Thursday, June 15, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Today in class we accomplished a lot for preparation for our "Celebration of Writing" on Monday.
First, all of you went to Google Classroom and unsubmitted your piece of writing. Then you were to put the title in bold at least size 14. If a poem, it needed quotation marks around the title. If it is the  book or the fiction story, it needs to be underlined. In size 12 under the title, they put the kind of writing it was, companion book, fiction story, or poetry. Then under this they put their full name.
Then turned it in.

Next they filled out a reflection sheet for their writing: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U8K9IZ1SzNBtzO5onh1Ljqi3gnhVX-KVQ1r0gdr1Oe8/edit
Be sure on the bottom four prompts you use them and write  complete sentences. Also, be sure it is neatly written as these will be put up next to your writing. Be sincere with the prompts.

Lastly, we looked at the speaking rubric which we will use tomorrow:s://docs.google.com/document/d/1H7W6U3kZZvTVrQ0RVIc7S913rHm_ipQS-WlGpWm62fs/edit
You may have to copy and paste this link to view.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. $5.00 for Happy Wheels.

3. Be sure to invite your parents for your Celebration of Writing during your ELA class.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hello,
Today in class you started out with putting your final poem of your three into Google Classroom for me to correct.

Then you put your name on our poetry checklist and handed it in.

Next, you filled in a slip of paper to have your work for "Celebration of Writing" printed. You were to by then by the end of class go in an put it in the Google Classroom titled:"Celebration of Writing." Very few of you did this and now it will be difficult to get things printed for our celebration.

Lastly, you took your poetry assessment on Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Put your piece of writing you want to celebrate in Google Classroom. I stayed till 5:00 and very few are in there.

3. $5.00 for Happy Wheels.

4. Sign up for food for our house breakfast on the 6/22.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Phew, what a hot one...
Today in class you were told to add at the bottom of your poem: in green-Tone: (word it is), and in orange-Theme Statement: (write one for your poem).

Then you shared it with one partner at your table in view only. I handed out this paper for students to give feedback to each other.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pOmUYTp9OMLaGCKFiulH92sf9T7EBK7lH4aZOJShM4k/edit

Then you sat by yourself and revised and edited your poem.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, minutes and pages.

2. Work on final poem. Needs to be submitted tomorrow in class first thing.

3. $5.00 for Happy Wheels.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Classwork and Homework 6/12

Today in class I started out showing two different ways to write poetry and understand it. We watched a video of rap and a video of a girl reading her poem with rhythm.

Then you were to look at the three poems you have typed into Google classroom, pick the best one and put it in Google Classroom assignment that says Poem for Final Assessment.  Once in there, you were to revise and edit it.
You were to use red text for all revisions you make, blue text for at least two figurative language examples, and purple for one poetic device (assonance, alliteration or repetition for effect). This is due in class tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and Record title, page numbers, and minutes.

2. $5.00 for Happy Wheels.

3. Put final poem in Google Classroom.

Stay cool,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, June 9, 2017

Classwork and Homework

TGIF!!!!
Today in class I showed students two places on Google Classroom that had to be completed. The first one was the reading log for June 9th, and the second one was their place to type their three poems they have created. These poems need to put into Google Classroom no later than Sunday afternoon.

Then the students read for about 15-20 minutes in their free reading book. After that, they filled in their reading log. Once completed with that, they began typing their three poems into Google Classroom. At the top of each poem, please put the poem #, title, and the poem. Each poem should be on a separate page.

If all this was done, students continued to read.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read, record title, pages, and minutes read.

2. Be sure all three of your poems are typed into Google Classroom by Sunday.

3. $5.00 for Happy Wheels.

Have a great weekend... See you at the 5K on Saturday morning hopefully...
Mrs. Downs




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi wonderful Allagash students,
Today in class I showed you my Google Classroom and what needs to be done. So in class you unsubmitted your Day 4 poems and pulled up the exit ticket.

I went over the exit ticket and talked about how you must use quotation marks around the exact quote from the poem. Then tell which figurative language it was. Then finally, you were to tell how the figurative language helped you to understand your theme statement. I mentioned that you must be specific and speak about the theme. You need to be looking at your Day 4 poem annotations.

If you finished with your two exit tickets on Google Classroom you were to turn them in and turn in your Day 4 poems that you annotated.

Then you were to work on creating your third poem. Making sure it had tone, figurative language and a clear theme. Be sure to look at the checklist on Google Classroom to write your poem.

Lastly, if time, you could begin to type your two or three poems into google docs.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Finish your exit ticket.

3. Turn in your exit ticket and Day 4 poems annotated.

4. If time, begin typing in your poems to google classroom.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi,
-Today in class we started off sharing our annotations from the two poems we had read last night and annotated. We used sentence frames to guide our discussions.

-Then went to Google Classroom and filled in Poetry Discussion Self-Assessment. I told students to be specific in their explanations of what they did well and did not do well. They were also to put the letter that they were writing about.

-If there was still time, they were to begin work on their exit ticket. Complete poem one only. Poem two will be completed in class tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, page number, and minutes read.


2. Complete exit ticket for the first poem only. (ELA 4 do not do until instructed tomorrow)

3. Bring in books for the book swap in the library.

4. Revisions of fictional stories were due TODAY!

5. Book orders were due TODAY!

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a rainy day...
Today in class we finished talking about the poem "On Turning Ten" looking at the annotations you completed last night.

Then you looked on Google Classroom at the nine poems for Day 4. You and your partners choose two of these and began annotating in class.

You are to be annotating for: tone pg. 60 rdg. ntbk, figurative lang. pg. 64 rdg ntbk., and topic words pg. 18 rdg. ntbk.  While you are annotating you are to be thinking about the theme.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Finish annotating your groups two poems. Be sure to if you were absent in class today to send an e-mail to your peers. You can do this through google, then mail, then compose. Start to write their name on the top and their address should appear. This is YOUR responsibility.

3. Revision of fiction story is DUE tomorrow, 6/7. Be sure to let me know which one(s) you want me to look at, lead, ending, craft or elaboration.

