How YOU can relieve some of your student's stress...Is your child telling you they already read during Learning Lab?Is your child logging their reading time in his/her CALENDAR every night?At Pioneer Middle School, we are trying to create a culture of readers:It is crucial they are reading both at school AND at home.We encourage you to help your child schedule at leastHALF AN HOUR for uninterrupted READING, 6-7 nights per week.Your student should also be reflecting (writing) every other night.Does your child's Reading Reflection look like THIS?Remind them to dig deep with their reflections by using evidence from their books.NYS will be looking for TEXT-BASED responses on the State Test.Hopefully, their reading reflections will look something like THIS.Your student is also WRITING every day in ELA.Does your student's writing look like THIS ?Give them a hand.Recommend they include INTRODUCTORY and CONCLUSION paragraphs.Suggest they try using their five senses when writing(sight, sound, smell, taste, touch).Have your student ZOOM IN on a specific moment (5 minutes or less).With your help, their writing may end up looking like THIS !
· When you begin writing, you should first, COLLECT multiple ideas in your WRITER’S NOTEBOOK.
· Next, CHOOSE an idea.
· After that, EXPAND upon that idea, using multiple strategies in your WRITING NOTEBOOK.
· Then, DRAFT about that idea.
· Subsequently, EDIT and REVISE your ideas.
· Ultimately, PUBLISH and CELEBRATE your ideas.
· Oh by the way…You should write PAGES, not paragraphs.
· You are expected to read 6 out of 7 nights per week—on average, 30 minutes per night.
· You are expected to REACT and REFLECT every other day in your READING NOTEBOOK.
· You should DIG DEEP with those reactions (you cannot just make statements, you need to support them with evidence from the text)
· All reflections must be in your READING NOTEBOOK. Loose leaf will not be accepted.
· You MUST keep track of your reading time by using your READING CALENDAR.
· Oh by the way…You should read CHAPTERS, not pages.