Term 2, 2012-2013
Plan on writing a journal entry in your composition book each class day, as well as recording grammar exercises, and other items as directed by the teachers.
See the tab for Assignments.
Last Year, 2011-2012
Term 3, 2012
All editing and quick-write exercises as assigned.
If you are absent, see the class blog for the day(s) you miss.
Term 2, 2011-2012
Notes and Quickwrites
November 2, 2011: Self-Starter: Pick up your composition book and an Anticipation Guide. Tape in the Anticipation Guide. Thoughtfully fill out the Guide and write (next under "Notes and Quickwrites") about the first statement (about memories) what you know and/or think about the statement. Write one or more paragraphs for 1/2 page or more.
November 2, 2011: Spy Notes for The Giver: As we read the beginning of The Giver, students took notes on what they observed about the community.
November 14: Continue adding Spy Notes
November 14: Self-Starter: In your composition book, right after the last entry under "Notes and Quick-Writes," write the label "To Choose or Not to Choose: Jobs" with today's date, and write at least a half page about this statement: "It would be easier to have someone tell you your occupation than for you to have to decide." Write a paragraph or more, using a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion. Prepare by filling in the provided tape-in outline.
Use colored pencils to mark the paragraph:
Color the topic sentence green.
Color the supporting details yellow.
Color the concluding sentence red.
November 18: Tape into your compositions book, next in the "Notes and Quick-Writes section, the handout for transitions for a contrast paragraph.
As directed, write a holiday contrast paragraph in your composition book, right after the transition list.
Think about how one holiday differs from another holiday. Pick one aspect of holidays in general (food, decorations, activities, gifts, reason for the holiday, colors, etc.) and write one paragraph contrasting (showing the differences between) the two holidays. Remember to focus on just one aspect.
Total ___ points for Term 2 (____ points on Skyward)
(___ = 85%)____________________________________________________
Term 1 2011-2012
Remember that you need to have a composition book to leave in the classroom. You should have it at school by the beginning of the second week of school.
If you are bringing it/getting it ready later than that, check to see if I have yours recorded on Skyward. If not, show it to me, and ask me to record the grade. I may have you leave it in your class's top wire basket so I can grade it.
August 31, 2011
Here's what you should have in your composition book so far:
Table of Contents tape-in Table of Contents.doc
You also should have used sticky notes to mark the sections of your composition book. (See directions on the Table of Contents tape-in.
In the section for Editing
1) End Punctuation half-sheet tape-in
2) August 31 -- Notes on Four Types of Sentences
-- see link to document to download on blog post for August 31
3) September 7, 2011 Tape-in third sheet on Capitalization and passage from The Outsiders. Beside it you will have made a list of the capitalized words from the passage and why each is capitalized.
4) September 9, 2011 Tape-in half sheet on Capitalization and passage from The Higher Power of Lucky. Beside it you will have made a list of the capitalized words from the passage and why they are capitalized.
5) September 15, 2011 Tape-in half sheet on Capitalization and passage from Kathi Appelt, My Father's Summers . Beside it you will have made a list of the capitalized words from the passage and why they are capitalized.
6) September 19, 2011 Interrogative or Declarative? Changing a question into a statement when you writes answers to questions on tests and quizzes.
Interrogative: What did you do over the weekend?
Changed to Declarative : Over the weekend I. . . . . .
7) September 27, 2011 Tape in half sheet on Capitalization -- How'd They Do It? Find differences from the original, correct them, and explain why the original is better.
8) September 29, 2011 Students highlighted a paragraph to show parts, and circled the transitions.
9) October 13, 2011 Taped in Conclusions worksheet, completed.
10) October 13, 2011 Taped in small "booklet" for Paragraph to Essay
In the section for Vocabulary and Spelling
1. September 9, 2011 -- Spelling Dictation (see blog for this day)
2. October 2, 2011 -- Chart with any words you misspelled or on which you used incorrect capitalization. How I Misspelled the Word/How It Should Be Spelled and How I Can Remember That
In the section for Notes and Quick Writes
August 31 Plot -- A plot line drawn and labeled -- see blog post for August 31
9/2/11 "Insiders and Outsiders?"
Write for about a half page or so on this question: "Have you ever felt like an outsider, someone who didn't fit in somewhere? When and where?" and/or "Do we have insiders and outsiders at our school, or did you at your elementary school? Who were they? (not specific names, but types of people)
Label the page “Notes on Exposition” with today’s date.
Create two columns. Copy these headings and notes, then continue to take notes as we read.
What I've found out How I know from the text
It’s daytime. The narrator steps out of a
movie theater into bright
The narrator has He says so. He hates most
green eyes guys with green eyes
Darrell (Darry) and Sodapop The narrator tell us
are the narrator's brothers
Label the Pages "Characters from The Outsiders" September 7, 2011
Across the top of a two-page spread, write the names of these characters from The Outsiders: Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darrel/Darry, Johnny, Steve Randall, Two-Bit Matthews, Dallas Winston. Under each you will record information you find out about them.
Label and Pages "Episodes in The Outsiders" September 9, 2011
Across the top of a two-page spread, write the label. We'll stop now and then in the book to note cause and effect relationships.
For each significant event, write a sentence or more that uses the words "Because. . . . [this is what happened]. . . . " or "[This happened] because. . . . . "
For example, "Because Ponyboy was walking home alone after the movie, the Socs were able to jump him." or "Because Ponyboy's brothers and friends came, the Socs stopped beating up Ponyboy and ran away."
or "The Socs were able to jump Ponyboy because he was walking home alone after the movie."
On September 9, we wrote these:
"Cherry threw a Coke at Dally because he was talking dirty to her."
"Dally stopped bothering Cherry because Johnny told him to."
and others depending on how far the class got in the book
You should have continued to add to a list of events/episodes.
September 13, 2011 -- Label "Response to Bullies?" and include today's date. See this day's post for details.
September 15, 2011 -- Continue taking notes under "Events/Episodes in The Outsiders"
October 3, 2011 -- Chart for paragraphs about positives or negatives about October or autumn.
October 5, 2011 -- What's the Big Idea, Anyway? About Topics and Topic Sentences for Paragraphs
October 11, 2011 -- Before I Die -- at least 1/2 page
________________________________In the section for Books I've Read and Books I'd like to Read
September 23, 2011 -- The last page in your book should be labeled Books I'd like to Read, and divided in to three columns for Title, Author, and Notes. You should have filled out the chart for at least two books by the time we have done our book share in class.
Total 75 points for Term 1 (70 points on Skyward)
(65 = 85%)