My students will start creating their blogs this week and I cannot wait to see what they do with them. Whenever they have an opportunity to be creative, they blow me away! I've neglected my blog for the last month and I need to practice what I preach, so here I am!
After Fall Break, we took a detour from our regularly planned unit to work on peer review, revision, and editing. One of my all-time favorite days as a Language Arts teacher is when my students review each other's work. Teaching them how to be a good peer reviewer takes time and practice, but they're slowly getting better at it! Unfortunately, all of the pictures I took during peer review show my students' faces, so I can't post them here; BUT they are awesome! I love the picture of Brooke, almost squinting as she found a place in Noah's paper that needed attention. She pointed at it with her pencil and explained what she saw. One thing I always talk about is how they need to SHOW each other and TALK about their feedback before returning a paper to their peer; we all know they won't read it unless they do!
We also began learning about the 6 Signposts from Kylene Beers & Bob Probst's book Notice and Note. These 6 "signposts" as they call them teach students how to think and engage with their reading. So far, we've learned how to find "Contrasts & Contradictions" and this week we'll tackle those "Aha Moments." Both of these strategies help students learn about characters, theme, and conflict.
This week, we'll begin Unit 3 which talks about the power of influence. Our big essential question is, "Does society teach us to love or hate?" I'm excited to see the results of this unit as we focus on argumentative writing. Our big Share Fare for student Action Plans is November 20th which is sure to blow us away. We will continue Daily Grammar Practice and start something new in Reading - Latin Morphemes! We'll also begin talking about blogging and soon you'll see links to my students' blogs! I hope you visit them often and respond to their writing. They're amazing kids and they've got awesome things to share with you.