Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year, New Beginning


New Year's Reading Resolutions  Welcome back! I hope each of you had a wonderful and relaxing winter break and that you feel refreshed, renewed, and ready for the new year. Many of us use the the new year as an opportunity for a new beginning; as a chance to start over and begin anew. We often make resolutions or commitments to work on or improve certain things about ourselves. 

In addition to any personal resolutions you may have made, I would like all of us to recommit ourselves to becoming better and more enthusiastic readers in 2015. Below is a list of 100 New Year's Reading Resolutions for 2015 (A copy has also been placed in your Language Arts folders). My hope is that you will try to complete as many as possible and in the process further strengthen your enthusiasm for books, literacy, and reading. Each week I'm going to ask you to try a least one new reading resolution and make note of it on your new 3rd Quarter Reading Log (which can also be found in your Language Arts folders).      


Introducing a New 100 Word Challenge  Not only must we recommit ourselves to our reading in the new year; we must also recommit ourselves to our writing. The 100 Word Challenge provides us with a great platform to practice our writing craft. Are you ready to learn this week's 100 Word Challenge prompt? 

Where will the bright light in your narrative come from? What is its significance? How will you enable your reader to visualize it? Get those creative juices flowing and construct a story that incorporates this week's '... the light was SO bright...' prompt. Looking for some different ways to describe light? Consider using the word lists here and here. You can find the assignment 100 World Challenge: '...the light was SO bright...' (Week 17) in your Language Arts folders. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 3rd Quarter Reading Log. Don't forget to try one of the 100 New Year's Reading Resolutions for 2015 each week and make note of it on your Reading Log. (2.) Continue working on your 100 World Challenge: '...the light was SO bright...' (Week 17) story, which we will publish on Friday, January 16(3.) Complete your Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) Scholarship Essay (and the application if you're actually applying for the scholarship). Final deadline: this Friday, January 16.