Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Last Chance for A.R. Points and Grade Improvement  Congratulations, my dear students, on nearly making it to the end of another quarter! Your winter vacation awaits. But before you break out the egg nog and begin your celebration, there is the important matter of your final grade. If there is anything you can do in these final moments to improve your grades, I would recommend doing so. Do you need to take one last A.R. quiz to improve your point total? Do you need to notify a teacher through School Loop of an assignment you modified or completed? Take care of your business, and then the fun begins.

Teacher Choice Activity  Depending on my mood, your behavior, and the time of the day, I would like to offer you a fun activity of my choosing. It could be a movie, a class game, social time with your classmates, or perhaps a performance extravaganza in the MPR. Let's wait and see what the day has in store. Congratulations again for all your hard work this quarter! You deserve some fun!  

Homework During Winter Break  I can hear the groans already. Just know that I have your best interests at heart. Three weeks is a long time away from the classroom, and I wouldn't what your precious brains turning to mush. (1.) Whether you are applying for the scholarship or not, work on the Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) Scholarship Essay, which should be close to completed when we return from break on Monday, January 12(2.) I checked the calendar and counted 23 days that you are out of the classroom. I would like you to read at least 10 of those days for at least 30 minutes per session. Please record your reading on your Digital Reading Log which will I check for a grade upon your return. Imagine reading and finishing books over the break, returning to take A.R. quizzes on the first day back, and having A.R. points for 3rd quarter already in the bank. Read!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Odds & Ends


Assessment: 'Punctuating Quotations and Possessive Nouns' Quiz  Congratulations on almost reaching the finish line of Quarter 2. Now you just need to finish strong! This week we learned about how to punctuate quotations and how to use apostrophes when working with possessive nouns. Now it's time to show what you've learned by taking the quiz here. If you finish early, you may silent read or take A.R quizzes until the rest of your classmates are also finished.

Cabrillo Advancement Scholarship Essay  Last week, Erika from the Cabrillo Advancement Scholarship Program (CAP) came to visit our class to discuss an amazing opportunity for one of you earn a scholarship to attend Cabrillo College after high school. In addition to filling out a short application, you are also required to write a short essay. I understand that not all of you will be applying for the scholarship. Nevertheless, I am requiring ALL of you to write the essay. I think it's a great opportunity for each of you to start thinking about your futures and it will give you something academic to do over the course of your three week Winter Break. Let's discuss and examine the directions and prompt of the essay below.


You will have some time in class today to begin work on your essay. You should continue working on it over Winter Break and have it close to complete when we return to school on Monday, January 12. You can find the document Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) Scholarship Essay in your Language Arts folders.     

Showcase Poet: Erika  Our Showcase Poem today comes from Erika from Period 3 who wrote a beautiful poem about the people, places and simple things that make her who she is.



Homework  (1.) READ! READ! READ! Tomorrow is your last day to have points from A.R. quizzes applied to this quarter's reading goal. (2.) Complete The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania assignment, which is due tomorrow, Friday, December 19(3.) Begin work on 
Cabrillo Advancement Program (CAP) Scholarship Essay, which should be close to completed when we return from break on Monday, January 12

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Varying Sentence Length and Punctuation Practice


 Today's Learning Objective  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation when writing.


Appropriate Behavior with the Substitute  I'm sorry I couldn't be with you today. I'm at home taking care of my sick boy. I fully expect you to be on your very best behavior with your substitute today. Please stay in your seats, stay focused on the work outlined here on the Blog, and, most importantly, treat your substitute with decency and respect. Remember, I can monitor your computer use from home and expect to see that you focused on your assignments and not goofing around. Books from my class library and the MacBook computers are unavailable to be checked out today. If you don't have a working Chromebook today, partner up with someone at your table and work with them. I expect to receive a positive report form the substitute upon my return. Students that choose to not to be their best selves today may jeopardize their involvement in fun activities in class and on campus on Thursday and Friday. Have a great day! 

Varying Sentence Length  Another problem that was featured in the article "Minecraft Mania" as part of the Lazy Editor activity was related to varying sentence length. Remember all of those short, choppy and repetitive sentences in certain sections of the article? Why is it important to vary the length of sentences and what different types of sentences are there? Find out by watching the videos below. If you have headphones, use them; if not, listen softly. After viewing the videos, return to the original assignment The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania' in your Language Arts folders, and complete the 'Vary Your Sentence Length' section. 






