Week 8/5-8/19

We are off and running!  Since the nine weeks has begun we have been working on constructing a narrative. This year, our focus will be to refine our writing.  Students will be discuss the following terms: engaging the reader, advancing the plot, describing character traits, emotions, tone, mood, and character motivations, provide supporting evidence, recognizing foreshadowing events, understanding the influence of past and present actions, the use of figurative language, simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole, and the use of sound including: alliteration, onomatopoeia, internal rhyme, and rhyme scheme. This week we will also begin reviewing sentence types.  We will start with a review of simple sentences.  In addition, we will review proper and common nouns.

Assignment in Class 8/15-
(1) DGP- Daily Grammar Practice
(2) Simple Sentences Workbook
(3) Journal-Focus (Understand the concept of "Show-Not-Tell"
(4) Continue Working on Narrative

**The class is very appreciative of the donations that have been made to the classroom to help us have a fabulous school year.***

8/18/2011- Today we have continued our discussion of a narrative. We have now discussed seven terms: simple sentences, narrative, character traits, exposition, emotions, motivation/motive, and plot. We are continuing also in the organization of our narrative.  The narrative will be due on 8/29/2011. Please review the Narrative Rubric posted on the website. Today, we did a timeline of the events in our story.  Tomorrow, students will have a DGP quiz.  This quiz will include the past two weeks worth of Daily Grammar Practice exercises (DGPs). This should be a great opportunity for students to start off the school year well.  We will continue to have DGP quizzes throughout the school year once a week. 

We now have access to the Atlanta Journal Constitution for student assignments and to support meeting the 25 book reading goal. I will be providing students with the login and password in class.  Please inquire.

Week of 8/22-8/26-This week we will continue our discussion of the narrative writing process.  In class, students will be working on their draft.  This year, it is very important that students write with an understanding of the features of the narrative in mind.  To engage the reader students will include the following features in their narratives: action; humor; comparisons; dialogue; quotes; figurative language; tone; suspense; mood; flashback; and sensory details.  Please review the form Basic Format of a Narrative Essay on the homepage. Students should have a draft for your review on Thursday, August 25, 2011. On Friday, August 26, 2011, we will be reviewing for our Narrative objective test which will take place on August 30, 2011, and working on a peer editing exercise.

**Please review the website on Thursday, August 25, 2011 for the review sheet for the Narrative object test scheduled for Tuesday, August 30th.

8/25-Please review the terms that are posted on the website for the Narrative-Conventions/Grammar Test.

Week 8/29-9/2- We continued to develop student narratives (introduction/exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and the resolution). Student narratives were taken up on 9/8/2011. During this time students have taken our first common assessment.  This will provide us with some data that will help us to better meet the needs of students in the classroom as it pertains to general reading comprehension, grammar and conventions, and the writing process. As a constant as last year, each week students will be given DGPs daily.  Students will be quizzed at the end of the week (Fridays) on the sentence of the week. They will need to be able to identify things such as the part of speech for each word in the sentence, if the sentence is an independent or dependent phrase, if the verb is transitive or intransitive, the type of verb, if there are phrases in the sentence such as prepositional phrases, if so, students should be able to identify the object of the preposition in that phrase.  Other things students should know are the subject and the predicate and proper capitalization and punctuation.

9/6-9/9- This week we celebrated Labor Day on Monday, September 5th.  Upon the return of students, as mentioned above, students took their first major assessment on the narrative terms posted on the website.  These terms will form the basis of our discussions on novels throughout the year.  Now that students are more familiar with the testing format, students will be provided remediation as well as a retake opportunity for the Narrative Test which was administered on Wednesday, September 6th. This Please keep in mind that it is very important to check student agendas for upcoming test and information as well as this website. 

***DGP Quiz (Friday, September 9, 2011)
The sentence for the week is

Sally sells seashells by the seashore.
***Remediation Test will be administered on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.*** 
*****Website has completed test with answer key.

9/12-Today, your child was given class time to correct their tests and ask questions.  If there was a document attached to your child's test or a note written on your child's test, please sign and allow your child to return this back to school.  As mentioned, the retake on this test will be September 14, 2011.

