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Week 4

We accomplished so much this week!  Students read "Does Teaching Kids to Get 'Gritty' Help them Get Ahead"?  Students practiced the second part of the Article of the Week assignment-writing a summary and response to the article.  Students wrote both parts of home for practice.  In class, I had several students share their work  with me. I projected the assignment  onto the screen, and we discussed each one as a class.  It was a way to provide valuable feedback to students and a great teaching opportunity for all!  
Practicing our summaries and responses

Learning to Annotate

After practicing all aspects of the assignment, students received their first official Article of the Week Assignment!  I am excited to read their responses, as well as discuss the topics that we will be learning  about.  

In addition, I introduced students to the Sentence of the Week activity.  I wanted to teach commas, so I found three sentences from well-known literature that used commas correctly.  Two were from Divergent and one was from In Cold Blood.  Here are the sentences I shared with them:  

My older brother, Caleb, stands in the aisle, holding a railing above his head to keep himself steady.

    From Divergent

      Today the crowd has a new kind of energy, a last day of mania.   

From Divergent

            The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call 'out there'
In Cold Blood

Students were asked to write down everything they noticed about the sentence. We then discussed what they noticed as a class. It was awesome to see how they actually thought about each sentence and why the author used the punctuation he used.

Finally, students had to write their own sentences, emulating the structure and rules in each of the mentor sentences. They did this in groups and shared them with the class on a Google Doc. I LOVED reading their sentences. Look at the sentences below, and you will see how they imitated the original sentences!

Yes, there is a misspelled word. However, LOVE the structure!

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