Friday, January 27, 2017

Happy Friday!       

Our Writer's Workshop continued this week with our focus on our persuasive writing pieces. Most of the students have completed their graphic organizer planning sheet and are now moving on to drafting on their computers. Students also worked on creating a survey to send out to classmates that may help strengthen their persuasive writing pieces along with an opportunity to learn survey creating on google drive. 

Reader's Workshop found us reading and practicing finding the theme of a story. We discussed how the theme is not the plot or specifics of a story but rather the underlying message from the author to the reader. We spent the week practicing identifying the theme in short stories and short movies before applying our knowledge to chapter books. We enjoyed the story by Madonna, Mr. Peabody's Apples with a strong theme about how "rumors" can hurt. We also read Patricia Pollaco's The Junkyard Wonders. This story's theme was about "acceptance" and "empathy." To end our week, we watched the short Dr. Seuss movie, The Lorax. The students unanimously agreed that "greed" and "making good choices" was the driving theme in this story. Next week we will apply our learning to our independent reading books.

We ended our week with our 8th-grade Buddies. We shared our "Gift of Self" projects and made valentine cards for the senior citizens at Bay Square.

Enjoy your weekend!

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