This week in reading students will be getting into the "heart" of their characters. Through the read aloud, The Tiger Rising, students will learn how to follow patterns of behavior with different characters. Using this strategy helps students to identify complexities within a character that they may not have recognized before. For example, the character, Sistine, from The Tiger Rising, tends to wear fancy, frilly dresses, but the way she speaks to others doesn't necessarily match the type of clothing that she wears. So, in addition to the "Stop and Jot" strategy that they have been practicing, students will now be able to grow some of their ideas about their characters which will add a higher level of thinking to their original "Stop and Jots".
**Students will be completing a classwork assignment this week using a "Stop and Jot" sticky note to grow an idea about a character from their independent book.
This week in writing, students will be flash drafting their realistic fiction stories that they have been working on this past week. Students have learned how to create a story arc (the formula that writer's use to make sure there aren't any missing parts) and have begun writing their scenes for each part of the story arc. Now, they will use that pre-writing to help flash draft a rough copy of their story. In addition, students will learn how to use mentor texts (published books) as a guide for their own writing for introductions and dialogue.
**Students will be completing a classwork assignment this week showing the development of their character's internal and external traits from the small moment they have selected to create their realistic fiction narrative.