Thursday, December 22, 2016

Classwork and Homework

WOW... I cannot believe it is vacation... I do hope you all have an awesome and relaxing vacation. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year...

Today in class you went onto Google Classroom and completed six questions about the argument unit. Then I handed out a half sheet of paper that is at the bottom of the six questions for you to fill out and pass in to me.

Next, I talked about the classroom Spelling Bee that will take place Friday, 1/6. Two winners from each classroom will meet up the following Friday 1/13 to have a Spelling Bee to determine our house winner and runner-up. From there, that student will compete with the rest of the school Spelling Bee winners to represent us in the next step.

I then talk about vacation reading. You MUST read at least 4 times and record your title, minutes, and pages in your assignment notebook. I will be checking for this after vacation.

Lastly, I did a drawing in class. You submitted tickets and I drew two names from each class to pick anything from the prize boxes they wanted. I also drew one name to receive brand new headphones.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record as stated above for at least four nights.

2. Enjoy your vacation and come back refreshed....

See you next year,
Mrs. Downs
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hey there,
Our big day is over... You presented your argument to many young people and adults. You did a FANTASTIC job! I was such a proud teacher!

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your reading, title, pages, and minutes.

2. RELAX!!!!

See you tomorrow,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon,
Today in class  I handed out the symposium rubric, had you put your name, date, ELA # and table number on it then pass it back into me. Copy this link to look at it:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1vhTzSgmmHNdfCYAMPnZiEsJcyoZu0SGwLueUDIJHOrI/edit?usp=sharing

I also assigned tables to each group in the learning commons, and talked about the symposium protocol which is taped to the table.

Then the rest of the period you worked with your coalition groups to practice your speech.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read, record your title, pages and mins.

2. PRACTICE your speech

3. Dress up casually to present tomorrow. You should look knowledgeable.

Get excited about the symposium and have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, December 19, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hello,
Today in class you worked in your coalition groups to go over the intro., conclusion, and each assigned part. You practiced with your group reading out loud each part and putting your speech together. I reminded each group to look in their writing notebook at the requirements for intro., conclusion, transitions and counterarguments.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages, and minutes.

2. Practice your part of the speech.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you came in and worked with a writing partner to help them edit their argument essay. Copy the link and put it into a browser to see the sheet we used:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1GtYKh4K_axAQmKwxh_54numeTD-zLQz3KSQjDnPovbk/edit?usp=sharing
Then after you edited each other's essays, you completed HOWLs 1 only. We will do #2 tomorrow in class.
Finally, you went back and read the comments from your partner and revised your essay.

Here is a copy of the Argument Checklist:No copy... I cannot get it to work... Sorry..




HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes read.


2. Revise your essay and read it out loud to an adult to hear your errors. The essay is due tomorrow at the end your class period.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Today in class you had another day to work in your coalition groups to complete your claims, reasons and evidence papers. Many of you talked about how to finish it before tomorrow. I worked with many groups to be sure you had claim and a counter-claim. Groups were working diligently.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, pages and minutes.

2. Work on your argument essay. It NEEDS to be submitted before 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, December 9, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Wow- it is weekend...
Today was a very busy day in class. We started working in our coalition groups to form our claims, reasons and evidence for our symposium the week before Christmas break. You worked on at least coming to a consensus with your claim and reasons. We will continue this work next week.

At the end of class you passed in a Discussion Self Assessment. You assessed a HOWLS and Learning Target.

Over the weekend you were to told to continue editing your argument essay.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages, and minutes read.

2. Finish editing your five paragraph argument essay. Please remember to use the color coding chart that was on one of my previous blog pages.  YOUR ESSAY IS DUE AT THE START OF CLASS ON Tuesday, 12/13.

Have a fantastic weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hello,
Today in class you circled two goals or techniques on our argument writing sheets pages 26 & 27 in our notebooks. They could not be the ones that are required on the essay. Such as a claim, counterclaim, evidence etc. Then you copied these goals to the back of the checklist, page 24.

Next, you began work on your essay adding more author's craft and editing.
Use the color coding chart from yesterday's homework blog.

Lastly, I handed out a new reading log to track the books you have completed reading for trimester two. Also, asked students who wanted to study for the classroom spelling bee mostly likely after break.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record title, pages and minutes reading.

