Mrs. Root's Literacy A Blog - ARCHIVE

Content on this page pertains to school years PRIOR to the 2016-17 school year. It is available to teachers for historical reference but does not provide guidance to parents/students for the current school year.

Week of 9-6-16

posted Sep 7, 2016, 3:07 PM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 3:07 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

In both Lit 2 and Lit 3 we started discussing our weekly assignments - Word of the Week (WoW) and Article of the Week (AoW). These will be due on your block days each week.  Remember that you need to show evidence of close reading for your Article of the Week as well as your 1+page response. You will staple these together to turn in on your block day.  Word of the Week are due on your block days also.  Remember that you need to have the definition in your own words and evidence of proof of understanding the meaning.  If you choose to write a sentence, remember it needs to have at least as many words as you are old.

L2-This week we will be starting to read "The Giver". You need to be sticky noting up to chapter 8 by Friday.

L3-We are finishing up our 300 word essays.  Make sure that you have had a few people in your editing circle read through your draft.  Final drafts due on Friday.

Have a great week!!

Week of 5-23-16

posted May 24, 2016, 12:40 PM by Shalaine Root   [ updated May 24, 2016, 12:40 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

It has been a wonderful year.  I have enjoyed my time with your kiddos this year.  I hope everyone has some fun planned for this summer and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall. Thank you for a great year :)  We heard about some fantastic books during our Summer Reading Advertisement Project.  I hope you read and write this summer.

Some book suggestions for this summer in no particular order:

Hope was Here by: Joan Bauer (anything by her is great)

The Indigo Notebook series by: Laura Resau 

The Fablehaven series by: Brandon Mull

Stung by: Bethany Wiggins

Silver by: Chris Wooding

What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by: Henry Clark

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by:Chris Grabenstein 

Harry Potter series by: JK Rowling (if you haven't read them yet or just to reread them)

Etiquette and Espionage series by: Gail Carriger

Counting by 7's by: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by:Stephan Pastis

Sherlock Holmes, the Legend Begins: Black Ice by: Andrew Lane

Spirit Animals series by: Brandon Mull

Island of Thieves by: Josh Lacey

Dead End in Norvelt by: Jack Gantos and the sequel From Norvelt to Nowhere


Enjoy your summer and read a bunch!!!





week of 5-16-16

posted May 16, 2016, 7:21 AM by Shalaine Root   [ updated May 16, 2016, 7:29 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

All classes - Writer's Notebooks are due this week.

L2- We will be working on vocabulary this week.  

L3- We will finish are Summer Reading Advertisement Presentations this week. At the end of the week, we will watch Gnomeo and Juliet, rated G, to compare to the true story.  Please bring in your money for Dottie - our horse that we sponsored.  Remember this is a commitment that our class has agreed to raise at least $25 for this sweet horse.  Those of us who met her this weekend were able to spend some time with her as well as groom her.  Thank you Ari and Mimi for bringing the issue of horse abuse to our attention.

This is our last full week of this school year - make it a good one. :) 

week of 5-9-16

posted May 9, 2016, 11:44 AM by Shalaine Root   [ updated May 9, 2016, 11:44 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

All classes: We are presenting our Summer Reading Advertisement Program prezis this week.  If you are ready early, you can present early for extra credit.  All prezis are due Wednesday, May 11.

WN- 65 entries by 5/15.  We will have our last check next week.

L2- Presenting Prezis

L3- final on Romeo and Juliet Tuesday, discussion on Monday.  Remember we are going to visit our horse that we are sponsoring on Saturday.  Be to school at 9:30am so we can figure out rides and such.  Permission slips to come soon

Remember it is spirit week and awards assembly on Friday.  The Usborne book fair is this week also.  I can't believe the year is almost over.

