--Emily C.: Please come up to the front of the classroom and drop the grammar hammer. Then, make sure that everyone has a copy of the packet from the front table.
S. the C.
--today is very much a writing day--speaking of writing, Bulldog Bulletin (meeting after school today in Mrs. Nietz’s room)!
Instruction -- Missing comma in a compound sentence/unnecessary comma with a coordinating conjunction & Missing comma in a complex sentence/unnecessary comma before a subordinating conjunction
--describe the "nature" of the sheet (review of sentence types/practice)
--mindful oral reading of front of page--independent practice time--share out by writing sentences on the board--connect to error title on the top of the page
--repeat the process for pages 2 and 3
--for HW, prepare for the "Missing comma in a compound sentence/unnecessary comma with a coordinating conjunction & Missing comma in a complex sentence/unnecessary comma before a subordinating conjunction" assessment, which will take place next class
--point out application of this instruction as it pertains to the Unique Peer Writing Assignments
--Take out your notebook, open to a new page, and put the date in the lefthand margin (10/16/2012). Then, label the page "Unique Peer Writing Assignment Mini-lessons".
--Information provided about the Writing Portfolio:
- Certain writing pieces from the school year will be included within the Writing Portfolio. The first of these assignments is the Unique Peer Writing Assignment; other pieces, however, will not be included. Mr. Martin will let you know which pieces are “Writing Portfolio pieces” prior to beginning the writing process.
- In order to be accepted for inclusion within the Writing Portfolio, a writing piece must receive a score of 85% or higher, as this is the score indicative of mastery deemed appropriate by Mr. Martin. (If, then, you received a score of 85% or higher on the Unique Peer Writing Assignment, you can simply make a copy of the writing piece and place it within the Writing Portfolio--you have already demonstrated mastery!).
- Any Writing Portfolio writing piece that does not meet the mastery score upon return to you following Mr. Martin's scoring must be revised and resubmitted. Prior to resubmission, you must highlight all changes that you have made. Then, print out and resubmit both your original piece and the updated version. (For example, if you received a score of 77% on the Unique Peer Writing Assignment, you must revise your essay as per the suggestions included on your essay and rubric. This might include reordering your thesis, including some commas, adding tiebacks, etc., highlighting all changes, additions, etc.)
- When resubmitting revised work, you must make an appointment with Mr. Martin so that you and he can go through your revisions together. In fact, it would be a good idea to make an appointment prior to revising your work so that you and Mr. Martin can process through your original writing piece together as well.
- Once an assignment is resubmitted in this manner, Mr. Martin will re-score the assignment in order to determine a score for the assignment as it pertains to the Writing Portfolio overall score. Please be aware that your original score for the assignment "is what it is".
- Within the last five weeks of the school year, we will work on finishing up our Writing Portfolios. Yet, as soon as a writing assignment that will be included within the Writing Portfolio is handed back, you can and should begin the revision process so that the end of the year will be less stressful. Mr. Martin strongly suggests that you "get on it" right away!
- The Writing Portfolio will be scored at the end of the school year and be included as part of your final exam. (For example, if you have five assignments within the Writing Portfolio with scores of 86%, 98%, 90%, 85%, and 89%, your writing grade portion of the final exam would be an 89.6%.)
- How might your knowledge of the Writing Portfolio and its workings impact your writing process on future writing assignments (especially those that will be included within the Writing Portfolio)?
- If you have already achieved mastery on an assignment, can you still work on revising the assignment to improve it further and increase your Writing Portfolio score?
Writing Workshop -- Unique Peer Writing Assignment Mini-lessons
--complete mini-lessons/take notes as per PowerPoint slides--this information will prove helpful when revising your Unique Peer writing pieces!
--scored essays returned
--revision time--make appointments with Mr. Martin for Writing Portfolio-related work ASAP (why not make appointments right now, in fact?!)
--Prepare for the "Missing comma in a compound sentence/unnecessary comma with a coordinating conjunction & Missing comma in a complex sentence/unnecessary comma before a subordinating conjunction" assessment, which will take place next class.
--Be working on revisions of the Unique Peer Writing Assignment for your Writing Portfolio.