This week in Mrs. Rourke's class...In both Reading and Writing Workshop, we have launched our Argument and Advococy units. Students are learning to evaluate texts, critically study research findings, look for slanted arguments, and conduct thorough research on hot topics. They are being encouraged to keep an open mind on all issues until they have researched both sides of an arugument. Students will learn to write a solid argumentative essay supported by research and facts, and how to conduct a debate.Homework for Language Arts is to read for 30 minutes each night. It is important for your child's reading development that the reading is truly happening each evening. The best way to become a better reader is by reading! It is also essential for vocabulary development and to become a better writer. As the work level in fifth grade increases, students may need to finish some assignments as home if work is not completed during class time. This should not happen too often if class time is used wisely and students remain on task. Thank you so much for your help with this.We will be using a TEAM Remind account for announcements and reminders. Please text @rbjteam to the number 81010 to join the group. This is our primary form of communication so it is very important that you take care of this as soon as you are able.For updates in the classroom, you can follow me on Twitter @zipfan. To keep updated on East Woods happenings, please follow our school Twitter account @EastWoodsPride.