Week at a glance ~ 10/1/12 to 10/5/12

Posted on September 30, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , , |

Muhammad Ali (photo from www.npr.org)

WRITING FOCUS:
This week, we’ll be jumping into our Personal Essay unit.  The work we did last week, with writing personal narrative entries, will help us to generate ideas for our essays.

The three entries that I will be checking your Writer’s Notebooks for on Wednesday are:   1) A story about a small moment in your life that you want to share with others, 2) a story about a significant memory you relate to a person, place, or thing, and 3) the “If not me, then who?” entry.

We’ll be taking a look at some mentor texts of essays submitted to NPR’s “This I Believe” series, including one by Amy Tan and one by Muhammad Ali.  You may click on the links ahead of time to read and/or listen to the texts that we will review in class.  In class, we will practice annotating the text with print copies of the essays.  Also, feel free to read any of the other “This I Believe” essays on the NPR site on your own; there are tons of great essays there!  (If you find one you especially like, leave a comment with a link to the essay so we can all check it out!)

Amy Tan (photo from www.npr.org)

In honor of Respect Week, we will be responding to a number of quotes in our Writer’s Notebooks (instead of our grammar warm-ups).  Be prepared to think deeply about what you think each quote means, how you can connect it to your life and/or the world around you, and then write about it in your WN.

Monday, October 1, 2012:  “Never look down on somebody unless you are helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson
Tuesday, October 2, 2012:  “I always wondered why somebody didn’t do something about that.  THEN I realized I am SOMEBODY.”  – Unknown
Wednesday, October 3, 2012:  “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Thursday, October 4, 2012:  “When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.”  – Ben Franklin
Friday, October 5, 2012:  “When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” – Charles Evans Hughes

INDEPENDENT READING:  
Continue working on your independent reading response work at home.  Take a look at this blog post for links to your independent reading resources.

REMINDERS:

  • Wear purple on Monday.
  • Wordly Wise assessment on Wednesday (and we will be in the computer lab).
  • The FLEX schedule will be:
    • Monday – 3rd
    • Tuesday – 4th
    • Wednesday – 5th
    • Thursday – 8th
    • Friday – TBA

~Ms. Morris 🙂

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