February 13-17, 2017

This week, students are learning to read, comprehend, and interpret the Constitution for themselves.  They will also be learning about the Bill of Rights, specifically, and be able to understand the fundamental rights represented there and how they might apply in various circumstances. This is difficult work but so exciting and important!  We will also continue our realistic fiction, Nothing but the Truth, by Avi. This novel deals with themes of truth and how interpretations of truth are often based on perception, bias, and promotion of self-interest. Uses and abuses of First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press are also addressed in this short, relevant novel. I have extra copies if you would like to borrow one to read at home along with your student!   :)  Additionally, we will continue our study of Latin Roots, Academic Vocabulary, and Daily Language Practice.

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February 6-10, 2017

This week, we will continue our study of the Constitution by studying the three major compromises that resulted from the Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise, The Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Electoral Compromise. We will also begin continue our realistic fiction, Nothing but the Truth, by Avi. This novel deals with themes of truth and how interpretations of truth are often based on perception, bias, and promotion of self-interest. Uses and abuses of First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press are also addressed in this short, relevant novel. I have extra copies if you would like to borrow one to read at home along with your student!  :) Additionally, we will continue our study of Latin Roots, Academic Vocabulary, and Daily Language Practice.

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January 30-February 3, 2017

This week, we will begin our study of the Constitution by studying the three major compromises that resulted from the Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise, The Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Electoral Compromise. We will also begin a new realistic fiction, Nothing but the Truth, by Avi. This novel deals with themes of truth and how interpretations of truth are often based on perception, bias, and promotion of self-interest. Uses and abuses of First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press are also addressed in this short novel. Additionally, we will resume our study of Latin Roots, Academic Vocabulary, and Daily Language Practice.

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January 18-27, 2017

Due to the lovely weather we've been having, our plans have been pushed back a bit.  This week, students will show what they know on the iReady Winter Reading Assessment. They will also continue writing an expository essay on the traits of a chosen character from the novel, Cast Two Shadows.  This essay is a summative assessment of many skills that we’ve been practicing: close reading, analyzing inference, supporting claims with strong text evidence and sound reasoning, as well as writing with correct conventions, engaging voice, and vivid word choice. The final draft will be printed out in class Friday, January 27. Additionally, we will plan to have a belated holiday party on that day.  Students are invited to bring a snack to share, games to play, and a white elephant gift. (Please do NOT buy anything for the white elephant–students can just find something odd or interesting that they'd like to give away in the exchange and wrap it up anonymously.)  :)

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January 9-13, 2017

This week, students will continue writing an expository essay on the traits of a chosen character from the novel, Cast Two Shadows.  This essay is a summative assessment of many skills that we’ve been practicing: close reading, analyzing inference, supporting claims with strong text evidence and sound reasoning, as well as writing with correct conventions, engaging voice, and vivid word choice. The final draft will be printed out in class Friday.

 

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January 3-6, 2017

Welcome back! I hope your holiday season was full of joy and the good things of life! This week, students will have their final Socratic Seminar discussion of Cast Two Shadows and will begin writing an expository essay on the traits of a chosen character from the novel.  This essay will be a summative assessment of many skills that we’ve been practicing: close reading, analyzing inference, supporting claims with strong text evidence and sound reasoning, as well as writing with correct conventions, engaging voice, and vivid word choice.

 

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December 12-16, 2016

This week, we will finish reading the historical fiction, Cast Two Shadows. As students read, they will practice their skills of inference and analysis, along with periodic Socratic Seminar discussions and quizzes on the novel. Additionally, students will continue their practice with Latin roots, academicvocabulary, and grammar and punctuation practice.

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