September 25- 29

September 25- September 29

 

Monday September 25: We will complete Lesson 22 in the Hatchet Unit. 

Tuesday September 26: We will complete Lesson 23 in the Hatchet Unit. 

Wednesday September 27: I will be absent today; out of town in Lafayette with our National Beta Leadership Officers for a competition. Students will complete Section 8 Quiz in the Hatchet Unit. Once students are done, they will begin work on their next narrative essay, "In a small coastal town, there's a legendary lighthouse that's rumored to grant a single wish to anyone who can reach its top on their 12th birthday. You must craft a story about a character on the eve of their 12th birthday, setting out on a quest to reach the lighthouse in the middle of a thunderstorm. The wish can be as imaginative as your creativity allows. Explore the journey, obstacles, and the ultimate realization of your character's wish, be it magical, heartfelt, or unexpected." Your narrative must include 1. A main character 2. A thunderstorm 3. At least 2 challenges or obstacles standing in your character's way of getting to the lighthouse 4. Dialogue/your character thinking to themselves (Use Brian's thoughts as your example) 5. At least 2 pages in length

Thursday September 28: I will be absent today; out of town in Lafayette with our National Beta Leadership Officers for a competition. Students will complete Chapter 11- Epilogue Hatchet Test. When they are done, they will continue to work on their narrative essay from yesterday.

Friday September 29: Today we will begin the process of writing our first major essay. In middle school we refer to these essays as Culminating Writing Tasks or CWTs. This is a major grade and usually counts as two or three grades. This essay will be two grades. The first grade is the rough draft grade. The rough draft grade is based upon the student's ability to follow the proper formatting requirements of the essay (ex. Does it include the correct number of paragraphs, does it follow RACES/CER). As I grade rough drafts, I edit students' writing. The second grade is the final draft grade. All final drafts must be typed and the grade is based upon the student's ability to accurately answer the writing prompt, fix issues that I marked while editing, spelling/grammar, and any other requirements set forth for the final draft (ex. including three transitional phrases). Again, today is the first day in the culminating writing task series. We will work a total of 6 days over the next 3 weeks on this essay. The rough draft grade will be due Wednesday October 4th (the day we leave for Fall Break) and the final will be due October 10th. Students MUST turn in their rough draft before leaving for break, so I have adequate time to read and edit all student essays by hand. Today is Lesson 24 in the Hatchet Unit.