Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday/Wednesday, March 6/7, 2018

Announcements and Reminders:

Book Sign-Ups were due February 28!  
Literary Nonfiction

If you  weren't here to get the Nonfiction Book-of-the-Month Assignment, you can download it from here:
Due by  March 21.

Finding the Central Idea Graphic Organizer.docx
Recommended Nonfiction
See the tab above for required reading for more information.   

Important End of Term Information:  
March 2  was the deadline for handing in late and revised work, unless you make special arrangements with me.                            
  • The term ends Friday.
  • Your book sign-up goes on this term. 
  • Your lowest conventions grade is being excused. 
  • No more conventions or spellings retakes unless you had arranged that ahead of time with me. 
  • If you had not originally taken any of the conventions and spelling tests, you may take them Tuesday or Thursday during Cave Time. 
  • Hand in your unused hall passes this week.  
Getting started today: 
Receive, study, and complete the prepositional phrase handout. 

Targets for Today:

B5: I can use details from fiction and nonfiction to find the most important ideas. 
A1, A2, B7:  I can take apart a writing prompt to know exactly what I need to write.

Today’s  Agenda:

Sign up for your nonfiction book of the month if you haven't.
Receive, study, and complete the prepositional phrase handout. 

A1, A2, B7:  (B5 needs RAFTS)

Steps to Decode a Prompt:  (Why?)
Reading a Writing Prompt

Approach 1: 
1.      Circle the VERBS that tell YOU what to do.
2.      Underline WHAT it asks you to write about (usually a phrase)
                 What is your writing supposed to be about?
3.      Squiggle under the FORM it wants you to respond in.

essay, paragraph, letter, poem, story, infographic, list, 

Here is a more thorough approach:
Reading a Writing Prompt

This is a link to Verbs commonly used in a writing prompt.

Practice Prompt: While everyone has to eat, not everybody agrees with what is tasty and what isn’t.

List 3 foods that you feel very strongly about and label them either “love” or “hate.” Then, choose one and use specific details to explain why you love it or hate it.

B5: (The other classes already did this.)

2.  Using supporting details (the most important details) to determine a theme. (in fiction)

Determine the main message or point of each part of the story, then put them together to come up with a theme.

theme: a big idea in fiction  --  what the author is saying about the topic -- a message that applies in many, many situations  and to the experience of many, many people 

(See some possible themes for this book below.)

3.  Using supporting details (the most important details) to determine a central idea. (in nonfiction

The Pros and Cons of Sports for Middle School Students.docx

Determine the most important facts or ideas in each paragraph, then put them together to come up with a central idea.

central idea:  a big idea in nonfiction -- what the author is saying about the topic -- will usually be specific to that story, and not apply to other situations or people

Drawing out the Central Idea -- We will practice the drawing strategy to find the most important points and the central idea in a passage.

You could use this strategy when you are taking a reading test and/or when you are taking a writing test the requires you to read articles and other materials first.

The key to happiness is making your loved ones happy.
Selfishness (or greed) does not bring happiness.
Taking does not bring happiness -- giving does.
Those who take and take are never satisfied, but those who give all find happiness in the end.
In giving you receive.
Giving too much is not good for the person to whom you are giving. 

If You Were Absent:

See the reminders and agenda above.  


 Help and Enrichment 

Teacher materials: