Monday, February 2, 2015

Introducing a New Challenge and 'The Tequila Worm'

Lose yourself in a book. READ.

 Today's Learning Objectives  (1.) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (2.) Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Natalia, Showcase Writer
Showcase Writer: Natalia  Many of you continue to get wonderful feedback on your writing from readers all over the world. One student in particular just received a very special recognition for her "What was that I could feel?" story. Our very own Natalia, from Period 3, was singled out for her intriguing story about discovering a mysterious box in the woods with a puppy inside, as part of the Week 18 Showcase. Her name and story have been published internationally and she will receive a special showcase badge and certificate for her achievement. If you see Natalia, give her props for this special honor! Her original story and new showcase badge are featured below.

100 Word Challenge: Five Words  This week's 100 Word Challenge requires you to creatively and skillfully integrate five designated words into your story. Check out the prompt and directions below. 

Does this prompt have you laughing like a hyena? Need to watch the clip below for inspiration? 

Ready to start writing? You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week 20) in your Language Arts folders. 

Guided Reading: The Tequila Worm  Today we will read the chapter "The Fancy School" (pgs. 41-49) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and work on the guiding questions within our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 2).

Mini-Lesson: Plot and Rising Action  As we continue to read The Tequila Worm, we will also continue to discuss the structure of its plot. We are now approaching the Rising Action, which is the main part of the story, where the main conflict becomes clear and where the drama and tension of the story escalates. Learn more about the Rising Action and the Elements of Plot by referring to the graphic and video below. 


Now that you have a better idea what the Rising Action is and how fits into the structure of the Plot, which events and conflicts from Tequila Worm can we add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm')?

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week 20) story, which we will publish on Friday, January 30(3.) Continue working on 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 2).