2. Work on editing your argument essay. Be sure to add or have at least two author's crafts.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class I went over two papers. One was Argument Writers Aim Toward Goals Such As.... and the other one was Argument Writers Use Techniques Such As.... These paper I was unable to put on her digitally. So, please see me for a copy.
I showed you a TED talk where we saw these goals and techniques in action. We talked about which ones we saw.
Then you went back to your desk and looked for these goals and techniques in your own writing.
This is the coding chart I want you to use for your text when you find the following:
-Claim= Red
-Counterclaim=Blue
-Techniques or goals=Purple
-Anything you edit today or add today=Green
-Then you are to underline your three reasons that support your claim
You are to use these codes EVERY time you see the technique or goal in your paper.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your minutes, pages, and title.

2. Work on editing author's craft by using the coding chart above.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, December 5, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon,
Today in class we went over that you should all have a counter-claim in your argument papers. We talked about how it should NOT be just in the introduction, but weaved throughout your paper. It should be clear to identify.

I handed out a small sheet of paper with SOME, NOT ALL, examples of phrase you could use to acknowledge your counter-claim. Remember these are only some, you may use other phrases. Copy this link into your browser to view the paper I handed out:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1scFauGiFCwrT2pjgULAs6_yFQDtSpCvcwcv5Q3xW7bI/edit?usp=sharing

Then you went back to your coalition groups and on the back of your argument checklist you wrote down some audiences that you all believed should hear your argument. You wrote down specific groups or people. Such as: Mrs. Santiago, Mayor Strimling, etc.

Lastly, you created on the back of your argument checklist a goal for incorporating your counter-claim into your paper your paper not only in the introduction, but throughout your paper.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your title, minutes and page numbers.

2. Work on putting your counter-claim in your argument paper. BE SURE TO HIGHLIGHT IT IN BLUE each time you mention the counter-claim throughout your paper. 
Remember you must UNSUBMIT to work on the paper. Then be sure to submit it when done tonight.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, December 2, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hello students,
-Today in class I passed out and went over your reading goal evaluation.  You were to look at your trimester goal and assess as how you did or did not meet them. If you did not finish this in class, you must finish it over the weekend. Copy this link to view evaluation sheet:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1iCVnvxJrxBXu0_EVjfvTFN-HCm6OrEAh7C-F6aVQuJo/edit?usp=sharing

-Next, we went over the argument checklist while looking at our argument essay. If you do not have a copy of this checklist, you could get it from me on Monday.
I also handed out a paper that had several transitions on it. Copy this link to view the paper:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1lRsdD3Rmpj_BBbRy1kbGPhGWsof5hHEa1_HaXjnAoFg/edit?usp=sharing

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record pages, minutes and title.

2. Goal sheet for trimester one is due Monday.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there my favorite Allagash students,

Today in class I handed out a paper that reviewed what to include in a body paragraph. Copy this link to view what is needed in paragraphs:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1ZD39v4P1069CV_ua9MEO23ffFK0Z2c4lUBfouER2WZk/edit?usp=sharing

Next I handed out a paper with tips to writing an argument conclusion. Copy this link to view the tips:
Copy this link to view the Tips for Conclusions:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1GY57tnYMjEMnCUSixvpLdXC-f9qununQLx7XuZXh5AA/edit?usp=sharing

Then I projected a list of words and phrases that you could use when writing your argument paper. I will hand this out to you tomorrow.
Copy this link to view the list of words and phrases for transitions:
https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1lRsdD3Rmpj_BBbRy1kbGPhGWsof5hHEa1_HaXjnAoFg/edit?usp=sharing

Lastly, you went back to your desks and started working on completing your flash draft.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your minutes, title and pages.

2. FINISH your flash draft and turn it in on Google Classroom.

Have a wonderful evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hello,
Today in class I went over the "Tips for Writing an Effective Lead for an Argument" and "Ways to Introduce and Argument".  Then you went back to your desks and continued working on writing your flash draft.  You were to look at your introduction, fix it, and continue writing.  Then you were to resubmit it on Google Classroom.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your pages and minutes

2. Flash draft needs to be completed by class time on Friday.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon/evening,
What a cold damp day!

  • Today in class we talked about Tips for Writing Leads, copy and paste in this link in your browser : 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rw7W6un1OdrDBvkKa-9nFyvtLjM3p7CLI2JFWuE_U_s/edit?usp=sharing

  • Then we looked at an example of a lead to find the three tips, fair, strategic, and clear.  Copy and past this link into your browser: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AgEE4EgwwslTzSr6mjPulK28kUMTn-z3NIudwbp841U/edit?usp=sharing

Then you went into google docs and began writing your draft for your argument essay. Lastly, you dropped it into my ELA Google Classroom writing folder. If you do not have the code for your class, I can give it to you tomorrow. You do not need to finish it, only work for about 20-25 minutes on the writing.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your pages, minutes, and title.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, November 28, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi students,
I started off class today looking at your nightly reading record for last week. Many of you had recorded your pages, minutes and title. Then in class you reacquainted yourselves with your claim and notes for your argument paper. You then then turned and talked to a partner about which side of the argument you are on. Next, you talked about the next steps. Did you need more reasons, research, a better claim?
Back to your desk you went and then you began filling in the boxes and bullets paper. Here is the link to get the paper: Copy it into your browser to view it.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eG4OV5af-g0plB7vtLGWs8iPDxML9PucU3_yRRGz0ew/edit?usp=sharing


HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your pages, title and minutes.

