Why do some authors write funny stories?

Main Selection: "A Mr. Rubbish Mood" by Megan McDonald

A Mr. Rubbish Mood

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Humorous fiction is a story written to entertain readers.

Target Skill: Author's Purpose

The author's purpose is the reason that the author wrote the book. The theme is the big idea or lesson the author wants readers to know. Authors write to entertain, to inform, to describe, or to persuade.

Target Strategy: Monitor/Clarify

Good readers ask themselves questions to make sure they understand the text.

Fluency: Intonation: Natural Speech

When good readers read aloud, they use intonation. That means they make their voice rise and fall like natural speech. Punctuation marks and commas help readers know how to use rising or falling intonation.


Parent Support: Reading

Parent Support: Fluency

Author's Purpose

Identifying Author's Purpose

The Crowded House


Target Strategy: Context Clues

Context is the words and sentences around a word that give readers clues to its meaning. When readers read a word for which they do not know the meaning, they can use context, or the words and sentences around the unknown word, as clues to figure out its meaning. Sometimes the meaning of the word can be found in the same sentence or in nearby sentences. Sometimes another word or phrase gives a hint about the meaning.

Target Vocabulary:

                • shade - an area where direct sunlight is blocked
                • dripping - coming down in drops
                • carton - paper or cardboard box
                • hardly - not very much
                • rubbish - trash
                • recycle - to treat or process in order to use again
                • global - worldwide
                • complicated - hard to understand or deal with; difficult
                • pollution - the state of being dirty or not pure
                • project - a special undertaking


Word List

Vocabulary Dominoes

Vocabulary Concentration

Vocabulary Tic-Tac-Toe

Context Clues


Phonics: Words with air, ear, are

The spelling sound /air/ can be air as in hair, are as in care, or ear as in bear.

Spelling: Vowel + /r/ Sounds in air and fear


air, wear, chair, stairs, bare, bear, hair
care, pear, pair, share, near, ear, beard


buy, year


earring, compare


Word List

Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe

Spelling Bingo



Grammar: What is an Adjective?

An adjective describes, or tells about, a noun. Some adjectives tell what kind. Adjectives such as one, ten, many, and several tell how many. The adjectives this and that tell "which one."

Writing: Write to Persuade: Persuasive Letter

Focus Trait: Ideas

What makes a great persuasive letter?
It tells the goal - something the writer wants the audience to do - at the beginning.
It uses strong reasons to support the goal.
The letter is written in correct letter form.
The voice is positive and polite.

Writing Process

Writing a great persuasive letter involves many steps.
1. Prewrite: Complete a web map in order to get your ideas on paper.
2. Draft: Begin a draft using the prewrite web map. State the goal and give strong reasons in a positive tone. Use correct letter form, with polite language.
3. Revise and Edit: Revise your writing by using exact words and sensory details. Edit your letter by proofreading for spelling, capitals and punctuation.
4. Final Copy: After revising and editing, write a final copy of your letter.


Parent Support: Writing


Choosing Adjectives

Pick-it Adjectives

Adjective Adventure




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