Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011

Journal Entry # 33
Can you think of 3-5 things you can do to be a better son/daughter, brother/sister, friend?   Explain.

Share Out
Writing Assignment #6 was due today.  Students were invited to share their finished writing project.  Several students accepted this invitation.

Thanks for letting us celebrate with you!!
       Muktar                   Elfreda 

Class Discussion  
Continued discussion about from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Who is Maya Angelou?  Take a look at page 165 in the anthology. 

Began reading excerpt, page 167.  Looking through the lense of Cultural Context-what is the author's purpose in writing this piece.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 20, 2011

Journal Entry #
What do you want for Christmas?  Explain.  1 paragraph.

Journal Share Out!!
Kudos to:

Here are two of the journal entries that were read in class today!  (If you'd like to see these enlarged a bit, try clicking on one of the entries, then click on one of the thumbnails at the bottom of the page.)

Class Discussion
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

What does this title bring to mind?  Why do you think the caged bird sings?  What was the author trying to say to us in her title?

Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011

Journal Entry #
What was the best gift you every recieved?  Who gave it to you and why was it so special?  Explain.  1 paragraph.

In-Class Assignment
Think about a person who has had an important effect on your life.  Describe this person and what have you learned from him or her.   
*Designed  to be a ten minute assignment.   After this writing, you have time to work on your cover page of Writing Assignment #6 (or polish it if you are not finished yet).

Writing Assignment #6 is due this Wed., Dec. 21.

Finished with your paper??
            Try this.

Find a buddy/classmate and ask him/her to help you make your paper better.
What will they do for you?
   ~Check organization:
        Is there an Intro/Body/Conclusion?
   ~Check for "Hook" or "Lead"
   ~Check details
         there should be at least 3 details
                  each detail should be developed into its own paragraph
   ~Check Grammar, Punctuation, Spellling
   ~Say what they like about your paper.
           examples:  I really like how you describe the trip back from the airport.  I know exactly what it sounded like, felt like, smelled like.  You gave me a very vivid picture of the experience.
   ~Say what they would do to make the paper better.  
          example:  I would use more examples of how this person was mean.
                           I would have described how the road trip made us feel-                                       physically & mentally & emotionally.

Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011

Journal Entry # 30
If you were given $300 to spend, what would you buy?  Explain.

Many people in our class were on a field trip today.  We did not share out journal entries this week.  :(

Be sure to work on your writing assignment this weekend.  It is due on Wed., Dec. 21!!

December 15, 2011

Journal Entry # 29
What's the best thing that could happen to you?  Explain.

December 14, 2011

Journal Entry #28
What do you like to collect?  Explain.

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Q uestion   Ask questions about what you read.
R evisit    Go back to the text to answer your questions.
R estate    Try to summarize or explain what you read in your own words.
R eread     Not sure if you "got" the important ideas?  Go back and reread.

December 13, 2011

Journal Entry # 27
Which do you think is more important, how a person looks or the way he/she acts towards others?  Explain in one (1) paragraph.

Class Discussion and Work
    continues to be centered around skimming Informational Texts.  Today we took a look at Functional Documents.   Examples of these kinds of texts include:  menus, vcr owner's manuals, bus schedules, memos, emails, recipes, directions.  The majority of Functional Texts are not read word for word.  Instead, we tend to skim through the table of contents or body of writing and then go back to read the parts that are most important or interesting to us. 

An example:  when you purchase a new video game it comes with a  booklet that contains a wide variety of information.  Very few players will read that booklet cover to cover.  Instead they will look for things like main characters, levels and worlds that the characters travel through, powers/levels and what functions the controller gives the players.  If they get stuck at a certain point in the game, they may go back to the booklet to look for hints or cheat codes.

Writing Assignment #6
We had time in class today to work on our latest writing assignment.  Before beginning, we talked through how to block out or make a rough plan for the body of our essay.
   topic-I want to be a famous singer.
Choose at least 3 details that support/explain why you want to be a singer.
     I love to sing.
     I have a great voice.
     I like to perform.
     I can sing.

Now ask yourself questions about each of your details.
     Why do I love to sing?  How do I feel while singing?  Is there a particular type of music that I enjoy singing the most?  Why?  When did I realize that singing made me happy?  How do I feel if I am not able to sing?  Where do I like to sing?

