Bell Ringer Journal
Students will have 8-10 minutes at the beginning of class to complete their journal entry for the day. They should fill up the entire section for the best results. Each entry will be followed up with a class discussion. It is imperative that students get to class ON TIME to begin their bell ringer journal. Students who miss this time will have to do their journal for homework.
Students will create writers' notebooks and participate in writers' workshop. Writers' workshop provides students with opportunities to improve their writing through detailed instruction, explanation, examples, student models, and activities.
Units of Study: A Brief Overview
The following units of study are not only aligned to the Common Core State Standards, but also across grade levels.
Students will develop a claim and support that claim with evidence from credible sources. They will revise a piece of writing that improves idea clarity, persuasiveness, and organization.
Students will engage in theory-building, claim-making, and selecting and organizing supporting evidence. They will also build fluency, flexibility, and decision-making skills in essay writing. In this unit, student will develop and prove a theory as a claim about a character, using direct quotes and paraphrased examples as evidence.
Students will engage in informational/explanatory writing by examining a topic and conveying ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant contest.
Building an Argument
Student will draft and revise a letter of complaint to a target audience about a problem in their daily lives.