Usually, I give a choice of which poem to memorize, but for the next poetry share, everyone will be memorizing the same poem. I will give the students three weeks to memorize, including the vacation. It is a dense poem that I intend to go over thoroughly with them, so they understand the meaning. I will also memorize the poem in these weeks — wish my old brain luck!
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
We are well into our non-fiction reading and writing unit now. This week, students will focus mainly on asking questions as they read. What do I want to know? What confuses me? Now that I answered one question, it makes me think of a new one. Which text features can help me find the answers to my questions? We will begin to use our questions to look for answers and take notes about what we learned.
Notebook Entry Suggestions
1. Write about a time you played in the snow!
2. Write about a time you had a problem, and then about how you solved it.
3. Write about a memory of a time you tried really hard to get something.