This week begins our Reading Summit in order to prepare for STAAR. Your child will be taking the STAAR Reading test on Tuesday, May 9th.
This week in Reading, students will have the opportunity to analyze their most recent benchmark test. Class time will be devoted to finding their strengths and weaknesses, looking at the different genres that will be tested, and goal setting. We will also read the short story, "Thank You, Ma'am," and we will have a writing activity to go along with our story to help us analyze point of view and different characters. Students will also have a day devoted to various station activities to help us reinforce skills needed for testing. Please encourage your child to give his/her best effort these next two weeks during STAAR practice!
Our writing this week will also focus on the short story, "Thank You, Ma'am." After reading, Pre-AP classes will complete a R.A.F.T. writing activity, and level classes will complete a character analysis/sketch.
In addition, Ms. Mathews has graciously revamped our schedule a bit in order to allow for additional Reading and Math time each day in what is being referred to as "Bobkat time." In our allotted time for ELA, students will be practicing inference skills with drama and poetry. This will be in addition to their regular class schedule. There will be a short assessment on what is practiced in Bobkat time this Friday; this assessment will count as one daily grade.
On a final note, I am missing several problem/solution essays. Your student should have written an essay over the short story, "The Scholarship Jacket." The essay was due this past Wednesday, and it counts for two daily grades. Your child was also provided with a rubric and reminded in class each day last week to turn in their paper. The rubric was also posted on my website, and the short story has been posted in Google Classroom. The last day that I will accept this assignment is Tuesday, April 25th for level classes and Monday, April 24th for Pre-AP classes. If your child's essay is not turned in by the dates listed, the zeros will remain in the Gradebook.
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons- 2:45-3:15
Thank you, and have a great week.