Thursday, May 8, 2014

Introducing Hapara and Argument Writing

Introduction to Hapara  Good morning! We are going to learn about an exciting new technology program today that is going to make my life as a teacher and your lives as students so much easier. Turning in, organizing, and locating student digital work has been a major problem for many of us. Hapara is about to change all of that. Watch the brief video above to learn how it works.  

Google Drive/Hapara Assignment Management  Now that we understand a little about how Hapara works, we're going put the program to use within our own Google Drives. Open Google Drive now and follow along with Mr. McGinty as he shows you your new Hapara class folders, how to access new assignments, and how to move assignments from your old class folders to your new ones. If you need additional information about how to access, move, and share documents check out the link here. Mr. McGinty will also show you what he is able to see on his own screen and how Hapara is going to make his job as a teacher much more effective.  

District Writing Assessment: Argument Essay  We have examined the prompt, analyzed the supporting texts, discussed the issues involved, chosen our point of view, and started organizing our ideas by pre-writing. Now it's time to start writing the actual essay. Within your newly created Hapara Language Arts folders you will find three documents: (1.) The essay template you will use to write your essay. (2.) An Argument Essay Outline to help you structure your essay. (3.) And an Argument Essay Checklist to remind you of the elements you must include. You will have today and tomorrow to write your essay. You may begin now. Please let me know if you have any questions.   

Homework  (1.) Please work on your Argument Essay outside of class. (2.) 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.