January 14-18

This week, students are finishing up the drafts of their essays explaining why it is important to keep the promises we make.

Once their drafts are complete, they will continue on to the revising & editing stages. They start by making certain they have answered the prompt. From there, I have given them specific things to look for to improve their writing. Ask them about Rainbow Revisions! (I have put a copy in their Google Classrooms).

Final drafts will be written on STAAR-lined paper so that students are familiar with how much space they have to adequately convey their ideas on the state assessment in April. It also provides an opportunity for them to practice their penmanship. An essay that cannot be read will be marked non–scorable.

Once they write them out by hand, we type them into Google Docs so that they have a saved copy for their writing portfolios. (Google Docs saves automatically as they work). We then copy and paste them into PEG Writing for instant feedback!

January 7-11

Welcome to the second semester!

This week, students will be working with new Greek & Latin roots in an effort to become better communicators in both writing and speech. Learning roots also increases their comprehension of unfamiliar words in other’s writing and speech.

They will also be reviewing the writing process and parts of the expository essay. I have some fun things planned to assist with this such as a digital word cloud and a game of word sneak!

December 3-20

Students participated in National Novel Writing Month during the month of November. This month, we are working on revising and editing those novels  while also practicing with STAAR-type passages and multiple choice questions.

Dates to remember:

December 14 & 15: semester exam review

December 18: 4th & 5th period semester exams; early release

December 19: 1st, 2nd, & 6th period semester exams; early release

December 20: 3rd, 7th, & 8th period semester exams; early release

December 21-January 4: Christmas Break!

November 12-30

For the rest of the month, students are working on writing novels and updating their word count on the NaNoWriMo site. Each student has set a writing goal and will work on specific tasks aligned with that goal then apply it to their novels.

Dates to remember:

November 19-23: Thanksgiving Break!

November 30th at midnight: NaNoWriMo deadline for meeting word count goals (set by students)

October 29-November 2

MONDAY: It’s Musical Monday! Students were randomly selected to share their favorite songs with their classes. We made pages in our comp. books to jot down lyrics that inspire us. We talk about places that we can find inspiration for writing, and music is a great source! Students also reviewed plot today with a little sorting contest and then worked on the plot for their upcoming novels.

TUESDAY: Students will practice with a new set of Greek & Latin roots. I will be at a workshop.

WEDNESDAY: 1/2 day for students; students will work on their Passion Projects.

THURSDAY: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) kickoff! Students will begin writing their novels. We will spend the entire month of November on this.

FRIDAY: NaNoWriMo continues.

October 22-26

This week is all about vocabulary. Students are working on Greek & Latin Roots, creating vocabulary flip books, and showing mastery of words by listing examples & non-examples, as well as illustrating the words and using them in sentences. There will be a test on Friday.

October 15-19

This is the final week of the first nine-week grading period. Students are learning new Greek & Latin Roots (and advanced students are also working on SAT Vocabulary). Students have also been working on FlipGrid videos for introducing both themselves and their main characters for the stories they will be writing during NaNoWriMo in the month of November.

There will be vocabulary tests on Wednesday in all classes, and students have been provided links in their Google Classrooms to Quizlet study sets.

October 8-12

MONDAY- Quick-write topic: Mindful Monday – Write about anything that’s on your mind; students will learn more Greek & Latin Roots and add all of the ones covered so far to their comp. books; complete “creating interesting characters” activity in the Google Sheet I shared in Google Classroom.

TUESDAY- Quick-write topic: Tell-Me Tuesday – Tell me about your favorite fictional character; students will create character sketches. They will also join my FlipGrid and create videos.

WEDNESDAY- Quick-write topic: Write about a conflict you had with a friend or family member; Creating Conflict activity (for upcoming novel writing during NaNoWriMo).

THURSDAY- Warm-up: read and take note of the plot of the book; Plot Roller Coaster.

FRIDAY- Warm-up: First-Chapter Friday (I will read the first chapter of a book aloud to spark student interest); finish up all activities from this week & hopefully have some time in class for students to READ!


October 1-5

This week, students will be setting writing goals and attending goal-setting conferences with me. They will also work on Greek & Latin Roots, wrap up NoRedInk.com assignments, and turn in their personal narrative essays.

(In addition, advanced students will work on SAT vocabulary and article-of-the-week responses).

Also, it’s homecoming week! See the school website for daily dress-up themes!

September 24-28

This week we are working on building our vocabularies and increasing comprehension by learning Greek & Latin roots. We are also reviewing personal narrative characteristics and preparing to draft an essay. Students are making the connection between using strong words to build better sentences and use those better sentences to write better essays.

Don’t forget Wednesday is a half day for students! We will use that day to get up on all things NoRedInk. 🙂

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