Welcome to English 5



Ms. Mujal's e-mail: amujal@latinpcs.org

I promise to respond to parent and student e-mails within 24 hours,
except on weekends. :)

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Course Syllabus





WRITING THIS SUMMER


I am going to be studying how to teach reading and writing at Teacher's College, Columbia University, this summer. I am very excited to have this opportunity.

As I learn about opportunities that students can take advantage of over the summer, I will post them here.

DC AREA WRITING PROJECT
Tenth Annual Young Writer's Camp
2 weeks: June 24-July 6 $250 per week
Ask me for a registration form
For information, contact 202-806-7524 or
dcawp@howard.edu or rboone@howard.edu

Fun and Useful English Language Arts Websites:


If you are looking for help with writing or math, there are Common Core-based lessons available at Learn Zillion. You may hear a voice you recognize on some of the lessons. Here is the link:
LearnZillion

A fun website where students can take quizzes and earn prizes on many books they have read: Book Adventure

Our public libraries are one of the best deals in town! Don't forget you can renew books online (very handy if you can't get the books back on their due date). DC Public Libraries

Great website for learning about Egyptian gods and goddesses. History for Kids Ancient Greece

Looking for books set in or about Ancient Greece? Check out this list. Time Warp Trio Cool Books


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Reminders/Announcements:


READING NOW:

HATCHET by GARY PAULSEN

ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by SCOTT O'DELL


WE HAVE DISCOVERED WORD LADDERS!

Word ladders are a fun way to play with words. Some of the fifth graders love doing them. If you can't get enough,
you can purchase the book and do all of them!

Daily Word Ladders: 100 Reproducible Word Study Lessons That Help Kids Boost Reading, Vocabulary, Spelling & Phonics Skills-Independently by Timothy Rasinski (a respected expert on reading flucency). Published by Scholastic in 2005.

FIFTH GRADE VOCABULARY


Be a wiz, correct your quiz!

If you got 11 or fewer answers correct on a vocabulary quiz, you can earn one-half point back for each missed item by figuring out the correct answer, marking it on your quiz, writing "Quiz Corrections," at the top of the page, and turning it in.

P.S. This is an easy way to improve your English grade.

About Our Vocabulary Study


Book: Greek and Latin Roots: Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading Comprehension
Author: Trisha Callella

Research recommends teaching students the parts of words. All words are made up of prefixes, roots, and/or suffixes, the meaningful chunks in every word a student reads. Students can learn how to comprehend multisyllabic words by breaking them down into their meaningful parts. Studying Greek and Latin roots helps them learn these parts.

With this in mind, our book has four activity pages for each root that we study:
- A take-home Word LIst with the words, parts of speech, and definitions.
- A set of Vocabulary Sort cards to match up for independent practice.
- A set of Read-Around Review game cards for small-group review.
- A Vocabulary Quiz with 10 multiple-choice and 5 fill-in-the-blank questions.

Reinforcement of Latin vocabulary knowledge: We are learning words with roots that the students have studied in Latin class.

The Word Lists


Port- words
Scrib-, script- words
Spec- words

Ben-, bene-, bon- words

Mal-, male- words

Civil War List #1

Civil War List #1 Sort

Civil War List #1 Read-Around

Civil War List #2

Civil War List #2 Sort

Civil War List #3

Civil War List #3 Sort

Alone List #1

Alone List #1 Sort



NOW PRACTICE YOUR VOCAB WORDS ON MEMRISE



1) Go to the website

http://www.memrise.com/

2) Sign up - create a profile if you don't have one yet

3) Search for the course "Wash Latin English 5 Vocab"

4) Start making your plants grow as you practice your vocab words! How many points will you earn?


Need more fun with words? Try the word games at this website!!!


http://www.wordcentral.com/home.html

Classroom Library Book Drive


The fifth graders would love to keep reading the series they began for our Literature and Myth unit. Families may buy any of the books listed below or donate money for their purchase.

Books 2 The Sea of Monsters and
Book 3 The Titan's Curse and
Book 4 The Battle of the Labyrinth and
Book 5 The Last Olympian of Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rich Riordan

Book 2 The Land of the Silver Apples and
Book 3 The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer

Book 3 and Book 4 The Monkey-King's Daughter by T.A. DeBonis

Thanks to a donation from Nathaniel Tate's family, a boxed set of Lloyd Alexander's series is on its way. It includes


THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KIND CONTRIBUTIONS!




Bring an independent reading book to school everyday.

Homework:


Week of June 3: Last Week of Quarter 4

MONDAY: Read in your Independent Reading book. Bring in your Reading Logs to reflect on in class tomorrow. You have created 3 this year: 1. Literature & Myth (The Night Tourist and a Book Club book) 2. Divided Loyalties (Shades of Gray and a Book Club book) 3. Alone (Hatchet and/or Island of the Blue Dolphins)
TUESDAY: No homework.
WEDNESDAY: You will be at Six Flags today. No homework. Grades are final at 5:00 pm.
THURSDAY: We have a half-day today; 25 minute periods, 60 minute Advisory, no elective. Dismissal at 12:00. No homework.
FRIDAY: Middle School Assembly. Dismissal at 10:30 am.


