Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The District Benchmark Assessment

Grammar Warm-Up Video: Pronouns by School House Rock  Since understanding the use of personal pronouns has been a 'priority' learning focus as part of our grammar studies this past quarter, and will probably show up on today's District Benchmark Assessment, I figured you might benefit from a brief reminder of how they work via the video below from School House Rock.

The District Benchmark Assessment  Today you will be taking the online District Benchmark Assessment in an attempt to measure some of what you have learned so far this school year. This is a very important test and I expect you to try your best. Directions on how to log in the Illuminate Student Portal and get started with your test can be found below. 

Step 1: Go to www.pvusd.net. Click on Students, then scroll down to Illuminate Home Portal.   
Step 2: Students must select the Student tab on the Illuminate Home Connection screen.

Step 3: Login protocol.
                     Username: student ID#
                     Password: student birthdate:
                                 Ex.: January 7, 2000 is entered Ja072000
                                 (the first letter only is capped). 

Step 4: Students select Assessments from under the list located under "What Would You Like to See." 

Step 5: Students click on the link for 2015-2016_PVUSD_ELA_Gr 6_Benchmark #1 under "Pending Online Assessment" to select your exam. 

Step 6: Students click Begin Test to start the exam. 

Step 7: 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. 

Note: If you don't finish the test today, you will have an opportunity to complete it tomorrow.  If you finish early, you may silent read or work on either your 100 Word Challenge: 'She just wouldn't stop crying' story or the 'Any Small Goodness' Theme Analysis Paragraph.

Homework  (1.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 'She just wouldn't stop crying', which we will publish on Friday, October 30. (2.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the day Friday.)