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THIS WEEK (Jan. 8-Jan. 12) WE WILL:

Making Meaning Reading-Students will begin a new unit this week entitled "Analyzing Text Structure."  Students will begin to understand an author's purpose for writing texts in certain manners.  This week will consist of two different persuasive articles; "Copycats:  Why Clone?" and "The Debate on Banning Junk Food Ads."  Students will be able to offer their own opinions and insights about these two "hot topics." 

****Please contact me with any questions about your child's reading!

Being A Writer:  Writing time will coincide with Making Meaning in that students will select their own topics and perform several quick-writes expressing, explaining, and justifying their own opinions. 


****This week students will watch a brief PowerPoint Presentation in order to comprehend the difference between inferences and observations within various forms of text. 


Spelling and vocabulary words:  Students will create a list of "feeling words" which will be used during our new Morning Meeting.  Morning Meeting is a very special time in which students are able to gather at the carpet area in our classroom and openly express how they are feeling that day.  Allowing students to use "feeling words," they not only express themselves in a safe environment, but are able to identify larger, more complex synonyms for their "feeling words" and enhance overall writing and reading performance. 

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*Students can practice their cursive writing at home.  They can practice by writing ANYTHING in cursive.  Examples:  their own names, parents' names, paragraphs from personal readings, months, days of the week, or vocabulary words.

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