Week of May 28: Week 9 of Quarter 4

Tuesday: Read 1 to 2 chapters in Hatchet or Island of the Blue Dolphins if you have not finished them. If you have, then you should read in an independent reading book. Choose 3 chapters in Hatchet or Island and create titles for them. Write them in your Reading Logs.
Wednesday: Read 1 to 2 chapters just like yesterday. Write a one-paragraph summary of the entire plot of Hatchet or Island in your Reading Log.
Thursday: Read 1 to 2 chapters as you have been doing. Write a one-paragraph summary of the entire plot of My Side of the Mountain based on the movie we watched in class.
Friday: No homework. Bring your Reading Logs to class on Monday. Your first one (The Night Tourist and myth Book Club book) may be in your portfolio in the classroom. The second one is about Shades of Gray and your Civil War Book Club book. The third one is about Hatchet and/or Island.

Week of May 20: Week 8 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 17. If you are reading two books, start your second book, read through Chapter 2. Write a brief summary for the chapter(s) you read tonight. Study Alone vocabulary, quiz on Wednesday. If you would like to practice with the Read-Around, here it is:

Vocabulary Story due Thursday. Here is the list of all of the vocabulary words we have studied this year. Remember your story should be at least 5 paragraphs long and use as many vocabulary words as possible while still making sense. You can use alternative forms of the words. Underline them and number them consecutively. You must turn in a revised draft and an edited final version.

TUESDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 18. If you are reading two books, read through Chapter 4. Study for vocabulary quiz tomorrow. Options include sorting words and definitions, using Memrise (Wash Latin English 5 Vocab), having someone quiz you, make and use your own flash cards, make vocabulary 4-squares for all of the words, or write sentences using the words.
WEDNESDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 19. If you are reading two books, read through Chapter 6. Bring in your Shades of Gray essay, your Divided Loyalties (Civil War) Book Club Project, and any other work that you want to include in your portfolio.
THURSDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 20/Epilogue for Hatchet. Congratulations, you have finished reading Hatchet. If you are reading two books, read through Chapter 8. Update your Independent Reading Log and bring it to class for sharing tomorrow.
FRIDAY: If you are reading one book, read through Chapter 25. If you are reading two books, read through Chapter 16.

Week of May 13: Week 7 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 9. If you are reading two books, finish reading Chapter 16. Create two vocabulary 4-squares with words from the Alone #1 Vocabulary List.
TUESDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 10.
If you are reading two books, finish reading Chapter 18. Create two more vocabulary 4-squares with words from the Alone #1 Vocabulary List.
WEDNESDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 11. If you are reading two books, finish reading Chapter 20. Sort vocab words. Finish your reflections on your Book Club discussion today. Write 3 questions for Katherine Marsh (author of The Night Tourist), who will be visiting on Friday.
THURSDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 13. If you are reading two books, finish reading Chapter 22. Update Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 16. If you are reading two books, finish reading Chapter 29.

Week of May 6: Week 6 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 1. If you are reading both books, finish reading Chapter 2. Make at least 3 entries in your Reading Log about the protagonist's character traits. Begin a list of possible words to nominate for our next vocabulary list.
TUESDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 2. If you are reading both books, finish reading Chapter 4. Write a brief summary for each chapter you have read so far in your Reading Log.
WEDNESDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 3. If you are reading both books, finish reading Chapter 6.After reading, answer the 4 questions in the Individual Response (Homework) space on your Sophisticated Talk Handout.
THURSDAY: If you are reading one book,finish reading Chapter 5. If you are reading both books, finish reading Chapter 8.Make at least 3 entries in your Reading Log. Update your Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: If you are reading one book, finish reading Chapter 8. If you are reading both books, finish reading Chapter 14. Make at least 3 entries in your Reading Log. Study new vocab words.
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Week of April 29: Week 5 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: Work on your Book Club Book Project. It is due next Monday, May 6. If you are reading Annie Between the States,your project is due the following Monday, May 13. It is worth 30 points, plus 10 extra credit points if you perform.

Your options are

- Write a script for a key scene from your book
- Write a song or poem
- Write an alternate ending for your book
- Write the first chapter of a sequel
- Write a key part of the story from a different character's point of view
- Write and draw a picture book about a key scene

TUESDAY: Work on your Book Club Book Project and sort your vocabulary words. Quiz on Friday.
WEDNESDAY: Work on your Book Club Book Project and practice your vocabulary words. Don't forget you can use Memrise.
THURSDAY: Revise your Book Club Project and study for tomorrow's vocabulary quiz. Update your Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Edit and complete your Book Club Book Project to turn in on Monday. You will be turning in a draft that shows revision and editing marks with your final version. Use your rubric to maximize your grade!

Week of April 22: Week 4 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: Read in your Book Club Book, make at least 5 entries in your Reading Log. Complete the Reading Log Checklist. Study new vocab words, Civil War #3 List. Words and definitions are available in the Word Lists section above, and the list has been added to our Memrise course, Wash Latin English 5 Vocab.
TUESDAY: Read in your Book Club Book, make at least 5 entries in your Reading Log. Complete the Reading Log Checklist.
Divided Loyalties Book Club Book Project
Some groups are finishing up their books, so here is information about the end of the unit project. It is similar to the one you did at the end of the Literature and Myth unit. It is worth 30 points, plus 10 extra credit points if you perform.

Your options are

- Write a script for a key scene from your book
- Write a song or poem
- Write an alternate ending for your book
- Write the first chapter of a sequel
- Write a key part of the story from a different character's point of view
- Write and draw a picture book about a key scene

I will distribute rubrics soon. This project will be due on Monday, May 6.

WEDNESDAY: Read in your Book Club Book, make at least 5 entries in your Reading Log. Complete the Reading Log Checklist. Sort vocab words.
THURSDAY: Read in your Book Club Book, make at least 5 entries in your Reading Log. Complete the Reading Log Checklist. Update your Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Read in your Book Club Book, continuing to make entries in your Reading Log.

