Classroom News

December 14, 2018
1) Students started to create the slidesho on the interview of his/her classmate. (Assignment is posted in GoogleClassroom.
2) Students had time to finish Reading Plus.

December 13, 2018 -
I was in a workshop today.
1)  Students completed a worksheet on theme.
2)  Students started to create questions to use for an interview with a classmate.

December 12, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on reading skill: drawing conclusions.
2) We finished reading "The All-American Slurp"
3) Students answered text-dependent questions on the "The All-American Slurp"

December 11, 2018
1) Do Now 
Vocabulary Warm-up
2) We started to read and discuss "The All-American Slurp"

December 10, 2018
1) Do Now:
What does theme of story mean?
2) Students completed LinkIt Progress Monitor for Standard RL.6.2.
3) Students used the remaining 45-60 minutes to work on Reading Plus.

December 7, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on Drawing Conclusions/Making Inferences
2) Last day to work on persuasive essay.  Due today at 7:00 pm.
3) Reading Plus is due today.

December 6, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on Key Details.
2) Students continued to research and type their position essays.
3) Reading Plus assignment is due tomorrow.

December 5, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on Key Details.
2) Students selected a topic from the choice of five to take a position and write an essay.
3) They should have brainstormed ideas to support their position.
4) Reading Plus Assignment

December 4, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on Key Details.
2) Students completed test on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" and "The Southpaw".
3) Students finished essay on Egyptian Pyramids.
4) Reading Plus

December 3, 2018
1) Do Now
Worksheet on Key Details.
2) Position paper on: Should the Egyptian Pyramids be one of the Seven Wonders of the World? (five-paragraph essay)
3) Test tomorrow on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" and "The Southpaw".
4) Reading Plus assignment is posted for the week.

November 30, 2018
1) Do Now:
Have you ever heard of the Seven Wonders of the World? What do you think they are?
2) Students read and discussed pages 244-249.
3) They answered questions 1a, 1b, and 1c.
4) Started to brainstorm for position paper on whether or not the Egyptian pyramids should be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
5) Test Tuesdday on "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys" and "The Southpaw".

November 29, 2018
1) Meet the Author
2) We read and discussed "The Southpaw".
3) Students created a three column chart discussing motive and character traits for Becky and Janet.
4) Students had time to work on Reaing Plus.

November 28, 2018
1) Do Now
What is a long-term goal you have for yourself?  What motivates you to work so hard for your goal?
2) Video Clip
3) Internal and external factor activity
4) Activity for Becky.


November 27, 2018
1) Do Now
Explain the terms internal and external conflict.
2) Graphic Organizer
3) We read about the author James Berry.
4) Students used the To- With- By Method for reading "Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys"
5)  Students anwered text-dependent questions on the story.
6) When the questions were finished, students worked on Reading Plus.

November 26, 2018
1) Do Now: 
What does citing textual evidence mean? 2) Students will complete a LinkIt Progress Monitor for Standards RL.6.1 and RL.6.10. 3) After completing LinkIt Progress Monitor, students will work on this week’s Reading Plus assignment.

November 21, 2018
1) Students who did not complete LinkIt had time to finish it today.
2) Students completed a ReadWorks.org assignment: Thanksgiving: Fact or Fiction.
3) Today was the last day to work on Thanksgiving Acrostic poem.
4) Reading Plus assignment is due.

November 20, 2018
1) Students completed their help wanted  ad for babysitter for Junior.  Due today.
2)  Students completed LinkIt Progress Monitor for Standards RI.6.2 and RI.6.10.
3) Students created a Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem.  Due tomorrow. 
4) Students had an opportunity to work on Reading Plus.

November 19, 2018
Students continued to work on help wanted ad for a babysitter for Junior from "The Tail". Due tomorrow.
Students started to work on Reading Plus assignment.

November 18, 2018

I was absent on Friday.  Based on the short story "The Tail", students had to plan a help wanted ad for a babysitter for Junior.  Students will complete the assignment on Monday.

November 15, 2018
1) Do Now:
What is direct and indirect characterization?
2) We read and discussed "The Tail".
3) Students had to answer text-dependent questions. (If not completed during class, students must finish it tonight.)
4) Reading Plus assignment.

November 14, 2018
1) Do Now:
Review main parts of a plot diagram with a partner.
2) Introduced Unit 2
3) Students completed worksheets on Unit 2's topics.
4) Students copied story words for "The Tail".
5) Homework: Reading Warm-up for "The Tail" and Reading Plus.

2) November 13, 2018
1) Do Now:
Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up for "The Tail".
2)  Students presented his/her project on Escaping the Giant Wave.
3) ReadingPlus assignment is scheduled.

November 7, 2018
1) Do Now
What does Veterans day mean?  Explain.
2) Students read and answered questions on articles about Veterans Day.
3) Reading Plus is due this week.

November 6, 2018

Students completed an assignment in ReadWorks.org for Veterans Day.
Students continued to work on Reading Plus.

