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All about my reading homework


Hi everyone.

More delicious homework for your pleasure this week, mostly focused on your reading, with a little creative twist, for good measure.

You can use whatever books you have been reading recently to complete the tasks described below.

First thing to think about is whether you are going to address the fiction OR the non-fiction questions. You only need to answer the questions in EITHER fiction or non-fiction categories, not both.

The homework should be handed in on Friday, September 23rd.

Let’s start with the jobs you need to do if you choose the fiction category:

 

Job 1:

Write a summary of a section of the book you have read. Try to make it possible for someone who has not read your book to understand the main ideas of the story. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 2:

Write about one of the main characters of the book. Things to write about include:

  • What type of personality do they have?
  • What are their major character flaws?
  • Predict or describe how the characters personality evolves and changes during the book.

 Design/draw what you think the character looks like, and add it to the description. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 3:

Write an interesting description of one of the places your story is set in. Try to describe the setting so that the reader of your work will get a clear picture of the place in their mind. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 4:

Art options:

  • Draw a ‘comic book’ version of one of your favorite sections of the book. Choose a short section that you found particularly inspiring from your reading.
  • You can make this a poster/collage/comic book/model, if you prefer. (Est. 1 hour)



Let’s move onto the jobs you need to do if you choose the non-fiction category:

 

Job 1:

What are the most interesting things you have found out about from your reading?

Choose three to write about in more detail. Summarize the ‘idea’, and explain why you chose it. (est. 45 min.)

Job 2:

Write an interesting description of something you found out about. Make it possible for the reader to learn about your chosen subject. Assume your reader is articulate, but knows nothing about your subject. (est. 45 min.)

Job 3:

What other questions connected to your reading do you have? Write the questions, and try to explain why and how you intend to pursue them. (est. 45 min.)

Job 4:

Draw a ‘comic book’ explanation of an idea you found interesting from your reading. Choose a short section that you found particularly inspiring from your reading. You can make this a poster/collage/comic book/model, if you prefer.  (est. 60 min.)

 

All About Me

(This is my Fifth Birthday party. I'm the handsome one wearing a tie at the far end of the table.)

Welcome to grade five homework projects.

This first project should be handed in on Friday, September 18th.

This year you will be receiving homework on Friday. Most of your homework will be handed in to me the following Friday unless you are instructed otherwise.

You will also receive homework from other teachers who will provide you with details of what they require at that time.

Homework is intended to take about one hour a night not including the reading requirement (which is twenty minutes a day). That means about five to seven hours per week.

Grading is by a rubric during the first term. The rubric will usually be handed out with the homework. Graded homework will be returned on the Monday after the homework has been handed in, as a general rule.

 

Your first project is to help me get to know you better.

I would like you to put together a portrait of who you are in the following categories:

  • Mini-biography: Choose two from the following:

    • Writing about yourself, your life, and your family – funny stories, sad stories, amazing family facts, etc.

    • Describe the best book you have ever read.

    • What was one of the proudest moments in your life?

    • Describe a turning point in your life.

  • Predictions:

    • Write predictions about where you and three of your friends will be, and what they will be doing with their lives in twenty years from now!

  • Compliments:

    • Write a page of compliments to friends and family, the kind of thing that you may have thought but never said. Try to include as many class mates as possible.

  • Portraits:

    • A page (or pages) of photos and artwork expressing who you are as an artist and a person.

 

The Last Homework Project


So here it is, the last homework project for the year. Of course, the smarter ones among you will continue practicing reading, writing and math throughout the summer.

Have your skills warmed up and ready to go on the first day of sixth grade!

Back to the present - or the future……

On Tuesday, June 3rd, we are going to start work on the end-of-year show.

The idea is to take a classic fairy tale, myth or classic story and turn it into a modernized version.

Can you imagine Sleeping Beauty set in the far future and concerning the love and fate of robots?

What about Little Red Riding Hood set on a futuristic desert planet?

Team ups between students are encouraged.

Each student team will be called upon to present their idea to the rest of the group.

Presentations may include:

Posters, skits, persuasive speeches, handouts, songs, dances, PowerPoint/website extravaganzas.

