Thursday, October 30, 2014

Personal Narratives - Family Blogger Night

Tonight you and your guardian will get a chance to look at your personal narrative more closely. After you read it together please answer the questions below. 

1. Why do we write personal narratives?
2. Why does reading aloud our stories help during the editing process?
3. How did you grow as a writer throughout this unit? Be specific. 
4. What's the theme of your story?
5. What are some strong words you used in your story?
6. What part of your story aren't you satisfied with?
7. How much did your personal narrative change since the first draft?7.  What are you looking forward to about Publishing Day?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Titles! Get your Titles Here!

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to create a title for your story.

Directions:

  • Jot down 5 possible titles for story
  • Choose your favorite title
  • Tell the Blogger community why you selected that specific title
How to select a good title?
  • Ask yourself, "what is my story really about?"
  • Look at mood of the story
  • Think about the small or large journey you experienced in the story
  • Think of a visual description of setting or character
  • Use dialogue from an important part of the story
Off you write!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I can see the end

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on any part of your personal narrative story. It NEEDS TO BE DONE by Friday, October 31st. 


  • Read over your partner's checklist s/he filled out for you today. Remember they shared their comments on Google Docs.
  • Write down 1-2 goals for tonight's writing
  • Copy old draft of a section
  • Compose new draft
  • No one is done with their story until Friday, 1:00pm
  • Next week we'll do all the publishing work, which is quite stressful and fun!

3 more days to go!  Off your write. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

YOU PICK

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on any part of your personal narrative. All narratives must be done by Friday.


  • Write down 1-2 writing goals before you actually compose
  • Copy and paste old draft
  • Compose new draft
  • Blogger community should see the old and new draft + writing goals
Off you write

Saturday, October 25, 2014

News on the March



Cloudy and cooler weather greeted us last night. Good to see some greenery and hear the rain dancing on my roof. I really enjoyed reading the FAMILY BLOGGER responses because of the colorful details that were used to create some interesting endings to stories. The public speaking deliveries were quite strong this week. The Fireballs came prepared.  Let's all work hard this week even if Halloween is knocking on our door. 


HEALTH: Puberty causes all kinds of changes in your body. 5th grade is a time when these changes may begin to occur. For example, the skin and scalp may suddenly get oily very easily. Take caring of one's hygiene is very important. Read this fun poem. Please be observant of body odor and teeth cleaning. THANKS.

Mum said to have a shower,
And wash my hair well too.
I've been in here for ages,
I think that that will do.
Uh, oh, the towel's dirty,
Maybe I really oughter,
Next time I have a shower,
Stand underneath the water




  • to the Fireballs for doing a really nice job on their newscasts. Eye contact, preparedness, expression, and power slides were solid!
  • to the Fireballs for being accepting of the Frederick's Follies news




Camp W - Promo




Work in progress
  • all students still need to work on reading every night while filling out their 2 post-its. THIS IS IMPERATIVE. 
  • all students need to work on using more varied expression while speaking
  • all students should continue to work on finding their outfit for Genius Hour Presentation beginning on November 6

Curriculum menu for week 10. 










  • Students will work on stirring their empathy through personal response
  • Students will work on letting the text revise their image of the character


  • Students will work on looking at other people's writing differently. WHAT IS THE CLEVER TRICK THIS WRITER HAS DONE TO AFFECT THE READER THIS WAY? 
  • Students will work on learning from mentor text by using writer's notebook not just as place to gather entries, but as a workbench. 
  • Students will finish up their personal narratives this week
  • PUBLISHING DAY IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 12, 11-12:20. PARENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. 



  • Students will explore Unit 2's big essential question: HOW DID THE AGE OF EXPLORATION AFFECT THE NEW WORLD?
  • Students will answer these guiding questions: why did explorers come to the new world? who were the explorers and what did they find? what explorations were made by land? where in the Americas did Europeans claim land?