November 5, 2018

I was absent on Friday, November 2.  Students had a ReadWorks.org assignment on voting.  All papers need to be turned in today.

1) DoNow

Did you and your partner put as much effort into the project as possible?  Explain. (Type 2)
2) Students had time to complete their projects for the novel.
3) Students have an assignment in Reading Plus. Work is individualized to students' ability and interests.  Assignment is due on 11/11.

November 1, 2018

1) Do Now
A. What is the most important activity you should accomplish today for your project? (Type
B. Turn in classwork from Wednesday.
2) Students continued to work on their projects.
3) We played Kahoot - reviewed information about Escaping the Giant Wave.

October 31, 2018
I was in a workshop today.  The students had to read two ReadWorks.org assignments.  Any work not completed during class must be completed tonight.

October 30, 2018

1) Do Now:
Worksheet on conflict.  Students identified the protagonist and the antagonist in each scenario. Then they identified the type of conflict for each situation.
2) The project for the novel was introduced.  Students will work with a partner and select one of the following ideas:Movie Poster Project, Mapping It All Out—Setting Project, My Novel—The Sequel, Novel Recording Studio—Make a CD, Novel News—Create a Newspaper, Time Is Ticking—Timeline project, Novel Art Works—Art Project Options, or Dear Diary—Character Diary

Project is due on Tuesday, November 7.

October 29, 2018
1) Do Now
Worksheet on character (3 minutes)
2) Students will finish reading and answering questions on Escaping the Giant Wave
3) Introduce project for novel.

October 26, 2018

On October 25, I was on professional development day.  Students continued reading Escaping the Giant Wave. They had to read Chapters 3 to 5.  Pages 27-62.

1) Do Now:
A) If you were Kyle,what would you have done when you found out Daren was going to be on the trip? 
B) Name one thing Kyle did that saved him and BeeBeee.
2)  Students continued to read Escaping the Giant Wave. Students should have completed reading up to p. 109 and completed questions 1 to 30.

October 24, 2018

1) Do Now
Worksheet on characterization.
2)We started reading Escaping the Giant Wave.

October 23, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on websites.
2) Video introducing tsunamis.
3) Worksheet on researching tsunamis.

October 22, 2018

Presentations on travel brochures.

October 19, 2018
Periods 2/3 - Students finished their projects.
Periods 5/6 and 7/8 - Students started to present the project to the class.

October 16, 2018 - October 19, 2018
1) Daily Do Now
2) Students will work with a partner and research a country of their choice.  
3)  Students will create a three-panel brochure with the information they find about the country.
4) Directions and grading rubric are posted in Google Classroom.

October 15, 2018
1) Do Now:
Worksheet on Fact and Opinion.
2) Discussed atlas entry and travel brochure.
3) Students answered questions 1.a, 1.b, and 1.c on p. 139.

October 12, 2018
1) Students completed a Diagnostic Test on ReadingPlus.
2) Students have to complete a ReadWorks.org assignment.  Due date is October 17.

October 11, 2018
1) Journal (Type 2): What does symbolism mean?  Give an example of a symbol and what it stands for.
2) Vocabulary Warm-up
3) Discuss symbolism.
4) Meet the authors
5) Students had one of two stories they had to read.  
6) Students were broken into groups to discuss stories.

October 10, 2018
1) Do Now:
Literary Analysis worksheet: Fact and Opinion
2) Critical Thinking questions p. 
3) Read "The Lady and the Spider"
4) Homework: Reading Warm-up

October 9, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal (Type 1):  Do you think people judge others because of their name?  
2) Vocabulary Warm-up for "Names/Nombres".
3) Meet the author: Julia Alvarez.
4) Read and discuss "Names/Nombres"

October 5, 2018

1) Do Now
Journal (Type 1): There is controversy over whether or not we should celebrate Columbus Day.  What is your opinion on the issue?  Explain.
2)  Read articles on Christopher Columbus.  Create text dependent questions on the articles.

October 4, 2018

1) Do Now:
Journal Entry (Type 2):  Define fact and opinion.
2) Meet the Author: Susy Clemens
3) Read and discuss "My Papa, Mark Twain".
4) Students created a t chart with five pieces of textual evidence for fact and opinion.
5) Homework: Reading Warm-up for "My Papa, Mark Twain".

October 3, 2018

1) Do Now:
Vocabulary Warm-up: "My Papa, Mark Twain".
2) Students presented their Coat of Arms.

October 2, 2018

1) Do Now:
Journal (Type 1)  Write down two questions you have about the test?
2) Test on "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".  Students were allowed to use all material they have on the stories during the test.
3) Read p. 96-100.

October 1, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal (Type 2): What are two differences between "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees"?
2) Vocabulary Builder
3) Literary Analysis worksheet: Fiction and Nonfiction.
4) Critical Thinking questions p. 84.
5) Test tomorrow on  "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees". Bring everything with you.

September 28, 2018
1) Do Now:
What type of writing, fiction or nonfiction, do you prefer and why? 
2) complete questions on p. 77
3) Read and discuss "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
4) Students created a Venn Diagram to compare the two stories.
5) Test next week on the stories.
6) ReadWorks.org assignment is due today.

