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May 4, 2021

Presentation day was a huge success!  I told the students that the last two stories that they have written have shown fantastic progress.  I really enjoy grading when the dress-ups and sentence openers become strong, effective, and smooth at the end of the year.  It just comes with practice, but their recent stories have strong words and feeling in them.  Super proud of them!

Have a fun summer!  

April 27, 2021

Today we reviewed Chapters 12-15 of The Hobbit.  Two student's Hobbit Adventure stories were read aloud.  After going over our presentation assignment, we ended class with a friendly game of vocabulary words.

Homework was handed out in class.  If you lose your papers please e-mail or text me so I can send them to you! 

Next week we will do presentation in class and please have your vocabulary quiz completed, signed, and ready to turn in.  Parents should proctor the quiz and sign it at the top or bottom.  Finish reading The Hobbit  this week.

I am excited to see and hear presentations next week!  Have a fabulous last week.

April 20, 2021 

Class began by reviewing sentence openers and going over several chapters in The Hobbit.  We worked with a partner to correct any mistakes on paragraph I and II.  The partner was an editor who double-checked the checklist and made suggestions.  After reading several student paragraphs on “favorite places,” we worked on KWO’s for paragraphs III and IV.

 

HOMEWORK DUE APRIL 27, 2021

DAY 1

  1. Complete your KWO’s for paragraph IV and V of A New Hobbit Adventure Story, that we worked on in class.  * Remember that paragraph IV should be about more conflict, trouble, etc.  The trouble should rise to a climax during paragraph IV.  Paragraph V should be the resolution.  Problems should be solved, conflict resolved, and a mention of what comes next for the character/characters.

  2. Write your rough draft of paragraph III A New Hobbit Adventure Story using only your KWO and checklist.  Try to write in your dress-ups and sentence openers as you go.

  3. Read over your paragraph and make necessary corrections.  Make sure it makes sense.

  4. Double check your checklist and add vocabulary words.

  5. Have your editor check your paragraph and make necessary corrections.

  6. Read chapter 17 in The Hobbit.

Day 2

  1. Write your rough draft of paragraph IV.  End your paragraph with a clincher sentence that repeats or reflects two words from the topic sentence.  Write in your dress-ups and sentence openers.  If the words are not strong words alter your sentence or sentences to make your words more powerful.

  2. Create a clever title from your last sentence.

  3. Read over your paragraph to make sure it makes sense.

  4. Double check your checklist to make sure you have all of the dress-ups and sentence openers.

  5. Have your editor check your paper and make necessary corrections.

  6. Read chapter 18 in The Hobbit.

Day 3

  1. Put all four paragraphs together.  Make sure you have 2 of every dress-up and 2 of every sentence opener.  Add vocabulary words.  Double check to be sure you have your keywords in the topic sentence and clincher sentence.

  2. Write your final draft.  Underline all dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words. Label all dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words.

  3. Highlight your keywords in your topic sentence and clincher sentence.  

  4. Put all of your papers in order with your name on every page.

  5. Study your vocabulary words.

***Have a fantastic week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2021

In class we cut out our last vocabulary words! :) We cut all vocabulary words out except cyclops and minstrel.  We went over this week's lesson and reviewed The Hobbit. I handed out papers for this week's lesson and collected homework.  Then we ended class with a vocabulary competition.  I must say they are certainly learning their vocabulary words.

Homework due April 20, 2021

Day 1

  1. Read over A New Hobbit Adventure Story assignment page, especially paragraph I and paragraph II details.  After thinking about what you would like your story to be about, what character/characters will be in it, and where it will take place, work on your outline for paragraph I.  Use these questions to prompt your story.  

Who is in the story? What are they like? When does the story happen?  Where do they live or go? Why or how are they on this adventure?

2.  Write your KWO for paragraph I.

3.  Use these questions to prompt your KWO for paragraph II.  Remember this is the paragraph where conflict, trouble, and problems arise. 

 

What do they need or what? What do they think or feel about what is going on? What do they say and do?

4.  Write your KWO for paragraph II.

5. Read chapter 15 of The Hobbit.

Day 2

  1. Add a Topic Sentence to your KWO for paragraph I only.  This should be an attention getter or a clear introduction to your story.

  2. Write your rough draft of paragraph 1 using only your KWO and checklist. Try to write in several of your dress-ups and sentence openers.

  3. Read over it to make sure it makes sense.

  4. Have your editor check your paragraph.  Make necessary changes.

  5. Read chapter 16 of The Hobbit.

Day 3

  1. Write your rough draft of paragraph II using only your KWO and checklist. Write in the rest of your dress-ups and sentence openers.

  2. Read over your paragraph to make sure it makes sense.

  3. Have your editor check your paragraph.  Make necessary changes.

  4. Study your vocabulary words.

Have a lovely week!

April 6, 2021

We learned a new dress-up in class the (VSS).  It is simply a very short sentence of 2-5 words.  It is marked in the left margin with a #6 or just before the sentence with a [6].  We cut out vocabulary words and added them to our pile.  Then we reviewed dress-ups and sentence openers.  Once we finished going over our new assignment, we worked on the KWO.  Class ended with a vocabulary competition between boys and girls.

