Monday, October 5, 2015

Wednesday/Thursday, October 7/8, 2015

Announcements and Reminders:

Today is the composition book check.  
  • If you need to retake your literary terms test, plan on coming by request to Cavetime next Tuesday.  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.
October 9/12 
Our next spelling test will be on ALL of our commonly confused words.
Practice with flashcards:

For your next Book of the Month, read contemporary realistic fiction.
See your goldenrod handout for the Book of the Month Assignment.
This is a link to  some examples of contemporary realistic fiction.
The book discussions will be held on October 20/21. 
October Group Book Discussion Evaluation.docx  
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

For other extra credit, bring me a copy of your literary entry for the Reflections contests.
This year's theme for Reflections is "Let Your Imagination Fly".  For complete information stop by the front office and get a Reflections form. The deadline is October 22nd.

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.

Today’s  Agenda:

Pick up some popcorn. Relax and watch a segment of this movie from the 1960's.

Theater 200
Playing today:  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 

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

Paul Newman

Paul Newman
Pick up your composition book?
Sign up for your October Book of the Month if you haven't. 

Discussion:  What sorts of situations make someone feel like an outsider?
(Appointment Clock Partner) -- (Whole Class)

1.  Journal Write (5-7 minutes):  

  • In your Notes and QuickWrites.   
  • Label this "Outsiders."   Label with today's date.
  • Write a half page or more in response to this question:

Have you ever felt like an outsider, or participated in making someone else feel like an outsider? Or do you know someone who feels like an outsider? Tell about one or more times like this.  

Another question to consider, but you do not need to write about it now:
Do you have a responsibility to help those at our school or in your neighborhood who may feel like outsiders feel more included?

What is a noun?

Composition Book Check 

Sparkle or other spelling practice? -- if time 

If You Were Absent:

See above.
You could write your journal write on a piece of paper that can be taped into your composition book.

Prepare your composition book and hand it in with the correcting sheet.