Thursday, February 18, 2016

Analyzing the Plot of 'Tequila Worm' and Peer Writing Review

Identifying Key Events in Tequila Worm's Rising Action  What are the key events that have taken place as part of Tequila Worm's rising action since the last time we analyzed its plot using the document Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm')? With your teammates review the chapters we've read this week and think about which events were most significant in moving the story forward. Next, go to your class's Padlet (Period 2 / Period 3 / Period 5) wall and share with your classmates some of these key events. Finally, we will consolidate our list add key plot points to our Story Plot Chart ('Tequila Worm').

International Peer Writing Review  One of the most beautiful things about the 100 Word Challenge is its ability to bring people from all over the world together to engage in a common task. No matter what country you live in, on any given week, kids dotted all around the globe are simultaneously brainstorming ideas for the same prompt, participating in a similar process, and attempting to improve on the same basic writing skills. The boundaries that typically divide us disappear, as we are all, essentially, in this together. 

In that spirit, I would like to spend some time today reading the work of some of your writing peers from around the world. Let's find out how they addressed this week's prompt and what each student is doing well and could potentially improve on. My hope is that this process of 'Peer Writing Review' will inform your own writing and provide you with clear models of what good writing looks like, as well as examples of some of the writing stumbling blocks we want to try to avoid. 

Let's use the same writing rubric we use to with our own writing to analyze the writing of our international peers. 

As you read the two writing samples below, keep an eye out for whether your international peers are meeting each of the criteria for Proficient writing. What are your international peers strengths as a writer? What are some areas they meed to potentially work on? Record your findings using the document Peer Writing Review, which can be found in your Language Arts Google Classroom.

Narrative Writing: 100 Word Challenge Stories  Now that you have had an opportunity to analyze the writing of your international peers, in which, using our writing rubric, you considered their strengths and areas of needed growth, let's turn our attention back to our own writing. You have the remainder of the class period to work on your 100 Word Challenge: '... the door opened and there it was ...' stories. Remember that this week's story will both be published and graded as part of your assessment grade. Show me your best writing this week!

Homework  (1.) 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 one entry by the end of the day Friday.) (2.) Complete your 100 Word Challenge: '... the door opened and there it was ...', which we will publish on Friday, February 19 and which will count towards your assessment grade.  (3.) Complete the document 'The Tequila Worm' Reading Guide (Week2), which will be due Friday, February 19.

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