Monday, April 1: If you were absent for the first day of Mrs. Webmaster’s reading class, this is what you missed…
Welcome students! In my reading class, we’ll be reading a novel called Treasure Island this quarter. We do have a seating chart, so please ask the teacher where you should sit.
One of the most important classroom policies deals with the accumulation of participation stickers. Every day, when we read our books, we’ll earn a sticker worth five points. In order to make this up, you must read your assigned library book at home for 30 minutes; then have your parent sign your agenda stating that you did so. For the first half of this quarter, our assigned library book will be a Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, or Agatha Christie book. Once your parent (or coach) has signed your agenda, don’t forget to show your teacher his/her signature, so she can give you the sticker you’ve earned.
Now let’s discuss word cards. Every day when you come to reading class, you’ll see a word, drawing, and part-of-speech on the white board. Get a Vocabulary Word Cards worksheet from box 1 in the make-up work center, and you’ll need to grab a dictionary too. Copy each day’s word, picture, and part-of-speech onto this worksheet. Use your dictionary to define the word. Finally, create a sentence that demonstrates meaning. (By that, I mean, the sentence itself shows the meaning of the word.)
Today’s word card was captain. On your Vocabulary Word Cards worksheet, you’ll need to fill out the syllable breaks, definition, part of speech, and sentence portion of your word card. Lucky for you, there’s a giant example of this word card in the classroom. Look around for a big picture of a ship’s captain, and you’ll see how to fill out the word card worksheet. Please just copy that whole thing for now. You may have questions about this later on, and that’s fine. Please ask!
Mrs. Webmaster also gave each student a manila file folder on this first day, on which we put our names. You’ll need to get one from her. She also passed out two handouts. We’re keeping these in our manila folders. You can find the two handouts in boxes 2 and 3 in the makeup work center. Take one of each of these handouts and put them inside the manila folder that Mrs. Webmaster gives you.
Tuesday, April 2:
- Word card = magistrate
- Journal = Based only on the cover art, predict what Treasure Island will be about. (You’ll find your Treasure Island Reading Log–also called a journal–inside your manila file folder. Follow the directions on that sheet to fill out today’s journal-writing prompt.)
Wednesday, April 3:
- Word card = squire
- Journal = Predict who the two most important characters from Treasure Island will be, and justify your prediction.
Thursday, April 4:
- Word card = cutlass
- Journal = Give examples from the book, Treasure Island, that may prove the author is prejudiced against handicapped people. Explain how these quotes from the book prove the author’s prejudices.
Friday, April 5:
- Word card = buccaneer
- Journal = List the contents of the captain’s (Billy Bones’) sea chest, in order of importance.
If you’d like a hard or digital copy of the handouts I’ve created for this and other classes I teach, please visit the “blog” section of my sister website, English Emporium.