Week of April 15: Week 3 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: Read in your Book Club Book following the guidelines your group decided. Most groups are reading one chapter a night, but there are variations. Then, review all of the lovely entries you have been making in your Reading Logs and write 2 claims.

How Do I Create a Claim, in response to literature?


- As I read, I underline or circle places that seem important in the text.

- Next to the text, I recored my thinking, describing what's going on or why it is important to the story.

- Finally, I can go back and reread my annotations, looking for patterns. Once I find an idea that keeps popping up, I can use it to write a claim.

TUESDAY: Read in your Book Club Book and make entries in your Reading Log. List 3 pieces of evidence for a claim that you have created. Study Civil War #2 vocabulary words. Quiz on Thursday.
WEDNESDAY: Read in your Book Club Book and make entries in your Reading Log. Use the vocabulary we discussed in class today to make your evidence pop! You may add these words to the response to literature you began earlier this week or you may create a new one!

MAKE YOUR EVIDENCE POP!


1. To introduce evidence, you can use . . .

For example, . . . ; Another example is . . . ; In addition, . . . ; In the text it states . . . ; For instance, . . . ; An example of this is when , , , ; Furthermore, . . . ; Moreover, . . .

2 To make your evidence STRONGER, explain it!

This shows . . , This is important because . . ., This connects with . . ., This makes me realize . . ., This is giving me the idea that . . .

ADD PAGES NUMBERS AFTER YOUR QUOTES!

Study Civil War #2 vocabulary words. Quiz tomorrow.

THURSDAY: Read in your Book Club Book and make entries in your Reading Log. Prepare for tomorrow's Book Club Discussion by completing the "Setting Goals for My Book Club" handout.
FRIDAY: Read in your Book Club Book and make entries in your Reading Log. Reflect on today's discussion on the handout and write one response to literature based on a topic brought up during the discussion.

Week of April 8: Week 2 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: Sort Civil War Vocabulary Words #2. Use 5 vocabulary words in 5 sentences.
TUESDAY: Read chapter 1 in your Book Club Book and make at least 5 entries in your Reading Log.
WEDNESDAY: Read through Chapter 2 in your Book Club Book and make at least 5 entries about characters in Reading Log.
THURSDAY: Read through chapter 3 in your Book Club Book and make at least 5 entries in your Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Read through chapter 6 in your Book Club Book and make at least 15 entries in Reading Log.


Week of March 25: Week 1 of Quarter 4

MONDAY: Read for 30 minutes if you have time. For 15 points of extra credit, write a 3-paragraph essay about The Giving Tree. Take a position (The tree is weak because . . . or The tree is strong because . . . Support your position with three claims that are each backed up with three pieces of evidence. After you have written a draft, revise and edit it before turning it in on Wednesday.
TUESDAY: Read for 30 minutes if you have time. Read over the new vocabulary list, Civil War #2. Complete your extra credit The Giving Tree essay to turn in tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY: Quoting Literature Worksheet
THURSDAY: Using Quotations in Reading Response Worksheet
FRIDAY: Enjoy your Spring Break! No homework, but take a little time to read in your independent reading book each day.

Week of March 18:

MONDAY: Read through Chapter 11 in SoG making entries in your Reading Log. Complete any assignments still due. This Friday, March 22, is the end of the 3d quarter.
TUESDAY: Study for Vocab Quiz. Finish your response to literature that you began in class. Make a claim and use your notes to support it with evidence. Explain how the evidence is connected to the claim. Complete any assignments still due by Friday.
WEDNESDAY: Read through Chapter 13 in SoG making entries in your Reading Log. Complete any assignments still due by Friday.
THURSDAY: Finish the response to literature you began after your Book Club discussion. Update your Independent Reading Log. Complete any assignments still due by Friday.
FRIDAY: Read through Chapter 16 in SoG making entries in your Reading Log.


Week of March 11:

MONDAY: Sort vocab words. Draft two claims about SoG.
TUESDAY: Read through Chapter 4 of SoG. Continue making entries in Reading Log. Use 5 vocab words in 5 juicy sentences. Below is the chart from the board in class today. You should copy it on a page in your Reading Log.

Readers of Historical Fiction Ask Ourselves….

How does the character’s daily life help us learn about the time period?
How do objects or things in the text represent something bigger/important going on in the time period?
How are characters’ relationships shaped by the time period?
How are characters’ actions/behaviors affected by the time period?

WEDNESDAY: Read through Chapter 5. Continue making entries in Reading Log. Sort vocab words.
THURSDAY: Finish response to literature that you began in class today. Finish reading Chapter 6 in SoG. Write an additional response to literature that focuses on the setting. Update Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Read through Chapter 9. Draft another claim about SoG. For one claim, write a paragraph response using quotes to support it. Sort your vocab words. You can get one sticker for each day that you sort the words. The word sort and read-around are available above for more practice.
Prereading vocabulary for Shades of Gray. This book uses lots of great words, but you may not be familiar with all of them. Here is a list of words by chapter that you can review before you read. Remember to keep a list of words in your Reading Log that you think we should study as vocabulary words.



