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June is here! Soon you will be leaving fourth grade and moving into fifth grade. What are some things you will remember about your year in fourth grade? What message would you like to leave to a classmate or a teacher?
Posted by Mitchell.Rak  On Sep 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM
What are your concerns for fourth grade?
Posted by elise.bieksha  On Oct 08, 2013 at 2:42 PM 12 Comments
Welcome to our Winter Break Book Club Blog!  Say hello to your classmates and let them know you're a part of this blogging group!  
Posted by kfleming  On Dec 08, 2015 at 10:27 AM 26 Comments
Say hello to your fellow classmates and let them know you are a part of this book club!
Posted by kfleming  On Dec 08, 2015 at 10:32 AM 23 Comments
In class, we've discussed the difference between WHAT an author says and HOW an author gets information to the reader.  Choose an idea to inspire your first post.  WHAT an author says: Although Omri is happy to take care of Little Bear, he soon realizes how different Little Bear's world is from his own.  Compare and contrast an aspect of Omri and Little Bear's "world".  For example, Omri lives in a house and Little Bear lived in a Longhouse.-  OR  -HOW an author conveys information (author's craft): You may choose to discuss an example of author's craft that stuck with you or you can write about the foreshadowing that took  place as Omri went to sleep the first night he placed the Indian toy in the cupboard OR how the author uses Little Bear's dialogue to show his traits. For example, "Not touch! You touch, I use knife!".  What can you infer about Little Bear's character from his dialogue?
Posted by kfleming  On Dec 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM 18 Comments
Hi Everyone! I see you have started your conversation about the book!  Bravo!  Please feel free to continue your conversations regarding the theme of loyalty.  In class we've discussed WHAT an author writes, and HOW an author writes.  For the next post, I want you to choose to look at the WHAT or the HOW.  If you choose WHAT the author is writing, think about the inner turmoil True Son is experiencing as he is forced into his "new" world.  What evidence does the author provide to convey his trouble to the reader?  Think about the juxtaposition of his family's difficulty accepting him and trying to aid his transformation.  If you choose HOW the author writes, I want you to think about the way the author progresses the story and helps the reader view similar events from varying perspectives. How does reading about True Son's perspective of the landscape help you to appreciate the setting?  When you read Mr. Butler's perspective of "keeping the books" versus True Son's idea of his father "like a storehouse of useless figures of land, crops, and money" how does it help you, as the reader, understand the varying perspectives of the characters?  What do you think is the author's purpose of supplying the reader with both sides of the story?  I hope you are enjoying the book!  
Posted by kfleming  On Dec 28, 2015 at 9:49 PM 6 Comments
Throughout the arc of a story, a character goes through a transformation due to the experiences that unfold.  How does Omri mature during his experience with the cupboard?  What does Omri learn or realize?
Posted by kfleming  On Dec 30, 2015 at 12:42 PM 22 Comments
Throughout a story, the main character usually changes by learning or realizing something new based on his/her experiences.  Throughout the story, True Son resists the changes his white family try to impose.  Yet, when he is reunited with Half Arrow the reader becomes aware that True Son has indeed changed a bit.  What evidence does the author provide to show the reader that True Son has adapted to his white family's values and ideas?  What confuses True Son as he tries to readjust to his Indian family and their beliefs?  
Posted by kfleming  On Dec 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM 13 Comments
Write a review of the book.  Did you like it?  Why or why not? Would you read a sequel if one existed? What type of reader would enjoy this book?
Posted by kfleming  On Jan 02, 2016 at 3:22 PM 25 Comments
Write a review for the book.  Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?  Would you read a sequel if one existed?  What type of reader would enjoy this book?  
Posted by kfleming  On Jan 02, 2016 at 3:24 PM 9 Comments
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