Punctuation Practice: Working with Quotations and Possessive Nouns  Tomorrow I'm planning on giving you a short quiz on some of the skills we have practiced this week. Do you know how to properly punctuation a quotation? Can you appropriately use apostrophes when working with different form of possessive nouns? If you need more practice in punctuating quotations, visit here. If you need more practice working with possessive nouns and apostrophes, go here

Showcase Poet: Jenny  Today's Showcase Poet is Jenny from Period 5. Please read her beautiful poem about family and where she's from.


Homework (1.) You are not required to keep a reading log this week, which frees you up to JUST READ! You have until Friday to reach your A.R. goal for the quarter. (2.) Complete The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania assignment, which is due on Friday, December 19(3.) Study for your grammar, punctuation, and usage quiz, which we will be having tomorrow, December 18

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Punctuating Quotations and Polishing Your Possessives

Do you know how and when to use commas and apostrophes? 


 Today's Learning Objective  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation when writing.


The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania'  Today we will continue learning from the grammar, usage, and punctuation mistakes featured in the article we read yesterday "Minecraft Mania." Our focus today will be on punctuating quotations and using apostrophes with possessive nouns. You can still find the assignment The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania' in your Language Arts folders. Tomorrow we will work on varying the length and structure of our sentences.  

Punctuating Quotations  Yesterday we started to learn about how to punctuate quotations. Now watch the video tutorials below and then make any needed changes to your 'Lazy Editor' assignment.     




Polishing Your Possessives with Apostrophes  Yesterday we learned that possessive form of a noun shows ownership. We also learned that adding an apostrophe to a singular, plural, or collective noun can help form possessives. Watch the video below and then work on the 'Polishing Your Possessives' section of the The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania' assignment. 



Showcase Poet: Levi  Today's Showcase Poet is another student from Period 2 -- Levi. Please check out Levi's heartfelt and very American poem


Homework (1.) You are not required to keep a reading log this week, which frees you up to JUST READ! You have until Friday to reach your A.R. goal for the quarter. (2.) Continue working on the The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania assignment, which is due on Friday, December 19.   

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania'


 Today's Learning Objective  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation when writing.


The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania'  I know many of you are maniacs for Minecraft. If so, you will certainly enjoy reading the today's article "Minecraft Mania," the "fascinating story behind the world's favorite video game." There's one big problem with the article, however -- it's riddled with grammatical, usage, and punctuation problems. It's your job today to help fix them. We will read the article first, and then zero in on fixing issues related to punctuating quotationsvarying sentence length, and possessive nouns. You can find the assignment The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania' in your Language Arts folders. You can also find mini-lessons related to each of the article's problem areas below.

Showcase Poet: Melissa  I started reading your "I Am From" poems over the weekend and have been so impressed so far with the quality and poignancy of your writing. It's clear that each of you wrote a piece that means something to you and it shows. With the permission of the poets, I would like to a highlight one student's poem here on the Blog each day this week. Today I have selected Melissa's "I Am From" poem from Period 2. 

Homework (1.) You are not required to keep a reading log this week, which frees you up to JUST READ! You have until Friday to reach your A.R. goal for the quarter. (2.) Continue working on the The Lazy Editor: 'Minecraft Mania assignment, which is due on Friday, December 19.   

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Publishing Friday!


100 Word Challenge: Finishing Touches and Publishing  It's just about time to publish your final 100 Word Challenge story of 2014. Please look over your 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15) story carefully. Did you skillfully integrate the five words from this week's prompt? Did you use descriptive words and sensory details? Did you carefully review your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar? Please make sure your final piece of published writing of this calendar year 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; just make sure you put 100 WC: before your chosen title. Paste your story. Make sure you highlight, color, or bold the five words from this week's prompt, so your readers can locate them easily. Finally, click "Publish".  

Next, copy the web address of your posted story and then head over to 100 Word Challenge. Scroll down and paste the web address into the box that says 'Blog Link'. Enter your first name, 6th Grade, Lakeview Middle School, and for location: Watsonville, California, U.S.A. Finally, click 'Submit'. Congratulations! You have published your final 100 Word Challenge story of 2014!

"I Am From" Poem: Finishing Touches and Publishing  Now it's time to make sure your "I Am From" Poem is ready to be published. Please read your poem aloud to yourself. How does it sound? Did you carefully select descriptive words that connect with your reader and allow them to visualize your world? Does it flow? Before publishing, make sure you remove the suggestions in parenthesis from the original scaffold. Also, make sure to add your byline at the beginning or end of your poem (e.g., By Matt). 

Next, let's publish your poem! Copy the text of your poem from the Google Doc and then head over to Kidblog. Make a new post and title it "I Am From" Poem. Paste the text of your poem. Make sure that it looks they you want it to. Finally, click "Publish". Congratulations! You have published two pieces of writing in one day! My hope is to have you read your poems aloud to the class next week, so you may want to begin practicing. 