2. Continue work on gathering research/information for your argument paper.

3. Finish your boxes and bullets paper.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Monday, November 21, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon all my wonderful Allagash students,
Today in class we went over what makes a claim strong and clear. We watched this youtube video and discussed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-tOeh8n8yQ   Copy this into your browser and watch it. Then we went over some claims to determine if they were powerful or not. Next, we look at some weak claim and the rewritten stronger ones, I have this copy here at school. In your coalition groups you rewrote a weak claim about school uniforms to make it strong, clear and arguable. Then we shared them and for the best one each person in the group received five tickets. Most of you made it hard to judge as you did a great job.
Lastly, you worked on your own claims with your coalition groups for a short period of time.
I hope to have you do more with them tomorrow.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record # of pages. You must read at least FOUR nights between now and next Monday. 

2. Continue to take notes that will support your claim and your three reasons.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs


Friday, November 18, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we started out looking at claim statements. We assessed them as to whether they were strong claims or weak claims. Copy the link in your browser to view:
 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cXW1y0GcV57hXAX1cpE9c1ijW31Yn7R5TElUGyJ6_3s/edit?usp=sharing
Then we shared facts with a partner from your notes. The partner was to ask clarifying questions or fortifying questions to you, then you reversed roles. These questions are in your notebook.
Lastly you wrote your claim for your argument and shared it with your coalition groups. I collected these to see where each of you are at.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages and record them.

2. Continue note-taking on your topic.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we started out getting the sources and article titles from our coalition group members and wrote them on our article tracker. Then you looked at your articles and found 3-5 very important facts in your notes. You numbered them 1-5, with 1 being most important. Next you each shared one fact with each other until the time was up.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read page numbers that your set for a goal and record it.

2. Continue to take notes on your topic tonight. Be sure to go to my previous blog page and copy the website to get to the argument topic resource page.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class I introduced your coalition groups. I instructed you on how to set up your notebook for article tracking and note taking. I mentioned that everyone in each group needs to read different articles. No two should read the same article. The more articles read, the more information your coalition group will have. The blog post for today's classwork gives most of the articles you should be reading under the category you were put into.. A few asked about other articles, but they need to be approved by me first.  The remainder of the class was spent reading the article and note taking. Remember to be questioning the article and write them on stickie notes. You are the consumer and you want to be sure that what they told you in the article is facts.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record # of pages.

2. Finish note taking on two articles before class tomorrow so you can share your info. in your coalition groups.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Classwork

Hi class,
Here is the link for Argument Topics Resources:  Please copy and paste it into your browser.

https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/document/d/1nvScFCYbLh6vtZqbog9xOqDO8Z6n0dT6_GseJf0hfE4/edit?usp=sharing

You are to sit with your coalition group and determine which two articles you will read and take notes on. You can use the pro/con sheet or any other note taking strategy that works for you.
Then on your article tracker in your writing notebook write the names of the articles that your members are going to be reading.

Then begin reading your articles and start your note taking. If you do not finish them in class, you MUST come prepared on Wednesday with notes from both of the articles you chose to read.

Persevere with this assignment.
Mrs. Downs

Monday, November 14, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Hope you enjoyed your long weekend.
Today in class you choose your top two choices from the list on the board of argument topics. We talked about how these presentations and papers will be due before Christmas/Holiday break. You will be put into coalition groups tomorrow and will begin your research.
Then you free read for the remainder of the period.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages and record them.

2. Remember it is important to be doing your Reading Plus at home throughout the week.

3. Book orders were due today and no one turned them in today. So, there will not be a November book order and there was not an October one either.  So maybe in December. These books make great gifts.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Thank goodness for a long weekend. I think we all need it. Today in class I had some of you upload your audio author's speech to my google classroom. Then I had you take a survey for argument topics. See my post today before this one for the link. Then you free read for a bit. You also filled in a sheet about where are you with your reading goals for this trimester???
Hope you all have a good, long, restful weekend.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record

2. Remember to order your Scholastic Books... Great Holiday/Christmas presents.

Have fun this weekend,
Mrs. Downs

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today is over!!! Yea.... many of you presented your Author's Speech to your peers. What a wonderful job you did. I am very anxious to listen to your audios of your speeches. That is what we did for the entire class. I loved how you listened respectfully to each other and gave compliments...

