I hope everyone has enjoyed their 3-day weekend. It is a wonderful time to reflect on peace, harmony, and justice - the legacy left to us by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let's take a look at what's coming up this week:
- Tues, 1/20: Beginning Narrative Writing and WWII units
- Fri, 1/23: Planet essays due; Math Quiz
We are going to be looking at the nonfiction side of our point-of-view unit. We'll be talking about primary and secondary sources - what are they, the difference between the two, and the pros and cons of each type of nonfiction writing. We'll be studying three different articles about Pearl Harbor and analyzing their viewpoints on the war. The first article, "George Phraner's Brush with with Death Aboard the USS Arizona," is written by a young man in the American Navy. The second, "Honolulu After Pearl Harbor," is written by a female American journalist. The third article, "Attack at Pearl Harbor," is written by a Japanese bomber pilot. All three have very different views on Pearl Harbor. Students will love the details in the writing as they learn more about this important event in world history.
We are beginning a unit on narrative writing! Students will learn a little more about this type of writing on Tuesday, then we will dive into our first practice at narrative writing with a writing prompt entitled, "The Planet That Never Was." At this point, essays will be due on Friday, but if needed, we can push that back. Stay tuned!
We are continuing our work multiplying fractions. We are continuing to work on multiplying mixed numbers, and we will be practicing with word problems in class. The test is next Friday; however, this week, students will have a quiz on Friday.
We are starting one of my favorite social studies units of the year - World War II! We'll begin looking at the causes of the war, then we'll study effects of the war on families across the world. We will also study Pearl Harbor in detail. This is a three-week unit for us.