Due Thursday, March 29, 2012
Please go online and take the following test on run-ons and fragments, print it out and bring it to class. If you don't have a printer, just write out the answers and have your parents sign the paper.

Please also do the exercise below on run-ons and fragments and either print it out or write it out and have your parents sign it: http://www.quia.com/pop/37752.html


Due Tuesday, March 27, 2012:
1. Information Resources and Proofreading for Louisiana Pass. If you are finished with 4th and 5th grade-level tests, please begin doing Science and Social Studies tests for your grade level.

2.Do your rough draft for your poem. It must be about 30 lines, with either sensory detail, metaphor, simiile, personification, or thoughts/feelings on almost each line.

Here is the beginning stages of my own example for "The World As I See It"
The World as I see It:
I think the world is a big round Ferris wheel that we have to ride on but we can’t get off.
When I see flowers in half-bloom, like my lemon tree and a bee sipping the nectar out to make honey for my tongue, it gives me hope that everything will remain the same.
Life will change, but like the honey, we have to hope that it will transform into something sweeter.
The world is full of highways, people screaming and beeping at each other to move out of the way.
But it is also filled with blood red poppy fields where cameleons stick on hot rocks boiled by the sun.
It can be still like a pond or a deep sleeping baby.
I can watch the wings of the swallow as it swoops to land on a telephone poll, its tallons grasping the thick brown wood.
Industry clasping nature.
My daughter smiles up at me with trusting hazel eyes as she turns to dash up the hill in her new baby blue and canary yellow sneakers.
My son, hands opening wide, walks down the street singing to himself and then he stops to see three black crows. They look from far away like they understand each other. To the crows he speaks their language.

We can’t get off the big, round Ferris wheel,
Like life we must hang on or fall off.
Flowers in half-bloom
Bees sipping on white lemon tree buds
Making honey for my tongue.
Highways like veins on old hands,
People exploding with anger
While swallows clasp dead
wooden telephone polls.
Blood-red poppy fields
hold rock-still iguanas..
Trusting hazel eyes dash up
The hill in swift sneakers..
SInging son speaks
No homework. Good luck on your LEAP writing!!!Remember to fill in both pages and check off each element of apersonal narrative as you are proofreading your rough draft!
Due Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Information Resources and Proofreading for Louisiana PASS. If you are finished with 4th grade-level tests, please move on to 5th grade tests. =================================================================
Due Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Information Resources and Proofreading for Louisiana PASS.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Due March 6, 2012:Take notes and brainstorm more about the following topic:Your teacher has asked you to write a story for your classmates. Imagine that you wake up one morning and discover that you have become SOMEONE else (not a thing) but just for one day.Now write a story for your classmates about waht happens on the day you are somebody else.RUBRIC:All the elements we have discussed for personal narrative. You should have written it down today in class.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++HOMEWORK: Due Friday, March 2, 2012
Finish your "John's Day" paper.

Rubric:Underline 1 example of what character saysUnderline 1 example of what character doesUnderline 1 example of what the character's thoughts/feelings are
Underline 1 example of what character looks like

(next to each example, put an adjective of what this shows about the character)Circle 1 complication.Underline in yellow 3 examples of "show, not tell"

_You will pretend to have jumped into the story as yourself attempting to help Bud solve a problem. Write your story out for homework. It must be at least 150 words. Underline places where you have indicated what you THINK, FEEL, SAY, DO, and LOOK LIKE as yourself in the story
Bud, Not Buddy.Staple your finished story to your outline.
Do one Information Resources Test and one Proofreading Test from Louisiana Pass. You MUST receive at least an 80% or above in order to get credit. Anything below an 80% will not be considered a passing grade.

Fourth Grade Homework:__
Covey: Due May 1, 2013
Gordon: Due May 2, 2013
Final drafts for your concrete poems are due
ON A POSTER BOARD. Be creative and colorful.

Staple a sheet of paper with a written version of the poem that includes the following:
1. At least 15 phrases about your subject.
2. TWO metaphors/similes underlined in black.
3. At least 3 vivid verbs circled in black.
4. At least 2 examples of personification underlined in pencil.
5. At least 2 thoughts and feelings circled in pencil.
6. Shape reflects the topic of the poem.

Covey: Due April 24, 2013
Gordon: Due April 25, 2013

Do your rough draft for your concrete poem. Please include at least 15 lines or boxes about your object/subject.
Some things to include are:
thoughts and feelings
sensory details

In addition, the poem should be in the shape of the object/subject as well as reflect any action taking place in the poem.


