Week of March 20 - Our next workshop is Workshop 8, Turning Points, "getting ready for something new and different." This is a very timely topic, as students are all getting ready for something new and different: high school!
Week of March 6 - It's a busy week as students take the writing SOL test, and the Read 180 classes work towards completing Workshop 7. Do your best on the test!
Week of February 27 - This week we will take the Workshop 7 comprehension and vocabulary quizzes. Each student should have taken a book quiz by the end of this week as well.
Week of February 20 - We continue to read about dangerous animals (and plants!) in the reading "America's Least Wanted."
Week of January 30 - Welcome back from your three-day weekend! This week, we will begin Workshop 7 in Read 180. This workshop is about reading informational text, and all the readings are about dangerous animals. We will focus on cause and effect as we read. The first reading is called "Freaky Fish Invasions."
Week of January 23 - Most students have taken the listening, reading, and writing parts of the ACCESS test. I will schedule individual students for the speaking test beginning next week. Several students will be able to take this test at the same time. In class this week, we will complete Workshop 6. Next week, we will begin Workshop 7. This is the last week of the second marking period.
Week of January 2 - Happy New Year!
Soon, students will receive the date and time that they will take the WIDA ACCESS test (the annual English proficiency test). Please be prepared to do your best!
Week of December 12 - Students took a vocabulary quiz and a comprehension quiz on the Workshop 6 readings. This week, students will take the Reading Inventory for the second of 3 times this year. The writing focus for Workshop 6 is writing a literary critique, and students will first read an example piece to identify its components.
Week of November 28 - We will continue reading "The Fall of the House of Usher" this week, while annotating the text to keep track of details related to short story elements such as setting and theme.
Week of November 14 - We have begun a new workshop! Workshop 6 is called "Poe: Master of Horror." We are previewing the vocabulary, and this week we will read the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher." While reading, we will identify short story elements, and locate details in the text for support.
Week of October 31 - We will preview Workshop 6 by watching the anchor videos on Monday. Also this week, students will complete any work that needs to be finished, including the essay, and any book quizzes. The first marking period ends on November 3. No school for students on November 4, November 7, and November 8.
Week of October 24 - As we work on our essays, we will continue the independent reading and topic software rotations of Read 180. The first marking period is coming to a close, and everyone needs to have taken a quiz on a book.
Week of October 17 - We will continue writing argumentative essays, going through each step of the writing process. Great work with completing topics within the Read 180 software!
Week of October 11 - This week, we will take comprehension and vocabulary quizzes on the three readings in Workshop 5. We will also begin writing an argumentative essay following a model.
Week of October 3 - We will read Reading 3 in Workshop 5, "The Power of Peer Pressure." As we read, we will continue to identify problems and solutions in the text.
Week of September 26 - We will read Reading 2 in Workshop 5, "Three Secrets of Self-Esteem."
My P2 and P4 classes develop and expand listening, speaking, reading, and writing through the Read 180 program.