- Students should have a book for independent reading every day! We have a class library and will have opportunity to visit the school library.
Week of September 5-6
- WELCOME STUDENTS! Come prepared with a good attitude and willingness to try hard. ELA is a fun and respectful place where we share ideas and think deeply about the world we find in literature, and how it relates to the world around us.
- CLASS DOJO SIGNUP! Try to get signed up for Class Dojo asap! Use your handout with parent and student codes to join via the smartphone app or use the website. It's FREE and it is an awesome way to stay connected in real time to ELA and to me. You will love it. Trust me!
- OUR PERIOD 1/2 ELA CLASS WILL BE ATTENDING A BRIEF COMMUNITY 9/11 CEREMONY AT STRINGHAM PARK AT 8:30. PERMISSION SLIPS WILL GO HOME FRIDAY 9/6. WE WILL WALK AS THE PARK IS AROUND THE CORNER. WE WILL RETURN AT 9:15 FOR PERIOD 3.
- LEARNING PARTNER HOMEWORK DUE 9/11: In preparation for reading our first novel, Towers Falling, please discuss the events of 9/11 with anyone old enough to remember it. OPTIONAL: You can make notes about what the individual recalls most vividly about the day and the days afterward.
- Towers Falling is a middle grade novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It is set 16 years after 9/11, and centers on the school and home life of fifth-grader Deja Barnes as she adjusts to a new school and her family living in a homeless shelter due to her father's mysterious illness. She befriends Ben, son of an American soldier, and Sabeen, a Muslim girl whose family is from Turkey. Together the three explore the ideas of friendship and family, and realize history is alive and touches and connects us all in different ways.