Week of March 4:

MONDAY: Finish Two Miserable Presidents chapter, continue “stopping, thinking, and jotting” in your Reading Log.
TUESDAY: Reread the "How to Tear a Country Apart," chapter from last night (It is from the Two Miserable Presidents book.) and find at least 5 vocabulary words to nominate for the fifth grade to study.
WEDNESDAY: None. SNOW DAY!
THURSDAY: What were the two sides of the states’ rights argument? Answer in your Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Read Chapter 2-3 in Shades of Gray, create an additional reading log response, sharing what new information you get about the setting/characters. Draw a character map of Will. Use quotes to support the map.
For your character map, draw WIll (stick figures are OK.) and then connect comments about him to parts of his body. For example, you can draw his heart and write about how he feels. You can draw a speech bubble by his mouth and write something important that he says. You could draw his thoughts near his brain. By his feet, you could write about where he goes. You can also write about his senses; what does he see? smell? hear?

Week of February 25:

MONDAY: Read 3 fables and write your own version of one.

TUESDAY: Read President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address out loud. Identify the main idea in your own words. Write the main idea in your Reading Log.

The Gettysburg Address


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

WEDNESDAY: Reflect on trip to Lincoln’s Cottage by completing the worksheet.

THURSDAY: Google your address and route to Latin. Print map.

Week of February 19:

TUESDAY: Sort mal- vocab words. Continue to expand your draft of one of your picture book responses (Pink and Say, Henry's Freedom Box, or book you took notes on today in class). Use the Response to Literature Rubric to assess what you have written so far and to guide you on what you need to add. The third criteria is the most important one; your writing should show that you have thought critically about the author's choices and have opinions about those choices.

WEDNESDAY: Read two pages about President Abraham Lincoln and answer the questions in your Reading Log.

THURSDAY: Study mal- vocab words, quiz Monday. Update Independent Reading Log. No other homework, finish preparing for Science Fair.
FRIDAY: Study mal- voacb words for quiz on Monday. Vocab words and definitions are available in new Vocabulary Section above. Read for 30 minutes in your independent reading book everyday.

Week of February 11:


MONDAY: Use 5 vocab words in 5 sentences.
TUESDAY: Read 30 minutes in independent reading book.
WEDNESDAY: Respond to Pink and Say in Reading Log. What connections can you make?
THURSDAY: Study vocab for quiz tomorrow and update IRL.
FRIDAY: Enjoy your 3-day weekend.

Week of February 4:

MONDAY: Add elaboration to your writing. Write a paragraph (5-7 sentences) describing a place from your writing.
TUESDAY: Study ben- words for quiz tomorrow. Add punctuation to the dialogue worksheets.


WEDNESDAY: Write 6 sentences to diagram tomorrow.Use a mix of all of the elements we have learned so far: subjects, verbs, direct objects, articles, adjectives, adverbs, predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives.
THURSDAY: Change the verbs in the writing sample to stronger, more interesting verbs. Update Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Do a freewrite for at least 10 minutes about the Civil War.

Week of January 28:

MONDAY: Use 5 vocabulary words in 5 sentences. Ben, bene, bon words: benediction, benefactor, beneficial, beneficiary, benefit, benevolent, benign, bonafide, bonus, bon voyage
TUESDAY: Write a short story (2 pages double-spaced) in your Writer's Notebook in the past tense based on the following prompt: After years of ridicule, an old lady with twenty cats won the lottery.
WEDNESDAY: Label the verbs in your story from last night. Is each one in simple present, simple past regular (ends in -ed), simple past irregular, or some other tense?
THURSDAY: Complete comma worksheet. Update Independent Reading Log.
FRIDAY: Make a list of 5-10 of your favorite picture books. Think about why you like them so much.

Week of January 22:

TUESDAY: Study for scrib/script vocabulary word quiz and Book Club book quiz tomorrow.
Scrib/script words: scribe, postscript, inscription, describe, transcribe, manuscript, prescription, scribble, script, subscription
Book Club Book Study Guide:
1. Name and describe the personalities of the protagonist and two other characters.
2. Summarize the plot by listing 6 major events.
3. Describe connections between your book and your myth.
4. Describe the main conflict and how it is resolved.
5. Describe a connection you made while reading your book; it can be a text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world connection.
6. Would you or would you not recommend your book to another fifth grader? Why?
WEDNESDAY: Put at least 3 books on your "Books to Read" list.
THURSDAY: Make a crossword puzzle using words from your Book Club book. Make an answer key.
FRIDAY: Complete verb tense worksheets.
http://www.k12reader.com/verbs/Verb_Tense.pdf
http://www.k12reader.com/verbs/verb_tense_sort.pdf
http://www.k12reader.com/verbs/verb_tense_stories.pdf

Week of January 14:

MONDAY: Work on draft of BCB project.
TUESDAY: Review scrip vocabulary words. Continue working on draft or begin revising BCB project.

WEDNESDAY: Revise and edit your BCB project. Prepare for presentation if applicable.
THURSDAY: Update Independent Reading Log. Practice sorting vocaulary words. Prepare for BCB project presentation if applicable. You will need your Reading Log for class tomorrow.
FRIDAY: Prepare for BCB project presentation if applicable. Complete final version of BCB project which is due on Tuesday. Organize your English notebooks and folder for end-of-the-semester reflections next week.

Week of January 7:

MONDAY: Complete Book Club Book (BCB) form to prepare for discussions. Study spelling words. Use rubric to revise your Letter About Literature. Get form signed if you are going to submit your letter to the Library of Congress contest.

TUESDAY: Complete BCB discussion reflection form. Finish Letter About Literature which is due tomorrow. See above for heading instructions.

