Friday, August 29, 2014

Goal-Setting, School Looping, and Paragraph Writing

Warm Up: Silent Reading  Happy Friday! Let's begin the day with a little silent reading. Please take out your A.R. book and begin. If you have completed a book this week, you are also more than welcome to take an A.R. test during this time using the link here.  

A.R. Goal Setting  If you still have not made an A.R. reading goal for the quarter, I will be calling you up to my desk to do so. Remember, Accelerated Reader makes up a sizable percentage of your grade and making progress toward your reading goal is part of your responsibility as a member of this class.  

School Loop Tutorial  We will spend a few minutes today getting oriented with the online School Loop program. I will show you how to access your grades in your classes, identify your scores on specific assignments, and contact your teachers using 'Loop Mail.' School Loop is a fantastic way to take ownership over the grading process and to advocate for your own academic success at school.  

Analyzing Character Traits and Paragraph Writing  Today we will examine the structure of a model paragraph and then write our own paragraphs analyzing the traits of one of the main characters from the short story "Eleven." The assignment 'Writer's Workout #1' has been placed in your Language Arts folders; you can also find a link to it here. The assignment will count towards your assessment grade and is due at the end of next week on Friday, September 5.   

Homework  (1.) Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your Digital Reading Log(Remember that your reading log has been placed in your Language Arts folders. If for some reason you need to make a copy of the reading log, you can find a link to it here.) I will be grading this week's Reading Log on Tuesday, September 2. (2.) You are welcome to work on your 'Character Trait Paragraph' over the weekend if you choose, however I plan on giving you some more time to work on it on Tuesday. Once again, it's not officially due until Friday, September 5.