 

Persuading other students that your idea is the best one for the entire group to pursue should be the direct goal of your endeavors.

This homework is, not only the final homework project in Grade five, but also one of the most important homework projects of the year. The winning team's idea will be the one we pursue for the end of the year show!!

May the best idea, or ideas, win in the end!!!!!



 

MCAS SCIENCE HOMEWORK: WEEK 1


Working with your Revision Buddy, as described in class, concentrate on reading and reviewing Grade four science texts in preparation for the upcoming Science MCAS. All of this material may appear on the upcoming Science MCAS tests.

You should read all the pages noted, and create brief notes, where appropriate, to help you remember and consolidate information. Each student will make notes according to their own needs, as described in class.

This week you will focus on the first two fourth grade subjects: ‘Weather and climate’, and ‘Properties of Matter’.

I will be staying late this week (3:00 - 4:00pm) to review this Fourth Grade Science work:

Monday, May 4th: Weather

Thursday, May 7th: Properties of Matter


Properties of Matter:

Matter, matter everywhere b10 –11

Making materials useful b12-13

The metric system b19-22

More about matter b29-30

Compounds b33- 35

Causing change b39- 42

A change for the better b48-49

Changed for good b56 – 58

Total: 22 pages


Weather and climate

It’s got us covered e10-11

Not too warm e14-15

Feeling the air e21-22

All about pressure e31-33

Wind blowing e38-39

Water vapor and weather e46-47

Watching clouds go by e55-57

Weather in the newse63-65

Light and sound show e68-69

Changing seasons e80-83

Florida is not N. Dakota e 86-89

Total: 27 pages

 

MCAS homework - week 2


Working with your ‘revision buddy’, your homework for this week is to continue reading and reviewing fourth grade science texts. This week you will be focusing on ‘Electricity and Magnetism’, and ‘Animals’. There are 62 pages for you to read. (roughly, 10 pages a night with one night off, or roughly two or three sections per night)

There is no rubric for this work, since the judgment on your success will be reflected in your final MCAS science performance result!

Here are the page references for this week:

 

Electricity and Magnetism

Properties of magnets d11-13

Force fields d19-21

Earth as a magnet d22-24

Static Electricity d30-33

Lightning d34-35

Electric current d40-43

Light bulbs d48-49

Series and parallel d50-51

Producing electric current d60-63

Power plant to you d64-65

Electric magnets d72-74


Animal Adaptations

Parts that help c18-23

Dance of the bees c26-27

Behavior for survival c28-30

Variety of life c36-39

Classification c42-43

Frogs/reptiles c46-50

Fly, dive, gallop c51-53

Nothing in common c56-60


Notes for MCAS reading

  • Anything that seems either too new or too difficult for you to be able to remember next week, take a brief note. Concentrate on ‘bold face terms’, as discussed in class.

  • Jot down any questions you have for discussion at school.

  • Draw pictures, make diagrams, etc. Structure your notes in any way that makes it possible for you to remember the key points without having to go back to the text.

  • Keep your notes as brief as possible – as long as you and your revision buddy can understand them you’re OK.

  • Share out the note-taking job with your partner. Read and work together if possible. Discuss the meaning of the material as much as is possible for you and your circumstances.

 

 

MCAS Homework - week 3

In the third part of the Science review of Fourth grade Science material, students will choose which of the subject areas they need to work on and will self-select what work they will do.

I have kept all the reading page references for the Fourth grade material available for you at the bottom of this page.

I would strongly encourage students to work hard on these subjects. Roughly forty percent of the content of the Fifth grade Science MCAS test is material last taught during the Fourth grade!

The students who do a good job reviewing the Fourth grade material are the ones who typically make the Advanced category in the final tests.

 

Enjoy yourselves, have fun and remember:

PARENTS ARE THE BOSSES OF HOMEWORK

 

Zoos?


We have been reading about zoos. You have talked about, thought about and taken notes on some arguments for and against zoos.

Job 1

Your job this week is to write an essay on your opinion about Zoos having completed the research in class.

  • You should write an essay that is, either for zoos, against zoos or expresses both sides of the argument.

  • You should use the notes you made in class as a primary source for your work. Of course, you can continue your research for additional or different points if you want to.

