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