Students are proud and ready to share their short fiction pieces! We have spent many weeks, first reading, then writing short stories. Students have taken what they've learned in the reading portion of the unit and planned, drafted, revised and edited their own stories.
During the writing process, we asked that students consider social issues and how that might impact the internal and external conflict for their main character. Students relied heavily on their mentor texts: No Guitar Blues by Gary Soto, What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? by Avi and Thank You, Ma'm by Langston Hughes. We are looking forward to students sharing some beautiful writing with you on March 28th.
At the same time, we are now moving into a quick reading annotation unit, considering the CCSS ELA test and also other reading skills that they will need in other classes. We are building on the nonfiction reading work already being taught by Matt and Polly, providing students with life-long active reading skills.
During the break, we are hoping that students are focused on their fiction reading. We need students to read one or two books during this time. Reading stamina and focus are musts at this point in the year. Please remind your child to read as much as possible and continue to ask those questions we posted in our August and September blog posts.
Erica, Sherry & Dakota