Friday, April 24, 2015

Monday/Tuesday, April 27/28, 2015

If you have not finished SAGE testing, you will be called out of class when spaces are available -- likely not for a few days.

Pass back papers from the bottom wire basket.
Pick up book orders, if interested.

Today's Activities:
1.  Work on your Book of the Month Assignment which is due a week from Friday.
Finish reading your book if needed.
Create the rough draft of your cube and check it off with Ms. Dorsey.
Receive the cardstock cube and create your quality copy.

(Please pass back the work from the lower wire basket and book orders.)

Examples of themes in the next book we will read:

  • We need to persevere.
  • Never lose hope.
  • Always continue to work towards your goals and attain them.
  • Often we can reach a large goal by addressing one small goal at a time. 
  •  Individuals can survive in challenging environments.
  • In the end, the family bond survives despite  problems.
  • A tragedy or a tough situation can be turned into a triumph. 
  • Sacrifices and hard work pay off in the end.
  • Hardship brings understanding of the hardships of others.
  • People need to help each other. 

2. Graded Quizzes on commas and on poetry -- Open "booklet" (and packet)!
If you earn a poor grade today, you would want to go back and watch the PowerPoints about poetry and take better notes in your booklet.  Also, study the examples and correct answers in your comma packet.

3.  Write in your composition book  --  About War   Title your entry "War and Water" and include today's date.  Respond briefly to each of these scenarios.

You are 11 years old. You have been separated from your family by a war. In order to survive, you must walk to an area of safety hundreds of miles away. On the journey you must avoid soldiers and dangerous wildlife, and manage to find food and water. The journey will take months. You do not know if you will survive or ever see your family again.

If this was an experience you had to live through, how do you think
it would affect the person you grew up to be?

You are 11 years old. You live with your family in an area far from towns or cities. Your family does not have any running water or electricity. You are responsible for getting water for your family to drink. To do this, you must walk eight hours every day to a pond and back. You will have to do this every day for years and years.

If this was an experience you had to live through, how do you think
it would affect the person you grew up to be?

B5 to here:
4.  Begin reading A Long Walk to Water.
(For those students assigned to complete background research, here are the links: Sudan Research)

“I can determine the meaning of visual representations on a map.”
 “I can read for gist as we begin Chapter 1 in A Long Walk to Water.” 

Do you know what to do when you are asked to "determine"?

  • Determine means to decide after study. 
  • The word representations is made up of the root word present, meaning “to show or symbolize,” and its affixes (beginning and endings) re- and -tion. Explain that adding these affixes changes the meaning of the word present with re- meaning “again” (like repeat) and -tion meaning “the act of doing something.” Explain that when these parts of the word are put together, re-presenta-tion, the word means the act of showing or symbolizing something again, in this case with visuals or pictures on a map. 
present:  to show or symbolize
re- :
-tion: the act of doing something

Gist:  “Gist” is simply one’s initial sense of what a text is mostly about: it is a low stakes first “toe hold” into making sense of a text, preceding and less formal than identifying main idea.

What  does it mean to ‘effectively participate in a discussion'?  Partners. 

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If you need to retake your Word Parts Test this week, carefully study so you will receive full points. It will be offered beginning on Wednesday of this week and through Friday.
Word Parts with example words 
  1. auto = self    as in automobile, autobiography
  2. bio =  life      as in biology, autobiography
  3. con, co, col, cor, com = together, with  (prefix)   as in conversation, cooperation, communicate
  4. dict =   speak     as in diction, dictate, predict 
  5. duc, duct = lead    as in conduct,  induct
  6. graph =  write        as in autograph, biography
  7. in, im = in, into (or) not  (prefix)     as in import,  ineligible 
  8. inter = between  (prefix)     as in interject 
  9. ject =    throw        as in interject,  reject
  10. meter = measure      thermometer, telemetry 
  11. micro =   small          microscope, microbiology
  12. -ology, -logy = study of (branch of knowledge, science of)  (suffix)  as in biology, geology, etc. 
  13. port =   carry    as in import, export, deport, portage, portable
  14. pre =   before  (prefix)       as in predict, prefix, prepare
  15. re =   again (prefix)      as in reject, redo
  16. scope =   examine     as in microscope, telescope
  17. tele =   far     as in telescope, teleport
  18. tract =   pull    as in tractor,  retract,  attract
  19. trans =   across     as in transport, transact 
  20. vis or vid =  see     as in video, vision, revision