Friday, October 17, 2014

Writers at work
Happy Friday!
     Though we had a short week, The students accomplished a lot. We continued reading our class read-a-loud Animal House and Iz while practicing making inferences as we went along. Students were then excited to go off and read while documenting and practicing inferencing about their own chapter books. We also call inferencing, "Reading between the lines." Please remember that your child should still be reading over the weekends.
Enjoying a great book!
      We enjoyed a great picture book by Patricia Polacco titled, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother. This book was our lead into Narrative writing. We discussed how Ms. Polacco took one argument with her brother, one moment in time, and wrote a whole story around it. Our discussion led us into noticing what a good seed story is and what good writers do to keep a reader interested like, using dialogue, descriptive words, and figurative language to help the reader feel like they are in the moment of the story. We diagrammed a sample narrative to notice the use of a topic sentence to grab the reader, events and transition words that move the story along,  as well as a concluding sentence that sends a message or lesson to the reader.
     The students ended their week by choosing a narrative memory and beginning to take notes and map out their ideas for their writing.  
Enjoy your weekend!
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