Howe's Happenings Week 17 2015-2016

German, ELA 9, and Reading Acceleration at LOHS

What did we do last week?

Last week, ELA 9 students chose an independent novel to read, read and discussed several personal belief statements, brainstormed and debated beliefs, and began drafting a personal essay on one of their own beliefs. This week, we will continue reading, writing, and revising. Personal Essays are due on January 20.

Last week, Reading Acceleration students continued reading their independent novels, continued reading news articles, participated in a Socratic seminar, and began QRI testing. QRI testing continues this week.

Last week, German 1 students continued learning about traditional German foods, German meal/eating habits and customs, and eating out in Germany. This week, we have a German food day coming up on Wednesday and our Food Unit test on Friday. We will also begin preparing for our final exams.

See below for important end-of-term and exam information!

Exam Information

It's hard to believe that Semester 1 is almost over.

Here is some information regarding final exams:

The German 1B exam is very similar in structure to the German 1A exam. It consists of a speaking exam (introducing yourself to another person), a written exam (pen pal letter), and a listening, reading and culture test (52 multiple choice questions). Students received an exam description and review packet in class last week. Extra copies are available on Moodle. To provide students with plenty of time to work on the written exam portion, the speaking exams will take place on January 20, and the listening exam will take place on January 22. The reading, writing, and culture exam takes place during our regular exam period.

Reading Acceleration students do not have an exam. They will complete an exit QRI, self-assessments and course evaluations in January. The final project is an independent text assignment using one of their current/a current high school textbook.

The 20% Exam Grade in ELA 9 consists of the Science Fiction Assessment (10%) and a personal belief statement (10%). Students have already taken their Science Fiction Assessment. The personal belief statement is due January 20. During the ELA 9B exam period, students will take a reading comprehension test. The reading comprehension test counts as 5% of the course grade.

While I'm not offering exact dates for exam study sessions, we will spend class time preparing for our exams, and I am present before school and after school each day.

Please encourage your children to check their grades, resubmit any assignments they would like, retake any tests they would like, and/or see me if there is anything else I can do to help them finish the term well.

2016-2017 Scheduling is Coming Up!

Student scheduling materials will be handed out towards the end of the month. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about ELA requirements or electives, reading support, or World Language requirements. Read on for some helpful information about the Michigan Merit Curriculum and World Language.

According to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, students must complete two credits of the same World Language. Lake Orion students receive high school credit for language courses taken at Oakview, Scripps, and Waldon. Students have the opportunity to begin or continue French, Spanish and/or German here at LOHS.

In September 2014, a modification to the World Language requirement was passed. Students may now fulfill the requirement in one of three ways:

* Option 1: Two credits (or the equivalent) of high school World Language (same


* Option 2: One credit (or the equivalent) of high school World Language and 1 CTE

Program or Curriculum (Example: Computer Applications, Computer Programming

1, AND Computer Programming 2)

* Option 3: One credit (or the equivalent) of high school World Language and 1

additional credit (Michigan Merit already requires 1 credit) of Visual, Performing or

Applied Arts.

As students plan their course schedules, we strongly encourage students to take their language courses consecutively. We also encourage students to contact the colleges and universities they hope to attend to see if they require World Language for college admission. In Michigan, Grand Valley State, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan require two years of the same World Language for admission. Many colleges and programs also require World Language for college graduation. Some Lake Orion students have earned college credit on placement exams because of their high school classes.