Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MEL-Con 2 "Conflicts"

MEL-Con 2  “Conflicts”
Assignment:  Write a MEL-Con discussing the types of conflicts in your text.  This means you identify what the type of conflicts they are and then discuss, with text evidence and links, what they may mean.

Due:  Monday, October 20th.

Submit:  Please print or hand write and submit to me in class.

Length:  One paragraph or more.

Text used:  Your choice or the Global Read Aloud book we are using.

Reminders - you need to have:
  • Correct capitalization
  • Accurate spelling
  • Good grammar
  • Transition words
  • Your own thoughts (links!)
  • Here is a link to the graphic organizer

The Different Types of Conflicts:
  • Person vs. person
  • Person vs. Self
  • Person vs. Society
  • Person vs. Nature
  • Person vs. Supernatural
  • Person vs. Technology

Assessment:  This will be assessed under standards 1, 3, 7, and 8 as summative. Here is a link to the rubric we will use.

Sample answer:
In the book, Dissonance, there are many types of conflicts, including Man vs. Self, Man Vs. Society, and Man vs Nature.  The first type of conflict is Man vs. Self, which is shown by the way that Del doubts her feelings for Simon and whether she is allowed to feel this way.  She says in the text “I know that loving him is wrong, but how can I go on without him?” which makes me believe she ultimate cannot help but love him, but she does not feel good about it.  Thus she is battling against herself.  The second conflict in the book is Man Vs. Society in that Del goes behind the back of the elders and “walks” into Echo worlds whenever she wants, even though she knows she shouldn’t.  She does not believe that it is right for the Elders to decide when a world should be cleaved and therefore continues to sneak away even though it may destroy the society she belongs to.  The final conflict is Man vs. Nature, in that Simon discovers there is another alternate reality that he has to be careful not to destroy.  The words in the alternate reality do not obey the same rules as the world we live in, which means decisions that Simon make puts him at war with the world.  All three conflicts drive the action and the plot and make the characters more believable, that is how I know there are three different conflicts in the book.

If you want to print this sheet, here is a link

Monday, October 13, 2014

Newsletter October 10, 2014

Some of my wonderful connections students volunteered to do this week's English newsletter.  Please watch to get a glimpse into what we are doing in English.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vocab Words Unit 3

Vocab work for next week is the same for all kids.  So please click on this link, if you want to start studying for the quiz on Thursday, October 16th.  

Ask Your Child About...

This week we covered a lot of ground, things you can ask your child about include:

  • Their MEL-Con's and what they need to work on before the next one is assigned next week. These can be re-done until October 20th.
  • Their thoughts on the Global read Aloud book
  • Their blogging challenge, what did they decide to write about and why
  • Urban Challenge - are they getting excited for this great day?
  • The books they are reading, we received a lot of new books and they have been flying off of the shelves.  This is also a great time to bring back any books no longer being read or abandoned.
  • Their reading reflections - students did a halfway through the quarter English reflection which was sent home Thursday or Friday.  They self-assessed how they are doing and what they need to work on.
  • Book orders - new book orders went home today due next Friday.  There were a lot of great new books included.

Looking ahead:
  • A new MEL-Con will be assigned Wednesday
  • Vocab quiz will be Thursday next week for Vocab words unit 3
  • Urban challenge preparation will start Thursday

October Book Orders

Back by popular demand, we have our October book orders. They are due back to me by Next Friday, the 17th of October.  Note that there are many more books online at Scholastic than just the ones shown in the catalogue. 

To order online (We get a free book every time!)
Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: GXJ8R To order books either send in a check or do it online:
  •  ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
  •  SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  •  SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
  •  All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Some recommendations for this month are:
  • The Blood of Olympus - The conclusion to The Heroes of Olympus series!
  • The Eye of Minds by James Dashner - the new series from the author of the Maze Runner series
  • Sure Signs of Crazy
  • Upside Dow in in the Middle of Nowhere - a highly recommended book!
  • The 6th book in The Amulet series - Graphic novels at their best
  • 365 Days of Wonder - from the same author that brought us "Wonder"
  • A SNicker of Magic - A great read for all ages
  • The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book - The Long Haul

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vocab Work Explained

Throughout the year, students will work on 50 vocabulary words or roots to broaden their language skills.  In the chosen weeks of vocab work, we will

  • Introduce 2 words on Monday
  • Introduce 2 words on Tuesday
  • Introduce final word Wednesday
  • Review on Thursday
  • Test on Friday
Students will be tested on the words/roots of the week and also some of the previous words/roots.  This helps with memorization as well as utilization.  This is part of their summative grade for standard 8.

All vocabulary words can be found right here

Some students are given a different list of vocabulary words, the words for this group can be found here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Dog Assignment

Your assignment is to do a MEL-Con on the text My Dog by Kevin O'Neall.  You may use the graphic organizer provided in class to gather your thoughts, but the final product should be written as one succinct paragraph.

Please interpret this: Why did the author end with Mrs. Barney saying “My dog.”?  (What does that mean?, where did she get the dog from?)

Due:  Monday, September 29th.  Time will be given in class Wednesday and Friday to work on this.
Length: One paragraph or more.
To Submit:  Paper copy, or submit your link to your Google doc here 
Assessment:  Student and teacher will assess using the rubric found here
Text used:  My Dog by Kevin O'Neall
Graphic Organizer:  Can be found here 
To see a sample:  Go here