Due Monday, April 1, 2013
Do ONE information resources and ONE proofreading from Louisiana Pass.
Please have your parents sign it before you turn it in!!! You must have at least a 75% to receive credit for it. Retake it as many times as you want for a better grade!

Covey: Due Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Gordon: Due Thursday, March 28, 2013
Do 2 Information Resources from LA Pass.
Finish your final drafts for "Backpacking." Don't forget to add everything that is on your rubric, including underlining and circling the proper items.

Gordon and Covey: Due Monday, March 25, 2013


Finish your rough drafts for "backpacking."

Don't forget to add everything that is on your RUBRIC!!!

Remember to underline and circle what is on the rubric or you will not get credit for it!

Do one Louisiana Pass test. If you are done with all four reading tests, please move on to either proofreading or information resources.

Covey: Due March 6, 2013
Gordon: Due March 7, 2013
Do your "Show, not tell" sheets. Make sure the ENTIRE box is full and all the lines are filled. Add lots of sensory details!!!


Gordon and Covey: Due March 4, 2013
Do a reading comprehension on Louisiana pass and print out the results.
You must receive a 75% or above to pass.
You may retake it as many times as you would like for a better score.

If you have not already done so, finish your stories about your Wild Self. Make sure you have 3 metaphors/similes, 3 vivid verbs, 3 sensory details, 2 thoughts and feelings, and 3 show not tell. You should also have some dialogue to make the story more interesting.
The story has to have a problem and a solution. It cannot simply be a description of your wild self.

Covey and Gordon: Due February 25, 2013

Build your wild self (website)
Print out a copy of your wild self and create a story of at least 125 words.

Below is your rubric.
Please underline and circle everything or I will not grade it.

  1. 3 metaphors/similes (circle in red)
  2. 3 Vivid verbs (circle in black.
  3. 2 Give examples of how the person is acting
(instead of writing “sad, happy, etc.”) (underline in red)
  1. 3 “show, not tell” (underline in black where you changed the word to something more descriptive)
  2. 2 Feelings and thoughts (underline in pencil)

Below are examples of "showing, not telling" as well as metaphors and similes. Please look over the file for ideas.

Covey: Due Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Gordon: Due Thursday, February 21, 2013
Finish reading responses.
Remember to use at least 3 transition words for each answer.
Don't forget to rephrase your question in your topic sentence!

COVEY: Due Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Gordon: Due Thursday, February 7, 2013

Finish typing your "Deep Sea/Mars" paper so we may submit it on Louisiana Pass for a grade.

Make sure you have the following added:
2 metaphors or personification examples
3 sensory details
6 facts from the articles (3 from one and 3 from the other)
3 vivid verbs


Covey: Due Thursday, January 31, 2013
Gordon: We will do this in class on Monday, as I was out sick last Thursday when I usually meet with you.

Finish your reading comprehension chart. Be sure to have two differences and two similarities with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM THE TEXT.

Underline the examples that you use from the two poems!!!!!

Covey due Monday, January 28, 2013
Gordon due Monday, January 28, 2013

Finish your brainstorming for "Tim's Choice."
Remember to include 3 sensory details, thoughts, and feelings under each box.

Covey due Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Gordon due Thursday, January 17, 2013
  1. Type in “Louisiana Pass” on the Internet.
  2. Username: Student Password: Tiger
  3. Create your own name and password after that. (Email to yourself and write it in your agenda so you don't lose it.)
  4. Click on the third box (blue) called “Pass Practice Tests.”
  5. Click on “Writing 2” to read the passages about Mars and Challenger Deep.

EITHER do one stoplight outline on which trip you want to go on and why. Then, do a second stoplight outline on which trip you do NOT want to go on and why.
You can do one large stoplight with the outline we did in class:
Green: General statement of which trip you would pick
Yellow: Fact about it being safe
Red: Example of deep sea (safer and why)
Red: Example of Mars (not safe and why)
Yellow: Fact about skill involved
Red: Example of deep sea (less skill so easier and why)
Red: Example of Mars (more skill so harder and why)
Yellow: Fact about it being interesting
Red: Example of deep sea (more interesting)
Red: Example of Mars (less interesting)
Green: Rephrase your topic sentence and state your opinion of why you wish to go to one place over the other.



Covey: January 9, 2013

Gordon: January 10, 2013

Complete your stoplights on Saving Turtles.

2. USE COMPLETE SENTENCES, at least 10 words each sentence.


Attached is an example and explanation of how to do an expository stoplight.