November 26-30

Monday– The students worked on “Rumpelstiltskin- Private Eye,”  which is the script we’ve been doing for reader’s theatre.  At the end of the period, we had the 5th and 6th grade class watch us perform!

Tuesday– Students will be sharing their own script with their classmates.  We will be doing peer editing, especially focusing on characterization.  It is extremely important that everyone has at least 2 pages of their script finished to participate in today’s activities.

Wednesday- We took writer’s notes on making the conflict big.  In our writing, we tend to choose a small event as the main conflict.  We talked about how a bigger conflict makes a story more exciting to the reader.  Some ways you can make the conflict big are having it affect more people, not having everyone win in the end, or raising the stakes (maybe someone’s life is on the line).

Students peer reviewed a classmate’s script and filled out the worksheet.

script editing sheet

Spelling homework is due tomorrow

Thursday– We did a book talk on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (who is also the author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde).  This book is at a 7.1 reading level, and we have a copy in our school library.  You may want to check it out if you’re interested in pirates, mutiny, and intrigue.
We also started typing the second draft of our scripts.  We did a lot of peer editing this week, and I have given the students suggestions and feedback on their writing as well.  In our second drafts, I am looking to see an improvement in spelling and grammar.  I am also looking to see if the students have developed their characters and made the conflict big enough.

Spelling homework is due today, and letters are due tomorrow.

Friday– This is the last day we will have class time to work on the second draft of our scripts.  We took a spelling test today, and if the students didn’t do well on the test, I am strongly encouraging them to choose a different spelling homework activity and to remember to do that homework BEFORE Friday.

Letters are due today.

Second draft of script is due Monday.

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