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1 August Reading Workshop **All students should have an independent reader at all times. ***The following Tactics for Teaching Comprehension are suggested: 1. Thinking aloud 2. Modeling 3. Demonstrating 4. Conferring 5. Informal interactions and sharing Taken from To Understand by Ellin Oliver Keene Letter/Book Pass Dictionary and Thesaurus refresher BAV Warm Ups Writing Workshop Writing Survey/ Letter Grammar Study (embedded within reading and writing workshop) Once a concept is taught as a lesson, then students find it in reading (mentor texts) and in their writing. Then it is referred to continuously through the year to reinforce it each time it appears. Poetry (embedded within reading and writing workshop) Bio/I am poem First Semester Page 1 of 6

2 September Setting up Notebooks Guidelines for Reading Workshop 1 st 20 days as needed Choosing good books How to buzz How to abandon a book Genres Writing responses to reading Checking for understanding as you read DRA testing Minilessons introducing/ reviewing Literary Elements w/ Short Stories or Novels Character Plot Setting Theme Mood Tone Point of View Thinking within the text Thinking beyond and about the text Figurative language Metaphor Simile Oxymoron Personification Setting up Notebooks Guidelines for Writing Workshop The Writing Process Narrative Process Brainstorming Selecting Topics Prewriting (Gathering Seeds) Quick writes Trigger words Sentence stubs Wet ink writing Listing Response to photo Blueprinting Reporters Formula *The list above is a suggestion. Use as needed. Thinking Maps to Pre-write and Organize (Tree Map, Double- Bubble, Circle, Flow Map) Drafting (starter pieces) Understanding Audience Purpose Introduce Writing Rubric Capitalization of titles Varied sentence types such as compound and complex Apostrophes and possessives Commas with conjunctions to connect ideas meaningfully Dependent and independent clauses to affect meaning Students study run-ons and fragments and their effects on meaning. Compound/ complex/ compound-complex sentences for purpose and meaning Semicolons Sound Devices Figurative Language as needed Topic/Theme/Purpose First Semester Page 2 of 6

3 October Continue Literary Elements from September Short Story Elements Mini-lessons for expanding meaning Character Plot Setting Irony Symbolism Thinking within the text Thinking beyond the text (Laying the Foundation-- levels of questioning) Revising Structure and Use of Language Leads Conclusions Editing Ratiocination Paragraphing Publishing Writing Groups Peer Conferencing Teacher Conferencing Continue Narrative Process. Should be done with personal narratives by end of month (published piece.) Topic/Theme/Purpose Prepositional phrases to elaborate written ideas Various tenses for audience and purpose: present, past, future, perfect & progressive (used in writing effectively) Correct subject/ verb agreement Parts of speech correctly in writing Commas in direct address Students should edit drafts for specific purposes such as to ensure standard usage, varied sentence structure, and appropriate word choice and how they affect meaning. This should be done continuously every 9 weeks. First Semester Page 3 of 6

4 November Non- fiction texts (analysis of writers crafts or tools of mentor texts) Biography Commentary/Articles Informational Text: Text features Text structures Author s purpose Fact/opinion Main idea (get the gist) Summary (BME) Thinking Maps Continue Reading Groups Continue Literature Circles Choice of: Biography Commentary Expository Article Students will apply writers crafts from mentor texts to their own writing. Writer s Craft Intentional Repetition Figurative Language Print Features (Bold, Italics, dashes, ellipses, and parenthesis) Dialogue Paragraphing Leads/Conclusions Sound devices Text structures Cause /Effect Compare/Contrast Brush strokes: Appositives and appositive phrases Pronoun agreement Apostrophes with contractions Subordinate clauses for effect and meaning Semicolons to clarify and enhance meaning Editing/ proof-reading skills December Reading Benchmark Test Sustaining Reading Expanding Meaning Literary Analysis: Drama (Idea: A Christmas Carol play) Required reading for Pre-AP is A Christmas Carol, the novel. Compare scene/ act from original text to play(film) version Dialogue Stage directions Literary Analysis Character Analysis Compare /Contrast Thinking Maps Annotations Brush Strokes: Adjectives out of Order Transitions (conjunctive adverbs: consequently, however, indeed ) Relative Pronouns such as whose, that, & which Idea: Bio Poem of Scrooge First Semester Page 4 of 6

5 January Reading short narratives Summarization Main Idea/Theme Making Connections Irony Testing as a genre Continue gathering seeds in your writer s notebook. Rereading your writer s notebook to choose a seed and find a focus. Shaping writing Grouping strategies (see Acts) Clocking Peer editing Pointing Fishbowl Plural nouns Pronouns Brush Strokes: Participles Writing Benchmark Test Testing as a genre February Short stories with narrative structure Use previously taught strategies to develop benchmark composition after analyzing strengths and weaknesses the feedback sheet. Continue Drafting: Adding Depth Prove-its Depth Charging Framing Snapshots/ Thought shots Ba-da-bing Writer s craft Take one narrative idea through the entire writing process. Brush Strokes: Absolutes Hyphens to clarify and enhance meaning Colons to clarify and enhance meaning Editing/ proof-reading skills First Semester Page 5 of 6

6 March April Fiction/Non-fiction Author s organization/text structure Fact/opinion Mood/tone Multiple themes in a work Point of view Main idea Summary Supporting details Author s purpose Characterization Reading Benchmark Fiction/Non-fiction Author s organization/text structure Fact/opinion Mood/tone Multiple themes in a work Point of view Main idea Summary Supporting details Author s purpose Characterization Writing TAKS Test Summarizing Thinking Maps Written response to reading TTPP (Theme, tone, point of view, and purpose) Topic/Theme/Prompt Take an expository essay through the entire process. Summarizing Thinking Maps Written response to reading TTPP (Theme, tone, point of view, and purpose) Topic/Theme/Prompt Direct/ Indirect Objects Hyphens Colons Infinitive phrases Comparative and superlative forms of adjectives to make writing vivid or precise Adverbs to make writing vivid or precise Editing/ proof-reading skills Narrative poetry May/June Persuasive Texts Argumentation Appeals: emotional, logical Cause /Effect Compare/Contrast Writing Persuasive Texts Thesis Counter argument (Multi-flow map) Argumentation Appeals: emotional, logical Inversions (inverted order) Parallel Structure Timed Writing Literary Analysis First Semester Page 6 of 6

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