Newsletter 22- 3/5/19

Weekly Highlights

Ms. Sydney (our student teacher) led is in some compelling work around finding the theme in books. After studying theme through picture books, students wrote “mini-stories” with an assigned theme in mind. Their pieces took just about 25 minutes and are amazing to read.

In Writers Workshop, we’ve begun writing argument essays related to ethics questions. Students have created a thesis and are working on building evidence to support it. Most kids are writing an essay on one of the following prompts:

  • Is ignorance bliss?
  • Is it okay to do the wrong thing for the right reasons?
  • Are reality, truth, and knowledge worth pursuing?

This has connected well to our unit on debate, in which we are learning the words claim, warrant, data, and impact. You probably saw these on last week’s homework, but kids have started to take notes in preparation for their mini-debates!

Announcements

  • Book Club reading is ongoing. Make sure to check in with your child at home about their club reading. If your child is in LLI, they should have reading to bring home from their group as well.
  • For homework this week, students are being asked to write the introductory paragraph to their ethics essay. Here is a link to the assignment.
  • A tutoring flyer is attached – check it out!

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home

  • What SP.AR.s did you have last week?
  • What have you been talking about in CPR related to discrimination, equal treatment of genders at school, and bias?
  • What has been happening in The Giver? What do you think about a world where “Sameness” is the way things are?
  • How are you doing with the writing goal you set on SeeSaw?
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