Thursday, May 15, 2014

Applying a Central Idea and Digital Portfolios

"Even when our heart aches. We summon the strength that maybe we didn’t even know we had, and we carry on. We finish the race. We finish the race. And we do that because of who we are. And we do that because we know that somewhere around the bend a stranger has a cup of water. Around the bend, somebody is there to boost our spirits. On that toughest mile, just when we think that we’ve hit a wall, someone will be there to cheer us on and pick us up if we fall." - President Barack Obama  
Applying a Central Idea  Today we will continue to apply the central idea of President Obama's remarks after the Boston Bombing a year ago to two survivors of that bombing featured in the Narrative Nonfiction article "I Survived the Boston Bombing." We will be focused on finding evidence that support our understanding of the central idea and then writing a paragraph that features a clear central idea, effective use of supporting evidence, and good organization and transitions. Deadline: This assignment is due tomorrow, May 16.

Finishing our Digital Portfolios  If you finish your 'Central Idea' paragraph, you may continue working on your Digital Portfolio. I have created a rubric and placed it in your Language Arts folders, so you'll have a better sense of how this project will be assessed. I'm also extending the deadline to give you a few extra days to work on it. New Deadline: The Digital Portfolio is now due Monday, May 19.  

Homework  (1.) Finish your "Applying a Central Idea" assignment. (2.) Continue working on your Digital Portfolio. (3.) 30 minutes of silent reading at home. Make sure to record your reading on one of the digital reading logs available. Our weekly Google Form reading log is here and the Google Spreadsheet reading log can be found here.