Friday, September 30, 2016

Classwork and Homework

TGIF.... Today in class we went over the six topics you should be using stickies for as you are reading. They are the headings on the "fingerprint" sheet. I explained each one and gave examples. I also handed you a sheet of character traits/characteristics that you should be using as you read. I also mentioned that you needed to use our annotation sentence starters to explain each item on your stickies.
Then you began reading for about 15-20 mins. At the end of that time, you partner shared using a list of questions and a dice. Things seemed to go great....

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read and use stickies to mark the places where you see the six headings.
2. Fill in author's "Fingerprint" worksheet using your stickies.
3. YOU NEED TO RETURN RIPPLEFFECT PAPER TO YOUR LION'S PRIDE TEACHER ON MONDAY.
4. Need to get a writing notebook by Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend....
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class, I again reiterated that you need your library card and a number for Mr. Lyon's class. Please see him at Lion's Pride or period 7 to tell him your library number. A great way to do this is to write the number in your planner.
I handed out a exit ticket today that needed to be filled out and passed back in by the end of the period. Check Infinite Campus to see if you turned it in.
I also handed out and explained Author's Fingerprint Notetaker that you should be using now that you began one of your two books by the same author.
You handed in today, except ELA 4, you literary flash-draft essays. I will be looking at them over the next few days.
Then we went up to the Learning Commons to look for books if you did not already have your two books by the same author, and if you did, you got an opportunity to start reading.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and Record-be sure to use stickies for character, setting, theme, etc.
2. Fill in your author's "fingerprint" sheet as you read.
3. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
4. Remember you need a writing composition notebook by next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we went over the author's "fingerprint" sheet. I modeled it by using "My Side of the Story." All of you seemed to understand what it was that each box was requiring. We talked about how there are six boxes, and as you read your first book, you are to be putting stickies on the information that is being asked in each of the boxes.

Then I handed back the author exit slip that was due at the end of class yesterday. Some of you still have not passed it it. Please check Infinite Campus for grades.

Then I handed out a paper with some of the author's crafts that we discussed last year. This paper has explanations on them for each one. Remember these are not the only ones, you can look for others in your book.

Lastly, you were sent off to read in your books and use stickies to identify information from the sic boxes and to us the annotation sentence starters on the stickies

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record using stickies.
2. Fill in author's "fingerprint" worksheet as you are reading.
3. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERWORK AND MONEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PLEASE.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class, I again reiterated that you need your library card and a number for Mr. Lyon's class. Please see him at Lion's Pride or period 7 to tell him your library number. A great way to do this is to write the number in your planner.
I handed out a exit ticket today that needed to be filled out and passed back in by the end of the period. Check Infinite Campus to see if you turned it in.
I also handed out and explained Author's Fingerprint Notetaker that you should be using now that you began one of your two books by the same author.
You handed in today, except ELA 4, you literary flash-draft essays. I will be looking at them over the next few days.
Then we went up to the Learning Commons to look for books if you did not already have your two books by the same author, and if you did, you got an opportunity to start reading.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and Record-be sure to use stickies for character, setting, theme, etc.
2. Fill in your author's "fingerprint" sheet as you read.
3. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
4. Remember you need a writing composition notebook by next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, September 26, 2016

Homework and Classwork

Hi there,
Today in class I went over how to write a literary essay. We looked at some claims we created last year. Each one has a claim and at least two reasons to support the claim. Then we looked at how the paragraphs are formed. Each one has a reason, evidence with quotes from the book, and explanations of the evidence.

Then I gave out a rubric that has four points on it to go by. First point was to state a clear claim/theory about the main character, supporting character, setting, or theme. Second point was to include two reasons in your claim statement and support these reasons by showing how, when, or with whom the claim is true. You are to use specific evidence across the book. The third point is to use particular details or quotes from the text to support the evidence. The last point is to use literary language (protagonist, antagonist, setting, theme, rising action, climax, conflict, etc.) in the essay.

Then you had a few minutes to create your claim, and then share it with your partners at your table. Lastly, you then began working on your flashdraft for the remainder of the period.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read for the number of pages you have for a goal and use stickies for character development, setting, theme, flaws, strengths, and missing scenes. If you have not been doing this, you are to go back and reread and put stickies in your book.

2. Need to be sure by Wednesday you have an author that you would like to read two books by. You need to have at least one of the two books by Wednesday also. Today I showed you how to go onto the Lincoln Middle School Website and look for the books and on this website you can also access the Portland Public Library. You can ask the closet library to get it for you.

3. You need to be sure you have a Portland Public Library card. Most of you got them last year. If you have lost or misplaced it, be sure to visit a library and get a new one.

4. You will need another composition notebook for writing next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, September 23, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we talked about how we need to over the weekend be thinking about an author that that has written two books, not a series, that you want to read. Or think of a book you liked and look for the author to see if they have written other books. By Wednesday, you will have to have chosen an author that you want to study. We also talked about the each one of you need a Portland Public Library card. We went to the library last year and you applied for one. If you have lost it or need one, please visit one of the Portland Public Libraries this weekend and get a card. You will need this for my class and digital literacy. Then you sat with your reading partner and shared a missing scene from your book. Lastly, you read for the remainder of the period and used stickies to help you remember the character, setting, theme and missing scenes. You are to be writing on these stickies using the annotation sentence starters.
HOMEWORK:
1. Read the number of pages you have on your goal sheet. Record it and use stickies to identify character development, setting, theme, and missing scenes.
2. You need to be thinking about an author you would like to read two of their books. Look on amazon.com, abebooks.com, Lincoln's library or the Portland Public Library websites.
3. You need a library card.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Classwork & Homework

Today in class I gave you examples of annotations and we ranked them best to least. Most of you did a really good job with this. Then I handed out annotation sentence starters. See below the examples that we ranked in class with one being the best and six being the worst.



These details make me realize that Adam and his father don’t have a very positive relationship. It is clear that Adam is scared of his father, even before his father hits him. I wonder if the way the father treats Adam will make Adam more violent toward his brother.       (1)
I noticed that Adam’s father hit him.


                           (6)
This detail is important because I can tellAdam is scared of his dad.


                        (5)
This page is full of important details about Adam’s relationship with his dad. His dad yells at him and scares him and tells him not to come into the room without knocking. Then the dad pulls the Scotch tape off Adam’s head which is painful. Then the dad ends up hitting him like six times. Adam runs out of the room after that and plots revenge.      (3)
This detail is evidence that Adam‛s life might not be too pleasant sometimes.        (4)
This detail is evidence that Adam’s life might not be too pleasant sometimes. To live in fear of your dad would be terrible and it probably makes him more dependent on his mother.      (2)

Then I handed out annotation sentence starters:
-This detail makes me realize that...
This detail helps me to understand that....
This detail is proof that....
This moment will impact the character because....
This detail is important because....

These are to be used when you are explaining your quote on the t-chart and when you are writing your "so what" on your triple timeline-character changes.

Then you went back to your desk to work to choose which reading notebook strategy you wanted to work on. 

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages that you set on your reading goal sheet.
2. Finish your reading notebook strategy.
3. Remember school pictures are this Friday. Be sure to bring your envelope with your money.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today in class we went over how to annotate our stickies about characters, setting and plot. We talked about a triple timeline using a character and how they changed.
HOMEWORK:
1. Be sure your strategy #1 is completed by Wednesday, 9/21.
2. Go back over your stickies and using the annotation starters.

Have a great evening.