For the 2014-2015 School Year
Unless a student is absent from class, all work is completed in class. Extra time is given in school to complete assignments. All students need to keep a separate folder for this class. All assignments are graded and returned. Further, all tests, quizzes, writing assignments, and projects are also returned to the students. These items should be kept in their folders along with any hand-outs.
September 2-5 - Students will be in the library typing their paragraphs about a pet. We will then be reading a story titled "Priorities." This story is about a woman who works for the Internation Red Cross; her job is to rescue pets when people are evacuated from their homes. It is a true story about Terri Crisp who was recently interviewed on CNN.
September 8-18 - We will be completing a grammar unit on homophones. There are worksheets and exercises in the grammar book for these confusing words. On Thursday, September 18th, there will be a unit test on homophones.
September 19-30 - Students will be working on a non-fiction text unit using the book Read for Real. I will be teaching both outlining and notetaking skills. We will be visiting the library and Mrs. Spence will introduce adding database information to our projects. The culminating activity for this unit will be the creation of a poster that displays the information learned and gathered about one's topic. Students may choose to work with a partner or individually. Most of the components of this unit will be graded individually; however, the grading procedure for the posters will vary.
October 6 - Students will begin reading the novel The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Quizzes will be given as we read this book. The first quiz is October 9th and it includes the inital notes given, vocabulary, and questions about the story. There is a unit test and a project when we finish this novel. Unless a student is absent, all work will be done in class. The second quiz will be on October 20th and it will include chapters 4-10. Students may take a book or their journals home to prepare for this quiz. It will include questions about the book and the ten vocabulary words that were given in class. The end of the book test will be on October 30th. This unit test will include the ten new vocabulary words that were given in class on October 21st, questions about the novel, and information from any notes that were provided. Students will be in the library on October 29th playing a review game to help them prepare for this test. During the first week of November, students will return to the library to create collages about The Cay.