Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Monday!

 Today's Learning Objectives   * Determine central ideas of a text. * Read closely to determine what they text says and cite specific textual evidence. * Analyze how two or more texts address similar topics.

Sacred Reading Time  I'd like to begin today by offering you some uninterrupted class time to simply read and commune with your books. Some of you will invited to reading a cozy corner of the room, while most of you will hopefully become enraptured by the words on your pages right at your desks. Enjoy this time!

Nonfiction Paired Texts: Focus on Identifying Central Ideas and Text Evidence  Today we will continue to focus on identifying central ideas and providing text evidence in each using the nonfiction paired texts "Playing with Pain" and "Travel Team Heartbreak" (which you should be able to access here). Remember that a central idea of a text is one of the main points the author is making. (Sometimes a central idea is called a main idea.) A central idea can always be supported with details from the text. When you write about something you have read, you need to use supporting evidence‚ or text evidence, to back up whatever point you are making. Most of your evidence will be details from the text you are writing about.

You can still find the assignments Central Ideas and Details (Paired Texts) and Text Evidence (Paired Texts) in your Language Arts Google Classroom. Remember that these assignments will be due next Friday, January 29. Tomorrow you will be taking a quiz on your understanding of these paired texts and the concepts of central ideas and text evidence. 

Homework  (1.) 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 one entry by the end of the day Friday.)  (2.) Complete the assignments Central Ideas and Details (Paired Texts) and Text Evidence (Paired Texts), both of which will be due Friday, January 29.

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