This week in reading students are moving towards deeper understanding of the main character and other characters in their independent reading books. First, students learned how to immerse themselves in the book by pretending they were one of the characters and creating a movie in their mind. Now, we are working on reflecting about the characters and what their thoughts, actions, and words mean by using phrases like: This makes me realize... or, I notice that...
Moving forward, students will learn how to better understand their reflections and move towards creating theories about their characters. These theories will lead them to create a theme for the novel they are reading and have a deeper understanding about how author's create their characters the way they do!
This week, we should be reading through Chapter 19 in The Tiger Rising.
This week in writing, students are continuing their work on their realistic fiction narratives. Last week we worked hard to get our story out of our brain and onto the paper, so to speak, and this week we are going to go back to the scenes within our draft to begin the revision process. On Tuesday we went back to several mentor texts (Pecan Pie Baby, Fireflies, Tiger Rising, and Harry Potter) to analyze how authors creatively began their leads. After learning about various author's techniques, students will go back to their leads and try out an author's technique to help enhance their lead. Throughout the week, students will continue turn to mentor texts to help guide them in their revisions. We learned that sometimes, as developing writers, we need to take some tips from the pros!
Students are also learning how to 'turn on the lights' in their story. We never want our readers to feel disoriented, like they just woke up from a deep sleep and are unsure of where they are. So this week we will also make sure that we are being as descriptive as possible within our scenes so our readers never feel lost or confused about what is going on, or where there character is. We have already discussed showing, not telling, and this is an extension of that work.