Monday, October 3, 2016

Tuesday/Wednesday, October 4/5, 2016

Announcements and Reminders:

Keep studying for your spelling test! Your words are:
We'll take that spelling test next time. 

Don't forget that your Book of the Month assessment will be written on October 12/13. 
-- realistic fiction ---  writing about how and why a character changed ----  

Here are some helps to learn correct spelling for  were/we're and then/than.

Enter, if you dare, Ms. Dorsey's Zombie Haiku 
Contest! Extravagant (small, inexpensive) Prizes and Extra Credit 

Grab your composition book and a Book of the Month Brainstorm sheet up at the front.    

Targets for Today:

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

I can answer important questions with background information.

Today’s  Agenda:

Writing Prompt! Write any of your thoughts in response to this prompt.

"When you wake up in the morning, do you remember what your dreams were the night before? If you do remember, describe a time you had a scary dream or nightmare. What was it about? What did you feel like when you woke up? If you don't remember your dreams, write about something that really scares you and why it is so scary."

Time for a Writer's Workshop! Last time we worked on writing hooks. Today we will look at the important questions that we can ask to help us write background information.

Now for The Outsiders! Open up to Chapter 7, on page 100.

As we listen, think about the main characters and how they have changed. Since the beginning of the book, have they changed physically? Have they learned or experienced new things that changed their attitudes? Do they have new ideas or habits?

That topic of character change is what you will write about in the Book of the Month Essay.
             Have your book read.  Be ready to write on October 12/13.

If You Were Absent:

Pick up a copy of the Book of the Month Brainstorm sheet. Go through the last half of the Hook and Background Info slideshow. Practice writing background information that answers one of the four important questions. 

Background information: The information the reader needs to understand a topic and why it is being discussed

 (in literature)  Character - representation of a person, place, or thing performing traditionally human activities or functions in a work of fiction
See this link if you'd like to become become more of an expert on types of characters in literature:    Character in Fiction