Monday, December 29, 2014

Optional Project to Show Mastery

Optional Nonfiction Project
This project is for those students who wish to show mastery of the following standards:
Link can be found here

4:  Write informative texts to convey ideas; select, organize, and analyze content.
6:  Use technology to produce writing, interact with others, and cite sources.
7:  Draw evidence from texts to support written analysis.
8:  Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.

Final product:  A 5 paragraph essay or an 11 slide presentation on a holiday tradition.  Student must interview someone for this, as well as use an outside source such as a book, website, or magazine.

1st paragraph - Introduction to your topic
2nd paragraph - 1st main idea
3rd paragraph - 2nd main idea
4th paragraph -  3rd main idea
5th paragraph - conclusion

1st slide - title
2nd slide - 1st paragraph
3rd slide - image
4th slide - 2nd paragraph
5th slide - image
6th slide - 3rd paragraph
7th slide - image
8th slide - 4th paragraph
9th slide - image
10th slide - 5th paragraph - conclusion
11th slide - Works cited in proper format

  • Pick a tradition that you are interested  in such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Ramadan or whatever you choose and research the topic.   
  • Interview someone about this tradition, you can ask any questions that you want.  The information you uncover has to be included in the essay somehow.
  • Write a 5 paragraph essay about the tradition, including the interview, as well as the sources you used. Or create a mini presentation about it - 11 pages total.
  • You must have a works cited page attached to the 5 paragraphs or the presentation.


January 16th - or sooner - late projects will not be accepted since this is an optional project to help you show mastery.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Writing Non-Fiction Picture books Feedback Form

Thank you so much to everyone who is offering up their time in giving my students feedback on their finished nonfiction picture books.  Please fill out this form by Jan. 16th if possible.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Shark Week is Coming!

December 15-19 is SHARK WEEK in Hawaii 7-O.  We have some fun events planned for the students to celebrate our JAWsomeness.  In Connections class each day, we will be participating in a different shark activity.  That will culminate on Friday with a team meeting to hear our creative shark songs.  We will play shark trivia one day and also discover to which shark we are each most similar.  It should be fun!

In conjunction with Shark Week, we will have Spirit Days.
Monday:  Scarf Day
Tuesday:  Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
Wednesday: Dress as a shark Day (creativity encouraged) 
Thursday:  Spiffy Shark Day (dress up)
Friday: Red tie-dye Shark Shirts

Friday, December 5, 2014

Yahara River Writers Contest

Yahara River Writers Contest
This December, the English teachers invite all students at OMS to participate in the Yahara River Writers Contest!  This writing contest is open to all students 5th through 8th grade in Dane County.

What can you submit:
There are 5 different categories you can enter your work into:  Realistic short story, poetry, political cartoon, editorial, and the cover contest.  Students can submit to more than one category if they choose.  

Due date:
All submissions are due to your English teacher on January 5th.

How to enter:
On December 11th from 3:20 - 4:00 PM there will be a meeting for those interested in hearing more about the requirements for the contest.  The meeting will take place in the 7-O team area and will then break into smaller groups depending on what you want to submit for the contest.  

If you cannot make it to the meeting:  
Ask your English teacher for the requirements.

What can you win:
This is a county-wide contest where 33 school districts in the area send submissions. All entries will be judged and the top ten in each category, per grade level, will be selected.  From each top ten group, a first and second place entry will be identified.  All top ten entries will be published in the Yahara River Writers Anthology, and all authors of top ten entries will be invited to attend a workshop on the UW Campus.