Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Checking In... The Week of 9/15

ELA class is in full swing after a smooth opening.
This year, we'll work partly from a new text book series. Here's an excerpt of a letter to parents from the publishers of Scholastic's Code X

What does it mean for your child to be college and career ready? How well is 
he or she prepared for the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation 
Assessments? How can you help support your child on the path to success? These 
are some of the questions at the center of instruction in Common Core Code X. 
So, what is a codex, anyway? To find the answer, we have to go back almost 2,000 
years to ancient Rome. People wrote on long rolls of paper called scrolls. These 
scrolls were very long and very heavy. The Romans realized there was a better way. 
They started stacking sheets of paper on top of each other and binding them together 
to make a book. The first book was called a codex, meaning “block of wood.” Soon, 
the whole world was using them!
The ancient codex revolutionized how people wrote and read. The Common Core 
Code X provides students with a whole new way to access texts. Your child will learn 
to ask questions to analyze and understand different kinds of texts from The New York 
Times and Smithsonian. He or she will write about new discoveries in science and 
technology and create a short story. 

Last week we read an excerpt from the novel "Call Me Maria" by Judith Ortiz Cofer as part of a unit in which we are examining real and imagined "difficult decisions" that people and characters in literature sometimes face. Soon, students will have a written assignment related to this theme.

Next up, we'll study Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken".

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