9/12-9/16/2011-Monday, we discussed the narrative terms and students corrected their tests.  Yesterday, we began the second part of our nine weeks with our discussion of expository writing.  Please see the notes posted on the website title, "Expository Writing Notes". For this type of writing students will be reviewing newspaper articles, magazine articles, and working on a cumulative project that we will begin after Fall Break.  Please make sure that your child is reading every night.  While they are reading, please have them working on the book review form that we have adopted for all grade levels. The book reviews are based on the type of book that your child has selected. If your child has not turned in their narrative writing, please make sure this is done by this Friday, September 16, 2011.  If they have not turned this assignment in to me, they will have a zero in the grade book.  Thank you for your support.  If you have questions or concerns, please email me at vsavage@paulding.k12.ga.us

9/16/2011- I hope that you each enjoy your break.  Over the break, please make sure that you continue to read your books.  Also, please review the Expository Terms and Expository Notes.  These will help to guide our assignments that we will be completing on your return.

9/26-9/30-I hope that you had a wonderful Fall Break last week! This week we have continued to work on our understanding of expository writing.  To complete this task, students have been evaluating newspaper articles from the Atlanta Journal Constitution to identify the expository methods.  The expository methods can be found on the homepage in the expository notes. Students have also started completing their journals and we will be discussing how to best respond to the prompts and methods for improving their writing. To continue our year-long focus of reviewing the eight parts of speech, students completed workbook pages on adjectives and continued to add to their foldable on the eight parts of speech.  Next week, students will begin their expository project.  Please review the website for details such as due dates.

Remember, your child has homework every night.   Students should always review their eight parts of speech and the daily grammar practice sentence for the week each night.  Also, students should be reading EVERY night. There is a book review form that should be completed while they are reading; please make sure that your child has this form while they are reading. Our Georgia Performance standard sets a standard for twenty-five books to be read for each student this year. Please support us in meeting this standard.  If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.  

10/3/2011-10/7/2011
As I mentioned last week, this week we started our expository project.  The project will be completed in two phases.  The first phase requires students to create a monster.  The monster that is created will need to have at least four features.  Each feature will need to have at least three sentences describing this feature.  The design and the description of the monster have been worked on in class on Monday and Tuesday.  On Wednesday, we will make the final changes that are needed.  On Thursday, students will begin working on the second phase which is a newspaper article. Students will be working on a piece of this assignment for the next few weeks.  Please ask your child about their progress.  We have also started reading as a part of our novel student, The Outsiders. Please make sure that your child is reading every night and studying the sentence for the week.  The sentence for this week is:  Will you accept my apology? If you have questions, or concerns, please let me know.

10/10-10/15-It was a pleasure to meet with you last week to discuss your child's progress.  A few reminders, make sure that each night your child is reading and studying their DGP (Daily Grammar Practice) sentence for the week. During conference week, students continued to work on their expository assignment called the Monster Project. 

10/17/2011-10/21/2011-Please review your child's current grades.  This will help you to understand how well your child is progressing on the expository summative assignment. On Monday and Tuesday, students will receive informal feedback on their progress toward meeting the expository standards that have been outlined in their expository rubric.  The final draft of their newspaper article and their monster drawing will be due on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Please review the expository writing rubric and the monster drawing rubric on the home page.  

The eight parts of speech as well as other convention rules are sometimes a challenge for students to remember.  This week, we will also be reviewing the eight parts of speech by going to the computer lab and taking some online assessments.  Students will receive a participation grade for their completion of these tests. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.  You may contact me at vsavage@paulding.k12.ga.us

******Common Assessments are not averaged into student grades. These are assessments that allow me to determine if your child has understood the recent concepts that have been taught.***

10/24-10/28-This we will discuss persuasive writing.  Students will be taking notes, listening, and participating in discussions related to persuasive concepts. As a summative assignment, students will write a persuasive essay; they will be conduct research on their assigned topic to compl ete the essay. Students will receive information on their persuasive essay assignment on Monday, October 31, 2011.

The Daily Grammar Practice sentence for this week is:

It's very warm in our class today.

*****Remember students will take a DGP quiz on the various  grammar related concepts that we have identified Monday through Thursday of each week. ******

10/31-11/4-We are excited!  Today, students have been given their topic for their persuasive writing essay.  We have a short week; however we are going to make the most of it by spending some time in the computer lab on Thursday and Friday researching and finding information on our topics.  The final draft of this essay will be due on November 18, 2011. Please ask your child their topic.  The possible persuasive topics include: for/against school uniforms; for/against teenage city curfews; for/against middle school recess; and for/against electronic device use in school. We will take our Common Assessment #3 on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Remember although your child's grade on this assessment will appear in the grade book, this grade is not calculated into their nine week grade.  The grade book provides place to capture this information.  I hope that you will get involved in this assignment and discuss your child's topic.  If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.

