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January 8-12, 2018
Due Date: 1/13/2018
Subject: Language Arts

January 8-12, 2018

 Social Studies

 Martin Luther King Jr. will be our focus next week. Together we will research his accomplishments. 


Reading/ Making Meaning

Unit 6- Making Inferences

Genre- Historical Fiction

Mentor texts:

  • Richard Wright and the Library Card
  • Uncle Jed's Barbershop

Both stories take place in the segregated South. 

Focus skills:

  • making inferences about the story's plot, conflict, setting, and characters
  • making inferences to explore causes of events in the story
  • discussing character change in the story
  • comparing two historical fiction books
  • exploring the use of first- and third-person points of view

Using an excerpt from Richard Wright and the Library Card, students will underline sentences that help them answer given questions. They will use the underlined parts to make inferences. 

Vocabulary Words are Week 14. Weeks 13 and 14 words are located in the "Forms" tab. A vocabulary test will be given after week 16. 


Being a Writer

Unit- Expository Nonfiction

Mentor Texts:

  • I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly and other questions about polar lands
  • I Wonder Why The Sahara Is Cold At Night and other questions about deserts
  • Rainforests
  • Can It Rain Cats and Dogs?

Focus Skills:

  • hear and discuss expository nonfiction
  • explore different ways to organize and present information in nonfiction
  • begin reading and writing about topics that interest them
  • use curiosity to drive their research and expository nonfiction writing

Students will discuss stories and generate nonfiction topics based on the topics they are curious about. They will make an "I Wonder..." list. For example, I wonder how stars are made.

Once they have a list of nonfiction topics, students will choose one of those topics and generate questions for that topic.

 *Students will take the Case 21 Writing assessment on Thursday, Jan. 11th.

The assessment will be used to guage each student's strengths and weaknesses in writing. A practice writing assignment will be given on Monday and Tuesday before the Case 21 assessment.



Verb Tenses- Students will practice identifying and using present, past, future, present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses correctly. They will also need to identify the correct tenses for irregular verbs. 

There will be an assessment on all verb tenses and irregular verb forms on Friday, January 12, 2018.



Word Parts -able -ible

  1. acceptable
  2. responsibly
  3. valuable
  4. excitable
  5. horrible
  6. reliable
  7. noticeable
  8. comfortable
  9. forth
  10. hers
  11. explanation
  12. normal
  13. adventure
  14. tough
  15. sorry

Spelling tests will be given on Friday each week.