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During the month of January, we are exploring the big question: What does it take to find the truth?

We are reading a variation of novels, fiction as well as nonfiction, through Literature Circles to explore this question. Students are reading and working on literature circle work during one period of the class each day. They have focus work each week, which must be completed before Thursday discussions with their groups. We will wrap up this round of literature circles on February 2nd with a Socratic Seminar

Reading Focus Lessons:

Week of January 8th - Tone and Mood

Week of January 15th - Complete work for tone and mood; be prepared to discuss and have all work completed on Thursday

 

We are also in the process of studying informational writing and research. Students will formulate research questions from their literature circle readings, research a topic, study mentor texts, and compose their own informational writing to present research findings. Students will present their research project on Monday, February 12th.

Writing and Research Focus Lessons:

Week of January 8th - Evaluating credibility of sources 

Week of January 15th - Brainstorm research questions and narrow down focus question, quiz on sentence structures

 

 HOMEWORK: 

Homework will be presented to students on Mondays. Responses are due Friday (paper version) or Sunday (digital version). Other than that, students just need to read, read, read - anything and everything!

Unless digital access is problematic, all assignments will be given and submitted via Edmodo. Contact your teacher for class code. 

Week of January 8th: "Born on a Blue Day" analysis of tone and mood (due 1/14)

Week of January 15th: Revisions to Case 21 writing (due 1/19 THIS ONE IS NOT DONE ON EDMODO but directions are posted there, paper/pencil version)

INDEPENDENT READING

Students should report to class with a book of their choice to read during independent reading time every day! I am able to confer with individual students about every two weeks discuss his/her reading life, progress, struggles, etc. 

 

Weekly Reading Rate Scores: Beginning the week of August 14th, students will begin setting weekly page goals based on individual reading rates.  Reading goals are different for every child based on his/her personal reading pace. Students and I will discuss reading goal expectations, and they get 100 minutes to read the book of their choice in my classroom each week. Please email me if you are curious about your child's reading rate goals and/or how scores are determined. 

 

EXTRA CREDIT

There are three standing opportunities for extra credit. 

1. Pick up an article from the Things To Do Later folder (by the student computer) and write a response.

2. Write an entry in the Genius Journal (by the student computer). Follow step-by-step directions in the notebook.  (SEE FORMS TAB)

3. Write a Book Review in the Book Review journal (see your class librarian). Follow step-by-step directions in the notebook. (SEE FORMS TAB)

 

**You may also accumulate points for responding to others' works in the journal. See journals for guidelines.**

4. Add an entry into our class Interest Journals.

5. Bank time on Moby Max; see your teacher for login information. 

 

Class Mission Statement

It is a privilege to teach each young scholar who enters Room B12 this year. I look forward to getting to know students on an individual basis. Throughout the year, the overarching goal for this class is for students to develop a love for reading that extends beyond the classroom, find  voice as a writer, and ask questions of the world in a way that he/she has likely not done so before. Students will see themselves as readers, writers, researchers, & difference-makers. And, never fear: every bit of this can be achieved within the confines of standards and mandates! Our curriculum will fully address the standards and prepare students for end-of-year assessments, eighth grade, and beyond; however, my promise is for all of this to happen in meaningful ways!

Below are some ways to keep in touch:

District Email: lindsey.jones@dcsms.org

Remind 101: Text @pgtrnrs to 81010

Edmodo: Class codes can be found under FORMS tab

Class Twitter: Follow us @HMSpageturners

Professional Twitter: Follow me @LindseyJ_HMS