Labor Day Week

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ELA News for the Week of September 3, 2018

Whooo’s Reading clarifications:

  1. Retakes are basically this: read as many books as you want in any time frame per quarter. At report card time, we will take the three highest scores from the books chosen by students (as long as there is at least one nonfiction and one fiction book and as long as they are grade-level books). The fourth book will be the one we read in class, and that score cannot be changed.
  2. Students ARE given daily opportunities to log reading minutes. If your child is keeping a paper log, it is his or her responsibility to log those minutes into Whooo’s Reading at school.
  3. Students MAY take the Whooo’s Reading quizzes at school. Please note the due dates in the right sidebar.
  4. Students must have books approved by the teacher.
  5. Students should follow the links (in the right sidebar of this blog) to check the Lexile level of chosen books to make sure it is near their Lexile level. All students were given a card with their Lexile level written on it.
  6. You should see our photo tree! Each book a student reads for Whooo’s Reading means another photo op for that student and book!
  • Group, solo, online, and paper-n-pencil activities round out this week.
  • Students will learn how key individuals and events contribute to fiction and nonfiction texts.
  • Students will discuss and identify “author’s purpose” in a variety of texts.
  • Students will practice finding and using text evidence.
  • Students will Tweet to photographer Jo Farrell when they have completed their daily lesson. Ms. Farrell photographed the last survivors of Chinese foot-binding. Her work was the subject of the article we read last week.
  • This week, students will read a story related to foot-binding then create an imagined diary entry from the grandmother’s point of view.
  • Next week we begin “The Breadwinner!”  (I had hoped to begin this week, but we had to focus on a few more standards before we were ready delve in!)
  • Last week, students took the CBM tests. Results are being used to help students select appropriate books to read for their required Whooo’s Reading.
  • This week, the ELA Department is giving a “Common Formative Assessment” (CFA).  This online test allows us to measure students’ strengths and weaknesses with the standards being taught.

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We will cover the following standards this week:

  • 6.RI.KID.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and developed in a text.
  • 6.RI.CS.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in a text.
  • 6.RI.IKI.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats, such as in tables, images, diagrams, and words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • 6.W.T TP.3 Write narratives (fiction and nonfiction) to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

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