“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.” –Henry Ford
As a method of getting ready, we had the first Writing Folio Mock Writing Assessment which mimics the 8th Grade Writing Assessment. Completed within 100 minutes, every student remained in their homeroom in order to remain focused on doing their best on a topic of which they had no prior knowledge. This mock assessment is hand-scored, just like the actual writing assessment, and is logged online so that the scores of each paper can be accessed from the internet. Our plan as an English Language Arts department is to use this as a way to help each student know where to improve upon their writing and how.
For the remaining class periods, the students concluded the Sentence Auction started on Monday. It was a BLAST!
HOMEWORK: Read “Out of Bounds” on pages 165-180 in the Reader/Writer InterActive Workbook. Complete all of the questions in the margins.
PowerPoint: 10-9-12 Fun Times at the Sentence Auction Part 2