Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's Getting Hot in 'Tequila Worm'

Some strange things are taking place in the Tequila Worm. Could the 'canicula' be to blame? 


















 Today's Learning Objectives  Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.


Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "The Canicula" (pgs. 112-124) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'The Tequila Worm' and "The Packing Shed"

Sofia learns the value of hard work in the 'Packing Shed'.






Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we will begin reading the chapter "The Packing Shed" (pgs. 102 - 111) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Finding Dresses in 'Tequila Worm'

Will Berta and Sofia be able to transform what they find at Johnson's 
Ropa Usada into dresses good enough to wear to Saint Luke's? Find out today.

 Today's Learning Objectives  * Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. * Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we will begin reading the chapter 'Five New Dresses' (pgs. 92 - 101) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm')

Monday, May 22, 2017

'The Tequila Worm' and "Berta's Quinceañera"

Have you ever attended a quinceañera? What was your experience like? 




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 Today's Learning Objective  * Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. * Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


Preparing the Learner Activities: Tequila Worm  Happy Monday and welcome to a new week of Tequila Worm! You can find your new 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3) in your Language Arts folders. To help us get "into" the text this week, we will begin with a couple of 'Preparing the Learner Activities.' First, you will examine several general statements (that are relevant to this week's reading) and decide whether you personally agree or disagree. Next, write a response to the 'Journal Write' about a time you spend away from your home and family. 



Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "Berta's Quinceañera" (pgs. 80-91) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions from our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 3). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

'Tequila Worm' and "The Drive-in"

Do you have memories of seeing a movie at the drive-in?



 Today's Learning Objectives   * Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. * Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

Guided Reading: Tequila Worm  Today we read the chapter "The Drive-In" (pgs. 72-79) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and, if time permits, work on the guiding questions and 'Preparing the Learner Activities" within our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 2). We will also continue to add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').   

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Action is Rising in 'Tequila Worm'

Will Sofia leave her family to attend a new school? Read to find out.

 Today's Learning Objectives  Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. * Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

 

Mini-Lesson: Plot and Rising Action  As we continue to read The Tequila Worm, we will also continue to discuss the structure of its plot. We are now beginning the Rising Action, which is the main part of the story, where the main conflict becomes clear and where the drama and tension of the story escalates. Learn more about the Rising Action and the Elements of Plot by referring to the graphic and video below. 

            

And now that you have a better idea what the Rising Action is and how fits into the structure of the Plot, which events and conflicts from Tequila Worm can we add to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm') so far?
         
Guided Reading: The Tequila Worm  Now we will read the chapter "The Fancy School" (pgs. 41-49) of Tequila Worm. As we read, we will stop periodically to discuss the text and work on the guiding questions within our 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 2). If any additional significant events and conflicts come up in this chapterfeel free to add them to your Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm')?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Introduction to Plot and Exposition and 'Tequila Worm' Guided Reading



 Today's Learning Objectives  Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. * Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


Introduction to Plot and Exposition  As many of you know the plot is the series of events in a story and usually centers around a central conflict--a problem faced by the main character. The plot begins with the exposition, which establishes the setting, introduces the characters, and gives the reader important background information. Watch the video below to familiarize yourself with the basic elements of plot. Then, start to think about what we already know about the plot and exposition of Tequila Worm by beginning to work on the document Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm'), which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom. 

 

Tequila Worm: 'Into' and 'Through' the Text Activities  We are going to continue working with the text of the novel Tequila Worm today. You can find the document 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 2) in your Language Arts Google Classroom. We will begin with a 'Preparing the Learner Activity' (previewed below) in which you will compare and contrast your life experiences with that of the main character Sofia. We will then read the chapter entitled "Taco Head" (pgs. 36-40) together.   



Monday, May 8, 2017

Introducing 'The Tequila Worm'


Are you ready for our new class novel? Introducing . . . The Tequila Worm
Class Novel: Introducing The Tequila Worm  Today we are going to begin reading the novel The Tequila Worm together as a class. However, before we do I would like you to participate in a couple of 'Preparing the Learner Activities' in order to get you engaged with the text. Please locate the document 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 1), which you can find in your Language Arts Google Classroom. Let's begin with the 'Agree/Disagree' activity. Read each statement and indicate whether you agree or disagree. Next, begin to write a response to the 'Journal Write' prompt about any rivalries you may have had in your life.


Finally, before I watch a new movie, I usually watch the preview so I have a better sense of what the film is about. Let's do the same for Tequila Worm. Check out the student produced preview below, so we are somewhat prepared for the novel.