September 27, 2018
1) Do Now:
Vocabulary Warm-up
2) Meet the Authors
3) Discuss and reaad "Why Monkeys Live in Trees" and "The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees".
4) Answer Critical Thinking questions fro "Why Monkeys Live in Trees".
5) Homework: Reading Warm-up

September 26, 2018
1)Do Now:

Journal (Type 2) What is the difference between common and proper nouns?  
2) Notes on structural features of online resources and news articles.
3) Discussed primary and secondary resources.
4) Make sure the autobiographical narrative is turned in to Google Classroom by 4:00 pm.
5) ReadWorks.org assignment is due on Friday.

September 25, 2018
1) Do Now:  

Worksheet on nouns.  Identifying singular and plural nouns; identifying common and proper nouns.
2)LinkIt assignment
3) Finish personal narrative. Due tomorrow.
4) Students signed into ReadWorks.org assignment. Due on Friday.

September 24, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal Entry (Type 2): What is one thing you did over the weekend?  Explain. 
2) Students had 20 minutes to continue to write personal narrative. (Type 3)
3) Students were partnered to edit classmates paper. (Type 4)
4) Students started to type their autobiographical narrative. (Type 5)

September 21, 2018

1) Do Now:
Journal (Type 2):  Waht is a personal narrative?
2)  Students started to create a rough draft for their personal narrative.

September 20, 2018

1) Do Now:
List five event/activities in your life.
2) Students created a Coat of Arms to describe themselves.

September 19, 2018

1) Do Now:
Journal Entry (Type 2): How does the narrator's point of view affect a story? (5 minutes - 5 lines)
2) I collected the Reading Warm-up worksheet homework.
3) Students completed Vocabulary Warm-up worksheet for "The Drive-In Movies".
4) Literary Analysis worksheet on Narrator's Point of View
5) Students answered Critical Thinking questions for "The Drive-In Movies".

Tomorrow:
*Open House from 8:45 am -9:45 am.
** Back to School Night  from 6 - 8 pm.
** Short Session


September 18, 2018
1) Do Now:  
Journal Entry (Type 2 Writing):  name some things that were in the past that may not be around anymore.  (5 lines)
2) Students took notes on narrator point of view.
3) We read meet the author: Gary Soto.
4) Students copied story words p. 44.
5) Students read "The Drive-In Movies" and created plot diagrams for the story.
6) Homework: Reading Warm-up

September 17, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal Entry:  (Type 1 Writing):  What do you think may happen next in the story "Stray"?
2) Students finished working on the plot diagram for "Stray"
3) We discussed common and proper nouns.  
4)  Students completed Practice A and Practice B on page 40.

September 14, 2018

1) Do Now:
Journal Entry: (Type 2 Writing):  List two difference between fiction and nonfiction writing. (specific examples)
2) Read and discuss "Stray".
3) Students started to work in groups to create a plot diagram for "Stray".

September 13, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal Entry: (Type 1 Writing):  What do you know about nonfiction and fiction writing?
2) We reviewed the textbook and identified areas in the textbook that will be helpful for students.
3) Discussed and took notes on fiction and nonfiction.
4) Discussed and took notes on plot.
5) Students had to read "Stray" and be prepared to discuss the story.
6) Summer Reading is due tomorrow.

September 12, 2018
1) Do Now"
Journal Entry:  (Type 2 Writing):  List two things you learned about September 11, 2001.
2)  Students finished working on LinkIt Benchmark A.
3)  Students finished working on September 11 research assignment.
4) Summer Reading is due on Friday.  Make sure you turn in the rough draft and final copy. 

September 11, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal Entry: (Type 2 Writing):  Name something that has changed since 9/11/2001.
2)  Students completed Benchmark A on LinkIt.
3) Students continued to work on September 11 Google Classroom assignment. Students will finish the assignment tomorrow in class.
4) Signed papers are due tomorrow.

September 10, 2018
1) Do Now:
Journal Entry (Type 1 Writing):  List what you know about what happend on September 11, 2001.
2) ReadWorks.org article about September 11, 2001.
3)  Students started to research information about September.  The assignment is located in GoogleClassroom.   Students will work on this assignmnet tomorrow and Wednesday.
4)  Students will complete Benchmark Test A on LinkIt tomorrow.

September 7, 2018

1) Do Now Activity:
Journal Entry (Type 1 Writing):  What makes someone or something unique?
2) We discussed the emergency procedures for lock down, shelter in place, and evacuation.
3) Students completed an "All About Me Poem".

September 6, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed the first day of school.  We discussed the guidelines and grading policy for Language Arts.  The last page needs to be signed by the student and parent/guardian and returned to me by Wednesday, September 12.  Students received a textbook today.  The textbook needs to be covered.  The students completed an Interest Survey worksheet today.  We discussed the Summer Reading Assignment.  If it is turned in by Friday, September 14, the student will receive extra credit.