*IF YOU MISSED CLASS DO THIS FIRST.

  • Cut out these vocabulary words and add them to your cards; constellation, brag, splendid, and peacefully.

  • Read and learn about the VSS #6 Sentence Opener.  It is on this week's checklist. Read page 190.

  • Read about Unit 7 (Inventive Writing) on page 196 (NEW STRUCTURE, Inventive Writing) until the end of page 197.  The assignment says 2 paragraphs but we are only writing 1 paragraph.

  • Look at your checklist on page 202 and mark out paragraph 2 under (STYLE)(Dress-Ups and Sentence Openers).You will need one of each of these in your paragraph.

HOMEWORK DUE APRIL 13, 2021

Day 1

  1. On page 198 mark out (II. Topic B:) because we are only writing one paragraph. Then Create an outline on page 198 under (I. Topic A:) using the questions on the left to prompt you. First decide what Fantastic Place You Know.  It can be a place that you are familiar with or a place you desire to visit. If you are unsure what to write read over 196 and 197 again to give you an idea. Remember it must be a real place!

  2. Write your topic and clincher on your outline first, repeating and reflecting 2-3 keywords.

  3. Finish your outline by using the questions to the left of the outline if you need them to prompt you.

  4. Read 4 pages of chapter 14 in The Hobbit.

Day 2

  1. Write your rough draft using only your KWO on page 198 and your checklist on page 202.  Remember only one paragraph and try to add in your dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words as you write.

  2. Be sure you have 2-3 keywords in your topic and clincher sentences.  Create your title from your last sentence.

  3. Read 4 pages of chapter 14 in The Hobbit.

Day 3

  1. Read over your paragraph and make sure it makes sense.  Double check the checklist to make sure you have everything.

  2. Have your editor read over your paper.  Make necessary changes.

  3. Neatly write or type your final draft.  Use a colorful pen to underline and mark dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words.  Highlight the keywords in your clincher and topic sentence.  

  4. Make sure you have no banned words.

  5. Study all of your vocabulary words.

  6. Finish reading chapter 14 in The Hobbit.

*Have a fabulous week!

March 30, 2021

In class today we discussed a couple chapters of The Hobbit.  After reviewing dress-ups and sentence openers, we worked on outlines.  This gave me a chance to emphasize the topic and clincher sentences while students created their outlines.  

Homework due April 6, 2021

Day 1  ***If you were in class you worked on your outlines.  Pick up where you stopped.

  1. Read (Source A) on page 177, The Great Bear, in your workbook and highlight 4 facts you would like to include on your outline.

  2. Write your (Source A) outline on page 170.

  3. Read (Source B) on page 178, Ursa Major, in your workbook and highlight 4 facts you would like to include on your outline.

  4. Write your (Source B) outline on page 170.

  5. Choose your favorite 5 facts from (Source A) and (Source B) to create your Fused Outline on page 170.

  6. Write your Fused Outline on page 170.  Add a topic sentence and clincher sentence, by using 2-3 keywords that repeat or reflect.

  7. Write your rough draft using only your Fused Outline on page 170 and your checklist on page 182.  ***Try to write your dress-ups and sentence openers in your rough draft.

  8. Read five pages in chapter 14 of The Hobbit.

Day 2

  1. Read over your paper to make sure it makes sense.

  2. Double check your checklist and add in any dress-ups or sentence openers that you missed. Add 2 vocabulary words.

  3. Have your editor check your paper.  Make necessary corrections.

  4. Neatly write or type your final draft.  Make sure your title comes from the last sentence.

  5. Underline and label dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words.  Highlight keywords in your topic and clincher sentences. Put all of your papers in the correct order to turn in.

  6. Cut out vocabulary words (jealous) and (judge), add them to your cards.

  7. Read 5 pages in chapter 14 of The Hobbit.

HAPPY EASTER!

March 23, 2021

Class began with our "personality speeches."  These were the poems that they wrote over spring break.  Each student read his/hers out loud to the class. I learned so much about the students from their poems, and they practiced descriptive words writing their poems.  Then we marked up a paragraph that I gave them to practice labeling dress-ups and sentence openers.  After going over this weeks assignment, we ended class with a vocabulary word competition game.

Homework due March 30, 2021

Day 1

  1. Study all of your vocabulary words until you are very familiar with them.

  2. Take your take home vocabulary quiz and make sure a parent watches you take the quiz and signs on the last page under the last question. (If you were absent you will get your take home quiz next week).

  3. Cut out your new vocabulary words "constellation" and "brag."

  4. Read your (Source A) text "Orion" on page 169. Highlight the four facts you find interesting.

  5. Create an outline by using the four facts that you highlighted, write it on page 171 under (Source A: "Orion").

  6. Read your (Source B) text "Great Hunter."  Highlight four facts that you like.

  7. Write your outline on page 171 under (Source B: "Great Hunter") , use the four facts that you highlighted.

  8. Read 4 pages in chapter 13 of "The Hobbit."

Day 2

  1. On page 171 look at your (Source A) and (Source B) outlines. Choose the five facts that are your favorite and write them on your fused outline on the bottom of page 171 (Fused Outline).

