Sunday, September 25, 2011

September 19 - September 23

It was a busy week as the sixth graders wrapped their minds around whether or not Johnny Cade should be guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of Bob Sheldon.  One thing was for sure, it was not a clear-cut case.  Solid arguments and rationalizations were made on either side.

Nonetheless, reaching an individual decision has allowed the students to practice their persuasive writing skills.  They worked on organizing their thoughts in an attempt to convince an audience to believe what they believe.  Students analyzed effective hooks and organizational patterns and began to experiment with building their case.  Next week, they will critique various types of conclusions and participate in a peer review with their own pieces.  Whatever the verdict, students will be expected to defend it with the text.  Good luck, Johnny!

Last, but certainly not least, the sixth graders began their monthly book talks with the middle school librarian, Mrs. Eppelsheimer.  They were presented with six current and intriguing novels - all great choices for our ORB.  I know that I am excited to read a few myself!

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