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               Our reading program, Journeys includes grammar and writing.  Students will use the "Reader's Notebook" in grammar and "Writer's Handbook" in writing.  Other materials will be provided by the teacher (grammar packets, writing rubrics, and writing resources).

                Weekly grammar instruction for each skill begins on Day 6.  Homework is typically assigned nightly in grammar.  Students will often have a small amount of class time to begin their grammar homework.  Worksheets in the “Reader’s Notebook” will be completed as part of class instruction.  I create packets for additional practice.  We also complete notes in a “Grammar Rocks” notebook.  Students may refer to this notebook for homework and for studying for tests.  Grammar tests are given on Day 5.

                We will complete many writing projects throughout the year.  Most of the time the genre is chosen by the teacher, but students choose their own topic.  A rubric will be used to assess your child’s final copy.  We will move through the writing process in class.  Please do not correct, write, or change your child’s assignments. Typed assignments will not be accepted.  Due to time constraints, students may have to work on these at home if they do not finish in class.  If a writing assignment comes home, it is important that parents do not do the work for their child.

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