Students are writing narratives and opinion papers. The narrative is a story of their choice. In this paper they will focus on craft, detail, language and dialogue. The opinion paper is focused on social media. Students need to establish a claim; social media is good for society or social media is bad for society. They will do research to help back up their claim.
Students are reading The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy. They will be participating in literature circle discussions with Jason Stevenson and Mrs. Vasseur. This is part of a wellness unit that Mr. Stevenson and Mrs. Vasseur are co teaching.
Students will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction text throughout the year. Reading will be integrated with the science and social studies curriculum whenever possible. Students will use Close Reading strategies to answer questions and respond to text. When reading novels in groups students will participate in literature circle discussions and complete jobs such as Discussion Director, Connector, Summarizer, Investigator, Vocabulary Enricher, Illustrator, and Literary Luminary.
The Wordly Wise Vocabulary Program will be an integral part of literacy. The program provides direct academic vocabulary instruction that develops the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Direct instruction of important, useful, and difficult words helps students successfully comprehend content-area texts. Each lesson incorporates the use of context clues, word study (Greek and Latin roots, prefixes and suffixes, and synonyms and antonyms), reading comprehension, and writing.