This week in reading we are continuing with our historical fiction unit. Our mentor text for this unit is the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, and we will be wrapping up this amazing novel this week/early next week. While reading Number the Stars, we have learned so many new and amazing reading strategies we have been able to apply to the historical fiction books we have chosen for ourselves. It's safe to say this a new genre of reading that kids are REALLY diving into an enjoying (so hopefully this will inspire some summer reading!).
In writing we have begun to draft our literary essay. For this writing piece, students have read a text (in this case the text is their historical fiction novel they are reading in reader's workshop), and are writing a literary essay on their text. This unit is in the opinion genre, so last week students developed a thesis, and this week students are beginning to draft out their supporting reasons of their thesis, what types of evidence they want to include (mini stories, quotes, lists, etc) and then will begin drafting their essays. It will be exciting to see their drafts start to come to life this week!