October 6-10, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014


1. Picture Day is Oct. 17th

2. Open Books Field trip money is due (Oct. 15th-4th grade and Oct. 8th-5th grade)

3. Five Week Progress Reports are going home this week

4th Grade

With writing, students will develop opinion and narrative pieces (W.4.1, W.4.3) showing command of the conventions of standard English (L.4.1, L.4.2). Students will conduct and complete a research project using technology, notes taken, and create a list of sources (W.4.7, W.4.8). With support, students will use technology to produce and publish writing and show keyboarding skills to type up to one page in a single setting (W.4.6). Students will paraphrase information presented in diverse media formats (SL.4.2)


Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 (Social Studies test on Gandhi and Rosa Parks)

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 (My Brother Martin)

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 (Unit 3 Vocabulary Workshop)


Monday-Unit 3 Vocabulary Workshop pages 34-37

Tuesday-Complete graphic organizer finding supports for opinion essay (What is your opinion about Rosa Parks, Gandhi, or Dr. King taking a stand? Did they take a stand for personal reasons/gains or were they taking a stand to help others?) and research Dr. King Jr. newspaper/magazine article (print or take notes on one article about Dr. King)

Wednesday-Study for Social Studies test on Gandhi and Rosa Parks (see handout for test review). Complete questions for My Brother Martin and taking a stand flyer.

Thursday-Compass Learning (1 hour) and study for My Brother Martin selection test.

Friday-No homework

5th Grade

Students need to summarize texts presented in diverse media and formats (SL.5.2) and use graphics and visual displays in presentations (SL.5.5). Students will report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace (SL.5.4).


Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 (Toward a Rainbow Nation)

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 (Unit 3 Vocabulary Workshop)


Monday-Unit 3 Vocabulary Workshop pages 34-37

Tuesday-Jr. Scholastic page 8 and 9  (Oct. 6th) and cultural project questions

Wednesday-Compass Learning 1 hour (Lang. Arts or LA extension)

Thursday-first rough draft of opinion essay (see handout)

Friday-No homework

Opinion Writing Handout

5th Grade Opinion Writing (distributed 10/09/14)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.B Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.C Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.D Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

Topic: In the story, Toward a Rainbow Nation, the author (Pillay) stated: “Because we are mixed, we’re more powerful.” Read the quote and form an opinion about the quote. Do you agree or disagree? Your supports should include textual evidence from the story, research, as well as your own personal experiences.

Rubric: You will be assessed on the following: *you responded skillfully to the prompt, * you demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, capitalization, spelling, and usage when writing, *you state an opinion/argument/claim that demonstrates an insightful understanding of topic/text, *you organize ideas and information into purposeful, coherent paragraphs that include an elaborated introduction with clear thesis, structured body, and insightful conclusion, *you support your opinion skillfully with substantial and relevant evidence,* you provides insightful explanation/analysis of how evidence supports opinion, *you use purposeful and varied sentence structures, *you demonstrate creativity and flexibility when using conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) to enhance meaning, *you use precise and sophisticated academic and domain-specific vocabulary appropriate for the audience and purpose, *you use a variety of linking words, phrases, and clauses skillfully to connect reasons to opinion/argument/ claim

Timeline: In class instruction (powerpoint presentations, modeling, sample opinion essays, conventions mini-lessons, mini-lesson on using transition words)

Rough Draft #1-due on Friday, October 10, 2014 (100 Points)

Peer Editing-in class on Friday, October 10, 2014 (100 Points)

Rough Draft #2-due on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (100 Points)

Peer Editing-in class on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 (100 Points)

Final Draft-due Friday, October 17, 2014 (please include colored and illustrated cover page, rough drafts, peer editing checklists, and graphic organizer.) (200 Points)




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