This week in reading students are learning the strategy of determining an author's use of text structure. The most common nonfiction text structures are: Cause/Effect, Compare/Contrast, Problem/Solution, Sequence, and Main Idea and Details. Students received a chart with these text structures and common "key" words that help trigger the idea of a particular text structure. The purpose for this strategy is for students to know how to properly take notes from a nonfiction text when it comes time to research about a particular topic. The nonfiction books students are previewing are all about extreme weather. They will be completing a text structure classwork assignment later this week in Google Classroom.
This week in writing, students will be continuing to develop their ideas for their first opinion essay of the unit. So far we have learned how essayists brainstorm topics by thinking of people, places, and things that are important to them. Then, essayists start to jot down ideas and entries on those topics. We also learned on Friday what the qualities of good freewriting are, and have started to incorporate that in this stage of pre-writing. This week we will be learning how to then go back to our initial ideas and elaborate on them longer using "Ways to Push Your Thinking" sentence stems. As we progress through the week, we will 'mine our writing for jewels' (essentially getting closer to/pulling out our true thesis statement) and start framing our essay with boxes and bullets. On Friday, students will need to turn in their boxes and bullets essay frame for a classwork grade as we are ending the first bend, or chunk, of the unit.