Sunday, September 13, 2015

Thursday/Friday, September 17/18, 2015

Announcements and Reminders:
    Parent Teacher Conference September 17 from 3:30 to 8:00 pm 

Should you need a preview or plan to be absent from class on any of the days during the rest of September:

What We're Doing -- Sept. 15 - Sept. 30

 Book of the Month Book Discussion will be held next week. Be prepared.
And yes, you may bring treats to share with your group if you wish. 

  Cave Time on Thursday will be an assembly for seventh graders.  You will all receive colored slips and will all go to the assembly.

Ms. Dorsey's Cave Time on Friday will be held in Computer Lab 202.

Prepare for your post test on Literary Terms -- September 29/30.

Literary Terms

Book orders (Scholastic) will be sent in again on September 30.

Targets for Today:

I will participate appropriately in class
        (Utah State Core Language Arts: Speaking and Listening, Standard 1)

 I can select and read books at my own reading level.
(Utah State Core Language Arts: Reading Literature, Standard 10)

 I can demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English spelling for two sets of commonly confused words. (Utah State Core Language Arts: Language, Standard 2)

 I can recognize specific elements of literature.
 (Utah State Core Language Arts: Reading Literature, Standards 3 and 4)
    Specifically, I can recognize and define

theme, topic, summary, genre
figurative language:  simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia     (literal and figurative)        

Today’s  Agenda:
Pick up your composition book. 
Prepare for your spelling test.

1. Spelling Test:  were/we're/where, then/than

2. Your next test will be
September 25/28:

9. here/hear
How long have you been here?
I can't hear you.

10. barely/barley
I just barely made it into class on time.
I enjoy bread made from wheat and barley.

3. The Sorting Hats for
Topic, Theme, Genre, Summary Sort

For tickets!  (Draw or spin names!)

Random Name Pickers 2015

Words, Phrases, and Sentences to Sort:
  • Biography
  • Love is worth fighting for.
  • A young Native American girl is kidnapped by an enemy tribe, sold as a wife to a French trapper, and later ends up as a guide for Lewis and Clark.
  • Don’t give up on your dreams.
  • Fantasy
  • Friendship
  • Listen to good advice and don’t assume you know everything.
  • Love
  • Magic
  • Friendship is important.
  • Mrs. Frizzle challenged the kids to learn more about the human body, so they shrank themselves and the bus, and then spent the day exploring Arnold’s insides.
  • Mystery
  • A little girl breaks into the three bears’ cottage, eats their food, breaks their things, and sleeps in their beds.
  • Non-fiction
  • Picnics
  • Respect other people’s property.
  • Romance
  • Science fiction
  • Snowboarding
  • The caterpillar was very, very hungry, and he wandered around eating many various things.
  • Unicorns

Key for Sorting Hats


4. Figurative Language 
Literal or Figurative?  PowerPoint 

Prezi:    (brief)
especially for onomatopoeia

We copied the definitions for terms onto the Literary Terms worksheet.

Literary Terms

We didn't do this yet in A1: 
Figurative Language Pop Culture 2014  (10 minutes +)

B5 to That Boy is a Disease.
B6 to
B7 to Happy Now.

Should you need more:


"A hook shot kisses the rim. . . "
              from  "Fast Break" by Edward Hirsch



Figurative Language with Song Lyrics PowerPoint

Alliteration example from Adeleigh W. :
Baby Billy broke my big brother's bottle of blobs, but built it back together by bananas, and Billy's buddies (Bilbo, Bach, Bonnie, Brian, Brianna, Becca, Benny, Ben, Bill, Bob, and Breatta) dropped by to buy the bottles of blueish, brownish blobs.

If You Were Absent:
Arrange to take the spelling test.

See the list above for Topic, Theme, Summary, and Genre.  Find out if you can identify each item in the list as  Topic, Theme, Summary, or Genre.
Check yourself with the key:  Key for Sorting Hats

View the Prezi: especially to notice the definitions.

We didn't do this yet in A1, but for the other classes -- Watch this and find out if you can identify the types of figurative language:

Figurative Language Pop Culture 2014 (10 minutes +)

Key for Figurative Language in Popular Culture