ELA Testing

I am very proud of all of my students. Each has worked hard to prepare. I see a lot of effort in them during these tests.

My goal as an educator is to encourage a lifetime love of learning and students who see the importance, power, joy, and benefits of reading and writing.

Thank you to everyone for working hard and giving your best.

ELA testing concludes today, but our school year of reading, writing, and learning to communicate powerfully continues. I have many fun projects planned for you. We will be reading more novels and we will even make a movie!

Much to look forward to accomplishing!

Top Newsela Readers!

Very proud of these readers. These are the top four Newsela readers based on the number of articles read and highest percentile scores. Keep reading. You could be next. I plan to award all Newsela readers who have read 100 articles and have a percentile of 70% or higher. Big reward. You have until April 1st.

Happy Holidays and Bonus

Dear Students, 

I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Break, and I wish you much success and happiness for the New Year. 

I wanted to offer some opportunities to my students to learn and bring up their grades over the holiday break.  The following are some completely optional opportunities for students to learn and earn some bonus points:

1) Percy Jackson Test Re-Take Will be January 5-6, 2016: Anyone that would like to re-take the Percy Jackson Test will have that opportunity during lunch or study hall this week. Please let me know on January 4th that you have studied and would like to re-take the test. You must hand me a note on January 4th that says something like “I have studied and want to re-take the Percy Jackson Test during Lunch on January 5th.”  or mention the study hall date and period. Include your name. Thanks! The grade you earn will be averaged with the first grade you received to give you a new score. 

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2) 10 Bonus Points: Write a Full-Block Letter: Due January 6, 2016. Directions: With your parents permission: Type a letter to my neighbor Caleb Turco using Google Docs and the full block letter style. Caleb graduated from Oak Harbor High School Last Spring and joined the military. He was a talented baseball player. Good guy. He might really enjoy getting a letter from his home town. In a few paragraphs, give Caleb an update on our area and wish him well. Please mention me and our class. You will need to address the envelope correctly, put a stamp on the envelope and show me the letter for reading, before you mail it. You will also submit it to Google Classroom.  Here is his contact info: 

PV2 Turco, Caleb H

2440 Andrews Ave

Unit A-1/13th CMR3

Box 7546 Bldg. 620

Fort Rucker, AL 36362

3) 10 Bonus Points: Greek Mythology in Modern Advertising. Directions: Many advertising campaigns use Greek Mythology. With your parents permission, use the internet to research five modern companies that in some way use Greek Mythology in the naming of their product or in their advertising. Be unique. Using Google Docs: Head and title your paper as we do in class. Write a short paragraph on each of the five companies. Explain how they are using Greek Mythology in their advertising, and explain why you think they did so. Explain what connections they are trying to make with their product and the mythology. You will turn this in to Google Classroom by January 6th. 

4) 10 Bonus Points: Newsela: Directions: With your parents permission, read five Newsela articles of your own choice, ones that I have NOT assigned, and earn a 75% or 100% on the quiz, and complete the Writing Question. To earn the ten points, you must complete these after December 27th, do the writing, and get a 75% or higher on the quiz. If you do not, you may keep completing article until you do. I recommend taking your time. When you are finished, post your results on the Google Classroom assignment I have created. You just name the article, your score, and state you finished the writing section. I will verify. This is due January 6th. 

You do not have to do any of the above. These are optional opportunities for people that want to earn bonus points. You can do ALL of the bonus if you so choose, but the amount of points you earn is based on the quality of your work, and how well you followed directions. No other bonus will be offered. Nothing will be accepted past the due dates listed. 

Remember: I did assign some Newsela for you to finish as homework. These do NOT count as bonus. Also, you need to work on your storyboard and bring in some props for your comic book photo shoot. We will be turning our myth narratives into comic books using Comic Life Software. This will be a memorable writing assignment.