Monday, January 26, 2015

Introducing a New Challenge and 'The Tequila Worm'

Are you ready for our new class novel? Introducing . . . The Tequila Worm

 Today's Learning Objectives  (1.) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. (2.) Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Brianna, Showcase Writer
Showcase Writer: Brianna  Many of you continue to get wonderful feedback on your writing from readers all over the world. One student in particular just received a very special recognition for her "... the light was so bright ..." story. Our very own Brianna, from Period 2, was singled out for her poignant story about a girl coping with the loss of her grandmother, as part of the Week 17 Showcase. Her name and story have been published internationally and she will receive a special showcase badge and certificate for her achievement. If you see Brianna, give her props for this special honor! Her original story and new showcase badge are featured below.

100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge  This week's 100 Word Challenge is another picture challenge. Check out the directions and image below. 

Can you bring the image pictured above to life in your writing? Write and write well, and infuse your story with a plethora of descriptive words and sensory details, with 'the picture of a street at night' serving as your story's backdrop. You may find the document 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 19) in your Language Arts folders. 

Class Novel: Introducing The Tequila Worm  Today we are going to begin reading the novel The Tequila Worm together as a class. However, before we do I would like you to participate in a couple of 'Preparing the Learner Activities' in order to get you engaged with the text. Please locate the document 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 1), which you can find in your Language Arts folders. Let's begin with the 'Agree/Disagree' activity. Read each statement and indicate whether you agree or disagree. Next, begin to write a response to the 'Journal Write' prompt about any rivalries you may have had in your life.

Finally, before I watch a new movie, I usually watch the preview so I have a better sense of what the film is about. Let's do the same for Tequila Worm. Check out the student produced preview below, so we are somewhat prepared for the novel.


Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 19) story, which we will publish on Friday, January 30(3.) Complete working on the 'Preparing Learning Activities' of 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 1).

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