular activist and their cause, and then worked on "filling in the blanks" in our research as we asked ourselves questions about activism.
  • Reading- Students completed the Scholastic Reading Inventory test.
  • Compacted- Students completed the Scholastic Reading Inventory test.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/12/2018:

  • Writing- Students continued their research with a more focused approach today. They decided to concentrate on one cause or activist and collect comprehensive notes. They finished the class with a timed long-write that compiled their information in an organized fashion.
  • Reading- Students that chose to participated in the class spelling bee today. The top five students from all of my classes COMBINED will move on to the building level spelling bee on January 23rd. We then met in our Book Club groups and discussed our reading. The students were then challenged to write a six sentence summary of their reading so far.
  • Compacted- Students will participate in a class spelling bee. The top five students from all of my classes combined will participate in the school-wide spelling bee on January 23rd. We then worked on reading our Book Club books and focused our note-taking on some skills review from last semester.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/11/2018

  • Writing- Students used a research "Starter Pack" to find some information on young activists and their causes. The also worked on their power-learning and note-taking skills.
  • Reading- We did a read aloud about Hannibal Barca and worked on finding interesting, provocative information to mull over and question. The students then used these skills during their independent reading time.
  • Compacted- Students made their Book Club Constitutions and got their dates and pages set for the remainder of the club. They then worked on finding social issues in their new book.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot, or mark to jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/10/2018:

  • Writing- Students learned how to take quick notes like journalists! We talked about activism and how people of all ages can be active politically and socially to promote change. We watched videos about teen activists Malala Yousafzai and Alex Lin. Students took quick notes and then we discussed strategies to get the most out of our information.
  • Reading- We talked about text features and "orienting" ourselves to a text before we start reading. We did a read aloud from the teen series "Wicked History" about Hannibal Barca, the enemy of the Roman empire. Students then got their book club assignments for Nonfiction. We took some more time to orient ourselves to our text features and began to read.
  • Compacted- Students chose their second round of Book Club books and began their constitutions for their clubs. Those students that needed to finish their flash drafts worked on that as well.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/9/2018:

  • Writing- Students brought topics they were excited about to class for their On Demand/ Flash Draft of their Information Writing. They worked really hard and I am excited to see where this unit leads us!
  • Reading- Students finished up their Pre On Demand for Nonfiction. We then chose book club books!
  • Compacted- Essay Bootcamp continues! We flash drafted a comparison essay today, drawing on our skills from the previous thematic essay! We then chose our second round of Social Issues books.
  • Homework: Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

1/8/2018:

  • Writing- Students practiced their 5 Ws and an H (Who, what, when, where, why, and how) note-taking skills with an article about a young activist named Marley Diaz. They then began researching topics they were interested in writing about for their On Demand tomorrow.
  • Reading- Students read two articles about STEM in schools and then used the information the obtained to answer their On Demand questions.
  • Compacted- Students went to Essay Bootcamp for a Comparison Literary Essay. We compared two Pixar shorts to get the gist of what we will be doing with our final essay in our Literary Argument unit.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

Welcome Back! We're officially in second semester :)

12/21/2017:

  • Writing- Students did some writing prompt stations to end the semester! We used goofy pictures, mad libs, and some random "Would You Rather" questions!
  • Reading- We watched some Pixar shorts and stopped at the climax. The kids then wrote their version of the ending :)
  • Compacted- Writing prompt stations and a celebration the kids planned for the end of the semester!
  • Homework- ENJOY YOUR BREAK!!

12/20/2017:

  • Writing- Students wrapped up their Compare and Contrast Essay today. We did some final reviewing of introductions and conclusions, as well as writing checklists and peer editing.
  • Reading- Students practiced Boxes and Bullets with an article about Instagram and business marketing.
  • Compacted- Students had their final book club meeting and then some independent reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/19/2017:

  • Writing- Students worked on adding their final details to their essays. We used a checklist to ensure that all parts of our essays were the best that they could be before we "publish".
  • Reading- Students went on a scavenger hunt to find text features in some Nonfiction texts. This helped familiarize them both with the features, as well as the books we will be using next semester for our NF Book Clubs :)
  • Compacted- We visited the library to stock up before Winter Break and then students had some independent reading time to finish their Book Club books before our final meeting tomorrow!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/18/2017:

  • Writing- We talked about Introductions and Conclusions and students worked on creating powerful first impressions and closing remarks for their essays.
  • Reading- Students practiced the Boxes and Bullets strategy with a Nonfiction article about Earth-like planets. We had some independent reading time as well.
  • Compacted- Students met with their Book Clubs and then had reading time.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/15/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued typing their essays and working on story-telling.
  • Reading- We used the Chunk and Put it Together to continue our Nonfiction work with an article about Nutella :)
  • Compacted- Students worked on introductions and conclusions and finishing up their Theme essays.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!!