  • Your final essay should be typed and emailed to me this week.

The essay should have:

  • a creative and well organized introduction.

  • There should be three body paragraphs. Each should contain the main reason for your opinion with examples and sufficient detail.

  • There should be a conclusion paragraph too!

  • The essay should be carefully proofread by the student!

Job 2

Express your opinion through art:

You can make: a poster, or a video, or a PowerPoint presentation to also express your opinion on the subject.

 

All homework is due in on Thursday, April 17th.


Enjoy yourselves, have fun and remember:

PARENTS ARE THE BOSSES OF HOMEWORK

 

 

Creatures of the Earth Homework


All Homework due in Friday, April 11th

We begin our study of Life on Earth soon. To support our work, I would like you to choose a creature of interest to you and find out about its life.

Make a mini book about your chosen creature.

This week your whole project is to design and make a book about a chosen creature.

Your book should aim to inform and educate your fellow students about your creature.

Here are the required topics that should be included in the Mini- book:

  • Introduction

  • Family – for example, mammal, insect, reptile

  • Life Cycle

  • Lifestyle and personality of the creature

  • What does the creature eat?

  • What eats the creature?

  • Describe the creatures preferred ecosystem.

  • Challenges and dangers facing the creature (other than being eaten)

  • Adaptations that make the creature fit its ecosystem

  • A comprehensive list of sources for the work.

Here are other some suggested topics for you that you may include if you choose to:

  • Basic fact file

  • Where is the creature found?

  • How many of the creatures are there?

  • What can be done to help the creature survive and prosper?

  • Invent a game that can teach about your creature

  • A day in the life of your creature

  • Food chains

The mini book should include illustrations and diagrams. Your goal should be to make a book that would be attractive and interesting for your age group to explore.

 

 

Revolution!


All homework due Friday, April 4th

 

Job 1: Find out about one or more early battles of the Revolution:

  • Make a poster showing your impression of the battle.

  • Write a journal/diary entry using your fictional character as if you had been there on the day of the battle. Be creative: describe the scene, use interesting vocabulary - but also include some accurate historical detail!


Job 2: Research one of the following topics and write paragraph summary of what you find. Focus on a good introduction and three things you found interesting/surprising/amusing/shocking! Don't forget a strong conclusion too!

  • Women and the armies

  • Africans and the armies

  • Medicine and the armies

  • Winter and the armies

  • Daily life for the armies

  • Weapons and the armies

  • Clothing, equipment and the armies

  • Diet and the armies

 

Reading and Language Arts MCAS preparation


This week, with the MCAS test now just over a week away, your homework is to take another practice MCAS test.

There are a number of multiple choice questions and two open response questions.

Please work on the technique as we applied it in class:

  • Highlight question.

  • Read article

  • Targeted reread of article – read topic sentences. Is there any information in the paragraph relevant to answering the question? If so – read on. If you’re not sure – reread. If not – skip the paragraph.

  • Highlight relevant sections. Number the highlighted sections in the order you will use them in your answer.

  • Make a summary list of the numbered sections you will use in your answer.

  • Write answer with introduction, facts, two details per fact, transitional words and a strong conclusion.

  • Fit your answer into the required space.

 

Hand in your homework on Friday, March 21st.

(There will be no homework during the week of the MCAS - Monday, March 24th - Friday, March 28th)

 

 

All about my reading homework - take 2


Hi everyone.

More delicious homework for your pleasure this week, mostly focused on your reading, with a little creative twist, for good measure.

You can use whatever books you have been reading recently to complete the tasks described below.

First thing to think about is whether you are going to address the fiction OR the non-fiction questions. You only need to answer the questions in EITHER fiction or non-fiction categories, not both.

The homework should be handed in on Friday, March 14th.

