Reading – 5/18/15 – Final Tomorrow!

Today we reviewed the answers to the Study Guide that was given out last Monday.  Below is a recap of topics on the final and the review opportunities available.  Please check out the LINKS for further review!!

-Making Inferences and Main Idea- Study Guide with notes and practice questions distributed.  Students given access to previous notes/practice. (This repetition of work we completed in a previous unit.)

-Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion – Study guide practice and students to review previous notes, etc..  This video may be a useful review!  (This repetition of work we completed in a previous unit.)

– Etymology – Students given review/study guide. Students given access to previous notes/practice. (This repetition of work we completed in a previous unit.) Here are links to several Root Word review games –  Play this Game!! or try this Game!!   Also, check out the quizzes on this web site http://wordinfo.info/unit/3329?letter=V&spage=5  I think you may like the Image Quiz the best.

– Analogies – Students given review/study guide. Students given access to previous notes/practice. (This repetition of work we completed in a previous unit.)

Reading – 5/1 – 5/12

Literature Circles continue…!   PLEASE click on the FAQs tab for complete info on the Lit. Circle process, expectations, and the GRADES ( there are 4 plus the final!!) that will be associated with it! Please READ over this essential, end-of-year information!

***As members/circles finish up the requirements (prior to May 15th), please BRING your TKAM book! Your Lit Circle will read and discuss portions of it while the other Lit Circles finish up.***

Reading – 4/23, 4/24, 4/28, 4/30

We have been continuing with Literature Circles and students will also have next week for Literature Circles as well.  Students are urged to be mindful of the fact that after this week there are only 6 more instructional/Lit Circle days until the book and project are to be finished, so each class period is essential and we continue to stress the importance of attendance, focus, efficiency, diligence and initiative. Please remember to divide up the “Scribe” and Leader” responsibilities in the folder as instructed and to write those names on the assigned pages of the Journal (if you have not already done so.)

HW: None. But come to class prepared (you know what that means!). ***Lit Circle Journal is due Wednesday 5/13, and the collaborative Project is due Thursday, 5/14!*** Lit Circle Tests on 5/14 and Cumulative Final on 5/19!***

Reading – 4/21/15

Today was Day 2 of Literature Circles and by now everyone has read at least the introduction and completed the first related activity/question page in the Journal. Students have received a copy of the rubric for the Journal Folder grade, the Collaborative Report Project sheet, and its rubric. We have gone over the explanation and expectation of each of these assignments. Students used the remaining class time to make progress in reading their books and completion of the Journal Guides. Literature Circle Cumulative/Collaborative Project (report) is due May 14, 2015. Students MUST adhere to this deadline. Literature Circle days between now and then are as follows: 4/23, 4/24, 4/28, 4/30, 5/4-5/8, 5/11, and 5/12.

HW: Continue to come to class PREPARED! (PEN, PENCIL, PAPER, etc.  is expected EVERYDAY!) ~ Remember to take initiative with your Literature Circle and “dive in” as soon as you arrive in class!

Reading – 4/2/15

Reminder: Final day to turn in the Historical Fiction Group Project is TOMORROW! We have done everything we can to guide and support students during the 8 class periods we have spent on this project, however, quite a few have just not been putting in the work. Depending on your stage of completion, you may need to meet with your group members tomorrow morning in the Media Center to finish before class (and still get a couple bonus points!) or to at least make enough progress so that you only have <20-30 minutes left of work that can be finished during the class period. Please remember to plan accordingly in this regard!

If you did not turn in the project today, PLEASE review the info on the FAQs page to ensure satisfactory completion of each part. We hope all students will enjoy a well-earned Spring Break after turning in their best work on this major grade.

Also, students were informed today that if they have not completed the group project by the end of the day tomorrow (or are an individual who is the only one of the group without any real contribution,) he/she will need to complete the project individually instead and be expected to turn it in on Monday, 4/13.

HW: Read the FAQs page! Finish project.

Reading – 4/1/15

We had a shortened period of work time today since students had to take the opinion surveys. – Remaining time (about +/- 25 min) was to be used to progress toward the project finish line.  See Posts below and FAQs for info on that.  – Because of the shortened time today, we will still offer the 3 bonus points for projects turned in tomorrow! 🙂

HW: Make sure all of your/your group’s research is completed. Finish revisions of  your 1st draft. Final product is due TOMORROW, Thursday, 4/2 (get 3 bonus pts for “on-time!” on Thursday!), but MUST be completed no later than Friday!

Reading – 3/31/15

Please read yesterday’s post – You should be near completion of Step 5. – Amazingly, some of you have still not finished Step 2 – Research!? DO. IT. NOW.

