Friday, May 1, 2015

Our Persuassive Work

Today in class we started our work with persuasive speaking, which will continue until May 15th.  Every class is doing something a little bit different centering around the topic of persuasion as we attempt to master standard 2 and continue our work with standard 10 (speaking). 

Standard 2:  Evaluate claims in a text; assess and express the soundness and relevance of reasoning.

Goal:  To show mastery of this standard through the art of persuasion.

Timeline:  We will work on this in class until May 15th.

Final Project:
Hour 1 English:  Write a a one or two paragraph persuasive essay or perform it as a speech versus a classmate.

Hour 3:  Find a partner to  debate in class.  Students must decide the topic and then decide which child will take which side and then prepare for a one or two minute debate on the 15th.

Hour 5:  Students will research a topic and then create a one or two speech o persuade others of their topic.  They can also choose to do it as debate versus a classmate.  These will be delivered May 15th.

Hour 6:  Four students will perform mini debates every day in class, pulling an unknown topic and then preparing their points for 5 minutes.  Students will then face off in a debate.  Possible topics can be viewed here 

Hour 7:   Find a partner to  debate in class.  Students must decide the topic and then decide which child will take which side and then prepare for a one or two minute debate on the 15th.

Please let me know if you have any questions, we will work more with this in class.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Little Bit of Poetry

We have been focusing on poetry thourhgout the last few weeks and the students have been busy exploring different ways to find poetry in their lives.  Here are a few examples of what the students haev created.  To see more, please go to their blogs

In fact, Kadyn's peom was shared by the author of The False Prince on her blog as well!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To See Your Videos

I am so proud of all of you for performing your Elephant & Piggie plays.  To see yourself, please go to the link for your English class.

Section 7:  Go here

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reviewing Our Readers Notebooks

For the past few weeks, students have been writing 5 minute reading prompts in their readers notebooks as we work on standard 3; analyzing story elements.  This means students can pick their prompt from the ones suggested or create their own to show their deep thinking about the text.  Things they can discuss are any of the sign posts (Aha moment, words of the wiser, tough questions, again and again, or contract & contradictions), theme, conflict/solution, character development, author intentionality, or anything else that will show their abstract thinking skills. 

Today, I pulled all of their readers notebooks for an initial assessment, or baseline, of where they are at in their thoughts.  Most students are currently at a "1" or a "2' which means we will be discussing how to furhter their skills.  I will be checking their readers notebooks every two weeks, measuring their growth to reach a final summative score.  Students cannot take home their readers notebooks, unless they ask, since I do not want them to become damaged or lost.

Their work in their readers notebooks will be the only work they need to do to get a score for standard 3, which means that their final formative score will be turned into their summative score.

What Do Great Speakers Do

Today we continued our discussion of what great speakers do.  Here is the speech clip we watched today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Elephant & Piggie Performances

Elephant & Piggie Play Assignment
The students are working on becoming better speakers, so what better way to practice than by performing childrens’ books.  Today, students were put into partnerships and given scripts to rehearse for their performances on Tuesday.  They cannot take the scripts home since I only have one class set.

Assignment:  Perform an Elephant & Piggie play in front of your peers.

Goal:  To become better speakers by focusing on their poise, voice, life, eye contact, gestures, and speed.  (Standard 10)

Due date:  Tuesday, April 28th.

Assessment:  Students will be assessed by the teacher and a few peers using our presentation rubric.

Worktime:  10 or 15 minutes will be given every day in class to help them rehearse.

Extra:  All performances will be videotaped for students to view themselves, as well as receive feedback from K, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms. Students who do not have permission to be videotaped will not be included in the feedback portion.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What the Speech Scores Mean

Almost all students have given their "How I want to be remembered" speech and their 6 different scores have been entered into IC.  Students were assessed in our 6 different areas of being a great speaker:  Poise, voice, life, eye contact, gestures, and speed.  These can be found using the abbreviation SP1 + the letter of the skill in IC or clicking under Standard 10.

The scores entered are now representing their baseline, meaning they will/should change throughout the quarter as we continue to develop/fine tune our public speaking skills.  This speech can therefore not be re-taken because plenty of more speeches will be done to replace the scores and show their growth.  Many students received 1's and 2's in these skills, which does not mean that they are failing standard 10, our speaking standard, but instead know what to work on.  Every student will be handed a slip with their scores on, they were also given feedback by myself and peers right after their speech.  Overall, I am proud of the students and the effort most put into these speeches.  I hope they share their speech with you if they haven't already!