Let’s start with the jobs you need to do if you choose the fiction category:

 

Job 1:

Write a summary of a section of the book you have read. Try to make it possible for someone who has not read your book to understand the main ideas of the story. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 2:

Write about one of the main characters of the book. What type of personality do they have? What are their major character flaws? Predict or describe how the characters personality evolves and changes during the book. Design/draw what you think they look like, and add it to the description. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 3:

Draw a ‘comic book’ version of one of your favorite sections of the book. Choose a short section that you found particularly inspiring from your reading. You can make this a poster/collage/video/PowerPoint/comic book/model, if you prefer. (Est. 1 hour)

Let’s move onto the jobs you need to do if you choose the non-fiction category:

 

Job 1:

What are the most interesting things you have found out about from your reading? Choose three to write about in more detail. Summarize the ‘idea’, and explain why you chose it. (est. 45 min.)

Job 2:

Write an interesting description of something you found out about. Make it possible for the reader to learn about your chosen subject. Assume your reader is articulate, but knows nothing about your subject. (est. 45 min.)

Job 3:

Draw a ‘comic book’ explanation of an idea you found interesting from your reading. Choose a short section that you found particularly inspiring from your reading. You can make this a poster/collage/video/PowerPoint/comic book/model, if you prefer.  (est. 60 min.)

 

 

Colonies

This week, to support our work on the American Revolution that begins the week after next week, I would like you to continue to read about, and make a travel guide for a tourist to visit the Colonies on the eve of the Revolution (1769).

You will be starting this work at school this week.

Choose from the Northern Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. Your guide should have an introduction, and should include three of the following choices:

  • Which places to visit

  • How to get around

  • Local customs and manners

  • What to wear

  • What to eat and drink

  • What to see and do

  • Sports and recreation

  • Where to stay

  • How to stay safe and healthy

  • Money

Each section should take about one hour to design and write. The re-reading will probably take fifteen to thirty minutes per section.

 

Finished Travel guides are due in Friday, March 7th.

 

 

Daily Homework

The students will receive homework on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The homework will focus on the results of the practice MCAS work from before the vacation.

  • Students who scored less than 3 on an open response question will redo those questions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Students who scored 3 or 4 will be free to write in a genre of their choosing for 30 minutes on each day:
    • Personal narrative story
    • Essay
    • Persuasive essay
    • Fiction story
    • Poetry

On Thursday, all students will choose one of the pieces they have written (including MCAS questions) and create a detailed and lovely piece of artwork to go with the writing.

 

 

Reading and Language Arts MCAS preparation


This week your homework is to take a practice MCAS test.

There are a number of multiple choice questions and two open response questions.

Please work on the technique as we applied it in class:

  • Highlight question.

  • Read article

  • Targeted reread of article – read topic sentences. Is there any information in the paragraph relevant to answering the question? If so – read on. If you’re not sure – reread. If not – skip the paragraph.

  • Highlight relevant sections. Number the highlighted sections in the order you will use them in your answer.

  • Make a summary list of the numbered sections you will use in your answer.

  • Write answer with introduction, facts, two or three details per fact, transitional words and a strong conclusion.

  • Fit your answer into the required space.


Hand in your homework on Friday, February 14th.

Please hand in all highlighted sections, lists and final answers!


Enjoy yourselves, have fun and remember:

PARENTS ARE THE BOSSES OF HOMEWORK

 

 

 

Media homework

Champions

A show dedicated to the brilliance of

Liverpool F.C.

 

Job 1: Favorite Show/ Website

(Estimate - 1 hour)

What is your favorite Television show, or website?

Write a paragraph explaining why that show, or website is your favorite. Include at least three good reasons. Fact, detail, detail!!


Job 2: Invent a television show

(Estimate - 2 hours)

Design your own television show. Write a short 'trailer' for a show you might like to watch. Include:

  • main characters

  • setting - time and place

  • a typical scene – write a short scene featuring between two and four characters in the midst of a typical incident from your show.

 

Job 3: Poster

(Estimate - 1 hour)

Design a ‘coming-soon-to-a-small-screen-near-you’ poster for your show.

These posters will be displayed in the classroom.

Students may choose to make short videos of a part of their show instead of making a poster.

Videos will be shown and graded in class on Friday, February 7th.

Team-ups between students to work together on Job 2 and 3 of this project are encouraged - with the following caveats:

  • Each student is responsible for completing their own writing for Job 2 - even if this writing has been worked on in a group.

  • Each student must participate in the writing composition process in their group - it is not a good idea for only one student to do all the writing and then one or more students simply copy it!