12/14/2017:

  • Writing- Students worked on typing their essays. We also discussed formatting and structuring of our final body paragraph in which we compare and contrast the two texts.
  • Reading- We continued our Nonfiction work by talking about main idea and supporting details. Students used the "Boxes and Bullets" format to decide what the article was about, and which details really supported that idea.
  • Compacted- Students continued working on their Theme essays and introductions and conclusions.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/13/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their Literary Essays. We worked on formatting our contrast paragraphs.
  • Reading- We made the dive into Nonfiction today! We learned how to "Shrink" a text to come up with a main idea for different articles. Students then practiced this on their own.
  • Compacted- Students finished their NWEA test and started typing their Theme essays. They look great so far!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/12/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their body paragraphs and choosing the best supporting details from their text and video shorts. We also worked on elaboration and making sure we're SHOWING our reader what we mean, rather than just telling them.
  • Reading- Students continued NWEA testing.
  • Compacted- Students continued NWEA testing.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/11/2017:

  • Writing- Students began working on their body paragraphs for their final essay in our Literary Essay unit. We also talked about our evidence and connecting our elaboration to big ideas.
  • Reading- Students worked on the NWEA test.
  • Compacted- Students worked on the NWEA test.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/8/2017:

  • Writing- Students finished their outlining for their Compare/Contrast Essay!
  • Reading- We visited the library and had some independent reading time.
  • Compacted- Students met with their Book Club groups for a short meeting today. We focused on perspective and how it impacts literature.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs due Monday!

12/7/2017:

  • Writing- Students decided on their themes for their final Literary Essay and began boxes and bullets outlining.
  • Reading- Students took a look at social issues through a new lens as we delved into Nonfiction texts. We made connections to our mentor text, "Raymond's Run" while working with groups in stations.
  • Compacted- Students focused on perspective and social issues while jotting during reading time for Book Clubs today.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/6/2017:

  • Writing- We did some brainstorming and gallery walks to help create ideas for our final essay. Students then worked on crafting claims so that we can begin outlining.
  • Reading- We finished Zootopia and worked on our questions together.
  • Compacted- We read "Harvesting Hope", the true story of Cesar Chavez and the National Farm Workers Association, to talk about perspective and social issues. Students then practiced this skill using their own Book Club books.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/5/2017:

  • Writing- Students finished up their post-assessments for Literary Essay.
  • Reading- Students continued watching Zootopia and working on their packet for Social Issues.
  • Compacted- Students finished their outlines for their theme essays.
  • Homework: Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

12/4/2017:

  • Writing- We worked on our Literary Essay post-assessment.
  • Reading- We began watching Zootopia as a culminating activity for our Social Issues unit.
  • Compacted- Students wrote group claims for their short stories and began outlining their essays.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/30/2017:

  • Writing-We finished up our flash drafts and our essay boot camp! Students also started preparing for their post-assessment.
  • Reading- Students finished their post-assessment for Social Issues.
  • Compacted-Students finished their constitutions for Book Clubs and worked on reading and jotting.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/29/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued their flash drafts as we worked on adding elaboration and analysis into our paragraphs.
  • Reading-Students started their Post-Assessments for our Social Issues unit. We will continue this into tomorrow.
  • Compacted- Students chose their Book Club books and created their constitutions today. Our first meeting will be Friday!
  • Homework-Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/28/2017:

  • Writing- We continued working on Compare/ Contrast outlines. Students did a flash draft to see how their knowledge of structure and formatting is carrying over from the rest of the unit.
  • Reading- We worked on Assessment questions again. Students worked together to craft the best answers they could and then we did some class modeling. Students seem very prepared for their assessment tomorrow!
  • Compacted- We worked on Theme and finding important universal claims in our stories and media.
  • Homework: Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/27/2017:

  • Writing-Students began working on Compare and Contrast ideas for their next essay. We used Pixar shorts to fill out the outline.
  • Reading- We practiced post-assessment question answering in groups and as a class.
  • Compacted-Students chose a short story for their essays on themes and worked on annotating for the class period.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/20/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued finalizing their drafts for the Theme Literary Essays. We used a Calkin's checklist to ensure that we had all the components necessary for success.
  • Reading- Students visited the library to stock up for Thanksgiving Break and then we worked on our jots and finishing our second Social Issues Book Club books. Students will be finishing the books and these clubs tomorrow.
  • Compacted- Students continued reading short stories to make the ideas of Social Issues more concrete in their minds. We will be starting our actual book clubs soon!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/17/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their essays and crafting powerful introductions and conclusions. We are also working to add in story-telling and our own perspectives.
  • Reading- Students met with their Book Clubs today and discussed their stories and themes they see arising. We then had some independent reading time.
  • Compacted- Students talked about themes and social issues. We continued looking for perspectives in our short stories.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

11/16/2017:

  • Writing- We explored the concepts behind introductions and conclusions, and how powerful writing can engage readers and make our claims that much better. Students them practiced their own beginnings and endings for their essays (due Tuesday)!
  • Reading- We continued working on the concepts of author's craft and perspective. Students read independently in their Book Club books and worked on their jots. We also had an author's visit from non-fiction writer Sarah Albee!
  • Compacted- Students continued studying mentor text "Raymond's Run" this time focusing on perspective. They then applied these new skills while reading a new short story.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs (Due Friday!)

11/15/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued their outlining and some started drafting in Classroom! These essays are coming along great!
  • Reading- We FINALLY got back to City of Ember today! We used the read aloud to explore author's craft and took some time to analyze writing decisions. The students then met in Book Clubs and had some independent reading time.
  • Compacted- We finished "Raymond's Run" and talked about social issues in stories. Students then chose from a variety of short stories to apply the techniques we had practiced together.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log.

