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Jennifer ("Ms. Hoggatt") Hoggatt

Robert (Mac) Stephens




April 10, 2017


Ms Hoggatt

Everything English:

The fifth grade grammarians did a splendid job on their level two diagram quiz! I was impressed at how efficiently each student identified compound subjects and verbs, modifiers, prepositional phrases, and direct objects. Way to go, grammarians! Once back from Spring Break, students will continue to prepare for our next DIAGRAM SLAM competition by examining indirect objects. Team competitions will begin the week of May 8th. In addition, vocabulary studies will also resume once back from break.

Reading/Writing: Timeless Tales- Myths, Legends, and Tales

Final Project- Create An Original Timeless Tale

To celebrate good stories and how they take hold of our imagination, students will continue to work in pairs (trios in some cases) to finish writing their very own timeless tale. All writing teams have chosen to write about gods and goddesses to explain why a natural phenomenon exists. Within each creative story, teams have decided to highlight lessons that range from bravery, chance, and honesty all the way to curiosity, appreciation, respect and greed. Plots are plentiful and well thought out! I look forward to hearing these masterpieces at the tables reads scheduled for the remainder of the week.

Writing teams will be expected to work together for another week to complete the following:

· Create the main character/characters: What is your character’s appearance and personality like? What are the things the character is known for and how might it affect the story?

· Decide what message you want your story to give the reader: Will it explain a mystery of the universe or tell a lesson about human nature? Think about what moral or lesson you want your story to tell.

· Plan the plot: The message of your story is important! Your story must have an interesting beginning, a moment of tension, and an ending that was satisfying because the conflict has been resolved or a burning question has been answered.

· Collaboration and creativity is the key to success for this project! You will work together to create a rough draft as well as to complete one round of revisions and editing. This week, a more polished version of your story will be “table-read” and critiqued. Your writing team must supply the listeners with three comprehension questions. If the listeners cannot answer the questions, you must go back to revisions and editing to make the story understandable. Table reads will need to be scheduled for either Tuesday, April 11th or Thursday, April 13th. (Wednesday, April 12th is dedicated to a fun field trip!)

· Written stories must be double spaced. Required length is a minimum of two pages and maximum of three pages. Before recording your story, sound must be cited in the writing draft. Your team is required to have one sound byte in every two paragraphs.

· Once approved by Ms. Hoggatt or Ms. McGee, you will select a date and time to record your creative masterpiece! (Recordings must be scheduled by Friday, April 14th. The actual recording will take place the week we return.)

· On Friday, writing teams will use the entire period to create an album cover that will be used as the logo for their online recording. Each album cover must have a picture of each author and well thought out illustration (Color is a must!).

Homework:

*Special Due Date (due to field trip)- All table reads must be completed in class on Tuesday or Thursday! Each writing team must prepare three comprehension questions for the table read.
 

 

 

Mr. Stephens

Our freshly built table was put to good use this week. Each class sat together and had their first Harkness since the short story unit. Classes discussed what we perceive to be normal, what a modern hero looks like, and what the myth of the American West was. I feel confident that we’re prepped to take on these new novels through the lens of each course. We also played some fun games of vocab baseball, and completed the unit 13 and 14 vocabulary test.

Everything English: This week we will be beginning new novels on Monday. Students will receive a grade on Monday just for arriving with their text, so please make sure they have them. As we begin novel studies again, it is important to remember that this means Harkness discussions on a weekly basis, reading quizzes for every assigned reading, and being prepared with the text each day. We will exchange formal vocabulary study to in-text study for this week and several weeks after spring break.

Course: The Hero’s Journey


Reading - The beginning of Walk Two Moons brings us immediately into Salamanca Hiddle’s world. Sharon Creech immediately introduces us to her dual plot lines, one following the car as it travels out west, and the other the memory of the year that Sal has just had in her new home Euclid, Ohio. Chapters in this novel are short, so we should be able to get through the first six or seven this week. Students will be asked to read aloud much more during this novel.

Writing/Wordstudy - In-text vocabulary study will take place this week as well as response writing on Google Classroom.

Homework

Tuesday Night - Novel Reading TBA (it depends on how far we get in class)

Thursday Night - Novel Reading TBA


Course: The Wild


Reading - True Grit begins in a rather gritty way. And while I’d rather not spoil it just in case any of my students decide to read The Week Ahead for once, this beginning sets a precedent for the clear and honest tone of the novel. Mattie Ross, the main character, also happens to be the narrator, and this first-person voice quickly reveals that Mattie is not one to give up lightly. It will be an exciting start and our first look at Arkansas, back when it was considered part of the frontier.

Writing/Wordstudy - In-text vocabulary study will take place this week as well as response writing on Google Classroom.

Homework

Tuesday Night - Novel Reading TBA (it depends on how far we get in class)

Thursday Night - Novel Reading TBA


Course: Into the Future

Reading - When Montag meets Clarisse in the beginning of Fahrenheit 451, the interaction is familiar at first and then becomes incredibly odd. We’re not sure if we side with Montag’s easy authority or Clarisse’s seemingly obnoxious humanity. Bradbury captures us right away. Thematically, this book is the most difficult of the three classes, but I’m excited to see the Futurists dive into it. Bradbury’s opus has much the same feel as The Giver, just more depth, and I think they’re ready for it. We will try to get through the first thirty pages or so this week.

Writing/Wordstudy - In-text vocabulary study will take place this week as well as response writing on Google Classroom.

Homework

Tuesday Night - Novel Reading TBA (it depends on how far we get in class)

Thursday Night - Novel Reading TBA


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