Friday, November 14, 2014

Tone and Word Chocie in Poetry

 Today's Learning Objectives   To understand and appreciate poetry and define how tone or meaning is conveyed through word choice. 

Tone and Word Choice in Poetry  The tone of a poem is the poet's attitude toward his or her subject. You can identify the tone of a poem by paying attention to the images in a poem and to the poet's word choice. More information can be found in the infographic below. 

Today we will read two different poems "Street Corner Flight" and "Words Like Freedom" with somewhat different tones. Your objective is to try to figure out the tone or tones of each poem by focusing on the word choices the poet makes and the images he or she creates. You will record your analysis using the document Tone and Word Choice in Poetry, which can be found in your Language Arts folder.s   

100 Word Challenge: Publishing  Before we publish our 100 Word Challenge stories, take one last moment to carefully review your writing. At the very least, make sure your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar (which includes using consistent verb tenses) are as good as they can be. 

Next, it's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. This week you once again get to title your story whatever you find fitting; just make sure you put 100 WC: before your chosen title. Paste your story. Finally, click "Publish".  

Next, copy the web address of your posted story and then head over to 100 Word Challenge. Scroll down and paste the web address into the box that says 'Blog Link'. Enter your first name, 6th Grade, Lakeview Middle School, and for location: Watsonville, California, U.S.A. Finally, click 'Submit'. Congratulations! You have published yet another story. I can't wait to hear about the feedback you receive.  

Introducing a 100 Word Challenge Writing Rubric  We have been writing for the 100 Word Challenge for over a month now. I think our participation in this program has done wonders for our writing and I have been extremely impressed with your dedication to the process and the quality of many of your pieces. As for grading, up until this point, I have been providing basic participation points, whereby if you write and publish a complete story you receive full credit. While I will continue to give some form of participation points towards your 'Assignment' grade, I think it's time we start utilizing a rubric in order to receive more specific feedback about the quality of our writing. My hope is that the rubric will provide you with an understanding of your strengths as a writer and areas where you can continue to hone your skills. 

The rubric below was designed by one of my colleagues, 7th grade teacher Ms. Kristen Adams. I will try using it to assess your writing for the 100 Word Challenge next week. This week, however, after I explain the various categories on the rubric, I'd like you to use it to assess yourselves. I've placed a copy of the rubric in your Language Arts folders. Take a look at the story you submitted today and decide where you think you fall on the Beginning, Emerging, or Proficient spectrum. 

Homework  (1.) Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your Digital Reading LogI will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, November 16(2.) Complete the assignment Tone and Word Choice in Poetry, which is officially due on Friday, November 21