Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monday/Tuesday, September 26/27, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:
Grab your composition books and a copy of The Outsiders.

If you haven't signed up for a Realistic Fiction Book of the Month or turned in the Quiz of the Week #4, do that now!
Your Book of the Month assessment will be written on October 12/13. 
-- realistic fiction ---  writing about how and why a character changed ---- Who? How? Why?

Please keep papers that are handed back until AFTER you have your grade for this term.

We have some new realistic fiction books in the classroom:
2 copies of Deathwatch   -- Ben agrees take a job as guide for a man who wants to hunt bighorn sheep in the desert, but soon finds himself the one being hunted.

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief  -- Sammy is in seventh grade and solves crimes!

The Fourth Stall (Series of three books)   -- Mac runs a business out of the fourth stall from the high window in the otherwise unused East Wing boy's bathroom.  If you have a problem, and no one else can help, Mac is on your side if you can pay him or are willing to owe him a favor.

Targets for Today:

I can organize an argument essay.

I can collect evidence from The Outsiders for a future argument essay.

Today’s  Agenda:

Pull out your composition books to the Writing Prompt section. Write at least half a page with your thoughts about this prompt:

"Imagine you have to hide out in an abandoned church like Johnny and Ponyboy. You already have water and shelter. What else would you want to have with you, and why? What do you think Johnny and Ponyboy will want?"

Ready for some fun? We're going to do Argument Jigsaw Puzzles. (Sorry, not real puzzles...) These are the things you'll need:
  • one pencil/pen per person
  • one orange instruction sheet per person
  • two long pieces of tape per group
  • two blank pieces of white paper per group
  • one blue paperclipped group of Argument Essay puzzle pieces per group
When you get into your groupsfollow the instructions on the orange sheet. 

Once your Argument Jigsaw is complete, we'll go through it together.

Now, staple your pasted essay to the instruction sheets for each group member with the instruction sheets in the front. Turn it in to the top wire basket. 

Now pull out The Outsiders! Open to your character pages (you should be filling in details in the Says This and Does This sections) in your composition book and pull out your green theme sheet.

When we pause, be ready to write down two facts/details from the book on your green page.

If You Were Absent:

Catch up on your reading in The Outsiders. We will form a Cavetime group to do the Argument Essay Jigsaw activity together.