We continued to work on subjects, predicates, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and prepositional phrases. The majority of students are now easily able to identify these parts of speech.
We have been working on personal narratives and have finished the rough drafts. I have been breaking it down into small portions so they can really identify with the different elements of the plot. I have been writing my own personal narrative with them and allowing them to give me some useful feedback. After reading several students’ drafts, I am quite impressed with their use of adjectives, adverbs, dialogue, and figurative language. When they hear examples it really challenges them to step it up. We start revising and editing tomorrow. Each student will have a peer conference and a final conference with me before they publish their stories.
Each Friday, I have students present book commercials. We discussed how public speaking takes much effort and practice. The students not only are preparing for the commercial with the proper content, but their speaking skills are the most important part of the presentation.
Our highlight for the week was our lesson on literary genres. Each class worked in groups to create genre posters to hang in the classroom. Now, they have a visual aid to help determine the genre of their novels.