Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sampling the Writing Performance Tasks

Warm-Up: Silent Reading  Let's ease into this beautiful Tuesday with a little silent reading. Please take out your A.R. book and begin. If you need to take an A.R. quiz, please do so. 

Writing Performance Tasks: Overview  As our school, our district, and our country move forward with the new Common Core standards, we are going to be increasingly asked to rethink the way we learn and show what we know in new and sometimes challenging ways. 

Today we will begin examining sample 'Writing Performance Tasks,' in which we will be tasked with reading three informative sources/articles, answering questions about the sources, and ultimately planning and writing an informational essay based on the reading. 

This is practice and let's treat this exercise as a learning experience. There is no need to feel stressed out or anxious. Let's work through this process together with open minds and use it an opportunity to prepare us for the upcoming "real" and "official" Writing Performance Tasks. 

Writing Performance Tasks: Getting Started  In your Language Arts folders, each of you should find a PDF copy of the document Sample Writing Performance Tasks (6th Grade). After opening our PDF, we are going to convert it to writable and editable form using DocHub. This form will allow us to highlight and write on the document.   

Next, let's carefully read the directions and preview the task together. What do you notice? What questions do you have?  

Writing Performance Tasks: Examining the Sources  After previewing the task, what information should we be looking for? As we read together feel free to highlight key details and information from the sources/articles that you feel will ultimately help you with the tasks to follow. You can also take notes on the document itself.  

Writing Performance Tasks: The Research Questions  After reading the sources/articles, let's begin to carefully review the three research questions. In the future, your answers to these questions will be scored. Also, they will help you think about the sources/articles you've read, which should help you write your informational essay. We will dedicate our class time tomorrow to working through these research questions. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry.  (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Five Words story. We will be publishing our stories on Friday, October 31