Friday, January 22, 2016

100 Word Challenge Publishing and Identifying Central Ideas and Text Evidence

 Today's Learning Objectives   * Determine central ideas of a text. * Read closely to determine what they text says and cite specific textual evidence. * Analyze how two or more texts address similar topics.

100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches and Publishing Happy Friday! It's just about time to publish this week's 100 Word Challenge. Please look over your 100 Word Challenge: Five Words story carefully. Did you skillfully integrate the words the five words (red, hard, mountain, floated, and umbrella) 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.

Next, it's publishing time! Copy your story from your Google Doc and then login to Kidblog. Make a new post. This week you once again get to title your story whatever you find fitting. Paste your story. Highlight the five words. Consider adding a picture. Finally, click 'Publish' and copy the link to your published story.

Now it's time to share your story with the 100 Word Challenge. In order to login, I will provide you a working Username and Password.

Next, fill out the form similar to the one below, making sure to include the link to your Kidblog story. Click 'Submit' when you're done. Congratulations! You are now an internationally published writer!

Nonfiction Paired Texts: Focus on Identifying Central Ideas and Text Evidence  Now that we've read the article "Playing with Pain" and the essay "Travel Team Heartbreak" (which you should be able to access here), we will focus on identifying central ideas and providing text evidence in each. Remember that a central idea of a text is one of the main points the author is making. (Sometimes a central idea is called a main idea.) A central idea can always be supported with details from the text. When you write about something you have read, you need to use supporting evidence‚ or text evidence, to back up whatever point you are making. Most of your evidence will be details from the text you are writing about.

You can find the assignments Central Ideas and Details (Paired Texts) and Text Evidence (Paired Texts) in your Language Arts Google Classroom. These assignments will be due next Friday, January 29.

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