In our guided reading groups this week the word “but” keeps coming up! We said that when “but” is in the middle of a sentence it often means that what comes after it will be the opposite of what came before it. For example: Mark was really tired, but he read his chapter book anyway!
This afternoon, Pablo gave me a great example of the use of “but” as well as an idiom! Here’s what happened:
Pablo loves going up stairs, but he’s not very good at coming back down. Looks like he’s bit off more than he can chew!
Can you figure out the idiom in that sentence?
This week we have been looking at figurative and literal language. We said that reading English text can be confusing because writers like to “spice up” their writing by adding in special language like similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, and more! Here are some examples of figurative language we discovered while reading this week!
I am currently writing my biography essay on inventor Thomas Edison. I have found some great internet research on Edison but I don’t know how to summarize it in my own words! Help me put this information into notes that I can use for the middle paragraphs of my essay.
Yesterday, we researched our entrepreneurs and inventors on the internet. We found some valuable information, but internet research is never as easy as it seems. Let’s take a step back to see what we did well and where we need support.
1. What key words did you use to do your search?
2. How many websites did you visit?
3. Did you stay on websites that were too hard to read?
We have switched from writing narrative fiction to writing persuasive opinion pieces. When you give your opinion it’s important to:
1. Get your readers’ attention.
2. Provide your reader with evidence.
3. Remind your reader what you think or what you want them to do!
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