Sep. 18th, 2016

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J is eight years old and have started third grade. His daily homework includes reading for 20-30 minutes and answering "What did you read about?"

I'm taking the opportunity to have him write mini book reports (2-3 sentences).

To help him organize his thoughts, we're using the story sequence chart from IEW*'s Teaching Writing: Structure and Style Unit III: Summarizing Narrative Stories.
I. Who?
When?
Where?


II. What do they need or want?
What do they think?
What do they say and do?

(Why?)

III. How is the need resolved?

I ask him the questions and write down his answers. He has learned the “-ly” adverbs and the who-which clause dress-ups.

J just finished Roald Dahl's Matilda; his first mini book-report is about the book’s ending. We're taking a break from the Hobbit and picked up Narnia again with Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

* Institute of Excellence in Writing



03/50 learning moment ☆ 03/100 moments in multiples of 50 words
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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda wants to stay in the village instead of moving to Spain with her heartless parents, because she likes Miss Honey and wants to stay with her and help her out. She gets everything she wanted because her parents doesn't care one bit about her.

Curious George, various books/adventures

When Curious George explores the aquarium, he sees a bunch of sea creatures, climbs into a penguin tank, and accidentally lets the penguins out of the exhibit. Suddenly, a penguin chick loses its balance and almost drowns. George grabs a rope and dives in to save the penguin chick.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Lucy and Edmund talks about Narnia, which their cousin Eustace likes to bully them about. The three of them stare at a picture of a Narnian ship until they go inside it and arrive at Narnia.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader, ctd.

Edmund, Lucy and Eustace are on a ship sailing to the unexplored place beyond the Lone Islands. It's been more than one thousand years since Edmund and Lucy were King and Queen in Narnia. Eustace is seasick in bed and keeps insulting everyone. Lucy is going to use the cordial so Eustace will stop being seasick.

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