11/14/2017:

  • Writing- We looked at mentor texts for Literary Essays on theme. We annotated and worked on finding ways to add depth to our essays.
  • Reading- We read the Book "Harvesting Hope" and talked about perspective. Students used this lesson to analyze their book club books.
  • Compacted- Students began their Social Issues unit by talking about how these issues affect the world around us. We also began reading a mentor text "Raymond's Run".
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/13/2017: FIELD TRIP DAY!

11/10/2017:

  • Writing- Students started their outlines today after finishing up their claims in their groups.
  • Reading- We had our first book club meeting today! Students discussed their characters, perspective, stereotyping, and author's craft. We then had some extra reading time since we will be gone all day Monday on our field trip!
  • Compacted- Students spent their last working day perfecting their personal narratives. They are looking great!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log.

11/9/2017:

  • Writing- Today we broke up into our short story groups and answered the four Theme questions we've been working with. Once students had come up with a theme we worked on crafting claims.
  • Reading- We used some music videos to talk about Author's Craft and how it impacts our books and media that we experience. Students then worked on finding author techniques and goals in their Book Club books.
  • Compacted- We turned in our reading goals and then worked on our narratives. Narratives are due TOMORROW!!
  • Homework-Read (30), Jot(3), Reading Logs!

11/8/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued reading and annotating their short story selections. As a class we discussed theme and how we can use universal lessons to analyze literature. Students completed some t-charts and note-taking strategies.
  • Reading-Book Club Constitution Day! We created constitutions for our new groups and set some goals for our personal reading. First Book Club meeting will be Friday!
  • Compacted- Students continued drafting and revising their personal narratives. These will be due on Friday, November 10th!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs! Compacted may use their Hero's Journey packet from Apogee as their jots!

11/7/2017: NO SCHOOL!

11/6/2017:

  • Writing- The students took some time to find new stories to work with. They read through some of the choices and then began annotating once they had picked their favorite.
  • Reading- Mrs. Frese (our wonderful librarian) came to visit us today and gave some book talks on new options in the library! We then created our Book Club constitutions for our second round of Social Issues books.
  • Compacted- Students worked on getting their personal narrative finished up. We talked about dialogue and inner thinking and how both add depth to our stories and engage our readers in a deeper way.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/3/2017:

  • Writing- Today we finished our essays, making our last changes and claims. They're looking pretty good so far!
  • Reading- Students had their final Book Club meetings for their first Social Issues books. The students discussed themes, perspectives, and characters. We then chose our new books for the next round and began reading.
  • Compacted- We continued drafting our narratives today. The students are really working on challenging themselves to add depth to their stories!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

11/2/2017:

  • Writing- Today students worked on making sure they were analyzing evidence in their essay. We talked about how our readers need context and background information, as well as compelling explanations for our claims.
  • Reading- We visited the library, and then spoke about perspective. I asked the students to jot about their character's perspective in terms of their social issues. Book Clubs end tomorrow!
  • Compacted- We talked about formatting dialogue and using paragraphing to make our narratives better and more exciting and engaging for our readers.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

11/1/2017:

  • Writing- Today we studied a mentor text to make sure that we understand the actual formatting of this essay we are working on. Students continued to work on adding depth to their ideas and analysis.
  • Reading- Students explored themes in "Raymond's Run" as we talked about ways to find themes in novels and short stories. Students then worked together to find themes in their Book Club books.
  • Compacted- We continued to work on adding internal depth to our stories. Students set goals for themselves on Monday and are working to meet those goals as they continue crafting their narratives.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/31/2017:

  • Writing- Students continued working on their outlines for the Literary Essay on Character. Many of them will be finishing up in the following days. They are doing a wonderful job!
  • Reading- Today we read a spooky story called "Best Friends". I asked the students to think about the perspectives of the two friends and how different their views were. We then did some creative writing to "finish" the story. I gave students a lot of independent reading time today, so NO HOMEWORK!
  • Compacted- Today we read a spooky story called "Best Friends". I asked the students to think about the perspectives of the two friends and how different their views were. We then did some creative writing to "finish" the story. I gave students a lot of independent reading time today, so NO HOMEWORK!
  • Homework: NO HOMEWORK! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

10/30/2017:

  • Writing- Today we continued our group claims about our characters and then began outlining our essays! The students are doing a wonderful job finding evidence for their ideas!
  • Reading- We discussed perspective and the questions we should be asking ourselves when trying to understand a character's perspective. We also read "They All Saw A Cat" as a way to simplify a pretty complex idea.
  • Compacted- Students set some writing goals for themselves and made sure to clarify their meaning in their stories. We began drafting our first personal narrative using those goals and ideas!
  • Homework-Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

10/26/2017:

  • Writing- We continued working on our annotations and creating a claim about our characters.
  • Reading- Today I gave the students a lot of reading time and asked them to concentrate on finding the characters struggling with Power, Positioning, and Perspective in their Book Club Books.
  • Compacted- Students continued drafting their personal narrative and focusing on adding depth to our stories.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log.

