OCTOBER 11-15, 2010
Begin verbs if time allows-if not, start next week
Explain the term ”motif” and what is in our stories.
Read “Aschenputtel”-German version of Cinderella.
Read “The Algonguin Cinderella” and “Yeh-Shen” – Indian version and Chinese version of Cinderella
Complete the Selection Tests from each one-Study guides for unit test.
Read “Ashpet” – Complete the Mini-Reading Test (MCT2 style questions)-Grade on these at a later
Copy Words to Own from short stories-discuss meanings and how they are used in the stories
Read two examples of narratives-Discuss the use of the six traits of writing in each one.
Compare and contrast these to my “Life Story” essay
Students will be given handouts on Lead, Conclusions, and Transition Words to add to their writing
portfolio to use as tools for their own essay writing this year. These will be discussed together.
Narrative essay prompt will be given-Brainstorming on Tuesday, Leads on Wednesday, Body on
Thursday, and Conclusion on Friday will be written with teacher guidance on each part. This is the
Literature Selection Tests have paragraphs that should be written for each one.
Unit #7-Concept handout homework Monday night-Often confused words.
Quiz on Friday-15th.
OCTOBER 18-22, 2010
PLEASE ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT A NOVEL LETTER THEY RECEIVED ON
FRIDAY. I AM TAKIN G MONEY THIS WEEK TO ORDER NOVELS. MONEY IS
DUE BY FRIDAY THE 22ND. THANKS!
Add verb notes to Parts of Speech booklet
Practice will done in students’ GUM workbooks
Complete the MCT handout for “Ashpet” in literature book.
Read “Master Frog”.
Read “Oni and the Great Bird”.
Complete the Selection Test and MCT handout for this stories.
Put Words to Own from “Oni and the Great Bird” in literature section.
Journal #9-Write own version of a Cinderella story with you as the Cinderella character. Highlight
Read two sample narratives as more examples of this type of essay.
Continue Narrative Essay (story) – Monday-finish body and write conclusion, Tuesday-Let a partner
read your essay-Discuss it. Then individually, edit and revise with red pen, Wednesday-write final
copy. Final copy due on Thursday the 21st.
Unit #8-Concept homework Tuesday night (comparative and superlative forms of comparisons)
Quiz on Friday the 22nd.
OCTOBER 25-26, 2010
Finish up verbs- GUM practice pages.
Quiz on verbs on Thursday the 28 th.
Adjectives notes will be added to booklet – GUM practice – if time
Discuss chart from last week and organization activity of Walt Disney’s Cinderella.
Discuss, compare, contrast, etc. all folk tales read up to this point.
Read “Sealskin, Soulskin” –Complete Selection Test and MCT for this story.
Add Words to Own to notebook.
Discuss all vocabulary words and how they are used in the folk tales.
Unit #9 – Quiz on Friday the 29th
Concept handout – Regular and irregular past tense verbs crossword puzzle
Selection Tests have paragraphs that need to be written.
Journal #10 – What is a hero? Do you think a hero is usually an outsider or part of a group?
Explain your point of view.
Hopefully, narrative essays will be returned and discussed.
NOVEMBER 1-5, 2010
WE WILL BEGIN OUR NOVEL STUDY, OUT OF THE DUST, NEXT WEEK.
STUDENTS WHO DID NOT ORDER A BOOK FROM THE SCHOOL NEED THEIRS BY
NEXT MONDAY, THE 8TH!!
GUM pages for practice on adjectives.
Adjective quiz on Wednesday, Nov 3rd.
Discuss Aesop. Read some of his fables. Discuss morals that usually come at the
end of fables. Complete the Selection Test.
Folk tales/fables quiz on Thursday, Nov. 4th. This is from the Selection Tests,
class discussions. and WTO definitions.
Spelling #10 – concept homophones
Quiz on Friday, Nov. 5th.
Complete a context clue activity with WTO from folk tales.
Quiz on definitions on Thursday, Nov. 4th.
Discuss strengths and weaknesses of narrative essays.
Journal #11 – Freewrite- Highlight all verbs and verb phrases.
Journal #12 – After viewing the modern day Cinderella story, pick one character
and discuss his or her problem and how it was solved. Then identify the common
motifs in the film that make it fall into the “folktale” category. Highlight all
NOVEMBER 8-12, 2010
Add Adverb notes to booklet – GUM practice
Introduce the Great Depression time period
Introduce author of novel, free verse poetry, and historical fiction
Discuss personification, simile, and metaphor-Look for examples in novel and
explain why the author chose to use them in the text over the next week and a half
in Sections 1 and 2.
