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Whether you are absent from class or just want to review the day's lesson, our daily postings notify you of the do nows, class activities, notes, and homework. 

 

Daily Postings for Marking Period Four:

Monday, April 15:

 

Do Now: Wordsmith, Day One for "Easily Confused Words"

 

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Activities:

 

1. We reviewed the different types of art elements that we will use in our own art pieces.  Use the attached PPT to take notes on art elements.  Complete these notes in the packet provided in the absence bin OR PRINT this PPT.

 

2. We brainstormed ideas for our own art pieces.  See this sample.

 

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HW: 

Please have a complete sketch with labels for tomorrow’s art workshop.

 

Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a poetry help guide.  Choose any ten figurative language and/or poetic sound devices to define, create an original examples, and provide graphics to illustrate each technique.  Your guide must fit on 1-2 pages and is due by Thursday for three Roio Stamps.

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Tuesday, April 16:

Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Two for "Easily Confused Words"

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Activity:

Students were given supplies in order to bring their Terezin-inspired art to life!  IF you were absent, you must see me for supplies!  You are only allowed to use glue sticks, crayons, scissors, and the paper I provide!

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HW: For 15 minutes: Either work on your poem or your artwork. You should finalize your poem by Thursday.  On the Google Doc, you will copy the poem into the last section and highlight the items indicated in the directions provided.

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Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a poetry help guide.  Choose any ten figurative language and/or poetic sound devices to define, create original examples, and provide graphics to illustrate each technique.  Your guide must fit on 1-2 pages and is due by Thursday for three Roio Stamps.

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Wednesday, April 17:

Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Three for "Easily Confused Words"

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Activity: 

Students continued to work on their art pieces.  Remember, you are only allowed to use glue sticks, scissors, crayons, and the paper I provide you.

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HW:  For 15 minutes: Either work on your poem or your artwork. You should finalize your poem by Thursday.  On the Google Doc, you will copy the poem into the last section and highlight the items indicated in the directions provided.

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Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a poetry help guide.  Choose any ten figurative language and/or poetic sound devices to define, create original examples, and provide graphics to illustrate each technique.  Your guide must fit on 1-2 pages and is due by Thursday for three Roio Stamps.

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Thursday, April 18:

Do Now: Wordsmith, Days Four and Five for "Easily Confused Words"

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Activity:

Students completed the "What Book Should You Read?" WS.

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HW: Have a wonderful weekend!

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Monday, April 22:

Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Six for "Easily Confused Words"

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Activities:

Today we worked on our art analysis paragraph.  Use your art elements packet to help you complete this paragraph.  You will TYPE this paragraph in the second section of your Google Doc.  The directions for the paragraph are below:

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     FIRST, start with a topic sentence stating how you will analyze your artwork for important elements (1 sentence).  SECOND, explain the narration of the artwork, which should include historical details as well as the emotions felt by the characters (2-3 sentences).  THIRD, describe the color symbolism and warm/cool colors used in your artwork. Refer to at least three specific colors and their meanings (2-3 sentences).  FOURTH, expand on the focal points used in your artwork and how they add meaning (1-2 sentences). FINALLY, wrap up your analysis with a lasting thought (1-2 sentences, such as a rhetorical question).  