 

DARE ESSAY

Job 1: Essay

Write an essay for Officer O’Keefe. The title should be:

What are the most important lessons I have learned in the DARE class?’

Use the Dare book essay planner in the back of the Dare book to assist with paragraph construction.

The Officer will be picking one essay to be shared with the assembled multitudes at the DARE graduation.

The essay should have the following parts:

  • Introduction paragraph.

  • One or more body paragraphs focused on what was learned in specific lessons.

  • Conclusion paragraph.

 

Job 2: DARE Artwork.

If your DARE project was a book, what would the front cover look like?

Make a front cover for a print version of your sprawling masterpiece!

These are destined for display in our class room, so make them great.

 

Hand the finished work in on Friday, January 31st.

 

What If?


All homework due in Friday, January 24th

A series of ‘What If’ ideas’ for you to think about:

  • What if you could climb between the covers of any book and become a character in the story? What book and character would you choose, and why?

  • What if you were not required by law to attend school? How would you spend your days?

  • What if you could back in history and change one important event? Which event would you choose to change? Why? In what ways would you change the event?

  • What if one morning your pet cat, Rover started talking to you in very precise English?

  • What if faster than light travel is invented tomorrow?

  • What if every time you touched anything, it turned into plastic?

  • What if you found a way to travel through a black hole?

  • What if your stuffed animals secretly sneak out of the house after you go to sleep?

  • What if you fell into a video game and could not find the way back home?

Job 1:

Choose one of the situations to write about. (estimate: 2 hours)

Concentrate on writing excellent descriptions of what your reader is supposed to see and hear. Don’t worry about finishing a whole story: I would rather read one excellent scene carefully described rather than a poor, thinly described, but ‘finished’ story.

Job 2:

Make a poster or model that is related to one of the ‘What if’ ideas. (est. 45 min.)

 

Snack Attack


Invent a tasty and nutritious snack.

No nuts allowed (except, Mr. Allen, of course).

Here are the jobs:

Job 1:

Give your snack a name and design and make the packaging for it.

 

Job 2:

Write a detailed and clear list of ingredients and a set of instructions describing how to make your snack

 

Job 3:

Make your snack and bring a small sample into school for us to try on Friday

 

Job 4:

Make a short, exciting sales pitch for your product. The purpose should be to explain why we should buy your product. There should be music included in your pitch. You will make the sales pitch in school on Friday. If you prefer to video your commercial, you can.

All presentations should be between one and three minutes long.

Team-ups between students are encouraged but with a preferred group size of two. Each student is responsible for working equally on the project. each student needs tro hand in their own writing and product package. The actual making of the snack and the sales pitch/commercial work and presentation can be shared between partners.

The project will be judged using the following parameters:

  • Clarity of instructions

  • Level of detail in instructions

  • Evidence of planning and effort for sales pitch

  • Quality of product package

 

Science issues

This will now be a daily homework project.

Each piece will be due to be handed in the following day.

Here are some thought provoking questions about issues in science to wax your brain, oil your mind, generally make you aware of, you know….everything!

  • What do you think the most important topic in science is today? Why should scientists study it?

  • If we were to give up on gas powered cars and turn to alternative methods of transportation what would be the main advantages and disadvantages of that change?

  • What is the most outstanding invention of all time? Why do you think so?

  • If you could make one scientific invention disappear from the earth without trace what would it be?

 

Monday, January 6th - thinking and planning - 30 mins

From the four choices above, you need to choose one of the questions to work on this week. Tonight you will produce a plan for a short essay:

You need to write what your answer is to the chosen question and list the three main reasons for your answer. Remember that for each fact you list you will need to write at least two additional supporting details!

Bring in your plan on Tuesday!

(In addition to the planning, some of you may prefer to start writing the rough draft tonight. If you want to, that is fine with me - I think it's a good idea!)

 

Tuesday, January 7th - rough draft - 45 mins

Rough draft. Write out your argument:

  • Introduction

  • Reason 1

  • Reason 2

  • Reason 3

  • Conclusion

Bring in your rough draft on Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, January 8th - art night - 45 mins

Prepare some artwork to go with your essay.

Make it gorgeous, detailed and excellent!

Bring in your artwork on Thursday.

