Monday, October 31, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon,
Hope all is well. Today we had a very exciting class. I handed out a paper talking about the structure of argument writing. This is the link to the sheet I handed out:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DEUvP6utT37UemZgORPKD_XKnURnRgYyivW88UGwoeU/edit?usp=sharing
Copy and paste it into a browser to see the paper.
Then for the rest of the period-45 minutes, you flash drafted your argument essay about Competitive Sports. You needed to include reference to articles, quotes from articles and some quality writing. Most did not finish the five paragraphs, but got a good start on it. We will work with it again tomorrow. I graded you today in class on a perseverance HOWL. You were to write without stopping using quotes, article references and quality writing.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read # of pages that is your goal and record.

2. Finish author planning sheet by Wednesday.

3. Have parents sign up for conferences.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class I passed back your Self Assessment paper from the table discussions. Then you filled out the reflection for Rippleffect. Then I took some time to explain the Author Planning Sheet. You are to fill in the entire left side of the chart. On the right, we talked about how it needs to be information about why did the author use that .... and what impact does it have on you. It needs to be about you thinking why did the author use that or create that character and what do you now know about it? It is really hard to explain over a blog page, so if you need extra help, please come see me. You all had a little time to work on your planning sheet.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your goal # of pages and record.

2. Work on your Author Planning sheet which is due Wednesday, 11/2.

3. Parents need to sign up for conferences. The students have the paperwork.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Classwork and Homework

So, today in class we practice our argument skills. I handed out a paper called: "Moves That Pay Off." Copy this address in your browser to open up the documents.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eblpDC7or4kebzBgfbGMY9vzPCBdqRc1u5gb_eY3hoU/edit?usp=sharing
Then each of your were paired up with a partner that was the opposite of you, pro or con. You had 2-3 minutes to speak your claim and evidence, citing sources as you spoke. Two other students assess you while you were speaking on the information from "Moves That Pay Off." I assessed you on a HOWLs: I will be a respectful speaker and listener. I looked for the moves on the discussion paper on page 19 in your reading notebooks.
This is truly a practice for you to see how to defend a position which is the main focus in the argument unit we are currently in.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your #of pages identified on your reading goal sheet.

2. Work on author's planning sheet for the two books by the same author.

3. Parents NEED to sign up for conferences. Students have been given the paper with the information on it.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you continued to use the articles on Tuesday's blog page to continue to get pros and cons about Competitive Sports being (good or bad). Then you talked with your table about a potential pros claim statement and a cons claim statement. Then you were to find three reasons for each of the two claim statements.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your goals number of nightly pages and record them.

2. Finish reading at least two articles for the pro side and two articles for the claim side. 
Then form a claim statement with three reasons, backed up by evidence from the articles.

3. Rehearse your argument for each side using the claim statement and the three reasons. Be ready to present either the pro or con side tomorrow in a debate.

4. You should be almost completed your author's planning sheet.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Competitive Sports Links

Quickly look through these links and choose two articles or videos to learn more about pros and cons about competitive sports and youth. 
1. Set up your note taking system. Which style will you use.
2. Read the title and the lead and decide which side your author supports.
3. Read closely and analytically. Pause often to jot notes.

Some articles and videos about pros and cons of competitive sport:

More Kids Want to Play on Traveling Basketball Teams:


Many more articles about pros and cons of competitve sport:
https://sites.google.com/a/gapps.gjps.org/messenheimerk/language-arts/competitive-sports-text-set

Videos:
Video:  "Kids and Sports" on CBS News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV-WqlorsBM

Video:  "How Much is Too Much?" on KCRA news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrP68OD355w

Video:  "The Youth-Sports Conundrum: How Intense Is Too Intense?" on WGBH news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrB6ilkx7kQ



Monday, October 24, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there all,
Today in class we started our Argument Unit. We talked about what is an argument? Who do you have them with? We talked about arguments having two sides and each side defends the position. Then I talked about the different note-taking strategies: T-Chart (pros/cons or fact/so what?), Box and bullet and bb's, Index cards and Post-It-Notes, Webs, Triple t-chart (pros, cons, and other). I talked about how these different strategies people use for different note-taking and what they feel is the most use to gather the evidence.  We talked about For and Against. We used the claim: Competitive Sports are Good and Competitive Sports are Bad. You are to use these two claims, but you are to change the words good and bad to more scholarly words.
We then read an article: "Listening to Wisdom From a 10-Year-Old Son About His Head Injury. Copy this to your browser to read the article:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l09zRFi-KOO-N9xoTfe2W20hbw0PZ3UEvp7cOD06nL0/edit
As we read this together you underlined information that was evidence for Competitive Sports are Bad, as this article was about this claim. Then we took the evidence from the article and wrote it on the board using a note-taking strategy.
Lastly I gave you another article: "Get Off That Couch and Play" by Eileen Booker.
Copy this into your browser to read the article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J4Evgi_UaQTUPiYU0gJgvV7tk9dDE32inpmx4FsM95g/edit
This article you are to use one note-taking strategy of your choice and take notes from the article by tomorrow.
Have a wonderful evening,
Mrs. Downs

HOMEWORK:
1. Finish author "fingerprint." It is due tomorrow for book number 2.

