This week we are wrapping up our study of pop culture and the extent to which it influences our lives. Students will participate in a graded discussion about the unit texts on Monday (postponed from last week due to the snow day). They should review the unit texts and consider how the texts address the unit question to prepare for the discussion on Monday. It will be graded using this rubric.
The remainder of the week will be dedicated to writing practice and individual conferences. I will meet with each student about his or her writing progress thus far, and we will make plans for improvement. Please encourage your students to think about their writing challenges prior to meeting with me so that we may be productive in our conference! While I am meeting individually with students, the rest of the class will be working independently on timed writing practice, small group evaluation of their own writing, and critical reading practice. Weeks like this are always a little stressful for me as a teacher because I worry that students will waste this precious practice time while I’m meeting individually with their peers. Please help me out by reminding your students to approach the week with a high level of academic maturity. It’s easy to “slack off” when the teacher isn’t breathing down your neck, but engaging fully in the practice activities is vital to improvement. And, the one-on-one time for me to meet with each student writer is essential for helping students identify and address areas of weakness in their own writing.
On Thursday, students will take a multiple choice critical reading exam. This is the first of two that we will do this unit; I will count the higher of the two scores for the students. Students will have several opportunities to practice for this assessment during the conferencing time this week. I will also post some additional practice on our Google Classroom page.
Have a great week!
Mrs. Hattie Maguire