Thursday, May 3: Track Your Thinking


Goals: Read and track your thinking. Write at least a paragraph in response to what we read. Practice reading aloud with feeling.


  • Renewed books?
  • Missing Work: #022 Visible Poem, 1 argument
  • Visible Poem Published!


1) #055 Starter

Open the #055 Starter in Google Classroom. When you finish, MARK AS DONE.


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2) Read from page 15 (~20 – 30 minutes)


3) Voice Actors Wanted

Choose a passage from what we read today. Find a section of the book with dialogue and interior monologue or description. Read with feeling several times—to yourself and to a partner. Take turns reading with your partner until both of you can read without mistakes.

Your goal is to increase your fluency by—

  • Reading at an appropriate pace and volume.
  • Pronouncing words correctly.
  • Pausing at punctuation.
  • Modulating, or changing, your voice to show emotion or to emphasize specific parts.


4) #058 Thought Log

Open your copy of  #058 Thought Log in Google Docs. Track your thinking from what we read today. Click HERE to see the “Track Your Thinking” prompts.


5) Debrief


HW: Read, Charge iPad, Complete ATH Thought Log

Friday, February 9: Read & Finish Your Summary

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Goals: Read. Track progress. Participate in book talks. Complete your Summary of an opinion article. Reflect and relate.

1) Read & Complete Your Log

Take out your book and read.

After reading time, open your #Book Love Reading Log in Drive and complete your entry for this week.



2) Book Talks

As you listen to the book talks, jot down any you may want to read on your My Next Reads list in Notes.


3) Workshop

Click HERE to open Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument?

  • Finish Expanding Summary #1 in order to turn it in to Google Classroom. If you need help with Part 4, use the sentence beginnings in the example below.



  • Go back to the Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument? HyperDoc.
  • Finish any activity you left incomplete.
  • Continue to the end of the unit: Reflect & Relate and Next Steps
  • If you finish early, choose from What to Do When You Are Done

4) Debrief & Exit Routine

Homework: Finish All Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument?, Read & Bring Book, Charge iPad



Thursday, February 8: Expanding Summary #2

Goal: Summarize an opinion article in four different ways: 1) image, 2) slogan or bumper sticker, 3) concise 25 words, and 4) 100 words with source citation


  • Due Today: Weekly Pages 10
  • Book Talks Tomorrow

1) Starter

Go to Google Classroom and open today’s starter. When you finish, click See Previous Responses. Be prepared to share your own response or someone else’s.


THURSDAY (SUMMARIZING): Summarize the basic gist of the Newsela article we read this week: “Bullying Is Still Generally Accepted or Defended In Kids Sports.” If you need a way to start try this: The basic gist of the article is…

2) Mini-lesson: Expanding Summary

Click HERE to open the Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument? Scroll to Expanding Summary #2:

Click HERE for today’s slides about how to write an expanding summary.

3) Workshop Time: Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument?

Click HERE to open the Unit 5 HyperDoc.

Your goal is to complete Expanding Summary #2 by the end of the class period.

If you finish early—

  • Complete all activities for Newsela articles #1, #2, and #3.
  • Complete Weekly Pages 10.
  • Choose from What to Do When You Are Done.

4) Debrief & Exit Routine

Homework: Read, Charge iPad, Read & Bring Book, Expanding Summary #2, Late Newsela #2

February 1: Expanding Summary–> Small to Big!

Goals: Summarize an opinion article from Newsela in 4 different ways.


  • Due Today: Weekly Pages 9
  • Book Talks Friday 2/2
  • Congratulations on your independent work over the last two days. Thank you for staying focused.
  • Complete all Newsela #1 (annotations, write, quiz, G Classroom discussion) activities before you move on to the expanding summary.
  • Advice from Newsela: If you score a 2 or lower on a quiz, try reading at an easier level. Also, if you don’t understand the annotations, make the reading level easier.

1) Starter

Open the starter in Google Classroom. Be sure to write your answer in complete sentences. Press See previous responses to read what your classmates have written. Be prepared to share.


2) Minilesson: Expanding Summary

Overview: For this activity, you will summarize the Newsela article “Social Media’s Effects on Young People Aren’t All Negative” 4 different ways:

  • An image
  • A slogan or “bumper sticker”
  • A concise, 25-word sentence
  • A detailed, 100-word summary, including the source information (title, author, genre)

Step One: Open the HyperDoc for Unit 5: What Makes a Good Argument?

Reread our the Planning and Goal Setting target:


Scroll to the Expanding Summary #1 section and read the directions:


After you have studied the teacher example, get started on your own summary. You may either write on paper, or use split screen to have the article and the digital PDF (from Google Classroom) open at the same time.

When you get to part 4, you may want to use the sentence starters in the example below. Make sure you TAG your source and that you explain the author’s reasons.


3) Workshop Time


4) Debrief


Homework: Read & Bring Book (Log Tomorrow); Finish Newsela #1 and Expanding Summary #1; Charge iPad; MEET IN LIBRARY TOMORROW




Thursday, November 30: Outsiders Chapter 2 & Close Reading

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Goals: Read Chapter 2. Choose a cognitive strategy to respond. Add a transition word.


  • Instruction Guide to Happiness: Congratulations to those who have published their explanatory writing piece (Instruction Guide to Happiness). If you have not revised, proofread, and published yet, please do so today for partial credit.
  • Absent Yesterday? Read the blog from yesterday. Be sure to complete the starter, read Ch. 1, and complete one close reading response.
  • Outsiders Research: If you did not complete the Outsiders research in the library, please finish it for homework. If you finish by Friday, you can still earn full credit.
  • Changes to Assignment Calendar: Click HERE to see the revised calendar for this week.

1) Starter

Click HERE to open the starter in Google Classroom.



2) Read Outsiders Ch. 2


3) Close Reading Response

Click HERE to read about how to respond to what you read in The Outsiders.

For your own copy of the assignment, go to Google Classroom (click HERE).

Use the Cognitive Strategies Booklet to write an extended response (2 – 3 complete sentences).


4) Workshop Time

  • Finish your Instruction Guide to Happiness
  • Finish your Outsiders Research
  • Finish reading Ch. 1 or start reading and annotating your first nonfiction article in Newsela. Click HERE for directions on getting started.



HOMEWORK: Read Ch. 2, 1 – 2 Close Reading Responses, Finish Outsiders Research