Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dear parents and students,

Christmas break and the holiday season is arriving quickly and represents a wonderful time for my students to show off what they’ve learned over the course of the first three months on school in the classroom. I would like your child (or my student) to write two different papers over the break.  The first paper will be a “narrative essay” about your Christmas with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Within this paper, I would like to see detail and description , similes, metaphors, personification, action transitions, hooking the reader, and telling the story step by step. This may seem  like a ton of info to soak in, but not for the whiz kids in room 6.  They’re awesome and very capable!

 The second paper will be an “expository essay” about why Christmas is important to them. There needs to be a clear introduction, three supporting paragraghs, one seperate paragragh using elaboration to support as paragraph, and a clear conclusion. FYI to my students, remember that when using your supporting paragraphs it goes from transition to detail to explaining the detail.

Many of my students are writing a higher level, and you would be amazed to find out just what they’re capable of since the beginning of the year began.  Overall, I’m very proud of my students at all levels because of your hard work, determination, focus, and willingness to go the extra mile.  Classroom six rocks!

Speeches

We are currently working on oral speeches and presentations in the classroom.  Each student will choose a Shell Silverstein, Jack Prelutzky, or any poem they prefer, and then recite it as part of the state benchmark in speaking.  It should be a hoot!