What's Happening in Writing
*We are learning spelling rules and new words.  Good writers know how to spell many words.

*We are using mentor texts to practice grammar.  Good writers read a lot and know how "great sentences" are supposed to sound.

*We learn a new vocabulary word each week.  Good writers expand their vocabularies so they can write vivid images and sensory descriptions in their compositions.  We will assess student knowledge of Term 3 Enriched Vocabulary words ...retrieve, boycott, taunt, frantic, and genuine.  They should be able to define the words and use them in a sentence.

*We learn to write about favorite places, favorite memories, and things that are important to us.  Good writers are always observing the world, taking notes, and thinking of stories in their heads.

We have begun expository writing.  Students will understand that in expository writing we write as experts.  We use our pencils to explain our thoughts and ideas and why we feel the way we do.  Expository writing is set up like informational text books rather than like fictional stories, with a beginning, middle, and end. 

This week students will begin writing a new expository essay. Our prompt this week is: Write about someone that is special to you and explain why you admire them.  Students will use boxes and bullets to plan, and then they will begin their first drafts.  In grammar we will practice using a mnemonic device, called an AAAWWUBBIS, at the beginning of a compound sentence.