Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday/Thursday, May 13/14, 2015

Important Reminders and Announcements:
  • Instead of assembling and sharing the book cubes today, we will do that next time.   That will allow more of you to be prepared to share.  
  • Next time we will assemble and share the book cubes.  Make sure your final draft  has been checked off by Ms. D.

Samples for Illustrations for the Cubes

Reminder: The text on your cube needs to be in ink.
You could write first in pencil, then go over it in ink.

DO NOT assemble it before you hand in the quality draft to be checked.

  • Don't forget to bring back any books you have borrowed from our classroom by Friday! 
  • Is there anyone who has not finish either part of SAGE testing? If so, see me at the beginning of class. 
  • If you need to complete make-up work for your composition book, see the tab above for Assignments 2014-2015.

Today's Activities:
1. Individual Reading Time

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



to ‘effectively participate in a discussion'

small group or two -- eye contact 

actively be involved in the conversation  -- participate 

stay on topic 

listen and pay attention

all opinions should be stated

  be willing to disagree


to ‘effectively participate in a discussion'

sometimes "Loud" 

willingness to share your opinion

willingness and ability to listen

work as a group

focus on the topic at hand 

everyone participates 

pay attention, listen

respond to other's comments 

don't interrupt when other people are talking

keep it friendly 

stay logical in an argument

agree or disagree   and sometime agree to disagree

B6   Thank you, Suzanne, for taking notes on the whiteboard!

to ‘effectively participate in a discussion'


Show respect

Share ideas




Make connections

build on others' ideas

ask questions

provide examples

dare to disagree if you do


to ‘effectively participate in a discussion'

responding to what other people say


multiple ideas shared -- everyone saying what they think/believe

talk -- examples 



the subject makes a difference -- Is it interesting or somehow

 relevant to the participants.

stay on topic 

everyone understands what the discussion is about

make your statements understandable and clear

logical -- makes sense

participate -- 

Reading for Gist and doing close reading.

I can successfully read for the gist.

I can successfully do a close reading (rereading).

3. Reading from informational text

Add these words to your vocabulary:

entrenched:   (You will receive the dictionary definition later.)  If your are absent today, click on the word for its definition. 

(Watch for this word in your reading and write down your best guess for its meaning.  Label that "My Guess.")

grueling: extremely tiring and demanding.
synonyms: exhausting, tiring, fatiguing

hydration: the act of supplying water to a person in order to restore or maintain a balance of fluids.
It's just over 1,000 miles from Salt Lake City to Kansas City.

   A. Follow along while I read out loud.  Read for the gist.

 Things Close Readers Do:
   “Get the gist of what a text is about” 
   “Use the text to answer questions” 
             CITE passages from the text(s).

   “Reread the text” and “Gather evidence (quotes) from the text”    
             CITE passages from the text(s).

*   What does the word entrenched mean in this text?

   B. What is annotating? 

   C.  Do a close reading to answer the following questions.                            Annotate.  
Notes along the edges of the text are called “text annotations.”
Consider these questions as you read:

*   How does Salva’s story 
          relate to this article?
           pair share    CITE passages from the text(s).
           class discussion   CITE passages from the text(s).

"According to the nonfiction article, " .  . . . "
"In A Long Walk to Water, . . . .

If you are absent today, ask for the article and the brief writing  assignment.

*   Who are the Lost Boys?

           pair share   CITE passages from the text(s).
           class discussion   CITE passages from the text(s).

4. Reading from A Long Walk to Water

A1 from page 42 to page 51 to page 54 at page break. (Need to find and write evidence.) 

B5 from page 39 to page 57

B6 from page 40 at page break to top of page 48

B7 from page 40 at page break to page 48, paragraph 2.