For the past two weeks, we've been completing our science fiction unit. We've read and written about "Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, "Zero Hour" by Ray Bradbury, and then we created our own questions as preparation for our comprehension check (assessment) using a new science fiction story. We practiced writing PARCC-type questions, which forced us to think like writers. It was a tough assessment, but the learning came when students found evidence to support the right answers. In our photos this week, you might catch a glimpse of your child reading part of our screenplay, the movies we watched that went along with some of the stories (we hardly ever get to watch movies in ELA!), and a fishbowl discussion about who was the most to blame for the attack in "Zero Hour." If your child is not getting enough "screen time," let me know, and I'll take over the iPad for a few snapshots! Next week, we're shifting gears - back to a bit of nonfiction...
Simply email me to come into class in person or via Skype. We'd love to hear book talks (suggestions for good books) or picture books (read aloud by YOU). We hope to see you in class this year!
Mrs. Joy Kirr