WEDNESDAY: Today you observed or took part in a discussion about the connections between the myth of Orpheus and Euridice and The NIght Tourist. Tonight annotate your copy of your myth so that you can take part in a discussion on Friday about the connections between your myth and your BCB.
THURSDAY: Make corrections to your Letter About Literature if necessary. Final version and signed entry forms are due tomorrow. Complete your discussion record in your Reading Log. You need to include the following:
Book-Myth Connections Discussion
Book Title:
Group Members:
List 6 discussion points or connections that were made during your discussion.
Reflect on your participation in the discussion. List 2 or 3 strengths; things you did well and make 2 or 3 goals to keep in mind for the next time you take part in a small group discussion. Refer to the Book Club Goals and Reflections form on Tuesday if you get stuck.
FRIDAY: Think about which project option you will choose for your BCB.
Project Options:
1. Dramatic Interpretation: Write a script for a scene in your book.
2. Create a picture book with illustrations and text. You can choose to show a few major scenes, or elaborate on one favorite scene.
3. Write and alternate ending. (1-2 Chapters)
4. Continue the story and add another chapter.
5. Write a song or poem that is inspired by your book. (If you choose this option, it should be at least two pages.)
6. Other (If you have an idea that is not on this list, you may do a project of your own design. You must have it approved by Mrs. Hipps or Mrs. Mujal.)
7. Take the perspective of a supporting character and write a chapter or two.
8. Be a book critic. Write an in depth critique of the book. This should be more than just, " I liked the book." Describe what the author did well in their writing, and what you think should have been done differently.




Week of December 17:

FRIDAY: Read a chapter a day over break (2 chapters a day for The Sea of Trolls). Finish reading your book.Continue to make entries in your Reading Log in preparation for book club discussions and written and verbal responses.
Study for the Spelling Bee. You will have a written spelling test (the 25 most difficult words) on Tuesday, January 8. Info about Spelling Bee can be found above.
WEDNESDAY: For Friday, read Chapter 13 (Monkey-King's Daughter 2 - Chapter 1), write 5 quiz questions with answers for your BCB on paper to turn in. Types of questions you can write are short response, multiple choice, true/false, matching, sequencing (list 4 or 5 events that occur and the student has to put them in the order in which they occur), etc.
Port- word quiz on Friday for the students who didn't take it today.
TUESDAY: Read Chapter 12 in your BCB and make entries in your RL. If you did not complete the Reading Log Scavenger Hunt in class today, please finish it tonight to turn in tomorrow. If you lost yours, here it is.

MONDAY: Read Chapter 11 in your BCB and make entries in your RL. Also read the information above about the Letters About Literature contest.

Week of December 10:

THURSDAY: Read Chapters 8-10 in your BCB and make entries in your Reading Log. Your entries can be related to any of the 4 charts you have copied in your Reading Log: Sensory Details, Character Traits, Summarizing, and Writing = Tool for Thinking. You can also write "I wonder'" statements or use any of the responses suggested in your packet.
WEDNESDAY: Read Chapter 7 in your BCB and summarize Chapters 6 & 7 in your RL.
TUESDAY: Read Chapter 6 in your BCB (Book Club Book) and write about the literary elements we discussed in class today, i.e., perspective or point of view, setting, characters, and problem in your RL (Reading Log).
MONDAY: Revise and edit your fantasy story. It is due on Thursday. You can write one story that is 4-5 pages long or 3 stories that are 1 to 1-and-1/2 pages long.

Week of December 3:

THURSDAY: Read through Chapter 5 in your Book Club book. Summarize the first 5 chapters. Update your Independent Reading Log. Have a parent sign your Book Club form and return it on Monday.
If you were not able to finish copying this chart into your Reading Log today, I have included it below.

WRITING = TOOL FOR THINKING WHILE READING

As I am reading, I can notice places in the story that lead me to think!

WHEN I FIND MYSELF . . .

- Making connections between the book and other books
- Thinking about things going on in the world that relate to my book
- Connecting characters or events to my own life
-Thinking about an idea that is important to the story (theme)

I CAN START WRITING

1. Dscribe what is going on in the story.
2. Write down the page number.
3. Record what it makes me thing about.

WEDNESDAY: Complete the final version of your Night Tourist essay to turn in tomorrow. Use your rubric to be you sure your are meeting all 4 criteria. Then turn in you rubric with your essay. Use your RADaR Handout to help you revise your essay. See week of October 29 for RADaR Handout.
TUESDAY: Read the first chapter of your Book Club book. Based on that chapter, the title, and the front and back covers, make a prediction about what is going to happen in the book. Write your prediction in your Reading Log.
Spec- vocabulary quiz tomorrow. Your The Night Tourist 3-paragraph essay is due on Thursday. If you need more time, you may turn your essay in on Monday.
MONDAY: Work on your TNT 3-paragraph essay. Be sure to check the rubric to be sure you are meeting all 4 criteria. Sort your spec- words and definitions. The essay will be due on Thursday and the multiple-choice vocabulary quiz will be on Wednesday.



Week of November 26:

FRIDAY: No homework this weekend. However, please check your PowerSchool grades for English. If you have a D or an F, you need to take action immediately. If you are missing assignments, bring them to me on Monday. E-mail me if you have any questions.
Extra Credit Assignments for everyone.
1. Color in a map of the United States showing which states each candidate won in the presidential election on November 6. The worksheet is below. You can find the results at this link: Washington Post Electoral Map

2. Recite this part of the Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
THURSDAY: Complete your Reflections on Book Club Discussion form. Update your Independent Reading Log.

