Friday, February 27, 2015

Aloha Friday!

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches  Aloha Friday! It's just about time to publish this week's 100 Word Challenge. Please look over your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 23) story carefully. 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. And don't forget my mom's little piece of advice:

100 Word Challenge: Publishing Time  Now it's publishing time! Copy your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 23) story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. Give your story an appropriate title; just make sure you put 100 WC: before it. Paste your story. Finally, click "Publish."

Next, copy the web address of your posted story and then head over to 100 Word ChallengeScroll 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 are an internationally published author! 

If you post early enough and time permits, feel free to leave positive comments and/or constructive feedback for your fellow writers from around the world. 

100 Word Challenge: Assessment Submission  It is time again to submit one of your 100 Word Challenge stories to me from the past month to be assessed using our 100 Word Challenge Rubric and included as part of your Language Arts assessment grade. You may choose between the following pieces: 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week 20)100 Word Challenge: ... the silence was deafening... (Week 21)100 Word Challenge: ... but it said 'sweet' on the wrapper... (Week 22), or 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 23)

The story you select should represent your very best writing and most closely meet the criteria explained in 100 Word Challenge Rubric below. 

Once you decide on the story you want to submit, go to Kidblog and copy the address of your selected story. Next, visit the Google form here and submit it to me. I can't wait to read your stories! 

Finish District Benchmark Test  If you still need finish the District Benchmark test, please do so now. Go to Click on Students, then scroll down to Illuminate Home Portal. Login as you did yesterday, locate the exam Gr 6 ELA CCSS Benchmark #2 under "Pending Online Assessments." Next, resume your test. Remember, you may 'Pause' the test at anytime by clicking the 'pause' button if you need to stop the test and then resume it later. When you are ready to finish the test once and for all, click Review/Finish and review your responses one final time before submitting your exam to be scored.   

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, 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 twice over the long weekend and make a couple more entries 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, March 2.

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