  • Students will practice using good eye contact 
  • Students will practice using varied expression
  • Students will work on their Genius Hour project in class. 


  • Students will continue to work on all Unit 5 words: aquaculture, aquamarine, aquatic, Mediterranean, subterranean, terrace, terrain, territory
  • Students will try to incorporate the words into their daily writing
  • Students will continue to learn the proper parts of speech for each word



Boys vs. Girls Contest(every 2 weeks)
  • Mull of Kintyre - Girls
  • Mad World - Boys



1. "Artifice" by SOHN 
2. "Say you Love me" Jessie Ware
3. "Immigrant Song" Led Zeppelin








Loving this expressive and gospelish song!


Genius Hour Project-we're getting closer to the end. 
  • Students will work on organizing their slides in class
  • Students will continue to cite their sources
  • Students will work on starting their presentation with a hook - start off with a bang: quote, dramatic statement, plenty of description
  • Students will work on ending with a strong note
  • Students will continue to work on finding appropriate 2-3 quotes
  • Students will continue to work on their style of delivery. They should also practice at home in front of family members. Record the delivery.
  • All presentations will be on Nov. 6 and 7 beginning at 12:30. 
  • All presenters wear an appropriate costume on the day of their presentation
  • All presentation should be between 3-5 minutes
  • Index cards can be used on the day of the presentation
  • Superintendent Gonzales, Principal Maijala, and Mr. Frederick's parents will be invited. The Fireballs' parents are also invited. 



Quotes to Live by: Henry David Thoreau
  “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT - THIS IS THE END.

SHARING POWERFUL ENDINGS



Some of you have written an ending you feel proud of. Others of you are still reaching for words and sentences to end your story in the "perfect" way. This is something published authors struggle with again and again, often drafting 20 or 30 endings before choosing the one that is best. Tonight, continue to explore a few different ways your ending might go. Have your guardian give you suggestions and/or ideas.

Does your ending grab the reader's attention? Does your ending leave the reader with something to think about?

DIRECTIONS
  • COPY AND PASTE YOUR ORIGINAL ENDING TO YOUR PERSONAL NARRATIVE. IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ENDING YET, WRITE ONE UP LIKE YOU DID IN CLASS TODAY.
  • REWRITE A NEW ENDING THAT'S DIFFERENT FROM YOUR ORIGINAL ENDING. ASK A GUARDIAN FOR SUGGESTIONS. 
  • WE SHOULD SEE SOME KIND OF AN ENDING ON BLOGGER TONIGHT. 
  • DON'T FORGET TO COMMENT ON EACH OTHER'S WORK. 

STRATEGIES FOR ELABORATING

  • slow down the action
  • add dialogue
  • give details
  • show small actions
  • add internal thinking

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sizzling ideas from a different author

Read over your personal narrative and find a part that is bland and needs more sizzle.

To assist, browse through your current leveled reading book. Look for inspirational ideas such as word choice, dialogue, strong opener and closer, flash backs, flash forwards, or other writing tools that author used to make the story come alive.

For each idea write down the page number and idea that you gathered. Find at least 2-3 ideas. Now take these ideas and put them into your writing. DON'T COPY WORDS. Show us the changes you made within your story.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Faster, Stronger, and Better at Reading

FASTER, STRONGER, AND BETTER AT READING



It's very difficult to read a book and not think about the title, plot, characters, conflict, resolution and/or setting. Tonight, you're going to share the following information with the Blogger community.

DIRECTIONS
1. Write down the title of the book and author. What page number are you on?

BEFORE READING ANSWER THESE TWO QUESTIONS.
2. Answer these two questions before you read.
a. What does the title tell you about the story?
b. How do you think the next part that you read will make you feel and why?

READ FOR 15-20 MINUTES.

DURING READING ANSWER THESE TWO QUESTIONS.
a. How do you feel about the main character?
b. How does the story remind you of your own life?

4. AFTER READING ANSWER THESE TWO QUESTIONS.
a. What part of the story have you enjoyed the most?
b. What do you think is going to happen in tomorrow night's reading.