     How do I know that I have a great voice?  What evidence is there that my voice is pleasant for others to hear?  Who has helped me realize that I have a strong voice?  What about my voice is great?

Use these questions and answers to develop each of your paragraphs.

December 12, 2011

Journal Entry #26
Are you a follower or a leader at school?  Why?  1 paragraph.

New Writing Assignment!!!
Writing Assignment #6
~Select one (1) of the topics below.
~Write a 5-7 paragraph essay responding to your chosen topic.
~Seeds of these topics are already in your journal.
~Due Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.
A)  What do you want to be famous for?
B)  Are you a follower or leader at school and why?
C)  What would you like to discover?

Focus Discussion:
What do you think of when you hear Hollywood?
   movies       white people       success       luxuries
   money        actors                 celebrity      bright lights

We continue to study and practice reading strategies, specifically skimming.

We use:  the title, the text (words), pictures (maps, photos, diagrams, tables, graphs), captions

also practicing this technique:
~read the 1st paragraph (introduction)
~read the first and last sentence of each paragraph
~read the final paragraph (conclusion)

Grammar Connection:
What does the colon (:) do?
*lets us know that additional information, facts, or a list will follow
*is used after the greeting in a formal letter 
*seperates hours from minutes (8:45 am)

December 09, 2011

Journal Entry #25
What would you like to discover?  Explain why.

Class share out of Journal Entries!!

Protocol for sharing our writing.
We listen to the reader.
We reflect (think about) what the reader has written.
BUT we do not comment or question the thoughts or opinions of the writer.

Focus Questions:
Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?
How did it affect your life?
How do you imagine you would react to losing your home to water, mud, wind, or fire?

Class discussion surrounding Hurrican Katrina (2005):  loss of homes & businesses, deaths, water height (avg, 8-12 ft.), + 25,000 people took shelter in the SuperDome, who and where were the people hardest hit by this disaster (bottom of the "saucer"  lower socio-economic strata)

How do you describe this to people who were not there?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

December 08, 2011

Journal Entry #24
What is the most exciting thing you ever did?  Explain and describe.

Practicing skimming techniques on informational texts.

December 07, 2011

Journal Entry # 23
   What can you learn from reading about other people's mistakes?   Name a few and explain your thinking.

December 06, 2011

Journal Entry #22
    If you were the principal, what are some changes your would make in the school?   Explain.

Review of skimming strategies/techniques.

Class Discussion:
Opinion                 vs            Fact 
+how you feek                                                             +something you can
+what you think about something                            prove or support w/evidence

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December 05, 2011

Journal Entry #21
    Would you have a large snake as a pet?
                     Why or Why not?      Explain.

Class Discussion/Activating Prior Knowledge:
     What is the largest snake you have ever seen in person?

We are continuing to explore and practice our skimming techniques by:
       # reading the whole first paragraph
       # read the 1st and last sentence of each paragraph
       # read the last paragraph

       # Reflect:  Do I have enough information to get the gist (main idea) of the text?  If not, I will probably need to go back and read a bit more.

Class Read:  about Huge Freed Pet Pythons

December 02, 2011

Journal Entry #20
     What would you like to be remembered for at your school?   Explain.

Today we shared our our Journal Entries!
     Big Shout Outs To:
Thanks for sharing your journals with pride!

Today we  also discussed the semicolon (;).
Some of points to remember.
Semicolons help with run on sentences.
Semicolons help us to tell a little more when we have already finished a thought; but want to say something else about that same topic.
example:  pg 161 in Anthology
            "We had a big house; it was very comfortable."

In class:  skim for sentences using semicolons.

Monday, December 5, 2011

December 01, 2011

Journal Entry #19
     What are some of the reasons/forces that cause people to move to a new place.  Explain.

Skimming-Reading quickly and not in-depth.

One method of skimming involves using the text features.  What information can you gather from: 
     the title
     highlighted words
     bolded words
     illustrations (photographs, diagrams, graphs)

November 30, 2011

Journal Entry #18
     What is the best idea you ever had?    Explain.

November 29, 2011

Journal Entry #17
    Who is the greatest influence in your life?   Explain.

Focus on:  Literary Text Features.

Today we finished reading Zoya's Story.