Monday, October 31, 2016


Complete Analysis questions #1,3,4 pg B-23 and #1,2,4 pg B-27

ELA due Tuesday

Choose a scene and imagine Roger's ( from Thank you, M'am) thoughts and feelings about what is happening.  Draft a 1st person narrative of his thinking at that point.  Try for 1/2 to a full page.

Due Tuesday.  Be prepared to share with a partner your retelling.

Key Events:

1. When the boy tries to steal the pocketbook
2. When the boy eats dinner at her house
3. When the boy is dragged to the house
4. When the woman gives the boy the money
5.  She lets him go
6.  When he washes up at the sink
7.  When she leaves him in the living room
8.  When she leaves the door open
9.  When she defends herself from the robbery
10.  When he thanks her before leaving.
  • when the woman scolds, yells, and hollers at Roger (para.  21)
  • The woman grabs on to Roger and won’t let go
  • the boys tries to snatch the pocketbook but loses his balance and falls
  • She shook him

Use the pronouns   I    me   my    myself     we     our      

I was minding my own business walking home.  I really really wanted a pair of blue suede shoes. How was I going to get them??  Suddenly

Invent and create thoughts and feelings that the boy might have been feeling and thinking.  Makeup

Friday, October 28, 2016


Have a fun weekend

ELA Friday

Today I returned your Round 1 Scores for the Personal Narrative.  After some instruction,  I assigned that you write a Reflection and these are the questions for that:

1. Do you like writing personal narratives (PN)?  Please explain.
2.  What was easiest for you writing the PN?
3,  What did you score for Ideas?  Why?
4.  What did you score for Structure?  Why?
5.  What did you score for Language?  Why?

You also passed in your Reading Journals and your "Think Marks" on the Post It's.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Math for Thursday

We are preparing for an assessment tomorrow, Friday October 28th!

In class today: page 77 questions 4, 7, and 9; page 78 questions 10, 12, 14, 16, and 17

Thursday ELA

1.  Today you will read more about this language we call Figurative Language.  The topic is similes.

Can you understand the meanings of these similes?      Click---------->  HERE

2.  Homework due Friday:  practice reading and studying the meanings of similes.  Go to this link and pick your own challenge level:   CLICK------------HERE

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

6L for Social Studies

Complete section 4:  Christian Sacraments -due Thursday

ELA due Thursday

1.  Make sure you have glued the Figurative Language Reference Book into your notebook.

2.  Practice the Idioms activity online.  Choose ONE of the 7 examples to complete and print and GLUE into your notebook.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ELA Tuesday

1.  You will pretest on story elements:  Quizlet Link ------->   CLICK HERE

2.  Prepare Figurative Language Reference Book and glue in Reader's Notebook.

3.  Complete the Think Marks activity in Reader's Notebook...only 6L

Monday, October 24, 2016

Math for Monday

In class, we worked on a review assignment to multiply mixed numbers and fractions. 
Page 69 through 70. 
Questions 1-3, 6-12, 13-15, and 17-21. 
Due Tuesday 10/25

ELA due Tuesday

- Read for 1/2 hour

Remember Picture Day is Wednesday

Friday, October 21, 2016

Math HW for Friday 10/21

page 68 
Questions 3, 5-10
We started these in class, so you should have some already done!

ELA due Monday

In your Reader's Notebook

ELA Friday and Beyond

Today in class you learned about a revision suggestion called Show, Don't Tell.  Below  I embedded the video which teaches this strategy.

Due Monday:
1.  The descriptive sentence and illustration from the book you are reading.

Due Tuesday:
1.  Your personal narratives will be scored for a Round 1 score.

Showing ....Not TELLING!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ELA due Friday

1.  Conference Notes for your partner due Friday.

2.  Begin your revisions on your Personal Narrative.  Read the feedback from your partner and decide if you agree on the parts that need revisions.  Make those revisions.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ELA Wednesday

Here is the blog post for entering your Comment in answer to the question:

According to the article "Writing Really Good Dialogue" what is most important to know about it?  Write your COMMENT on this POST.

ELA due Friday

In your Writer's Notebook take a full page for this.  Draw a large sketch of an imaginary person, a realistic imaginary person, who will be reading your story.  In the caption, write their name and age (between 11-14 years old), and where they live.

1st drafts of personal narrative due Wednesday.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Start working on your SS Assessment

Have your ideas for a dialogue between a person in favor of the Roman government and a person in favor of the Christians.

