Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Making Writing Exciting and Examining Child Labor

 Today's Learning Objective  Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details.

Making Writing Exciting: Interactive Scary Story Activity  Today you will be acting as assistants to a book publisher and working to make one of their dull stories more exciting. The story "The Abandoned House" is not as scary or exciting as the publishers were hoping for. Your task is to substitute some of the story's nouns and verbs to make the story more vivid and engaging. You can find the activity here. Can you apply what you learned from this activity to making your own writing more vivid, exciting, and engaging?  

Guided Reading: 'Why Are Teens Working in Tobacco Fields? Today we are also going to continue our examination of issues related to child labor, as well as our exploration of nonfiction, by reading an article from Junior Scholastic magazine entitled 'Why Are Teens Working in Tobacco Fields.' As we read we will pay close attention to the central ideas of the article and the details that support those. Tomorrow you will take a short quiz assessing your understanding of the important ideas of the article. 

Homework  (1.) Continue working on the story 100 Word Challenge: '... how could something so tiny ...', which is due on Friday, November 20. (2.) Review the article 'Why Are Teens Working in Tobacco Fields' for tomorrow's quiz on its central ideas and details. (3.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the day Friday.)