Welcome to Ms Twigg's Language Arts PageSeptember 2018 email@example.comGreetings, as always I come back to school each September with some novel or revival pedagogy. This summer I truly examined the Notice and Note Reaidng (Fiction and Non-Fiction) Close Reading Strategies by experts in the field: Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. I can definitively say that dedicating our-- in and out of class --reading to perfecting these straegies will create incredibly proficient readers and susequetnly lead to stranger writers.Additionally, I read both Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S Dweck and The Growth Mindset Coack : A Teacher's Month to Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley and am beyond excited to incorporate a portion of Monday's block period to "Mindset Mondays" and really focusing on losing our fixed mindsets and empowering our growth mindsets. Gone are the days of " I can't do this" or "Im terrrible at this" and welcome to days of "I can't do this ----YET" (just an example)Continuing with Isabel Beck's tenth year edition of Bringing Words to Life, I realized the importance of facilitating to my students the three tiers of language that should be used in writing and speaking. The painted and tiered word wall in the room for students to continually refer to when both speaking and writing continues to grow. Strategies for teminology acquisition differentiate by grade level and most students really look forward to "Word Work Wednesday."Once again each student will be required to carry a Language Arts binder.Section 1 will be delineated solely for important forms and strategies that will be usedthroughout the school year, i.e.: syllabus, rubrics, reading/writing strategies, book club strategiesdirections etc.The remaining sections will be for each unit of study/ selection of literature. Within these sectionswill be literary terminology, warm ups, notes specific to the literature, andclass work/ home work assignments.The last section will be for vocabulary/ terminology, each grade will have a specific way to discover,analyze, and acquire new words and terminology.There will be monthly binder checks scored on a rubric to ensure that students are not onlykeeping up with note taking, but to reinforce the organizational skills necessary for optimumlearning.Grading Policy:Tests/Projects = 40 %Classwork/Homework 40%Classroom Behavior 10% (will be linked soon)Binder Rubric 10% (will be linked soon)To clarify: *tests, projects, major essays, open ended questions,writing assignments will fall under: Tests/Projects*literature response journals, classwork,most homework assignments will fall under : Classwork/Homework
While the concrete focus is on an analysis and response to literature, there will be an additional focus on the elements of fiction (plot) Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution.
Students will be asked to not only identify these elements but to analyze how each contributes to the development of the plot of the selection.
Students will be asked to respond to literature in a number of thought provoking, rigorous ways. Each student has been given a Literature Response Journal in addition to their class binders. These journals will be traveling back and forth to school and one will see a range of responses: double entry journals, open ended questions, active reading strategies, and student's choice.