Tuesday, April 20, 2010

homework and upcoming dates

Tonight's homework is to write the 2nd paragraph of a 5 paragraph report on the topics being researched in class.  We've already researched and created "fact sheets," and the next logical step is to write!  Yay!  We'll do a paragraph at a time, culminating in a full first draft being completed this week. 
Two long term assignments are coming due next week.  First, students are working in class on their Asian novel projects in groups, and getting ready to present next Tuesday.  Second, students should be finishing up their mystery novels and beginning their independent reading projects, also due next Tuesday.  The Asian novel work should be done in class, while the mystery work should be considered homework. 
Our unit on Asian novels will be wrapping up next week, and we'll be moving into my favorite unit of the year -- Poetry!  We'll read, perform, memorize, analyze, create, and ENJOY poetry together.  We'll also continue working on our research and formal writing skills by choosing an author to investigate and write about.