LIT: We took time in class today to "filter" the codes and marks made in the recent readings of chapters six and seven of A Single Shard.
GRAMMAR: We reviewed articles and demonstratives - the "Magnificent Seven." Those seven little words (a, an, the, this, that, these, and those) that are most frequently overlooked when identifying adjectives.
In small groups, we continued looking at the value of adjectives and adverbs to spark our writing. We used photo prompts and wrote simple captions in our writer's notebooks. Then, little by little, we improved our captions one word at a time. First, we identified the action verb in the sentence and then added a word to modify it (HOW did the groundhog eat the flower? A: greedily.) Then we chose a noun from the sentence and added a modifier (WHAT KIND of groundhog was it? A: wet.) Finally, we added a modifier for that modifier (HOW wet was the groundhog. A: rather.) The transformation was more than just three simple words - those three words added a surprising depth of meaning and a level of communication.
While small grammar groups were meeting, students worked with a partner to read and code chapter 8 of A Single Shard.
Homework: "Filter" the codes from today's in-class reading -- what thinking from the reading stands out as important and needs to be more fully explained and captured.