24 March 2017

Today students journaled using the prompt: “The box. The door. The crumbling brick. It begged me to enter.” Students were challenged to use the visual and quote provided to write a short story. I was amazed at the quality writing students shared today!

The remainder of the period was dedicated to students illustrating their summary from the “A Misunderstanding” story. Each student turned in his or her Response Sheet for a 40 point bronze grade.

HOMEWORK: Have a relaxing and safe Spring Break!

23 March 2017

Today we worked on a skill that can be difficult for us all and that is SUMMARIZING. Our target today was to summarize key details in a passage. (Identifying main idea and key details in standard addressed on ACT Aspire) We worked as a class to summarize familiar nursery rhymes before students were given the One Hand Summary “handy” handout to aid them in summarizing A Misunderstanding on the “A Misunderstanding” Response Sheet.

Students should come to class tomorrow with each section of the response sheet complete EXCEPT the ILLUSTRATION section. We will complete this in class Friday. ** Students that will be out tomorrow should come prepared the Monday after Spring Break with the response sheet COMPLETELY FINISHED.

HOMEWORK: Complete the SUMMARY for “A Misunderstanding.” Remember, it must be 5 sentences! Use your “handy” sheet as a guide.

22 March 2017

Today’s target for literature circles focused  on “SUMMARIZING text.”

As a class, we completed the Literature Roles Notes (Focusing on “The Vocab Wizard & Literary Luminary”)–Students that were out should see a classmate for the notes. Afterwards, I modeled the thought process for choosing puzzling, unfamiliar and important vocabulary words within a text using a news article on the need for safety belts on school buses. Students joined me in analyzing the vocabulary and quotes that were chosen.

In small groups, students continued to practice selecting puzzling, unfamiliar and important vocabulary/quotes using a news article about robot controlled cars. Each group shared at least one vocab word and quote.

Independently, students read A Misunderstanding and completed the “Vocabulary” SECTION ONLY of the “A Misunderstanding” Response Sheet

HOMEWORK: Complete the reading of “A Misunderstanding” and list 5 vocabulary words with definitions and 3  quotes from the text.

21 March 2017

Today Mr. Foster, my Phase 1 Intern from Montevallo, taught each class. His lesson focused on the role of a Connector in Literature Circles.

Students completed Literature Roles Notes (focusing on the Connector). Students that were absent should see a peer for the notes.

Mr. Foster led students in a modeling of how he connects to a text using the news article on seatbelts for school buses. Afterwards, he worked with the class to connect to the news article on water usage.

Students were then given class time to re-read A Misunderstanding and make personal and world connections to the text using the “A Misunderstanding” Response Sheet (ANSWERING PART II ONLY!)

HOMEWORK: Come to class tomorrow with 5 PERSONAL and 5 WORLD connections to the story “A Misunderstanding”.

20 March 2017

Today students were introduced to the roles we lead as readers of literature. This is an introduction to Literature Circles. Our target and focus today was on “creating QUESTIONS for deeper discussion.”

As a class, we completed the Literature Roles Notes (Focusing on “The Questioner”)–Students that were out should see a classmate for the notes. Afterwards, I modeled the thought process for asking questions about a text using a news article on the need for safety belts on school buses. Students joined me in creating questions as additional practice.

In small groups, students continued to practice asking questions using a news article about water usage. Each group shared at least 2 of their questions.

Independently, students read A Misunderstanding and completed the “QUESTIONS” SECTION ONLY of the “A Misunderstanding” Response Sheet

HOMEWORK: Complete the reading of “A Misunderstanding” and ask QUESTIONS and provide REASONS for your questions. ***5 additional relevant questions on notebook paper will count for BONUS points.

17 March 2017

Today students completed their Bell Ringer in Google Classroom based on the St. Patrick’s Day Video.

The remainder of the period was dedicated to students working with a partner on an ACT Aspire Reading Exemplar. Students were challenged to work with their partner to thoroughly answer the questions and give an explanation of their thought process in the provided Google form: “ACT Aspire Exemplar Explanation”.

Students shared with me (on their Goal Setting handout) that a common problem they have is rushing through questions and not completely reading the passages/answer choices. Today’s task challenged them to slow down and really think it through. Great Work Students!

HOMEWORK: None!

**The Giver by Lois Lowry is due in the classroom: Friday, April 14th!

 

16 March 2017

I finished returning graded work from the 3rd nine weeks at the beginning of each class.

The remainder of the period was dedicated to reflecting on our ACT Aspire Interim Test Scores (I, II and III). Students were challenged to set a goal for the Summative Assessment they will take later this nine weeks. Here is the Aspire Goal Setting Sheet students used today to complete the assignment.

HOMEWORK: Students that did not finish their Goal Sheet during class should come with it finished at the beginning of class tomorrow.

**Students were informed that The Giver by Lois Lowry will be due April 14th! Don’t delay…get your book today!

15 March 2017

Today’s class period was dedicated to finishing the ROTHMC Movie Analysis. Students completed the analysis of the similarities and differences between the novel and made-for-TV adaptation of the novel. Each student shared a similarity or difference they discovered. This was 15 point silver grade.

I began returning graded work from the 3rd nine weeks with the remaining time in each class. I will finish returning assignments and discussing grades in more detail tomorrow.

**Students were informed that The Giver by Lois Lowry will be due April 14th! Don’t delay…get your book today!

HOMEWORK: None! Happy Wednesday!

14 March 2017

Today’s class period was dedicated to the ROTHMC Movie Analysis. Students continued analyzing the similarities and differences between the novel and made-for-TV adaptation of the novel. Each student used the template provided yesterday: ROTHMC Movie Analysis. We will complete this analysis tomorow.

**Students were informed that The Giver by Lois Lowry will be due April 14th! Don’t delay…get your book today!

HOMEWORK: None! Happy Tuesday!

13 March 2017

Today I collected ROTHMC Vocab. Graffiti that was not completed/turned in Thursday of last week.

We reviewed the ROTHMC Test (100 points GOLD +5 point Bonus–review game participation) in detail and discussed common problem areas. Students returned the test to their folders that are kept in the classroom.

The remainder of the period was dedicated to the ROTHMC Movie Analysis. Students will be analyzing the similarities and differences between the novel and made-for-TV adaptation of the novel. Each student was asked to create this document in their journals: ROTHMC Movie Analysis. We will continue this analysis tomorow.

HOMEWORK: None! Happy Monday!