Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Peek into Language Groups

Natasha's Language group has been getting into the routine of reading their book sets and creating story maps. They have each been assigned a set of book that they can read independently. Once they are finished reading all the books in the set, they choose one book to write a summary about. They have been using the story map graphic organizer to help them in this process. They then review what they have written with Natasha to make sure they have touched on the important points in the story and are using complete sentences. 

This week Tom's Language Group worked fervently on their Writer's Workshop stories. The focus this week was on conferencing with Tom and other classmates. Students then took the feedback they received from Tom or their classmates to revise and edit their writing. Students also worked on giving valuable feedback and supporting their peers throughout the writing process. Above you can see Tom conferencing with a student about her story.

In launching our Writer's Workshop, Katie's Language Group has started an illustrator study. We are studying the illustrator Christian Robinson who has illustrated multiple children's books including Gaston, Last Stop on Market Street, and Harlem's Little Blackbird. We learned that detailed illustrations help our audience better envision our story. We also learned that there are many different mediums an illustrator could use to illustrate a book! In addition, Katie's Language Group is studying different word families using the Words Their Way curriculum.