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your Digital Reading LogI will be grading this week's Reading Log, the final one of 2014, on Monday, December 15. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Star Testing and Creative Writing


Star Reading Test  Today you will take the Star Reading Test in order to reassess your reading level. My hope is that each of you will show growth today compared to the assessment from the beginning of the year. Considering how dedicated many of you have been to your reading, I'm excited to see how well you do. You may take the test here. Remember, after logging in to click on "Star Reading." Read carefully. Good luck! 

Creative Writing Time  Today we finally have time to dedicate to our writing! We have two pieces we have been working on recently: the "I Am From" Poem and the 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15). Let's dedicate time to working both. Please remember to read over your writing carefully in order to make sure it's as good as it can be. If you would like to meet with me today, I will be available at the author's table. We will be publishing both pieces of writing on Kidblog tomorrow! 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Complete your "I Am From" Poem and 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15) story. We will publish both tomorrow, Friday, December 12.  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Connecting with Ireland



The Irish Connection: Building Background  As many of you know, the fact that I am a 'McGinty' and of Irish ancestry is a point of particular pride for me. I love the Irish in me and I love that I have a connection to this remarkable country and its remarkable people. I can still remember the magical day, during my European backpacking trip, when I visited the small town of Donegal in northern Ireland and stumbled across 'McGinty's Sweater Shop' and came face to face with a distant relative. I was greeted like family and welcomed with open arms. The Irish are awesome!

Connections and chance meetings with the Irish continue. Through our participation in the 100 Word Challenge we have had the opportunity to be exposed to people all around the word. Recently, my mother, Irene McGinty, who helps leave comments for the 100 Word Challenge, left a few comments for students in a small town in Ireland. Their teacher, 

Múinteoir Niamh, and my mom began a correspondence. It was suggested that our two schools forge a digital connection. You may have noticed a few comments left on some of your story's over the past week. Those may be just the beginning.

Gaelscoil Chill Dara is a "Catholic, all-Irish, Co-Educational Primary School" that is located directly outside Newbridge, in County Kildare, Ireland. What is remarkable about this school is that its students are bilingual and instruction is delivered in both the native Irish language and in English. Think of 
Gaelscoil Chill Dara as like the Alianza Charter School (where students are taught in both English and Spanish) of Ireland.  




The 27 boys and girls in Múinteoir Niamh's class are in Year 6, and "have a huge interest in everything! especially sport, languages, literacy, friends and technology." Would you be interested in reaching out and developing a connection with them? 

Students in Niamh's Class



Getting Started: Reaching Out  One of the easiest ways to establish a connection is by reading each other's writing and commenting on each other's work. Some of the students from Múinteoir Niamh's class have already done this for some of you. Let's return the favor. I have provided a list of some of the names of students (which are also hyperlinked to their most recent 100 Word Challenge story). Click a name and it will take you to their story: MarieEmilyJosephineRayElizabethAngelaPatricia NiamhRóisínAnneSaraBrigidPatricia RóisínThomasGráinneAnthonyTomasLoganEllenPaulCathal
PatrickMaryMarie, and Katie.

When leaving a comment, remember to make sure your feedback is specific and positive. What did you like about their story? What did they do well? You may also want to consider asking your student a question and/or sharing a little about yourself. Additionally, please check your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling before posting. You want to make sure you're representing yourself and our school in a positive and professional manner. Let's remind ourselves about writing quality comments by watching the video below. 



Lastly, if you would like the dialogue to continue, make sure to leave the link to your Kidblog, so if they choose they can contact you in the future. Sign off with your first name and where you're from (Lakeview Middle School, Watsonville, California, U.S.A.). Have fun making connections today!

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15) story, which we will publish on Friday, December 12. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Peer Assessing and Creative Writing










The Informational Essay: Peer Assessment  Our time writing the informational essay as part of the District Writing Performance Task has come to an end and now it is time to assess our work. While I will certainly be carefully reviewing your essay myself, I also wanted to give you an opportunity to get feedback and an assessment score from your peers (your classmates). 

Students, you will be sharing your informational essays via Google Docs with an assigned peer reviewer today. First, the peer reviewer will read your essay and then using the "Comments" tool offer both a positive compliment regarding the strength of your writing and some suggestions on areas you may be able to improve. Your peer reviewer may even use the "Suggesting" tool to propose some specific changes to your writing. Review the three steps below on how to be a successful peer editor. 


