Monday, October 5, 2015

Friday/Monday, October 9/12, 2015

Announcements and Reminders:

   Today you will take the  spelling test  ALL of our commonly confused words.  Practice with flashcards:
  • If you need to retake your literary terms test, plan on coming by request to Cavetime on Tuesday, October 13.  Study so you are prepared to master this test!
  • If you haven't taken it yet because you were absent, come in during any Cavetime -- as soon as you can.
  •       If you earned less than 70/87 on your composition book, you may prepare it and have it rechecked by the end of the day on October 14.

For your next Book of the Month, read contemporary realistic fiction.
See your goldenrod handout for the Book of the Month Assignment.
The book discussions will be held on October 20/21. 
October Group Book Discussion Evaluation.docx  
Don't forget to bring treats to share with your groups!

The term ends on October 23.

Ms. Dorsey has gathered some contemporary realistic fictions books on the rolling table at the front of the room.  You may want to look at them. 

As you read, look for evidence for one or more themes in your book.

Don't miss this chance to earn extra credit:

Extra Credit Poem Memorization

Zombie Haiku Contest ends on the 27th! 

Contest! Extravagant (small, inexpensive) Prizes and Extra Credit

Book Orders are due October 28. 


Targets for Today:
Getting started on ---
I can determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text.  (Reading Literature Standard 2)
Getting started on ---
I can write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Also -- We will be working on the Reading Literature standards as we read The Outsiders.

Today’s  Agenda:
  Pick up your composition book.
  Make sure you have signed up for your book of the month!  Sign-ups are due!

1. Individual Reading -- contemporary realistic fiction -- Look for themes.

2. Spelling Test on all of your spelling words so far

3. Journal Prompt:   Under "Notes and Quickwrites"
Label with "My Responsibility?"  and today's date.
Write 1/2 page or more answering this question:
 Does each individual  have a responsibility to help those at our school or in your neighborhood who may feel like outsiders feel more included?
Take one side or the other. 

5. Subject and Predicate 
 Play Grammar Punk --
You must write in complete sentences, using capitalization and punctuation.
The topic of your sentence will be . . . . .
Both subject and verb must begin with the letter. . . .

6. Continue The Outsiders.  
Watch for possible THEMES.   Take notes under "Reader Response."

     It seems that a theme in this book could be 
       We can get along with people who are different from us.
    or  We can't get along with people who are different from us.
As we read, watch for evidence that would show which of these is one of the themes in this book. 

A1 read to p. 9, minute 15:45.  They have not made the chart yet.
B5 read to p. 6, top of the page. They have not made the chart yet.
B6 read to p. 10, "reminded of Will Rogers"  They have begun their charts.   -- through Two-Bit Matthews
B7 read to page 9, 2nd paragraph. They began their charts.

Create a chart of information about the main characters under  "Reader Response."


Here is some helpful information I've prepared -- especially for parents -- about  Our First Class Novel: The Outsiders.

If You Were Absent:
  • See me to take the spelling test.  It covers all of our words so far.
  • Write the journal prompt on a separate piece of paper to tape into your composition book, or come into Cavetime or after school to write it directly in your composition book.
  • Watch the video for subjects(nouns or pronouns) and predicates (verbs).  Write three sentences:
    • One in which both subject and predicate begin with the letter s. 
    • One in which both subject and predicate begin with the letter w. 
    • One in which both subject and predicate begin with the letter n.
    • Bring them to Ms. Dorsey. 
  • Read up to the page of The Outsiders indicated for your class.