5. Don't forget to jot down two post-its in your comp. book. Please bring your reading log tomorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NEWS ON THE MARCH



The week flew by so quickly. Two more weeks until Halloween. BOO!







  • to the Fireballs for doing a wonderful job at Microsoft; that was special!
  • to the Fireballs for working hard on their newscast during the week.
  • to Jocelyn and Donna for providing such strong and committed work in room 503. They're fabulous at what they do.




Work in progress
  • all students still need to work on reading every night, filling out their post-its
  • all students need to work on using more varied expression while speaking
  • all student should continue to focus on being respectful toward each other. Say things to each other

CURRICULUM MENU










  • Students will work on setting up reading goals for month of October and November
  • Students will really tackle Unit 2: FOLLOWING CHARACTERS INTO MEANING
  • In Unit 2, the students will improving their "making movies in their mind" skills, stirring up empathy, making predictions, mining details about characters, and developing more understanding about character behavior and motivations






  • Students will work on making characters in personal narratives travel through time and place
  • Students will work on revising and editing their personal narratives




  • Students will explore Unit 2's big essential question: HOW DID THE AGE OF EXPLORATION CHANGE THE NEW WORLD?
  • Students will answer these guiding questions: why did explorers come to the new world? who were the explorers and what did they find? what explorations were made by land? where in the Americas did Europeans claim land?






  • Students will practice using good eye contact 
  • Students will practice using varied expression
  • Students will prepare for their big "newscast" delivery at home and in class






  • Students will continue to work on unit 5,-aqua and -terr
  • Terrace, terrain, territory, aquaculture
  • Students will try to incorporate the words into their daily writing
  • Students will continue to learn the proper parts of speech for each word





SONG TO LEARN AND SING





1. "Detlet Schrempf" by Band of Horses
2. "Long Time Gone" by Billie Joe and Norah  
3. "Stuck in a moment you can't get out of" - U2







Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
"Godzilla" B
"It's the End of the World As we Know it" G



"Simplicity is not a simple thing." - Charles Chaplin

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Boo!

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKY DINNER




Halloween is just around the trick-or-treat corner. You're about to host a fabulous, creepy, and spooooooky Halloween dinner for family and friends. Your appetizers, main course, decor, music, and dessert should be something that is unique to Halloween. Make your food fun and ghoulish. SANITIZE YOUR DETAILS PLEASE. Muhahahahaha.




DIRECTIONS: Answer as many questions as you'd like using imaginative, creative, and $$$ word choice.

1. What is the name of your Halloween party?
2. What creepy ingredients do you need for each dish? Try to provide at least 2-4 different dishes.
3. What are the spooky titles for each dish?  Like Monster Mash Potatoes with Car oil and Butter.
4. What kind of decorations will you put up?
5. What type of Halloween music will be playing when your guests arrive?
6. What type of games will be played at your party?

6. GO ON TO GOOGLE DOCS. CLICK ON PRESENTATION.

A. Create a SIMPLE slideshow of your Dinner and Dessert menu.
B. Share your Menu with Mr. Frederick via Google Presentation.
C. We'll take a look at the different menus in class on Friday.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Flashback

PAST MEMORIES

Tonight, please work some more on your personal narrative. You should elaborate on a scene from the past to emphasize the important part of your writing.



DIRECTIONS

  1. WRITE DOWN 2-3 GOALS
  2. TAKE A SECTION OF YOUR STORY THAT YOU WANT TO SHOW A FLASHBACK. COPY AND PASTE IT. 
  3. SHOW US YOUR FLASHBACK. 
  4. ALL OF US SHOULD SEE YOUR ORIGINAL SECTION AND YOUR NEW FLASHBACK DRAFT. 

Off you write...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NEWS ON THE MARCH

THE BIG FREDERICK'S FOLLIES  ANNOUNCEMENT IS COMING REAL SOON. 

