- We visited the da Vinci library as a class. Students who needed a book were able to check one out.
- I introduced the different book cases of our classroom library. Reviewed how to check out a book from our classroom library and how to check it back in properly. IF YOU WERE ABSENT, BE SURE TO CHAT WITH MS. W ABOUT THIS.
- We discussed our Reading Workshop expectations, which are:
- You must read a BOOK. Fiction or non-fiction.
- Don't continue reading a book you don't like...
- but give every book a FAIR CHANCE (make a good faith effort to try it out)
- You may re-read a book your truly love, but the next book should be a NEW book to you. Make sure to add variety to your reading choices.
- RECORD what you read and what you abandon - in binders, according to the period you're in with Ms. W.
- Stay in the READING ZONE when we are reading in class. We discussed what the reading zone is. The BEST definition was given by Ava. She said that it's when "you immerse yourself into the world of your book..." I want you to get lost in what you're reading.
- Whisper (use a working whisper) during conferences with Ms. W.
- Take care of the book you check out.
- Read the entire time Ms. W has established for reading in class.
- READ as well, as much, and as happily as you can.
- Ms. W calls these reading days RYOT - Read Your Own Thing - because these are the times when you are reading books that you have self-selected. Plus, I love the idea of reading being a radical and revolutionary choice.
- We reviewed WHAT IS DUE TOMORROW:
- Acknowledgment form (bright green insert from class info. brochure)
- ROUGH DRAFT OF "RAISED BY..." POEM - IN PRINT OR HANDWRITTEN FORM (on single sides of paper)
- Have your RYOT book with you
- WE ALSO DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATING IN SPIRIT WEEK. It's next week!!! This is the time to celebrate our school and our spirit, and to show our unity and collective love for this school. Seventh and eighth graders are also the role models of the school and need to share with our sixth graders what it means to BE DA VINCI.
THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS ARE READING DAYS - Introduction to Reading Workshop (from here on out HAVE A BOOK WITH YOU ON THURS. & FRI.)
LATE START DAY - Way too many folks were late to 1st period!
WRITING TIME IN CLASS - Today, we had 32 minutes of writing time in class. I checked in with a few students each period.
Reviewed what we did yesterday in class.
Shared some of the synonyms for RAISED and phrasing that was also close to the meaning of RAISED.
Discussed the POETRY REQUIREMENTS for this assignment - for the poem you'll all be writing. CLICK HERE FOR HANDOUT.
Due dates for the rough draft and the final draft were given:
We had about 25 minutes of writing time in class today to get started on our poems.
Collected any Acknowledgment forms (bright green insert from class info. brochure). THEY ARE DUE FRIDAY, SEPT. 22.
"Raised By..." poetry workshop
Finish Setting Up Writing/Reading Notebook (WRN). Make sure yours has the following (set up like mine - SO IF YOU'VE BEEN ABSENT, you'll have to wait to do this in class):
VOCABULARY UNIT ONE DUE TODAY - We learned how to score our work and then work was collected, and given to Ms. W.
Rotation Activities - We finished up our rotations that were started yesterday (by color groups). If you were absent 9/13 and/or 9/14, please make sure to do the following by 9/15 or over the weekend:
Important Poem Note: You are NOT writing your poem yet. You are merely filling the well, putting ideas down on paper that you can pull from when it's time to write your poem. The more tools you have in your poetry idea box, the more you'll have to work with when it comes to doing the work of sitting down to write your poem, which won't be until next week.
PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW - TRY NOT TO LOSE YOUR MIND!!! It's only a photo and it can be retaken later. Don't forget, if you're purchasing photos, to have your order form.
Collected any outstanding Computer Contracts - PLEASE TURN THESE IN OR THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS to Chromebooks, the Internet, or cell phones in class.
"Raised By..." poetry detective work. We discussed the need to be like detectives when we make meaning out of things like poems, novels, essays, news stories. Detectives use CLUES and EVIDENCE to solve their cases, and we, the reader, use the same techniques when we "unpack" poems.
Rotation Activities - Class was split into three groups by your color.
VOCABULARY Introduction -