Monday, November 4, 2013

November 5, 2013

1.  Leave your backpacks in the room. Bring your planners or student cards. 
     We are going to the Media Center for book talks and to check out books as needed:  Science Fiction or Fantasy.
About Fantasy
  • Events occur outside the ordinary laws that operate within the universe.
  • Magic is central to the fantasy genre.
  • Fantasy stories often involve journeys and quests.

Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories often tell about science and technology of the future. It may be set in space or on the Earth or another world.
Recommended Science Fiction:  Scroll down to the list for middle school.  We will be reading The Giver as a class this year, so do not use it. You could, though, read Gathering Blue, which is a companion book to The Giver.

2.  Individual Reading Time

3.  Fact or Opinion?
    ____  a.  Fantasy books usually involve some sort of magic or creatures who do not exist in the real world.
    ____  b.  Science fiction and fantasy are the best types of books.
    ____  c.  According to Mrs. Jones, our media specialist, the most checked out books in our media center are science fiction and fantasy books.



CSI  American Fork

Now Investigating:  

Conventions in Sentences Investigation 

Commas?  Where do commas belong in this sentence? Copy this sentence, adding two commas where they belong.

Label it "C.S.I. #6" with today's date: 

 Cool deep dark blue water flowed through the rough limestone rocks in the gorge.

3.   November Book Assignment:  Theme
Collect themes and evidence for those themes within your novel.
On November 25, write a letter in class about a theme from your book.

What is Theme?
What are some common themes in fantasy and science fiction?

Students received their packets for writing about their November Book and theme. 
You could open and print your own from here: 

If you were absent,   pick up a packet for your November Book Assessment, make sure you have your November book: science fiction or fantasy, and copy the CSI sentence into your composition book, add the two commas, then check the answer. 

originally published 11/3/13