Next, peer reviewers will be using a rubric to score the essay's "Statement of Purpose and Focus and Organization." Let's review the rubric below so we clearly understand what criteria you must meet to receive a given score. (A copy of the rubric can also be found here.) Using the "Comments" tool you will leave a score of either 4 points, 3 points, 2 points, 1 point, or 0 points. 

Students, you can find out who your peer reviewer is here. First, locate your name listed before the arrow. The name after the arrow is the peer who will reviewing your essay. Next, click 'Share,' type the student's name in the 'People' box, make sure it states 'Can Edit,' and then click 'Done.' 

Peer reviewers, you can now find the essay you will be reviewing in the 'Shared with Me' section of your Google Drive. Peer reviewers, you are not to change the text of the essay you are reviewing in any way and are only to use the 'Comments' and 'Suggesting' functions of the Google Doc. Thank you for taking your responsibility as a peer reviewer seriously! 

100 Word Challenge: Writing Time  If time permits, you may work on this week's 100 Word Challenge. Remember, this the task this week is to weave the five words (opened, celebration, strange, red, and nervous) into a narrative. If you're considering writing a winter and/or holiday story, you find descriptive word lists here and here

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15) story, which we will publish on Friday, December 12. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Writing Performance Task: Wrapping It Up

There are two weeks left in the quarter. Do you have the strength to finish strong?

Accelerated Reader: Silent Reading, Logging, and Test Taking  Welcome to a new week! If you finished books over the weekend and need to take quizzes, please do so now. Others may need to transfer their logged reading from their paper log to their Digital Reading Log. Otherwise, please use this time for silent reading. 

Writing an Informational Essay: Finishing Touches  Today is the last class day to work on the informational essay component of the Writing Performance Task. Please use this time to bring your essay to a conclusion, put all the various pieces together, and to review the finished product. Tomorrow you and your classmates will participate in a peer review and assessment activity, in which you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on each other's essays.

100 Word Challenge: 5 Words  This is the final 100 Word Challenge of the year 2014. Let's make an especially strong effort this week! (FYI, I will be assessing this week's writing piece using our 100 Word Challenge Writing Rubric.) This week's prompt is another collection of five words. Learn more below. 









Since it is the holiday season, the collection of words could be used to craft a holiday story. If that's the direction you're interested in going, consider using some of the words and phrases used to describe winter and wintertime here and Christmas here.  

You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15)We will publish our stories on Friday, December 12.  

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15) story, which we will publish on Friday, December 12. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Luckiest Teacher in the World

Team Lakeview at the 'Educator of the Year' Banquet 


Mr. and Mrs. McGinty
Thank You, Students!  As many of you know, I received a special honor as a teacher last night. Thank you to all of you who have encouraged and supported me leading up to this special event. I'm especially grateful to the team of girls in 6th period yesterday who borrowed their mothers' make-up kits and diligently tried to disguise my black eye (I ended up removing the make-up, but I hope you don't think I looked too bad). In my speech I made sure to thank you, my students, because you are the reason I do what I do. You inspire me, motivate me, challenge me, and make coming to school each day a joy. I appreciate each of your for who you are as individuals and the contributions you make to our classroom community. I feel like the luckiest teacher in the world! Thanks again for all you do! 

Writing an Informational Essay: The Conclusion Paragraph  I know many of you are at different places with regards to the informational essay component of the District Writing Assessment. My hope, however, is that most of will have an essay completed by early next week. We do need to move things along, so today I'm going to introduce a few strategies for tackling the conclusion paragraph. 

The conclusion paragraph is the place where you bring your essay to a close. It's an opportunity to restate your thesis in a new way, summarize your main points, and leave your reader with something to think about (perhaps with a question, a quotation, or a 'call to action').

To learn more about writing an effective conclusion paragraph, check out the link here

Now, it's time to continue working on the Writing Performance Task: Part Two (The Informational Essay). Please let me know how I can best support you. 

The 100 Word Challenge: Publishing Time  Before we publish our 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) stories, take one last moment to carefully review your writing. At the very least, make sure your spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar are as good as they 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; just make sure you put 100 WC: before your chosen title. Paste your story. Finally, click "Publish".  

Next, copy the web address of your posted story and then head over to 100 Word Challenge. Scroll down and paste the web address into the box that says 'Blog Link'. Enter your first name, 6th Grade, Lakeview Middle School, and for location: Watsonville, California, U.S.A. Finally, click 'Submit'. Congratulations! You have published yet another story. I can't wait to hear about the feedback you receive.  