 

Thursday, January 9th - final draft - 45 mins

Edit, proofread, final draft for essay.

Bring in your final draft on Friday.

 

 

Persuasion

Think of something rather outrageous that you might want from your parent(s) –something that you don’t actually need. Have you always wanted to paint your room purple with orange polka dots? Would life be better if you had a personal assistant? Is the backyard the perfect place to keep your own pet elephant? Do you feel your life would benefit from owning your own jet pack?

 

Job 1. Persuasive essay

Write an essay for your parent(s) persuading them to do what you want.

Use some of the 10 Tips for Becoming a Master Persuader.

Organize the reasons why you feel they should do what you want into separate paragraphs, and finish with a strong conclusion. Really try to “sell” your parents on the fantastic idea you have!

 

Job 2. Poster

Create a poster that shows how great this “thing” that you want actually is. You can make one big illustration or draw multiple pictures. You can include captions that explain the benefits of the “thing” or write a slogan. You can draw yourself enjoying the “thing” or create an advertisement for the “thing”. Show us why what you want is so awesome!

 

Job 3. Song or Poem

Write music, video, song lyrics or a poem describing what life is like now that you have the “thing” that you wanted.


Due Friday, November 15th

Children's Rights Homework


All homework due in Friday, November 8th.

  • Job 1:

What are the 10 most important rights all children should have?

Make a list of the ten most important rights children should have.

Choose the 'top three' of the rights you have selected.

For each right you have selected, design a page which:

  •  Explains what the particular ‘right’ is.

  •  Write a paragraph explaining why this ‘right’ is important to you.

  • Illustrate and decorate each page in a way you enjoy!

  • Job 2:

Make an ‘Award Statue’ to present to someone who deserves to be recognized for their work in protecting rights.

The person can be anyone: from your mom, a classmate, to Nelson Mandela! Write a short paragraph giving three reasons why you selected the person you chose. (est. 1 hour.)

Job time guidelines:

Job 1: Each page: planning and writing 20 minutes. Redraft/proofreading 20 minutes. Decoration 20 minutes. Total = 60 minutes per page. Three hours total for Job 1.

Job 2: 60 minutes.

 

Student Friendly News Sites

Here are links to sites that cover the news and current events in grade appropriate presentations. If you know of any current event sites to add to the list please send them, and I'll publish them here. We can use this site for current events research reading.

 

 

Late October Homework


All homework due Friday, October 25th

It’s the season for many Americans to behave in truly bizarre ways.

Since not everybody participates in these revels, there will be a choice available for you.

 

Job 1:

Write a spooky story. (est. 2 hours)

Choice 1:

You can work on a short story filled with all the warped and strange ideas the season tends to create. Try to make your descriptions powerful, and, well, scary for the reader!

Don’t worry if you can’t finish the whole story – I’d rather read a well-written opening to a story, than a poorly written complete one.

Suggested work times:

  • Story planning/maps: 30 minutes

  • Writing: 2 * 30 minutes

  • Proofread/editing: 30 minutes


OR

Choice 2:

For those who like to have a starting place for stories, I will include a picture and opening paragraph to a spooky story in your homework pack.

You may choose to continue this story, if you want.

Suggested work times:

  • Story planning/maps: 30 minutes

  • Writing: 2 * 30 minutes

  • Proofread/editing: 30 minutes

 


Job 2:

Design a costume. (est. 1 hour)

Choice 1:

Design the ultimate monster costume. Draw, paint, or sketch it. If you want to, you can make a costume for a doll. Bring in the doll wearing the costume!


OR

Choice 2:

Design a costume for a character in your story. Draw, paint, or sketch your lead character in their favorite new costume. If you want to, you can make a costume for a doll. Bring in the doll wearing the costume!

 

Enjoy yourselves, have fun and remember:

PARENTS ARE THE BOSSES OF HOMEWORK

 

All in the News

Hello. I’m your homework guide.

I know you’re dog-tired, but you can’t just roll over and play dead, can you?

I know it’s wuff, but your homework this week is to provide paragraphs, posters, and more on issues you think are important.

I would like you to read daily newspapers, magazines, or visit web sites during this week trying to find news stories.

