We are now fully into In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. Kids are learning how to annotate a novel, find themes, and write objective summaries. Students are responsible for having their writing journals full of bell ringer tasks and these annotations we are now making. The journal will be graded.
Students will be tested on Complex Sentences mid-week.
Also, students will begin learning Greek and Latin Roots.
Last week I graded Making Inferences tests, and I just finished grading the most recent vocabulary test (putting it in Infinite Campus today). Time for retakes is going to run out soon, so encourage your child to get on top of it if he or she has anything to make up.
I am currently grading their 1st, 2nd, 3rd Person narrative projects. Some students turned in great looking work! Some students did not submit their projects. Again, time is rapidly running out.
Thanks for checking in. - JN
Greetings - Last week we had a narrative project due and an inferences test. As a result, I did not test the students on the vocabulary listed in my last post. Therefore, Tuesday, students will be assessed. If your child has not turned in their 1st, 2nd, 3rd person narrative project, please encourage him or her to do so asap.
We have begun a new unit. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse is our anchor text. Students will be annotating and summarizing as they read.
Our grammar focus will be on dependent and independent clauses. I will teach this focus throughout the week and plan to assess next week.
Our writing focus will continue to be narratives;however, there will be a strong emphasis on using figurative language. Students will be writing fictional narratives for their last formal writing assessment of the quarter.
Hello - This week, students will be assessed on their ability to make inferences. We've been practicing reading short passages, drawing conclusions, and citing evidence. The assessment will be on Wednesday.
At the end of the week, students will be assessed on their ability to use the following words in their own sentences: acquire, specter, vacuous, infuriate, significant, deteriorate, fugue, metamorphosis, regression, principle, derive.
Finally, students should be turning in (ASAP) their first, second, third person POV personal narrative projects this week. They have a rubric and a checklist to help them, and I have spent a lot of time explaining expectations and helping individual students with narratives.
Soon, we will begin our new unit using In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse as our anchor text.
Thanks for checking in. -JN
So, Friday threw us off a little. I'll have to give students the sentence patterns test Tuesday, along with their new vocabulary list.
Students need to be working on their narrative projects. I gave them a rubric and an organizer/checklist to help them out. The narrative projects will be due two Fridays from now. That's really all there is for now. Thanks - JN
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