Monday, November 30, 2015

A 100 Word Challenge and Article Assessment

Why does your head ache? What happened to you?

Creative Writing: A New 100 Word Challenge  This week's 100 Word Challenge involves pain and a potential injury. What happened to you? Why are you hurt? You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: '... my head really ached ...' in your Language Arts Google Classroom. Before you begin writing, let's meet in Padlet and brainstorm some story ideas.

 
Writing Assessment: Turning an Interview into an Article Today is your class day to work on your You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article writing assessment, which is due on Friday,  December 4. You still can access the interview here, and you can find the document You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article in your Language Arts Google Classroom. A rubric that I will be using to assess your article can be found below. 


Homework  (1.) Continue working on You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article assessment and the story 100 Word Challenge: '... my head really ached ...' , both of which are due on Friday, December 4. (2.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the day Friday.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!




 Today's Learning Objective   Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


Sacred Reading Time  I'd like to begin today by offering you some uninterrupted class time to simply read and commune with your books. Some of you will invited to reading a cozy corner of the room, while most of you will hopefully become enraptured by the words on your pages right at your desks. Enjoy this time! And have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Writing Assessment: Turning an Interview into an Article The assignment to turn in interview into an article has now been designated as a writing assessment, which means it will now be worth the equivalent of a test grade. Due to this you change you are now being offered an extension, so you have time to make sure your writing piece is as good as it can be. The You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article will now be due on Friday,  December 4.

Today we will continue with our efforts to transform an interview into an article. You still can access the interview here, and you can find the document You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article in your Language Arts Google Classroom. If you have already identified the central idea of the interview, summarized its key points, and selected your direct quotes, your focus should be on putting all the elements together into an article (as outlined below). If needed, you can also find a student model here, as well as a list of transition words here.




Monday, November 23, 2015

Two More Days!


Video of the Day: A Tribute to Star Wars  Stay strong, dear students! May the force always be with you! Enjoy!


You Write It: Turning an Interview into an Article Today we will continue with our efforts to transform an interview into an article. You still can access the interview here, and you can find the document You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article in your Language Arts Google Classroom. If you have already summarized the interview's key points and selected your direct quotes, see below for how to put it all together. If needed, you can also find a list of transition words here.




Friday, November 20, 2015

Aloha Friday!


 Today's Learning Objectives  * Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgements. * Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.  

 

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches and Publishing  Before we publish this week's 100 Word Challenge, take another moment to carefully review your writing. Did you skillfully integrate the words "how could something so tiny" from this week's prompt? Does your story flow naturally from beginning to end? Did you use descriptive words and sensory details? Did you carefully review your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Did you make sure your verb tenses are consistent and that you have employed correct and varied sentence structures? Please make sure your piece of writing is good as it can be.

Next, it's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. Give your story a fitting title and paste your story in the space provided. Finally, click "Publish".  

If you choose, you may also publish your story at the 100 Word Challenge/Night Zookeeper website.  Login, click on the '100' icon, and then click on the yellow "write" button where it asks if you accept this week's challenge. Title and paste your story. When you are satisfied with the quality of your story, click 'save.' Let me know that you are ready to publish and I will open it up for others to read. Congratulations! You have published yet another story. I can't wait to hear about the feedback you receive.

You Write It: Turning an Interview into an Article Today we are going to continue to examine the content of an interview, identify its central idea, summarize its key points in your own words, integrate a few choice quotes, all while transforming it into feature article. You can access the interview here, and you can find the document You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article in your Language Arts Google Classroom. This assignment will be due on Tuesday, November 24.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article


















 Today's Learning Objectives  * Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgements. * Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. 

 

Student Model: Turning an Interview into an Article  Imagine the editors of Scope Magazine are hiring a new narrative nonfiction article writer, and you are very interested in the position. As part of the application process, however, you have to take one of the interviews they conducted and transorm the content into a feature article. Before you begin, it would be wise to check out a student model, which you can find here

You Write It: Turning an Interview into an Article  Now it's your turn. Can you take the content of an interview, identify its central idea, summarize its key points in your own worrds, integrate a few choice quotes, all while transforming it into feature article? If so, the writing job at Scope Magazine could be yours. Get started by reading the interview that you will be working with here. Next, use the document You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article, which is located in your Language Arts Google Classroom, to begin the writing process. This assignment will be due on Tuesday, November 24

Homework  (1.) Complete the 100 Word Challenge: '... how could something so tiny ...' and the document Imagery - Woodsong, both of which are due tomorrow, Friday, November 20. (2.) Continue working on the document You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article, which is due on Tuesday, November 24. (3.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the day Friday.)