Monday, September 8, 2014

Failure Is Not an Option!

Alert! Alert! Alert!  This weekend I was beyond disappointed to discover that a large number of you did not complete (and many did not even attempt to complete) your "Eleven" character trait analysis paragraph. What is so "alarming" about is this is that this assignment counts toward your assessment grade and not completing it basically ensures that your current grade in Language Arts becomes an F. What's going on? Were you confused about the assignment? Did you need extra time? How can I help? I will provide some extra time in class today to work on it and extend the deadline until tomorrow. If it's still not complete after tomorrow, you will be pulled into my class at lunch in order to get it done. Failure is not an option! A rubric that shows how the paragraph will be graded can be found here. Those of you who are complete with the assignment and feel satisfied with your final product, may use this time to silent read and take A.R. tests.    

Making Inferences in "Dear Future"  Making an inference means using clues from the text and our own experiences to come to a conclusion. Watch the video below to learn more: 

Now apply what you've learned about inferences to the short story "Dear Future" we've just read, using the document 'Making Inferences ('Dear Future')' in your Language Arts folders. A copy of the assignment cal also be found here and a copy of the short story can be found here. Making inferences in order to answer the two questions and then explain what clues from the story enabled you to come to that conclusion. 

Homework  (1.)  Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a digital Reading Log entry. (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.)  (2.)  Complete your 'Making Inferences' assignment, which will be due this Friday, September 12.  (3.)  Final Deadline for "Character Trait Paragraph" (Writer's Workout #1) is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 9.