Learning Goals


Learning Goals

We are learning to

  • Write an opinion paragraph
  • Read for meaning by applying reading strategies
  • Generate critical questions
  • Identify literary devices

Success Criteria

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • write a topic sentence that clearly states my opinion
  • include at least three supporting details
  • explain how the supporting details support my opinion
  • use punctuation correctly to communicate my ideas

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • make text to text, text to self, and text to world connections
  • explain how those connections help me understand the text
  • use the words in the text to create pictures in my mind
  • explain how those mental pictures help me understand the story

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • use the q chart to generate factual, analytic, and prediction, and synthesis questions for my book club novel
  • create questions that lead to interesting discussions

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • identify examples of literary devices such as imagery, irony, humour, simile, metaphor, symbolism, personification, onomatopoeia, and foreshadowing.
  • explain how these devices contribute to the meaning of the text


Friday April 20

Our goal today is to examine the strengths and weaknesses of an argument.

Go to Google Classroom.

We will read the first “Point” as a class and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the argument. As we read, we will fill out the KWL chart (attached). Then you will read the second article “Counter Point” on your own and finish the KLW chart. When you’ve submitted the assignment, complete the reflection.

Wednesday April 18

Yesterday some of you were revising and resubmitting your opinion paragraphs while others were writing the midterm. Today you should all be working on the assignment called Examining Both Sides on Google Classroom.

Before we dive into that though, we’ll have some reading time followed by a discussion about identifying the main idea and supporting details.

Friday April 6

Today is our second literature circle day. I will take a few minutes to review the expectations with you and then you will get into your groups. Remember, the main thing you are being marked on is your ability to talk about your book.

You will have a self-evaluation to complete at the end.

Then you will finish your opinion paragraphs.

FYI Midterms start next Friday. Our midterm is on Monday April 16. I will discuss what you need to review on Monday.

Thursday April 5

Today we’ll begin with 15 minutes of silent reading and then time for you to complete your book club role including your discussion questions. Then you will have time to finish your opinion paragraphs. These are due today.

Wednesday April 4

We’ll start today with 20 minutes of silent reading and then head down to the Inquiry Den to work on our opinion paragraphs. Please see Google Classroom for more details.

Tuesday April 2

Today we’re going to do an overhaul on the book clubs. Some of you will continue with your original book. Some of you are doing a different book. Some of you are continuing with independent book clubs. Others are going to move into a supported book club. Our next book club will be this Thursday so it’s important that you know your role.

After we do some work on our book clubs we are going to move on to our opinion paragraphs which we started on Thursday.