Don't forget to bring in $20 for the Max's Opera Cafe dinner. 

Be the first to comment on the new Tab called "Upbeats and Proposals". 




Hats off...
  • doing the blog with a guardian. I appreciated that people shared their personal thoughts. 
  • to the students for completing their CHARACTER presentation.  The wide range of creativity was pretty cool. 
Work in progress
  • students need to blog each night, M-TH. 
  • students need to write 1-2 goals before they work on a new draft for their personal narrative.
  • students should continue to follow written instructions as carefully as possible
Reading: 
  • Students will work on intense listening. Intense listening creates a force field in which ideas grow.
  • Students will work on using post-its while reading for meaning. 1 post-it for every 2-3 pages is recommended.
Writing:
  • Students will work on making characters in personal narratives travel through time and place.
  • Students will work on creating goals every time they begin a new draft.

Social Studies: How did the Age of Exploration change the New World?
  • Students will explore the amazing technologies and routes the explorers used. 
  • Students will practice note taking

Speaking and Listening- NEWSCAST
  • Students will create their own newscast
  • Students will deliver news that's been going on the Peninsula community 
  • Students will include bits on local news, sports, arts and entertainment, and weather
  • Students will create power slides for each topic
  • Students will dress like a news anchor
  • Students will deliver appropriate news to their classmates. 
  • Sourceshttp://www.paloaltoonline.com/   and  http://www.almanacnews.com/
  • Students may sit in a chair or stand up
  • The students and I will look for creativity, smooth and rehearsed transitions, typed script, solid eye-contact and voice projection
  • Images used must be appropriate and connect to the specific topic. 

Classical Roots: 
  • Students will continue to work on CR words, lesson 5
  • Students will try to incorporate these words into their daily writing
  • -aqua ; - aquatic ; - Mediterranean ; - subterranean 
Language:
A. Conventions - students will work on commas in series
B. Grammar - students will work on identifying conjuctions in a sentence (or, but, nor, yet, for, and, so)
C. Vocabulary Acquisition - 
Understand Figurative Language: Idiom of the week: UNDER THE WEATHER AND DOWN TO EARTH

Genius Hour:
  • Students need to share research notes with Mr. Frederick. Notes can be in the form of index cards, paper, or powerslides. 
  • Students need to share updated Bibliography with Mr. Frederick 

Character Education: 
Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
CONTEST WILL BE ON TUESDAY. NO CONTEST ON FRIDAY

Songs to Learn and Sing:
1.  "Free to Run" - Gomez
2.  "U2 - Stuck in a moment You can't Get out of"
3. "Ink" - Coldplay
Great Minds Quotes: "Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use." - Wendell Johnson

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Have a PART in this activity.

B-I-O-G-R-A--P-H-Y




Tonight, you'll have a chance to interview each other. 

DIRECTIONS

  • Find a quiet place in your house.
  • Each person should have their writing tools with them. Computer or pencil and paper will do. 
  • Pick a PARTNER A and B.
  • Partner A asks all the questions to Partner B. While Partner B responds, partner A records his/her notes. 
  • Partner B asks all the questions to Partner A. While Partner A responds, partner B records his/her notes. 
  • Each person PUBLISHES at least 5 of the questions listed below. You may want to ask your partner which answers you don't want them to post. Be respectful. 
  • We're going to learn more about each other in a fun, challenging, and safe manner. 

QUESTIONS
  1. What is your absolute favorite thing to do?
  2. What type of ice cream best describes your personality?
  3. Can you think of a character in a book that best resembles your personality?
  4. How do you cope with sadness?
  5. What is something you want more out of life?
  6. Where did you grow up and describe what it was like?
  7. Have you ever had your heart broken? Explain. 
  8. You can only bring three music albums to a stranded island. What are they and why?
  9. What did/do you enjoy doing as a child?
  10. Is there something you wish you could do over again?
  11. Did/do you have a stuffed animal that meant the world to you? Why?
  12. What are some goals you're working toward?


