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Posted: October 3, 2013

I was out sick for two days>  Arghhhh!   Students worked on the 6 Big Reading Strategies: inferencing determining importance visualizing prediciting synthesizing connecting   Reminder that good copies of snapshot moments are due.

Posted: October 1, 2013

Good copy of snapshot moment due Thursday.   See attached sheet for format.
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Posted: September 24, 2013

Today we read the short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury.  We will work in groups tomorrow to look at his craft and style as a writer. Link to story.  If you were absent, please read tonight.   http://www.lasalle.edu/~didio/courses/hon462/hon462_assets/sound_of_thun...   Reminder: Period 6 gets pictures taken tomorrow. Period 1, 2, and 4 get pictures taken on Thursday.

Posted: September 23, 2013

Snapshot moment drafts were due today.   Maniac McGee close reading due tomorrow.   School Pictures:  Septemeber 25th:  Period 6 Language Arts September 26th:  Period 1, 2, 4 Language Arts

Posted: September 21, 2013

Drafts of snaphot Moments due Monday.

Posted: September 18, 2013

We worked on the strategy and writing skill of "show, don't tell". Quick write:  Change the telling sentence into a showing paragraph: The dog is old.   Homework:  Work on snapshot moment. Close reading of mentor text Maniac McGee (see attached) Highlight and label where the author uses description to "show, not tell".  Highlight and label where the author uses strategies to slow down time.  Find at least 8-10.  Due Friday.

Posted: September 16, 2013

Mentor text:  "Night" by Elie Wiesel:  Slowing down time.   Homework:  Have a list of topics for a snapshot moment.
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Posted: September 12, 2013

Highlight the sensory magery (description) in the mentor text "Violet" that was give today. Highlight the creative use of puncuation and conventions in the mentor text "Violet"   Brainstorm a list of possible topics for writing a snapshot moment.  Put this in the "Writer's Eye" section of your writer's notebook.

Posted: September 11, 2013

We worked on "6 Word memoirs" today.  Have three done in writing section of notebooks for tomorrow.   Website for model.   http://www.smithmag.net/sixwordbook/2010/09/13/video-six-tips-for-writin...

Posted: September 10, 2013

We worked on a quick write today and set up our writer's notebooks.   The quick write is attached.   Reminder of "Get to Know me" due tomorrow.
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