…Well, not any old voice, the Metacognitive Reading Voices of course! This week, students focused on reviewing (and for our new students, learning) the 7 Metacognitive Reading Strategies: making connections, asking questions, sensory images, inferring/predicting, fix up strategies, determining importance, and synthesizing. After practicing with the familiar text Eleven, students were given The Glass Castle , a short story that will continue to be a mentor text as we begin our personal memoirs, in order to perfect their skills. A summative assessment on these strategies will be given this Thursday and Friday, September 3rd and 4th.
In writing, we have begun brainstorming about small moments–a meaningful and powerful moment that changed our view on life. Through the writing workshop process and mini lessons centered around showing not telling, dialogue, and introspection, the goal is for students to draft and share one small moment in their life to the class in the next few weeks.
On another note, I really enjoyed meeting so many parents at Open House last week! If you were unable to make it, and would like to browse through my slide show, please feel free to email me and I will send it your way!