| || Daily Oral Language (D.O.L.): D.O.L. is grammar-based and reviews proper capitalization, correcting and strengthening various sentence structures, and using correct punctuation (commas, quotation marks, semicolons, colons). Students carry a spiral notebook designated for DOL where they take notes and complete a warm-up exercise of 3 sentences related to our grammar focus for the week. D.O.L. practice work is assigned throughout the week to reinforce the skills prior to a quiz. |
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Independent Reading/Literature Circles & Book Projects: Based on their interest, students rank and select books with similar themes from a list of titles. They are placed into literature circle groups with students who selected similar titles. Each week, students will meet with their literature circle to discuss specific elements of their novel (characterization, setting, conflict, point of view, theme, and the author's style of writing). Individually, students are required to complete a book project for this novel.
Book projects throughout the year include creating (1) a book jacket, (2) creating a scrapbook of the main character, (3) creating a symbolic mask of the main character, (4) a character sketch, and (5) creating a magazine from their novel.