Language Arts Update – October 14 – 18
Grammar – 7th and 8th grade students will focus on making nouns plural, how to . 6th grade will start looking at all of the different types of nouns, how to determine the type they are, and how to punctuate them correctly in writing
Independent Reading – Students will turn in Goal 3 of their second reading on Thursday, October 17th. The dates for other goals are as follows: Goal 4 – Friday, October 25th, End of book form, Option 1 or 2 and Introductory Form for Book 3 – Friday, November 1st. Students have also marked these days in their planners.
Group Reading – novel – All grades will continue to work on Understanding Characters – Literature Project I. Students are using textual evidence to draw the character and will then provide proof of that evidence using page numbers and direct quotes from the book. Students will also begin forming their own opinions about character traits, and will begin backing their opinions with textual evidence. All classes will continue reading their chosen book as a class and will complete reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, and other activities associated with the book, (6th grade – War Horse, 7th grade – After Ever After, and 8th grade – The Outsiders).
Group Reading – Scholastic – Students will read the articles “Malala the Powerful”, “The Curse of the Hope Diamond”, and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. Students will use these articles to complete reading comprehension quizzes, review central ideas and text evidence, recognize tone and mood, use correct verb tenses and keep them consistent, review possessive nouns, fix fragments and run-ons, perfect apostrophes, recognize static and dynamic characters, and make inferences.
Writing – Students will continue writing imaginary narratives. Students are currently creating their major character, and will create a character sketch. Students will also begin creating a problem/solution scenario to include in their story, and will learn how to create tone and mood in their writing.
Journals – Students will continue to write daily using prompts they are given in class. I will share these (with student permission) every so often.
Vocabulary – Students are completing exercises to review Units 1-3 in Vocabulary and will begin Unit 4 with diagnostic testing
Idiom of the Week – One student per week is drawn to create a “literal idiom”. This week’s student is Joseph Cullen. Idiom dictionaries are available in my room if students need ideas.
Fact or Opinion – Students will be distinguishing between factual statements and opinion statements each day in class. Students will keep a weekly list that will be entered into a drawing at the end of the week (assuming all answers are correct).
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