Have a great week :)

week of 5-2-16

posted May 3, 2016, 8:40 PM by Shalaine Root   [ updated May 3, 2016, 8:40 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

All classes:Summer Reading Advertisement Program - this is what you will do once you have finished your approved choice book.  If you have not had your choice book approved yet, that needs to happen ASAP.  You will need to create a Prezi account on prezi.com to create your presentation. Your presentation needs to include a summary of the book, a recommendation of who/what type of reader should read this book, a rating with a chosen rating scale.  Other pieces that you may want to include would be reviews from other places, book trailers, you could act out a scene from the book, an interview, etc.  Remember that you are advertising this book to us to read.  Also remember more pictures, less words - the prezi is a companion to you presenting. Once everyone has presented, we will have a summer reading list of recommended books from our peers. These will be due May 11 in class.  We will start presenting on that day.

WN: 63 entries by 5/8.  We will have a check once we get to 65.

L2:  We will be presenting our tableaux vivant on Tuesday as well as doing work with non-fiction comprehension with Junior Scholastic magazines.

L3:  We will finish reading Romeo and Juliet.  We will also continue to discuss the four motifs as well as author's purpose.  "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."

Remember bowling is Wednesday and no school on Friday.

Electives: We will have work time on our project as well as doing an activity around nutrition.

Have a great week. :)


week of 4-25-15

posted Apr 25, 2016, 7:18 AM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 7:18 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

All classes:Summer Reading Advertisement Program - this is what you will do once you have finished your approved choice book.  If you have not had your choice book approved yet, that needs to happen ASAP.  You will need to create a Prezi account on prezi.com to create your presentation. Your presentation needs to include a summary of the book, a recommendation of who/what type of reader should read this book, a rating with a chosen rating scale.  Other pieces that you may want to include would be reviews from other places, book trailers, you could act out a scene from the book, an interview, etc.  Remember that you are advertising this book to us to read.  Also remember more pictures, less words - the prezi is a companion to you presenting. Once everyone has presented, we will have a summer reading list of recommended books from our peers. These will be due May 11 in class.  We will start presenting on that day.

WN: 61 entries by 5/1.  We will have a check once we get to 65.

L2:  We will be doing work with non-fiction comprehension with Junior Scholastic magazines.  We will also be doing Fast Forward Fairy Tales - more information in class.

L3:  We will continue reading Romeo and Juliet.  We will also continue to discuss the four motifs as well as author's purpose. It's all downhill from here.  :)

Remember your sack lunch for the field trip on Friday and your walking shoes for the Walk to Stop Diabetes walk on Wednesday.  Also Thursday is take your child to work day.

Electives: Don't forget this week is Zumba - dress accordingly and bring a change of clothes if you wish.

Have a great week. :)


week of 4-18-16

posted Apr 19, 2016, 12:07 PM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 12:07 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

L2- Our poetry books are due on Friday so you need to be finishing putting them together in class this week.  You also need to be working on your choice book for the Summer Reading Advertisement Program - please refer to last week for details.

WN- 59 by 4/24

L3- We will continue with Romeo and Juliet this week.  You also need to be working on your choice book for the Summer Reading Advertisement Program -  please refer to last week for details.  This Saturday is the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's passing.  Do something to recognize this event :)
WN- 59 by 4/24

Make sure to get your permission slip in for the choice field trip.

I have book orders if you are interested - there are quite a few fantastic books in there.  Check with me to get one and also a coupon to get a free $5 book when you spend $10.

week of 4-11-16

posted Apr 14, 2016, 10:53 AM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Apr 14, 2016, 10:53 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

L2- We will finish writing our poetry this week.  If you have not finished your poems yet in class it is homework to finish them.  Remember: You should have two each of haiku, tanka, diamante, cinquain, color,  and one autobiographical, biographical (using the autobiographical format) and one ballad.  Here is the website for those: http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html. Here is the site that explains sonnets: http://www.poemofquotes.com/articles/howto-write-a-sonnet.php.  You need to write two sonnets, that can be two that follow the English/Shakespearean pattern or two that follow the Italian pattern or one of each.  

