Can you believe it is almost February?!?!?!
Where did January go?
This past week everyone did a great job getting back into the school groove and finding the rhythm again.
The challenge that I have brought up in ALL of my classes is to READ MORE! The seniors started their coffee house discussions this week and the freshmen started to explore options for their quarter three independent reading projects. Remember, reading helps to improve your vocabulary and understanding of the English language. Keep going! Find a book you like! And READ IT!
Onwards to the week ahead….
We will begin our week off with a quiz on verb types: action verbs, linking verbs, and helping verbs. STUDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Check out the study pack for this week!
From there we will start to learn about apostrophes!
We will end the class period learning more about the quarter three independent reading project and settling into our new books. As soon as the rubrics are created (#strugglebus) I will post all of the directions and rubrics on to the Q3 tab on this site.
To practice apostrophe’s for possession, we will use this BBC Bitesize activity. A key thing to note about this webpage is that they do not want you to use a period or it will mark it as incorrect.
After we practice quickly, then you will participate in your first literature circle. Remember to pick up your role sheet and read chapters 2, 3, & 4!
For homework, you will read chapter five of A Long Way Gone.
We will complete a practice on apostrophes through Google Classroom. This link will become available that day on Google Classroom and eventually in the study pack!
Then we will move on to track the themes of ALWG in Chapters 1-5. The plan is to do this in small groups 🙂
As always, we will start the class by practicing our grammar of the week. We will focus on contractions on this day!
Then we will move into our first day of silent sustained reading. You MUST have your book for quarter three with you! We will spend a few minutes checking our reading schedules too, but most of the time will be all about reading! Even me!
Monday: We will be spending the day finishing our discussions from Friday! They rocked and I cannot wait to listen to the final two!
Any extra time we have will be spent discussing the research process and what you already know about it!
Tuesday: Back to Serial! We will listen to episode three and discuss authors craft! Make sure you are caught up all the way! Your homework will be to listen to episode four!
*Warning – Heads Up: You WILL have a QUIZ on episodes 1-5 on Friday*
Thursday: Serial again! We will listen to episode five and map out the day of Hae’s death…be ready to be an investigator!
Friday: We will start class by taking a quick quiz on episodes 1-5 to make sure you are understanding everything we are listening to. Then, we will have our second coffee house! I cannot wait to see what everyone brings to the table!
Here is some feedback from our first coffee house to keep in mind:
- As others are speaking, we need to be paying attention – not on our computers and phones!
- Give people time to think when you ask questions – love the awkward silence, it gives people time to think and encourages them to talk
- Make sure we are giving people a chance to speak and not speaking over them – allow people to finish their thought 🙂