Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011


  • two white homework pages
  • one illustration for children's story
Children's Story
  • We each showed our illustration, explaining its important to the story.
  • We each showed our buddies' illustrations, explaining their relevance.
  • We each held open one of our children's books from the library, and we went around the circle and talked about what was appealing about the design/layout/style of each book.
  • We talked about what we should work on with our buddies tomorrow, and we made a lesson plan and turned it in.
  • We got big envelopes to keep all our story material in, and we labeled them.
  • Complete your Facebook Character pages for your buddies/characters.


Here's the lesson plan I used in class today:

Writing Lesson
Figurative Language—Similes (p. 52)
Overhead with columns for you work with; models included

Pair-Share  (Started @ 11:51; ended @ 11:56)
Discuss the Metaphors and Similes (p. 62) with your partner.
Which ones put a clear picture in your mind?
? Which ones do you and your partner not understand?
__ Which ones leave you flat?

Class Discussion
Let’s quickly discuss your responses from Pair-Share.

Writing Experiment—Simile Poem
It’s all on the Big Screen—discussion, models, and options.

While You’re Working on Your Simile Poem
I’m going to call you and your partner back to talk about the partner dialogue editing.

Journal #3
1  ½ pages MININIMUM (so MORE than 1 ½ pages) on anything you want to write about.
Use pages 6 and 7 in your book, if you’d like.
The genre is up to you—straight journaling, poem, fiction, memoir, a mixture of it all.


  • We read about forty-five minutes today.
  • I tried to catch up with people's reviews on Shelfari.

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