Once you have finished writing your poems, you needs to proofread them for spelling, word choice. and flow.  Then you will write them neatly on separate sheets of paper to decorate and collect together into a book.  

You also need to choose a poem to memorize that is 15-20 lines long from a published poet.  These need to be approved by me and memorized by Friday.  We will be reciting these on Monday in class as poetry statues for a visiting audience.

We also will talk about our Summer Reading Advertisement Program - this is what you will do once you have finished your approved choice book.  If you have not had your choice book approved yet, that needs to happen by the end of the week.  You will need to create a Prezi account on prezi.com to create your presentation.  Your presentation needs to include a summary of the book, a recommendation of who/what type of reader should read this book, a rating with a chosen rating scale.  Other pieces that you may want to include would be reviews from other places, book trailers, you could act out a scene from the book, an interview, etc.  Remember that you are advertising this book to us to read.  Once everyone has presented, we will have a summer reading list of recommended books from our peers.

WN- 57 entries by 4/17

L3-We will continue to read Romeo and Juliet.  We will watch some more of the movie as well as identify elements of the 4 main motifs of the story.  

WN-57 entries by 4/17


Make sure to turn in your choice permission slips.

Have a great week!

week of 3-28-16

posted Mar 28, 2016, 10:02 AM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Mar 28, 2016, 10:02 AM by Lisa Griffin ]

We have another round of testing this week.  Make sure to do your best, get a good night's sleep, and eat a complete breakfast.  If you are testing in the afternoon, make sure to have a complete lunch also.  Remember you can be reading your choice book as long as I have approved it.

L2- We will continue working on our Poetry Bingo, students should complete their blackouts by this Friday at the end of class.  We will also continue to write a few different types this week.

WN-55 by 4/3

L3- We will start reading Romeo and Juliet this week as well as doing some activities around the time period and language.

WN-55 by 4/3

Don't forget the Dodgeball tournament on Thursday, come out and support your friends if you aren't on a team.  The teachers and adult teams should be entertaining as well. Good luck all.

Have a great week.

week of 3-21-16

posted Mar 21, 2016, 3:33 PM by Shalaine Root   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 3:33 PM by Lisa Griffin ]

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was fun seeing everyone dressed up for the Gala on Saturday, hopefully you won what you bid on :)

L2-  We will continue to work on our Poetry Bingo (reading a variety of works by a variety of poets) this week as well as write a few originals of our own.  We will be doing Haiku, Tanka, Diamante, Cinquain, Color, Autobiographical, and Sonnets this week.  We will also be selecting a poem to memorize for our Poetry Statues. 

We also talked last week about the Summer Reading Advertisement Program - their choice book that they are going to review and present to us.  Since it is testing season and the only options are read and sleep when they have finished testing before time is up, I have shared with the students that they will be reading a book that they haven't read before but wanted to read to recommend to us in April/May.  The only requirements are that the book must be one that they have not read before, it has at least 250 pages and I approve it.  They need to bring the book in for approval by the end of the week.  Once they have finished the book, they will be creating a Prezi on the book, however there will be more to come on that as we get into April.

WN- 53 entries by 3/27

L3- We finished our last Inquiry movie/prototype today.  The kiddos have done an amazing job and chosen some fantastic problems to tackle.  Our next unit is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  We will be doing some introductory activities this week and possibly start reading this Friday.  This will be a fun unit.

We also talked last week about the Summer Reading Advertisement Program - their choice book that they are going to review and present to us.  Since it is testing season and the only options are read and sleep when they have finished testing before time is up, I have shared with the students that they will be reading a book that they haven't read before but wanted to read to recommend to us in April/May.  The only requirements are that the book must be one that they have not read before, it has at least 250 pages and I approve it.  They need to bring the book in for approval by the end of the week.  Once they have finished the book, they will be creating a Prezi on the book, however there will be more to come on that as we get into April.

WN- 53 entries by 3/27

Have a fabulous week.  Next week we get to do some more testing.  :)

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