Friday, March 27, 2015

Aloha Friday!

 Today's Learning Objectives  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. 

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: My Ultimate Adventure (Week 27) story carefully. Did you skillfully integrate the words "the silence was deafening" 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! 

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

Star Reading Test  Today you will take the Star Reading Test again in order to reassess your reading level. My hope is that each of you will show growth today compared to the assessments taken earlier in the year. Considering how dedicated many of you have been to your reading, I'm excited to see how well you do. You may take the test here. Remember, after logging in to click on "Star Reading." Read carefully and try your best. Good luck! 

New 4th Quarter Reading Goals  After receiving your new Star reading level data, I plan on calling each of you up to my desk to make a new Accelerated Reading goal for your last quarter as 6th graders. You will record your goal and reading data on your 4th Quarter Reading Log. Remember as an added incentive this quarter I will be awarding a pizza and movie party to the Language Arts class that can earn the most combined Accelerated Reader points. Let's finish the year strong and prove to ourselves and each other what capable, dedicated, and enthusiastic readers we are! 

Sacred Reading Time  While I meet with students individually to make reading goals, I offer you the rest of class time to simply read and commune with your books. Some of you will be 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 once over the weekend and make another entry on your 4th Quarter Reading Log. I will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, March 30.

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