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record your page numbers.

2. Book orders can be turned in or ordered on line by Monday.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Class work and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we went over how you should have completed both the author planning sheet and author promotion sheet. You can look at my previous blogs to view these papers. I worked with many of you today. You were supposed to be ready to write your speech today in class.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages and record.

2. Author's Speech is DUE TOMORROW.

3. Book orders due Wednesday.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, November 7, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hello all,
Today in class I handed out a practice speech paper. Copy this site into your browser and you will see it:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mkxJRzX76wUgXVG0bqhxBzlQbun18R5HuM1moD7eOYE/edit?usp=sharing
This is only a paper to guide you. You should write your notes on either index cards or paper.
Then you were given the rest of the period to work. I work with many students to be sure they had STRONG claims with supportive reasons and evidence.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read you number of pages and record.

2. Work on your author's speech due Wednesday during class.

3. Book orders due Monday, 11/14.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, November 4, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today we talked about getting ready for our Author's Promotional Speech. We looked at three essential papers that needed to be completed before you could work on your speech. Below are the links to get these papers from:
1. Author's Fingerprint-  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bUo6dvoLX1HiqEV53GISNT0DRPJ8_0DWm1flnD7rVY0/edit?usp=sharing
2. Author's Planning sheet and Author's Promotion Speech-
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fHMlCHb5TcJCoKOOPH2Y1zNkfyz9_Xe4CIyBBNZVXL4/edit?usp=sharing

We talked about how to make clear, strong claims. We talked about how to be sure you have two to three reasons that support your claim. Lastly, we talked about having powerful evidence. Then you got to work on your speech.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record # of pages at least one night over the weekend.

2. Work on Author's Promotion Speech paper.

3. Scholastic Book Orders due Monday 11/4. See my blog to get my code if you want to order on-line.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Today I only saw ELA 1 & 2 due to conferences and a half day. I graded a HOWLs for responsibility: prepared for learning. You were to have your Author Planning Sheet completed by today. Next, we went over the Author Promotion Speech sheet. Lastly, you got on to Reading Plus to do some lessons. I encouraged students to do more of these lessons at home tonight.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages and record it.

2. Do a few lessons in Reading Plus

3. Begin work on your Author's Promotion Speech paper which is due by Thurs., 11/10. You will work be presenting your reports on 11/10.

4. Please be sure parents sign up for conferences.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Again today we did lots of work in class. Under the document camera I project a paragraph about competitive sports.  As a class we looked at it, we organized it by doing some or all of the following: boxing in the reason, crossing out evidence that did not work,  rewriting of some of the evidence, adding to it, moving evidence around to help it read more smoothly, explaining the importance of the evidence, getting more evidence, citing sources, put the most compelling evidence at the end.

Then you went back to your seats and worked on your paragraph that you had written last night.  Some of you had problems as you DID NOT do your homework last night.

Finally, you completed your self-assessment about perseverance and turned it in for a HOWLs grade.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages and record.

2. Be sure your author planning sheet is completed by tomorrow.  Some of you did not have it done today.

3. Be thinking about a topic you will want to research for your argument paper.

4. Look at Infinite Campus and complete missing work.

5. Parents need to sign up for conferences. Students have the information and if not, call the school's office.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Classwork and Homework

I love the sun!!!
Today in class we did LOTS of work. I first went over a checklist on how to bolster your evidence. We talked about and looked at our essays to see: including direct quotes and crediting the source, leading in or out of evidence with phrases that credit your sources, including background information about the evidence so that it makes sense to the reader and explaining why the evidence is important by answering the "so what."
Also we talked about techniques to be using: adding quotes, leading into a quote, pg. #'s, cutting quotes down to use only important part, tucking in background info. so the reader has context, citing or paraphrasing sources, and explaining why evidence matters.
I handed out a paper that talked about Ranking and Choosing important evidence, and also one that talked about Make "Quotes" Work. You were then sent back to your seats to work on body paragraph 1,2, or 3. You could add these paragraphs or start a new one on a blank page 6. I want to see revision or a new body paragraph.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read # of pages and record.