WEDNESDAY: Prepare questions and discussion points for book discussions about The NIght Tourist. Write them in your Reading Log. Keep your goals from last night's homework in mind. Possible topics might be how characters change over the course of the novel, comparing the book to the Orpheus myth, and discussing sensory details.
Spec- Vocabulary: Match the words to their definitions as we did in class today,
TUESDAY: Read "Rubric for Book Club Discussions," and set 2 personal goals for when you participate in a discussion. Write them in your Night Tourist Reading Log. Then, work on your fantasy story in your Writer's Notebook. If you have completed your draft, then use your RADaR handout to revise it. Your objective is a 4-5 page story with a beginning, middle, and end. You may write 3 short stories if you prefer. Each one should be a page or a page-and-a-half long.
MONDAY: Pick 4 words from your spec- vocabulary list and write a juicy sentence for each one in your Interactive Notebook. Please note the new definition for the last word.
Vocabulary
Definitions
circumspect (adj)
careful to look at all possibilities before acting; cautious; aware of consequences
inspect (v)
to look at carefully in search of flaws
introspection(n)
the act of looking into one's own thought and feelings
perspective (n)
one way of looking at things
respect (v)
to look up to someone; to show honor
retrospective (adj)
looking back at past things
spectacle (n)
something displayed for the public to see
spectacles (n)
glasses that help someone see better
spectator (n)
a person who watches something, such as a sporting event
speculate (v)
to look at the future and make predictions

Week of November 19:

TUESDAY: Read two chapters everyday over the break. You will be able to finish The Night Tourist if you do this, but you will have to read three chapters on one of the days. Continue to fill out your charts as you read.
MONDAY: Read Chapters 19 and 20. Add to your character trait and sensory detail charts.

Week of November 12:

FRIDAY: Read through Chapters 14-18 over the weekend. Prepare to write a summary of the chapters by highlighting or underlining key events. On Monday, we will write bullet points for these key events and then practice writing a short paragraph based on the bullet points. If you see something that you feel strongly should be on your character traits list or your sensory details list, then write it in the appropriate spot.

Reading Comprehension Anchor Charts: I asked everyone to copy these charts in their Reading Logs. Here they are in case you didn't have time in class.


CHARACTER TRAITS
When gathering information about an important character I can:
1. STOP when I see a direct description of the character, the character’s actions, or important dialogue.
2. REREAD the text.
3. THINK about what these details are SHOWING me about a character.
4. WRITE down my thoughts in my reading log.

SENSORY DETAILS
When imagining parts of a story I can:
1. STOP when I read words that tell me how something looks, smells, sounds, tastes, or feels.
2. REREAD the text.
3. IMAGINE the scene. Ask myself, "What would this be like? What are the characters experiencing?"
4. DESCRIBE it using my own words or DRAW a picture of what I imagine.

THURSDAY: Read Chapters 12-13 (XII-XIII) in The Night Tourist. Describe the relationship between Jack and Euri in a few sentences. Use one citation from your charts as evidence; it can be from any chapter you have read so far, 1-13. Learn how to write the numbers 1-33 in Roman numerals. (There are 33 chapters in The Night Tourist.)
WEDNESDAY: Read through Chapter 11 (XI) in The NIght Tourist. Write a few sentences summarizing the chapter in your Reading Log.
TUESDAY: Continue working on your fantasy story that you began last week in your Writer's Notebook. This is a long-term project due in a few weeks. You will be required to turn in a long story of 4 to 5 pages or 3 short stories that are 1 to 1-and-a-half pages each. If you gave me your notebook today, then write somewhere else and you can put it in your notebook later.
For the next 5 days, every student must bring their copy of The NIght Tourist and their Reading Log to class. If you do not have these materials, I will be e-mailing or calling your parents about your failure to be prepared for class.
MONDAY: Read through Chapter 8 in The Night Tourist, adding notes to your charts and annotating the text. You can note citations in the chart about Jack, about Euri (make a chart for her just like the one about Jack), and on the chart we started in class today about sensory details.

The quiz tomorrow has 10 items; 5 are factual questions about The Night Tourist, for example, "Where do Jack and his father live?"
There is a multiple-choice question about the number of electoral votes a presidential candidate must win to be elected. The answer is 270.
The last 4 items are fill-in-the-blanks on the following quotation from the Declaration of Independence.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Week of November 5:

FRIDAY: Read through Chapter 5 in The NIght Tourist, continuing to identify quotes that provide information about Jack and listing them on your chart.
THURSDAY: Complete the storyboard telling the Orpheus story. If you would like, you may read through Chapter 2 in The Night Tourist, continuing to identify quotes that provide information about the main character, Jack Perdu, and listing them on the chart we began in class today. Update you Independent Reading Log.
WEDNESDAY: Read the Orpheus story handed out in class and complete the storyboard, sketching out the scenes needed to tell the story and writing a caption in your own words. This is due on Friday.


TUESDAY: Take the night off. Gather your energy for our last day of persuasive speeches in class tomorrow and the launch of our The Night Tourist: Literature and Myth unit.
MONDAY: Write a fantasy story for 20 minutes in your Writer's Notebook. You may brainstorm ideas for stories tonight or get started on a story. You will work on one long story or several shorter stories over the next few weeks, your choice.

