Friday, October 30, 2015

Entry Ticket Questions for Monday's Assessment

Monday and Tuesday of this coming week, we will have our last speaking and listening grade for their book groups.  In preparation for the week, students need to have the following questions answered with supporting evidence in order to participate in our discussion:

  • What is the main conflict of your novel?
  • What is the climax of your novel?
  • What is your evidence to support your claim? (You may make note of page numbers here!)

2. Choose one option below to complete:  
How do you think your character will work towards a resolution of the main problem?
What is one question you have to move the conversation along in your group?

Have a safe and relaxing weekend!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Redacted Poem in Group Novels

Students are working on a cool project.  Today, they chose a section of their reading group novel they would like me to copy for them. Tomorrow they will use these sections of text to create a redacted poem: where they select certain words, phrases, or sentences to create a poem that mirrors the mood of their novel. This is a graded assignment, and you can see the rubric here.

Friday, October 16, 2015

What's New?

For the last two weeks, we have been working steadily on practicing for upcoming assessments!

We are using our group novels to discuss how the author is introducing characters in our novels. This last Monday, 10/6, students practiced this discussion in their reading groups. Today, they used the feedback given from earlier this week to be assessed on these standards :

SL6.1a Students will come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

SL6.1b Students will be able to follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed. 

We are also using nonfiction text articles to explore what techniques authors use to introduce key ideas in nonfiction text. Students have learned 7 different techniques that authors commonly use and have been hard at work practicing how to identify them and analyze how it helps them understand the text. Working with nonfiction is very different than working with fiction and requires a different type of practice for what seems like a similar skill. Next Friday,  10/23, they will be assessed on these standards:

RI6.3 Students will be able to use key ideas to analyze in detail how an individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a nonfiction text.

RI6.3 Students will be able to cite textual evidence to support analysis of nonfiction text.

Students have had plenty of practice time in class for all of these skills.  

It is my expectation that if the receive a grade less than 3, that they are making the choice to retake their assessment, after seeking help.  I can only offer it.  It is up to them to make the choice to actually complete it.  Please help me in encouraging this at home, as well.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Groups

Yesterday, students got into their book groups and each created a calendar to keep them accountable throughout the novel.  Each individual group created their own and therefore it is expected that they are holding themselves accountable. Also, it is necessary that students are reading their novel at home and bringing it back to school each day.  We will be having book check-ins each week where students are expected to be at a certain spot in their books.  Assessments will be given that relate to our conceptual unit, perception.  These assessments will vary from oral expression and listening, reading and writing.

On Monday, we will create norms and reading marks to use while reading.  It is my hope that students will be able to begin reading in their groups and become more comfortable with their group mates.

I look forward to these next few weeks as students are exposed to new readings and communicate deeply about the ideas in their text and the relation they have to perception.

Below is a link to a video that we watched in class.  This is the expectation that I have with all book groups when it is time to discuss.

Friday, October 2, 2015

As we read our group novels, it's important that we use our strategies to better understand what the text is saying!

Also, since we can't write in our texts, it is important to capture our ideas about the text by using think marks.  Remember that there is more to a think mark than a cute drawing.  There needs to be an explanation about the drawing to remember the reason it was identified.