Assign Section 1 and 2 of novel. Students will be given a list of questions to answer
as they read to guide in what they should understand from the text-Due date is
Nov. 18-Reading check quiz that day.
Students will be exposed to a variety of new words in the novel. A list of
unfamiliar words will be given. Students are to complete a vocabulary assignment
due on Dec. 7th.
Unit #11 – Plural Nouns-Concept handout
Quiz on Friday the 12th.
Begin persuasive novel. Students will read samples of persuasive text. Students
will be given 2 writing prompts for their essay. They must choose one to write
their essay. Final copy due date is next week.
NOVEMBER 15-19, 2010
Continue adverb practice. Quiz on Nov. 17th. Discuss interjections. Add to booklet.
Sections 1 and 2 due on Thurs. 18th. Students should have read pages 1-95 and
answered the Show What You Know sheets including summaries. I will check to see
that these are completed. Students will take a quiz on these two sections to check
for understanding of what they have read so far. Sections 3 and 4 will be assigned
and questions will be given. We will discuss pages 1-95 after the quiz. Students
should be highlighting examples of personifications, similes, and metaphors as they
read for us to discuss the author’s intent of using them in the text. If students
can’t highlight in their book, then they should use a piece of paper or sticky notes.
Students should be looking for unfamiliar vocabulary words from the list they were
given, so they can complete their assignment. We will discuss words as we come to
them in our discussion.
Students will continue to work on their persuasive essay. Final copy is due at the
end of class on Thursday the 18th. Students need a red pen and a highlighter.
Journal entry #13 – What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Use at least 5
adverbs. Highlight them. We will discuss students’ Thanksgiving lists and compare
them to Billie Jo’s in the novel when we get to that section of the book.
Unit 12-last one of the nine weeks – Concept handout needs to be completed.
Quiz on Friday the 19th.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I AM THANKFUL FOR MY STUDENTS!
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 3, 2010
Discuss prepositions and prepositional phrases. Add notes to booklet. GUM pages
Begin discussions of conjunctions. Add notes.
Sections 3 and 4 are due on December 2. A quiz will be given. Students will have
questions to answer as they read. Students need to be highlighting examples of
personifications, similes, metaphors, and allusions. Section 5 will be assigned this
Novel discussion will be held to answer any questions students have about what
they have read.
Text structures will be introduced this week. Practice will be done to check for
understanding. A grade will be taken at a later date.
Students will continue to complete the vocabulary assignment for the novel.
Discussions will be held during class time to help with understanding of new
Persuasive essays will be returned and we will discuss strengths and weaknesses of
Journal #14 – Put yourself in Billie Jo’s shoes. How would life be different than it
is today? Would you have handled your relationship with your father differently
after the “accident”? How?
No spelling unit this week.
DECEMBER 6-10, 2010
Finishing discussing the three types of conjunctions.
Types of sentences: Simple, Compound, Complex, Compound-Complex
Section 5 of novel due-December 8. Whole novel test on December 9.
Novel project due on December 7. Students will present to the class this week.
Continue discussion of novel and figurative language.
Novel vocabulary due on December 7. Students should have 5 words per section-
25 total. The page number, context clue definition, and student’s own sentence
with each word is required.
Scope magazine vocabulary grade will be given.
Journal #15 –
Journals are due on December 14.
No unit this week.
**LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE WORK OR MAKE UP WORK IS DECEMBER
15TH. STUDENTS MUST SEE ME TO GET A PASS TO COME IN BEFORE
SCHOOL. ANY MORNING IS FINE!!
DECEMBER 13-17, 20-21, 2010
Scope magazine will be used this week in class.
Students will be reviewing for nine weeks test with handouts and discussion.
Topics on test are:
Identifying parts of speech in a sentence
Figurative language-simile, metaphor, personification
Sentence structure-simple, compound, complex, compound-complex
Topic, supporting, and concluding sentences
Essays- introductions, transitions, descriptive writing, staying on topic
Modes of writing-narrative, persuasive, informative (expository)
My exams are given as follows:
December 15 (Wednesday)- 2nd and 4th blocks
December 16 (Thursday) -5th block
***If time allows, Charles Dickens will be discussed and his famous, timeless story
of A Christmas Carol.