Thursday, January 29, 2015

'Tequila Worm' and Peer Editing

COME ONE, COME ALL! Santa Cruz County students are invited to attend the Latino Role Model
conference this Saturday at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz. Don't miss this great opportunity!

 Today's Learning Objectives  (1.) 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. (2.) Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. 

Tequila Worm: 'Into' and 'Through' the Text Activities  Due to overwhelming popular demand by many of you, who pleaded with me to keep reading yesterday, we are going to continue working with the text of the novel Tequila Worm today. In fact, we will be getting a jumpstart on next week's activities. You can find the document 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 2) in your Language Arts folders. 

We will begin with a 'Preparing the Learner Activity' (previewed below) in which you will compare and contrast your life experiences with that of the main character Sofia. We will then read the chapter entitled "Taco Head" (pgs. 36-40) together.   

Peer Editing: 100 Word Challenge  Today you will once again have an opportunity to share your current piece of writing, 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 19), (in whatever state it's in) with one of your peers in class. Remember that your task when reviewing someone else's writing is to both help with basic editing and to provide constructive feedback that is helpful to the writer. Your peer editing should include a balance of corrections, suggestions, and compliments. Positive feedback is important too!  

After you know who you will be sharing your writing with, click on "Share at the top of your document. Next, enter their full name and click "Done." The document should now be available in the "Shared with Me" or "Incoming" section of your Google Drive.


Remember to let our rubric (below) be your guide. If you notice on run-on sentence or fragment, let them know. If you can think of a more descriptive or precise word to use, suggest it. If verb tenses are inconsistent, make that clear. If a transition word or phrase might be helpful in moving events along, mention it. 

There are a couple of ways to make suggestions and comments. You can use the "Suggesting" function within Google Docs, where you can make suggested edits that the writer can then later accept or reject. Secondly, you could also simply highlight text and make comments and suggestions that way. 

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(2.) Complete both your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 19) story and 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 1), both of which are due tomorrow, Friday, January 30.