Tuesday, December 1, 2015

District Performance Task

As part of this Performance Task you will be examining the pros and cons of classroom pets.

Performance Task Overview  To help prepare you for the annual SBAC standardized online test, over the next several class periods, our school district is requiring you to complete a set of Performance Tasks that will give you practice in and exposure to the types of content and questions that you are likely to see towards the end of the school year. This particularly Performance Task is focused on the topic of 'Pets in the Classroom,' and will ask you to participate in a classroom activity, examine and take notes from various sources about the topic, answer a set of constructed-response questions, and finally write an informational essay about the topic. More information about the task can be found below.

Classroom Activity  To begin, I'm going to invite each of you to share your own knowledge of pets and their appropriateness in a classroom setting. We will use the document Classroom Activity - Pets in the Classroom (Period 2, Period 3, Period 5) to record our responses. This activity should help prepare you for the tasks that follow. 

Performance Task: Part 1  Now you will examine a set of multiple sources that show both sides of the argument about the topic of pets in the classroom. You will examine each source carefully, take notes, and then answer constructed-response questions which ask to summarize and evaluate the presented sources. Before you login to Illuminate and began to examine the sources, let's first preview the two constructed-response questions and how you will be assessed. 

Constructed Response #1 and the rubric that will be used to assess your response can be found below. Are their vocabulary words or specific directions that need clarification? 

Constructed Response #2 and the rubric that will be used to assess your response can be found below. Are their vocabulary words or specific directions that need clarification? 

Now it's time to begin. Each of you will be provided you with binder paper to take notes on the various sources you are tasked with examining. Remember to review each source carefully and then write your constructed responses. If you do not finish Performance Task: Part 1 today you will be provided with additional time tomorrow. 

Directions on how to login to the Illuminate Student Portal and get started with your Performance Task 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 2015-16_Gr 6_ELA Performance Task_Part 1_Pets in the Classroom 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 Performance Task to be scored. 

Homework  (1.) Continue working on You Write It: Turning an Interview Into an Article assessment and the story 100 Word Challenge: '... my head really ached ...' , both of which are due on Friday, December 4. (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.)

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