Thursday, October 30, 2014

Celebrating a Championship and Constructing Responses

World Champions yet again. 
Video of the Day  Relive the magical moment the San Francisco Giants clinched their third World Series championship in the past five years here 

Writing Performance Tasks: The Constructed Responses  Today we are going to continue familiarizing ourselves with the upcoming Writing Performance Tasks. Our specific focus today will be on constructing a response to 'Research Question' # 3, which can be found below. 

Unlike yesterday's constructed responses, this question requires us to develop a claim (or argument) and support that claim with evidence. So, what do you think? Do you agree with the statement that Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park "now holds little importance as it is just a tourist attraction"? Or do you disagree with the statement and believe that the park remains a very important place and has value beyond its designation as a tourist attraction? 

The position you take will affect the type of evidence you gather. Let's work together to gather details form the various sources that would support our particular claims. Review the three sources here and identify details and evidence that support your point of view. Share your details on one of two Padlet walls. If you disagree with the statement that Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park "holds little importance as it is just a tourist attraction," share details that would support your claim here. If you agree with that statement, share your supporting details here

Next, we want to begin to construct a response in which we clearly state our claim (or argument) and provide evidence from the various sources to support it. Here's what the District is looking for.  

You can find still the document Writing Performance Tasks - Research Questions and Constructed Responses in your Language Arts folders. Please begin working on Constructed Response #3 now. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry.  (2.) Tomorrow, Friday, October 31, is publishing day. Make sure your 100 Word Challenge: Five Words story is ready to share with the world! I would also like to dedicate some time in class tomorrow to reading our stories aloud. Please practice reading yours and be prepared to share!