***Our DGP sentence for the week is:
I like the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

***The persuasive rubric and persuasive writing assignment overview have been posted on the homepage.****

Week of November 7-November 11th
This week we have continued to work on our persuasive research essay.  Students are busy researching and gathering facts to support their position.  Next week, we will continue working on our rough draft.  Please continue discussing with your child this assignment.  If possible, feel free to help them research their topic at home.   We will continue to have our focus sentence of the week and complete our DGP Quizzes on Fridays.  This Friday we will have a quiz on two sentences.  We were completing our research in the computer lab last week on Friday.  On Friday, November 11, 2011 we will return to the computer lab to continue researching our topics. If you have questions, please let me know.

The first sentence is:

i like the book the outsiders by s e hinton

The sentence for this week is:

we dont need any paint for our project

Remember you should be able to identify:
The verb(s), noun(s), preposition (if there is one), object of the preposition direct object (if there is one), indirect object (if there is one), if the verb is transitive or intransitive, the subject, predicate, if the sentence is independent clause or dependent clause, sentence type, and the purpose of the sentence. In special cases, the questions may include capitalization and punctuation questions.

Week of November 14th-November 18th
Students are continuing to work on their persuasive research.  This week, we will also work on grammar.  Our grammar assignments will include completing exercises on run-on sentences and sentence fragments.  The final draft for the persuasive essay has been changed to Monday, December 5, 2011. When we return we will be working on the bibliography and the in-text citations.  Everyone is working very well.  I am looking forward to reading the final drafts. Our DGP sentence for the week is:

did you buy a gift for jed and me

Remember you should be able to identify:
The verb(s), noun(s), preposition (if there is one), object of the preposition direct object (if there is one), indirect object (if there is one), if the verb is transitive or intransitive, the subject, predicate, if the sentence is independent clause or dependent clause, sentence type, and the purpose of the sentence. In special cases, the questions may include capitalization and punctuation questions.

11/18/2011~Student Work Assignment
For the past two weeks, students have been working to gather information to complete their persuasive research assignment.  Today, your child should come home with all their information related to this assignment.  For homework, students will be expected to complete their rough draft. 

The rough draft includes:
introduction paragraph~reason #1
body paragraph 1~reason #2
body paragraph 2~reason #3
body paragraph 3~reason #4
paragraph 5~counter-argument and
paragraph 6~conclusion

**Please find a sample persuasive essay to review the format at the web address below:
http://www.oaklandwrites.org/documents/exemplars/7thPersuasive.pdf

(Keep in mind as you review the example above, your child is not only completeing a persuasive essay, they are completing research.  Therefore, their essay will include sources unlike this example). 

**For the counter-argument paragraph, students should select one reason that would challenge their position.  In this paragraph, students should be able to dispute this opposing view.  Only one view should be used for the counter-argument.

Because this is research, students will need to make sure that they have properly documented their sources.  Below, please find the MLA chart that should be used to identify this information.  If you have found additional articles, your access date, will be the date that you retrieved the article.

Online Web Source List

 

Author

Title

*Publisher

Date of Publication

Medium

 

Date of Access

Source #1

 

 

 

 

Web

11th November 2011

Source #2

 

 

 

 

Web

11th November 2011

 

There are six categories in this chart.

Online Newspaper Source List

 

Author

Title of Article

Publisher

Title of Publication

Date of Publication

Volume and Issue Number

Medium

 

Page number

 

Date of Access

Source #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web

 

11th November 2011

Source #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web

 

11th November 2011

There are nine categories in this chart.

 

**You need to add this information if you used an online newspaper or magazine. Page numbers (if no page numbers are given, use n. pag. for no pagination)


Below, please find a list of major news sources.  These can be accessed online.  Once you are on the news source website, in their search window, you can type your topic.  This search will bring you to a list of all the news articles related to your topic.

***This is not a complete list of all newspapers.  You may find other newspapers and/or magazines to complete this research.