Week of October 29:

FRIDAY: Write or type the final version of your persuasive speech/essay to turn in and present on Monday.
THURSDAY: Update your Independent Reading Log.
Continue to work on your persuasive speech/essay.
- Review the rubric to make sure you are meeting all of the criteria.
- Use your RADaR handout to revise your draft.
- Edit your piece paying particular attention to your spelling, capitalization, end punctuation, and comma use.
Your written essay is due on Monday, November 5, and we will begin presenting on Monday. If you need help, you can review the LearnZillion lessons.
LearnZillion Opinion Essay Lessons


WEDNESDAY: Have a Happy Halloween! Bring your essay draft to class tomorrow.
TUESDAY: Draft the introduction to your persuasive essay. You can watch this LearnZillion lesson to help you remember what you need to include. Our goal is to have the speech ready to turn in and present by next Monday, November 5.
LearnZillion Opinion Intro
MONDAY: We will begin drafting the three body paragraphs of our persuasive speeches in class today. Finish them for homework. If applicable, do some research to find evidence to back up your points. Remember to write down the information for any sources that you use for your source list. If you complete the body paragraphs in class, then draft your introduction. Refer to your rubric to make sure you are meeting all of the criteria.

Week of October 22:

FRIDAY: Create a "sentence diagram" story using 5 to 10 subject-verb diagrams. You may not use articles, adjectives, or adverbs. Your story can be scary, about sports, or anything you like. Remember that the subject is a noun, that is, a person, place, thing, or idea; and the predicate is a verb, that is, an action word. If you have not chosen a topic for your persuasive speech or you are still working on your thesis statement, please finish that up this weekend so that on Monday you are ready to begin writing your three body paragraphs. You can send me your thesis statement via email this weekend if you would like some feedback about it.
THURSDAY: Brainstorm examples of persuasion from books you have read or movies you have seen. Describe the persuasion briefly and the title you remember it from. One or two examples are enough, but if you think of more, then even better.
WEDNESDAY: Write a sentence for the 10 vocabulary words from the board in class today. If you got 14 or fewer items correct, you may submit quiz corrections tomorrow. Everyone needs to correct any words they misspelled on the quiz and turn it in tomorrow.
TUESDAY: Read and annotate the Washington Post editorial "A College That Should Be Disbanded," by Richard Cohen. Answer the four questions on the back: Who is the speaker? Who is the audience? What is the speaker (writer) trying to persuade the audience to do? What persuasive techniques are they (is he) using?
MONDAY: Study for quiz tomorrow. Use Study Guide #2 (attached below). If you would like to review the LearnZillion lesson we viewed in class today, here is the link:
LearnZillion Develop a Thesis

Week of October 15:

FRIDAY: Fill in the Study Guide for English Quiz #2, which will be next Tuesday. Use your notes and handouts. We will review these on Monday.


THURSDAY: Update the Table of Contents in your Interactive Notebook. Put the handouts in your folder in chronological order, the order in which we used them. If you have your Ancient Egypt Research Report, please return it to me. I would also like a copy of your Three-in-a-Bag Essay. If it is in your Writer's Notebook, I can make a copy of it, just put a Post-it or a paper clip on it. All of this homework has to do with the end of the first quarter, which is next Wednesday. You will be getting a report card, and we will be reflecting on what we have learned in English.
WEDNESDAY: No English homework. Study for your Science test!
TUESDAY: In a text of your choice, find the subject and verb in 5 sentences and diagram just the subject and the verb in your Interactive Notebook. Do not use sentences with a form of the verb "to be," for example, is, was, had been, etc.
MONDAY: Brainstorm ideas for your persuasive speech in your Interactive Notebook on a left-hand page. It can be a list or a web. You do not have to pick your topic tonight, just come up with ideas that are things you feel passionate about. You are going to be convincing someone to share your opinion about something or asking your listeners to take an action. It can be about something at school, at home, or in your community.

Week of October 9:

FRIDAY: No homework. Here is the link for the Electionary words.
Electionary
THURSDAY: Update your Independent Reading Log. Choose the best thing you have read since the beginning of the school year and write at least one-half a page in your Writer's Notebook about it. You can write about the plot, the characters, the setting, whether or not you recommend it and why, or the author's style.
WEDNESDAY: Read your text about an issue. Reread it and annotate it. Underline the main ideas, mark words or phrases you don't understand with question marks, and write notes about connections you can make to the text. Then, summarize each of the candidate's positions in one or two sentences.
TUESDAY: What is an "issue" in a political campaign? Look up a definition and then write one in your own words in your Writer's Notebook.

Week of October 1:

FRIDAY: Edit your draft paying special attention to capitalization, punctuation at the ends of sentences, and spelling. Have someone else read it and make gentle recommendations about correcting errors. Once you are finished revising and editing your draft, it is time to create the final version. Write this neatly on notebook paper or type it and print it. DO NOT WRITE IT IN YOUR INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK. Remember to include your source list. You may add illustrations and photos, but they are not required. I'm looking forward to reading your reports!
THURSDAY: Revise your draft research report by putting it under the RADaR. Read through it 4 times, once for each letter/action: Replace, Add, Delete, and Reorder. Refer to your RADaR Handout for help.

Remember to update your Independent Reading Log tonight!
WEDNESDAY: Finish creating the source list for your Ancient Egypt research report. List your sources in alphabetical order on a separate page that will go at the end of your report. Use the formats that we learned in class today. If you used my handouts, I have listed the source information for them on the document below.

Study for Thursday's quiz.

TUESDAY: Complete Transitional Word Activity A. You can put appropriate words in front of the sentences or you can write out the paragraph, your choice. You may do Activity B for extra credit.
MONDAY: Complete the Hidden Synonyms worksheet. Try to do it without looking at the attached word bank, but if you get really stuck, you can look. The back of the handout is about Synonym Substitution. You may do it for extra credit, if you like. Try to do it without using the word bank, but if you get really stumped, you can look.



