This week we are starting our final practice writing and research project before tackling the AP performance assessments. Students are, understandably, a little stressed about all the big projects that are suddenly on the horizon. If you’re hearing stress at home, please remind them that there is a lot of time built into our class calendar to tackle these projects piece by piece. The key to their successful is to engage in each step of the process. Plan carefully, ask questions as you research, seek out feedback on early writing drafts, etc. If students are engaged in the process the whole way, the end products will come together!
Tonight (Monday) students are reading some source material related to our final unit theme: Movement. Tomorrow in class students will work on developing good research questions. Those questions will guide their independent research for the rest of the week. By Friday, they will all have completed their research and next week will be spent drafting and conferencing about their essays.
The other major piece of work we’re doing is practice with critical reading. Students received a second graded reading assessment today and will have another opportunity next week to try the same type of assessment. We discussed the assessment in class today, but please encourage your student to come see me for one on one feedback if the score is unclear. These early scores are intended to help students see what they need to do to improve; if they’re lost about how to get better, I need to know!
I hope you have a great week. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Mrs. Hattie Maguire