Due to the many days of school days which were lost because of the winter weather, Griffin teachers have prepared an academic recovery plan. This plan is designed to help maximize instructional time, and to offer additional support and resources to students as they prepare for the CRCT and finish the school year.
Click on the link below to open a document that explains the plan. The document also includes links to CRCT practice study guides.
Academic Recovery Notice
The following schedule shows the reading and language arts topics which will be covered each week in homeroom tutoring:
Week 1 (March 3-7): Author’s purpose
Week 2 (March 10-14): Reading comprehension skills (non-fiction/informational text focus)
Week 3 (March 17-21): Reading comprehension skills (fiction and/or narrative focus)
Week 4 (March 24-28): Figurative language (connotation, tone, mood, etc.)
Week 5 (April 7-11): Vocabulary (root words & affixes)
Week 6 (April 14-18): Grammar and writing conventions
Online Grammar Quizzes:
Online Grammar Games:
Types of Sentences: http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/clubhouse/index_pre.html
Other Study Resources:
- Skills Tutor (students can access this resource from home. Teachers will assign important activities.
- Brain Pop
Figurative Language Mini-Unit
Thursday, 2-20: Today you will be in the lab conducting a web-quest. Below are several figurative language websites for you to explore. Try each of the interactive activities and games. It is up to you how long you spend on each website, but try all of them.
As you explore each site, record examples of figurative language in this organizer: Figurative Language Search
When you are finished, save your organizer to your student folder. Then place it in my dropbox.
Mr. Kitzler’s Dropbox: http://www.dropitto.me/dwk1977
Today we will continue small group work today from yesterday’s DRAW lesson.
Here are your tasks:
1. Complete the comprehension questions from the article. You may work with a partner, but you must complete your own paper. Submit the document to my dropbox.Remember to save the paper to your student folder first, then upload it.
2. Complete at least 3 more vocabulary squares from yesterday, using the dictionary and thesaurus. You can also use an online dictionary.
3. When you are finished with these, you may work on Skills Tutor lessons. http://www.myskillstutor.com/login.jspChoose from the following:
- Sentence writing practice (if you have not finished)
- Sequence reading
Today we will be in the lab. For the first half of the period, look for examples of cause & effect in the following article:
Use this organizer to record text evidence:cause_effect scavenger
When your organizer is finished, please save your work to your student folder. Then upload the document to my dropbox:http://www.dropitto.me/dwk1977
Today you will be in the lab. Log in to Essay Scorer to respond to one of the prompts. You will be writing a paragraph (1oo word minimum) using one of the text structures we have been learning about. Remember to use signal words to communicate your ideas.
Here is a list of signal words: Signal Words
Here are some sentence frames for helping construct sentences: Compare and Contrast
Click to upload your work to Mr. K’s assignment bin: http://www.dropitto.me/dwk1977
Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Text Structure Webquest
- Today you will be doing a “webquest.” A webquest is like a little “journey” to different websites. At each area, you will engage in an activity designed to help you review and practice types of text structure and signal words.
- The directions and assignment for each station are on this Task Sheet
- Follow this link to begin the webquest: http://kingofzamunda.edu.glogster.com/text-structure-webquest
Use these websites to look for an article:
1. Chronological/Sequence of Events
2. Comparison & Contrast
3. Cause & Effect
4. Problem & Solution
Welcome to the second half of the school year!
In this next Nine Week period, the theme of our unit of study will be “The Power of Culture.” In reading, our primary focus will be informational text, and our secondary focus will be literary text. In writing, we will focus on expository writing. To do this, we will begin by examining root words and affixes, sentence construction, and paragraph structures. We will then use this knowledge to develop expository pieces based on cultural research.
- Today you will select articles of your choice to read from the following websites:
- Use the vocabulary organizer to record unfamiliar words
- Use these websites to look up the definitions of the words you choose:
- Reading comprehension practice
- Literary elements
- Vocabulary journals
- Individual conferencing with the teacher
- Argument writing test
Dec. 9 – 13
This week we will finish our argument writing presentations. We will also be working on reading comprehension skills for informational/expository text. We will use the results from the checkpoint to help us understand some of the skills we need to develop.
Dec 2 – 6
Welcome back from Thanksgiving break!
Today and tomorrow you will be in the lab working on your argument project. You should already have some material gathered in your outlines, but you can still spend time today searching for text evidence. If you are having difficulty finding information, I will come around and assist you with further searches.
- Use this checklist to keep track of everything you will need to show in the presentation: Checklist
Websites for your research:
(Use the search tool to find citations about your topic)
Food in classrooms:
Hats in school: