We will begin our unit on "Interpreting the Heart of Characters" this week. The reading strategies and skills will be taught through the read aloud, The Tiger Rising, by Kate DiCamillo. This week, students will learn how to read intensely and when to "Stop and Jot" as they are reading. These are skills that students will need to begin trying and using through their own independent books that have already begun recording on their reading logs. Furthermore, students will learn how to use the reading log as a tool to help them decide when a book is too hard, too easy, or just right.
This week in writing, students will focus on connecting a personal experience (a personal narrative) into an imaginative realistic fiction story. The focus will be on building writing stamina, organizing multiple ideas based on strong emotions, and creating useful dialogue to incorporate into their stories. This unit really starts to lay a foundation of author's craft in order for these writers to connect with the fictional stories they are reading independently, or with the teacher, in class.