Big thanks to those of you who were helpful and respectful during two days of MANY substitute teachers! If you weren't one of those people, please spend a few minutes thinking about what you can do to be more cooperative the next time there is a sub. Having subs is part of school life--while it's hard to have a change, it is going to happen and you can be proactive in making it a positive experience.
Today we went on a writing adventure in hours 1 and 2 and did an in-class version in hour three.
You reflected and talked with a partner about the last two days of your life: What happened? What was the same as your normal what was different with all these new adults in your day? What is s...
Today we had a Read Aloud from TheCrossover by Kwame Alexander. There may be a quiz on this soon, so be sure you are listening during Read Aloud time.
Then we had a reading lesson, to practice how we think aloud as we read. You should have put the sheet in a safe place so that you have it as a helpful guide in the future. Some of you left it in the classroom--if so it is on the "lost and found" shelf in the pile for your hour. This is on the bottom shelf on the right side when you walk into the class. (Two shelves below the loaner pencils.)
In some classes you had time to read and to practice making a Reading Notes entry. Remember you use about 2 sentences from your book as "evidence" an...
Today you all worked hard on a "pre-assessment" to show me your personal narrative skills. You wrote for 45 minutes! I was impressed. I look forward to reading them. Reading your writing will help me come up with new ways to help you continue to grow as writers.
Due Friday. In your notebook/journal, choose a new topic from your heart map and write at least a page about it.
Today we continued watching the documentary about the high school Poetry Slam competition in Chicago. You should have turned in your notes and reflection sheet at the end of class.
* Spend time reflecting (thinking about) the documentary: What poems or stories stand out to you? Which one will you remember in a couple weeks or months? Why do you think that is? If you were to write a poem about your life, what would you write about? Why was it powerful for those teens to share their stories?
* Read a minimum of 40 pages in your choice book--OR--if you turned in your Reading Record on Friday and got it back from me, look at the note I wrote you and decide what you think is...
The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a GREAT resource for finding ideas for what to read next. You can search by author, by theme, by age level, etc.
Take a look at their suggestions for Middle and High School age readers. You just might stumble onto something great! If there is a title you want, we can ask Mr. Liljedahl in our library about how to find it--or include it on our book wish list when we start to ask for book donations in our community.
Do you know that Beyoncé has a sister? She does! Her name is Solange. Solange is also a singer and a songwriter. Below is part of an interview she did with Rookie magazine. She is talking about when she first started songwriting as a young teenager:
SOLANGE: Then, one day—I lived in Idaho, which is a whole other story—I started listening to the storytelling of country music. It blew me away. I grew up in Texas, but I never really had that connection with country music, sonically. For the first time, I was listening to the songwriting and lyrics, and I was blown away. Like, “You need to get it together." Even though I knew there was nothing I was going to do with the songs, I starte...