Now that NaNoWriMo is in full swing, here is what your child will be doing this month in English. Students will be able to work through each step at their own pace, and the must be completed by listed to ensure no one falls behind.
If you haven’t talked to your child about their novel yet, ask them about it. They are developing some very interesting plots, and I have loved reading what they have so far!
|Complete each task to advance to the next level.
||Date to complete level
- Complete “Writer’s Eye”
- Complete “Creating awesome Characters” pages 11-15 and write character bio on draft page
- Set word count goal
- Complete “Creating Conflict” pages 16-19 and write a conflict scene on draft page
- Sign up for NaNoWriMo class using google classroom instructions
- Read and Complete “Outlining Your Plot” pages 20-30 flocab
- Read and complete “Setting” pages 31-38 flocab
- Complete “Story Map” p. 6.5
- Read and Complete “Writing Really Good Dialogue” Pages 39-56 flocab
- Write ¼ of word count goal
- Read and complete “Back to the Beginning” pages 56-59
- Read and complete “Details, Details, Details” pages 60-70 Flocab
- Read and complete “Character Interviews” pages 74-80
- Write ½ of word count goal
Listen to music.
- Read and complete “List, list, list” pages 81-84
- Read and complete “Sub Plotting” pages 72-73
- Write ¾ of word count goal
- Create a Book Cover
Listen to music.
- Reached word count goal!
- Create a video for Author Bio
- Trade novels and complete each other’s pages 86-90
- Create book trailer
- Create book illustrations
Listen to music.
Bring snack and drink.
Wondering how things will be graded this month?
As you complete each task on the list, it will be a daily grade.
You will apply the skills, ideas generated and words written to your working novel.
At the end of November, you will get a test grade for your novel.
How will it be graded?
Your progress toward your word count goal will be part of the test grade. A minimum word count for a passing test grade is 1,000 words. There is no maximum word count goal.
Your novel must demonstrate that you have included all of the skills we will work through this month.
Skills to be identified in your novel:
- Character development
- Conflict and plot
- Relevant setting
- Sensory details
- Dialogue that develops the story
- Introduction Strategy
- Conclusion Strategy
Lost your Workbook? Use this link to access it.
Young Novelist Workbook
This week students learning that they will be participating in National Novel Writing Month. Throughout the month of November, I will take them step by step through the steps needed to create their very own novel!
- Entry launch with Mrs. Cooper
- Students get introduced to the project and get their Young Novelist Workbook, YNW
- Students will brainstorm ideas for their novel using the Writer’s Eye technique in their YNW.
- Students will Skype with Author, Alexandar London.
- Students will create a word count goal.
- Students will complete Writer’s Eye brainstorming activity.
- Students will silence the “Evil Inner Editor.”
- Students will learn how to create awesome characters by using and completing pages 11-15 in their YWN.
- Cursive Consonant Combinations “sk, sp, sq”
- We will read the Scope Article, “They Failed. (And So Can You.)”
- Students will work through the writing process this week to construct a response to the question, “Why should we be willing to fail?” This will be referred to as RACE 2
- Cursive Consonant Combinations “ch, sh, wh”
- Students will start constructing a response to “They Failed” by completing their RACE 2 graphic organizer.
- Cursive Consonant Combinations “kn, mb, wr”
- Students will create a rough draft to their “They Failed” response paragraph. This will be called RACE 2 Rough Draft.
- Cursive Consonant Combinations “lt, ft, sl,”
- Students will work through writing stations to peer edit their rough draft.
- Students will polish and submit their final draft of RACE 2
Some students may master and work through this writing process faster. Those students will create their own “Famous Fails” slideshows about people in their own lives: parents, guardians, siblings, teachers, or friends.
Students who have not mastered the RACE paragraph writing skills will work as a small group through the standard based writing stations with me.
This week we will work towards developing a writing about reading response.
- Cursive N
- This week students will learn how to construct a response to a question about what they are reading. This is called writing about reading, or W.A.R.
- To help them thoroughly answer the questions given and write a well-developed paragraph, I will teach them to use the acronym R.A.C.E.
- R=Reword/restate the question
- A=Answer the question
- C=Cite using evidence from the text
- E=Explain how the evidence supports your answer.
- We will put these notes in our composition book.
- Cursive O
- Students will learn how to Reword/restate the question
- We will take notes, practice as a whole group (Kahoot)
- Cursive P
- Students will use question cards to practice rewording/restating the question in a small group.
- Students will complete individual over restating/rewording a question.
- Cursive Q
- Students will learn how to answer the question using transition words by taking interactive notes and working with a small group.
- Students will learn the difference between broad and detailed responses by playing “Broad Vs. Detailed” game as a whole class. (Kahoot)
- Cursive practice review of letters A-Q
- Students will independently practice answering the question using appropriate transitions and broad responses.