Tuesday, January 2: Welcome Back!

Goals: Participate in a community circle. Review The Outsiders Unit Goals. Revise and publish one of your close reading responses.


  • Still waiting for 4 students to publish the instruction guides to happiness. Meet with me today.
  • No Weekly Pages while we read The Outsiders. Instead, each response should be at least paragraph length.
  • Because we missed a week and a half of school, there will be no mid-year writing portfolio assessment. There will still be an end-of-year writing portfolio.
  • If you are finished reading The Outsiders, be sure you have another book to read. Reading Logs are still turned in in Fridays.
  • To work ahead on The Outsiders unit, visit the website: bit.ly/staygoldGV

1) Agenda

Copy this week’s assignments in your agenda. For the month view, click HERE.

Agenda Jan. 2

2) Community Circle

Today’s circle will have two rounds. Click through the slide deck below to read about circle norms and to see today’s questions.

Before you complete the second round of the circle, watch this “Terrific Tuesday” motivational video. As you watch, use the cognitive strategy Analyzing Author’s Craft.

Analyzing Author's Craft_Sentence Stems

3) How to Write a High-Quality Close Reading Response

  • Click HERE to open the assignment in Google Classroom.
  • Read the feedback on your responses from Ch. 1 to 3.
  • Reread how to earn an A and look at the sample responses from The Hunger Games.



  • Scroll down to see the list of transitions and transitional expressions. Be sure to use at least one in each response. Highlight the transition so that I can find it easily.

4)  Revise Your Close Reading Responses and Publish Your Favorite on Socrative.


HOMEWORK: Outsiders Ch. 1 – 6, At Least 6 Close Reading Responses, Done with Outsiders? Read Another Book

Reading Workshop & Community Circle

Open Book with Reading Workshop Text

Goal: Read and log the pages for this week. Participate in our community circle. Speak and listen from the heart.

DUE: R/W notebook with decorated title page

1) Reading Workshop

Read for 15 minutes. Log the title, author, page number and finish the sentence “I’m at the part where…” Today you will record that information in your agenda. Next week you will use your iPads to record your reading on a Google Doc. Click HERE to see the digital Reading Log.

2) R/W Notebook

Finish numbering the pages of your reading-writing notebook. Place your notebook on the back shelf for storage.

3) Community Circle

This week we have discussed the importance of positive relationships. A community circle is one way we can make sure our relationships stay positive and supportive. In this class we will have community circles at least twice a month, usually every other Friday.

See the slides below or click HERE for community circle guidelines.

Homework: Read 30 minutes daily. Bring your book on Tuesday.