Students started the day by getting a packet and watching Flocab Week in Rap. This assignment will allow them to catch up on news over the last week and reflect on the meaning of the words chosen.
Packet is due Monday.
Students worked on steps 1-4 of their iSearch Project brainstorming.
Students need to have a pros and cons list for each of the nine topics they have brainstormed to research. They are not to start researching yet.
Today students started by writing a short reflection essay on how they did on their recent MAP reading assessment. They got their scores back so they could see how they did in relation to the goals for the school.
Next, students finished their current round of NWEA Language Usage Assessments.
Once this was complete, students read this set of directions and followed steps 1 through 3 in creating their iSearch project. Students were then to read the sample essay.
The first step in preparing to write you paper, of course, is to find a topic. Only you can decide what sort of topic you find engaging, exciting, and worth looking into. Your topic can be related to a potential career path, a problem the world is facing which interests you, a political or controversial issue whose history and arguments you wish to investigate and present, or simply something in which you have always had an interest, but have never taken the time to learn about.
STEP1: To begin, freewrite for about ten minutes about what is tumbling around in your mind after reading the above paragraph. Include any thoughts which were stirred after reading about potential subject areas.
STEP 2: Next, re-read your freewrite and generate a list of possible topics which emerged during your freewrite. If your list contains eight ideas or less, freewrite again. See if the list you just made helps you to come up with even more ideas. (If you have nine or more possible topics, skip ahead to STEP 4.)
STEP 3: Add new ideas generated in the second freewrite to your original list; if you still have fewer than nine ideas, continue the process until your list contains at least nine or ten ideas.
Students worked on the first sections of their common assessments on argumentative writing. We will continue this in the next class together.
Students turned in their argument essay in "final draft" quality. We then read through the essay's in small groups. We edited the "final draft" to show where mistakes and improvements could be made. Tomorrow final "final drafts" will be typed on the computer in MLA format and turned in on Thursday.