Major Newspapers

News Resources


******Rough draft and completed MLA chart will be due on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Please support your child in completing this assignment as time permits over the break. If at least four paragraphs are not completed upon return, it may be difficult for your child to complete this assignment before the due date*****


If you have questions or concerns, please email me during the week, I will be checking my email daily.   Have a great holiday!

November 28-December 2, 2011
Thank you for supporting your child in helping them complete their rough draft during the past week.  This week we will work to finalize our rough drafts by introducing MLA in-text citations and creating our reference list.  If your child is still working on the rough draft, please remember to have them identify key information when using the information from a source including: date of publication; title of source; author; publisher and page number if provided. The rough draft will be due on Thursday, December 1, 2011. On this date, students will participate in peer editing and some teacher-student conferencing.  Please do not have your child work on their final draft until after school on Thursday, December 1, 2011. The final draft will be due on Monday, December 5, 2011. We will have our DGP Quiz this Friday, December 2, 2011.  The sentence for this week is: 

both courtney and i will go to the soccer practice after school


***Remember, next week we will be taking the information that your child has researched to participate in a grade level debate. This will be a great opportunity for your child to learn presentation skills and participate in an assignment that requires synthesis and application skills. Thank you again for your support.***

Completing the Rough Draft:  (Updated 11/30/2011)

**Please review updated rubric to include features of both persuasive and research elements.

(1) Below please find a website that will offer a sample of a document completed in MLA format.

http://webster.commnet.edu/library/mla.pdf

(2) 
Parenthetical citations in MLA

 

Examples:

 (Author’s name) explains……………………………(n.pag).

 

According to (take website/title out replace with the last name of the author) Savage, staying on the computer for extended hours can cause insomnia (n.pag).

 

Staying on the computer for extended hours can cause insomnia (Savage n.pag).

 

Savage states, “Students who study more than two hours a day will have better grades” (n.pag).

 
“Students who study more than two hours a day will have better grades” (Savage n.pag).

 (Above is a direct quote.)


Drinking cold water after a meal is not recommended  (Savage n.pag).

 

A high fever is usually a sign of an infection (“Living Well” n.pag).

(Above citation has no author. In this case, use the first two words of the title and the page number if provided.


Bibilography/Works Cited


Web Source

 

Author’s last name, Author’s First Name. “Title”. Publication.

       Publisher.  Date of Publication: Page Number. Web. Access Date. .

 

Magazine/Newspaper 

Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Title”

      Publication. Publisher. Date of Publication: Page Number. Web. Access Date.
      Address>.

**If no publisher, put N. p.

**If no page number, put N. pag.

 

Sample Format for References MLA

Book, single author:

Higgins, John. The Raymond Williams Reader. Malden:

     Blackwell Publishers, 2001. Print.

______________________________________________________________________

Book, more than one author: list authors' names in the order they are listed on the book. Use et al. for more than three authors.

 

Robertson, Jean, and Craig McDaniel. Themes of

          Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980. 2nd ed. New

          York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.

 

Smith, Mick, et al. Emotion, Place, and Culture. Burlington,

          VT: Ashgate, 2009. Print.

 

______________________________________________________________________

 

Newspaper article (unsigned):

 

“Venue’s Loss Brings Back Many Memories.” Atlanta Journal-

          Constitution 20 June 2009: 8A. Print.

______________________________________________________________________

Newspaper article in online database:

 

Branch, Taylor. “The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with

          the President.” The New York Times 25 Sept.

          2009: Books of the Times 29. Dow Jones Factiva. Web. 29 Sept. 2009.

______________________________________________________________________

 Magazine Article: written for a general audience

 

Bamberger, Michael. "Miracle Mets." Sports Illustrated 13 July 2009: 64-72. Print.

______________________________________________________________________

 

Journal Article: written for scholars and professionals

 

Kratzke, Peter. "Recopying to Revise: Composition in an Old

          Key." Composition Studies 36.2 (2008): 9-22.Print.

______________________________________________________________________

 

Article from a web site: include web site publisher; if no publisher, substitute N. p. for “no publisher”

 

Lind, Michael. "Why Dilbert is Doomed: The Jobs of Tomorrow are Not What You'd 

             Expect." Salon. Salon
Media Group Inc., 2 November 2009. Web. 15 December 

             2009. .

 _____________________________________________________________________

 Entire web site

 Electronic Poetry Center. 2009. SUNY Buffalo. Web. 29 Sept.