10/25/2017:

  • Writing- Today we explored the six story choices for the students to pick for their Literary Essay on Character. Once the students had chosen they used the rest of the time to do a close-reading and annotation session with their story.
  • Reading- We talked about Power, Positioning, and Perspective and how those three things together give our stories meaning. Students completed some activities and then applied the knowledge to their Book Club books.
  • Compacted- Today we're asking ourselves, "What is my story REALLY about?" We are going to explore some deeper in our stories and the reasons why we really tell our stories.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/24/2017:

  • Writing- Today we discussed details in writing and why authors add those details into their stories. The students used a mentor text to find evidence for their trait claims about characters.
  • Reading- We completed a Social Issues anchor chart over "Raymond's Run", finding text evidence to show the issues were being addressed. I then asked the students to focus on creating the same type of chart for their book club book. This took the place of jotting for the day.
  • Compacted- Students did their first flash draft of their personal narrative.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs due tomorrow!!!

10/23/2017:

  • Writing- Today we worked on finding specific details in a text that helps us understand our characters better. This ultimately helps us create valid claims for our essays.
  • Reading- We got to go and see the Book Fair today! The students browsed and played a scavenger hunt game to find some of the things offered by Scholastic. We then met in our book club groups and did some independent reading.
  • Compacted- Students did their first Flash Draft for their personal narrative and worked on identifying strengths and weaknesses in their narratives.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/20/2017:

  • Writing- Students will start working on Literary Analysis by reading "Raymond's Run".
  • Reading- Student will continue reading their book club books in class today. Our first meeting will be on Monday! Students will be asked to jot about the social issues they are noticing in their novels.
  • Compacted- Students will do a flash draft in their folders of an important moment in their life.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/19/2017:

  • Writing- Happy National Day of Writing!! We celebrated this nation-wide movement with some fun stations today! Students used the hashtag #WhyIWrite to express the different reasons we choose to write. The students' responses were AWESOME! I'll post a picture later :)
  • Reading- Today we began our talks about Social Issues and how these issues can affect our characters. We discussed different issues facing diverse groups and then talked about how we can start looking for this in our novels for Book Clubs.
  • Compacted- Happy National Day of Writing!! We celebrated this nation-wide movement with some fun stations today! Students used the hashtag #WhyIWrite to express the different reasons we choose to write. The students' responses were AWESOME! I'll post a picture later :)
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log

10/18/2017:

  • Writing- Third day of Bootcamp! Today the students struck out on their own and attempted to follow the structure we've been talking about in class. They did a great job! I'm so impressed with them :)
  • Reading- New Book Clubs! Students got their assignment for their Social Issues Book Clubs and we started reading today.
  • Compacted- Students talked about Firsts, Lasts, and Important events in their lives to help them brainstorm for their first draft of their narratives. They're Pre On Demands were so great we're going to shorten the unit and try to delve a little deeper into great story-telling :)
  • Homework- None :) Students did their reading today in class so they are welcome to read more, but it's only require if they haven't reached their daily goal.

10/17/2017:

  • Writing- Second day of Essay Bootcamp! The students continued working on formatting and structure. We also added in some transition words, synonyms, and intros for our evidence.
  • Reading- students did their Pre-On Demand for our Social Issues unit. Book Clubs start tomorrow!
  • Compacted- Students took their Pre-On Demand for their narrative unit. We will begin the unit tomorrow :)
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

10/16/2017

  • Writing- We started Essay Bootcamp today! Using the well known story of The Three Little Pigs, we made a claim and supported it with details. I modeled a claim and a body paragraph for them, and the students worked on the second body paragraph with a partner. We will continue this work tomorrow.
  • Reading-Students completed their work for our character unit by showing what they know on a few questions about Princess and the Frog. This movie and the character work will be a nice bridge into our Social Issues unit we are starting tomorrow!
  • Compacted- Students completed their work for our character unit by showing what they know on a few questions about Princess and the Frog. I then gave the students some independent reading time because we've been missing it!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs!

10/13/2017:

  • Writing- Students worked on quick writes and jotting ideas for future reference. We also celebrated the publication of our first narratives!
  • Reading- Students finished up their work on Character Posters and The Princess and the Frog.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their work on Character Posters and The Princess and the Frog.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log (Due Monday).

10/12/2017:

  • Writing- Students worked on their Literary Argument On Demand today. We will be starting the unit on Monday.
  • Reading- Students continued to work on their Character Posters and analysis of The Princess and the Frog.
  • Compacted- Students continued to work on their Character Posters and analysis of The Princess and the Frog.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log (Due Monday). Character Posters are due tomorrow at the latest!

10/11/2017:

  • Writing- Today we talked about commonly confused words and then did one final revision session on our narratives. Students turned in their narrative that they will be publishing!
  • Reading- As a culminating activity for our Character unit we took some time to watch and analyze The Princess and the Frog. We focused on setting, conflict, and struggles of our characters. Students that needed to do so also continued working on their Character Posters.
  • Compacted- As a culminating activity for our Character unit we took some time to watch and analyze The Princess and the Frog. We focused on setting, conflict, and struggles of our characters. Students that needed to do so also continued working on their Character Posters.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs, Character Posters due tomorrow at the end of class!

10/10/2017:

  • Writing- Today we talked about conventions like capital letters and commonly confused words. Students worked together to figure out correct formatting and conventions. We then applied these lessons to our narratives.
  • Reading- Students continued working on their Character Posters. They are looking great!
  • Compacted- Students continued working on their Character Posters. They are looking great!
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BOOK CLUB BOOK BACK TOMORROW!

