Reading and Language

Chariot Races: Research


Literature Circles:
In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.

Literature Circle book: Biography
BOOK: each student will have a different book to read

Fact Fragment video - short note taking lesson

Research Paper - Students will work on the research paper in class. The paper will be five paragraphs. It will include a thesis statement in the introduction. Three body paragraphs that each have their own topic sentence with at least three specific details to support it. It will also have a conclusion that restates the thesis statement in a different way and wraps up the paper. There shouldn't be any outside classroom work on this, unless students aren't working in class.

Portrait - Each student will hand draw a portrait of their historical figure. This should be colored using colored pencils, but can be outlined with markers. Students will have time to do this in class.

Wax Museum - Students will perform their speech on Friday, May 20th in the gym. Expectations are that students will be dressed in a simple costume of their historical figure. Students can also include props to enhance their speech, but this is not required. The goal is for students to memorize their speech, but not the expectation. Students can use notecards for assistance. The speech should be around 90 seconds.

Reading Strategies: Reading strategies are those things students do to help them understand what they are reading.  Reading strategies are often categorized as those behaviors designed to help students before, during, and after they read.  As a reader, it is important to learn and use multiple strategies for different texts, different reading purposes, and for different subject areas.

Unit 5 Reading Strategies:
1. Compare & Contrast - tcontrast something is to look for differences among two or more elements, but compare is to do the opposite, to look for similarities.
2. Description - use multiple senses to describe items
3. Author's Purpose - is the reason that the author chose to write the passage. When discussing author’s purpose we usually use verbs such as persuade, entertain, or inform, or some combination of these.
4. Draw Conclusions - is using information that is implied or inferred to make meaning out of what is not clearly stated.
5. Fact & Opinion - a fact is something that can be proven and you can not argue the point, while an opinion is how someone might feel about something this can be argued.

Grammar:  Grammar is the whole system and structure of the English language. This includes the parts of speech, punctuation, and figurative language. Students use two different books Write Source and Simple Solutions.

Unit 5:  Adjectives & Adverbs
1. Adjectives forms: positive, comparative, superlative
2. Good and bad
3. Adverbs
1. Choose 2011-2013
2. Orange
3. Students (each student should know their own login)
Assignment: Students are required to read one of the Iowa Children Choice Award book each semester. They then must take an AR test and receive 80% or better. They must also hand in 3 true/false or multiple choice questions. The first book, questions, and AR test should be done and handed in by the end of the second semester (by May 25th).