Whenever possible, I begin my lessons with silent, independent reading. During this time, I actively monitor their reading progress by checking their out-of-class reading logs and engaging in reading conferences that cover a variety of topics.
To find ways to enact this section, please see my strategy folder.
I explain today's assignment by posting these Climax Writing Directions on the board:
Today, you'll need to write only a climax.
Check out these starters for ideas.
Students gathered in a circle chanting "down with dress code!"
The butterfly's wing broke into two, perfect pieces...
As he looked one way, the yellow school bus started rounding the corner at a speed of 65 MPH.
This assignment's purpose is two-fold. Students practice they're writing skills by writing only a climax; kids prove that they understand the concept this way. Also, tomorrow, I'll introduce the write-around concept. Students will add on to one anothers' pieces by creating falling action and resolution.
At the end of this lesson, we begin the documentary "The Boy Who Sees Without Eyes."
This correlates with our Overcoming Obstacles Unit, because someone who is blind and uses echo-location to "see." It's a fascinating documentary and streams live from YouTube. However, I recommend cutting off the first few minutes if you have squeamish kids. He has to put his "eyes" in and take them out, and this is shown on camera at the start of the documentary.