Our first class novel will be Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. This is a Newbery Award winning novel about a boy searching for his roots during the Great Depression. This book provides a great opportunity to learn about figurative language and characterization.
Students should be reading a book of their choice for twenty minutes each night. Books should be at the appropriate reading level. Students can bring a book from home, borrow a book from the library, or borrow one from the classroom. Independent reading books should be brought to each class daily. Scholastic Book Club orders can be placed with the code: L8NG6
As part of our "Writer's Workshop", students will be writing each day. A writer's notebook (binder) will be kept in class for each student. Students will have control over their writing and choose topics for which to write. It is a good idea for students to keep a list of ideas for meaningful writing topics at home as well as in school. Throughout the year students will be assessed on productivity and participation in the "Writer's Workshop". They will also be asked to reflect on their own writing.
We are now working on how to write a narrative essay. This will involve reading closely, rereading and analyzing what we read. Students will then think deeply and formulate a claim about what they have read. They will learn the formula for composing this type of essay. Although most writing is done in class, students may need to work on a writing piece outside of class.
Parts of Speech
Students will be learning spelling rules throughout the year. They will be responsible for applying the spelling rule and will be assessed on a list of words that follow the rule. Ample time will be given before each quiz.
Reading groups will focus on story elements (character, setting, problem, solution, plot, sequence, climax, resolution, mood, tension) as well as literal skills like facts. Our goal will be to improve these skills as well as inferential and interpretive reading skills. Groups will use reading strategies like visualizing, predicting, questioning, summarizing, connecting, retelling, skimming and scanning, and clarifying.