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Week 7: September 15-19

Another 5 Day Week… is a great thing.

I hope that I can say that powerschool has opened seamlessly for you and the numbers are making perfect sense. There just a few items that I would like to clarify for you on our assessment categories; I will include a short presentation in my next blog post about our new way of assessing, but for now, let me point out some important items:

Formative Assessments: We assess for learning but also to help learning. Some assessments will show up on powerschool that do not count toward a final grade. These are called formative assessments, and they are usually a great way for students to know where they stand and how they can improve.
Summative Assessments: These are the pieces presented in the quarterly syllabus and they do count toward a final grade. For this quarter, we have 2 quizzes and a memoir that will help decide each student’s final grade.
Learning Habits: The LHs will show up in powerschool every month, usually in the first week. We assess, and have students self- assess, these. Like formative assessments, the LHs are not part of the final grade, but will be shown in each semester’s report card. The learning habits examine each student’s organization, engagement, and collaboration.

More detail is revealed in the presentation to follow. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me, I’m happy to talk about assessments with you!

Quiz on the Meta-cognitive Reading Strategies:
It is being handed back today and Friday. I am asking all students to show Mom and Dad, and ask them to sign it for me. I don’t usually ask for signatures, but I just want to make sure that you see the first piece of assessment for this year. Some students who have not performed as well as they would have liked will have a chance to show their learning, and improve their numbers, next week in tutorials.

Next Quiz:
We will have our literary terms quiz Thursday/Friday of week 7 (Sept 18-19)

I hope you had a chance to read my explanation of the performance task for this quarter. Your son or daughter is looking for stories that matter, so you may want to talk to them about memories and have them share some of their small moments… and thinking.

Performance Task: Memoir

I have attached the quarter ending writing task for all of grade 8. All students are expected to create a high quality memoir from the practice wring we have done with small moments this month.

The details of the assignment are on the descriptor sheet while the assessment guide is the rubric which I will publish as soon as I figure out how to inset charts into a wordpress posting!

Your son or daughter will, hopefully, start talking about this task next week when we introduce it to the grade.

Memoir Writing- Telling Your Story

You are an aspiring writer who has been given the opportunity to showcase one of your new autobiographical pieces in the prestigious magazine Bearcat Review.

You have been asked to write an original memoir that is 1-3 typed pages, or approximately 300-750 words in length, that recounts the details of an important event in your life that is thought-provoking for readers. You are expected to write a dedication with your memoir to the person who inspired you to create your original piece. The magazine has very high standards and has asked that your personal narrative include the following:

identify who you are writing your memoir for; who has inspired you to write, and why
Clear Point of View:
first person; in your words; about you
Believable Character Development:
thoughts come alive with interior monologue; interactions with other characters come alive through powerful dialogue
Thought-Provoking Theme:
big idea connects important events and scenes with substantial detail that results in your personal growth or change
Vivid Setting:
well defined vivid settings related to your senses; show, don’t tell; uses language that richly describes
Original Voice:
interesting vocabulary and imagery; vivid verbs that reveal your personality through events and actions
Powerful Opening:
provide a hook for the reader; draw them into the memoir so they vicariously share your feelings as revealed in your writing
Structured Organization:
logical order to your events; sequence is purposeful and reinforces your story, theme, and/or message

Due Dates:
You will need a printed final copy for Wednesday, October 8, 11:45-12:45,when the READING CARNIVAL will be held in the Little Theater.
For assessment, you will hand in your final copy on Thursday/Friday October 9-10 in class
Assessment: See rubric

Week 5 in English

Key questions for this week:

What do you want to tell your reader?
What is the author’s intent for each short story we read?

Weekly Overview:
We will continue to read our short stories this week; in fact, we will focus on The Dinner Party. Early, we will review the 7 metacognitive reading strategies; students need to be able to define them, give examples from their short story reading, and use them as they start new readings.
We have 2 quizzes scheduled in the next few weeks: On Monday/Tuesday, September 8-9, we will have a quiz on the definitions and applications of the metacognitive reading strategies. On September 18-19, we will have our second quiz on our shared and expanded literary terms.
It is vital to remember that our Story Tracker Sheets are the best way to review for these 2 quizzes along with the Literary Terms Review Sheet.

Writer’s Workshop:
All students need to be reminded that it is your responsibility to do a little writing in your WW notebook every night. Expand out your small moments. This week we will choose 1 of these moments and start to expand it with the structures of writing (description, action, dialogue and introspection)

Performance Task Quarter 1: Memoir
The assignment description and rubric will be published later this week on the blog and in the students’ googledrives.