Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:

Have a wonderful spring break next week! 

If you have not signed up for your book of the month -- do it today! 

You will have tests on commas and word parts on April 14 or 15.

Targets for Today:
I can analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events). -- Reading: Informational Text Standard 3 

I can use commas correctly as I write sentences. 

I can learn from reading historical/multicultural fiction.

I can analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). -- Reading: Literature Standard 3

Today’s  Agenda:

Poetry -- Today's Poems

This poem shared by Mrs. Mace --

After Zeno
"For my Father"

When he was
I was.
But I still am
and he is still.

Where is is
when is is was?
I have an is
but where is his?

Now here--
no where:
such a little
fatal pause.

There's no sense
in past tense.

-- by Kay Ryan

This poem shared by Ms. Dorsey --

April - Poem by Sara Teasdale

The roofs are shining from the rain. 
The sparrows tritter as they fly, 
And with a windy April grace 
The little clouds go by.

Yet the back-yards are bare and brown 
With only one unchanging tree-- 
I could not be so sure of Spring 
Save that it sings in me. 

  • What is the theme (the big idea that the poet is trying to express)?
  • Is there rhyme?
  • Is there a rhythm? 


1. Individual Reading Time:  Read your nonfiction book, and work on your book of the month assignment.

2.  Commas!

  1. Pick up the first worksheet.
  2. Add commas where needed.
  3. Correct your work.
  4. Ask for the second worksheet.
  5. Add commas where needed.
  6. Correct your work.
  7. And so on. . . .
You will have tests on commas and word parts on April 14 or 15.

3.  Practice your word parts!  (Use your chart or magical study guide.  Quiz a classmate.)

4.  A Long Walk to Water  -- read from the novel and discuss (especially how setting and circumstances influence the characters and how characters influence each other). 

A barn in Sudan might look like this. 

Building a Barn 

Dinka Home

Homes in Sudan

gourd, hollowed out for use

Women in Sudan, carrying water

If You Were Absent:
See above.

A1 -- Megan H.