#1 *** Literature Response Journal Information (LRJ HOMEWORK) ***

Required components:

 * 1 (3 paragraph) LRJ from a Fiction/Literature text

 * 1 (3 paragraph) LRJ from a Non Fiction / Informational text

*1 (3 total word) Vocabulary Assignment (required details in the printable chart below: students can use this chart or create their own)


DONE FOR Q2.  Rest and recharge.  
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 LRJ Additional Resources:

 While you are working on developing your critical reader's voice through your LRJ writing, please use the following

Sentence Leads and Transitional Phrases to help your thoughts FLOW FLUENTLY.

Be sure to avoid "REALLY BAD WORDS!"


for a Proficient look at the key elements required in a 
Literature Response Journal entry.



Additional Ideas for LRJ Connections:

Comparison of story characteristics from 2 examples of the same genre

Comparison of writing techniques across 2 authors or yourself

Comparison of literary features across genres

Comparison of character change with your own life experiences

Comparison of a story's moral with one's own life

Comparing two examples of text features and their effectiveness/purpose

Comparing patterns from multiple works of the same author

Comparing patterns from multiple stories within the same series

Analyzing an author's purpose for writing against writing strategies learned in school.

Predicting plot based on your own life experiences


 Click here for the LRJ Scoring Rubric!


VOCABULARY ASSIGNMENT:   Click here for a printable Vocab Chart Template




What your reading level means?

Homework (__1/10__): 

Read your next 2 chapters (Half-A-Moon Inn only 1) and complete your Literature Circle Role Sheet


 DAILY READING: Read 20 minutes DAILY 


Need an idea for your next read? MCPS Good Book List for Student Readers!


Here are some links to help spice up your Literature Circle Presentations:

Click here for printable copies of Literature Circle Role Sheets


* This is the general rotation order of Literature Circle Role Sheet Jobs, but note that not all groups are large enough to have each of the jobs.  

This will help if you're absent and not sure which job you missed.


 GROUPS of 4 Students: 1) Discussion Director 2) Summarizer 3) Vocabulary Enricher 4) Character Captain

GROUPS of 5 Students: 1) Discussion Director 2) Summarizer 3) Vocabulary Enricher 4) Connector or Scene Setter 5) Character Captain

GROUPS of 6 Students: 1) Discussion Director 2) Summarizer 3) Vocabulary Enricher 4) Connector 5)  Scene Setter 6) Character Captain

GROUPS of 7 Students: 1) Discussion Director 2) Summarizer 3) Vocabulary Enricher 4) Connector 5) Illustrator 6) Scene Setter 7) Character Captain

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  Homework (1/10)


Work on your essay.  Note the updated due date below!

Remember to keep the big idea of your essay in mind at all times.  If the evidence you research doesn't play a part in building toward this big idea, it might be interesting, but not important for your informational essay! 


You do not need to teach me everything about your focus topic, but what you do teach me, needs to be detailed, supported, and professional.

 UPDATED: Final Draft of Westward Expansion Essay is due on: Friday 1/12 @ the end of the day.

Required Structure:

1) Introductory Paragraph

4) Focus Chapters (2-3 paragraphs each)

1) Conclusion paragraph

The big idea of your essay should be previewed in the introduction, touched on throughout your chapters, and reinforced in your conclusion.

Be sure to use the RUBRIC on Google Classroom as a checklist (Note ABCD instead of ES,P,I,N)!





Lucy Calkins' Writing Technique Posters




 Click here for Mrs. Ruk's Math Homework page  



Science and Social Studies


 Click here for a link to Ms. Noonan's Homework page.