HW: Make sure all of your/your group’s research is completed. Finish writing out the 1st draft of your paragraph and your group should be on track to have 1st drafts of all parts of letter done tomorrow so that you can finish revising and editing it tomorrow. Final product is due Wednesday, 4/1 (get 3 bonus pts for “on-time!” 2 bonus points for turning in on Thursday!), but MUST be completed no later than Friday!

Reading – 3/30/15

Today students worked in groups to complete steps 3 and 4 of the project and be sure everyone had written the group’s statement of belief on his/her g.o.. They were then each to work on crafting the first draft of his/her paragraph for step 5 (letter to the editor) and collaborate to create the introduction. Each group member was to contribute at least one piece of evidence to use in the letter, which should be included in his/her paragraph.  – DON’T FORGET TO READ OVER The FAQs! See “FAQs” tab above. Students completed and turned in Group Member Evals (Front “so far” side only – Easy 100%! if you just filled in all the blanks correctly!) 🙂

HW: Make sure all of your/your group’s research is completed and that you are on track to finish writing out 1st draft letter and revising and editing it tomorrow. Final product is due Wednesday, 4/1 (get 3 bonus pts for “on-time!”), but MUST be completed by Friday!

Reading – 3/24/15

Today students again met with their groups to give a “project progress check” and share information gathered, etc. We went over Steps 3 and 4 in detail and groups were to work together to complete these. Everyone in the group should have the agreed upon statement written in the appropriate section of the page for Step 4. Students in periods 4 and 5 will have the computer lab tomorrow for those who are still behind in their research. If you need more research you will need to do it from home.

HW: Complete Research and Step 3 (and 4…hopefully). Carefully complete Rubric 1 for your Group Member Evaluation! (Front “so far” side only – Easy 100%!)

Reading – 3/23/15

Today we had another full period in the computer lab to continue research for the project (see previous posts below) and students were reminded that they should be ready to move on to Steps 3 and 4 tomorrow.  Remember to use the FAQs page to help you if you feel stuck or unsure.  We continued to (re)explain the research goal, the process, and our expectations.

HW: Read “How do I do Step 3?” and “Step 4?” on FAQs page. ~ Continue research as needed.

Reading – 3/20/15

Today we went to the computer lab to continue research for the project and I suggested that students use the links I posted below to find access to good resources (primary sources). It is possible to find all the sources needed for this project by using these links and the access to info they provide. (So, “I can’t find…” should not be an issue.) We continued to (re)explain the research goal, the process, and our expectations.

HW: Read FAQs page. ~ Continue research as needed.

Reading – 3/19/15

Today we began our Research Unit! 🙂 Students were assigned to the cooperative groups with whom they will work on the unit project. This project will have students research elements of April Morning, evaluate its accuracy, and answer the question, “Does historical fiction help or hurt students’ understanding of history?” The project was overviewed and students were given 2 sheets that will be key components of the individual grade portion (the project packets and the research graphic organizer). The Group Member rubric will be handed out tomorrow.

Students worked in groups to divvy up the various responsibilities. They were then to consider the passages for each ID and come up with some questions to ask that will help determine what that they will be researching.  During this project, students will learn more about the American Revolution, about research sources on the Web, persuasive writing, and supporting claims with evidence. *It is very important that each student contribute appropriately and effectively for the success of their group.

HW: None! (Unless you still need to generate your “I will research…” questions for each of the chosen passages – ‘text IDs’)

Helpful Links for Historical Fiction Research Projects

Here are links to some of the great sources I found by using various combinations of these terms: ”primary source” battle lexington and concord – april 19 1775 – loring bond mullikan – harrington – pitcairn

See what you can come up with… There is plenty of authentic ”good stuff” out there! You can look for “primary source” documents/firsthand information within these sites:

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline/amrev/shots/  (Also consider exploring additional links found on this page.)

http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/resources/lesson1.pdf (Don’t miss the details in the images!)

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t3514fh3k;view=2up;seq=6;size=175  (This one is a “page-turner” and great read! – Be sure to use the search box feature; also ‘zoom in’ and check out the footnotes.)

http://www.ushistory.org/us/11c.asp  (As with all these sites, be sure to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.)

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=867

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/american-revolution/ (Terrific list of resources. Note Authors and Dates when considering relevance.)

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/lexington.htm

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/lexington2.htm (A British perspective)

Reading – 3/18/15

Today students began with some practice in the Crosswalk Coach books Common Core, reviewing resources available to for research and choosing the best options. We then introduced our Research Project and students got a preview of the packet and an overview of the what, why, and how of the project. More about this project is detailed on the FAQs page of this site (see *FAQs* tab above).

HW: None! 🙂