World of Words
World of Words is designed to help students who may struggle a little or are apathetic when it comes to reading and writing. This class will develop skills that create confidence when it comes to reading with understanding and writing with clarity. These skills pour into every subject. (Math teachers call them "story" problems for a reason.)
This Week: 2/19-2/23
Monday: PE-NO CLASS
Tuesday: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, Part 1 Discussion
Wednesday: Begin Novel Project Part 2
Thursday: Writing Thesis Statements
Friday: Thesis Statements/Novel Project
Specific Areas of focus:
- Root Words: Each week students will be given a Greek root word. They will notice how words are created from roots. As their list of roots grows students will notice combinations in words and understand the meaning or unknown words. After 5 words, a quiz will be given, eventually leading to a cumulative quiz at the end of the each semester and then all of them at the end of the year.
- goal: Students will be able to recognize roots and decipher the meaning of unknown words in their reading or in standardized vocabulary and reading tests.
- Frequently Misspelled/Misused Words: The English language has some confusing words. Students will review how to correctly use words that either sound similar but are spelled differently (there, their, they're) or are used incorrectly (affect vs. effect) or are just plain misspelled (a lot-always 2 words). Towards the end of each semester, a quiz will be given, eventually leading to a cumulative quiz and the end of the each semester and then all of them at the end of the year.
- goal: Students will be able to confidently and correctly choses and decipher troublesome words and phases in their writing.
- THE Essay: It is a dirty word, essay. We will break down an essay into chewable parts, and then break down those chewable parts into crumbs.
- Hook, Topic, Basic supporting detail information; Thesis Statment
- Body Paragraphs
- Transition. Supporting idea, Introduce example, Cite Example, Explain example/connect to thesis
- Summarize proof of thesis; Generalize topic; moral, call to action, or final thought for the reader
- goal: Students will be able to develop a well thought out essay using examples to support a thesis without cringing at the thought of writing one. (This last part will be the hardest.)
- Document Based Writing: Using short articles and either tables of information, primary sources, or other sources, students will answer basic comprehension questions as well as short answer writing questions. Students will have to infer and answer in complete sentences using and referencing textual evidence.
- goal: Students will be able to explain their reasoning by imbedding textual evidence into their answers and citing were they found their source.