2. Work on essay to revise.

3. Finish Author's planning sheet.

4. PARENTS NEED TO SIGN UP FOR CONFERENCES.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, October 31, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon,
Hope all is well. Today we had a very exciting class. I handed out a paper talking about the structure of argument writing. This is the link to the sheet I handed out:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DEUvP6utT37UemZgORPKD_XKnURnRgYyivW88UGwoeU/edit?usp=sharing
Copy and paste it into a browser to see the paper.
Then for the rest of the period-45 minutes, you flash drafted your argument essay about Competitive Sports. You needed to include reference to articles, quotes from articles and some quality writing. Most did not finish the five paragraphs, but got a good start on it. We will work with it again tomorrow. I graded you today in class on a perseverance HOWL. You were to write without stopping using quotes, article references and quality writing.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read # of pages that is your goal and record.

2. Finish author planning sheet by Wednesday.

3. Have parents sign up for conferences.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class I passed back your Self Assessment paper from the table discussions. Then you filled out the reflection for Rippleffect. Then I took some time to explain the Author Planning Sheet. You are to fill in the entire left side of the chart. On the right, we talked about how it needs to be information about why did the author use that .... and what impact does it have on you. It needs to be about you thinking why did the author use that or create that character and what do you now know about it? It is really hard to explain over a blog page, so if you need extra help, please come see me. You all had a little time to work on your planning sheet.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your goal # of pages and record.

2. Work on your Author Planning sheet which is due Wednesday, 11/2.

3. Parents need to sign up for conferences. The students have the paperwork.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Classwork and Homework

So, today in class we practice our argument skills. I handed out a paper called: "Moves That Pay Off." Copy this address in your browser to open up the documents.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eblpDC7or4kebzBgfbGMY9vzPCBdqRc1u5gb_eY3hoU/edit?usp=sharing
Then each of your were paired up with a partner that was the opposite of you, pro or con. You had 2-3 minutes to speak your claim and evidence, citing sources as you spoke. Two other students assess you while you were speaking on the information from "Moves That Pay Off." I assessed you on a HOWLs: I will be a respectful speaker and listener. I looked for the moves on the discussion paper on page 19 in your reading notebooks.
This is truly a practice for you to see how to defend a position which is the main focus in the argument unit we are currently in.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your #of pages identified on your reading goal sheet.

2. Work on author's planning sheet for the two books by the same author.

3. Parents NEED to sign up for conferences. Students have been given the paper with the information on it.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you continued to use the articles on Tuesday's blog page to continue to get pros and cons about Competitive Sports being (good or bad). Then you talked with your table about a potential pros claim statement and a cons claim statement. Then you were to find three reasons for each of the two claim statements.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your goals number of nightly pages and record them.

2. Finish reading at least two articles for the pro side and two articles for the claim side. 
Then form a claim statement with three reasons, backed up by evidence from the articles.

3. Rehearse your argument for each side using the claim statement and the three reasons. Be ready to present either the pro or con side tomorrow in a debate.

4. You should be almost completed your author's planning sheet.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Competitive Sports Links

Quickly look through these links and choose two articles or videos to learn more about pros and cons about competitive sports and youth. 
1. Set up your note taking system. Which style will you use.
2. Read the title and the lead and decide which side your author supports.
3. Read closely and analytically. Pause often to jot notes.

Some articles and videos about pros and cons of competitive sport:

More Kids Want to Play on Traveling Basketball Teams:


Many more articles about pros and cons of competitve sport:
https://sites.google.com/a/gapps.gjps.org/messenheimerk/language-arts/competitive-sports-text-set

Videos:
Video:  "Kids and Sports" on CBS News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV-WqlorsBM

Video:  "How Much is Too Much?" on KCRA news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrP68OD355w

Video:  "The Youth-Sports Conundrum: How Intense Is Too Intense?" on WGBH news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrB6ilkx7kQ



Monday, October 24, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there all,
Today in class we started our Argument Unit. We talked about what is an argument? Who do you have them with? We talked about arguments having two sides and each side defends the position. Then I talked about the different note-taking strategies: T-Chart (pros/cons or fact/so what?), Box and bullet and bb's, Index cards and Post-It-Notes, Webs, Triple t-chart (pros, cons, and other). I talked about how these different strategies people use for different note-taking and what they feel is the most use to gather the evidence.  We talked about For and Against. We used the claim: Competitive Sports are Good and Competitive Sports are Bad. You are to use these two claims, but you are to change the words good and bad to more scholarly words.
We then read an article: "Listening to Wisdom From a 10-Year-Old Son About His Head Injury. Copy this to your browser to read the article:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l09zRFi-KOO-N9xoTfe2W20hbw0PZ3UEvp7cOD06nL0/edit
As we read this together you underlined information that was evidence for Competitive Sports are Bad, as this article was about this claim. Then we took the evidence from the article and wrote it on the board using a note-taking strategy.
Lastly I gave you another article: "Get Off That Couch and Play" by Eileen Booker.
Copy this into your browser to read the article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J4Evgi_UaQTUPiYU0gJgvV7tk9dDE32inpmx4FsM95g/edit
This article you are to use one note-taking strategy of your choice and take notes from the article by tomorrow.
Have a wonderful evening,
Mrs. Downs

HOMEWORK:
1. Finish author "fingerprint." It is due tomorrow for book number 2.

