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Posted: December 13, 2010

In our classroom this week:   Shared Writing - Script for play "The Dr. Yule Feelbetter" Show Parvanna's Journey (Novel) - Read Aloud Christmas Short Stories - "An Orange From Portugal" Collection Grammar Exercises - focus on capitalization & punctuation Cursive Writing Review Proper Form and Techniques Christmas Concert Rehearsal Homework:   Monday - Cursive Writing p. 11               Read 15 min. - student choice

Posted: December 6, 2010

        "In Our Classroom This Week" Thank You Letters to Volunteers & Business - final copies Christmas Concert Script Writing - "Yuletide Favorites" Cursive Writing - progress chart Parvana's Journey - Read Aloud Rehearsal for Christmas Concert Student Readings & Literature Circles - The Gift of the Magi Homework: Monday Cursive Writing p. 7 Read 15 min. - The Gift of the Magi -The Clarion Call Practise Huron Carol (girl's group) Finish Thank You Letter (cursive writing or typed) Tuesday Cursive Writing p. 8 Read 15 min. - The Gift of the Magi Practise Huron Carol or Yuletide Favorites Wednesday Cursive Writing p. 9 Read 15 min. - The Gift of the Magi Christmas Concert - Practise Song or Lines   Thursday Cursive Writing p. 10 Read 15 min. - The Gift of the Magi Christmas Concer - Practise Song or Lines    
This Week In our Classroom:    Students will begin preparations for the Christmas Concert by either performing the song "The Huron Carol" or the classic poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas". The Huron Carol  Twas The Night Before Christmas Cursive Writing Booklets Note: As mentioned previously, there is a $ 7.00 cost for each Cursive Writing Booklet. Parents are asked to please send this to school this week. Thank you. Parvana's Journey - Read Aloud Letter Writing - Letters of Appreciation Shared Writing and Indepedent Writing Homework This Week: Monday Read and discuss the Huron Carol with a member of your family. Why do you think Jean Breboeuf wrote this song? Cursive Writing Assignment in Booklet   Tuesday Cursive Writing Assignment in Booklet p.4. Study lines of Huron Carol or Twas The Night Before Christmas. Read 15 minutes.   Wednesday Cursive Writing Assignment in Booklet p.5. Read a min. of 15 minutes. Practise song or poem   Thursday Cursive Writing Assignment in Booklet p.6. Read 15 minutes Draft Thank You Letter
Only one month to go before the Christmas Break :-)   A Glance at Our Classroom This Week:     Literature Circles - groups will continue to explore Literature Circles - roles and responsibilities Reading and writing activities - Literature Circles - from the Gift of the Magi  Letter Writing - parts of a letter, letters to Santa Introduction to Basic Handwriting Techniques Read Aloud - Parvana's Journey Quick Writes - pertaining to Parvana's Journey Special Note to Parents:  A few of you have expressed to me concerns regarding student handwriting. As a result, I have decided to incorporate into English class "Basic Handwriting" skills. An excellent resource for this is the consumable booklet entitled "Canadian Handwriting - Book E". I have ordered a class set of these booklets - one for each student. The cost of these booklets is $ 7.00 each. When our booklets arrive I will send along another note to remind you of this payment. If this cost is a problem or concern, please let me know and the school will cover the cost.   Homework Monday: Read 15 minutes. Finish Cursive Writing Assignment Complete letter to Santa Homework Tuesday: Read short story from Gift of the Magi "The Chapparel Prince". Discuss with a family member. Homework Wednesday: Read 15 minutes - student choice of reading Homework Thursday: Read short story from Gift of the Magi (to be assigned in class on Thurs.) Complete Literature Circle Activity    

Posted: November 15, 2010

Class Work This Week: Short Stories from "The Gift of the Magi" (all week) Literature Circles - format & definition of roles (all week)   Literature Circle Roles: Discussion Director - develops ques. for group discussion. Literary Luminary - focusses on special sections of the text to have group read aloud and delve into further. Illustrator - draws a picture related to the reading. Connector - makes connections between the book and the world outside. Summarizer - provides a summary of what was read. Vocabulary Enricher - finds new, important or interesting words - definitions and explanations. Travel Tracer - focusses on the setting and how it changes in the story. Investigator - digs up background information on any topic related to the story.           Note: Students will be given more details as to each Literature Circle Role in class on Tuesday. Homework This Week: Note: The Differentiated Activity for the novel "The Breadwinner" has been put on hold. I have decided to read the sequel, "Parvanna's Journey"" to the class first and then have a culminating activity at the end for both novels. Monday:  Finish Short Story "The Last Leaf" Complete Illustration for "The Last Leaf" Tuesday: Short Story from "The Gift of the Magi" - One Thousand Dollars Complete Travel Tracer Activity (two lines or a paragraph at most discussing the setting of the story - where & when.) Wednesday: Short Story  from "The Gift of the Magi" - One Thousand Dollars Complete Vocabulary Enricher Activity (choose two or three interesting words. Find the definition for each word and write the word in a sendtence.) Thursday: Short Story from "The Gift of the Magi Complete Discussion Director Activity        

Posted: November 8, 2010

Class Work This Week: John McCrae Biography - Follow Up Discussion & Comprehension Questions In Flander's Fields Recitation The Breadwinner - Read Aloud - Conclusion of Novel Differentiation Topics for Breadwinner Assignment Homework This Week: Read 15 minutes each night - student selection Memorize remaining two verses of In Flander's Fields John McCrae Bio - discussion with family Consider Differentiated Topic for Breadwinner Concluding Assignment

Posted: November 1, 2010

    English Class - Main Topics and Homework for the Week November 1-4     This week at a glance: Quick Writes on the topics "Happy Halloween, Life in Canda vs. Life in Afghanistan, Why We Remember". The Veteran On Our Ten Dollar Bill - classroom discussion. Read Aloud "The Breadwinner", Chpts. 12-14 In Flanders Fields Poem - all students are to memorize at least the first verse & complete an illustration to fit the poem. A Remembrance Day Story - handout in class. For discussion at home.


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