Monday, August 25, 2014

Goal-Setting, Reading Log and Library Visit

Warm Up: Newsela  Please visit Newsela today and login. Click on your "Binder" and locate the article entitled "One study says it cooler to be uncool." Make sure the reading level is set to 740L. Read the article carefully and then take the quiz. If you finish early, you may read any other Newsela article of your choosing.    

Accelerated Reader Goal-Setting (Continued)  As you work on your Newsela article, I will continue to call up students to my desk to share reading data and set Accelerated Reader goals for the quarter.   

Overview of Class Syllabus  A syllabus is an overview of a class's policies. You can find a copy of your Language Arts syllabus in your Language Arts folder. Today we will briefly spend some time going over the syllabus. Please review the syllabus with your parents. You can also find a link to the syllabus here.      

Introduction to our Reading Log  A requirement for this course is that you are reading from your selected A.R. book regularly. You are required to read at least 30 minutes a day Monday thru Thursday and at least one additional 30 minute plus session on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  Your five reading log entires will be recorded on your digital reading log, which has been placed in your Language Arts folders. If you need to make a copy of the reading log, you can find the link to it here. You are also required to have your parents or guardians verify that you are reading by having them type their initials in the last column of the reading log. I will be checking and grading reading logs on Mondays.   

Library Visit   We are heading over to the library today to select your first batch of Accelerated Reader books. You may pick out any book you want as long as it is within your ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) and an appropriate color level. Remember, you don't want a book that's too easy or too hard; rather, you want a book that "just right" for you. Most importantly, you want to find a book that's interesting and that you are passionate about reading. Make sure your A.R. book is always with you because there will be times when you'll have the opportunity to read, write, and discuss your book in class.  

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry.  (2.) Review 'Context Clues' because we may have a quiz tomorrow.