Daily Classroom News

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.