5/23/17-Good Readers use nonfiction research to understand fantasy.
Good Writers can identify text structure in mentor text, and apply text structure to own writing.

1st memoir due Friday.
Fantasy book and notes due on Tuesday.

5/19/17-Good Readers take notes on their reading.
Good Writers find the mystery in a topic.

20 minutes of reading

5/18/17-Good Readers compare themes from history and fantasy.
Memoirists learn to write with depth. They study others works and try to name the ways the writer develops deep insight.

20 minutes of reading.

5/16/17-Good Readers chart internal and external quests.
Good Writers continue to work on growing seed ideas and writing more in depth.

20 minutes of reading.

5/15/17-Good Readers learn life-lessons from the characters they read about.
Good Writers work on growing ideas and writing to the life lesson.

20 minutes of reading.

5/12/17-Good Readers look for "dragons", and consider if it links to the bigger theme of the story.
Good Writers study mentor text to get inspiration in own writing. Good Writers also study rules for using quotation marks.

20 minutes of reading

5/10/17-Good Readers take good notes on the read aloud.
Good Writers analyze other people's writing to make own writing stronger.

20 minutes of Reading

5/9/17-Good Readers suspend judgement about characters.
Good writers analyze own writing and adjust for a memoir.

20 minutes of Reading
Last call for Rocks

5/8/17-Good Readers keep track of multiple problems.
"The bigger the meaning, the smaller you write."

20 minutes of reading
Rocks due

4/25/17-Good Readers figure out the setting in a fantasy story by looking for clues. They also look for the mood of the character to set the story.

H.W. Due on Friday. Notes for Persuasive on Demand Writing assessment.
Note form only.
At least three cited sources.
Need to know who you are writing to.

3/27/17-Good Readers pull out information from articles that pertain to own issue and think/write deeply about it.
Debate organizing day 4

Book Club book
5+ Math NWEA tomorrow
Debate speeches ready
Dress for success extra credit

3/24/17-Orca research and note-taking
debate organizing day 3

Book Club book

3/20/17-Poster presentation
Chocolate milk debate organizing day 2

compass learning
NWEA reading tomorrow
Sign and return Music permission slip

3/17/17-New Topics for Research in Reading.
Organizing a new debate on chocolate milk for writing.

20 min Reading
NWEA on Monday for Mr. Cohen's Math

3/9/17-Good readers analyze their arguements and get organized to debate.
Good Writers use sentence stems and know where to put them in essays to counterclaim.

Finish research for debate

3/7/17-3/8/17-Good Readers can identify writers goals and what techniques used to achieve them.
Good Writers use techniques to achieve own goals in writing

Compass on Tuesday
Book Club on Wednesday

3/6/17-Informational Writing Techniques and Goals
Drafting Persuasive Essay

Book Club books or 20 min of reading

3/3/17-Understanding how tracing the source helps perspective.
Study a student's work on chocolate milk and find out how to write a strong conclusion.

Book club books need to be read by Monday.

3/2/17-Book Club-main themes
Good Writers visualize the whole paper.
Main themes and key points from the Farm

Compass Learning

2/27/17-Revisiting main theme in fiction reading.
notetaking systems and the Cornell notetaking strategy.

Book Club fiction reading
Bowers Permission slip
Derby schedule

2/17/17-Reading goals for research and discussion. Use new tool for slightly hard text for better understanding in reading.
Finish letter

Book Club fiction reading

2/16/17-How to take annotated notes.
Continuing the Business Letter

Compass Learning

2/15/17-Research discussions help develop new questions for research.
Formal Letter writing

Book Club fiction reading


Compass Learning

2/13/17-Practice summarizing properly using all the key points.
A good argument is like a layered cake. Balance evidence with thinking and explanation.

Book Club fiction reading
research for debate tomorrow
Valentine's cards and box

2/10/17-Generate ?'s and reread articles with a different lens and purpose in mind.
Redraft and raise level of writing using quotations.