4. Book orders are due for Scholastic Books tomorrow. Get your books for your summer reading.

5. Bring books in for book swap in the library.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, June 5, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Good day,
Today in class we annotated as a class the poem "On Turning Ten" by Billy Collins.  This is on Google Classroom for Day 4 poems.  It is the first poem in the packet.  I read the poem to you first and then you looked at pg. 18 in your reading notebook to come up with some topic words that you felt was about the poem.  Then we took each stanza and looked for figurative language and tone. Once we found it, we talked about how does this help us to understand the topic words we picked out. We wrote all over the paper as students spoke about their ideas. You were to finish the rest of it tonight.
We did this because last week you filled in an exit ticket about figurative language and theme. Many of you did not talk about the figurative language and its meaning to the whole poem. Much better job today.

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read, record the title, pages and minutes.

2. Finish annotating poem "On Turning Ten" thinking about topic words on page 18 of reading notebook.

3. Revisions of fiction story is due on Wed., 6/7 and you must speak first to me.

4. This week and next week you can bring books from home that you are done reading and want to exchange with the library and get books back for summer reading.

5. Book orders are due this Wed., 6/7.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Classwork and Homework 5/31-6/1

Hi there,
-Yesterday in class we talked about figurative language and poetic devices. I had you box in on page 64 of your reading notebook assonance, alliteration and repetition for effect. These are the three poetic devices that are common in poems. Then you and your table partners read through Day 2 poems on Google Classroom and picked two poems to read and annotate. You were to annotate about figurative lang. that you found in each of the poems. You were to find as many as you could and in the comment box write which one it was and explain it briefly. You were to finish this for homework last night.

Today in class you sat with your partner and discussed at least one figurative language that you found in each poem. Then you filled in the exit ticket. You needed to make sure you explained it thoroughly in the bottom section as to why it helped you understand the meaning of the poem. I gave an example in class, that I would be happy to share with you if you need it.
-Then after you completed and submitted your exit ticket you were to write your second poem focusing on figurative language in the poem. This is due tomorrow.
-Lastly, I showed you and talked about the checklist on Google Classroom. This will be used to assess your final poem next week. You will write one more poem on Monday about theme, then you will combine or use one of the three poems to produce a final poem to be graded.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.
2. Finish your exit ticket.
3. Finish your second poem about figurative language in your notebook on pg. 66.

**Bring in middle school used books that you no longer are reading so you can get book bucks to buy other books in the book swap.

** Some of you NEED to finish NWEA's by Friday, tomorrow....

** Book orders are due June 7th. This will ensure that you will get them before school is out.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Sorry I am sending this out so late.
Today in class we talked about figurative language and poetic devices. Here is the link for the list:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nJYqgFGzK092VZOGI42n48vfq19MDYnr-TRyNcvsGig/edit

I gave some examples of each of the above along with each of the words. You and your partners, paired them up. Next, I gave each one either a figurative language/poetic devices words and you had to find the partner who had the example.

I could see that many of you understood these terms.  Next, we talked about where you could find these terms in appropriate song lyrics for tonight.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes.

2. Find 2-5 song lyrics that show two different figurative lang. or poetic devices. Please quote the lyrics, name the artist, and tell which figurative lang./poetic device it is. We will use these song lyrics tomorrow in class.

3. Be sure you have written a rough draft of a poem with the focus on tone. Be sure to name the tone.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, May 26, 2017

Classwork and Homework

TGIF!!!! And a long weekend...
Today in class we talked about filling in your reading log for May 26th by midnight tonight so it will not be late.

I also showed some classes this poem about tone:
Read:  “Foul Shot”


We then discussed the tone of this poem: anticipation, suspense, and nervous. We talked about how it was these. Then you were to go to your chart that was titled: Poets Write About... page 62 in your reading notebook and choose an idea and tone to write a rough draft of a poem about.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes, and pages.

2. Finish your rough draft of your tone poem.

3. Fill in the reading log for May 26th. Only do that one NOT the End of Year Reading Goals and Journal one anymore.

Have a great long... weekend,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Classwork and Homework for 5/23-5/25

Hi there,
Yesterday, Tuesday, today and tomorrow we are taking our NWEA's. Each class period we complete about 15 questions. If you have finished early, you are to free read in your book. This is the only thing you could do.

On Monday I had you complete six boxes for brainstorming for poetry. See Monday night blog to see the titles of each box.
Today I gave another instruction and that was to look at each brainstorming idea and beside each put a tone word that goes along with the idea. I gave you an author's attitude paper that has tone words on it that you can use.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Add tone words to your brainstorming ideas in your notebook.

3. Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast and lunch.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, May 22, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Good day,
Today in class we started out going over the poem "The Lake" and I modeled how to use the protocol. Here is the link to the protocol:


Then you and your partners were to read one of the two poems you picked out from Day 2 packet.  These are on Google Classroom.  Follow the protocol. 

Once completed, you were to go back to google classroom and fill in the exit ticket for Day 2 poems. 

You also were to create in your reading notebooks 6 boxes and title each box with the following starting with the left column first:
Important Objects, Important Places, Hobbies/Sports, (right column) Important People, Emotional Memories, Social Issues. 

Next you were to create list in each of these boxes to be used in the future to write poems.

Lastly, I told you that we were beginning NWEA's tomorrow. Please remember to get good rest, eat a good breakfast and lunch, bring a water bottle, and bring a free reading book.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, mins., and pages.

2. Get ready for NWEA's tomorrow. Bring water bottle and free reading book.

3. Complete brainstorm on pg. 62 of your reading notebook.

Have a great evening, get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast.
Mrs. Downs


Friday, May 19, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
What a beautiful couple of days we have had.
Today in class was a "free reading day" and I sat with some of you and looked at your revised companion books and graded them. I hope to have those new grades in by the end of the weekend...
The last ten minutes of class you began filling in your reading reflection for May 19th. Be sure to copy the prompt from the view only one and put it on the one you have been writing on.

Next week- Tuesday through Thursday- you will be taking your NWEA's. We will again do only 15 questions a day to be sure you have enough time and try your best. So get plenty of rest and eat a great breakfast.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.


2. Be sure to complete your reading reflection on Google Classroom for the 19th. The prompt is on the one you can view only. You are to copy and paste it into the one you can write on by the end of tonight.

3. Be sure to reread your two poems for Day 2 that your group decided on. You ONLY have to read them and think about tone and theme.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you started out talking to your partner(s) about the two poems you had chosen and what you found. You shared about structure, word choice, tone, mood, figurative lang. and theme. Then we shared out loud some of the findings.

