Monday, March 2, 2015

'Tequila Worm' and a New 100 Word Challenge Prompt

What do you see?

 Today's Learning Objectives  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.  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


Preparing the Learner Activity: Tequila Worm  Happy Monday and welcome to a new week of Tequila Worm! You can find your new 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4) in your Language Arts folders. To help us get "into" the text this week, we will begin with a 'Preparing the Learner Activity,' in which you will be asked to reflect on some of your own experiences relative to topics we will be exploring in this week's reading. As the week progresses, you will compare and/or contrast your experiences with those of Sofia.

Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "Saints at Saint Luke's" (pgs. 136-147) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

Introducing a New 100 Word Challenge  The 100 Word Challenge prompt this week requires you to imagine you are on an airplane. What do you see?   

As for the prompt, please notice the ellipses (...) at the beginning and end of the prompt. This indicates that words should come both before and after "then when I looked out the plane window". What were you thinking, feeling, experiencing before you looked out the plane window? After you looked out the plane window, what changes? What do you feel, think, and see now? 

As for what might one see looking out a plane window, check out the link Incredible views out of Airplane windows for a few ideas. If you've never flown on a plane and want a simulation of what it might be like and what you might see looking out the window, check out the video below. 

Thinking of crafting a more terrifying airplane story and want to capture what is seen through the plane window as more sinister and frightening? Consider watching the clip below for inspiration. Warning: You may never want to fly again after watching this.  


As soon as you're ready, you can find the document 100 Word Challenge: ... then when I looked out the plane window ... (Week 24) in your Language Arts folders. I can't wait to see your stories take flight this week! 

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 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4)(3.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: ... then when I looked out the plane window ... (Week 24) story, which we will publish on Friday, March 6