Week of September 24:

THURSDAY: If you have used your time wisely, your Ancient Egypt research report draft is complete and you have no English homework this weekend. If you have not finished your draft, YOU MUST FINISH IT BEFORE MONDAY MORNING. We will begin revising our drafts on Monday, so I will be very disappointed if you do not have a draft ready for revision. Each student who has a draft, double-spaced, in their Interactive Notebook (spiral) will receive 10 points. If you have any questions over the weekend, send me an e-mail. No excuses.
Remember to update your Independent Reading Log tonight.
TUESDAY: No homework. Field trip to Calleva tomorrow. We will continue to work on our Ancient Egypt research reports on Thursday. No school on Friday.
Goal is to have a draft of research reports for Monday so we can start revising them next week. This week we sorted our research notes into categories for each of our 3 body paragraphs and then filled in our outline:
I. Introduction Paragraph
II. Body Paragraph: topic sentence, details
III. Body Paragraph: topic sentence, details
IV. Body Paragraph: topic sentence, details
V. Conclusion Paragraph
We are writing our double-spaced drafts from our outlines.
MONDAY: Work on your Ancient Egypt research report. Organize your notecards into 3 topics. Make sure you have 4 details for each topic. If you are ready, you may begin filling in your outline, body paragraphs only.

Week of September 17:

FRIDAY: If you have not written enough notes for your Ancient Egypt research report, please complete them this weekend. On Monday, we will begin drafting our essays.
THURSDAY: Continue taking notes for your Ancient Egypt research report. You will need about 9 to 12 notes for your report. We will beging drafting the report next week, then we will put it under the RADaR, edit it, and the final version will be due October 5. Also, update your Independent Reading Log tonight.
WEDNESDAY: No homework. Back to School Night begins at 6:30 in the Cafeteria.
TUESDAY: Add a nonfiction text feature and its definition to the list in your IN we began in class today.
MONDAY: Finish making notes on Ancient Egyptian Gods handout. Show that you are interacting with the text by using symbols and words to mark interesting facts, questions that come to mind, things you don't understand, connections you can make, etc.

Week of September 10:

FRIDAY: Draw the figure of a character from The Egypt Game on a lefthand page of your Interactive Notebook. (Stick figures are OK for the artistically uninspired.) Draw circles/bubbles near their brain, their heart, and their feet, and fill the circles with what the character thinks, feels, and does respectively. On the righthand page, list citations and quotations that you used to determine your character's traits.
THURSDAY: Edit your 3 in a Bag essay. Correct errors in capitalization, punctuation, spellling, subject-verb agreement, and inconsistent verb tenses. Don't rewrite a clean copy. I will edit this version and then we will publish your piece. Remember to update your Independent Reading Log (IRL) tonight.
WEDNESDAY: Complete the writing survey using complete sentences.
TUESDAY: Finish revising (not editing) your 3 in a Bag essay. Focus on adding and deleting. Use your RADaR handout as a reference. Rewrite or type a clean copy to have for editing on Thursday.
MONDAY: Choose 4 characters from The Egypt Game. For each one, find a quote that describes a character trait or traits. Write the character's name, the quote you are using with its page number, and a sentence explaining the trait or traits you infer about that character from that quote. Write this in your Interactive Notebook on the first available even-numbered (right-hand side) page.

Week of September 4:

FRIDAY: Complete your plot story of The Egypt Game if you did not finish it in class. Status Check: Review your planner, this wiki page, and/or PowerSchool to ensure that you have completed all of your work and turned in forms. Monday is the last day I will accept any homework from the first two weeks. Remember to read for 30 minutes every day, and have a great weekend.
THURSDAY: Continue revising your 3 Things in a Bag essay by replacing words and sentences and by adding new information, and adjectives and adverbs.
WEDNESDAY: Summarize the plot of a book you like on page 8 of your Interactive Notebook. On page 7, please draw a scene from the book or make a connection from the book to yourself, the world, or another book/text. BRING AN INDEPENDENT READING BOOK FOR NINJA TIME TOMORROW.
TUESDAY: Draw 6 squares on page 6 of your Interactive Notebook (spiral). List 6 major events from The Egypt Game, one in each square. Optional: On page 5, draw a scene from The Egypt Game.

Week of August 27:

FRIDAY - 1 Place (or 3), 3 Senses. Saturday, go to a favorite place outside with your writer's notebook (composition notebook), listen for a few minutes and briefly describe where you are and then fully describe what you hear. Sunday, go to the same place (or a different one if you are out of town), touch things there and describe what they feel like. Monday, go to the same place (or a different one), fully describe what you see. Don't forget to read something you like for at least 30 minutes each day.
THURSDAY - Finish rough draft of 3 Things in a Bag essay. Enter your independent reading book in your log, date it and include the page number you have read to.
WEDNESDAY - Talk to someone outside of class about Washington Latin's mission statement and write a one to two paragraph reflection.
TUESDAY - Read, sign, and return syllabus. Today I handed out Independent Reading Logs and asked students to read for at least 30 minutes everyday. I will check the logs each Friday and use them for individual conferences about once a month.
MONDAY - 3 Things in a Bag

If you haven't finished reading The Egypt Game, please do so. We will be discussing it next week. Quiz on Tuesday, 9/4.

Thank you to everyone who has turned in their Summer Reading Projects. I am enjoying them and you will have your grades soon, and we will share our projects with each other next week.


Supplies for English 5:


Black spiral notebook, 9x11
Black and white composition notebook
Black 2-pocket folder

I know that the black spiral notebook was not on the supply list for most of the summer. If parents understandably do not want to go back to the office supply store, I have bought some notebooks that I will give to your child at cost, $2.

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