Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Assignment Turn-In  Happy Halloween! Let's begin the day by making sure that, if you haven't already you turn in the assignment 'Any Small Goodness' Theme Analysis Paragraph, which is due today. 

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches  Before we publish this week's 100 Word Challenge, take another moment to carefully review your writing. Did you skillfully integrate the words "She just wouldn't stop crying" 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.

100 Word Challenge: Publishing Time  The moment has arrived: It's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. Give your story a fitting title and paste your story in the space provided. Finally, click "Publish".  

If you choose, you may also publish your story at the 100 Word Challenge/Night Zookeeper website.  Login, click on the '100' icon, and then click on the yellow "write" button where it asks if you accept this week's challenge. Title and paste your story. When you are satisfied with the quality of your story, click 'save.' Let me know that you are ready to publish and I will open it up for others to read. 

Congratulations! You have published yet another story. I can't wait to hear about the feedback you receive. 

Commenting on Blog Posts  If time permits, I'm going to encourage you to comment on at least one blog post by another student. Remember your comments should be respectful, specific, and helpful. 

You may comment on stories within Kidblog or the 100 Word Challenge/Night Zookeeper website. Make sure you represent yourself, our class, our school, and our country in a respectful and professional manner. Have fun! 

Sacred Reading Time  For too many of us independent reading time has become a chore that we either dismiss or do reluctantly. I want you to start considering your reading time sacred and special, and something to look forward to. Today I offer you uninterrupted 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! 

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