2. Work on Author Planning Sheet

3. Notes on article "Get Off That Couch and Play!"

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class we had a talk about Rippleffect and what the expectations are for our trip. Remember NO electronics or NO extra food. Consequences will occur if you go against the rules. We also talked about the rain that may happen. Then I handed you all a pre-trip questionnaire with four questions on it that you were to answer and then discuss with your reading partner. Next, we shared out some of the responses to the question with the whole class. Lastly, if there was time, deep reading occurred using stickies.

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read your number of pages for your nightly goal.

2. Use stickies to look for the six topics across the top of your "fingerprint."

3. Fill in the author's "fingerprint" for book 2.

4. PACK FOR RIPPELEFFECT AND BRING IN GEAR TOMORROW.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, October 17, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Today in class we did discussion work with a table. We talked about our books using the dice and the matching questions. You then self-assessed yourself and turned in the sheet. You used your "fingerprint" to discuss your answers to the questions. You were graded on a HOWLs target that was respectful listener and speaker. You were also graded on how you participated and spoke in your table discussion.

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read your second book, use stickies, and fill in your "fingerprint."
2. Book orders due on Wednesday, 10/19.
3. Start packing for Rippleffect

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Classwork and Homework 10/11-10/14

Hi all,
This week and next week are kind of mixed up. Today we began our fall NWEA's. We will continue them on Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow we will going to the Learning Commons and Mrs. Rooks will be helping us set up Goodreads on our computers.
You all need to make sure you are getting plenty of rest and eating healthy for the NWEA's. Also, try to be here everyday so that you will not have to do an afterschool make-up on Monday.

HOMEWORK FOR THIS WHOLE WEEK:
1.  Read and use stickies for book #2 of same author.

2. Be sure to use your stickies to fill in you author's "fingerprint" paper.

3. ALL PAPERWORK FOR RIPPLEFFECT IS DUE NO LATER THAN THIS THURSDAY.

4. Scholastic book orders are due by next Wednesday. This way we can order them before we leave for our Rippleffect trip. Remember you can go on line to Scholasticbooks.com and  use the code H3C37 to order books.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Please enjoy the long weekend, after you complete your homework.... ha ha

Today we started out with partner sharing about the theme statements that you started in class yesterday. A few of you had to tweak them, but for the most part, it went well. I assessed you today in class on two of our HOWLs. That being  responsibility that you were prepared for learning and perseverance that you could self assess after I retaught the theme lesson.

Then you came to the middle and I went over again, all the columns on your author's "fingerprint." You all know that you have to have book one boxes completely done by Tuesday.  Then you had about 10-15 minutes to work in class on your stickie notes in your book using annotation sentence starters.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and finish book one.  If that is completed, start book two. Continue to use stickies for all six categories on your "fingerprint" sheet.

2. Finish author's "fingerprint" for book one. This is due on Tuesday and will be counted as your reading notebook strategy for this past week.

3. PLEASE BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPER ASAP OR WE WILL BE CALLING HOME.

Have an awesome weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you shared with your partners about your settings in your book. Some of you did not have it completed and need to do that tonight. It was supposed to be the setting and characteristics of that setting. Just lists of words under each setting to help you remember what was happening in the setting. Then you came to the middle and we went over what a theme is, talked about topic words for themes, and looked at a few theme statements. I hand out a paper with some topic words on it that you are to use to create your theme statements. You went back to your desks and began this work.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and put stickies in your notebook for the six topics on your "fingerprint" paper.

2. Fill in your "fingerprint" paper from your stickies in your book.

3. BRING RIPPLEFFECT PAPERWORK IN ASAP PLEASE.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs
See paper used today below:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon my lovelies,
Today in class you all heard me talk about students not doing their nightly reading, recording, using stickies, and putting info. on the author's "fingerprint" paper. This is YOUR responsibility to do your work at night.
You then sat beside your partner and had a discussion using your "fingerprint" and your bookmark about your minor/antagonist/supporting characters. The questions you talked about were on your bookmark.
Next, you came to the middle of the room and I instructed you from the "fingerprint" and bookmark paper about setting. We talked about its role in the book and how it affects the book.
Lastly, you got time to read. You were to continue to look for the six topics on your "fingerprint" paper and use stickies to identify them. You were also to use annotation sentence starters on the stickies to help you remember what it is about.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record using stickies.

2. Fill in your author's "fingerprint" from your stickies.

3. Rippeffect Parent Meeting is TONIGHT at 6:30. A parent and a child should attend.

4. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERWORK ASAP PLEASE.

5. Need a writing composition notebook.

See most of you tonight at  6:30,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, October 3, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi,
Today in class we talked about how the protagonist affects the plot of a story. We have discussed this several times. All seemed to understand. When I asked if they was only a protagonist and no antagonist/minor/supporting characters, what would the story be like? You all agreed that it takes antagonist/minor/supporting characters to create a story. We referred back to "My Side of the Story" and talked about the impact that the brother, Skip, and the dad had on the story. We talked about who were these characters, how did they affect/contribute story, problem/conflict. Next, I handed out a bookmark with these questions on them and sent you off to read for about 15 mins. Then you and your  partner shared about how the antagonist/minor/supporting characters contributed to the plot of the story and who are they as characters.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages that is your goal and use stickies to mark the six topics on the top of your "fingerprint" worksheet in your notebook.

2. Then fill in your "fingerprint" worksheet from your stickies of what you read in school and out of school today.

3. BE SURE TO TURN IN ALL RIPPLEFFECT PAPER ASAP!

4. Be sure to have a new writing composition notebook.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs