To seek, to strive, to find, and not to yield. - Ulysses

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun-Times Friday!

I hope you all have a safe and fun Spring Break!!! See you all on March 30th!!!

Block B: No homework :)

Block C: No homework :)

Block D: The good copy of your short story is due on Monday - double-spaced 3 pages please!!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thoroughly Thursday!

Block B: Great work on the making connections today! I hope you enjoyed the first couple of chapters of Cracked - something to put on your must read list?! If you are missing your paragraph or story book - make sure those are in tomorrow!!!

Block C: Rough drafts and peer editing were completed in class on your opinion paragraphs. For tomorrow make sure you have a double-spaced good copy, your rough draft, peer editing sheet and graphic organizer to hand in. You can pick up the small blue criteria sheet in class tomorrow to staple to the front.

Block D: If you did not finish your rough draft in class today (and most of you did not...) please make sure that you have it completed for class tomorrow as we will be self and peer editing for most of the class!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Work on this Wednesday:

Block B: I know that finding main idea is a BIG challenge - but Ms. McBurney and are so proud of the way you stuck with the lesson today! We only just started our work on the making connections strategy today and so we will finish it in class tomorrow.

Block C: If you did not finish the graphic organizer for your opinion paragraph please do so tonight!

Block D: Great work on your drafts today. You should all be at least started on the double-spaced rough draft. I will give you one more block to continue your drafts and to start the editing process in class tomorrow or on Friday if need be.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Talk about Tuesday:

Block B: We didn't quite get through the work today on main idea - but don't worry - we'll finish it tomorrow!

Block C: If you didn't finish your practice paragraph on one of the two topics provided on the worksheet - please do so tonight for homework! Don't forget we have our first Spinebreakers reading check tomorrow!!!

Block D: I will continue the short story consultations in class tomorrow - so if you need to complete your plot planning package tonight - please do so!!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mostly Monday:

Block B: Today we started preparing for our novel study unit with some review of reading strategies and understanding the big idea. We'll finish up the documentary in class tomorrow.

Block C: Thank you for the mind maps today! They look great. We shifted from a visual representation of learning to written and discussing the parts of a good paragraph. From the looks of your vast list on the board - we have an awesome starting place! Keep the notes we took in class today in your binder to refer to when we write paragraphs in the future.

Block D: After handing in your theme paragraphs we go started on the short story project. You were all about the planning today - and need to get approval from me before moving on to the draft. Tonight you need to complete the setting, character, plot and theme - but if you didn't finish the plot diagram - that's ok there will be some time in class tomorrow to start conferencing.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fantastic Friday:

Block B: What a wonderful work block today! You were all working so hard on your character paragraphs - great job! If you did not complete the double-spaced good copy in class today please make sure that you have it finished for Monday.

Block C: Today was your last class to complete the Mrs. Jones Mind Map. If you were not able to complete it in class today - please have it done for Monday. Make sure you have the yellow criteria sheet attached to the mind map.

Block D: Today we spent the first part of class completing the peer editing pink sheet for the theme analysis paragraph. The double-spaced good copy of the paragraph will be due on Monday. After the editing we got started thinking about what we might like to write for our short story. The planning package is NOT for homework - we will continue on Monday.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Think about Thursday:

Block B: Your paragraphs are really starting to come together! We will continue the graphic organizers and rough drafts tomorrow!

Block C: Your mind maps are looking so fantastic!!! Based on the feedback from class today - you need more time in class to complete this mind map. Therefore, I will give you another class tomorrow. If you finish in class please bring your book talk assignment to work on or a Spinebreakers book to read. The first reading check is on Wednesday - so get reading!!!

Block D: Great work on the analyzing theme paragraphs today. If you did not finish your double-spaced rough draft in class today - please do so tonight as we will be peer editing tomorrow.