Thursday, March 12, 2015

Assessments and Identifying the Theme


 Today's Learning Objectives  Determine a central idea of a text. Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says. Determine a theme of a text.    


The Tequila Worm Accelerated Reader Quiz  You've read the book; now it's time to take the quiz. Show me that you understood the novel The Tequila Worm by logging in to Accelerated Reader and taking the Accelerated Reader quiz. The quiz will count both towards your A.R. goal and as an assessment as part of your Language Arts grade. Good luck! 

Identifying the Central Idea and Text Evidence Pre-Test  Recently you took the Language Arts District Benchmark Test, which attempted to measure your understanding of some of the key learning standards we are focused on mastering this year. In analyzing the data, my fellow 6th grade teachers and I determined that two areas that proved particularly challenging for you were: (1.) Determine a central idea of a text and (2.) Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says. To address this challenges, we have developed a pre-test to attempt assess your current understanding of these standards, which will then be followed by targeted lessons, and ultimately a post-test to measure if there has been a growth in understanding. 

Today we will read the news article below about video games below. You will then take the Central Idea/Evidence Pre-Test


Theme and The Tequila Worm  As we have studies this year, theme is the meaning or moral of a story. It is a message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader. Most themes are unstated. You must figure them out by paying attention to what happens in a story. You can gather clues to the theme of a piece of literature by looking at the characters, the plot, the setting, and the story title


What is the theme of The Tequila Worm? What is the life lesson, moral, or message about life that author Viola Canelas wants us to take away from the novel? Share your ideas on your class's Padlet wall (Period 2, Period 3, Period 5). Then review the responses of others, synthesize them with your own, and write down one possible theme for the novel on your Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm')

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 3rd Quarter Reading Log(2.) Continue working on your  'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week 4). and Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm'), both of which will be due on Friday, March 13