Next, we talked about the meaning of tone, we talked about the difference of tone and mood.  I read a poem to you, and as I read it, you were to underline or circle words that help you to see the tone of poem. The poem was called "The Lake."
I also handed out a paper about Author's Attitude.  After you circled the words that showed you tone, you now gave them a name from the Author's Attitude sheet.

If you were absent today, I have copies of both of these for you.

Then you looked at Google Classroom Day 2 Poetry. With your partners you decided which two poems you would read and find the tone in it. Also, you were to be aware of the theme  in each of these poems.


HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2 Read the two poems your partners decided today.

3. Bring earbuds or headphones to class.

Have a beautiful evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
-What a gorgeous day... Remember to prepare for Day of Caring Thursday with water bottles, sunscreen and a hat.

-Today in class we talked "What is Poetry?" We created a list of ideas. We watched a video:
Glory by Common:


-We talked about the structure, the word choice, mood, tone, figurative language and theme of this poem. Then you opened Google Classroom Day 1 poetry. I paired you up into groups of two or threes. You and your group decided to read two particular poems and annotate them thinking about structure, word choice, mood, tone, figurative lang., and theme.

-If you were absent today, please read all the poems to get a good idea about what each is about. You then choose two to annotate on your own.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Be sure your Reading Goal sheet and Poetry Pre-assessment sheet are turned in. Many did not do this.

3. Annotate two poems from Google Classroom.

4. Be sure you have earbuds or headphones with you at all times.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class you were to finish your revisions in your companion book. You were to turn it in by the end of your class period today.
I will be trying to correct these throughout the next week or so.

Next week we start our poetry unit.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. BRING earbuds or headphones for ELA class on Monday.

Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all your moms.
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class was another revision day. Be sure to use my google classroom to view the sheets to help you revise your companion book sections of lead, craft or elaboration.
Tomorrow at the end of your class you will be turning in your revised companion book on Google Classroom.
You need to remember to use blue text for what you want to correct and then right after it, use red text to show your corrections.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Work on revising your companion book. It WILL be turned in at the end of your class tomorrow.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today I did not see ELA 1 & 2 due MEA essay test. I did see ELA 3 & 4. These two classes continue work on their revisions of their companion book. They used the goals and revision papers I have put on google classroom for you to use when at home revising. We will continue revising tomorrow as they are due on Friday.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages and minutes.

2. Continue work on revisions of companion book. Don't forget to use blue text for what you want to correct and red text for the actual corrections.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Another day,
Today we spent most of the class going over the checklist, rubric, and guidelines for your MEA essay test tomorrow. As I stated several times, you all have been taught over the last two years every piece of the informational essay that you will be producing tomorrow during testing time. YOU CAN DO IT!

Then I had you take out your Companion Book Reflection and Goal sheet and your Companion Book Checklist. We went over these and I said you should be revising them for what you decided your goal(s) was.
Here is the papers that will help you revise your Companion Book. I will also put them on Google Classroom.
You will need to paste this into your browser:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MRGNp6Tk9DE9X7wfoF0tNGeByXj-yMEBqfjDPToskOE/edit

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.


2. Revise your Companion Book using your goal sheet and the papers I have provided you with. Be sure what you are going to correct is in blue and your corrections in red.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, May 8, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class I explained how we were going to be revising one or two parts of our Companion Book that was written before the Fictional Books you just finished.

I handed out the following papers and went through each one:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MRGNp6Tk9DE9X7wfoF0tNGeByXj-yMEBqfjDPToskOE/edit
Or copy and paste the link below in your browser:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MRGNp6Tk9DE9X7wfoF0tNGeByXj-yMEBqfjDPToskOE/edit?usp=sharing

In class we completed the first two parts of the reflection and goals sheet, which is the first page of the handout.  Which part of my Companion Book did I do the best on? and Which part of my Companion Book needs revision?
You needed to choose 1-2 goals from one of the three: lead, elaboration, and craft. Then circle which particular goals on the bottom 1/2 of sheet will you work on each category. You can circle more than one.

Then you opened up your Final Companion Book in Google Classroom and unsubmit it.  Then copy either or both of your lead and the chapter you starred. Paste it in a new Google Document titled:Revised Companion Book.
Then we will work on these throughout the week to revise them.

The last three pages of the handout is what you will do to your new document to revise it. We will work on this during class this week.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2.  Begin your revisions of your Final Companion Book.

Have a super evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, May 5, 2017

Classwork and Homework

TGIF!!!!
Today in class was TURN IN day for your fiction story. I collected the Narrative Writing Checklist for each of you at the beginning of class. I had you copy your first draft of the story and open a new google doc. and title it Final _________(kind of fiction) Fiction Story. Then paste your story here and then do your color coding.
I gave you the following information to color your text and italicize some parts of your story. Here is the sheet I used:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N9nhi6ZGzMKCretqx0nk-r21iCizSKKO0Ha9nOmMbFQ/edit

Then you finished the color coding and turned in your new colored coded story to your Google Classroom. YIPPPPEEEEEE!

Most of you did lots of hard work the last couple of weeks, and you should be proud of that.

Our next week will be revisions of your Companion Books.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes, and pages.

2. BRING YOUR BOOK YOU USED TO WRITE YOUR COMPANION BOOK  to class on Monday.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Another wonderful day at LMS,
Today in class we used exemplar hooks, internal thoughts and dialogue to display on the LCD projector. This was to help students see some great writing.

We talked about how you have had pretty much all week to revise and edit your story. They are due tomorrow at the end of class. YOU WILL NOT HAVE TIME IN CLASS to edit and revise, so be sure you complete that at home tonight or in homework club.

One suggestion I have been giving since sixth grade is, to have an adult read your story to you so you can hear your errors.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. REVISE and EDIT your story!!!  They are due tomorrow....

3. Ask someone you know to sign up for the LMS Blood Drive.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we reviewed how to punctuate dialogue. I handed out the following paper:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Opp834BnDDKWB_gIduYklOm64sKlUAxYz_otKC2YeGs/edit

We talked about how dialogue does make your scenes become a bit more 3D. We talked about intensity in the events after the introduction and to get rid of things that do not talk specifically about an event. We talked about how one has to make the story come alive with 3D scenes. We talked about how to make our story better.