2. Work on Author Planning Sheet

3. Notes on article "Get Off That Couch and Play!"

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi all,
Today in class we had a talk about Rippleffect and what the expectations are for our trip. Remember NO electronics or NO extra food. Consequences will occur if you go against the rules. We also talked about the rain that may happen. Then I handed you all a pre-trip questionnaire with four questions on it that you were to answer and then discuss with your reading partner. Next, we shared out some of the responses to the question with the whole class. Lastly, if there was time, deep reading occurred using stickies.

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read your number of pages for your nightly goal.

2. Use stickies to look for the six topics across the top of your "fingerprint."

3. Fill in the author's "fingerprint" for book 2.

4. PACK FOR RIPPELEFFECT AND BRING IN GEAR TOMORROW.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, October 17, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Today in class we did discussion work with a table. We talked about our books using the dice and the matching questions. You then self-assessed yourself and turned in the sheet. You used your "fingerprint" to discuss your answers to the questions. You were graded on a HOWLs target that was respectful listener and speaker. You were also graded on how you participated and spoke in your table discussion.

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read your second book, use stickies, and fill in your "fingerprint."
2. Book orders due on Wednesday, 10/19.
3. Start packing for Rippleffect

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Classwork and Homework 10/11-10/14

Hi all,
This week and next week are kind of mixed up. Today we began our fall NWEA's. We will continue them on Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow we will going to the Learning Commons and Mrs. Rooks will be helping us set up Goodreads on our computers.
You all need to make sure you are getting plenty of rest and eating healthy for the NWEA's. Also, try to be here everyday so that you will not have to do an afterschool make-up on Monday.

HOMEWORK FOR THIS WHOLE WEEK:
1.  Read and use stickies for book #2 of same author.

2. Be sure to use your stickies to fill in you author's "fingerprint" paper.

3. ALL PAPERWORK FOR RIPPLEFFECT IS DUE NO LATER THAN THIS THURSDAY.

4. Scholastic book orders are due by next Wednesday. This way we can order them before we leave for our Rippleffect trip. Remember you can go on line to Scholasticbooks.com and  use the code H3C37 to order books.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Please enjoy the long weekend, after you complete your homework.... ha ha

Today we started out with partner sharing about the theme statements that you started in class yesterday. A few of you had to tweak them, but for the most part, it went well. I assessed you today in class on two of our HOWLs. That being  responsibility that you were prepared for learning and perseverance that you could self assess after I retaught the theme lesson.

Then you came to the middle and I went over again, all the columns on your author's "fingerprint." You all know that you have to have book one boxes completely done by Tuesday.  Then you had about 10-15 minutes to work in class on your stickie notes in your book using annotation sentence starters.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and finish book one.  If that is completed, start book two. Continue to use stickies for all six categories on your "fingerprint" sheet.

2. Finish author's "fingerprint" for book one. This is due on Tuesday and will be counted as your reading notebook strategy for this past week.

3. PLEASE BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPER ASAP OR WE WILL BE CALLING HOME.

Have an awesome weekend,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class you shared with your partners about your settings in your book. Some of you did not have it completed and need to do that tonight. It was supposed to be the setting and characteristics of that setting. Just lists of words under each setting to help you remember what was happening in the setting. Then you came to the middle and we went over what a theme is, talked about topic words for themes, and looked at a few theme statements. I hand out a paper with some topic words on it that you are to use to create your theme statements. You went back to your desks and began this work.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and put stickies in your notebook for the six topics on your "fingerprint" paper.

2. Fill in your "fingerprint" paper from your stickies in your book.

3. BRING RIPPLEFFECT PAPERWORK IN ASAP PLEASE.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs
See paper used today below:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Good afternoon my lovelies,
Today in class you all heard me talk about students not doing their nightly reading, recording, using stickies, and putting info. on the author's "fingerprint" paper. This is YOUR responsibility to do your work at night.
You then sat beside your partner and had a discussion using your "fingerprint" and your bookmark about your minor/antagonist/supporting characters. The questions you talked about were on your bookmark.
Next, you came to the middle of the room and I instructed you from the "fingerprint" and bookmark paper about setting. We talked about its role in the book and how it affects the book.
Lastly, you got time to read. You were to continue to look for the six topics on your "fingerprint" paper and use stickies to identify them. You were also to use annotation sentence starters on the stickies to help you remember what it is about.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record using stickies.

