New Bookmark Option!

Posted on November 20, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , |

Gwenyth Y. (pd 5) has redesigned the weekly bookmark and offered to share her design with our team.  I will have some of this design (as well as the old design) printed out for you in class tomorrow.   Either versions will be acceptable for your CSRR1 (Character Study Reading Response #1).

(You can also find a link to the new bookmark on the handouts page of this blog.)

If you have an idea for how to redesign the bookmark for your own use, please go ahead and submit it to me…maybe other members of our team will benefit from trying your idea as well!

Thanks again for sharing this with us, Gwenyth!

~Ms. Morris

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Book Fair Reminder!

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class, Reading | Tags: , |


We are going to the book fair on Thursday, 10/11.

If you are interested in purchasing books, please bring cash or checks (made payable to CMSPTSA).

The book fair will be extended online through 10/23.  You may purchase books online using the following link:
Also, be sure to have your independent reading materials with you, because the time we are not at the book fair will be spent working on our independent reading work.  🙂

~Ms. Morris


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Independent Reading Resources

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

Update (on 10/22/12):  Here is a sample reading response and reflection:

I am still making my way through last week’s reading response work, but I am happy to say I saw some creative approaches, focused goals, and careful execution in the responses I’ve read so far.  I am also happy to read reflections containing evidence of how the reading response work helped you to push your thinking while reading and understand the book, and who you are as a reader, better. Overall, I’m impressed with your first attempts at this work!

While all of the independent reading resources are available through this blog, I thought it might be helpful to have the links all in one place…

  • The guidelines and expectations – This handout also includes the rubric. Remember to use the rubric as a guide and a checklist as you complete your work each week.
  • Sample reading response methods – and more sample reading response methods – Remember, you are not limited to these methods, these are just the ones we’ve reviewed or practiced so far.  It is okay to be creative in your methods, in fact, it’s encouraged!
  • Sample reading response, reflection, and works cited – here is everything but the bookmark.  Check this out if you’d like another example of what your work could look like.
  • Reading Response template – For those of you who like a little more structure, or would like to have a place to plan out your work besides the notebook space, take a look at this template.  (Just remember that all work must be submitted in the notebooks.)
  • Reflection Prompts – Because reflecting is a big part of your work, here are some prompts to help guide you as you reflect on what you did, what you learned, and what you need to do in the future.
  • SMART Goals – To help you as you review your existing goals and write new ones, here is the overview of SMART goals.  Remember, our objective here is to work on the task we, personally, need to most so that we can make progress and move toward more challenging goals.
  • Bookmark – Finished with your book and need a new bookmark?  Misplaced the one you picked up in school?  This document contains two bookmarks for  you to print.
  • NoodleTools – Here is a link to the NoodleTools page.  Remember, you can use NoodleTools to take notes, generate your works cited information, and more!
  • Independent Reading Spreadsheet – When you’ve finished reading, log what you’ve read here!

~Ms. Morris 🙂

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Week at a glance – 9/17/12 to 9/21/12

Posted on September 15, 2012. Filed under: IRLA Class | Tags: , , , |

This week, we will be launching our grammar work, and our reading work, and our word study work, oh my!  🙂

OUR GRAMMAR FOCUS:  Nouns and Pronouns

  • What are they?
  • What do they each do in a sentence?
  • Why is knowing the relationship between them important?

In addition to the work for the day, you will receive a paper copy of this Parts of Speech handout in class on Tuesday. This sheet will go in the grammar section of our binder and will be a resource for you to use for the entire year. (You can also access this handout electronically any time throughout the year through the “handouts” tab on this blog.)

OUR READING FOCUS: Comprehension Skills and Strategies 

  • How will we keep track of what we read this year?
  • How is reading interactive?
  • How do strategies help us develop or improve our skills?

Wordly Wise list #1 will be assigned on Wednesday, 9/19, and the assessment will be in class on Wednesday, 10/3.  You can visit the Word Study site any time for resources and links.


  • There is no school on Monday, 9/17.
  • Supply check (5pts) on Tuesday – make sure you have your independent reading book!!!
  • Make-ups for the summer reading essay and ERB will take place during FLEX this week. (Be sure to come get a pass from me in advance.)
  • Keep checking Infinite Campus for HW assignments, grades, and any missing work.
  • FLEX rotation this week will be:
    • Tuesday – period 4
    • Wednesday – period 5
    • Thursday – period 8
    • Friday – period 3
~Ms. Morris 🙂
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