Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Reading Responses for Trimester Three


Four book responses are due for trimester three:
-Fiction
-Non-Fiction
-Biography
-Journal prompts (Based on a fiction book)

**There are nine total journal prompts/each trimester students are to choose three different ones to focus
on.**

Two of the responses were due by April 27th. The final two will be due by Friday, June 8th.

Monday, March 19, 2018

We Need Tissues!!!

Due to the fact that we are stuck between flu and allergy season, we have gone through several boxes of tissues as a class in the past few weeks.  If you would like to donate any tissues to the class, we could really use them.

Our noses thank you in advance for your support!

Updates

Word of the Week:  There has been a significant decline in the amount of effort that is given to the word of the week assignment as a whole.  Students were reminded today that these assignments are expected to be neat and well done.  They should look as though time has been spent on them rather than turning them in without colored drawings and without proofreading. Most weeks, students have three nights to compete this  assignment, yet many of them appear to be done five minutes before it is time to turn them in. This is not acceptable.

From this point forward, assignments will be given back to students for revision if they are turned in in this manner.  Additionally, students were told that in order to earn a 3 in vocabulary usage and grammar, they must complete a COMPLEX sentence that includes a conjunction and it needs to be punctuated properly.  If a simple sentence is provided, students will receive a grade no higher than a 2.

Reading Logs: I have decided to eliminate the reading logs for the remainder of the year.  Students are still required to be reading 20 minutes per night and working on their reading responses as they complete a book.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Reading Responses for Trimester Three

Five total reading responses are due per trimester.

Four are standard:
-Fiction
-Non-Fiction
-Biography
-Journal prompts (Based on a fiction book)

**There are nine total journal prompts/each trimester students are to choose three different ones to focus on.**

Each trimester, there is an additional teacher created assignment. This assignment has not yet been determined.

Two of the five reading responses are due by Friday, April 27th

Biography Talk Show

The biography talk show will take place on Friday, March 9th for both ELA classes.  Students should be prepared to be in character tomorrow and know the responses to their questions without the guidance of papers or notecards.

Projects must be turned in following this order:

Cover Page
Five Paragraph EssayOne copy of interview questions (The 2nd copy will be given to your interviewer)Biography Book Report RubricBiography Interview Rubric

All stapled together...no binders or plastic covers, please.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reading Response Reminder

Five total reading responses are due per trimester.

Four are standard:
-Fiction
-Non-Fiction
-Biography
-Journal prompts (Based on a fiction book)

Each trimester, there is an additional teacher created assignment.  This trimester is the Biography Project.  This DOES NOT take the place of the regularly assigned biography response.

The four standard assignments are due by FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd. (Two of these assignments were already due by January 24th)

The Biography Project is due THURSDAY, MARCH 8th.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Biography Project / Reading Responses

Five total reading responses are due per trimester.


Two reading responses were due on January 24th.  Two additional reading responses will be due by March 2nd.  Additionally, a  biography project will be due on Thursday, March 8th. Due to this fact, I will be suspending word of the week and reading log homework for some time. These two assignments will resume on March 12th. It is assumed that students will be reading nightly in order to  complete their reading assignments/biography projects on time.

Links to all portions of the project are available below:

Intro Letter for Biography Project
Project Overview
Interview Guidelines
Interview Questions
Sample Biography Essay Amelia Earhart
Book Report Rubric
Presentation Rubric


Students are encouraged to type their work in Googledocs and sent it to me for feedback prior to Tuesday, March 6th. I will not be providing feedback on March 7th, which is the night before the project is due.

All projects must be printed and be ready to turn in on March 8th.  NO printing will occur at school on March 8th.  If students need to use a school computer to print, they should be prepared to do so by March 7th at the latest.