Monday, January 5, 2009

Homework and "Fair Game" list for mid-term exam

Tonight, please complete the double sided worksheet on combining sentences, get a parent to sign your last test if you earned less than an 80 on it, and begin reviewing for the mid-term.

Fair Game list:
o Summarizing Fiction

o Short story plot structure and definitions

o Be prepared to answer essential question for short story unit in a constructed response: What makes a good short story?

o Reading comprehension questions on the following short stories and folk tales (open book, BUT you don’t want to waste a lot of time having to re-read, so be familiar enough with the stories that a quick skim will be enough to answer the question)
“Lather and Nothing Else”
“Rikki Tikki Tavi” --- Blocks 2 and 3 only
“Ransom of Red Chief” --- Block 3 only
“Town Mouse, Country Mouse”
“The Fox and the Crow” (Blocks 2 and 4 only)
“The Mice That Set the Elephants Free” (Block 2 only)
“All Stories are Anansi’s”

o Constructed Response writing – structure, expectations, and application (you may actually write one)

o Structure and parts of a 5 paragraph Response to Text Essay, including what makes a good thesis statement and what goes in each paragraph

o Be prepared to answer all three essential questions on our folktale unit:
Why have these tales survived?
What specific information can we learn about a culture by the tales it tells?
What are some aspects of folktales that are similar across multiple cultures?

o Be prepared to describe, in detail, at least two Cinderella tales and how they are both similar and different.

o Correct usage and spelling of the 48 “Unacceptable Errors / No Excuses List” and the “General Expectations” for writing, such as capitalization rules.

o Be able to label, answer, and create four different types of questions

o Know all Word Whiz:
30 Fun and Useful Words – definitions, synonyms, how to use them in sentences
35 Word Parts – meaning, examples
65 Language Arts terms – definitions, examples

o Be able to identify and write 4 types of sentences

o Be able to identify and correct fragments and run-ons

o Be able to identify and write subjects and predicates

o Be able to create and complete analogies using common knowledge and Word Whiz