Homework in "Literacy" is due every Friday. Students should read a text of their choice for at least 20 minutes each day or for a total of at least 100 minutes each week. They can earn additional credit by recording their reading on the "Homework Menu" reading log and having a parent/guardian sign it. They must also show written evidence of their thinking about their reading by selecting two choices (summary, note to character, or sketch strip) from the "Homework Menu" and turning them in on Friday. Students need to include the book's title and the pages they read for the homework selection.
The current "Standard" of focus in reading is Main Idea. Students show their understanding by being able to cite evidence from text for all responses, summarizing key/important ideas, and then distilling them into one main-idea sentence.
This year students will be able to write both an expository (writing to explain) and persuasive essay. We are beginning the year with the expository essay "Favorite Season." The emphasis has been on prewriting strategies, including the ability to distill the controlling idea, narrowing focus, and planning using elaboration icons.
Please refer to the calendar. Also, be assured that students know well in advance when assignments are due. In the case of essays, students have the pleasure of finishing their essays while dining with the literacy teachers during lunch, if they were not able to have it completed on time.