This is an exciting time of year as our readers and writers are fully integrated into the East Side culture as well as our classroom procedures and routines. Students are loving their independent reading books and using class time wisely for reading and doing notebook work. This week, students will start filling in their Books Completed lists. They are available through their Google Classroom pages and look like this.
Students at East Side will end up completing somewhere between 30 and 50 books this year. It’s important that they track their reading to help see how many books they’re reading and notice the patterns across those books like genre, length and enjoyment level.
Our marking period closes this week right in the middle of our Personal Essay unit. Students will publish final drafts on November 13th, but for the close of the first marking period, they’ll only have a grade for their first draft. The first marking period is just a snapshot of their current progress, so students will still be able to revise work in 8am breakfast study Monday through Friday.
As October comes to a close, we will be saying goodbye to PJ and welcoming Dakota into our community. It’s a bittersweet time for our students, but we’re happy to have Dakota teaching our first class novel of the year in November as it is a wonderful way to build our community.
We look forward to families joining us for conferences. Don’t forget that you’ll receive narratives for your child that will help explain their first marking period grades. Remember that students have had the opportunity to come at any time to revise work. If grades are low, please encourage revisions by helping students to arrive at 8am. Grades are not meant to punish students, but they can feel that way if they don’t take advantage of all the help they can get. We are here to help!
Erica, Sherry, PJ and Dakota