  2. Add a Topic and  Clincher to your outline.  Remember to use 2-3 key words that repeat or reflect.  This should be a good summary of the topic or subject in your paragraph.

  3. Write your rough draft of  (Orion and Great Hunter) using only your fused outline and your checklist on page 174.  There are no new changes on this checklist.  Try to add in your dress-ups and sentence openers as you write.

  4. Add 2 vocabulary words.

  5. Create your title by looking at your clincher sentence.

  6. Read 4 pages of chapter 13 in "The Hobbit."

Day 3

  1. Read over your paper and make sure it makes sense. Correct words, sentences, and punctuation.

  2. Double check your checklist to make sure you have everything written correctly.   Make necessary changes.

  3. Have your editor check your paragraph.  Make the changes suggested by your editor.

  4. Neatly write or type your final draft.  Underline and correctly mark (with a colored pen) your dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words.

  5. Highlight your key words in your topic and clincher sentences.

  6. Make sure your name is on all of your pages and put them in the order listed on your checklist on page 174.

  7. Finish reading chapter 13 of "The Hobbit."

March 2, 2021

We graded papers in class. It seems to be very effective at helping students grow as writers.  We just finished a difficult unit.  As we continue to add style techniques the class gets harder and the grading gets harder, so it is important to pay close attention to the checklist.  We worked on writing a poem in class.  This poem will be read aloud in class when we get back from break.  Class ended after we heard a student's story from the Tiger Tamer assignment.

**VOCABULARY QUIZ WHEN WE COME BACK FROM BREAK SO STUDY THOSE VOCABULARY WORDS.

DAY 1

  1. Study all of your vocabulary words.  Vocabulary quiz when we come back.

  2. Read Chapter 12 in The Hobbit.

  3. Write a poem describing yourself using this checklist. Pay close attention to the example.  Your poem should be written the same way.  If you finished this in class, you are done. :)

POEM

  1. Write your first name.

  2. Write two adjectives that describe your personality.

  3. Write four words that describe your appearance.  Please use this pattern (adjective, noun, adjective, noun).

  4. Write five nouns naming things you enjoy.

  5. Write any descriptive word you choose about yourself.  Be creative with this one.

Example:

Amanda

forgetful, happy

blue eyes, big smile

soccer, swimming, stamps, friends, jokes

friendly

ENJOY YOUR SPRING BREAK!

February 23, 2021

Class was crazy today because we had lots to cover since we are changing units.  The good news is that we are moving to a new unit and we will only be writing one paragraph for several weeks.  We reviewed the preposition sentence opener and learned the ly adverb sentence opener.  The class helped me outline a whole lesson today.  This week we are working on writing a paragraph from two sources. So, we learned how to outline each source and then compile them into a fused outline.  Hopefully, by completing the outlines in lesson 21 together, it will help them understand how to outline lesson 22.

Homework due March 7, 2021

Day 1

  1. Cut out these vocabulary words and add them to your collection: capture, battle, myth, and gorge.

  2. Study all of your vocabulary words.

  3. Read your Source A text on page 159. Highlight 4 facts you would like to add to your outline. 

  4. Outline your 4 facts on page 161 under the Source A; "Pegasus."

  5. Read your Source B text on page 160.  Highlight 4 facts you would like to add to your outline.

  6. Outline your 4 facts on page 161 under Source B; "The Griffin"

  7. Read 4 pages in Chapter 11, The Hobbit.

Day 2

  1. Choose 5 facts from your outlines on page 161, Source A and Source B to write a fused outline.  Remember you can choose the information that you like best.

  2. Create a Topic and Clincher on your outline by selecting 2-3 key words that you would like to use to introduce the topic/topics in your paragraph.  Then use them to close your paragraph in the Clincher.

  3. Use only your Fused Outline on page 161 and your checklist on page 165 to write your paragraph.  Try to write in your dress-ups and sentence openers into your paragraph as you write.

  4. Read over your paragraph and make sure it makes sense.

  5. Read 4 pages in Chapter 11, The Hobbit.

Day 3

  1. Double check your checklist and make sure your paragraph has all of the dress-ups and sentence openers in it.  

  2. Be sure your have key words in your first sentence (topic sentence) and your last sentence (clincher sentence).

  3. Create a title from your last sentence.

  4. Add 2 vocabulary words to your paragraph.

  5. Have your editor check your paper and make necessary corrections.

  6. Write or type your final draft of Flying Mythical Creatures.

  7. Underline all of your dress-ups, sentence openers, and vocabulary words.

  8. Label them all appropriately. Dress-ups are labeled in the right margin and sentence openers are labeled in the left margin by using their number (look at your checklist).

  9. Highlight your key words in the topic and clincher sentences.

  10. Finish reading chapter 11, The Hobbit.