We continue to work on developing ideas about characters, setting, and other story elements this week. However, we are also learning how to properly develop theories about the theme of a novel. Students are working on the "life lesson" that the author is trying to teach the reader through the work of the characters and other story elements as well as finding evidence from the text to cement their ideas.
In addition, we are working towards reading the end of The Tiger Rising and will be taking an end of unit test on this unit soon. In the meantime, students will be taking a quiz this Friday applying what they've learned in class to the independent reading novels they are currently reading.
It has been very refreshing to watch students select "just right" books that help them practice the strategies they are learning in class. Multiple students have stopped reading a book because they said it had characters that were hard to follow, or didn't have "anything" to follow and they were bored. This is a step in the right direction and is music to a reading teacher's ears!
This week in writing we are reaching the third and final bend of our first narrative unit. Students have been working SO hard writing fantastic realistic fiction narratives, and this week we are starting to reach the final stage of this work. Our focus this week will be revision, specifically through various lenses. Students will find themselves revising their piece several times, each time with a different focus (i.e. setting, plot, characters, etc). As students do this, they bring their story more to life with every revision. We will also use mentor texts to help us with this work, asking ourselves to think of what other authors do within their stories that we like - and then use that as inspiration for revision. Towards the end of the week, we will begin typing up our final, published pieces on our Chromebooks. Next week, we will have our first Writing Celebration to celebrate all of our hard work!