We have finished our novels! There is a final OPTIONAL quiz due this Friday. This final quiz is optional and will replace the lowest quiz score. You can check grades on parent portal. I am grading their final quiz, turned in today, tonight. All quizzes should be posted by tomorrow morning. I am also conferencing with students on their current quiz scores to give them a better idea of where they stand. I have encouraged students to talk to parents on whether or not to complete the final quiz.
We are nearing the end of our ancient civilization research project. This Thursday/Friday students have their rough drafts due. This is a typed version of their notes.
It started with step one: the note catcher where students wrote down information pertaining to their topic. Then went to step 2: organizing the information. Students selected main ideas from their notes and color coded them with highlighter in order to more easily see how to organize the information. From there we went to step 3: filling out the organizer. Here students transferred information to organized paragraphs and created topic sentences. Next is step 4: typing up the paragraphs from the organizer. This step 4 is what is due Thursday for 304 Friday for 301. Attached are some examples of what these steps looked like. Most students are on step 3 or 4.
We are well into our novel units. In this first unit, we are really focusing on text evidence and making deeper connections. We are reading 3 chapters a week, and the novel will be completed before Christmas.
Every Friday the students have a take home, open book reading test over the chapters for that week. They have time to start the test in class, but can and should take it home over the weekend to double check their answers. Students have already taken the first quiz and have had it returned with feedback. Unlike most quizzes/tests, we are not doing test corrections for these since it is open book and students have extended time to thoughtfully respond to the questions. Since we are not doing corrections, students will have the option at the end of the novel unit to drop their lowest test score.
All of this has been discussed in class so that the students are updated as well. Already, many of them are showing deeper levels of thinking in their questions and responses.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.