          2009.

 

____________________________________________________

State document:

New York State. Commission on Capital Punishment. Report of the Commission to  
  
      Investigate and Report the Most Humane and Practical Method of Carrying Into

      Effect the Sentence of Death in Capital Cases
.

      Albany: Troy, 1888. Print.

____________________________________________________

Federal document:

United States. Cong. Senate. Committee on Governmental Affairs. The Future of the

      Independent Counsel Act
. Hearings 106th Cong., 1st sess. Washington: GPO, 1999.

      Print.

December 2, 2011- If your child did not have their rough draft, please use the peer review sheet on the home page to review their progress before they write their final draft.  Your child should have their copy of the rubric for this writing assignment. The sample 1st page for this assignment is posted on the webpage.   Remember, the final draft is due on Monday, December 5, 2011.  Work should be completed upon arrival to class. Next week, we will devote our time to preparing for our grade level debate. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.


December 5-December 9, 2011 

This week we will be preparing for our debates on Thursday and Friday.  Today, Monday, December 5, 2011, students received notes on the Lincoln-Douglas debate format.  This is the format that we will be using for our debate. Students will use index cards to place their information from their research that relates to their topics.  We will not have a daily grammar practice sentence this week. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. 

If you have not completed your research paper, please place your work in the following order before submitting for grading:

(1)   Your
Notes

(2)   MLA Chart

(3)   Rough Draft

(4)   Peer Evaluation

(5)   Writing Rubric

(6)   Final Draft


December 12-December 16, 2011

Last week, students demonstrated their knowledge of their research topics in our grade level debates.  It was a lot of hard work. I was very proud of these presentations.  Due to our debates, on Monday, December 12, 2011, students will be turning in their final draft of their research persuasive writing. If students have not completed this assignment, please make sure that this assignment is turned in before the end of the week.  We will take our ELA exam on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.  Students were given a study guide to remind them of terms they would need to apply to the questions on the exam.  For the remainder of the week, we will pick up our in-class reading of the novel, The Outsiders.  We will also have a our classroom Spelling Bee on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.  You can email me at
vsavage@paulding.k12.ga.us

 
 

 

January 3-January 6, 2012
I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday.  For the beginning of the 3rd nine weeks, we will be working on poetry.  On Friday, January 6, 2012, students will be given the details of their cumulative assignment for this unit.  This document will be posted on the homepage as well. 

We will continue to have our DGP Quizzes.  We will also be adding CRCT practice questions that should be reviewed nightly as well.  At the end of the week, these questions will be added to the DGP quiz.  Please continue to read nightly and turn in your book review summaries.  It is a good idea to have the book summary while you are reading.  Keep in mind, the GPS reading standard is for each student to read a minimum of twenty-five books this year.  If you have questions or concerns, please let me know.  

The sentence for the week is: 

each of the boys must have his own book
 

January 6, 2012- Today, the poetry cumulative assignment has been posted to the homepage. Please get started on this assignment by reviewing the terms.  We will continue working on notes related to each term. On Monday, students in each class will be given more detail regarding their genre selection.


January 9, 2012-January 13, 2012

This week we have continued to work on our poetry assignment.  We will continue to review the poetry terms as well as work on our interpretation of poems. Keep in mind that for the cumulative assessment, students can also use published poems.  A tip for finding poetic device examples is to search: Famous Poets or poems using (whichever poetic device) or search songs that have (whichever poetic device)

This should be a fun activity for our poetry unit!  If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. The DGP sentence for this week is:
 
abe likes milk but james prefers lemonade

We will have our quiz on Friday, January 13, 2012.  Please also make sure that you have applied two of the poetic devices to either song lyrics or a published poem.


January 16, 2012-January 20, 2012

We are still deeply, actively, and excitedly, engaged in our application of the poetic devices.  I have added some soft descriptions of the terms that are guiding this assignment. They should compliment the definitions that students have in their notes. To access these terms, click on the following link:
Poetic Devices.ppt

If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. The DGP sentence for this week is:
DGP: shawns brother who runs and swims on the weekend is very athletic

We will have our quiz on Friday, January 20, 2012.  Please also make sure that you have applied three of the poetic devices to either song lyrics or a published poem.

