Friday, November 7, 2014

A writer at work
Happy Friday!
     We finished our read-a-loud Animal House and Iz on Friday. The students were shocked to hear how the story ended with our main character getting something wonderful but not what she thought she wanted. Be sure and ask your child to fill you on the details. We will continue our work on inferring and character growth in our next read-a-loud which we will start on Monday. The students will take their character analysis skills to the next level in our next book when they write a compare and contrast essay on two characters.
Creative thinking hard at work.
     With much excitement, we started writing our personal narratives this week. We took some time talking about seed stories verses a watermelon story. We looked at our Narrative rubrics and  how the narratives would be graded. Students learned that there will be three grades on this writing. One for topic development, voice, sensory description, and rich vocabulary. The second grade would be on revision and the last grade will be on mechanics such as grammar, punctuation and spelling. We also took time to look at past examples of student's writing and what a quality narrative writing would look.  As the students began to get their ideas on paper, the creativity began to flow.
More writing!
     I would also like to thank all parents for your constant support and positive conferences in the last two weeks. You send your children to school everyday eager to learn. They are a joy to work with. 
* No school next Tuesday, Nov. 11. Veteran's Day