Week of March 5-9

Overview:
  • Monday-Set weekly reading goals, Writing Portfolio Checklist, Poem Annotation-"Mother to Son"
  • Tuesday-Poem Annotation-"Petals"/"Los Petalos", writing conferences/drafting time
  • Wednesday-Review for Friday's Vocabulary Quiz, Similes and Metaphors review and worksheet
  • Thursday-Writing conferences, writing/drafting time, Figurative Language Practice
  • Friday-Check weekly reading goals, Poetry Vocabulary Quiz, Quarter 3 Self-Evaluation
Homework:
  • Read at home daily
  • Similes and Metaphors Worksheet
  • Figurative Language Practice Worksheet
  • "Mother to Son" Poem Annotation
  • "Petals"/"Los Petalos" Poem Annotation
  • Study for Friday's Poetry Vocabulary Quiz

Week of Feb. 26-March 2

Overview:
  • Monday-Set Weekly Reading Goals, Finish Poetry Notes, Introduce "Feelings Made Visual" Poetry Strategy
  • Tuesday-Finish "Feelings Made Visual" Lesson and Writing Time
  • Wednesday-Poem 2, Draft 1 Work Time; Teacher-led Writing Conferences
  • Thursday-Read Aloud/Library Day
  • Friday-Check Weekly Reading Goals, Poetry Peer Editing, Teacher-led Writing Conferences, Writing Time
Homework:
  • Read at Home Daily
  • Poetry Notes
  • Poem 2, Draft 1
Announcements:
  • I hope you can join us for our upcoming Celebration of Writing on Thursday, March 29th. Please see the invitation below for details.
Download file "COW Invitation March 2018.pdf"

Week of Feb. 20-23

Overview:
  • Tuesday-Set Reading Goals, Peer Editing for Poem 1
  • Wednesday-Poetry Annotation #2; Work Time for Poem 1, Draft 2
  • Thursday-PARCC Overview (Look at practice tests on the Chromebook computers, review test taking tools, etc.)
  • Friday-PARCC Practice Test
Homework:
  • Read at home daily
  • Poem 1, Draft 2

Week of Feb. 12-15

Overview:
  • Monday-Set Reading Goals, Overview of poetry drafting/editing/revising expectations, Finish "Where I'm From" Poetry Examples, Writing Time
  • Tuesday-Poetry Notes/Examples
  • Wednesday-Finish Poetry Notes/Examples
  • Thursday-Library Day, Check Reading Goals

Homework:
  • Poem 1, Draft 1 ("Where I'm From" Poem)
  • "Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins Annotation
  • Read at home daily

Week of Feb. 5-9

Overview:
  • Monday-Reading/Listening Day for Literature Circle Books
  • Tuesday-Final Literature Circle Discussion
  • Wednesday-Literature Circle Comprehension Test
  • Thursday-Begin Poetry Unit, Overview and Notes
  • Friday-Free Verse Poetry Examples and Discussion
Homework:
  • Finish reading Literature Circle books (audiobooks are available on our Google Classroom page)
  • Read at home daily

Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2

Overview:
Monday-Literature Circle Reading/Listening (Audiobooks available on the Google Classroom page)
  • Ninth Ward - 137/214 (finish chapter called “Still Sunday”)
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts - 142/215 (finish chapter 24)

  • Hatchet - 128/181 (Finish chapter 14)
  • Sisters Grimm - 192/284 (stop at the “...”)
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control - 131/196 (finish chapter 10)
  • Weedflower - 173/257 (finish chapter 22)
  • Because of Winn Dixie - 117/182 (finish chapter 17)
  • Freak the Mighty - 107/160 (finish chapter 16)
  • All the Broken Pieces - 218/218 Out of the Dust - 0/227

Tuesday-Literature Circle Discussion Preparation
Wednesday-TED Talk and Summary https://www.ted.com/talks/joachim_de_posada_says_don_t_eat_the_marshmallow_yet#t-343071
Thursday-Library Day
Friday-Discussion Day/Reading Time

