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Language Arts Update – October 21 – 25

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Grammar –6th, 7th and 8th grade students will focus common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, compound nouns and making them agree with their verb, and possessive nouns and how to correctly add an apostrophe .     


Independent Reading –    Students will turn in Goal 4 of their second reading on Friday, October 25th.  The End of book form, Option 1 or 2 and Introductory Form for Book 3 will be due on Friday, November 1st.  Students have also marked these days in their planners.  Students will have the following turn in dates for Book 3 – Introductory Form for Book 3 – due Friday, November 1st, Reading Goal 1 – Friday, November 8th, Reading Goal 2 – Friday, November 15th, Reading Goal 3 – Friday, November 22nd, Reading Goal 4 – Friday, December 6th, End of Book form – Option 1 or 2 and Introductory Form for Book 4 will be due on Friday, December 13th.


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 paired informational text in the articles, “Are these Chips too Delicious” and “A Bloody History” in their Scholastic magazines.  They will complete compare and contrast activities and reading comprehension activities with these articles.  They will also read the articles “The Space Rock”, “Space Attack”, and “Should Kids be on Reality TV” and will complete various activities testing reading comprehension, creating debate questions, comparing and contrasting ideas, finding text evidence, and making 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.   Students will begin focusing on their first draft of 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 beginning Unit 4 with a diagnostic test and will complete exercises where students will write definitions, complete sentences, identify synonyms and antonyms, select the correct word from various options, and use the vocabulary in context.


Idiom of the Week – One student per week is drawn to create a “literal idiom”.  This week’s student is Alex Marzano.  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).


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Mrs. Roberts




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