Happy Snow Day! I’m writing a two week post today since I have a feeling I’m just going to get busier and busier as we get closer to break.
Students will get their argumentative essays back tomorrow. I’m really excited about the progress I’m seeing in their writing. Scores were up from the first essay which is exactly what we want to see!! I haven’t scored the rewrites of the rhetorical analysis essays yet (and I’m kicking myself for leaving them at school this weekend!!), but those will be done by the end of the week. If students choose to rewrite their argumentative essays, those rewrites will be due on December 23rd. Students are strongly encouraged to conference with me about essays prior to revising so that I may guide them to an improved score.
For the next two weeks in class we will be dedicating our time to drafting, conferencing, and revising students’ third formal essay. This essay is a synthesis essay and asks students to use research to make an argument responding to one of eight provided prompts. Students have already started researching and are working on a shared annotated bibliography with small teams in class. Those bibliographies will be due tomorrow.
Please encourage your students to take full advantage of our writing time in the next two weeks. My goal is to make it possible for all students to turn in their synthesis essays prior to break. Students who stay on top of their drafts and take opportunities to conference with me in class will be ready to do that. The essays aren’t officially due until Jan. 9, though, so I think some students may be tempted leave the work for break. Please help encourage them to use their time wisely and plan well!!
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire