Monday, May 18, 2015

Nearing the End

The end is near. Let's finish the year strong!



Sacred Reading and Accelerated Reader Time Let's ease into the new week with some quality reading time. Take out your chosen book, get comfortable, and enjoy! If you need to take an AR test, now would also be a great time to earn points towards your reading goal! 

100 Word Challenge: Final Assessment Submission  It is time to submit one of your 100 Word Challenge stories to me for the final time from the past quarter to be assessed using our 100 Word Challenge Rubric and included as part of your Language Arts assessment grade. You may choose between the following pieces: 100 Word Challenge: My Ultimate Adventure (Week 27)100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 28)100 Word Challenge: X Marks the Spot (Week 29)100 Word Challenge: Five Words (Week 30), or 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 32)

The story you select should represent your very best writing and most closely meet the criteria explained in 100 Word Challenge Rubric below. 

























Once you decide on the story you want to submit, go to Kidblog and copy the address of your selected story. Next, visit the Google form here and submit it to me. I can't wait to read your stories! 

Digital Portfolio Work Session The school year is winding down, and so it our time with access to computers. Use the rest of today to continue to design and build your digital portfolio. Your main focus should be on continuing to add content (digital assignments) and reflecting on your work. 

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 4th Quarter Reading Log, which you can access in your Language Arts folder. (2.) Continue to work on your Digital Portfolio. 




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Creating a Digital Portfolio (Reflecting and Writing)



Writing Time: 100 Word Challenge Take some time today to work on this week's 100 Word Challenge and get it ready for publishing tomorrow. Don't forget to use the rubric as a guide. 


Creating a Digital Portfolio (Reflecting and Writing) You have already built the foundation of your website, begun to personalize it, and add content. Now it's time to begin the reflection process. The purpose of of a portfolio is to both showcase your assignments and reflect on them. Today you will begin writing about your selected digital assignments.

Make sure to introduce, explain, and reflect on each assignment. Consider these questions: What did the assignment ask you to do? What does the assignment show that you know and know how to do? How did you feel about the final product? Would you do anything differently next time? Explain. I've included a model of how you may want to write about your assignments below. 

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 4th Quarter Reading Log, which you can access in your Language Arts folder. (2.) Continue to work on your Digital Portfolio. (3.) Complete your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 32) story, which we will be publishing tomorrow, Friday, May 15

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Creating a Digital Portfolio (Adding Photos, Videos, and Google Docs)


Creating a Digital Portfolio (Adding Photos, Videos, and Google Docs) Yesterday you created and named your website and began to personalize the look and theme of your Digital Portfolio. Today you are going to begin adding the content (text, images, video, and your digital assignments), which in many ways is the heart and soul of your Digital Portfolio. The videos below are great tutorials on how to add content to your Google Site. Watch them at your leisure and try adding some content to your Digital Portfolio today.  

How to Insert Text and Images in Google Sites

How to Embed Google Docs in Google Sites

How to Add Video

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 4th Quarter Reading Log, which you can access in your Language Arts folder. (2.) Practice adding some content to your Digital Portfolio. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Creating a Digital Portfolio


What is a Digital Portfolio? Digital Portfolios (also known as e-portfolios) are digital representations of a student's work. Portfolios are a powerful way of showcasing your individual skills and talents, as well as illustrating your growth in learning and achievement. Your Digital Portfolio will also allow you to show off who you are as a unique student and individual. For your Digital Portfolio, you will build a website using Google Sites. Your Digital Portfolio Google Site will include a collection of your most important digital assignments of the school year and your personal assessments of these pieces of work. We will be working on creating our Digital Portfolios over the course of the next several weeks. This project will make up a sizable portion of your final Language Arts and Social Studies assessment grade. In order to get a better a sense of what student Digital Portfolios look like, check out the video and links to samples below.



Creating a Digital Portfolio We have created a Digital Portfolio template for you here, which you will use to get started. It includes the basic structure, components, and guidelines for building your Digital Portfolio. 


However, you will have the opportunity to personalize your Portfolio and make it uniquely your own. To begin, you get to select your website's name and theme. First, click on the blue "Use Template" button. Next, you will be invited to name your website (I recommend Your Name's Digital Portfolio). Finally, select the 'Select the Theme' link located near the bottom of the screen. You may begin to personalize the look of your website here. Make sure to save your changes. 


Additionally, the videos below show you how to change the site's layout and how to insert text and images. Check them out to learn how you can continue to make the look and feel of your Digital Portfolio website a true reflection of who you are.   