Here are some categories you might find useful:

  •  News stories that interested you.

  • A news story that amused you.

  • A big news story from any country - except America.

  • A story that involves the environment and its protection.

  • A story that involves famous people and their behavior.

  • A news item you found shocking. 

 

Here are the jobs:

Job 1

Choose one of these categories:

  • Write a paragraph summarizing a story you selected - in your own words.

  • Write a paragraph explaining why you picked that story. Include three reasons for your choice.

Remember, I may not know the stories so explain them carefully enough that I will be able to understand them.

 

Job 2

Make a poster called, “A Week in America.” Include in the poster imaginative use of images and words that have appeared in the news this week.

Remember: small and detailed is beautiful!

 

Job 3

Choose a news category from the list above:

Write words and/or music to a ‘song’ using the news item as inspiration.

Play the song for us on Friday, October 11th

You can record the song or 'play it live'!

OR

Make a presentation or a video about the News Story on Friday, October 10th.

Your speech, in either case, should be between 1-2 minutes long. It should contain the following parts:

  • An introduction filled with energy and life

  • A summary of the news story

  • An explanation of why you chose the story

 If you decide to do a live presentation, you can use a creative PowerPoint/Slides/Keynote to enhance your work, if you have the software!

 

Job time estimates.

Job 1 – 1 hr.

Job 2 - 1 hr.

Job 3 - 1 hr.

Enjoy yourselves, have fun and remember:

PARENTS ARE THE BOSSES OF HOMEWORK!

 

 

All about my reading homework


Hi everyone.

More delicious homework for your pleasure this week, mostly focused on your reading, with a little creative twist, for good measure.

You can use whatever books you have been reading recently to complete the tasks described below.

First thing to think about is whether you are going to address the fiction OR the non-fiction questions. You only need to answer the questions in EITHER fiction or non-fiction categories, not both.

The homework should be handed in on Friday, October 4th.

Let’s start with the jobs you need to do if you choose the fiction category:

 

Job 1:

Write a summary of a section of the book you have read. Try to make it possible for someone who has not read your book to understand the main ideas of the story. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 2:

Write about one of the main characters of the book. What type of personality do they have? What are their major character flaws? Predict or describe how the characters personality evolves and changes during the book. Design/draw what you think they look like, and add it to the description. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 3:

Write an interesting description of one of the places your story is set in. Try to describe the setting so that the reader of your work will get a clear picture of the place in their mind. (est. 45 min.)

 

Job 4:

Draw a ‘comic book’ version of one of your favorite sections of the book. Choose a short section that you found particularly inspiring from your reading. You can make this a poster/collage/comic book/model, if you prefer. (Est. 1 hour)



Let’s move onto the jobs you need to do if you choose the non-fiction category:

 

Job 1:

What are the most interesting things you have found out about from your reading? Choose three to write about in more detail. Summarize the ‘idea’, and explain why you chose it. (est. 45 min.)

Job 2:

Write an interesting description of something you found out about. Make it possible for the reader to learn about your chosen subject. Assume your reader is articulate, but knows nothing about your subject. (est. 45 min.)

Job 3:

What other questions connected to your reading do you have? Write the questions, and try to explain why and how you intend to pursue them. (est. 45 min.)

Job 5:

Draw a ‘comic book’ explanation of an idea you found interesting from your reading. Choose a short section that you found particularly inspiring from your reading. You can make this a poster/collage/comic book/model, if you prefer.  (est. 60 min.)

 

Dear Diary

Job 1:

Experience diary.

Write five entries about what you have seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched during the day. Concentrate on careful and detailed descriptive writing.  Write also about how the experiences made you feel. Try to make your descriptions imaginative and interesting to read.

 

Job 2:

Picture Diary.

Make sketches and art that represents the range of your feelings during the week. This artwork can be incorporated into the Experience diary if you want, as described in class.

 

Job 3:

Sculpture/ Amulet/ Bracelet.

Make a Sculpture/ Amulet/ Bracelet as a reminder to you of all the people who love you!

OR

Music

Make a short sound/music piece that is inspired by a particular mood or feeling. Give the song a title related to that feeling and play the piece for us on Friday, September 27th