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HW: Type the paragraph on the same Google Doc as your poem.  PRINT YOUR DRAFT FOR TOMORROW’S CLASS!  Tomorrow is a workshop day to REVISE and/ or finalize your poem, paragraph, and artwork.
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FYI: Final product of poem, artwork, and art analysis are due on WEDNESDAY!  You must have all final pieces glued on the large construction paper provided, and your work may not hang off the edges.  Find a creative way to display your final pieces!
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Roio Stamp Challenge: What is science fiction?  Research the qualities/ characteristics of the genre in a well-written paragraph.  Then identify at least ten well-known, sci-fi books written for teens in list form. (worth two stamps and due by Friday).
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Tuesday, April 23:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Seven of "Easily Confused Words"
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Activities:
Students worked on their final products for the Terezin project.  On the LARGE paper should be your artwork, poem (no highlights!), and art analysis.  
On your rubric, please make sure you…
-- Write your name  in the heading section.
-- Write in your historical details.
-- Write in your figurative language and poetic sound devices with the lines from the poem.
-- Staple your highlighted poem to the rubric and paper clip this to your poster.
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HW: Final product of poem, artwork, and art analysis are due on WEDNESDAY!  You must have all final pieces glued on the large construction paper provided, and your work may not hang off the edges.  Find a creative way to display your final pieces!
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FYI: From now on, any print requests without links or attachments will not be printed.  Please understand I have limited time to search for documents in the morning.
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Roio Stamp Challenge: What is science fiction?  Research the qualities/ characteristics of the genre in a well-written paragraph.  Then identify at least ten well-known, sci-fi books written for teens in list form. (worth two stamps and due by Friday).
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Wednesday, April 24:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Eight for "Easily Confused Words"
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Activities:
1. Today students selected roles for our literature circle.  IF you were absent, your team members assigned you roles.  Please pick up your book, bookmark, and role sheet from the teacher upon your return.
2. Today students also create team names and folders for our literary team challenges.
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Collection: Terezin projects (IF you were absent or your project is late, please do not hand it to the sub tomorrow or Friday.  Please wait until Monday to hand the project directly to me.)
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HW: Study for your Wordsmith Entrance Ticket that is on Friday!
Roio Stamp Challenge is due on Friday.
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Thursday, April 25:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Nine and the practice quiz on the last page
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Activities:
Students read their assigned pages in the lit circle books and completed ONE row or section of the role sheet.  IF you were absent from class, you should read for an half hour!
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HW: Study for your Wordsmith Entrance Ticket that is tomorrow!
Roio Stamp Challenge is due tomorrow.
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Friday, April 26:
Do Now: none
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Activities: 
1. SEE ME to take the Wordsmith Entrance Ticket IF you were absent!
2. Students completed their assigned section of the "In the Beginning" challenge.  I will collect this during our next class period.
3. Students read their assigned pages in the lit circle books and completed ONE row or section of the role sheet.  IF you were absent from class, you should read for an half hour!
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Collection: Wordsmith Entrance Ticket (worth 10 points)
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HW: Bring in a pleasure reading book and headphones/ ear buds for testing!
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Monday, April 29, or Wednesday, May 1 (depending on the test schedule):
Do Now: Students shared out their "In the Beginning" team challenges and turned them in for team points.
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Activities:
1. We looked at the difference between AMAZING quotes and NOT-SO-AMAZING quotes.  On role sheets and team challenges, students should locate AMAZING quotes only!
EXAMPLES: Let’s look at two quotes describing my cat…
Amazing Quote:  (for Actions) Milo crept slowly on the floor, perching his hind legs  while watching astutely as the bug jumped over the wooden surface.  His eyes remained steadfast on his prey, and his whiskers twitched with the excitement of the hunt.
NOT-So-Amazing Quote: Milo snuck up on the bug ready to pounce.
ASK YOURSELF, which quote shows you more about Milo's personality?  
2. The teams completed the "Let's STEAL Your Main Character" challenge.  Please see me to complete your section of the challenge IF you were absent.
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HW: Continue to try your best on the NJSLA!
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Tuesday, April 30:
After testing we celebrated Earth Day!
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Thursday, May 2:
After testing we celebrated Earth Day!
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Friday, May 3:
Do Now: None
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Activities:
Students completed a team challenge for the again and again signpost.  Please see the make-up bin IF you were absent.
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HW: Role sheet #1 is due on May 9.
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Monday, May 6:
Do Now: Wordsmith, day One for "Easily Confused Words II"
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Actvities:
1. Today the teams brainstormed ideas for a literary analysis either on characterization or setting.  IF you were absent, please see the absence bin for your copy of the model paragraph and brainstorm.
2. We continued to read and work on the role sheet.
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HW: Role Sheet #1 is due Thursday!  (Assigned 4/24)
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llustrators: Bring your art supplies and pictures to class on Wednesday for our independent work time!
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Roio Stamp Challenge: What is the difference between utopia and dystopia?  Develop a T-chart with five written descriptions and illustrations per side (due Friday; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Tuesday, May 7:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Two for "Easily Confused Words II"
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Activities:
1. Today the teams composed their collective paragraphs on characterization and setting.  IF you were absent, please see me to complete YOUR section of the paragraph.
2.  We continued to read and work on the role sheet.
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HW: Role Sheet #1 is due Thursday!  (Assigned 4/24)
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llustrators: Bring your art supplies and pictures to class on Wednesday for our independent work time!
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Roio Stamp Challenge: What is the difference between utopia and dystopia?  Develop a T-chart with five written descriptions and illustrations per side (due Friday; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Wednesday, May 8:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Three for "Easily Confused Words"
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Activities:
1. We reviewed how to create H.O.T. (higher-order thinking) questions.  IF you were absent, please see the absence bin for the notes.
2. We continued to read and work on role sheet #1.
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HW: Role Sheet #1 is due Thursday!  (Assigned 4/24)
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Roio Stamp Challenge: What is the difference between utopia and dystopia?  Develop a T-chart with five written descriptions and illustrations per side (due Friday; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Thursday, May 9:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Four for "Easily Confused Words"
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Activity:
Today our lit circle groups discussed role sheet #1.  IF you were absent or unprepared for class,  you must answer your own H.O.T. questions using specific details.
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Collection: Role Sheet #1 
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HW: Continue reading the novel.
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Roio Stamp Challenge:  What is the difference between utopia and dystopia?  Develop a T-chart with five written descriptions and illustrations per side (due Friday; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Friday, May 10:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Five for "Easily Confused Words II"
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Activities:
1. We completed a team challenge on "Mood and Tone".  Please see the class bin.
2. We continued reading the second section of the novel and worked on role sheet #2.  If you need your new role, please see the bins by the windows.
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HW:  Role Sheet #2 is due on Thursday, May 10.
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Monday, May 13:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Six for "Easily Confused Words II"
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Activities:
Students read and worked on role sheet #2.  Please make sure that all TIMELINE events and ILLUSTRATIONS are from the second section of the novel ONLY!
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HW: Role Sheet #2 is due on Thursday, May 16.
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a STEAL chart for your novel’s antagonist.  You must use meaningful quotes and describe what we learn about the character’s personality traits for each STEAL category (due Fri; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Tuesday, May 14:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Seven for "Easily Confused Words II"
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Activities: 
1. See your team members to see what they brainstormed for the literary analysis challenge on conflict, mood, or tone.
2. Students read and worked on role sheet #2. Please make sure that all TIMELINE events and ILLUSTRATIONS are from the second section of the novel ONLY!
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HW: Role Sheet #2 is due on Thursday, May 16.
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a STEAL chart for your novel’s antagonist.  You must use meaningful quotes and describe what we learn about the character’s personality traits for each STEAL category (due Fri; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Wednesday, May 15:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Eight
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Activities:
1. The teams composed a collaborative literary analysis paragraph.  Please see your team for your section if you were absent.
2. Student read and worked on role sheet #2. Please make sure that all TIMELINE events and ILLUSTRATIONS are from the second section of the novel ONLY!
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HW: Role Sheet #2 is due on Thursday, May 16.
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a STEAL chart for your novel’s antagonist.  You must use meaningful quotes and describe what we learn about the character’s personality traits for each STEAL category (due Fri; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Thursday, May 16:
Do Now: Wordsmith, Day Nine or the Practice Quiz for "Easily Confused Words"
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Activity:
Today our lit circle groups discussed role sheet #2.  IF you were absent or unprepared for class,  you must answer your own H.O.T. questions using specific details.
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Collection: Role Sheet #2 
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HW: Wordsmith Entrance Ticket tomorrow!!!  Continue reading the novel.
Roio Stamp Challenge: Create a STEAL chart for your novel’s antagonist.  You must use meaningful quotes and describe what we learn about the character’s personality traits for each STEAL category (due Fri; worth 3 Roio Stamps).
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Friday, May 17:
Do Now: Wordsmith Entrace Ticket
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Activities:
1. Students completed a team challenge on protagonist and antagonist.  Please see me to make up your section of the challenge (if absent).  Also, check the class bin for the note sheet.
2. Students read and worked on role sheet #3.
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HW: Role Sheet #3 is due on Thursday!
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Monday, May 20:
Do Now: none
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Activities:
Students read and worked on role sheet #3.
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HW: Role Sheet #3 is due on Thursday.
Periods 3 & 4: There is MAP testing during your class period tomorrow and Wednesday.  After you gave 100% effort on both the language arts and math tests, you are allowed to read your novel at the completion of each test.  The role sheet is still due on Thursday!
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps!   
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Tuesday, May 21:
Do Now: None
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Activities for Periods 1, 7, and 9 ONLY:
1. Students completed a team challenge where the teams chose their BEST literary analysis paragraph to "publish".
2. Students read and worked on role sheets.
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HW: Role Sheet #3 is due on Thursday.
 
