Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Thursday/Friday, May 7/8, 2015

To avoid fines [and drooled-on shoes], return any classroom books you may have by May 15.]

May 4: Composition Book Check -- If yours has not been checked, it will be soon.
War and Water, Water, Vocabulary (5 words), Success, 2 Column I Notice I Think/Wonder (For the classes B6 and B7. add "Alone" and the other vocabulary words you have been given.)
If your book has been graded, and you have not done any of these, write them on a separate sheet of paper, hand them in to be graded, then when you receive them back, tape them into your composition book where they belong.

Today's Activities:
Pick up your composition books. 

Your finished Book Assignments -- handed in flat -- are due on Friday the 8th.

1. Work on your Book of the Month Assignment which is due Friday the 8th. 
The final, quality draft is due on Friday, but you must have me check off your rough draft first!
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.

Examples of Themes in A Long Walk to Water

  • 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. Read: A Long Walk to Water

Reading for Gist and doing close reading.

I can successfully read for the gist.

I can successfully do a close reading (rereading).

Compare and Contrast:
How do culture, time, and
place influence Nya’s
character in ways that are
different from Salva?

How do culture, time, and
place influence Salva’s
character in ways that are

different from Nya?

How do culture, time, and
place influence Salva’s and Nya's lives and character
character in ways that are similar?

Add to your "I Notice, I Wonder, I Think" chart.

What is the author telling us?
How is she telling us through text structure?  through the words and phrases she chooses?

A1 from beginning of chapter 4 to page 42
B5 page 15 Page Break to page 39
B6 page 11 A soldier approached Salva and raised his gun.
B7 page 9 page break

A barn in Sudan might look like this. 

Building a Barn 

gourd, hollowed out for use

Women in Sudan, carrying water


The terrain of part of South Sudan

Lesser Honeyguide