2. Fill in your author's "fingerprint" from your stickies.

3. Rippeffect Parent Meeting is TONIGHT at 6:30. A parent and a child should attend.

4. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERWORK ASAP PLEASE.

5. Need a writing composition notebook.

See most of you tonight at  6:30,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, October 3, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi,
Today in class we talked about how the protagonist affects the plot of a story. We have discussed this several times. All seemed to understand. When I asked if they was only a protagonist and no antagonist/minor/supporting characters, what would the story be like? You all agreed that it takes antagonist/minor/supporting characters to create a story. We referred back to "My Side of the Story" and talked about the impact that the brother, Skip, and the dad had on the story. We talked about who were these characters, how did they affect/contribute story, problem/conflict. Next, I handed out a bookmark with these questions on them and sent you off to read for about 15 mins. Then you and your  partner shared about how the antagonist/minor/supporting characters contributed to the plot of the story and who are they as characters.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages that is your goal and use stickies to mark the six topics on the top of your "fingerprint" worksheet in your notebook.

2. Then fill in your "fingerprint" worksheet from your stickies of what you read in school and out of school today.

3. BE SURE TO TURN IN ALL RIPPLEFFECT PAPER ASAP!

4. Be sure to have a new writing composition notebook.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, September 30, 2016

Classwork and Homework

TGIF.... Today in class we went over the six topics you should be using stickies for as you are reading. They are the headings on the "fingerprint" sheet. I explained each one and gave examples. I also handed you a sheet of character traits/characteristics that you should be using as you read. I also mentioned that you needed to use our annotation sentence starters to explain each item on your stickies.
Then you began reading for about 15-20 mins. At the end of that time, you partner shared using a list of questions and a dice. Things seemed to go great....

HOMEWORK:
1. Continue to read and use stickies to mark the places where you see the six headings.
2. Fill in author's "Fingerprint" worksheet using your stickies.
3. YOU NEED TO RETURN RIPPLEFFECT PAPER TO YOUR LION'S PRIDE TEACHER ON MONDAY.
4. Need to get a writing notebook by Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend....
Mrs. Downs

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class, I again reiterated that you need your library card and a number for Mr. Lyon's class. Please see him at Lion's Pride or period 7 to tell him your library number. A great way to do this is to write the number in your planner.
I handed out a exit ticket today that needed to be filled out and passed back in by the end of the period. Check Infinite Campus to see if you turned it in.
I also handed out and explained Author's Fingerprint Notetaker that you should be using now that you began one of your two books by the same author.
You handed in today, except ELA 4, you literary flash-draft essays. I will be looking at them over the next few days.
Then we went up to the Learning Commons to look for books if you did not already have your two books by the same author, and if you did, you got an opportunity to start reading.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and Record-be sure to use stickies for character, setting, theme, etc.
2. Fill in your author's "fingerprint" sheet as you read.
3. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
4. Remember you need a writing composition notebook by next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we went over the author's "fingerprint" sheet. I modeled it by using "My Side of the Story." All of you seemed to understand what it was that each box was requiring. We talked about how there are six boxes, and as you read your first book, you are to be putting stickies on the information that is being asked in each of the boxes.

Then I handed back the author exit slip that was due at the end of class yesterday. Some of you still have not passed it it. Please check Infinite Campus for grades.

Then I handed out a paper with some of the author's crafts that we discussed last year. This paper has explanations on them for each one. Remember these are not the only ones, you can look for others in your book.

Lastly, you were sent off to read in your books and use stickies to identify information from the sic boxes and to us the annotation sentence starters on the stickies

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and record using stickies.
2. Fill in author's "fingerprint" worksheet as you are reading.
3. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERWORK AND MONEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PLEASE.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class, I again reiterated that you need your library card and a number for Mr. Lyon's class. Please see him at Lion's Pride or period 7 to tell him your library number. A great way to do this is to write the number in your planner.
I handed out a exit ticket today that needed to be filled out and passed back in by the end of the period. Check Infinite Campus to see if you turned it in.
I also handed out and explained Author's Fingerprint Notetaker that you should be using now that you began one of your two books by the same author.
You handed in today, except ELA 4, you literary flash-draft essays. I will be looking at them over the next few days.
Then we went up to the Learning Commons to look for books if you did not already have your two books by the same author, and if you did, you got an opportunity to start reading.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read and Record-be sure to use stickies for character, setting, theme, etc.
2. Fill in your author's "fingerprint" sheet as you read.
3. BRING IN RIPPLEFFECT PAPERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!
4. Remember you need a writing composition notebook by next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Monday, September 26, 2016

Homework and Classwork

Hi there,
Today in class I went over how to write a literary essay. We looked at some claims we created last year. Each one has a claim and at least two reasons to support the claim. Then we looked at how the paragraphs are formed. Each one has a reason, evidence with quotes from the book, and explanations of the evidence.

