Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sharing writing ideas
Happy Friday!
In Writer's Workshop, we continue to keep our focus on planning our narrative writing pieces. Students worked this week on a graphic organizer that has helped them to get the details of their memories jotted down. They focused on organizing their details and including sensory descriptive words. Once they were done with this first step, they met with a buddy to tell their memories out loud to each other. This idea helps them to see if they forgot to write down any ideas that they shared out loud. Next week, we will begin drafting the first draft.  To help us focus on what a good writing topic might be, we read the book, An "A" From Miss Keller. This was a wonderful story about writing with emotion and passion.

Our Reader's Workshop had us finishing our read aloud, Animal House and Iz. This crazy story about a blended family and finding their place in each other's hearts, had the students laughing at the crazy antics of the main characters. As we read the story, the students were inferring and keeping notes about the different character traits of each character. The students are now beginning a character analysis and contrasting writing about two of the characters. During this writing, students will be learning how to use compare/contrasting vocabulary to analyze behaviors of the characters. Along with this writing, the students learned how to use a fun and creative website called SpStudios. They had fun designing a character that they are writing about. In their designs, they choose the best ideas to show the characters true self.  


REMINDERS:
* If you are participating in the cookie/magazine sales, the big push to turn in your final sales are next week.

* Have a wonderful three day weekend! 

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