Please read and respond to the following short story:
Please read and respond to the following short story:
This awesome list of prompts comes from TheEduBlogger.
Task: Choose to explore one of the ten creative outlets below.
You have the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and innovative skills. You may choose to write, design, or talk about a topic that you are passionate about (it must be school appropriate). Remember that your parents, teachers, and peers all view your blog.
When you are finished with your new creation, please be sure to post it on your blog.
1. Live Blog – Create a ‘Storify‘ for a topic or event that collects tweets, Instagram, links, and more into one place. Embed the story into a post and include an introductory summary and conclusion.
2. Infographic – use a tool like Canva to create an infographic and then write a post describing why you included the ideas you did.
3. Video – Produce a video with Animoto, or upload it to YouTube, embed it, and write about the decisions you made when making the video.
4. Poll – Use Google Forms or a plugin to publish a survey or poll. Follow up with a post that goes over the results, including graphs, charts and analysis.
5. Lists – Use Listly to create a list of resources, links, people, or ideas. You can even use this tool to crowdsource the list.
6. Talking Avatars – Create a speaking character using Voki to read your post or to interact with your blog’s visitors.
7. Presentations – Publish the slides, Prezi, or video of your presentation in a post. Reflect on the presentation. What is one thing that went well and one thing that could be have been improved?
8. Comics – Create a cartoon using Bitstrips and share it on your blog.
9. Audio – Record yourself speaking or reading and then use a tool like Audioboom to discuss your audio in a post.
10. VoiceThread – Embed your VoiceThread project in a post and encourage your blog readers to leave a comment with feedback on the presentation.
The students have been working hard to complete the various sections of the Independent Reading Project. At this point, everyone should have submitted their Part A: vocabulary terms and two journal entries.
The due date for Part B: creative component/presentation has been extended. The creative component presentations will now begin on Wednesday, November 20th.
Please review the rubric/creative component guidelines:
Check out these sources to help you craft the perfect thesis statement! We will be spending time in class this week crafting and analyzing how to create an effective thesis statement.
The OJCS Reading Challenge is back, but this year it’s bigger and better!
The prizes this year will include:
Will this year’s Grade 8 class repeat as middle school champions!?
How will we record the number of books read in each class?
For grades 6 – 8:
The number of pages will also impact how many books a particular novel counts for in the class total. After the AR Book quiz is complete, students will inform Mr. Washerstein and he will add the novel to the class list.
0-300 pages will count as one book
301-600 pages will count as two books
601-900 pages will count as three books
901-1,100 pages will count as four books
We will set our class goals at the end of this week!
Grade 6 students are preparing a written piece for their personal blogs! I can’t wait to read all of the Terrific Tales that our class composes. Today the students spent time in class reading the instructions, reviewing the requirements, brainstorming, and preparing to write their very own Terrific Tale.
Students will be given a significant amount of class time to work on this writing assignment this week. I do not want students to feel stressed about completing this assignment at home. Over the next two weeks, students should be focused on completing the various components of their Independent Reading Project at home.
Click here to access the Paragraph Planner Graphic Organizer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IU5BXLQ3yos1XPngTCfKRcB6pRg4zF0KjOsWOJyRexs/edit?usp=sharing
Please check out the assignment details, rubric, brainstorming graphic organizer, and editing checklist below:
I hope everyone has been enjoying reading their novels thus far! Please bring your books with you to school everyday this week. There will be time given to students throughout the week to D.E.A.R. (drop everything and read). This will provide students with an opportunity to get ahead of their nightly reading. Additionally, I will be meeting with students to check-in, offer suggestions, and provide feedback as students begin completing various parts of the project.
Please remember to complete the vocabulary portion of the project as you read! Journal entries may also be written as you are reading, depending on the response you have selected.
Here is a friendly reminder of the various due dates for the project:
We finished the short story, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, on Thursday. The students will now be going back into the story to answer the corresponding questions. Students will have time in class to answer the questions.
For question number four, ignore the portion of the question that references a conflict map. Please skip questions 9 and 10.
Today we will begin a new unit revolving around research writing and thesis creation. Students will be practicing/mastering how to write a formal thesis statement.
Check out our Google Slides Presentation for reminders, notes, and examples:
Introduction: This activity is designed to create a space that fosters each student having the opportunity to own their own learning. As we have discussed at OJCS, student voice is a vital component of our school’s essence.
Directions: You may work with a partner or work individually on this assignment.
Your task is to come up with a list of the topics, skills, and strategies that you would like to learn/improve upon prior to high school. Please take this activity seriously, this is your chance to take responsibility for and have an impact upon your everyday learning in English class.
Click the document below to make a copy and record your answers: