Monday, October 23: Reading Workshop & Motivational Monday

Open book and reading workshop text

Goals: Read. Listen to or participate in book talks. Analyze the author’s craft of a Motivational Monday video. Watch a video / listen to a song explaining sensory details.


  • New seats Thursday: If you have a preference, send me a message via NEO or email.
  • Check your NEO grades today for Quarter 1 grades. Grades from Quarter 1 continue in Quarter 2. The semester ends Jan. 19.
  • Absent last week? Read the blog entries. Update your reading log, complete the Reading Ladder Reflection. Complete the Draft Your Narrative assignment from Google Classroom.
  • Substitute tomorrow = PAT time Thursday

Reading & Writing Workshop

1) Read

2) Book Talks: Erik, Isabella, Kimberly

If you hear something you like, jot it down in your My Next Reads list in Notes.

Requirements for 60-Second Booktalk

3) Agenda & Announcements

Copy this week’s assignments in to your agenda. You may also see the month view by clicking Assignment Calendar in the right sidebar.

4) Motivational Monday: A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

As you watch the video, use the cognitive strategy Analyzing Craft to choose a “golden line.”

Share your response with your elbow partner. Be prepared to share with the class.

  • A special line or phrase for me is…
  • This word/phrase stands out for me because…
  • I like how the author uses ___ to show…

5) Log in to Using Descriptive Language

Homework: Read. Charge Your iPad. Bring Ear Buds.

Classroom Walkabout & Random Autobiography

Did you invite your parents to NEO? If not, add that to your agenda for tonight. Click HERE and scroll to page two for directions. 

1) Classroom Walkabout

Take two minutes to walk around the classroom. Use a piece of scratch paper to jot down observations. Notice posters, signs, and clipboards. Consider questions for Ms. McMillan.

After a class discussion, you will take a 5-point quiz on classroom routines and procedures. Keep your eyes and ears open and you will do fine. If you need a retake, make an appointment with Ms. McMillan. The goal is for everyone to earn 100% on the classroom quiz.

2) Read and Write a Random Autobiography

Click HERE for the mentor text. Together, we will read this poem at least three times. The first time we will stop to ask questions. The second time we will analyze the author’s craft by choosing golden lines. The third time we will analyze the author’s craft again as we write what we notice about her style.

Click HERE to open the Slides with the complete lesson from class.

3) Rules of Writer’s Workshop

Before starting your own random autobiography poem, read the Rules for Writer’s Workshop. We spend a lot of class time writing together, so it is important to understand the expectations.

4) Write Your Own

On a piece of lined paper, draft your own random autobiography poem. This is a draft, so allow your mind to wander. Write whatever comes to mind. You can revise it later.

HW: Finish the draft of your random autobiography. This may be handwritten on lined paper. If you prefer to type, make sure you print before class.