Friday, February 6, 2015

Aloha Friday!

Writing Rubric in Action  By now you are no doubt familiar with the new writing rubric that we have been using to guide and assess our 100 Word Challenge writing. If you need a refresher, check out the rubric below. 

Last week, each of you was asked to submit your best 100 Word Challenge writing selection to me to be graded using the rubric as part of your Language Arts assessment grade. For the most part, I was very impressed! You all have come so far as writers and it shows. If you are curious about how you did, take a look at your submitted story from Kidblog. In the comments section, you will find feedback from me (similar to to the sample posted below) in which I identify your strengths based on the rubric, as well as areas you may need to continue to work on. I also identified your proficiency level based on number of criteria you met. 

To see what this meant for your Language Arts grade, check SchoolLoop and take a look. If you have any questions about my comments, your grade, or the process, please don't hesitate to message me. If you would like to revise your submitted writing based on the feedback your received, you may do that as well. Keep up the great work!  

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches and Publishing It's just about time to publish this week's 100 Word Challenge. Please look over your 
100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week 20) story carefully. Did you skillfully integrate the five words from this week's prompt? Does your story flow naturally from beginning to end? Did you use descriptive words and sensory details? Did you carefully review your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Did you make sure your verb tenses are consistent and that you have employed correct and varied sentence structures? Please make sure your piece of writing is good as it 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. Make sure you highlight, color, or bold the five words from this week's prompt, so your readers can locate them easily. 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! 

Peer Commenting  We have a special request this week to provide a supportive comment for one of your international 100 Word Challenge writing peers.

You may comment on any story published this week from around the world by looking over the list here

You also have the option of continuing to connect with Múinteoir Niamh's class in Ireland. Here's a list of some of the names of students from her class (with links to the their most recent story): Marie, Emily, Ray, Elizabeth, Angela, Patricia Niamh, Róisín, Anne, Sara, Brigid, Thomas, Gráinne, Anthony, Tomas, Ellen, Paul, CathalPatrick, Mary, Marie, Donnacha, Christy, and Katie.

When leaving a comment, remember to make sure your feedback is specific and positive. What did you like about their story? What did they do well? You may also want to consider asking your student a question and/or sharing a little about yourself. Additionally, please check your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling before posting. You want to make sure you're representing yourself and our school in a positive and professional manner.

Lastly, if you would like the dialogue to continue, make sure to leave the link to your Kidblog, so if they choose they can contact you in the future. Sign off with your first name and where you're from (Lakeview Middle School, Watsonville, California, U.S.A.). Have fun making connections today!

Sacred Reading Time  If time permits I offer you the rest of class time to simply read and commune with your books. Some of you will invited to read outside (weather permitting), others in a cozy corner of the room, while most of you will hopefully become enraptured by the words on your pages right at your desks. Enjoy this time!  

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your 3rd Quarter Reading Log. Don't forget to try one of the 100 New Year's Reading Resolutions for 2015 and make note of it on your log. I will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, February 9.