Then you sat with your partner and for six minutes you read your story to them. They were actively listening for the lead (intro. of character, setting and conflict), character development and change over time, being able to visualize the story, and be sure the theme of story and the conclusion are evident. Then you had two minutes to share with your partner your thoughts. Then we reversed roles.

Again, I am saying, READ YOUR STORY OUT LOUD TO AN ADULT TO HEAR YOUR ERRORS AND HAVE AN ADULT READ YOUR STORY OUT LOUD TO YOU!!!

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title,  minutes and pages,

2. REVISE AND EDIT your story.

3. Punctuate the dialogue correctly in your story.

4. Sign someone up for the Blood Drive

YOUR STORY IS DUE AT THE END OF CLASS ON FRIDAY!!!

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Another rainy day,
Today in class you partnered up with your writing partner and refreshed their memory about your story. Then you shared your conclusion with them, then shared your two alternate conclusions with them. They were to give you  suggestions  as to which one was better.

For the rest of the class, you were to put your best conclusion in your story. Next, you were to revise your story so that it has dialogue, 3D scenes, and character development. You were to also add a title and be sure your theme is clear in your story.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Be sure you have a new conclusion to your story and revise and edit the rest of your story.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Monday, May 1, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Good day,
Today in class I instructed you about conclusions. We talked about how a conclusion is the solution to the problem, where you can see how the character changes, where you see how the plot has developed and come to closure, and where the theme is seen loud and clear. I used the following video to have you look again at how Harry P., changed, how the story comes to an end, how the owl was relevant from beginning of the story till the end, and how friendship will have your back. Watch the video and see the facial expressions of Hagrid and Harry as they say goodbye at the train station.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0epO_abY6M

Then you went back to your seats, reread your own conclusion and wrote two different conclusions from your original one after your page of two leads. Think about how you want your story to end in a different way than what you already have.  Be creative. It can change the way your audience would see your story.

We are continuing to edit and revise our stories before they are due on Friday of this week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, April 28, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Today in class was a productive day.
ELA 4 was introduced to what we did yesterday in class, which is on my blog page yesterday.
Then all classes today went over the narrative writing checklist and created 1-3 specific goals that they needed to work on in their story. They were given feedback forms and a protocol paper to follow for the critique process.

Then they sat in groups of three. Told their partners what their goals were and read no more than two pages to their peers. Their peers were to use the critique form to give tips or suggestions to them to improve their story. Then they rotated around until all had read their story aloud and were given feedback.

Next, they began the work on the forms to improve their story. They were to do this by doing what was given in class yesterday and to what their peers gave them for feedback. This work was to continue over the weekend.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Revise your story using the goals you created.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a wonderful day,
Today's field trip to in town Portland in my eyes was great. I had a wonderful group of students.

During periods 1 & 6 today in class we looked briefly at our partner's story. If you were in periods 2 & 4, you should start doing the list below to get a head start in class tomorrow.
Then we worked on our own stories. You were to do the following:

- Add transition words into your story, either from the list on page 41 or from your knowledge base of transition words. Be sure the ones you add today/tonight are in blue.

-Be sure you have at least two scenes with dialogue in them. The dialogue should make the scene come alive. Be sure they are in green.

-Look at your story and indent parts that should be separate paragraphs: change in time, change in setting, someone new speaking, new even happening, or new character(s) is introduced.

-Be sure you have at least two 3-D scenes in your story. Be sure they are in purple.

- Now replace  your old lead with your new lead. DO NOT DELETE THE LEADS PAGE.

- Delete all your 2-D scenes and keep the 3-D scenes

-Be sure you have red text for the real parts of your story.

PHEW... that was a lot, but if you have been keeping up, the above list should be easy.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class we talked about "meaningful dialogue." We looked and discussed how dialogue in a flat scene is not clear, and then looked and discussed how dialogue in a dynamic scene adds to the story to enhance it. Here is the sheet we used for this:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZS1Y7kEZ255iupwSRR_lcukiKTJoWSU3-A1iC_SH13A/edit

I also showed you a clip from Harry Potter that shows the important elements of a scene from the paper above:


Then you went back to your desks and added "meaningful dialogue" to your story. You were to use green text to show that you have made changes to your story.

Have fun with this!!!!

HOMEWORK AND CLASSWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Add dialogue into your story and use green text.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we continued the work on leads. You shared with your partner what kind of lead your first one was and briefly told them about it. Then you went back to your desks and started writing your second lead identifying if it is action, descriptive, introducing the narrater, internal thoughts, or dialogue. It may be a combination of any of the above.

Then, if you had time, you were to begin typing your leads into a separate page at the bottom of your fictional story.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Type both completed leads into your fictional story on Google Classroom.

Have a good evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, April 24, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
We are back from a long needed vacation. But, we started right in today.
First I handed back your companion book checklist grades.  You taped it in your reading notebook on page 56-Companion Book Checklist.

Next you came to the middle and we talked about leads. Here are the examples I used in class:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sRMOxEMA_yV27vJWZcNhbUo9l7oqVM4v8KJbgTLntEA/edit


6th grade lead examples

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LJ7IfwMuryYfGKO96A9M0yKPkHhMTvJ9Sg7ToNaybDs/edit

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1My30Ek8UQDvTWwgk0EdIAyid0kk1RCuOCeMafE1r_eA/edit

Then you went back to your seat to reread your fictional story. Then in your writing notebook on page 42-Leads, you created one lead using one or more of the types of leads, ex. action, description, etc. Be sure you include in your lead the introduction of the character, setting and conflict.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record pages, minutes and title.

2. Finish your first lead in your notebook.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
It is VACATION time... Yipppeeee.....
Today in class we sat with our partners and reread their story. We wrote down suggestions from either last nights reading of the story or todays. Then with your partner you discussed these suggestions, mostly about character development-make the character real and believable, and about making scenes in your story become 3D. You can 3D a scene by using your five senses. I say "SHOW ME" do not tell me.

Next, you read for the remainder of the period. What a nice treat.

HOMEWORK:
1. You MUST read and record for at LEAST FIVE nights over vacation. Please remember to put title, page numbers, and minutes.


2. Work on your story to recreate more 3D scenes and add transitions to your story. The list is on yesterday's blog if you do not have it.

