Content: We continue in our fiction fantasy short story writing project this week. Students have been drafting their stories and following the main character (protagonist) “scene by scene” to create a mind movie for the reader. They will learn that writers who include qualities like dialogue, action, setting and internal thought create a well-balanced story that “shows” more than it “tells.” This project integrates the work we’ve done in analyzing literature as well as what we’ve studied in the personal narrative writing project. Drafting will end this week with revising dialogue that is anchored in setting or action, as an alternative to writing words that merely create a conversation without detail about how the words were said, or what the character did whilst saying the words. This revision will round out our work in writing this week.
Grammar: Our last study in our Sentence Unit covers "non-sentences." That is, run-on sentences and fragments. Students will also review how to correctly punctuate dialogue in our writing.
Spelling: Students will begin their next spelling study on Tuesday, where all students will study the same sort, but will have different assignments based on their needs as a speller. Studying Greek and Latin Roots will not only help students as spellers, writers and readers, but will also help them with upcoming science lessons.