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make an entry on your Digital Reading LogI will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, December 8. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Writing Performance Task: The Informational Essay (Day 3)



Writing an Informational Essay: The Body Paragraphs  Today we continue working on our informational essays as part of the District Writing Performance Task. Our focus now is on developing strong body paragraphs. If you think of an essay like a hamburger, the introductory and conclusion paragraphs are the buns that hold the whole thing together, while the body paragraphs make up the actual content of the burger. The body paragraphs are the meat of the essay.  
  

You have already provided your reader with a preview of the content of your body paragraphs in the thesis statement of your introductory paragraph. 

The first component of a body paragraph is the topic sentence which tells your reader what your paragraph will be about. If you're writing a multi-paragraph essay, you may also want to include a transition word or phrase at the beginning of each body paragraph's topic sentence (e.g, To Begin, Secondly, Finally). 


Next, the supporting sentences of the body paragraph come after the topic sentence and essentially support and develop the main idea of the paragraph. The supporting sentences should include examples, evidence, and elaboration on the topic of the paragraph. 

Now that you hopefully have a better idea about the structure of an essay's body paragraphs, it's time to start developing your own. Please open the document Writing Performance Task: Part Two (The Informational Essay) and get to work. 

(1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Complete your 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) story, which we will also publish tomorrow, Friday, December 5.   

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Writing Performance Task: The Informational Essay (Day 2)


Writing an Informational Essay: The Introductory Paragraph  Yesterday you had an opportunity to review the prompt for the essay about the Grand Canyon, reread the three source articles, and begin planning your essay. Today your focus shifts to beginning to craft the introductory paragraph. Considering this is an assessment, I obviously cannot tell you what to write but I can remind you of the components that make a strong essay, and in this case an effective introductory paragraph. The introduction paragraph establishes a connection with your reader and serves as a roadmap, so they know where you will be heading in your essay. To review what should be included in an introductory paragraph, watch the video and examine the image below. 
   
After you establish your opening sentence or hook (which can include an interesting question, a startling fact or statistic, or a personal anecdote), you should transition to your thesis statement. To review what a thesis statement (or sentence) is check out the information below.
Now you are ready to begin writing your own introductory paragraph. You can do so using the document Writing Performance Task: Part Two (The Informational Essay) we started using yesterday.

Spelling Bee  Lakeview will be holding its annual Spelling Bee next Thursday. Do you want to compete? Try to spell the words correctly today and let me know if you would like to be considered for next Thursday's competition.

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) story, which we will also publish on Friday, December 5.   

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Writing Performance Task: The Informational Essay

Why is the Grand Canyon important? That will be the subject of your informational essay. 
Part Two of the Writing Performance Task: Overview  Today we continue our work on the District Writing Assessment, which comes in the form of a two-part Writing Performance Task. Our task today is to begin working on part two, which is a 3-5 paragraph informational essay about the Grand Canyon. First, let's review together the District provided directions for the assignment and explanation of the scoring categories below.



Planning Your Essay  Before you begin writing your essay, it's important to review the three source articles and your notes and begin planning. I would recommend rereading the articles with a set of fresh eyes, as your purpose now is to identify examples and details that help you demonstrate why the Grand Canyon is an important and special place. As you read, see if you can categorize the information and details into three "big ideas" about the Grand Canyon. This will help when its comes time to organize your essay. You will use the document Writing Performance Task: Part Two (The Informational Essay), which can be found in your Language Arts folders, to take notes, plan, and ultimately write your essay. Tomorrow we will begin work on writing of the introduction and body paragraph(s) of our informative essays. 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) story, which we will publish on Friday, December 5.   

Monday, December 1, 2014

Welcome Back!


Accelerated Reader: Silent Reading, Logging, and Test Taking  Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! Let's ease into the new week with various A.R. activities. If you finished books over the break and need to take quizzes, please do so now. Others may need to transfer their logged reading from their paper log to their Digital Reading Log. Otherwise, please use this time for silent reading.  

100 Word Challenge: Photograph  For this week's 100 Word Challenge, your task is to write 100 words inspired by the photograph below. It was taken by Pam O’Brien on Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. What story does this image inspire you to tell? I can't wait to see your creativity and developing writing skills in action. You can find the document 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) in your Language Arts folders. Looking for a list of sailing and nautical terms to make your story sound more authentic? Try some of these. We will publish our stories on Friday, December 5.


































Map of Inis Oirr and the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland

Part One of the Writing Performance Task: The Completion  Today is the last day to work on part one of the Writing Performance Task. Please review each of your three constructed responses from the document Writing Performance Task: Part One and make sure they are good as they can be. Tomorrow we begin "Part Two: The Essay." 

Homework  (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: Photograph (Week #14) story, which we will publish on Friday, December 5.