Monday, February 27, 2017

Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st


Turn in hw (sentence seed)
Read Around for Best story-Prizes for TOP 3
Book Club Meeting
Newsela-read and annotate article. You will be given the option of working with ONE friend for this activity


Finish reading and annotating your article if you didn't finish in class.
Book Club

Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday, February 27th

Happy Monday and a Late Start Day!


Turn in your Walter Mitty story if you haven't already (hard copy).
Kahoot review of last few weeks(15 questions)

Sentence seeds: Grow a sentence

The person walked down the street.

  1. Identify their occupation
  2. Include an appositive with the person’s name  
  3. Replace walked and street with more concrete word choices
  4. add adjectives for the person and the street
  5. Add adverbs and/or adverbial phrases to tell when and how the action took place
  6. Relate why this action took place.

The person cleaned.

  1. Identify the person
  2. Add adjectives to describe the person
  3. Specify what they cleaned and describe
  4. Teel how they cleaned it and what they used to complete the  job
  5. Relate the purpose of cleaning.


Submit story to turnitin by 10PM tonight.
Print and decorate your favorite sentence seed.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 24th

Goals: To finish our narratives. To work on revising our writing to make it even better. To review what we've learned recently.  


Meet in Book Clubs
Fifteen minutes to finish and/or print narratives on  Walter Mitty
Turn in narratives to turnitin. Make sure to follow Mrs. Karney's SPECIFIC instructions. 

Revise descriptive passages.
Publish to Kidblog
Comment on at least four passages.

Feedback on assignment 

Period 2 Click HERE to fill out the Google Form.

Periods 1 and 3 Click  HERE to fill out the Google Form.  THANK YOU

IF time, review the past few weeks with a Kahoot created by Mrs. Karney.  

Bring a PRINTED copy of your Walter Mitty Narrative on Monday.
Prepare for book club

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tuesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 22nd


Check homework-Did you type out your descriptive passage?  Today you will be rewriting your passage into "ordinary,boring" language.  THEN, you will rewrite it using descriptive, AMAZING language.  
Here are some examples of what you will be doing.Publish to blog (original and yours)

Work on Stories


PRINT a copy of your story.  EACH person MUST print a copy. Do NOT put your name on it. Book club job for block day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th and Thursday, February 16th


Meet in book clubs. Mrs Karney will check your jobs.
Read Newsela Article (in your binder)
Complete marking the text handout Work on your Walter Mitty story.


Book Clubs meet on block day next week. Make sure you are ready

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 14th

Goals:  To analyze the plot structure, literary elements,  and narrative techniques of a short story.  To begin formulating ideas and writing  our own story. 


Grow a sentence.  I will give you two sentences to "grow".

Go to Kidblog (log in with Google).  Publish your sentences from today.  Then, comment on at least THREE other people's work.  You will draw names. 

Read "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber.
Here is a copy of the text

We will discuss these questions in a small group.  

Complete this graphic organizer.

List techniques and literary elements that Thurber used

Begin writing a narrative with your group.  

Here are the instructions.

To Do

Prepare for Book Club meeting next block day

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thursday, February 9th and Friday February 10th

Happy Block Day!

Goals: To complete a well-written academic summary of an expository article. To continue participate in discussions about our book club book using academic language.


Book club meeting-I will come by to check your jobs.  You will put your matchbook and other papers in your group folder.

Finish Newsela quiz if not finished last block day.

Review the template and example for writing an expository summary.

Write expository summary of your article.  Peer feedback.

Submit summary to


Prepare for next book club meeting.

Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th

Happy first day of book club!  I hope you are enjoying the first few pages of your book!

GOALS: To continue to improve on writing a summary of an expository article, as well as our annotating skills.  To participate in a meaningful discussion of our book club book using academic language.


Meet with your book club.  Mrs. Karney will come around and check your job.  If you finish before the other groups, begin reading for your next meeting!

Prereading discussion/table share (I will post questions in class)
Discuss the word tone

Go to Newsela and read an article of your choice. Take notes as you read. Take the quiz when you finish.


Prepare for your book club meeting!  We will be meeting every block day, so make sure you know what your job is. Remember, if you are absent, you must still share your job with your group to get credit. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Monday,February 6th

Goals-To learn to use commas and emulate good writing. To become better at writing academic summaries. 

 Meet with your group to publish the best example of each .  Click on your period to find the document for your group. 




Begin Summary Writing Practice

We will use this awesome template  We will use the "circus" article for practice!


BOOK CLUB JOB must be completed by next class. Bring your book too!