I expect you to do your words and ALL writing in cursive. You should be refining your writing now and working on speeding it up. You should be able to write neatly and fluently in cursive by the end of this year!
Monday Homework: Rule one time and each word 11 times . Be sure to do it carefully and correctly! Tuesday Homework: Rule one time and each word 11 times and define. Wednesday Homework: Use each word in a two star sentence correctly. Underline the spelling word Thursday Homework: Revise each two star sentence into a three star sentence. Friday: Turn in homework and take test
Spelling lists will be given each Monday and will be on the newsletters. Please understand, I will be testing the kids periodically on ALL words learned during the course of the school year. I expect them to learn the spelling rules, and words for "keeps" not just for the test. :-)
Each quarter I will focus on writing "tricks" that will help students improve their writing. These writing "tricks" are used in conjunction with the "Write Steps Program". These will be done weekly in class, in students ELA Composition Books, and will be collected weekly and checked for participation/completeness. Again, student's ELA Composition Books will become a very useful tool for them to refer to when writing throughout the school year.
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The bulk of our "writing assignments" will be done in class and as class projects. We will be doing daily writing lessons, teaching students the process of PLAN, DRAFT, REVISE, EDIT, and FINAL. We have three major writing assignments that will be done throughout the school year. Most of the work is done together in class as part of instruction; you can however expect to have some homework for these assignments throughout the year.
FIRST QUARTER: U. S. State Report SECOND QUARTER: U. S. President Report THIRD and FOURTH QUARTER: Expert Report The fourth quarter expert reports ends at the end of the school year with what is known as the Living Wax Museum.