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October Updates
Posted by Abby LeBaron on October 03, 2017 at 7:11am

7th grade Updates:

As students continue to work through their JR books, they will keep gathering evidence in their notebooks and improve their analysis by saying more each day (see guiding questions in class, but also on the back of their Reading Bookmarks). 

Grades Updated & Coming:

  • Contrasts & Contradictions Exit Ticket for JR Book – Due Wednesday, 9.27.17 (it can still be turned in if a student hasn’t yet)
  • Again & Again Exit Ticket for JR Book – Due Tuesday, 10.3.17
  • Independent Reading Effort (checked weekly) – since students don’t have school this Friday, we will do a double-minute check on 10/13.  Students will need to have read a minimum of 240 minutes outside of LA class by then. 

              Students must be able to show their completed bookmarks at that time (tracking dates, pages, and minutes).

Later this week, Theme Identification & Analysis for JR Book:

Continuing notebook work on your T-chart 

  •  Collect evidence on character, conflict, setting, and/or theme
  • Record and Cite evidence with page #
  • Analyze evidence by asking yourself: Why is this part important? What am I learning about my character? Why does this keep showing up again and again?

Looking Ahead:

Students will be brainstorming, drafting, and revising their realistic narratives in October.  Although we have not gotten into our writing unit, it will be helpful for students to continue reading with a close eye to how stories are put together and the kind of craft moves writers make. 

Additionally, students can think about what kind of stories do they wish existed in our world? What kind of characters do they want to write about?

October Reading Challenge:

  • Each student has taken the challenge of reading 2 complete fiction books in the month of October.  They need to be able to talk about, write about, and think about both books.
  • Books that are more than 400 pages can count as 2.
  • Super Challenge: Read 4 books in the month of October and try a new genre for at least 1 of those 4 books. 

8th Grade Updates:

Grades Updated & Coming:

  •       JR book theme claim and evidence support (Due Friday, 9.29)
  •       Notebook work with EVIDENCE and practice analysis (Due Friday, 9.29)
  •       Reading Assessment for Evidence, Character Development, and Theme (in class this week)
  •       Bi-weekly independent Reading Effort – next check is Friday, 10/13 where students will need a minimum of 240 minutes read outside of LA class for a level-3 in effort.  

              Students must be able to show their completed book marks at that time (tracking dates, pages, and minutes).  

Later this week, Setting as a psychological place

  •       Students will continue to read their JR book and begin to think of setting as more than a place
  •       Students will do a Sketch-A-Scene that will visually illustrate how a setting in their book influences their protagonist to act or feel a certain way

Looking Ahead:

Students will be brainstorming, drafting, and revising their personal narratives.  As a way for students to start thinking ahead, they can begin conversations with you regarding places, people, and objects that are important to them or hold significant memories (positive or negative). 

October Reading Challenge:

  •       Each student has taken the challenge of reading 3 complete fiction books in the month of October.  They need to be able to talk about, write about, and think about both books.
  •       Books that are more than 400 pages can count as 2 books.
  •       Super Challenge: Read 4 books in the month of October and try a new genre for at least 1 of those 4 books.

 

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