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The end of the 6-week grading period is Friday, February 22 . Students will need 10 AR points for this six weeks which will be due by the February 20. They will need 5 of those points by January 23. . Students must have 75 points by May to qualify for the fun end-of-year AR reward trip. Please encourage your child to read at home, as well as during his/her spare time at school. Together we can develop lifelong readers! (Students have an AR Reading Log that must be filled out each day. The log and their weekly assignment sheet are in their homework folders. The log is due each Monday.) The first log this semester will be required beginning the week of January 14.
Fourth Six-Weeks Skills and Activities:
*Spelling study guides will be distributed on Mondays. Spelling tests will be each week on Thursdays.
- writing expository essays and poetry
- review basic parts of speech/review types of sentences/adverbial and adjectival phrases/prepositional phrases/appositives/clauses
- Daily Oral Language/journal writing
- spelling lessons 11-15
- Writing Academy lessons/extinct words, introductions, conclusions, voice, use of thesaurus
- capitalization and punctuation rules
- editing/revising practice for STAAR Test
Week of February 4 / Lesson 14: brilliance, eloquence, excellence, attendance, assurance, independence, prudence, significance, consequence, alliance, thought, through, though, sincerely, definitely, forever, different, always, many, especially (last 10 most commonly misspelled words must be written in cursive)
*Vocabulary tests will usually be on Fridays. Study guides will be passed out on Mondays. There will be no vocabulary test on January 11.
- "Read Naturally" software program for developing fluency and comprehension
- Accelerated Reader independent reading and comprehension tests
- elements of drama, poetry
- review prefix and root word definitions/idioms/"cartoon" vocabulary words/emotion-feeling words
- reading, discussion, and comprehension activities of nonfiction selections, drama, and poetry
- oral reading/ plays and partner reading
- reading, discussion, and comprehension activities of persuasive and expository texts in Scholastic Scope magazines
- practice STAAR-type questions and selections/ Objectives 3 & 4
- practice pre-reading skills and interacting with and responding to text/comparing texts
- Study Island/ Computer Lab on Thursdays
Poetry Vocabulary Test:
rhyme- the repetition of similar sounds at the end of a word
stanza- a group of lines that are linked together, often by a thought (similar to a paragraph in prose)
rhyme scheme- pattern of end rhyme in a poem illustrated by letters of the alphabet
rhythm- the "beat" of the poem created by stressed and unstressed syllables
meter- a repeated pattern of rhythm (created by stressed and unstressed syllables) within a poem
couplet- a pair of rhyming lines in a poem
quatrain- a four-line poem or stanza, usually united by rhyme and meter
figurative language- the use of words, phrases, symbols, and ideas that evoke mental images and sensory impressions (opposite of the literal meaning of words- words have a "deeper" meaning)
simile- comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
metaphor- comparison of two unlike things not using "like" or "as"; states that one thing is something else