Constructing Strong Responses: R.A.C.E. and the "American Dream"

Unlike previous posts, this one will be in the present tense and will cover the lessons from both Thursday, January 15th and Friday, January 16th, 2015.


Students, what is the “American Dream”?  What is your “American Dream?”

Task: Choose any two of the resources linked below and then complete the Essay Scorer assignment entitled “Your American Dream.”

Step 1 (of 3): Resources

Directions: Read any two of the resources below.  Then proceed on to Step 2.

Step 2 (of 3): R.A.C.E.

Directions: Now that you have read two of the resources above, create a R.A.C.E. graphic organizer using the form below.  Afterward, proceed to step 3 (do not click “submit”until you finish inputting your Essay Scorer response).

Writing Prompt: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. famously stated that he wished to see a future where different races were integrated in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Now that this has become a reality, what is your dream of the future in the United States? Write an essay clearly painting a picture of your vision of the American Dream.

Step 3 (of 3): Essay Scorer

Directions: You are at the last step.  Log in to Essay Scorer using the directions below and complete the assignment entitled “Your American Dream” using what you wrote in your R.A.C.E. graphic organizer above.  You will have to write at least 3 separate paragraphs.  That said, you may rewrite your essay up to 12 times.  When you finish, click “submit for grading.”

Essay Scorer Student Link:

Login: First Name

Password: Last Name (unless otherwise specified by teacher)


Did you finish early?  Follow the instructions below.

Directions: Go to this page and follow the instructions for extension work.  Any extension work assignments completed must be submitted as specified or else extra credit will not be awarded.



  • Read for 30 minutes.
  • Any work not finished in class will be completed the next day.
  • Please Note: Extension work will need to be completed in order to count for extra credit.


  • No PowerPoint presentation for Thursday, January 15th nor Friday, January 16, 2015


Web Resources to Know (Edmodo)

Hello again and welcome back for the next installment of Web Resources to Know.  Today, we will talk more about educational social networking through Edmodo.

  • Edmodo

Edmodo: Apparently, I am  a little late to the party on this one, but it does have a vast array of resources that I would love to take advantage of for next year.  Edmodo is a social network for educators, their students, and parents of those students.  It is a closed environment, so students only connect to each other and their teachers through invitation only (which I love).  With Edmodo, teachers can use it in lieu of a blog, issue quizzes, prompt class discussions online, present a forum for students to post their work, etc.

The CCSD has forged a relationship with Edmodo to provide its own intra-county network as well.  As a result, I am able to link up with other educators both inside and outside of the county based on school, interests, subject matter, etc.  Furthermore, I can pick the brains of other teachers for resources to make life creating units easier.

Parents, keep a look out as your rising 9th grader may have a teacher or two who may be using this resource.  If they are, guess what…you can have access to view your child’s quiz results, posts, presentations, etc. as well.

Students, this is yet another way that teachers will be inviting technology into your learning experience.  Be sure to use it responsibly and welcome it into your education.  Let your teachers know what makes learning more fun by through your willingness to try such resources.

Have a wonderful time relaxing and stay tuned for the next installment of Web Resources to Know!

-Ms. W.

Web Resources to Know (GoodReads)

I hope you all are enjoying your break (even you, parents) and are getting some much-needed rest!

In between a conference and a couple of workshops, I have been working to test out new web-based resources that will make ELA/Reading more interactive within my classroom next year.  Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing posts highlighting some of the resources I have come to know that will be of benefit to you as students, parents, and other educators.  Today’s focus is GoodReads.

GoodReads:  This is a social networking site centered around books.  Connect with your classmates, teachers, and other friends by ranking books you have read and leaving reviews for these books.  You can comment on the reviews of others, but what I love the most is that after you input 20 book rankings (by highlighting stars ranging from 1-5 stars to show how much you liked the books), GoodReads will start suggesting books you may like.

Once you sign up on GoodReads, you can even link your account with your Twitter account so you can let others know what you read and liked, what you didn’t like, what you are in the process of reading, and what you want to read next.  Of course, I welcome you to connect with me.  As I am sure you have guessed, my username is MsWillipedia.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Web Resources to Know!

-Ms. W.