10/9/2017:

  • Writing- Today we talked about introductory phrases, transition words, and comma placement. Students did some partner work to practice these new skills and then worked on adding correct conventions and complex sentences to their narratives.
  • Reading- Student are working on their culminating project for Character Book Clubs. We are creating Character Posters to "show what we know" about our protagonists. Students are using character relationships, struggles, traits, and favorite quotes to create a vivid picture of their character.
  • Compacted- Student are working on their culminating project for Character Book Clubs. We are creating Character Posters to "show what we know" about our protagonists. Students are using character relationships, struggles, traits, and favorite quotes to create a vivid picture of their character.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log.

10/6/2017:

  • Writing-Students completed drafting their second Personal Narrative. We did some peer review using the rubric and then students made their final touches and turned it in!
  • Reading- Students completed their Book Clubs with some final analysis questions and Story Mountains! We will be turning in our books on Monday.
  • Compacted- Students completed their Book Clubs with some final analysis questions and Story Mountains! We will be turning in our books on Monday.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/5/2017:

  • Writing- Narrative Unit Post-Assessment
  • Reading- Character Unit Post-Assessment
  • Compacted- Character Unit Post-Assesment
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/4/2017:

  • Writing- We continued working on our drafts and making sure we were incorporating all the characteristics of a POWERFUL personal narrative into our writing. Students will have their post-assessment tomorrow, and then finish their narratives on Friday.
  • Reading- We went to the library to get some independent reading books, as we finish up our Character Book Clubs. As a class we read "Gaston" and talked about how character's change throughout stories. Students will take their Reading post-assessment tomorrow and finish Book Clubs completely on Friday.
  • Compacted- We went to the library to get some independent reading books, as we finish up our Character Book Clubs. As a class we read "Gaston" and talked about how character's change throughout stories. Students will take their Reading post-assessment tomorrow and finish Book Clubs completely on Friday.
  • Homework- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs.

10/3/2017:

  • Writing- We went through our second narratives to look for dialogue. As a group we identified different places we could add paragraph breaks for emphasis, clarity, and general grammatical purposes in a narrative. Students continued to work on crafting effective, powerful dialogue. We then continued drafting our second narratives in Classroom.
  • Reading- Students finished up most of their Book Club work today in class by discussing the final set of Penny Kittle questions, completing a Story Mountain for their books, and discussing their jots.
  • Compacted- Students finished up most of their Book Club work today in class by discussing the final set of Penny Kittle questions, completing a Story Mountain for their books, and discussing their jots.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Log.

10/2/2017:

  • Writing- We went over Dialogue punctuation and formatting today, as well as correct paragraphing for narratives. Students used mentor texts to explore the different rules for Dialogue and then wrote some exchanges for a Structure grade practicing their new skills.
  • Reading- We talked about Theme and watched some videos to explore the idea further. Students then got their last set of Penny Kittle questions for this Book Club. I asked the students to come up with a claim about the theme of their book club book, and to support that claim with text evidence.
  • Compacted- We talked about Theme and watched some videos to explore the idea further. Students then got their last set of Penny Kittle questions for this Book Club. I asked the students to come up with a claim about the theme of their book club book, and to support that claim with text evidence.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Finish Penny Kittle questions, write long-jot about theme, finish Reading Logs, finish Book Club books!

9/29/2017:

  • Writing- We discussed powerful endings and how we can use the resolution of our narratives to leave a lasting impression on our readers. Students discussed some mentor texts and then worked on drafting. Students will be on computers next week typing their second narratives.
  • Reading- Today students did their first long write to evaluate and make claims about their Book Club books. We talked about powerful writing in terms of reading, and students looked at examples before they began writing. We then continued our independent reading and jotting.
  • Compacted- Today students did their first long write to evaluate and make claims about their Book Club books. We talked about powerful writing in terms of reading, and students looked at examples before they began writing. We then continued our independent reading and jotting.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read (30), Jot (3), and fill out Reading Logs!

9/28/2017:

  • Writing- Today we used some time in the beginning to tell stories. This was a good "jumping off" point for our second narrative and gave the students some time to see how we can be enthusiastic story-tellers. The students discussed their story mountains from yesterday, and finalized their inspiration for their second personal narrative. I asked the students to set three goals for themselves and then we discussed those goals and brainstormed ideas for accomplishing them. Students took the last 10 minutes to begin drafting in their notebooks.
  • Reading- Before our Book Club meetings we decided to take some time to talk about our jotting and WHY it is important to write about reading. Students "played their jots" by comparing their favorite ideas with their book clubs before the formal meetings began. Once the students were ready for their meetings they discussed the "Turning Point/Climax" questions, their Character Relationships chart, and their final plans for their last meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 3rd). As the meetings wrapped up students read independently, focusing on the resolution of their stories.
  • Compacted- Before our Book Club meetings we decided to take some time to talk about our jotting and WHY it is important to write about reading. Students "played their jots" by comparing their favorite ideas with their book clubs before the formal meetings began. Once the students were ready for their meetings they discussed the "Turning Point/Climax" questions, their Character Relationships chart, and their final plans for their last meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 3rd). As the meetings wrapped up students read independently, focusing on the resolution of their stories.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3), Fill out Reading Logs!

