Monday, February 15, 2016

Alert; Rather than the Signpost Project

This morning I spent most of class checking in with students regarding their signpost project and realized that there was quite a bit of confusion.  After pondering and speaking to the students further,  we decided to change the project drastically to ensure that students knew what they were being asked to do as well as to make it more manageable.  So the following two projects replace the signpost project - please note the new due dates.  I apologize for any confusion this may cause but will definitely speak to the students about it tomorrow as well.

Both new assignments have been posted in Google Classroom for the students to see.

Rather than the signpost project


The goal:  To analyse a text with the help of the signposts and share your thinking in writing.


Process:
Step 1:  Find as many signposts in your book as possible
Step 2:  Try to find signposts that give you clues about the conflict and the theme of the story
Step 3:  Write the following assignments
  1. Conflict assignment - due February 23rd on Google Classroom
  2. Theme assignment - Due March 2nd on Google Classroom.

Re-take
If you receive less than a 3 or a 4 on either of those, you will have another project due later in March to re-check your understanding.


Conflict Signpost Assignment:
  • Write 1 to 2 paragraphs detailing the central conflict in your book club book.  
  • Make sure to use the evidence from the signposts you have found such as any tough questions or contrast and contradictions.  
  • Please write it with a main idea, evidence and link (analysis) of why this is the conflict.
  • Turn in on Google Classroom under “Conflict Signpost Project” by February 23rd.


Theme Signpost Assignment:
  • Write 1 to 2 paragraphs detailing the central theme in your book club book.  If you have more than 1, just pick the biggest one in your opinion.  
  • Make sure to use the evidence from the signposts you have found such as any Aha Moments or Words of the Wiser.
  • Please write it with a main idea, evidence and link (analysis) of why this is the conflict.
  • Turn in on Google Classroom under “Theme Signpost Project” by March 2nd.


Helpful Hints:
  • You can discuss the conflict and theme in your book clubs, this way you can check your own ideas for understanding.
  • Find the signposts that will give you clues to what the theme or conflict is; if in doubt ask questions to your group of Mrs. Ripp.
  • Use reflection time in class to work on the project, you can start analysing the signposts in class.


Standards Assessed - Both are summative:
Conflict Assignment:


ELA 2:
Analyze how story elements interact.

ELA 5:
Draw evidence from texts to support written analysis.

ELA 6:
Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.

Theme Assignment:


ELA 1
Determine/analyze development of central ideas/themes in a text.
ELA 5:
Draw evidence from texts to support written analysis.
ELA 6:
Command the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and vocabulary.


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