Have a fun, relaxing, enjoyable vacation,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today was a great day in class. I saw some of you have an "aha" moment. We started out with randomly selected students showing their 3D paragraphs to the class. We gave feedback to each about was it really 3D. Could we see it? We talked about 3D using your five senses to "show me" not tell me. Students gave some excellent suggestions to each other.

Tonight you were to go and read your partner's italic section and then read the purple text they had rewritten about the italics. Then you are to write down suggestions for your partner. Tomorrow you will start class out sharing these very suggestions with your partner.

Then you will be given free reading time. This means you are to come to class with a free reading book that matches the kind of fictional story you are writing. For instance, you are writing a science-fiction story, therefore, you should be reading a science-fiction book. This will help you to see the style of writing that authors do.

Lastly, I handed out a list of transition words that you could be looking at and use to improve your writing. Here is the link to view this paper. Copy and paste it into your browser.
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/14FjIlEA66AK3a9-GJWSTdZ6MDpZl08cYGyyOhCbC5jI/edit?usp=sharing


HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes.

2. Read your partner's 3D section and write comments down to help your partner improve their story.

3. Work on adding transitions to your story. 

4. Work on another scene in your story to make 3D.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a gorgeous day,
Today in class we talked about how to make a scene in your story come from 2D to 3D, and how to add tension to this scene. Here are the examples I used in class. Click on the link to view.

Some students were not even done writing their draft that was due last week. So, they had to start there first.
Be sure your entire completed essay is in Times New Roman font size 14. 

Next, you are are to pick a scene in your story you want to improve. Then highlight that scene and put it in italics. Right under that scene in purple text, you are to write your new scene making sure it is 3D and has added tension.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Complete your scene that your are improving with 3D and tension.

Enjoy this beautiful weather,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, April 10, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi Allagash students,
Today in class we talked about how your stories follow the plot line. We watch a video that is below:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reRcVxAWT1g

This is a video called "Snack Attack" and it shows an entire plot line without words.
We talked about the lead and that it includes the hook, the setting, introduction of characters and introduction of the conflict.  Then we talked about the setting and how it needs to be clear about time of year, day, etc, with specific information about the location and the environment surrounding it. Next, we talked about the characters and their internal and external traits/descriptions. Then we talked about the plot parts, the introduction, rising actions, the climax where the character faces the problem and has an "aha" moment. They make a decision about the conflict. Then the falling action of what does the character do next. Lastly, the ending, how is the story resolved.

We also switched our peer editing sheets for each to look at and revise their story.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Edit and revise your story looking at the parts we discussed today.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
As you all know, only saw periods 1, 2, and 3 on Thursday and periods 4,5, and 6 on Friday. We looked at our partner's story and filled out a peer assessment sheet for them. This is due on Monday in class. I strongly suggested that you get it done ASAP.
Click on this link to see the paper we used.

Be sure to print it out and use it for your writing partner's story. 
After you receive this back from your writing partner, you will use it to improve your story.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Today in class we partner shared about who is our protagonist is in our story? What is your protagonist's personality, traits, motivation throughout the story, what decisions do they make, what are their inner thoughts, what decisions do they make, what are their wants, their challenges, how do they change over the course of the story? Then you were to look at where does your story take place?

After partner sharing, you were to go back to your story on Google Classroom and develop your character to be more realistic and believable.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes in your assignment notebook.

2. Work on developing your characters, both protagonist and antagonist in your story.

3. Put in red text in your story the motivation of your protagonist and the reality of your story.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, April 3, 2017

Classwork and Homework

I love the sunshine!
Today in class we talked about character development. We talked about it from the story, "What Are You Anyways?" We looked at the protagonist, Carol. The story is on one of my former blog pages.
Next you were to look at your protagonist and either the whole scene of your story or a small moment in your story. Then you were to in your writing notebook jot info. about your protagonist.
Use this to guide you:
Character Development
Here are some ideas to consider:
Brainstorm a great small moment with places, events, issues, and struggles.
Make your character come alive; Generate traits, reveal wants and challenges, consider character's attitude toward self and others, explore relationships with others, describe movements, facial expressions, style, quirks, physical traits, motivations, inner thoughts, changes over time, dialogue, decisions made, feelings felt and etc.
SHOW ME, DO NOT TELL ME.

Tomorrow we will begin to put what you have jotted down into your story. I also put this on your Google Classroom for your reference.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, March 31, 2017

Classwork and Homework

 Wow, these weeks fly by....
Today in class we continued writing our first draft of our ______________(realistic, science, or historical) fiction story. As you were writing, you were to be thinking about Andrew Stanton's poster on Google Classroom. You were also looking at, did you hook the reader??? I had you think about the characters and setting. Could you picture them?

The rest of the period was working and wow, there was lots of thinking and writing going on...very impressive...

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record the title, the pages and the minutes.

2. Finish the rough draft of your story and turn it in please.

Have a great weekend... Hopefully you will get to play in the snow...
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
I saw some very hard workers and determined writers today. We went over some of the points Andrew Stanton had talked about yesterday in the TED talk. I also put onto my Google Classroom his poster that has some of these very points on it. Look at it to refresh your memory.

Then you sat with your writing partner and talked about the two quick writes you completed for homework last night. Some of you did them and others did not. It is a HOWLs grade for responsibility in trimester three.

After you talk, you then chose one of the two quick writes and on Google Classroom you pushed create, google docs, and started to write your story.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and pages.

2. Complete at least half of your fiction story that was started in class today.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
I love it when I get soooo excited about teaching a lesson. I did just that today. I showed you various clips from a TED talk by Andrew Stanton, screenwriter of "Finding Nemo," "Toystory," and "Wall-E". I chose these clips because the beginning in not appropriate to share.  Each of these clips had a message about how to write an awesome story. You can watch the whole TED talk or watch only these minutes of the clip: 1:15-2:53, 5:18-7:40, 8:00-8:52, 9:39-10:41, 12:26-13:35, and 17:09-18:59. These clips have inspiring information about writing a story that people will want to read.

Next, you looked at your list of eight to ten story ideas that you created yesterday in class and outside of class and starred two of these. You went back to your seats and began a quick write about each of these ideas. I just wanted you to get the information down about each of these stories. You do not need to finish the entire story, just get you ideas about character, setting, plot, conflict, theme and symbol on paper.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, page numbers, and minutes.