Homework:
  • Literature Circle reading and participation
  • Reading Response Journal Entry about Lit. Circle Book
  • TED Talk Summary
  • Read at home daily

Week of Jan 22-26

Overview:
Monday-Catch up on lit. circle reading/Discussion #1 (questions/prompts provided)
Tuesday-Literature Circle Reading Day #3 (page expectations listed below)

  • Ninth Ward - 108/214 (finish chapter called “Saturday”)
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts - 105/215 (finish chapter 17)
  • Hatchet - 88/181 (Finish chapter 9)
  • Sisters Grimm - 147/284 (finish chapter 6)
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control - 96/196 (finish chapter 8)
  • Weedflower - 89/257 (finish chapter 11)
  • Because of Winn Dixie - 59/182 (finish chapter 8)
  • Freak the Mighty - 53/160 (finish chapter 9)
  • All the Broken Pieces - 147/218 Out of the Dust - 0/227

Wednesday-TED Talk and Summary
Thursday-Literature Circle Reading Day #4 (page expectations listed below)

  • Ninth Ward - 137/214 (finish chapter called “Still Sunday”)
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts - 142/215 (finish chapter 24)
  • Hatchet - 128/181 (Finish chapter 14)
  • Sisters Grimm - 192/284 (stop at the “...”)
  • Joey Pigza Loses Control - 131/196 (finish chapter 10)
  • Weedflower - 124/257 (finish chapter 15)
  • Because of Winn Dixie - 91/182 (finish chapter 13)
  • Freak the Mighty - 79/160 (finish chapter 12)
  • All the Broken Pieces - 218/218 Out of the Dust - 0/227


Friday-Discussion #2 and Peer Evaluation

Homework:
  • Read at home daily
  • Lit. Circle preparation and participation
  • TED Talk Summary

Week of Jan. 16-19

Overview:
  • Tuesday-TED Talk and Summary (written together)
  • Wednesday-Literature Circle Reading Day #1 (page expectations listed below)
    • Ninth Ward - 32/214 (Stop at the squiggle)
    • Al Capone Does My Shirts - 41/215 (finish chapter 6)
    • Hatchet - 39/181 (Finish chapter 4)
    • Sisters Grimm - 45/284 (Stop at “. . .”)
    • Joey Pigza Loses Control - 33/196 (finish chapter 3)
    • Weedflower - 43/257 (finish chapter 4)
    • Because of Winn Dixie - 30/182 (finish chapter 4)
    • Freak the Mighty - 27/160 (finish chapter 5)
    • All the Broken Pieces - 75/218 Out of the Dust - 0/227
  • Thursday-Library
  • Friday-Literature Circle Reading Day #2 (page expectations listed below)
    • Ninth Ward - 67/214 (finish chapter called “Wednesday”)
    • Al Capone Does My Shirts - 79/215 (finish chapter 12)
    • Hatchet - 62/181 (Finish chapter 6)
    • Sisters Grimm - 103/284 (finish chapter 4)
    • Joey Pigza Loses Control - 67/196 (finish chapter 5)
    • Weedflower - 89/257 (finish chapter 11)
    • Because of Winn Dixie - 59/182 (finish chapter 8)
    • Freak the Mighty - 53/160 (finish chapter 9)
    • All the Broken Pieces - 147/218 Out of the Dust - 0/227

Homework:
  • Read at home daily
  • Keep up with Literature Circle reading expectations
  • Exit Slip-Write 4 sentences about the main character of your Lit. Circle book

Week of Jan. 8-12

Overview:
  • Monday-Set weekly reading goals, discuss Literature Circle Syllabus, begin previewing books for lit. circles
  • Tuesday-Finish previewing lit. circle books, students choose top 5
  • Wednesday-TED Talk and summary
  • Thursday-Set up lit. circle calendar with deadlines for reading, job assignments, etc.
  • Friday-Check weekly reading goals, first lit. circle group meeting

Homework/Class work:
  • Literature Circle Syllabus (signed by students and parents) Download file "Literature Circle Syllabus.docx.pdf"
  • "Choosing what I want to read..." form, completed during class
  • TED Talk 20 word summary
  • Read at home daily

