week of 1/27

Reading:  We are reviewing elements of plot. Currently, we are using Crash to determine exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. We will be discussing theme and conflict as well. Students should be reading independent selections at this time. Writing:  Students are working towards revising and editing their letters to their reps, with the…

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Week of 12/16

Reading: We will be entering learning about plot and theme using short stories before we read our next novel. Writing:  Students should be looking for their local representative to write to. We will write business letters regarding endangered animals of NY/Long Island. Also, as writing is a process that takes time to get to the…

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Week of 12/2

Reading: We have completed Home of the Brave and watched the true story of the Lost Boys that inspired this novel. We will be entering learning about plot and theme using short stories before we read our next novel. Writing:  Students are working towards completion of their persuasive monster writing.  We concentrated on skills and…

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Week of 10/28/19

Reading: We have completed Esperanza Rising and have read Harvesting Hope and Separate is Never Equal as a follow up to learn about various rights denied to Mexicans, and others, during the 1930s and 1940s. Students were introduced to Cesar Chavez, as well as the court case Mendez vs. Westminster School District. Writing:  Students are…

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Week of October 7th

Reading: We continue with Esperanza Rising. This week, students will have a quick introduction to the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl to understand the story a little better historically. Students are required to annotate on post-its for class novels.  Writing:  Students are now beginning to set up their writer’s notebooks. We will be concentrating…

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