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