This week in reading students will be learning how to decide whether a document could be a primary or secondary source of information. This is important when studying history because of the multiple perspectives that people can have. With that said, students will also be learning how to determine what perspective these documents are written from (i.e. the colonists or the British) in order to better determine the credibility of the information.
In addition, this Friday, February 2, students will be taking the Write Score assessment during their Reading/Language Arts block. Please be sure to have your children at school on time that day.
This week we are continuing to dive into our new writing unit: Bringing History to Life! Our writing unit mirrors our current reading unit , and in both we are reading/writing about the American Revolution. For the first bend (or chunk) of our writing unit, we are learning about all of the components of a quality informational piece. To do this, students are using their on demand (writing pre-test) as the foundation of their work. As we teach our students about the components of informational writing, students will apply the skills to their on demands and revise them. This will then allow students a 'practice round' before they begin creating their American Revolution chapter books (yes - chapter books!) that they will begin to craft in bend 2 (the second chunk of the unit).
This week, students have looked at their on demands and have essentially re-planned out their essays and focused on which subtopics they will elaborate on, and what they will specifically include when teaching about that subtopic. The students are also learning about what types of information to include that will appeal to their reader, and how to elaborate to bring stories to life within their essays.
It's going to be a great unit!