NOTE - Homework will be updated weekly; however, sometimes it will change due to the needs of the class. Please also refer to the student planner for the most up-to-date homework information.
WEEKLY HOMEWORK UPDATES:
SEPTEMBER 9/16 - 9/20 - Our class will spend Monday working on the group project about kids who have made an impact in the world and then they will present to the class on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will go over the prompt and the rubric for the summative assessment, which is an analysis paragraph about a specific kid who has changed the world in a positive way. Then on Thursday, they will read and annotate an article about the kid they chose and on Friday they will create a graphic organizer for their analysis paragraph. Since this is the summative assessment for the unit, students will move through this process independently, but they will have access to all of the resources that we've created in their notebooks and previous paragraphs that we've written for practice over the last few weeks. Homework: On Monday, students should practice their section of the group presentation a few times so that they are comfortable presenting in front of class (it does not need to be memorized though). On Tuesday, students will be assigned an Evaluation for their group members in the project, which will be due by Thursday. Also, if students want to choose their own kid who made an impact for the summative paragraph, they need to find an article and bring a printed copy to class by Thursday; otherwise they will choose from my two class options of Peter Larsen or Malala Yousafzai. As always, students should also be reading from their independent reading novel for at least 20 minutes for three days of the week.
9/9 - 9/13 - We will spend the majority of the week learning and writing about a kid named Iqbal Masih who made a positive impact in Pakistan by advocating for the rights of children slaves. We will read and annotate an article together on Monday and then students will work collaboratively to create a graphic organizer for their paragraphs on Tuesday. Then they will write, edit, and revise their paragraphs on Wednesday and Thursday. Students will have the option of working independently or with a partner and be able to ask each other and me for help and guidance along the way. Finally, we will end the week on Friday by going over a group project centered on kids who have made a positive impact in the world. Homework: On Monday, students may need to highlight evidence in the article to support their claim if they did not finish this in class. On Wednesday and Thursday, students have the option of researching kids who have made a positive impact, as this will help them come to the group project on Friday with good ideas (but this isn't mandatory homework). Other than that, students should be reading from their independent reading novel for at least 20 minutes for three days each week. Finally, students should get a copy of the book Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye by Tuesday, September 24th. If you are unable to secure a copy of this book, please let me know at least a week in advance so that I can provide a copy for you.
9/3 - 9/6 - On Tuesday, we will continue working with the "Alex's Lemonade Stand" article, taking time to create a claim, rereading the article to look for supporting evidence, and then generating our three main point topics for our upcoming paragraph. Then on Wednesday, we will collaboratively create the graphic organizer as a class and on Thursday we will write an argumentative paragraph. We go through the process together so that I can model how to think like a writer and so that we can hear many different perspectives and choices that authors make. Next week, students will start to move this same process of reading an article, creating a graphic organizer and then writing a paragraph more independently, with the ability to work with a partner or ask me questions. This is preparing them for their summative assessment for the unit where they will go through this process independently, but they will have already gone through it twice in class and received formative feedback along the way. Homework: If we do not finish the graphic organizers in class on Wednesday, students will need to finish this for homework before class on Thursday. Also, students should be reading from an independent reading book for at least 20 minutes for three days a week (they get to read two days in Study Hall to hit the five day total). This is very important in order for them to maintain consistent growth in their overall reading ability. Finally, students should get a copy of the book Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye by Tuesday, September 24th. If you are unable to secure a copy of this book, please let me know at least a week in advance so that I can provide a copy for you.
AUGUST 8/26 - 8/31 - We will start the week by reviewing the structure of a three-point paragraph and then analyzing a sample argumentative paragraph together as a class that they will have in their notebooks as a resource. Then we will use short videos to specifically practice how to write main points with a supporting piece of evidence and thoughtful analysis. We will end the week reading and annotating an article about Alex's Lemonade Stand and identify the main idea of the article that will help us create a claim. Next week, we will work through the process of writing a three-point paragraph about the article together and then they will start to move through the process more independently. Homework: The students need to finish their Words to Live By assignment over the weekend, as it is due on Monday. On Wednesday, students might need to write a few sentences for our class paragraph at home, depending on how much we accomplish together in class. Other than that, students should be reading from an independent reading book for at least 20 minutes for four nights each week.
8/19 - 8/23 - We are going to start this week discussing the power of words, which will dovetail into their only homework assignment for the week called "Words to Live By." Then on Tuesday we are going to go "book shopping" in our class library to create a "To Be Read" list in our notebooks and they will self-assess themselves on our ATL skills for this unit relating to specific communication skills. On Wednesday, we are officially launching into our first unit and we will explore the debatable question: Do kids truly have the ability to make a significant impact on the world and to make it a better place? During the end of the week, we will look at how the purpose for why something was created and the structure of how it is created are related concepts and then we will specifically type these concepts to writing. Homework: On Monday, students will be assigned the Words to Live By assignment. They will be given the directions in class which we will go over together and we will also look at multiple samples. This assignment is due on the following Monday, August 26th. Other than that, students should be reading from an independent reading book for at least 20 minutes for three nights. Since we are book shopping on Tuesday, everyone should have a book by then, but they are also welcome to get independent reading books from our school library, the public library, or any other method that works for them.