Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thursday, March 2nd


AOW due NEXT Friday

Wednesday, March 1st

It's March!


Mrs. Karney will give you some quick notes on claims and evidence.
We will watch this short video too.

You will read an article and identify the author's claim, as well as the types of evidence used to support it.

To Do

No job for book club tomorrow. However, you do need to read whatever pages your group decided on.

AOW due NEXT Friday

Friday, February 24, 2017

Tuesday, February 28th

Happy Tuesday

Goals-To continue our academic discussions in book club. To publish our descriptive pieces to Kidblog and provide meaningful feedback to our peers.


1) Meet in book clubs. Mrs. Karney will check your job

2)  Publish your descriptive piece to Kidblog.  Give specific feedback to at least three other classmates (I will give you the names of people you are responsible for)

3)  Please fill out THIS form regarding the descriptive writing assignment!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Friday, February 24th


Mrs. Karney will explain the way the Read Around works
Students will select the top three stories in the class
Winners will be congratulated and acknowledged

IF time, we will post our descriptive passages to Kidblog and comment. However, that is only if we finish the Read Around in time. :)


Prepare for bookclub

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thursday, February 23rd

Happy Thursday!


Meet in book clubs
Check comments on narrative on turnitin
Post Walter Mitty story to Kidblog


Prepare for book club! Check the schedule. We are almost done! Revise your descriptive passage from Wednesday's class. Make it perfect. We will do our Read Around (story contest) tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wednesday, February 22nd


Revise descriptive passages from yesterday.
Publish to Kidblog
Respond/comment to at least three other people's passages
Turn in story to turnitin.com
Read around for stories-Pick the top three!


Prepare for book club meeting tomorrow

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tuesday, February 21st

Goals: To emulate good writing. To practice writing a good narrative.


Mrs. Karney will check your passage.  You will rewrite your chosen passage into "ordinary, boring" language.  THEN, you will change it back into descriptive writing with imagery.  However, it will be an even BETTER version than the original.

Here are some examples of what you will do

Work on stories

To Do

Prepare for Thursday's book club
Publish your passage on Kidblog by TOMORROW morning. Publish the ORIGINAL and YOURS

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thursday, February 16th

Goals: To  having a meaningful, academic discussion about our books.  To write a well-developed, entertaining narrative emulating Thurber's style


Meet in book club-Mrs. Karney will check your job
Work on your story
https://padlet.com/jacquelyn_karne/6up2zcnncgkshttps://padlet.com/jacquelyn_karne/6up2zcnncgks TO DO

Prepare for book club job on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th

Goals: To write a narrative using the techniques discussed in class.


Work on Walter Mitty story


Book club meets tomorrow. Make sure to do your job.

Tuesday, February 14th

Book Club

 "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber.
Here is a copy of the text

We will discuss these questions in a small group.  

Complete this graphic organizer.

Directions for story

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday, February 13th

Goals:  To analyze the plot structure and narrative techniques of a short story.  To begin formulating ideas for our own story. To publish our "growing a sentence" sentences to Kidblog for all to enjoy.


Go to Kidblog (log in with Google).  Publish your sentences from Friday.  Then, comment on at least THREE other people's work.  You will draw names. 

Read "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber.
Here is a copy of the text

We will discuss these questions in a small group.  

Complete this graphic organizer.

To Do

Prepare for Book Club meeting tomorrow

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, February 10th

Happy Friday!

Goals: To practice writing a strong, concise expository summary.


Please open this Padlet and type your response to the question.

Movie (we will finish it finally)

Work on expository summary of your Newsela article and submit to turnitin.com.  Make SURE you look over the rubric carefully.

To Do

Expository summary due to turnitin by Sunday night at 10PM
Prepare for next book club meeting.

Thursday, February 9th

Meet in book clubs for second time.
Read your Newsela article, take notes, and take a quiz.

Prepare for next book club meeting

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wednesday, February 8th

Goals: To learn to write an academic summary of an expository article.


Revisit the article we read first semester on circus animals.
Complete a "practice" template together  
Summary Template is HERE
Read a Newsela article of your choice and take the quiz. Take notes as you read.  
Begin writing a summary of the article you read using the template in Google Docs.


Prepare for your book club meeting tomorrow

Friday, February 3, 2017

Tuesday, February 7th

Goals: To practice academic language in our book clubs. To analyze author's writing style and characters in our books. To have a meaningful discussion about our book.  To continue to emulate good writing (focusing on commas)

FIRST book club meeting!  


Each table will pick the BEST example to share on this Google document.
SHARE HERE (We may have to come back to this tomorrow)

Friday, June 16th

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