Periods 3 & 4: There is MAP testing during your class period today and Wednesday.  After you gave 100% effort on both the language arts and math tests, you are allowed to read your novel at the completion of each test.  The role sheet is still due on Thursday!
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps!   
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Wednesday, May 22:
Do Now: none
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Activities for Periods 1, 7, and 9: 
Students read and worked on role sheet #3.
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HW: Role Sheet #3 is due tomorrow.
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps!   
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Thursday, May 23:
Do Now: none
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Activity:
Today our lit circle groups discussed role sheet #3.  IF you were absent or unprepared for class,  you must answer your own H.O.T. questions using specific details.
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Collection: Role Sheet #3 
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HW:  Continue reading the novel.
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps! 
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Tuesday, May 28:
Do Now: Students worked for five minutes on the "Enthusiasm vs. Indifference" packet.
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Activities:
Students read and worked on role sheet #4.
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HW: Role Sheet #4 is due Friday!  FYI: Cold-read Skills Assessment on Monday, 6/3!
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps!
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Wednesday, May 29:
Do Now: Students worked for ten minutes on the "Enthusiasm vs. Indifference" packet,and skills assessment study guide (see absence bin).
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Activities:
Students read and worked on role sheet #4.
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HW: Role Sheet #4 is due Friday!  FYI: Cold-read Skills Assessment on Monday, 6/3!
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps!
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Thursday, May 30:
Do Now: Work for five minutes on your Wordsmith packet.
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Activities:
1. Students completed a team challenge on symbolism.  If you were absent, please see your team to see which section to complete.
2. Student read and completed role sheet #4.
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HW: Role Sheet #4 is due Friday!  FYI: Cold-read Skills Assessment on Monday, 6/3!
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps!
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Friday, May 31:
Do Now: none
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Activity:
1. Today our lit circle groups discussed role sheet #4.  IF you were absent or unprepared for class,  you must answer your own H.O.T. questions using specific details.  
2. We also completed a team challenge for THEME.  If you were absent, please see your team about which section you need to complete.
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Collection: Role Sheet #4
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HW:  Skills Assessment is on Monday!  Review your study guide and signposts!
 
