- Read THIS ARTICLE.
- Respond to the questions that follow on a piece of lined paper.
- Note: Only write the letter of the correct answer for the multiple choice questions.
- Note: Your response to #10 should be written in R.A.C.E. format.
- Let Mr. B. know when you have completed this work.
I decided to push back the beginning of the 2nd Unit until after Thanksgiving break. Instead, I found it necessary for us to practice some of the skills we’ve been working on in recent weeks before moving on.
Today, you will begin a WebQuest about mummies. Tomorrow, or Wednesday, you will complete this work.
Take a look at the tasks below and complete them in order.
- Did you complete your Do-Now? If not, please do so now.
- On the back of the Do-Now sheet, make a list of the Top 5 things that you learned about mummies from the text.
- CLICK HERE to watch a documentary called “Pyramids, Mummies, and Tombs” by the Discovery Channel. As you watch, TAKE NOTES on the provided sheet. You will use these notes tomorrow to respond to specific questions about the video. These notes will be counted as a grade!
- On the back of the note sheet, respond to the prompt using the R.A.C.E. writing format.
- Use the new “Ancient Guatemala” note-taking sheet to take notes on each of the following:
- When you have finished taking notes, please raise your hand. Mr. B. will give you the final worksheet.
Choose one of the following questions and respond in the comments section of this post.
- What three people are you the most grateful for, in your life, and why?
- What was the best Thanksgiving you ever had? Describe it.
- Write about a time that you were not grateful, and became more grateful. What changed your thinking?
- What are your family’s traditions for the Thanksgiving holidays?
- What do you plan to do this Thanksgiving holiday?
- Write about a typical Thanksgiving holiday with your family. What do you see, hear, taste, smell, and feel? Give as many details as possible.
- What Thanksgiving food would you like to learn to cook, and why?
Hello, all. Just a few things before we start today:
- Since the next unit does not officially begin until next Monday, I have decided to continue using the laptops (for today, at least!)
- There may be a quiz tomorrow on the following material (if you would like to take notes on these things, go back through my recent online posts):
- Using the R.A.C.E. writing method.
- Topic vs. Main Idea.
- Explicit and Implicit Main Ideas
- Author’s Purpose
- The work that you complete today will officially count towards the 2nd Marking Period. I always show parents the 2nd Marking Period grades during Parent-Teacher Conferences!
(Use the paper provided and the online resources below to answer the questions that follow. Make sure you READ ALL OF THE DIRECTIONS!)
- Click HERE to learn about Author’s Purpose. If your video stops halfway through, you can also watch THIS! (You may takes notes if you choose to.)
- Then, click HERE to be taken to a worksheet on author’s purpose. Please write all answers on the paper that Mr. B. provided. You may refer back to the video if necessary.
- When you have finished answering the worksheet questions, watch THIS VIDEO. Take notes, too (because you’ll need them for tonight’s homework)!
- Then, on the paper that Mr. B. provided answer the two questions below using the R.A.C.E. writing format.
- Question 11: Based on what you know, how can understanding the topic of a text help you discover the main idea?
- Question 12: Based on what you know, how can understanding the topic and main idea help you discover the author’s purpose?
5. When you have finished all of the above activities, please let Mr. B. know. Thank you!
- Visit this website (http://www.slideshare.net/elkissn/topics-and-main-ideas) and watch the PowerPoint presentation. As you watch, find the answers to the questions below. Answer them on a separate sheet of paper.
- What is a topic?
- How can you find the topic of a text?
- What is a main idea?
- How do you identify the main idea of a text?
- What are the similarities and differences between a explicit and implicit main idea?
- Look back at the second passage you read yesterday. On the same piece of paper as above, answer the three questions below:
- What is the topic of the passage?
- What is the main idea of the passage?
- Is the main idea explicit or implicit? How do you know?
- Watch this video below about earthquakes. Then answer the questions that follow using the R.A.C.E. writing format.
- What is the main idea of the video?
- Of the two articles you read yesterday about earthquakes, which one is this video most similar to? Explain, by citing examples from the texts and the video.
After completing the Do-Now, please follow the directions below to continue reading about earthquakes.
- Read the first passage about earthquakes.
- Answer questions #9 and #10 in Microsoft Word using the R.A.C.E. writing format.
- Read a second passage about earthquakes.
- Answer questions #2 and #3 in Microsoft Word using the R.A.C.E. writing format.
- Finally, respond to the following prompt in Microsoft Word using the R.A.C.E. writing format:
Which of the two articles does a better job at explaining the risks of earthquakes? Use evidence from both texts to support your response.
6. When you are done, save your work (use your first name as the filename) and let Mr. B. know!
As a way of preparing for Unit 2, will be be taking a closer look at two related non-fiction texts today. Follow the directions below:
- Click HERE to read an article about rhubarb.
- On lined paper, respond to Questions #9 AND #10 using the R.A.C.E. writing method.
- Then, click HERE to read an article about sugar.
- On lined paper, respond to Question #9 AND #10 using the R.A.C.E. writing method.
- Finally, respond to one of following questions using the R.A.C.E. writing method:
A. Compare Chef Picard and Chef White’s opinions of their local foods. Support your answer using evidence from both articles.
B. Would Chef Picard likely feel the same way about British rhubarb as he does about Quebecois maple syrup? Support your answer using evidence from both texts.
All-in-all, you should have answered 5 questions using the R.A.C.E. method today. When you have finished, please raise your hand so that Mr. B. can check your work.