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.
Paragraph of the Week
Each Monday students will receive a "Paragraph of the Week" writing prompt. Students will receive time in class to work on their paragraph. Their final draft will be due the following Monday.
Below is a sample timeline to remain on track so as not to fall behind:
-Monday: Brainstorm ideas
-Tuesday: Write first draft
-Wednesday: Revise and Edit
-Thursday: Write final draft
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.