Room 231

September 17th-21st, 2012

Updates and News!

Our first Embedded Assessment was given on Thursday and Friday of last week. I am still in the process of reading through the essays before I return them with feedback and give the students a chance to revise before I assign them a grade. They will have 3 days from the date that I give them back to revise, rewrite, and get them back to me for a grade.

Reading Response Journals are slowly but surely becoming an issue, unfortunately. I wanted to use this as a way to keep up with the progress my students were making as readers and to talk with them about what they were reading. However, a VAST majority of students are simply not bothering to turn them in OR they are throwing them together during my class in between in class assignments. So, due to that, they badly need to be restructured, because I don't want this to just be a chore for the students; I want it to be something meaningful and productive. This is in process and I will let you know as soon as I figure out what would be best. There will still be Reading Response Journal 3 due this Friday and any changes implemented will be effective for Reading Response Journal 4.

This week, your students will be taking the EXPLORE test on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure they get plenty of rest and have a good breakfast! Here is a link to parents' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the EXPLORE test:

What We're Reading This Week...

In A Perfect World...

Now that Embedded Assessment 1 is in its first phases, it is time to move on to the second half of Unit 1. This second half of the Unit is an intensive novel study of the book The Giver by Lois Lowry. The students will be responsible for reading a large portion of this book on their own and I will make certain to let you know where they are supposed to be in the book each week so that you can help them stay on track.

We will also be reading an excerpt from Thomas More's Utopia and we will be continuing our read aloud of Kentucky author Silas House's Same Sun Here.