To assist with consonance, please review the following website below to be reminded of consonant blends.
http://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/phonics/clusters/clusters.htm

To assist with assonance, please review the following website below to be reminded of the vowel sounds.
http://www.firstschoolyears.com/literacy/word/phonics/vowels/vowels.htm


 

January 23-February 3, 2012

Last week we continued to discuss the poetic devices; this week, we will be complete our unit on poetry. Students should have their summative poetry analysis complete on Friday, February 3, 2012.  As we move closer to our CRCT assessment.  We will begin working to review and introduce grammar and conventions terms.  Last week, students completed assignments that dealt with semi colon and colon use.  This week, we will be reviewing the types of sentences.  We are slowing approaching our final weeks of Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) sentences.  Students have worked hard demonstrate mastery of grammar concepts.  Please review our sentence of the week in preparation for our final few weeks of DGP Quizzes.  If you have questions related to our summative assignment, please contact me at
vsavage@paulding.k12.ga.us

Our sentence for the week of January 30th is:

DGP: after we do homework we can sit around and watch television


February 6, -February 10, 2012

This week will be working on technical writing as a part of expository writing.  The first assignment will require students to write the directions for making their favorite sandwich.  This assignment should be fun! However, please make sure you provide the reader with clear information and details.  By making sure that you have clear directions, you will have fullfilled the essence of this assignment.  Please see assignment details below.

Next week, we will be discussing the format of a business letter.  Students will be writing a business letter in their social studies class.  As a result of the work we will do in class, students should have the formatting of the letter correct for Mrs. Paulsen's letter writing assignment. 

Assignment~ Provide for your audience the steps that are included in making your favorite sandwich.  The steps included must be at least thirteen steps. All steps must be in complete sentences. This assignment is due on Friday, February 10, 2012. What you need to turn in: brainstorm, rough draft, final copy in pen. Don’t forget an introduction and conclusion in your essay. Don’t forget to give your sandwich a name


This is our sentence for the week: DGP: brad gave sheena his phone number but she did not call him

February 6, -February 10, 2012

February 13-February 17, 2012- This week will be continue to working on technical writing. This week, students will be working on writing a business letter.  We will be looking at examples and talking about what makes an effective business letter. There will be three assignments this week: (1) students will be working to complete the business letter that has been assigned in social studies
; (2) students will take their weekly DGP Quiz; and (3) students will take an assessment on the business letter format and grammar and conventions.

Our DGP sentence for the week is:
we had a small amount of snow during the winter but it rained often during the summer

***Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Do not forget that each night students should be reading for at least (30) minutes. 

(((The CRCT Review Websites can be found on the Homepage))))

***February 14, 2012~ Below please find the format for the problem-solution letter.

Organization of a Problem-Solving Letter 

Introduction. Identify yourself, and build common ground with the reader. The common ground you build should relate to the problem you are trying to solve. (Common ground is something you have in common with the reader.)

Transition. Make a smooth transition to the next part of your letter.

Problem. Present the problem in such a way that makes it significant for the reader—but be careful not to offend or to offend the reader. 

Recommendation. Present the recommendations in such a way that the reader realizes that following your recommendations will solve the problem—at least in part. Make sure the link is clear between the recommendations and the problem.

Benefits. Point out the benefits for the reader if he or she accepts your recommendations.

Conclusion. Conclude the letter in such a way that reaffirms common ground between the reader and the writer.  Also, let the reader know that you look forward to their response.

February 15, 2012 Today we reviewed the formative business letter writing assignment.  Please review the format below:

February 15, 2012

 

Dr. Savage
637 Williams Lake Road
Powder Springs, Georgia 30127



Mr. Cliff Cole, Superintendent
Paulding County School District
3236 Atlanta Highway
Dallas, Georgia 30132

Mr. Cole:

Paragraph #1-Introduction and State the Problem
Paragraph #2-Explanation of the Problem with not going on field trips
Paragraph #3-Solution
Paragraph #4-Conclusion

Closing (Example: Sincerely)



Signature

 

February 27- March 2, 2012-  This week will begin our fiction unit.  The first part of this unit will involve discussing the work of Dr. Seuss.  We will be reading several of his books, watching videos, and discussing the themes that are reflected in his writings.   Please continue to have your child review the tests that can be found on softschools.com.  Also, continue to allow your child to read aloud to practice their fluency.  Possible aloud reading opportunities include: riding home from school in your car/other travel during the week; during homework time; at night before going to bed. 

