• Reading-  Students have finished reading Bridge To Terabithia in class ,and used it as a model to learn to understand signposts and story elements. Students have also used this novel to dig deeper into the study of characters and theme. Students are final drafting character essays. Every Friday 3 journal entries are due using reading of their choice. Students will have this format modeled in class, with a handout included in their notebook. It consists of reading for 20 minutes and then writing a brief summary, question, and prediction. Although 3 entries are due weekly, it is expected that students are reading every night. Students are now completing reading logs that need to be signed Thursday nights. Students must have completed 4 books by Christmas for a grade. This is a minimum number. Students will be starting a nonfiction unit next which includes a biography project. Information on this will be coming home next week.

    Story Element Vocabulary

    Setting- Time and place of a story

    Character- People,animals, or creatures that the story is about

    Theme- Life lesson

    Point of View- Who is telling the story

    Plot- Summary of the action

    Exposition- Character and setting introduction

    Rising Action- The conflict is described

    Climax- Turning point/high point

    Falling Action-The problem is solved



     Literary Device Vocabulary

    Foreshadowing-A hint of things to come
    Alliteration- Repeating of initial consonant sounds
    Personification- Giving nonliving things human qualities
    Flashback- A memory
    Hyperbole- Wild exaggeration
    Simile- Comparing two objects using like or as
    Metaphor-Comparing two objects without like or as
    Irony- Situation is the opposite of what is expected
    Cliffhanger- Unresolved,exciting ending to a chapter
    Onomatopoeia-  Use of words that sound like they mean

    Writing -  Students are working on final drafts of theme essays. We will be starting an information/research unit next week.

     Helpful parent resources:
    www.spreeder.com (Speed reading sight)
    Tumblecloud.com and librivox.org (Audio books) 
    bookishrecommends.com (recommends books based on what you have read)