Then I gave out a rubric that has four points on it to go by. First point was to state a clear claim/theory about the main character, supporting character, setting, or theme. Second point was to include two reasons in your claim statement and support these reasons by showing how, when, or with whom the claim is true. You are to use specific evidence across the book. The third point is to use particular details or quotes from the text to support the evidence. The last point is to use literary language (protagonist, antagonist, setting, theme, rising action, climax, conflict, etc.) in the essay.

Then you had a few minutes to create your claim, and then share it with your partners at your table. Lastly, you then began working on your flashdraft for the remainder of the period.

HOMEWORK:
1. Read for the number of pages you have for a goal and use stickies for character development, setting, theme, flaws, strengths, and missing scenes. If you have not been doing this, you are to go back and reread and put stickies in your book.

2. Need to be sure by Wednesday you have an author that you would like to read two books by. You need to have at least one of the two books by Wednesday also. Today I showed you how to go onto the Lincoln Middle School Website and look for the books and on this website you can also access the Portland Public Library. You can ask the closet library to get it for you.

3. You need to be sure you have a Portland Public Library card. Most of you got them last year. If you have lost or misplaced it, be sure to visit a library and get a new one.

4. You will need another composition notebook for writing next week.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Friday, September 23, 2016

Classwork and Homework

Hi there,
Today in class we talked about how we need to over the weekend be thinking about an author that that has written two books, not a series, that you want to read. Or think of a book you liked and look for the author to see if they have written other books. By Wednesday, you will have to have chosen an author that you want to study. We also talked about the each one of you need a Portland Public Library card. We went to the library last year and you applied for one. If you have lost it or need one, please visit one of the Portland Public Libraries this weekend and get a card. You will need this for my class and digital literacy. Then you sat with your reading partner and shared a missing scene from your book. Lastly, you read for the remainder of the period and used stickies to help you remember the character, setting, theme and missing scenes. You are to be writing on these stickies using the annotation sentence starters.
HOMEWORK:
1. Read the number of pages you have on your goal sheet. Record it and use stickies to identify character development, setting, theme, and missing scenes.
2. You need to be thinking about an author you would like to read two of their books. Look on amazon.com, abebooks.com, Lincoln's library or the Portland Public Library websites.
3. You need a library card.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Downs


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Classwork & Homework

Today in class I gave you examples of annotations and we ranked them best to least. Most of you did a really good job with this. Then I handed out annotation sentence starters. See below the examples that we ranked in class with one being the best and six being the worst.



These details make me realize that Adam and his father don’t have a very positive relationship. It is clear that Adam is scared of his father, even before his father hits him. I wonder if the way the father treats Adam will make Adam more violent toward his brother.       (1)
I noticed that Adam’s father hit him.


                           (6)
This detail is important because I can tellAdam is scared of his dad.


                        (5)
This page is full of important details about Adam’s relationship with his dad. His dad yells at him and scares him and tells him not to come into the room without knocking. Then the dad pulls the Scotch tape off Adam’s head which is painful. Then the dad ends up hitting him like six times. Adam runs out of the room after that and plots revenge.      (3)
This detail is evidence that Adam‛s life might not be too pleasant sometimes.        (4)
This detail is evidence that Adam’s life might not be too pleasant sometimes. To live in fear of your dad would be terrible and it probably makes him more dependent on his mother.      (2)

Then I handed out annotation sentence starters:
-This detail makes me realize that...
This detail helps me to understand that....
This detail is proof that....
This moment will impact the character because....
This detail is important because....

These are to be used when you are explaining your quote on the t-chart and when you are writing your "so what" on your triple timeline-character changes.

Then you went back to your desk to work to choose which reading notebook strategy you wanted to work on. 

HOMEWORK:
1. Read your number of pages that you set on your reading goal sheet.
2. Finish your reading notebook strategy.
3. Remember school pictures are this Friday. Be sure to bring your envelope with your money.

Have a great evening,
Mrs. Downs

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Today in class we went over how to annotate our stickies about characters, setting and plot. We talked about a triple timeline using a character and how they changed.
HOMEWORK:
1. Be sure your strategy #1 is completed by Wednesday, 9/21.
2. Go back over your stickies and using the annotation starters.

Have a great evening.