****On Friday, March 2, 2012, we will have a make-up assessment on our poetic devices.  Please review the study guide posted on the homepage. We will also have our DGP Quiz. Please review your child's grade and let me know how I can help to improve their progress.  The sentence for the week is:  the new shiny red car is ours because my father won it in a contest

March 1, 2012-The complete study guide with answers is posted on the homepage as Poetic Device Test with answers.

 Week of March 5-March 8, 2012

For the next week, we will be focusing on our writing.  Students will be working in class to assess their writing and identify opportunities to improve each type of writing.  The work they will be doing will be included in their final project.  Please review your child's grade on parent portal.  If there are missing assignments, please encourage your child to complete these assignments by Thursday of this week.

The sentence for the week is:  
who has read the poem the road not taken by robert frost

March 19-March 30, 2012
Last week, students evaluated their writing.  We revisited the narrative, expository and persuasive research papers.  Areas that we focused on were: transitions, the conclusion, the introduction, organization of ideas, and conventions.  Students completed a self-assessment while their peers completed a peer assessment for each one of these written assignments. As a part of the end-of-the year project, students will be creating a writing goal for next year.  It is very important that students practice improving their writing over the summer.  Let me know if you need suggestions or if you have questions or concerns. ****************************************************
Please continue to work on the grammar and language arts quizzes on the softschools.com website.

This week, we will be working VERY hard to prepare for our CRCT tests.  We will be working on the following thirteen areas that were high areas of need from my review of our recent District Common Assessment scores:
(1) Eight Parts of Speech
(2) pronoun-antecedent
(3) comma and semi-colon use
(4) author's purpose
(5) character's traits; emotions; motivations; with supporting evidence from the text
(6) relating literary work to a historical period
(7) tone, mood, and supporting evidence from text
(8) topic sentence, concluding sentences, introduction, conclusion, footnotes, index, and bibliography (APA) or works cited (MLA)
(9) logical order; cause and effect; and compare and contrast
(10) evidence used in support of an argument
(11) similarities/differences
(12) effective use of transitions in writing
(13) justifies interpretations

The sentence for the week of March 19, 2012 includes two new terms gerund and a participle.  Please review the web definitions below.

Gerund:  A form that is derived from a verb but that functions as a noun, in English ending in -ing, e.g., asking in do you mind my asking you.

Participle: A word formed from a verb (e.g., going, gone, being, been) and used as an adjective (e.g., working woman, burned toast) or a noun (e.g., good breeding).

The sentence for the week of March 19th is:

My family went on a camping trip near the Redwood Forest, but my sister hates camping.


Week of April 16, 2012
For the past five days, students have been completing their CRCT in their course subject areas.  Thank you for your support.  Students have been focused and working hard to do their best. Next week, we will continue our final three weeks of our DGPs for the year.  Students will also start Part I of their final end-of-the year project. It will be centered on the writing that students have completed this school year. Please look for details to be posted on the website. Please make sure that your child is on track once we start working on our end of the year project.  Next week, we will have less than 30 days remaining in the school year; there will be little room for deviation from the scheduled due dates.  Thank you again for your support.

April 23-May 21

Students will be working on their end-of-the year project for the remainder of the semester. The first part of this assignment was completed on 4/27/2012.  For the remainder of the semester, students will be working on the second portion of their assignment.  On May 11, 2012, students will be bringing their assignment home for your review.  I hope that you will enjoy reviewing their assignment and catching a glimpse of their creativity. If you have questions about this assignment, please contact me at vsavage@paulding.k12.ga.us  Thank you for your support.

We will have one remaining DGP Quiz on May 11, 2012. 

The sentence for this quiz will be:

reading is asukas favorite hobby and her favorite book is the pigman by paul zindel

*********Below, please find a list of assignments that will be graded this final nine weeks*******

DGP Quizzes #25-#30
Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer Questions
Rough Drafts/Outlines
Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer Test
**Grammar and Conventions Test
Final Exam Part I and Part II

Summer Reading Reminder:
Our English Language Arts standards have been changed from the GPS to the Common Core Standards.  It is very important that students continue reading and writing during the summer.  Although your child may have not been scheduled for an advanced reading class this year, please review the advanced summer reading list.  The lexile scores for the books listed will give you an idea of the reading expectations for their upcoming year school year.