•It is my goal to complete our lessons on verbs and adverbs before Christmas break. These skills will be reinforced with Daily Oral Language and IXL exercises.
•The students are finishing up their fiction book reports, and, if they would like to begin reading for the next report, I will be assigning a biography after break.
•This month I will teach skills that will prepare them for completion of a persuasive essay. These skills include the following: aligning with the strongest position; revealing persuasive reasons intentionally; adding specifics with name detail, value, and comparison details; creating transitions within paragraphs; and crafting persuasive introductions and conclusions. Before break the students will use these skills to compose an essay convincing a reader why a specific holiday is the best holiday of the year.
•We will continue our routine of beginning class with a “main idea exercise.” I believe this practice is truly helping our students become proficient in recognizing the purpose and tone of texts.
•In our Wonders program, we will continue our analysis of various genres of literature, including realistic fiction, fantasy, and expository text. Specifically, we will focus on vocabulary, text structure, theme, figurative language, text features, and character development. You may notice, that we revisit genres that we have previously studied. This reflects the philosophy of the Wonder’s series: the notion of “spiralling” concepts so that students have multiple opportunities to understand and slowly master an understanding of literature.