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  • Dear Mr. HenshawGenre: Realistic FictionRealistic characters and events come to life in a fictional plot.Summary:After years of corresponding with and writing in his diary to Mr. Henshaw. Leigh finally has the chance to meet with a writer when he wins Honorable Mention in a writing contest at school.

  • Background 414KThe other stories have all described relationships between people. In this story, the main character has developed a relationship with someone he has never met.Read 414-415 A World of WritingDoes anyone keep a diary? How do you feel to send a letter? How does it feel to receive a letter?

  • Background 414kLets discuss these key vocabulary words.differencediaryexperience descriptionprose

  • Phonics/Decoding Skills 415AWhat are our Phonics/Decoding skills?They are chunking, words we know, beginning and endings, affixes, syllables, try different vowel sounds, base words or root words, blending, look carefully

  • Phonics/Decoding Skills 415AYesterday Miss Neely, the librarian, asked if I had written anything for the Young Writers Yearbook, because all writing had to be turned in by tomorrow.Help me figure out this word.

  • Vocabulary 415ATrans 4-23 PB 247diary: a daily record or journaldisappointed: made unhappy by seeing ones hopes come to nothingexperience: something that happens to someone; personal involvement in an eventprose: ordinary spoken or written language as opposed to verse or poetry

  • Vocabulary 415Arejected: turned down; did not acceptsnoop: someone who tries to find out about other peoples doings in a sneaky waysplendid: excellentsubmitted: offered ones work to someone who might publish itunderstanding: knowledge of something; being aware of why something is the way it is

  • Vocabulary Linkmigrate: to move regularly from one region to anotherswarms: large groups moving togetherarduous: demanding great effort; difficultaccomplishment: an action successfully carried out; achievementoffspring: the young of a person, an animal, or a plant

  • Reading Strategy 415BEvaluateStrategy FocusThe author has chosen to show the main character only through his diary entries and a letter. As you read, evaluate how well this format works in telling Leighs story.To evaluate a story:Use story information and your own opinions to decide how well the author has made a point or represented a situation.

  • Comprehension Skill 415CMaking InferencesTrans 4-24 PB 248As you read focus on combining story clues and your own knowledge and life experiences to figure out things about characters that the author does not state.Readers must read between the lines in order to understand story events.

  • Making InferencesInferences are predictions madewith your own knowledge and experiences plusthe informationgiven by the author.

  • Reality/Fantasy 419Fantasy often includes characters that could not exist in the real world, characters that behave in ways they could not in real life, and events that could not happen in real life.Fantasy might have some realistic elements such as a realistic setting and some characters that are true to life.

  • Decoding Longer Words 437ESuffixes fulThe grove was quiet and peaceful.-ful is the suffix (-ful means full of)A suffix is a word part added to the end of a word to add to or change its meaning.Removing a suffix and looking at the base word is a helpful way to figure out what a word means. PB 252

  • Decoding Longer Words 437ESuffixes ly (cont)We finally got the burglar alarm to work with some help from a library book.Help me figure out this word.-ly means a state of, quality, instance of being, being like something

  • Decoding Longer Words 437ESuffixes ly (cont)ment a means, result, act, statement (argument) (argue) -ness (swiftness)-ness like or in a specific manner-less (worthless)-less - withoutAdding a suffix may change the spelling of a word. PB 252

  • SuffixesSuffixes are word parts added to a base word that changes its meaning

  • Phonics 437FThe /s/ /z/ SoundsRecognizing letters that stand for the /s/ and /z/ sounds can help you decode unfamiliar words.Letters c, ce, and s can stand for the /s/ soundThe letters s and z can stand for the /z/ soundMiss Neely announced that the Famous Author was Angela Badger.

  • Phonics 437FThe /s/ /z/ Sounds (cont)The girls were more excited because Angela Badger writes mostly about girlsI couldnt turn my lunchbox experience into a story.A license for a truck is expensive.I chased garbanzo beans around my plate.

  • Spelling 437G Words with Suffixes PB 253Safely, paleness, enjoyment, cheerful, speechlessPick out the suffixes.Remember a word part that can be added to the end of a base word is a suffix.-ly (in a certain way)-ness (the condition or quality of)-ment (the condition of an action)-ful (full of)-less (without)

  • Spelling 437GVocabulary-Word Clues PB 254unable to speak speechlessterrible dreadfulin recent timeslatelya feeling of pleasureenjoyment

  • Vocabulary Skills 437IConnotation PB 256Barrys sisters giggle and hide.Barrys sisters snicker and hide.Which sentence shows them being mean?Connotations are when feelings are associated with a word, in addition to its dictionary meanings.There could be negative and positive connotations.

  • Vocabulary Skills 437IConnotation (cont) PB 256WordConnotationsshiningpositive; suggests brightnessglaringnegative; suggests that something is hard to look atbunchpositive; suggests small, friendly groupmobnegative; suggests large, unfriendly group

  • Grammar Skills 437KAbbreviationsTrans 4-26 PB 257 An abbreviation is a shortened form of a wordMost abbreviations begin with a capital letter and end with a period.Most abbreviations should be used only in special kinds of writing, such as addresses and lists.

  • Abbreviations 437LUse abbreviations only when appropriate.A good writer uses abbreviations only in special kinds of writing.ex. Last Wed. Richard took a bus to a st. at the edge of town.ex. Correct: Last Wednesday Richard took a bus to a street at the edge of town. PB 259

  • Grammar Skills 437KTitlesTrans. 4-27 no trans PB 258When you write the title of a magazine, book, movie, or newspaper, capitalize the first, the last, and each important word.Capitalize forms of the verb be, including is, are, was, and am.Capitalize a word such as and, in, of, to, a, was, or the only when it is the first or last word in a title.

  • Grammar Skills 437KTitles (cont)When you use a word processor, put titles of magazines, books, movies, and newspapers in italic type. When you write with a pen or pencil, underline titles of books, movies, magazines, and newspapers.Put titles of chapters, poems, songs, and short stories in quotation marks.

  • Expanding Sentences w/Adjectives 437NTrans 4-29 PB 261Adjectives describe nouns and pronouns and are important part of writing narration or descriptions.Adjectives help to create a clear, vivid picture of what you are describing.

  • AdjectivesAdjectives are words that describe nounsor pronouns

  • Adjectives

  • Authors Viewpoint 437QThe authors viewpoint is the way the author thinks or feels about the subject.Identifying the authors viewpoint helps readers understand why the author is interested in the subject and how the author thinks.You can infer an authors viewpoint by identifying the authors purpose for writing the selection and by looking at the facts, opinions, and descriptions given.

  • Spelling Test1. dreadful2. enjoyment3. safely4. watchful5. speechless 6. paleness7. breathless8. government9. cheerful10. actively11. closeness12. lately13. goodness14. retirement15. forgetful16. basement17. softness18. delightful19. settlement20. countless

  • Challenge Wordssuspensefulsuspiciouslydefenselessseriousnesscontentment

  • Study GuideEvaluateMaking predictionsSuffixes lyS and z soundsSuffixesWord cluesConnotations abbreviationsTitlesAdjectivesAuthors viewpoint

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