Compass Learning

2/9/17-Researchers collaborate, give perspective, and help guide future research on a similar topic.
Writers use a claim, body that supports reasons, and checklists to help draft.

Book Club fiction reading

2/8/17-Researches look for more evidence to support reasons.
Good Writers reflect on 1st drafts and rewrite to raise level of content.

Compass Learning

2/7/17-Researchers read deeply about information including background info to help fully understand a topic.
Good Writers understand the difference between reasons and evidence.

Book Club fiction reading

2/6/17-Flash debates help to drive research.
Compass Learning

1/26/17-Question #4 for Informational Text Reading Assessment
F & P Reading Assessment begins

Compass Learning

1/24/17-Good Writers suspend judgement and use evidence from both sides when compiling an argument.
Question #2 for Informational Text Reading Assessment

Latin Roots #14 due on Wednesday
Compass Learning

1/23/17-On Demand Informational Assessment in writing
Question #1 for Informational Text Reading Assessment

Latin Roots #14 due on Wednesday
Book Club for fiction reading

1/13/17-Worked on the body of the research paper.
Intro and Body is due on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Latin Roots #13 due on Thursday, Jan. 18.
20 min of Reading

1/10/17-Good Readers read many sources of info to make conclusions for deep level questions.
Good Writers use mentor text to get ideas for own writing.

Compass Learning
Latin Roots #12 due Wednesday

1/9/17-Good Readers pay attention to conventions.
Good Writers revise his/her writing.

20 minutes of fiction reading
Latin Roots #12 due Wednesday.

1/5/17-Good Readers learn to level own questions, create deeper level questions if needed, and use the question/s to guide research.
Good Writers use Level 4 questions to guide focus of research paper, and plan out structure.

Compass Learning

1/4/17-Good Readers create good habits for taking notes that promote understanding of informational texts.
Good Writers research vocabulary words to help raise the level of understanding and and then use them to raise the level of writing.

20 minutes of Fiction Reading

1/3/17-Good Readers focus on deep level questions and research to find the answers.
Good Writers look for credible sources, cite and use precise language in note-taking and drafting.

Compass Learning

12/21/16-Good Readers make goals for notetaking and build off experience and expertise as researchers.
Good Writers flashdraft new topics to begin the writing process.

Latin Roots #11 due today.
Compass Learning

12/19/16-Good Writers develop meaningful endings.
Finished or are finishing research paper #1.

20 minutes of fiction reading
Latin Roots #11 due Dec. 21st.

12/15/16-Good Readers can identify topics, central theme, and main ideas.
Good Writers can make an outline to help plan out or check structure of his/her paper.

20 minutes of fiction reading
Latin Roots #11 due Dec. 21st.
Research paper due at the end of Monday.

12/14/16-Good Readers can write a main idea from his/her reading.
Good Writers can pick out good qualities from peer research papers.

20 min compass reading

12/13/16-Good Readers know the difference between a topic and a main idea.
Good Writers set a purpose for their research papers.

20 min fiction reading.

12/12/16-Good Readers learn to summarize complex text.
Good Writers use timelines to look for patterns and changes to support ideas in writing.

Latin Roots due on Dec. 14
Compass Learning Reading

12/9/16-Good Readers can take ownership of his/her reading and use tools to problem solve.
Good Writers know when to revise own writing.

20 minutes of fiction reading
Latin Roots due on Dec. 14

12/8/16-Good Readers identify when he/she is having trouble with comprehension, and use tools to help him/herself.
Good Writers continue to think deeper than just the facts to grow seed ideas.

20 minutes of Compass Reading or PathBlazer if he/she did not get into it yesterday.
Complexity strategy cards need to be finished. Look in Latin Roots section to check answers.

12/7/16-Good Readers look into complex sentences to find more info.
Good Writers think deeper than just the facts.

20 minutes of Compass Reading (ELA)
High Frequency word test tomorrow.