2. Finish your two quick writes about two of your story ideas.

3. Tomorrow we will visit the book fair.

Have a wonderful night,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
We had a productive, yet filled class today. We started out going over the questions and plot line (story arc) about the short story called, "What Are You Anyway?" We had some good discussions.
Then I talked about "small moments in your life and how these very moments could make you a wonderful, exciting short realistic fiction, science fiction, or historical fiction story. Then I let you sit with your writing partner and begin to generate eight to ten ideas for a story. You were to be sure you had ideas in all three fiction categories above.  Some of you created charts, while others of you just listed ideas. I had on the desks some prompting questions which now reside in my writing google classroom.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Create at least eight to ten story ideas in the genres of realistic fiction, historical fiction, and science fiction. You have to have some ideas in each genre.

3. See some of you at conferences tonight.... YOU MUST ATTEND with your parent/guardian.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, March 27, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
What a rainy dull day, but happy inside this school...
Today we started a new unit called, "Writing Realistic Fiction." I did say that we are going to branch out and let you write realistic fiction, historical fiction or science fiction.  This is very exciting.

Today we talked first then read a short story called, "What Are You Anyway?" I talked about the terminology, the words, the era that story was written before we began the story. As I read the story you annotated it thinking about the characters, setting, plot, conflict, theme and symbols.
Copy and paste this link to your browser to see the story or click on the link:


Next, I paired you up with a peer and your discussed your annotations with each other.

Lastly, I handed out questions.  With your partner you were to complete two questions. If you did not finish it was to become homework.
You were also to do #8 on your own which is filling in the story arc/plot line.
Copy and paste the link to your browser to see the questions:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aObxYbrMJdokJn9fw7tUgWFauTgISt68KQQ3xP4Pujk/edit?usp=sharing

HOMEWORK: 1. You are to be reading out of realistic fiction, science fiction or historical fiction book. Record the title, minutes and page numbers.

2. Complete your two questions that you and your partner worked on today.

3. Complete the story arc/plot line on the back of the questions paper. It is #8.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, March 24, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class was a review of simple, compound, and complex sentences. We talked about placing commas in these sentences. This I hope will help in your editing your companion book. We also talked about word usage, such as effect or affect. I also review proper nouns and how they need to be capitalized.

Then you took the remainder of the class to edit your companion book. It is DUE NO LATER than 9:00 pm tonight....

You have worked really hard on these books. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes, and pages.

2. Relax with your family...

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
 We are SO close to finishing our Companion Books!!!! Today in class I went over the rubrics I have handed out. Copy and paste the links below to three of them:

Companion Book Checklist:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1M9RG1VKXijKpgUWl4YaAbx2KDAB5TNJXnVh4ijKpcFM/edit?usp=sharing

TaskCard:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1s6eC5Fj30q0ZKLyDqpJuxsP4G45phsIVcT5axnOyv_8/edit?usp=sharing

Qualities of my essay:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1NS9BkKONXqcOLBsuK274IYvBLwrPhwSl2rCoXC2t7JQ/edit?usp=sharing

I also handed out for you to look at the Informational Writing Checklist. I mentioned that I will be grading the overall book (X3), the lead (X3), transitions (X1), organization (X3). elaboration (X3), craft (X2), spelling (X1) and punctuation and sentence structure (X1). This is the Teacher's College writing rubric.

I went over the exact order of the book. Here is what I put on the board:


HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Work on completing your Companion Book. It is DUE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, 3/24!!!  You have worked really hard, let's finish with a bang.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
-Sorry I am writing about classwork and homework on Tuesday for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

-On Monday in class we perfected out Table of Contents.

-Then on Tuesday and Wednesday you were to work on your introduction and perfect that. Then be sure you have three chapters written with lots of analysis about the book you read.  Each time you give evidence from the book about your big idea in the chapter whether it is paraphrased in your own words or direct quotes from the book, you must give your analysis of the big idea from your perspective of what you believe or what you think the author is trying to get across.

-If you are unsure of what is expected I have handed out two checklist so far. They are on my blog page, I think from last Friday or even last Thursday.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your pages, title, and minutes.

2. Continue working on your Companion Book. It is due Friday, 3/24. It will not be included in this trimester's grades. It will be in third trimester.

3. You should be getting your Companion Book organized and ready to be passed in in the format you chose. Digital, paper copy or on a website.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, March 17, 2017

Classroom and Homework

Hi there,
-Today in class was a day to get yourselves organized and to see where you are in your companion book. We are about to begin final preparations for our Companion Books which are due on Friday, 3/24.
-So, I went over the Table of Contents once again giving specifics about what needs to be included. You must be sure you have capital letters, title of book, your name, introduction, titles of three chapters and RNB entries for each of your chapter. All of these have to have page numbers beside each.
Here is an example of a Table of Contents:
                     Table of Contents

                     "Rules of the Game"
                       Mrs. Downs

Introduction: The "Real" Chess Game           1

Chapter 1: Relationships Ebb and Flow         2-4
RNB: Relationship Map                                 5-6

And then the other chapters do the same...

-Then I handed out two organizers for you to help with your work over this weekend and into next week. Copy the links below to view them:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1NS9BkKONXqcOLBsuK274IYvBLwrPhwSl2rCoXC2t7JQ/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1M9RG1VKXijKpgUWl4YaAbx2KDAB5TNJXnVh4ijKpcFM/edit?usp=sharing

So lot's of work and thoughts were done in class.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Work on your Chapter checklist to perfect one chapter and be sure to look at your Companion Book Checklist.  Both links are above for you to reference.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
-Today in class we did partner talk about how to advertise our companion book. We were trying to talk about the book so we could finish writing our introductions in Google Classroom.

-I also had you submit your Table of Contents. I was thinking before I grade them, I am going to have you add your page numbers beside each chapter. I am also going to have you add which reading notebook entry(entries) you are going to include in your companion book. You will also write the page numbers for these also.

-If you finished the above, you were to begin to go back over your chapters and revise them by making sure you have outstanding specific and details from the beginning, middle and end of the book that are about each chapter. Also, to be sure you have deep, thoughtful analysis of your specific details.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Be sure your introductions are completed.

