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PLEASE have your children come to school with pencils. Thank you.

Common Core: The new wording of tasks may be difficult for some students to understand. I will post some examples of the directions for tasks so that you can (1) start to become familiar and (2) help your child to learn what some of the directions mean.

1st period: CCSS. W.7.2 Write an explanatory essay to describe how Anne Frank in "A Family in Hiding: Anne Frank" and the narrator in "My Side of the Story" felt about one of their family members. Develop the topic with relevant facts, concrete details, quotations, and cited examples from the article.

CCSS RL.7.3  Analyze how the author of “A Familiy in Hiding” and "My Side of the Story" uses character traits and text structure to explain the character’s choices.

3rd- 7th periods:

R.I.7.1- Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

R.I.7.5 Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

AR update- students should make a daily plan to reach their goal (10 points). Use the form I gave them in class to help your child decide how many books they should read (for example, 3 3-point books) and set a completion date for each book (for example, complete each book in 2 weeks).

Then divide and find out how many pages they need to read each night in order to meet their goal. (For example, 220 pages in 14 days = 16 pages per night.)

Goal setting:  10 points by May 14th.

1st & 2nd Period Block- Language! Book C

Each unit consists of 10 lessons. Assessments are given as follows: (1) phonemic awareness- lesson 5, (2) spelling- lessons 5 & 10, (3) Vocabulary- lesson 8, (4) Grammar- lesson 8, 9 or 10, (5) Comprehension- lesson 10 in Units 15 & 18, (6) writing- no tests.

Your child may also get additional practice by going online to vocabjourney.com and use the user name & password I gave them to log in. They can compete for points against their fellow classmates & other students across the country. Each Friday, during class, we will be working in this program.

3rd - 7th Periods- our curriculum is titled Journeys II.

The units are called 'Expeditions'; each one contains 10 lessons. Comprehension & vocabulary tests will occur in Lesson 9. Each Friday we will be utilizing our online program, SOLO.

Your child may also get additional practice by going online to vocabjourney.com and use the user name & password I gave them to log in. They can compete for points against their fellow classmates & other students across the country.

I do not let my students use pens. Pencils only, please.  :-)

ABSENT? The student simply needs to take home the workbook pages that were done in class on the day(s) they missed. If a textbook is needed, they may check one out from me. Please refer to the handbook in the student agenda for our school-wide absent work policies.

The A.R. reading program will be maintained in intensive reading. My students will need to earn 10 points each 9 weeks and their score will account for 20% of their intensive reading grade.

AR home connect: http://www.tvcs-ar.org/RenaissanceServer/HomeConnect/Login.aspx

Is it an AR book? Check here: www.arbookfind.org

**Grading Scale Change: There was an error when the Intensive Reading grading categories were entered into Pinnacle. The BR & Participation (20%) category will now be the AR category. BR & Participation scores will be entered in the Classwork category. **

Feel free to contact me, via email, at any time.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Claire M. Brooks

 

**Wish List**  pencils, candy, small items for my treasure box (stickers, gel pens, ...)

Any items purchased will count towards meeting your PI goal, provided you supply the receipt. Thank you!!

Contact: Claire.Brooks@tvcs.org

PDF documents
'13-'14 Intensive Reading Syllabus -
I.R. Points Chart - chart to document student participation & grades
Lexile Conversion Chart - convert lexile to student's reading grade level
PMP information (power point presentation) -
PMP information between parent/school/student - documentation for Intensive Reading students

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