Language Arts

This month we are working on the Sign Posts for reading which were developed by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst. The signposts are:

Contrasts and Contradictions

When you are reading and a character says or does something that is the opposite of what he or she usually says or does you should STOP and ask yourself:

“Why is the character doing this?”

The answer will probably help you understand an inference or prediction about the plot or a character.



Again  and  Again

 

When you are reading and you notice a word, phrase, object, or situation mentioned over and over

You should STOP and ask yourself...

"Why does this keep showing up again and again?"

The answer will tell you about the theme and conflict or they might foreshadow what will happen later. 



Aha Moment

When you are reading and suddenly a character realizes, understands, or finally figures something out.

 

You should stop and ask yourself:

“How might this change things?”

 

If the character figured out a problem you probably learned about the conflict.

If the character understood a life lesson you probably learned about the theme


Memory Moment

 

When you are reading and the author interrupts the action to tell you a memory.

 

You should stop and ask yourself:

 

“Why might this memory be important?”­­-

The answers will tell you about the theme, conflict, or might foreshadow what will happen later in the story.



Tough Questions

 

When you are reading and the character asks himself a really difficult question:

 

You should stop and ask yourself:

 

What does this question make me wonder about?

 

The answer will tell you something about the conflict and might tell you about what will happen later in the story


Words of the Wiser

When you are reading and a character (who is probably older and lots wiser) takes the main character aside and gives serious advice.

You should STOP and ask yourself:

What is the life lesson and how might it affect the character?”

Whatever the lesson is you’re probably finding the theme for the story.





Our grammar focus is capitalization.

Students will focus on using strong verbs in their writing