3 Work on your Table of Contents to include the above items.

NO MORE LATE WORK OR MAKE-UP WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER TUESDAY, 3/21.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Wow lots of snow out there,

Today in class we did lots of instruction and little writing. So, with that said, we will do lots of writing work tomorrow.
-I went over how your Table of Contents needs to be added to the first page of your three chapters. You need to be sure it is completed by tomorrow as I will be grading them. Also, be sure you have chapter titles that are creative and make the reader want to read each chapter. The minimum is three chapters for most  of you.

-Then we went over how to begin to revise your chapters. On my blog, on 3/10,  I posted a simple way for you to think about each paragraph for the chapter. Remember you must have a topic sentence and then all other sentences in that paragraph have to be about the topic sentence.

-Then we talked about how each chapter should have black and red text. The black is for your analysis of the red which is the specific details/quotes from the book with page numbers. You should be able to see more black text than red. You want to have lots of your explanation about your story element and why the author may included it in the book.

-Be sure you have in mind at least one reading notebook entry that goes along with each one of your chapters. You can start recreating them by hand or on the computer. If you think your RNB entry is perfect, then just take a picture of it and load it onto your computer desktop for now.

-We talked about how to write an introduction. Please look at Google Classroom for some examples, sentence frames and possibly what to write about.

HOMEWORK:
1. Revise and edit your Table of Contents and be ready to pass it in tomorrow.

2. Begin your introduction on your second page of your companion book. Push all the chapter down so that page one is your Table of Contents and page 2(maybe 3 too) is your introduction.

3. Be thinking about your RNB entries to use with each of your chapters.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, March 13, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Boy this potential storm could really mess us up...
So, today in class you got right to work on writing your third piece for your three chapters. I looked at gave you a HOWLs grade for perseverance for having completed your third structure.

I talked about how you should begin to think about which RNB entry(entries) you will use for each chapter as a visual. You can also use other visuals as well.

I also reiterated that your specific details from the book should be in red text. This means you should have some red in each chapter and lots of black which is your explanation/analysis of the meaning of the red.

I talked about if there isn't any school tomorrow and/or Wednesday you should be sure all three chapters are written, have red for details/quotes and have great analysis for each. Remember to analyze is about the deeper meaning for you and/or what you think the author meant.  Also, for you to begin editing and revising each of the chapters. Read them out loud to yourself or someone else to see if they make sense.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Finish your third essay/chapter. 

3. After Wednesday, I will not accept any more make-up or late work.

GRADES CLOSE THIS FRIDAY!!!

Have a great evening and I HOPE to see you tomorrow.
Mrs. Downs


Friday, March 10, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
TGIF... lots of you have been working really hard on the companion books.
Today in class we went over the two structures you have completed, the two story elements that are in each one of the structures.
Next, you began your third structure. You could do one you already have done as you are only required to do two different ones. Or you can chose another different one. You are to create this structure with your third story element. Remember you are trying to get across a big idea for each structure. Once you have the big idea in your head or on paper, you need specific details, quotes or retelling from the beginning, middle and end of book. This needs to be completed by Monday. NOT the CHAPTER, just the structure.
You had the rest of the period to work on that.

I worked with a few students yesterday and we came up with the following of how to organize your writing... This may or may not make it easier for you...
Here we go...
1st paragraph- state your big idea and analyze it in life, not using the book to explain it. Just your thoughts of the big idea in the/your world... (Remember NEVER use I in an informational book) Needs to only be about two to five sentences.

2nd paragraph- Give two specific details from the beginning of the book along with your analysis/explanation of its meaning relating to the big idea.

3rd paragraph-Give two specific details from the middle of the book along with your analysis/explanation of its meaning relating to the big idea.

4th paragraph-Give two specific details from the end of the book along with your analysis/explanation of its meaning relating to the big idea.

5th paragraph- Restate your big idea from your first paragraph and a few other sentences to wrap it up. Again two to five sentences is all you need.

Hope this helps organize a bit better.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Finish the structure for your third chapter/essay.

Have a great weekend... stay warm.. it is going to be freezing..
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you had the time to write your second chapter/essay for your companion book. I showed an example of the what you should be thinking about the whole book looking like. You need to remember that along with your Table of Contents, Introduction, and Conclusion, that within each chapter you should have the writing piece and a visual, which should be one or more of your reading strategies that go along with your writing. You should have used this reading strategy for either specific details or big idea and analysis.

Below is the example:




HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, minutes and pages.

2. Complete and submit on Google Classroom your second writing piece for your companion book. I should also be able to see your first writing piece as well before it.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a beautiful day it turned out to be.
Today in class we started by looking at the writing Google Classroom. There are informational writing structures on there to help you complete tonights homework. I explained each one and talked about how you have to complete another informational structure, not boxes and bullets, with another one of your story elements.  You can be creative in how you show the informational structure. It does not have to be like the ones on Google Classroom.

Then you went back to your chairs and thought about which story element you wanted to write about, what was the big idea of that story element and which structure would best fit that. Then you began creating it in your reading notebook on page 54.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, page numbers and minutes.

2. Complete your structure for chapter/essay #2. If you have time, you could begin to write your chapter using your strategy.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Classwork and Homework

What a dreary day... but so enlightening in class...
Today we talked about how you have to have completed all 10 reading strategies, put stickies on them to identify the story elements, completed your table of contents on google docs, and completed your box and bullets from the beginning, middle, and end of your book about one of your three story elements you selected to write your chapters on.

If this was all done, then on Google Classroom there is a place for you to write a chapter of your companion book. We talked a lot in class today about how the chapter should have lots of analysis of specific details of the book. You can make connections as to how you understand your big idea in the box. There should be more than one or two paragraphs as you are talking about one of your story elements and adding lots of your own analysis. There should be specific details from the book that support your big idea in the box. Lots of analyzing this is what it is all about. There is no right or wrong way to analyze. It is your thoughts and perspectives about the book. The more you write about your thoughts connected to details from the book, the better it will be. This was your classwork today. Most did not finish the chapter.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and page numbers.

2. Finish your chapter of the companion book.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Monday, March 6, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hello,
Today in class we talked about the text structures you will use to create your chapters in your companion notebook. The list of them is on page 50 of your notebooks. It is also here if you copy and paste the link:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1zLWHDNtX9bsqqDQ3uJmpYo5FHMSx9QXiffFFnEun1kw/edit?usp=sharing

Then I showed you a beginning example of the structure you are doing in class today called boxes and bullets. You were to think of which one of the chapters you want to use this structure for. Remember the chapters are about one of the story elements you circled on pg. 50 in your notebook.This is on my Google Classroom. You must complete the boxes and bullets for homework tonight.
Be sure your Table of Contents is completed and creative titles.