We will continue to personalize our Digital Portfolio websites in class tomorrow and begin to learn how to incorporate our digital assignments. In the meantime, more information on creating Digital Portfolios can be found here.  

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 4th Quarter Reading Log, which you can access in your Language Arts folder. (2.) Begin to personalize your Digital Portfolio website.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

We Are All Readers and Writers!


 Today's Learning Objective  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


Sacred Reading and Accelerated Reader Time Let's ease into the new week with some quality reading time. Take out your chosen book, get comfortable, and enjoy! If you need to take an AR test, now would also be a great time to earn points towards your reading goal! 

The 100 Word Challenge This week's 100 Word Challenge is a picture challenge. Check it out the prompt and image below.


Let your creative juices flow and write a story inspired by the photograph above. You can access the document 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 32) at Google Classroom (a class code will be provided allowing you to enroll).  

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the 4th Quarter Reading Log, which you can access in your Language Arts folder. (2.) Keep writing your 100 Word Challenge: Picture Challenge (Week 32), which we will publish on Friday, May 15

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Taking Care of Business


 Today's Learning Objective  Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 


Star Reading Test  Today you will take the Star Reading Test for the final time this school year. This is your last chance to prove to yourself how much you have grown as a reader. 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 and try your best. Good luck! 

Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Writing an Argumentative Essay Today you will continue writing your argumentative essay as part of the District mandated Writing Performance Assessment. Remember to make sure you clearly state a claim supporting pets in the classroom or not allowing pets in the classroom, and then support that claim with evidence from the texts you've read and watched. 

You can access an argument essay checklist here, as well as a list of transition words here. You will write in the space provided on the document Pets in the Classroom. We will continue to work on this essay today and tomorrow if need be. Good luck!

100 Word Challenge (Optional Assignment) If you have finished the WPT (included the constructed response paragraphs and the argumentative essay), consider participating in this week's 100 Word Challenge. The prompt is below. 



If interested, create a document within Google Drive, write your story, post to Kidblog, and submit to the 100 Word Challenge before the end of school tomorrow. Have fun!   

Homework Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 4th Quarter Reading Log, which has been placed in your Language Arts folder. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Debating Pets in the Classroom


























 Today's Learning Objective  Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence. 


Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Watching and Notetaking from Video So far you have read two different informational texts taking two different sides in the debate over whether animals should be kept as pets in school classrooms. Now you will watch a video (feature below) about the issue. Your task is to take notes from the video using the document Pets in the Classroom. Write down important ideas and information that you might want to use in your argumentative essay. Remember to include accurate quotes and text details.


Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Writing an Argumentative Essay Imagine that your task is to convince your school principal either to allow pets in the classroom, or not allow pets in the classroom, based on the video and articles that you used for research. Write an argumentative essay stating and explaining your position on the issue. 

Make sure you clearly state a claim supporting pets in the classroom or not allowing pets in the classroom, and then support that claim with evidence from the texts you've read and watched. 


You can also may access another argument essay checklist here, as well as a list of transition words here. You will write in the space provided on the document Pets in the Classroom. We will work on this essay during the remainder of the week. Good luck! 

Homework Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 4th Quarter Reading Log, which has been placed in your Language Arts folder. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Monday!


 Today's Learning Objectives  Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in text. Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular detailsIdentify textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says.  


Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Reading Informational Texts and Writing Constructed Responses Today we begin District's Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment in earnest. You will review the first informational text and finish writing your first constructed response paragraph. You will also begin work on the second.You can still find the document Pets in the Classroom, which includes and assessment materials and spaces to record your responses, in your Language Arts folders. 

Homework Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry using the new 4th Quarter Reading Log, which has been placed in your Language Arts folder. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Aloha Friday!


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 (Week 30) story carefully. Did you skillfully integrate the words the five words (drum, cornflake, exciting, lion, and danced) 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; just make sure you put 100 WC: before your chosen title. Paste your story. Highlight the five words. 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! 


If you post early enough and time permits, feel free to leave positive comments for your fellow writers from around the world. 

Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment: Reading Informational Text Today we are going to ease into tackling the District's Argumentative Writing Performance Assessment by reading one of the informational text selections that you will be using to inform your response. You can find the document Pets in the Classroom, which includes and assessment materials and spaces to record your responses, in your Language Arts folders. We will continue navigating our way through the various tasks next week. 

Homework  Make sure you read for 30 minutes at least once over the weekend and make another entry on your 4th Quarter Reading LogI will be grading this week's Reading Log on Monday, May 4.