12/6/16-Good Readers study text structure to understand what they are reading and how it is written.
20 minutes of fiction reading.
Lesson #9-Latin Words due on Dec. 7
High Frequency word test on Dec. 8

12/2/16-Good readers learn to morph words to help understand new vocabulary words.
Good Writers revise sections of main ideas to continue the writing process.

20 minutes of fiction reading.
Lesson #9-Latin Words due on Dec. 7
High Frequency word test on Dec. 8

12/1/16-Good Readers learn a strategy to help with new vocabulary words.
Good Writers research like historians and pay attention to geography.

20 minutes of fiction reading

11/30/16-Good Readers learn a strategy for watching a video and writing good notes with main ideas and applying it to our note-taking with individual texts.
Good Writers continue to note-take and put in reflection.

20 minutes of fiction reading
High Frequency Spelling test tomorrow

11/29/16-Good Readers find a central idea and uncover hidden main ideas.
Good Writers revise draft and link note taking to strengthen writing.

20 minutes of reading fiction
Latin Roots due today
High Frequency Spelling test on Thursday

11/28/16-Good Readers know that headings and subheadings don't help or are misleading when reading complex nonfiction.
Flash drafting personal topic

20 min. of reading fiction
Latin Roots due tomorrow.
High Frequency Spelling test on Thurs.

11/22/16-Good Readers orient themselves to complex nonfiction and hold initial ideas loosely as they continue to read, remain open to revision as they encounter new info.
Good Writers read and record information and write to grow ideas.

20 minutes of reading fiction
Latin Roots #8 due on Nov. 29
High Frequency Spelling test on Dec.1
Thanksgiving Reading Challenge on Google Classroom

11/21/16-Good Readers look for main ideas, find details to support it, and analyze the text structure.
Flash drafting topic

20 minutes of reading fiction
Latin Roots #8 due on Nov. 29
High Frequency Spelling test on Dec.1
Thanksgiving Reading Challenge on Google Classroom

11/18/16-Review of Pre-Assessment test for Nonfiction and transitioning readers from fiction to nonfiction text
Organizing thoughts of a specific topic

20 minutes of reading fiction
Latin Roots #8 due on Nov. 29
High Frequency Spelling test on Dec.1

11/15/16-Intro to Nonfiction
Research Writing Rubric and Writing goals

Latin Roots due Thurs.
High Frequency Spelling Word test Thurs

11/14/16-Book Club Discussion for Fiction books
Author's Celebration for Narrative Writing

20 min of reading-all book club books are to be read and returned
Latin Roots due Thurs.
High Frequency Spelling Word test Thurs.

11/11/16-Book Club Read In
Narrative Writing Final Draft turned in.

Latin Roots Lesson #7 due Thursday, Nov. 17
High Frequency Spelling Word list#2 given out. Test next Thurs.
(Not everyone got a list, as some people have already tested out.)
Book Club Books need to be finished by Monday for Reading Discussion.

11/10/16-Book Club Poster Presentation
Narrative Writing Final Draft Due Friday

11/9/16-Review of Reading Assessment
On Demand Narrative Writing Assignment

Latin Roots are due today.
High Frequency spelling word test#1 tomorrow

11/7/14-Reading Assessment on Analyzing Theme-took 2 periods

2nd Narrative Story Final Draft due Thursday, 10th.
Latin Roots #6 due on Nov. 9.
High Frequency (Snap) word list went home. 10 word test on Nov. 10

11/4/16-Good Readers study an author's goals and techniques.
Good Writers notice the importance of conventions and edit own work.

Latin Roots #6 due on Nov. 9.
High Frequency (Snap) word list went home. 10 word test on Nov. 10

11/3/16-Good Readers check in on goals, reflect and assess.
Continued work on paragraphing.

H.W.-20 min of reading or meet book club goal.
Latin Roots #6 went home and is due on Nov. 9.
High Frequency (Snap) word list went home. 10 word test on Nov. 10

11/2/16-Good Readers think about the choices authors make or don't make for the message or purpose of the book.
Good writers look at paragraph structure and edit story to include proper use.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading or meet book club goal.