Week of Jan. 3-5

Overview:
  • Wednesday-Winter break journal entry, read aloud from The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Thursday-No school
  • Friday-Library/read aloud
Homework:
  • Winter break journal entry
  • Read at home daily

ELA Syllabus

Download file "Reber ela syllabus.docx.pdf"

Week of Dec. 8-20

Overview:
  • Monday-Late/Absent work catch-up, independent reading
  • Tuesday-Introduction to "TED Talk Tuesdays" (video and 20 word summary)
  • Wednesday-Brain Teasers
Homework:
  • Read at home daily

Week of Dec. 11-15

Overview:
  • Monday-Set weekly reading goals, Introduce EBA #4 (final EBA)
  • Tuesday-Work time for Final EBA (Prompt-Should students be allowed to have fidget spinners in school)
  • Wednesday-Characterization Activity
  • Thursday-Library Day
  • Friday-Check weekly reading goals, finish characterization activity, reading time
Homework:
  • Read at home daily

Week of Dec. 4-8

Overview:
  • Monday-Set weekly reading goals, Hand back scored Narratives drafts and discuss editing/revising expectations
  • Tuesday-Revise and edit Narratives using Google Classroom
  • Wednesday-Reading time
  • Thursday-Evidence-Based Argument #3 (Students may choose to make this their final EBA assessment if they feel ready, otherwise they may use it as another practice)
  • Friday-Finish EBA #3
Homework:
  • Read and Write Daily
  • Typed, Edited Narrative

Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Overview:
  • Monday-Set Weekly Reading Goals, Editing/Revising Personal Narratives
  • Tuesday-Editing/Revising Personal Narratives
  • Wednesday-EBA (Evidence Based Arguments) Overview
  • Thursday-Library Day
  • Friday-Check Weekly Reading Goals, EBA Practice using NewsELA
Homework:
  • Read and Write Daily
  • Personal Narrative Revision

Week of Nov. 20-21

Overview:
  • Monday and Tuesday-Type Personal Narratives on Google Classroom
Homework:
  • Read and Write Daily
  • Finish Typing Personal Narratives

Week of Nov. 13-17

Overview:
  • Monday-Set Weekly Reading Goals, Session 8/9 (Bringing Forth the Story Arc, Elaborating on Important Parts)
  • Tuesday-"Little Red Riding Hood" Comprehension Packet
  • Wednesday-Session 10 (Adding Scenes from the Past and Future)
  • Thursday-Library Day
  • Friday-Check Weekly Reading Goals, Session 11 (Ending Stories)
Homework:
  • Read and Write Daily
  • "Little Red Riding Hood" Packet
  • Narrative Draft

Week of Nov. 6-10

Overview:
  • Monday-Set Weekly Reading Goals, Extra Session-Why Do We Write?
  • Tuesday-Session 6 (Drafting, Part 1)
  • Wednesday-Session 6 (Drafting, Part 2)
  • Thursday-Session 7 (Revision)
  • Friday-Check Weekly Reading Goals, Session 8 (Bringing Forth the Story Arc)
Homework:
  • Read and write daily

Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Overview:
  • Monday-Set Weekly Reading Goals, Booktalks
  • Tuesday-Session 4 (Point of View)
  • Wednesday-Session 5 (Taking Stock and Setting Goals, Part 1)
  • Thursday-Library Day
  • Friday-Check Weekly Reading Goals, Session 5 (Taking Stock and Setting Goals, Part 2)

Homework:
  • Read and write daily

Week of Oct. 23-26

Overview:
  • Monday-Read Aloud/Writing Time (Dual Language Field Trip Day)
  • Tuesday-Narrative Writing Session 3 (Learning from Mentor Texts, Part 1)
  • Wednesday-Session 3 (Mentor Texts, Part 2)
  • Thursday-"Questions you ask yourselves as you edit" Notes and Practice
Homework:
  • Read at home daily
  • Daily participation in writing workshop activities
  • Begin working on Reading Response Journal #3 (Due November 10)