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

DECISIONS

YOU PICK...



Tonight you'll get an opportunity to pick your prompt. Down below are your three choices. 

PROMPTS

1. My favorite childhood memory
2. Late one night...
3. A dangerous thing to do!

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pick one prompt to write about. 
2. Create a 4-6 event story arc on Blogger so all of us can see it. 
3. Write your short story. 

WAYS TO ELEVATE YOUR WRITING
  • DO NOT SUMMARIZE
  • TELL THE STORY FROM THE HEART
  • ASK THESE QUESTIONS: WHAT IS MY STORY TRULY ABOUT? IN WHAT WAYS DO I NEED TO IMPROVE MY WRITING?
  • LOCATE SECTION OF THE STORY THAT NEEDS MORE ELABORATION

Monday, October 6, 2014

More Story Arcing

WHAT'S YOUR STORY ARC FOR YOUR PERSONAL NARRATIVE?


Tonight you'll get an another opportunity to create your PN story arc. Blogger doesn't provide the tools for you to draw your arc. Just use numbers for the important parts in the story. TRY TO COME UP WITH AT LEAST 8-10 EVENTS FROM BEGINNING TO END.

Mr. Frederick's example

Title of Story: Peter's Chair

1. Peter want his family to stay the way it is

2. New baby sister arrives

3. Peter doesn't get attention for his building

4. Peter's parents repaint his cradle

Saturday, October 4, 2014

NEWS ON THE MARCH



Numb sums up my feelings regarding my beloved A's. I'm beginning to feel like that few-haired boy in the picture above.Congrats to the Giants!  At least the Fireballs are learning how to get things done in the classroom.  

FREDERICK'S FOLLIES BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING REAL REAL SOON-- IT WILL BE HISTORICAL!

Don't forget to bring in $20 for Max Opera Cafe dinner. 

Be the first to comment on the new Tab called "Upbeats and Proposals". 



Hats off...
  • doing the blog with a guardian. I appreciated that people shared great suggestions. Thanks!
  • for doing a much better job completing reading logs.
  • for the girls really coming together during the boys vs. girls singing contest. 
Work in progress
  • all students need to blog each night, M-TH. 
  • students need to write 1-2 goals before they work on a new draft for their personal narrative.
Reading: 
  • Students will work on intense listening. Intense listening creates a force field in which ideas grow.
  • Students will work on using post-its while reading for meaning. 1 post-it for every 2-3 pages is recommended.
Writing:
  • Students will work on making characters in personal narratives travel through time and place.
  • Students will work on creating goals every time they begin a new draft.

Social Studies: 
  • Students will begin unit 3 - Age of Exploration!
  • Students will explore the Big Essential Question: How did the Age of Exploration change the New World?

Speaking and Listening
  • Students will practice using varied expression
  • Students will work on posing and responding to questions
  • Students will work on speaking at an understandable pace
  • Public speaking performances are on Thursday and Friday

Classical Roots: 
  • Students will continue to work on CR words, review of lessons 1-3
  • Students will try to incorporate these words into their daily writing
  • Friday's quiz will consist of a total of 16 words. The 16 words will not be announced until the day of the quiz. 
Language:
A. Conventions - students will work on commas in series
B. Grammar - students will work on identifying conjuctions in a sentence (or, but, nor, yet, for, and, so)
C. Vocabulary Acquisition - 
Understand Figurative Language: Idiom of the week: MAKE HEADS OR TAILS

Genius Hour:
  • Spend time in the library researching project information
  • Create a GH project schedule. List due dates for specific information including presentation dates. 

Character Education: 
Boys vs. Girls Contest: 
"It's the End of the World" B
"Mad About You" G

Songs to Learn and Sing:
1.  "Mad World" Tears for Fears
2.  "No Angel" Birdy
3. "Castin a Spell" by Johnny Otis

Great Minds Quotes: "Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use." - Wendell Johnson