11/1/16-Good Book Clubs keep each other accountable and set new goals.
Authors ensure that every character plays a role in the larger meaning of the story.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading

10/27/16-Good Readers compare ALL characters in a theme.
Good Writers practice the skill of imagery.

H.W.-20 min of reading
Latin Roots #5 due Oct. 31

10/26/16-Good readers compare characters in a theme.
Good writers aim to put in the exact thing you did or saw, right before you thought or felt something.

H.W.-20 min of reading
Latin Roots #5 due on Oct. 31

10/25/16-Good Readers look deep into the theme to find precise interpretation.
Good Writers think about structure and tell the events in a storytelling way.

H.W.-20 min of reading

10/24/16-Good Readers look for universal themes across text and compare/contrast how the author develops it.
Good Writers use their notebook as a workbench to practice a specific writing skill from a mentor author.

H.W.-20 minutes reading
Latin Roots due today.

10/17/16- Set up google classrooms
Finishing up final drafts

H.W.-20 min reading
Latin Roots Due next Monday.

10/13/16-Readers debate to find holes in research, learn new perspectives, and evidence to support claims.

H.W.-20 min. reading minimum

10/12/16-Readers continue to read, reflect and produce quality writing about reading.
Good writers leave the reader with a big meaning, lesson learned, and/or problem resolved.

H.W.-20 minutes reading (this is a minimum of reading, some people may have to read more depending on the goal made today in class with his/her book club.)
Latin Roots due tomorrow

10/11/16-Readers continue to read and reflect.
Good Writers can highlight meaning by using flash forwards or flashbacks.

H.W.-finish book club assignment
Latin Roots due Oct. 13

10/10/16-Readers develop an interpretation about a book and stay with that idea.
Good writers elaborate on particular parts of a story to make readers slow down to pay attention.

H.W.-finish book club assignment
Latin Roots sent home today.

10/7/16-I can connect my ideas to bigger themes.
Good writers look at leads, hook the reader, and revise the story.

H.W.-finish new book club assignment
Latin Roots will be sent home on Monday.

10/5/16-I can use the main character's problems to determine possible themes of my story.
Good Writers can use a story arc to plot story and check for structure.

H.W.-finish new book club assignment
Lesson #2 Latin Roots due tomorrow.

10/4/16-I can read for details, write them down, and discuss them in my book club.
Good writers revise and stay true to what the story is about.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading
finish book club assignment
Lesson #2-Latin Roots due Oct. 6

10/3/16-I can revise my writing for reading.
Good writers flash draft an idea with a goal in mind.

H.W.-20 min of reading
Lesson #2-Latin Roots due Oct. 6

9/30/16-I can think and write analytically about my reading.
Good writers take stock an set new goals.

H.W.-20 min of reading
Lesson #2-Latin Roots due Oct. 6

9/29/16-I notice point of view in my reading.
Good writers edit work.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading
Lesson #2 Latin Roots sent home today.

9/28/16-I can use higher level thinking prompts in my writing about reading.
Good writers stay in the character's shoes.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading
Latin Roots due tomorrow

9/27/16-Once you have a good idea, find the evidence in your reading to grow it.
Good writers read their writing and revise.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading
Latin Roots due Sept. 29

9/26/16-Read like writers, and write with quality thoughts.
Good writers read good writing and let the writing inspire new ideas.

H.W.-20 minutes of reading
Latin Roots due Sept. 29

9/23/16-Quality Writing for Reading and Writing a Class Newsletter for Reflection
20 minutes of reading
Latin roots see Link


Reviewing Reading Preassessment, leveling own writing for reading using the Narrative rubric, and creating a new goal for writing for reading
Writing-To write a small moment and to bring the reader into the main character's shoes.
20 minutes of reading


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Your child is welcome to celebrate his/her birthday, by picking off of the classroom chart in advance for us to honor the special day. Ideas are welcome to be added throughout the year, as long is it complies to the Pierce rules concerning this matter.

Narrative Reading Self-Assessment Rubric

HW-20min of reading