Assignment updates.

I think many (myself included) are feeling inundated with projects.  Hopefully the following information will help to clear up any questions you may have.

The Mayflower Writing Assignment final draft is due on Tuesday, November 10th.  Students have been writing three paragraphs about their Mayflower journey (paragraph 1–before leaving, paragraph 2–journey on the Mayflower, paragraph 3–arrival).  They have been reading the book If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and they have used facts from this book in their own writing.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could help your child to edit and revise his or her writing (your child should have the rough draft in the yellow homework folder). Students can type the final draft, but typing is NOT required.  Please make sure your student submits the rough draft with the final draft.  Thank you!

The New England State Project written component is due on Friday, November 13th.  Students should use the ideas on the graphic organizer in their homework folders to help guide their writing. Students were given time in Library to search for information to complete their graphic organizers. The graphic organizer has four categories: important facts/history, geography, landmarks, fun and interesting information. Students should also draw a picture on the cover of the “My State Report Booklet” that represents their state by November 13th.

Pilgrim Project Intro information should have come home with your child on November 6th.  Our class will begin reading Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. Each student will be interviewing a family member (or friend) about someone who was a “pilgrim”.

Some things to start thinking about… Which country were you born in? Where did your birth parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents come from? Maybe you left a country and came to the United States of America, or maybe your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents left their original countries. Think about why you or your ancestors came to the United States.

Each student will be writing a narrative story from the perspective of the “pilgrim” he or she interviewed. Then, like Molly, each child will make a doll that represents the family member interviewed. Students will be presenting to the class as well.

More information will be provided at a later time.  Right now, students ONLY need to answer these questions:

  1. Who is the person I will interview?  Give his or her full name.
  2. What country did the person come from?
  3. Describe the country he or she came from.  Be sure to use vivid verbs, the five senses, and many adjectives in your description. (Look at pictures or talk to a friend or relative.)
  4. Why did this person leave his or her country to come to the United States? (To practice religious freedom, to find work, to have sense of adventure, etc.)

The answers to these four questions are DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th.

If you have any questions please see Mrs. Tremonte.  Have a great weekend!

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