9/27/2017:

  • Writing- Today we began work for our second Personal Narrative. Students re-explored their Places Map, First/Last/Lessons Learned chart, and their Heart Maps and then thought about the new stories they want to tell. Finally, we started creating our External/Internal Story Mountain for Draft #2.
  • Reading- Students are focusing on the Turning Point/Climax Penny Kittle Questions, jotting, and developing their Character Relationship charts for tomorrow's Book Club Meetings.
  • Compacted- Students are focusing on the Turning Point/Climax Penny Kittle Questions, jotting, and developing their Character Relationship charts for tomorrow's Book Club Meetings.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read assigned pages, continue jotting, finish Penny Kittle Questions.

9/26/2017:

  • Writing- Final work day for our first draft of the Personal Narrative! Students cleaned up their draft and got some last minute notes from their peers and I :)
  • Reading- Today we discussed character relationships and how those relationships can drive our plot, conflict, and general story development. We discussed our Read Aloud book City of Ember and created a few different relationship chart types. Students then met with their Book Clubs and discussed Penny Kittle questions, their assigned jots, and created Character Relationship charts for their characters.
  • Compacted- Today we discussed character relationships and how those relationships can drive our plot, conflict, and general story development. We discussed our Read Aloud book City of Ember and created a few different relationship chart types. Students then met with their Book Clubs and discussed Penny Kittle questions, their assigned jots, and created Character Relationship charts for their characters.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), fill out Reading Logs. Writing: Finish Narrative if you have not turned it in!

9/25/2017:

  • Writing- Today we read some great examples of sixth grade narratives and student worked in partner or small groups to "grade" these narratives using the Rubric we will be utilizing on our own narratives. This was a great way to explore the expectations and familiarize students with the criteria for their own stories. We then did some peer-review using a very simple worksheet. Students gave one another some wonderful advice! We spent the last part of class finalizing our narratives.
  • Reading- We talked about complex characters and how conflict can evolve throughout a story. We then did some independent reading and worked on jotting about our new knowledge. Students all worked on the "Rising Action" portion of the Penny Kittle comprehension questions.
  • Compacted- We talked about complex characters and how conflict can evolve throughout a story. We then did some independent reading and worked on jotting about our new knowledge. Students all worked on the "Rising Action" portion of the Penny Kittle comprehension questions.
  • Homework-
    • Reading and Compacted: Complete Book Club reading for the meeting tomorrow. Complete Penny Kittle questions. Complete the three assigned jots (posted in Classroom if you were unable to write them down).
    • Writing- If you feel you will be unable to complete your narrative during class tomorrow, you should work on it tonight.

9/22/2017:

  • Writing- Today we discussed dialogue rules and the students got a quick-reference guide for formatting rules. We then did some peer review and commenting. Students finished up the last bit of class trying to utilize their peers suggestions. Monday will be our final work day before the first narrative is due!
  • Reading- First Book Club meeting! Students compared jots, talked about their Penny Kittle exposition questions, and created plans for the next meeting. I was very impressed by the students conversations! They are really showcasing their reading skills and making me so excited about their growth!
  • Compacted- First Book Club meeting! Students compared jots, talked about their Penny Kittle exposition questions, and created plans for the next meeting. I was very impressed by the students conversations! They are really showcasing their reading skills and making me so excited about their growth!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Reading Log, Book Club plans.

9/21/2017:

  • Writing- Today we set specific goals for our writing and continued drafting. The students' stories are coming along! We will continue drafting, revising, and editing Friday and Monday. Drafts are due Tuesday, September 26th!
  • Reading- Today we concentrated on book club books and jotting. I asked students to concentrate on character traits, conflict, and how setting affects the characters for their jots. We also discussed the Penny Kittle exposition questions the students are working on for Book Clubs.
  • Compacted- Today we concentrated on book club books and jotting. I asked students to concentrate on character traits, conflict, and how setting affects the characters for their jots. We also discussed the Penny Kittle exposition questions the students are working on for Book Clubs.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read (30), Jot (3), Penny Kittle questions.

9/20/2017:

  • Writing- We worked on our External-Internal story mountains and started revisions on our drafts. Some students chose to start a new story. Narrative #1 will be due SEPTEMBER 26th!
  • Reading- We talked about conflict and how stories are driven forward. Students watched various clips to help clarify definitions and identify the types of conflict. We then used these new skills to analyze Book Club books for conflict.
  • Compacted- We talked about conflict and how stories are driven forward. Students watched various clips to help clarify definitions and identify the types of conflict. We then used these new skills to analyze Book Club books for conflict.
  • Homework- Compacted and Reading: Read (30), Jot (3), Reading Logs, and Penny Kittle questions for Friday's Book Club Meetings. Writing- Narrative due September 26th.

9/19/2017

  • Writing- Today we continued our discussion about creating more depth in our stories and answering the question, "What is my story REALLY about?" The students analyzed two pieces of writing and discussed how to create a deeper emotional connection to stories for their readers. The students set goals for themselves in their writing and worked on their drafts.
  • Reading- We discussed the difference between character's emotions and character traits. Students used this knowledge to expand their understanding of the characters in their book club books. We also turned in our Reading Logs. Almost every student met the expectation and goal! I am VERY proud of them!
  • Compacted- We discussed the difference between character's emotions and character traits. Students used this knowledge to expand their understanding of the characters in their book club books. I challenged them to write a jot identifying and explaining a trait of a character in their book. We also turned in our Reading Logs. Every student met the expectation! I am VERY proud of them!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30), Jot (3), fill out Reading Logs.

