Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday, March 1st


  • Almost-Final Children's Story
Children's Story
  • We filled out the rubric for our children's story, and a few people put on finishing touches before turning them in.  I still need stories from five or six people--if that's you, make sure you give me your story right after school today, or first thing in the morning.
  • We will go to Stewart tomorrow to read our stories aloud to our buddies.  Wear your jammies, if you'd like, as Mrs. Long's class will be in jammies to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Writing Lessons
  • We asked all the overview questions aloud (p. 51).  Many of these concern terms we're already familiar with--but we'll be discussing them in more explicit detail in this unit, and we'll be working on them in a more focused way.
  • We worked on the notes on page 52--Least Vivid to Most Vivid, and a sentence from Sanda Cisneros that shows how important DICTION can be, how one word can make a difference.
  • We dog-eared the Vocabulary Variety pages (60-61), and we looked at a few categories to see how we can use more vivid language.
Writing Assignment
  • I showed how to write the Sense Poem (p. 62), and I read four models aloud.
  • We had fifteen minutes type type our first drafts of the Sense Poem, print them, and hand them in.
Organization and Reflection
  • We had a paper pass-back, we logged a couple of items into our folders, and then we wrote mid-term letters to our parents and picked out a piece we've written this term to share with them.
  • None


  • Two illustrations for your children's story


  • People worked for about thirty minutes on their storyboards, then had conferences with me about them.
  • I looked at everyone's illustrations, then handed them back.
  • I explained the Facebook Character Profile, and people started on that.
Children's Story
  • We went to Stewart for our Storyboard Conference and our Illustration Conference.
  • Completed Facebook Character Profile

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