Friday, October 2, 2015

An Update From English

Good morning,
I thought it would be nice to let you know what has been happening in English the past few weeks.
We have been busy developing our analysis skills in reading using the 6 signposts from the book "Notice and Note."  More information about them can be seen here  Having this shared reading language allows the students and I to dig deeper into our books, become better conversationalists, become better at expressing our thoughts, as well as becoming better at paying attention to the world around us.  All great skills in literacy, as well as life.

We have also started writing brief paragraph responses in our readers notebook, which stay in the classroom.  The format we use to analyze text and write about it is called MEL-Con.  M is main idea, E is evidence, L is link, which means the explanation of why our evidence supports our main idea, and then CON stands for conclusion.  Their first formative scores for this will be entered today and serve as a baseline for their growth the rest of the year.

Students are expected to read at least 20 minutes outside of class and have today set specific goals for what they are working on the month of October, please ask your child what their goals are.  Every child is also doing the 25 book challenge all year.

Finally, we will kick of the Global Read Aloud next week, which is a global project I created in 2010 that connects more than 500,000 students in the next 6 weeks around a shared read aloud.  We will take part in the picture book author study and be mentors for a few kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms in North America.  I am excited to see how the students will grow during this project.  For more information on the GRA, please see

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments.  I love the thinking and conversations that are happening in our classroom.  I truly have the best job in the world, so thank you for letting me teach your child.


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