9/18/2017

  • Writing- Today we asked the question, "What is my story REALLY about?" We talked about actual events, and their underlying meaning and impact on our stories. The students worked on External and Internal story mountains and the importance of knowing themes in a story.
  • Reading- BOOK CLUBS!! Students were given their books and put in their clubs. We then created Book Club Constitutions for each group. This is a set of expectations that the students will follow throughout the next nine days.
  • Compacted- BOOK CLUBS!! Students were given their books and put in their clubs. We then created Book Club Constitutions for each group. This is a set of expectations that the students will follow throughout the next nine days.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read for Book Clubs, Independent Reading (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), READING LOGS ARE DUE TOMORROW!!!

9/11/2017- 9/15/2017

  • CAMP WEEK!
  • Students will have time to work on independent reading and flash narratives while they are at school.
  • Homework: Reading and Compacted-Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Reading log. Writing- Finish Flash Draft Narrative #1 and Leads.

9/8/2017

  • Writing- We did our first Flash Draft for a full personal narrative today! Students took some of the techniques we've been discussing in class and used them to craft better narratives. We started with leads and set goals such as using dialogue and formatting correctly, adding imagery and details, writing in the moment, and utilizing figurative language.
  • Reading- Students finished up district assessments today and worked on independent reading and jotting. Jotting will be taken as a grade starting after camp, so please help me encourage the students to get in the habit of writing about reading!
  • Compacted- Students finished up district assessments today and worked on independent reading and jotting. Jotting will be taken as a grade starting after camp, so please help me encourage the students to get in the habit of writing about reading!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read for 30 minutes, jot for 3 minutes, and fill out reading logs! Writing- If students did not finish their flash draft that is now homework. It will need to be completed by Monday, September 18th!
  • Camp is next week! We won't be getting updates on the website, so the log for class will begin again on the 18th!

9/7/2017

  • Writing- Today we talked about leads and how important they are to the overall effect of our narratives. Students discusses leads and then practiced in their Google Classroom. We then did some peer editing with checklists to see how the students were progressing.
  • Reading- We discussed how important it was to understand the different types of characters presented in fiction. Students took some notes and then went and applied their learning to their independent reading.
  • Compacted- We discussed how important it was to understand the different types of characters presented in fiction. Students took some notes and then went and applied their learning to their independent reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Fill out Reading Logs!!

9/6/2017

  • Writing- We worked with mentor text "Carrots" again today and discussed emulating advanced writers. We set goals and went through our previous narrative drafts to see how we could meet those goals. Students shared out at the end with a shoulder partner.
  • Reading- We visited the library and checked out new independent reading books. Students that needed to do so finished their NWEA tests while the rest of the class worked on independent reading.
  • Compacted- We visited the library and checked out new independent reading books. Students that needed to do so finished their NWEA tests while the rest of the class worked on independent reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), Reading Logs
  • IMPORTANT- If you've noticed a book or two in your home that does not belong to your child, can you please have them return it to school? Multiple books have walked away from my classroom. These are books I have bought personally for the students and would like to find them! Thank you!

9/5/2017

  • Writing- Students worked on telling stories EXACTLY how it happened. We talked about different writing techniques and how narrators can only tell stories from points of view that make sense. Students worked in partners to mark up text and find examples of powerful narrative techniques.
  • Reading- Today was picture day! After pictures we worked on setting and meeting goals for ourselves. We also did our first Goal check-in from our Reading Logs. Most students met their goal with no problem! Infinite Campus was updated with their Independent Reading grade. A comment was made if your student struggled.
  • Compacted- Today was picture day! After pictures we worked on setting and meeting goals for ourselves. We also did our first Goal check-in from our Reading Logs. Most students met their goal with no problem! Infinite Campus was updated with their Independent Reading grade. A comment was made if your student struggled.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), fill out Reading Log!

9/1/2017

  • Writing- Students worked on finishing their Places Sketch, their "Heart Maps", and their quick writes.
  • Reading- We talked about Story Mountains and watch a Pixar short called "Lifted" in order to place the various events, actions, and characters on our own Story Mountains.
  • Compacted- We talked about Story Mountains and watch a Pixar short called "Lifted" in order to place the various events, actions, and characters on our own Story Mountains.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read (30 minutes), Jot (3 minutes), FINISH your Reading Log.
  • Important Reminder: Reading Logs are due Tuesday when we return from the long weekend!!!

8/31/2017

  • Writing- Students created "Heart Maps" to sketch out important people (and animals) in their lives. We then chose a person to write a very short narrative about. The students focused on finding one event to highlight.
  • Reading- Students finished up their NWEA test and worked on independent reading.
  • Compacted- Students finished up their NWEA test and worked on independent reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes, work on jotting for 3 minutes, READING LOGS!

8/30/2017

  • Writing- We talked about how writers use map and setting sketching to help jog important memories. Students did some story sketching and then wrote a flash narrative about their important memories in a specific setting.
  • Reading- Students worked on their NWEA test and read independently.
  • Compacted- Students worked on their NWEA test and read independently.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes. MAKE SURE YOU'RE FILLING OUT YOUR READING LOGS! Continue working on jotting.
  • REMINDER: Meet The Teacher Night tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm! The presentations are available on the "Meet The Teacher Night" page if you'd like to view them again!

