Week of 11/21/16
This week we begin our study of The Giver. This is a self-directed unit, where students will read 2-3 chapters, answer Response Prompts in their Reading Notebooks, complete Meaningful Vocabulary Work, and participate in small group discussions. While there is a guiding structure, it is meant to support their own questions, insights and connections to the rich, engaging topics and themes that weave through this novel.
Week of 11/7/16
This week we will read Ray Bradbury's The Veldt to look at finding Themes, and how to identify and track a Central Idea through a story.
Students read Saki’s The Open Window to continue practicing Summarizing Fiction.
We read Doris Lessing’s Through the Tunnel to look at Character Inference,
and discuss how your thoughts and actions shape who you are.
To look at how Setting, Plot, Character interact in a narrative, we read Toni Cade Bambara’s Raymond's Run.
Week of 9/12/16
Students should be well into their independent reading book. This year's goal is a minimum of 20 books, or 2 books a month, or about 100 pages a week.
Week of 9/5/16
Our focus for most of the first trimester will be Narrative Fiction.
We read the poem Hey, and identified the Narrative Elements needed to write an effective summary: (setting, protagonist, inciting incident/conflict, antagonist, theme).
Next, we read The Follower by Jack Gantos, found those same narrative elements (Setting, Protagonist, Inciting Incident, Conflict, Antagonist or Antagonistic Force, Theme), and used them to write a summary in their Reading Notebook.
On Friday, students used their independent reading books to identify some of these same elements.