Tuesday April 11/17

Today we’ll begin by reading some more of The Hunger Games as a class. As we read you’ll each be responsible for one of the following: a discussion question, a literary device, a connection, or vocabulary.

Next, you will finish your literature circle work and have it in your folder for your next meeting tomorrow.

If you’re ready for tomorrow’s meeting, you can work on your madlibs assignment.

Monday April 10/17

Today you will get lots of time to read and prepare for your first literature circle meeting. Just as a reminder, here’s what you’ll need to have done before Wednesday:

  1. Your written work for your literature circle role in your folder.
  2. Three discussion questions created for the section your read (each one from a different quadrant on your q-chart) in your folder. Remember, the idea here is to create rich questions that will lead to good discussion.
  3. You will need to have your first chunk of your novel read.

If you have everything ready to go, you can continue working on your madlibs exercise from Friday. See Ms Maddocks if you were away and need the handouts for this.

Mrs. Tipping will be working with some students to ensure they have their literature circle blogs set up properly.

Friday April 7/17

Parts of speech mad libs teacherToday with Ms Maddocks you are going to review parts of speech:

  • Nouns
    • A noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea.
    • There are two kinds of nouns: common and proper.
      • A common noun names someone or something but not a particular someone or something
      • A proper noun names a particular or special person, place or thing.
    • Verbs
      • A verb shows action, or what something or someone is.
    • Adjectives
      • An adjective describes or gives more information about a noun.
    • Adverbs
      • An adverb is used to give more information about verbs. They can tell you how, when, or where an action occurs.
    • Pronouns
      • Pronouns are words used in place of nouns, often to avoid repeating a noun.
      • One type of pronoun you need to know is the personal pronoun:
        • Personal pronoun: I, me, you, she, he, her, him, they etc.
      • Prepositions
        • Prepositions are joining words. They are “pre-positioned” before nouns and pronouns to join them to the rest of the sentence.
          • Eg/ after, over, under, beside, on, before, below, around, until, within, past, during, among, through, behind etc.
        • Conjunctions
          • Conjunctions join or connect two or more words in a sentence.
            • Coordinating conjunctions join together words or groups of words that are used the same way
              • Eg/ and, but, or
            • Subordinating conjunctions add other ideas to the main idea of a sentence
              • Eg/ after, although, as, because, how, if, than, that, though, unless, until, when, before, where, while
            • Interjections
              • These are easy. An interjection is a word or phrase used to express strong emotion or surprise.
                • Eg/ Wow! Hey!

Then, as a class, you are going to complete a madlibs exercise from the The Hunger Games. To do this, you will need to suggest parts of speech for Ms Maddocks and then she will fill in the madlibs selection. She’ll read you the original and then read you the version you created as a class.

Practice:

Noun:_________

Adjective:_________

Plural noun:______________

Noun:_____________

Noun:_____________

Adjective_______________

Adjective:_______________

Noun:_______________

Noun:_______________

Verb (ending in ING) ________________

Verb (ending in ING) ________________

Plural noun:______________

Plural noun:______________

Plural noun:______________

Verb (ending in ING) ________________

Preposition_______________

Plural noun:_________________

What makes madlibs silly and fun is that the sentences still make grammatical sense even though they sound ridiculous.

Then you’ll have a chance to create your own madlibs exercise for your book. You will have some time in class today to work on this but we also want to make sure you get reading time. If you’ve finshed your reading, make sure you have also completed your role work for your literature circle meeting and make sure you have three discussion questions done. If all this is in your folder, you can keep working on your madlibs.

Parts of speech mad libs

Thursday April 6/17

Today we’re going to be setting up blogs using the Chromebooks. I’ve made a powerpoint to go over the instructions step by step:

These blogs are an extension of the classroom. They are not private. Please do not use your full name: just first name last initial.

Any language or material posted on the blog must be school appropriate. If you have any doubts about whether or not something is school appropriate, don’t post it until you talk to me.