This week in reading, students are learning how to write a summary about a nonfiction topic. Students are learning how to use the notes they have taken from a text and use the main idea and supporting details to create a brief summary. Later this week, students will be assigned to small groups and start using all of the nonfiction strategies they've learned so far to conduct research on specific "Extreme Weather" topics. Students will be given about a week to conduct the research and decide how they will present what they've learned to the class.
This week in writing students will be spending the majority of the week learning how to support their reasons in their opinion essays. We have spent our first bend of the unit learning how to structure, or 'frame' our essay, and now we will be learning how to support the frame with mini stories and lists. We connect this work to the metaphor for building a house, so the students can expect a lot of 'construction' analogies/stories :) This week students will work hard building a collection of supporting material (mini stories and lists) to support their reasons. Towards the end of the week, students will go through their collection and choose the best stories that support their reasons. By Friday, we will begin actually drafting their essays, moving away from the 'boxes and bullets' frame.