SLC Confirmations

Parents – here are the confirmations for SLC times. Almost all families got their first choice. If you have a problem with your time slot, please let me know ASAP. Students are working hard in putting together a meaningful SLC to share with you.

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World Clock

Here is a site full of demographics from around the world. Some of the data is surprising, some shocking, some depressing. See if you can find some data that is hopeful. This site supports our vocabulary study this week and moves us toward our study of the 5 Themes of Geography that we’ll start this week.


Vocabulary #23 – Suffixes (-graph and -gram)

Vocabulary #23 – Suffixes (-graph and -gram)












Monday’s Homework- Pg. 149 ‘Write the Correct Word’ & ‘Complete The Sentence’ – due Tuesday 10/26

Tuesday’s Homework- Pgs. 150-153  Reading Comprehension – due Wednesday 10/27

Wednesday’s Homework- Pages 151-152 Find the Derivative – due Thursday 10/28

Thursday’s Homework- Page 152: Find the Example – due Friday 10/29

Quiz on Friday

Digital Storytelling

Congratulations on completing your personal narratives. You all worked extremely hard revising and editing your writing. As an extension of this work you will now create a Digital Narrative of your story. We will be working this in the classroom over the next few lessons. You will be presenting this to the class on Wednesday, October 27th. Your Digital Narrative should be no longer than two minutes in length.

Today you will be working on a two column Story Table as shown below:

1.   Write your narrative script into the left column of the story table. You should identify key events that summarize your story. This is what you will say, your dialogue, in your digital story.

2.  Search for, or create, appropriate images that support your narrative. Describe and show these on the right side of the table. Save the images/videos in a folder on iPhoto.

Two-column Story Table

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Here are some samples of digital presentations using Photobooth, iMovie, and Keynote.







Personal Narrative Rubric

Your Personal Narrative essays are due on Wednesday, printed. You’ll be graded on four traits of writing, see rubric. This will count for up to 1/2 of your grade, so be sure it is your absolute best work.

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This is how you should format your essay. Save a tree and print double-sided. You may adjust your margins in order to save printing on a new sheet of paper.


Revising for WORD CHOICE

From Write Source- When you revise for word choice, check that you’ve used words that express specific feelings. Also check to see whether you have used participles correctly.

Have you used words that express the right feeling?

  • Think about the feeling you want to express. List the words that fit that feeling. Have you used them in your narrative? Make changes to express the correct feeling in your writing.

How can participles improve your writing?

  • Participles are powerful adjectives that help writers strengthen their writing. They are formed by adding -ing and -ed to verbs.
  • (e.g. – Leaves decay and fill the forest with a rich smell. (verb))
  • (becomes – The rich smell of decaying leaves fills the forest. (ing participle))

Try these methods to enhance your word choice in your narrative. Also be sure and use a rich vocabulary. Look to our vocabulary lessons for colorful words.

Revising for VOICE

Voice – Your writer’s voice should create an unforgettable experience for the reader. Use dialogue well to help accomplish this.

When you revise for voice, check to make sure your writer’s voice is sincere and shows feelings. Also make sure that the dialogue you use helps to reveal each speaker’s personality. Ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Is my personal voice heard in my narrative? (sincere and full of real feelings)
  2. Does my dialogue show each speaker’s personality? (sounds natural, expresses true thoughts and feelings, and helps the reader get to know each speaker)


Your narrative needs to have a strong beginning, middle, and ending.

Did you choose one of the 3 ways to grab your reader’s attention? (beginning)

  1. Start with interesting details.
  2. Use sensory details to grab the reader’s attention.
  3. Begin with a person speaking.

Is your middle well organized? Use time transition words to link ideas together in time order.

  • before, during, finally, while, suddenly, when, immediately, next, afterward, soon, later, until, then, after, as soon as

Does your ending work well?

  • Don’t leave unanswered questions in your narrative. Give your reader a satisfying ending.

Revising for IDEAS

After today, many of you felt like you had a lot of work to do. Actually, that’s great. Revising is the time to find out that you made mistakes and need to improve things.

The important things to keep in mind while revising for Ideas are…
1.) Show, don’t tell.
– Let the reader figure things out.
–  Don’t overuse verbs like was. Instead of saying “My teacher was nice.” show us what she does or
says that makes her so nice.
2.) Use sensory details
– Sensory details make the story come alive.
– Sensory details help us show instead of telling.

If you missed Monday, we highlighted our drafts for sensory details.
Sight – Red
Touch – Blue
Smell – Green
Taste – Orange
Hear – Purple

If you don’t have enough sensory details,  think of places where you can add more to your story.