Due Wednesday: ELA

First Draft of your Personal Narrative

Thursday, October 13, 2016

ELA Today

Today your writer's notebook entry about your field trip was due.  BUT...

I shared 2 strategies for prewriting and so you still have your notebooks.  I will collect on Friday

Read for 1/2 hour tonight.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Due Thursday in ELA

Writer's Notebook:

Write a full page with sketches about your field trip experience to Schoodic Education and Research Center.

Include the Sticker on this page.

Part 2 Personal Narrative: The Response

     "Slap, slap, slap!"  We wailed as Mom dished out our just desserts for scaring the daylights out of her.  Do you know how it feels to have 20,000 bees stinging your wet behind?  Trust me.  It hurts, BAD!  I remember feeling so humiliated in front of the other moms and dads and kids having fun at the Embassy Pool that afternoon.  You could hear a pin drop after my mom finished scolding and . slapping us.  I suppose no one knew what to think.  I know what I was thinking...I would do it ALL again to get that thrill of flying again.  A high flying, life-long diver was  born that day!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Diver is Born!

Moses asked me to write the story so here goes... here is the 1st part of my personal narrative...THE INCIDENT part.   A first draft.

"Come on, Patty, quick!  Before mom catches us.  Jeez, hurrrrry up!"
" Nooo, Jackie, we'll get in big trouble.  You know she won't let us watch Gilligan's Island tonight if we get in trouble one more time."

I remember it well.   My identical twin and I were in 2nd grade and two of the cutest little blue-eyed girls you'll ever see.  My Dad had moved the family overseas to Bangkok, Thailand.  This was back in the '60's.  He was attached to the embassy (and CIA, we would learn many years later) and good ole Uncle Sam wanted him to help support the American war efforts in South Vietnam.   So Patty and I were military kids and one of the perks...the embassy club...and a giant, Olympic sized swimming pool.  Oh, and diving platforms.  Three glorious levels of high diving platforms.  You guessed it.  I guess you could say I was the trouble maker and coerced Patty to join me in a high diving adventure.
It was a blistering hot, cook an egg on the sidewalk kind of day, school was out, and our mom had scooped us up at school to take to the Club for some swimming.  I remember having a nice little lunch by the pool and a few other families with kids sat around the pool area too.  The adults were enjoying a chance to visit with each other.  All of us were Americans and in a far away culture so it made sense there would be lots of good cheer and a party atmosphere.   The other kids were way too young for us and were splashing around in the two kiddie pools.  I wasn't having any of that.  We both were good swimmers!  It was my idea to amble down to the deep end and the diving platforms.  I admit.

The climb to the high dive platform was easy peasy.  NO ONE spotted us.  Go figure.  I remember going first and tip toeing to the edge.  I looked down what seemed 1000 feet to the water surface, a sky blue and just begging for  a swimmer.  Patty had tried to turn around a couple of times but she's a risk taker and wasn't going to let me one up her.  I dove first, my form was darn good, as I remember.  Ohhhhh, what a thrill it was.  I thought I am flying. Flying.  With the birds.  Up high, above the world.  Oh, my Lord.  This-is-HEAVENLY... SPLATTER!  SPLOSH!  SPLOOSH!  Am I dead?  Did I survive that?  I did!  I remember slicing through the water and heading to the pool's trench!   That was a thrill too. I saw Patty's entrance too.  That was cool.  WE WERE DIVERS!!

...more to come: my response and my reflection on the incident.

Due Friday

Your Reading Record Sheet must be fully updated by beginning of class.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ELA Today in Class...No Homework for Thursday

1.  Mrs. Leighton will read this personal narrative aloud:  "Eleven" written by Sandra Cisneros

2.  With your partner and during ELA class you have a chance to show you can understand the elements of a narrative, especially a personal narrative.  So here is your mission:

 Choose 1 narrative you have read and make a poster the shows your analysis of the story.  Be creative!!  Incorporate these elements:

  • title and author of the text
  • An ending to the sentence:  This narrative is effective because...
  • Examples of author's words that support the sentence.
  • Pictures, symbols, color...add these to show more of your understanding of the ...
  • characters and their actions, thoughts, feelings, the setting;
  • Key events that show you understood the conflicts
  • Key details that show how the main character was affected by the event...what she/he realized or learned or discovered.
As you complete your poster, think about the answer to the essential question:  What makes a good story?