In writing, we are learning about writing persuasive texts. We know that we need to have a purpose and audience in mind when we are trying to persuade someone of something. For your challenge this week, write me a letter to convince me of something that you would like to have happen at school. Remember to organize your writing with at least 3 convincing arguments, with 3 supporting details for each one.
Summarizing our Inquiry
We are completing our Social Studies inquiries this week and have worked very hard on preparing some type of way of sharing our work. Some of us have completed videos, others have done written work or Mindomo maps. For your challenge this week, we are continuing on the Summary theme.
In three paragraphs, summarize your Inquiry project. Here are some questions you may like to consider before you begin. What was your inquiry question? What new or interesting information did you discover? Who can do something about your issue? What will you do in the future? You may add some ideas of your own if you like.
In September, we worked on summarizing non-fiction text and coming next month, we will be working on summarizing news stories. This week, find a story in the news that interests you. You can find it in a newspaper, online or on TV. Once you have decided on the story, write a summary of the important points. Remember to include the who, what, where, when and why of the story. For this job, you should also tell us why this issue is important or interesting to you.
Some great websites for news for kids are:
Time for Kids
Teaching Kids News (this one is Canadian, so you will find more relevant stories about Canada here).
Exploring Bias in websites
In language, we have begun to work on our inquiries related to our Social Studies topic. We have been talking about bias in websites. For your challenge this week, look for two sources that relate to your inquiry topic with two opposing points of view. Create a Google Doc or use the attached form (you will have to make your own copy) to record your jot notes from your sources.
Last year the Grade 3 students worked on writing complete paragraphs with a topic sentence, supporting details and a concluding sentence. We will begin this year with a review of this skill. For your challenge this week, I would like you to write a paragraph or two telling me about yourself. What kinds of things do you like to do, outside of school? Do you have any brothers or sisters? What do you like and what really drives you crazy? Anything you want to tell me is fine, just make sure that you write in complete paragraphs. I can't wait to see the results by Friday September 25.