Friday, October 23, 2015

Publishing, Commenting, and Reading

Video of the Day  Kid President believes the things we say can help make the world more awesome. Here he shares a special list of 20 things we should say more often. What would you add to it?

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches  Before we publish this week's 100 Word Challenge, take another moment to carefully review your writing. At the very least, make sure your spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are as good as they can be. My mom, Irene McGinty, who was also used to be a classroom teacher, also has this piece of advice:
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!  

Author's Chair  I would like to invite those of you who are interested to read your stories to the class today. You may want to practice a few read-throughs before you read aloud from the front of the room. Please pay attention to intonation (by making sure your tone changes to match what is being read), phrasing (by reading smoothly and using punctuation to tell you when to stop, pause or emphasize), and expression (by using your voice to express the feeling of what is being read).  

It takes a lot of courage to get in front of a group of people. During a reading, the audience should remain attentive and respectful, and afterwards should try to offer positive and constructive feedback. (Some "response stems" for feedback can be found below.) 

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