Please read about this week--if this crazy pencil doesn't drive you nuts first!
This week we will be writing, erasing, editing, and rewriting in order to get as perfect a writing sample as possisble as we prepare for THE PASS test. I just hope that my students will act as energetic and as happy as this pencil!! lol
Week at a glance:
Vocabulary: same procedure as always--1 & 3 will finish the book with lesson 15!! Classes 2 & 4 have adjusted quite well to 20 words per week. They will begin lesson 10.
Grammar: we will complete the Write Source book exercises on Tuesday, review on Wednesday, assess on Thursday. This is a study of those little, annoying words that are "easily confused"! They are always found on standardized tests. (Although we don't have individual books for all students, students are encouraged to check out a book at the end of the day if needed.) Also, we'll try to finish up with complex and compound sentences, independent and dependent clauses.
Lit: we're reading The Cay. We'll start ch. 2 on Monday in most classes and will read as time allows. We're keeping a novel organizer in our binders and adding to it as events occur in the story.
Writing: we're going to rewrite the closing paragraph of our last WIF. The comments that I heard (overall), when I took these papers to the district office for review last week, were that the conclusions could be
So, students, get ready to revise! No whining allowed!
Today we learned about the mnemonic AAAWWUBBIS. It stands for As, Although, After, While, When, Unless, Because, Before, If, and Since. When you begin a sentence with an AAAWWUBBIS word, you most likely are going to need a comma. You simply need to listen to where the sentence needs a pause, and insert a comma. Try this: Because we are in 6th grade we need to learn how to write clearly and well. Where is the pause? Right after the word "grade". Also AAAWWUBBIS (Ah-woo-bis) is kind of fun to holler when you are writing!
This stands for the co-ordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.
They join two clauses together. If used with 2 independent clauses, there will be a comma before these conjunctions.
Ex: My mom loves to cook, so she makes homemade meals every night.