If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch our school production of Elf, there is one more evening performance tomorrow. (Warning: You may end up humming a few catchy tunes!) We really enjoyed the performance on Tuesday and appreciated the courage, dedication, and excellence the cast and crew have shown. We also acknowledged the commitment of some of our classmates who have logged in 7 performances, as part of the choir. So, they will certainly have material for their homework assignment: writing a review of the play. Extra homework instructions were glued in our agendas today. The information also served as an editing task.
Our reading response question today was to identify the most important part of Winter’s Gift. This is a great story for readers to use inferring skills, and for introducing a new signpost: Memory Moment. When an author has a character take time to think back to an event, he/she is signalling to the reader that the information they are about to read is important. In addition to explaining our opinions with text details, we are working to connect the title to the big idea (main message) of the story. Once again, we will level our work, identify ways to bump up our answers, and communicate through our agendas.