8/29/2017

  • Writing-today we worked with a mentor text and discussed different writing techniques we can utilize in their narratives. Students then continued to draft their narratives.
  • Reading- Students worked on independent reading and their jotting skills. We also read a bit of City of Ember!
  • Compacted- Students worked on independent reading and their jotting skills. We also read a bit of City of Ember!
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted:Read for 30 minutes and practice jotting

8/28/2017

  • Writing- Today we talked about times that matter. We made a "First Time, Last Time, Important Lessons" chart and explored some ideas for narratives. Students then used some brainstorming techniques and started drafting a narrative.
  • Reading-We talked about jotting and reading with a purpose. Students created Bubble jots and Two-Column jots based on their independent reading books. We conferenced a bit about individual jotting preferences.
  • Compacted- We talked about jotting and reading with a purpose. Students created Bubble jots and Two-Column jots based on their independent reading books. We conferenced a bit about individual jotting preferences.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted- Read 30 minutes and practice jotting. REMEMBER- 30 minutes of reading equates to about 3 minutes of jotting!

8/25/2017

  • Writing- Today we worked on our first On Demand. Students wrote narratives and showed off some of their skills. No homework.
  • Reading- We went to the library and learned some of the norms and expectations for class visits. Students were also allowed to check out books. We returned to class and used the rest of the time available to get some independent reading in.
  • Compacted- We finished Chapter Two of City of Ember, then the students worked on their Reading Logs and independent Reading.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes and fill out your logs! Bring your Classroom Library Permission Slip back!

8/24/2017:

  • Writing- Today we created our dream classrooms after reading the short story "The Kingdom with No Rules, No Laws, and No King". Students shared ideas with shoulder partners, larger groups, and eventually participated in a gallery walk to see their peers awesome ideas! After this we came together and decided on five classroom norms together. Students chose things like "Be Kind," "Be Safe," and "Be Responsible". They did a wonderful job!
  • Reading- Together we read "Papa's Parrot" and then the students participated in their first On Demand for the year (and for middle school!). Students then answered four text-based questions.
  • Compacted- Together we read "Papa's Parrot" and then the students participated in their first On Demand for the year (and for middle school!). Students then answered four text-based questions.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes and fill out your reading logs!
  • Reminders- Students will participate in their Writing On Demand tomorrow. Try to think of some events that you would like to write about! If you have not returned your Classroom Library Permission Slip, please get that signed and turned in!

8/23/2017:

  • Writing- Today we set up our Writer's Notebooks and started decorating them in order to take ownership of our work. We also discussed some of the 5 P's (Being Positive and Polite) for a school-wide lesson.
  • Reading- We continued reading City of Ember together (the students convinced me to read to them a bit longer today) and then worked on our own goal-setting and independent reading. The students are bringing home a permission slip that needs to be signed in order to check out books from my library. Please read and discuss this together. Students will NOT be allowed to check out books from me until I have that letter back.
  • Compacted- Today we worked on getting our Reader's Notebooks organized. The students also worked on setting a reading goal and filling out their reading logs. The students are bringing home a permission slip that needs to be signed in order to check out books from my library. Please read and discuss this together. Students will NOT be allowed to check out books from me until I have that letter back.
  • Homework-Reading and Compacted: Read for the rest of your 30 minutes and fill out your Reading Logs. Get your permission slips signed!

8/22/2017:

  • Writing- We studied some Six-word stories today and talked about how people tell their stories in a variety of ways. The students created their own Six-Word Memoirs as well.
  • Reading- We talked about fluency and how we can only get better at reading by reading! We started City of Ember together, finished our Reader's Notebooks, and the students had some time to check out books from the library. PLEASE look at your students books. We have a wide range of maturity levels represented in our library and it is important that you decide as a family what is appropriate for your child.
  • Compacted- We talked about fluency and growing as readers. The students and I started reading City of Ember together (they convinced me to read a bit longer than intended). We finished our Reader's Timelines, our Notebooks, and the students had an opportunity to visit the library to check out books. PLEASE look at your students books. We have a wide range of maturity levels represented in our library and it is important that you decide as a family what is appropriate for your child.
  • Homework-Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes and fill out your logs if you have them!

8/21/2017:

  • Writing- We read a story called "Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Cool" and talked about how everyone has unique traits. We then completed an "I am..." poster about our own unique-ness :)
  • Reading- We completed our Reader's Timelines and set up our Reader's Notebooks. Please look at the "Course Expectations" section of this website so that everyone is clear on the expectations. Students will begin checking out books this week. My personal classroom library has books that covers a wide range of age groups. It is up to you as a family to decide if a book is appropriate!
  • Compacted- We read "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" and completed our Reader's Timelines.
  • Homework- Reading and Compacted: Read 30 minutes.

8/18/2017:

  • Writing-We did stations for course expectations, getting to know you surveys, and book exploration. NO HOMEWORK!
  • Reading- We started our Reading Timelines and explored how books impact our lives. HOMEWORK- READ THIRTY MINUTES
  • Compacted- We did stations for course expectations, getting to know you surveys, and book exploration. NO HOMEWORK!

First Day of School (8/17/2017): Welcome!

Reading: We'll be focusing on procedures and classroom norms today. NO HOMEWORK :)

Writing: We will be focusing on the different procedures and classroom norms in the Writing portion of Workshop. NO HOMEWORK :)