February 21, 2017
Dear Parents & Guardians,
We are so pleased with the students’ effort and progress on the weekly PCR homework assignments. Our upcoming reading and writing units are as follows:
Reading: Nonfiction Analysis of Short Texts
Writing: Literary Essays
Throughout the units, we will be zooming in on making a claim, finding text evidence to support the claim, and providing reasons to thoroughly explain our ideas. Since this directly stems from PCR, the students will not be completing individual PCR homework assignments during this unit.
We encourage students to continue to read each night, totaling at least 100 minutes per week. Please continue to have your child record his/her reading on the log. As they read, they should be completing stop & jots on post-its (to keep in their book). These stop & jots do not need to be brought to school.
Some ideas for stop & jots: inferring, synthesizing, analyzing characters, deep thorough connections, questions, predictions, retelling, summarizing, reacting, and any other skill your child has learned in school.
We thank you for your continued support,