The Word Art is now due on Tuesday, June 4.
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps! 
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Monday, June 3:
Do Now: None
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Activities:
See me at lunch to take the skills assessment if you were absent.
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Collection: Skills assessment (25 points)
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HW: 
The Word Art is now due on Tuesday, June 4.
 
Roio Stamp Challenge: This is a long-term challenge!   Create an original book trailer or graphic novel for your literature circle novel (similar to a movie trailer).  See the bin for details!  This is due by Tuesday, June 4, and is worth up to ten Roio Stamps! 
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Project Timeline

Tuesday, June 4: Decide which project to complete and brainstorm ideas.  Collection of Word Art!

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Wednesday, June 5: Work on the scripts for the project.

  • News Broadcast and Short Plays: Each team member should have equal speaking roles in your production, and you may have team members play many roles if needed.  Please make a cast of characters list with team member names provided.  Also, you should change voices and costumes if playing multiple parts.
  • Dramatic Readings: Select narrators and characters for your reading.  You may choose a large chunk of reading or several smaller passages.  Remember, all team members must have equal speaking roles.  If you request copies of your novel pages, you will then be able to write volume and speed arrows and tone cues on your papers.  You will also need sound effects, and you are welcome to use the musical instruments provided in our class box.

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Thursday, June 6: Take the Wordsmith Entrance Ticket for “Enthusiasm and Indifference” words.  Continue working on the scripts for the project. 

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Friday, June 7: Field Day!!!!  (If inclement weather postpones Field Day, we will continue working on our scripts.)

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Monday, June 10: (Rain date for Field Day) Continue working on scripts for the project.

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Tuesday, June 11: This is a final rehearsal day!  Bring in all props and costumes.  These must be stored in your locker.

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Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 12-14: Presentations!!!! If you know you will be absent for those dates, please let the teacher know immediately!

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Friday, June 14: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to hand in any missing work from the marking period! NO exceptions!