You spent the rest of the period creating your boxes and bullets.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Finish your boxes and bullets structure.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
On Friday we had guests in for each of our ELA classes to read to us. This was in celebration of Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss' birthday on Thursday. I felt it was an awesome day. We had speakers that were motivating and shared their love of books with each class. A nice educational day for all.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Be sure to have your Table of Contents completed by Monday

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi star students,
Today in class you looked at RNB #9 and 10. You completed a self-assessment on each of these strategies. Then you turned in your notebook for me to grade.

Then we learned about writing a Table of Contents. We did a practice one using "Rules of the Game". The key was to be sure you are thinking about what each of your story elements are for the three chapters. Then come up with a creative question or statement as a title for the chapter. Some examples are on my Google Classroom for your ELA class. The more creative you are the better it will be. Remember you have to have an introduction, three chapters and a conclusion all with creative titles. You are to create this on Google Docs.

I also did a bit of a talk about what are the expectations for Read Across America tomorrow. We need to be active listeners, respectful audience and have respectful body language.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Finish your Table of Contents on Google Docs.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class you were in partners and talked about which three story elements you are focusing on. Then you talked about why did you choose those three, and which one has the least amount of information from the beginning, middle and end of book.
Several of you came to class today without all nine of your reading strategies completed with stickies. Which means you are behind where you should have been today. So, then you had to put stickies on your reading strategies and fill in your planning chart.
If you came to class today prepared, then you began work on your reading notebook strategy #10. It is due tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your titles, minutes, and pages.

2. Finish reading notebook strategy #10. Be sure you put stickies on the three story elements.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you were instructed now that you pretty much have identified at least three story elements, see yesterday's blog for planning sheet, in your reading notebook strategies #1-5, you are now to go through strategies #6-9 and put stickies on each of these reading strategies that are about the three story elements that seem to be strongest in #1-5. You are also to fill in the planning sheet when you are putting stickies on the strategies.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and page #'s.

2. Finish your planning sheet for strategies #1-9.

3. By Thursday have reading notebook strategy #10 completed and also have stickies on it for the three story elements that you have chosen.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, February 27, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi students and parents/guardians,
Today in class we went over the Companion Book Expectations and Planning Sheet. Copy and paste the link below to view these papers:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1zLWHDNtX9bsqqDQ3uJmpYo5FHMSx9QXiffFFnEun1kw/edit?usp=sharing

Then you went back to our chairs and began working on placing stickies on each of your reading strategies. You were to write on the stickie which story element you used and was it in the beginning, middle or end of the book. So, for example, you could write character- B. This would show that the particular part of the reading notebook entry had character and it was in the beginning of the book.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages and minutes read.


2. Work on planning sheet. Just a reminder that all your entries should have several stickies with a story element on it and B, M, or E for beginning, middle and end.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, February 17, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
TGIF and the Friday of vacation...
Today in class you were to finish RNB #9. During this time, I went around and corrected your #6-8 on your self-assessment sheet. If you finished with RNB #9 you were to go back over all your RNB entries, 1-9 and be sure to include all things on the self-assessment, the Ladder of Abstraction, and making sure you have talked about the beginning, middle and end of the book on all entries.

Copy and paste link to see self-assessment:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1JFDEBNf4pbT06pdTuwk8g50NEb-C9mmOHvrbi4S-KM8/edit?usp=sharing

Also, be sure to check my Google Classroom as it has examples of most of the RNB entries.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes at least five times during vacation.

2. Scavenger Hunt paper should be completed by the Monday after vacation.

Have a great week,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Two snow days has really throne us off... Wednesday in class we took a Reading Plus survey on Google Classroom. Then we looked RNB #6-8 and completed a self-assessment on two of the three. Copy the link and paste it into browser for self-assessment:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1JFDEBNf4pbT06pdTuwk8g50NEb-C9mmOHvrbi4S-KM8/edit?usp=sharing

Then we talked about how each of the RNB entries should have information about the beginning, middle and end of the book, it should have the Ladder of Abstraction, and all the components of the self-assessment.
On my google classroom are all the charts and the suggestions for Companion Book ideas to use as RNB strategies. Copy and paste link into browser to see ideas:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1hSqDDRUFWiC9YEj9D2-4Zi6QCRMzoZHDzT5WYBncQaE/edit?usp=sharing

Today in class we started RNB strategy nine. You were to choose which one of the story elements you felt you needed more information on: characters, plot, setting, conflict and theme. Then choose a strategy to show that.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages and minutes. Be sure to continue filling in Scavenger Hunt chart.

2. ELA #1, 3, and 4 finish RNB #9.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, February 10, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
-Today in class we started a new reading notebook entry. It is #8 and is a Relationship Map.

-You are to analyze the relationships that the protagonist has with other characters in the book and how they relate to the protagonist.  I used the example of Waverly and her relationship with her mom and wrote about it and then wrote about her mom's relationship with Waverly.
You should show this either using a web, t-chart or whatever creative way you can show the relationships. You must have separate information about each character and their relationship to the other.

-You also need to check the requirements from you last self-assessment to be sure you are including all required parts.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, minutes and page numbers.

2. Fill in your Scavenger Hunt chart. Be sure to include quotes and page numbers.

3. Finish reading notebook entry #8 which is the relationship map.

Have a great weekend and let's hope for NO SNOW on Sunday night...
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
-Today in class we did a long-write. You wrote for 25-30 minutes about at least one story element, character, setting, plot, theme or conflict. Most of you quickly realized that when you started to write about one story element, you began talking about another one also.

-You needed to think about the Ladder of Abstraction, the specific details and the theme/big ideas, as you were writing. You also needed to include your voice as you were writing. We talked about using academic language and explaining your ideas.

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to reread your book for a third time and fill in your scavenger hunt chart. Be sure to record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Finish your long-write that was started in class today.

3. If there isn't any school tomorrow, Thursday, go back through your reading notebook entries 1-7 and add to them using your list of requirements from your last self-assessment sheet that you and I graded.

Enjoy your evening and possibly your snow day... Get your work done early so you can play outside...
Mrs. Downs