Thursday, 10/11: Narrative Common Assessment – Tell Your Story

Bulletin! No KBAR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED! Three lines in your chart is all that is required tomorrow.

Instead: Go to Literacy Night at The LAMS Library tonight!

Tomorrow’s Test: Apostrophes, Vocab/SAWs, Husker Du, TMA. The link won’t work until Thursday afternoon.

Narrative Assessment Prompt:

STUDENT DIRECTIONS:

You will have one class period to write this narrative.  Write in a way that shows all that you know about narrative writing. When you begin, think about how you want to organize your writing.

In your writing, make sure you include:

  • Effective opening and closing
  • Well-developed characters
  • Consistent point-of-view
  • Elaboration to help readers picture your story
  • Sensory details and narrative style choices
  • Effective narrative techniques (dialogue, plot devices, etc….)
  • Variety of transition words
  • Capitals, end marks, and other appropriate conventions

TIME: This will be a on-demand, timed writing. You will have one class period to complete this assessment.

Your essay will be scored using the following criteria:

  • Purpose and Organization: Is the main idea clearly communicated? Is the essay clearly focused? How well did your ideas thoughtfully flow from beginning to end using effective transitions? How effective was your introduction and your conclusion?
  • Elaboration/Evidence: How well did you integrate relevant and specific information from the sources? How well did you elaborate your ideas? How well did you clearly state ideas using precise language that is appropriate for your audience and purpose?
  • Conventions: How well did you follow the rules of grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling?

Save a few minutes at the end to proofread!

BE SURE TO SHARE YOUR GOOGLE DOC WITH ME (mcoward@slcusd.org), and if you have time, please print it using the Print Link over on the right side of the web page.

 

Thursday, 3/29: Common Assessment Day Three

District Assessment Day Three of Three.

Please click the following link for the directions:  ELA Research Common Assessment.

When you are finished:

  1. Proofread, share, and print your argumentative essay. (due at END OF PERIOD!)
  2. Finish, proofread, share, and print your Giver Book v Movie essay. (due TOMORROW!)
  3. Take the middle school quiz at the ETC Portal. Highest scores are entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire tablet.
  4. Do your definitions for the next vocab list.

  5. If you have completed all of the above, AND YOU HAVE AT LEAST 35 MINUTES LEFT IN THE PERIOD, you may take care of tomorrow’s SRI test:
    https://h100000583.education.scholastic.com/slms/studentaccess

    • Click the Blue Reading Inventory button on the lower left side: 

 

Bikes?

Wednesday, 3/28: District Assessment Day 2

District Assessment Day Two of Three.

Please click the following link for the directions:  ELA Research Common Assessment.

If, by some divine miracle, you finish early (hrrrrmmm):

  1. Proofread, share, and print your argumentative essay.
  2. Finish, proofread, share, and print your Giver Book v Movie essay.
  3. Take the middle school quiz at the ETC Portal. Highest scores are entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire tablet.
  4. Get started on the next vocab list.
  5. Quietly amuse yourself.

Tuesday, 3/27: District Writing Assessment, Day One of Three

Please be prepared to take notes, either using a GDoc or old school paper.

Please remember you will have three class periods to read and take notes on the sources and write the essay. You will write the essay in a GDoc AND print it when you are finished.

 

Suggested Timeline:

  1. Day One: Read the sources carefully, decide on a thesis, take notes to support your thesis.
  2. Day Two: Review your notes and make sure you have enough evidence to write the essay. Maybe make a basic outline:
    • Intro w/ thesis
    • argument + evidence
    • argument + evidence
    • conterargument + shutdown with evidence
    • Conclusion
  3. Day Two: Write your rough draft.
  4. Day Three: Finish rough draft, proofread, proofread, share and print.

 

 

Remember that the reason/argument is different from the example/evidence:

Reason/argument: Too much homework takes time away from my family.
Evidence/example: That time I missed my brother’s birthday party because I was doing all that homework Mr. Coward assigns.

 

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. Give credit to sources:

  • “according to (author)…”
  • “…(author) argues that…”  (says, makes the claim, etc.)
  • “quote” (Source)

 

Please click the following link for the directions:  ELA Research Common Assessment.

Thursday, 3/30: ELA Common Assessment, Day Three of Three

ELA Research Common Assessment, Day Three.

If you are finished, make sure your name is on it, and then print it and put it in the basket.

Your Chromie should remember the printer from last time, but if you don’t see a printer with D5 in the name, use the link below to add the classroom printer.

Print Link.

If you finish and print early:

  1. Work on your Giver Project which is due tomorrow.
  2. Work on your Giver Book v Movie blog post which is due Tuesday.
  3. Do the ETC Portal Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.
  4. Start on next week’s vocab.