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Parent Guide: Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good

This week in class, we’re reading “Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science” by Jo Cutler, Robin Banerjee.

In the informational text, “Five reasons why being kind makes you feel good — according to science” Jo Cutler and Robin Banerjee discuss why being kind to others can improve your mood.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Morality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“What is good and how do we know?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: A Lifeline for Lions

This week in class, we’re reading “A Lifeline for Lions ” by Pamela S. Turner.

In the informational text “A Lifeline for Lions,” Pamela S. Turner discusses an outbreak of a disease that negatively impacted Serengeti National Park’s lion population in 1994.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of CommunityMan vs. Nature, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“Who’s in control: man or nature?”, “How do people create change?”, and “What is the importance of community?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: Coping Mechanisms

This week in class, we’re reading “Coping Mechanisms” by CommonLit Staff.

In “Coping Mechanisms,” the author explains the difference between adaptive and maladaptive coping mechanisms.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Resilience & Success as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

“How does a person overcome adversity?”

Ways to support your child:

Parent Guide: Readtheory KP Goal (50)

Students will be assigned a Readtheory goal in Google Classroom that depends on their accumulated “Knowledge Point” score or KP.

You can help support your child’s learning by asking them to show you their “Readtheory Dashboard” and recording their “Knowledge Point” total at the beginning of the week.  Periodically check that that number is increasing during the week.

I have asked that they accumulate 50 KP this week. I really hope this is attainable in the 1 hour work limit per week per course per child.

If the 50 KP points goal is too hard (or too easy) to achieve in one week, let me know – have the student leave a comment in the assignment stream in Google Classroom. I will make adjustments where necessary.

How can students earn knowledge points?

Students can earn knowledge points in the following ways:
• Answer a regular question correctly: 1KP
• Answer a challenge question correctly: 2KP (+1KP for regular question)
• Pass a quiz: 15KP awarded (70% is a pass in ReadTheory)
• Get a perfect score on a quiz: 30KP awarded

Parent Guide: College students with disabilities are too often excluded

This week in class, we’re reading “College students with disabilities are too often excluded” by Christa Bialka.

In the informational text, “College students with disabilities are too often excluded,” Christa Bialka discusses how students with disabilities are not included in many on-campus activities.

As your child reads, they will be considering the themes of Community and Prejudice & Discrimination as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

“What is the importance of community?” and “What are the effects of prejudice?”

Ways to support your child:

 

Prepare for English Language Arts Finals

For those in the midst, or looking ahead at finals in my LA classes(9, 10-1, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2).

Consider the outcomes we’ve tried to achieve.

Enhancing the artistry of communication has been a strong technical focus. Skills mastered include using online blogging tools, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, even graphical enhancements using Photoshop or audio/video podcasting tools have been included where time permitted and initiative taken. Participation on an online forum has generated a myriad of useful tips/reminders, questions/answers. There will be no speadsheets on the final, the use of Word will be necessary for English 30.

Each course has been structured around Focus Questions and related questions: English 10, English 9.

Emphasis on social networking, peer review/support/criticism has been critical for developing critical thought and reflection for writers defending an idea.

Each course has a reading list: English 10, English 30. Not every title has been studied intensively(or at all), but the proportion of attention paid to those pieces that were studied in class deserve the same level of attention on the final. Of course, those who choose additional literature from the list to focus on in the final deserve to have that initiative rewarded as well. If you choose to focus on Shakespeare, your audience gets tougher, I’ve noticed.

An English 30 paper looking at how the images/symbols/archetypes of Sophocles and Kingsolver relate to personal freedom to would be intriguing. Why not an English 10 paper discussing the threat of fanaticism by comparing the speeches of Mark Antony, Joseph Strorm, and Eamon De valera? What does Søren Kierkegaard have to do with every page you’ve ever read or written?

Extras, everyone should be able to link to Wikipedia for literary terms, difficult vocabulary, or just the odd or eccentric idea; can anyone incorporate the Hayflick Limit into their paper? Everyone has seen video and heard an mp3, but are any daring enough to Podcast their final essay? A carefully edited U2 mp3 snip, an embedded flash video of Ophelia Simpson, a slideshow?

rubric.pngThe only limit is to abide the first line of every rubric you’ve ever attached to any assignment:

I _________________ honestly declare that the work is what I have done. In circumstances when I have quoted a certain authority, I have clearly indicated what is a quote and the author. 

A Blogger’s Code of Ethics contains truths far older than the phenomenon of blogging.

English 30s will have no access to internet, filesharing, etc etc. English 10s can have it all.

English Language Arts General Outcomes 10, 20, 30(2003)

Students will listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to:
1. Explore thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences

  • discover possibilities
    • form tentative understandings, interpretations, and positions
    • experiment with language, image, and structure
  • extend awareness
    • consider new perspectives
    • express preferences, and expand interests
    • set personal goals for language growth

2. Comprehend literature and other texts in oral, print, visual, and multimedia forms, and respond personally, critically, and creatively.

  • respond to a variety of print and nonprint texts
    • connect self, text, culture, milieu
    • evaluate the verisimilitude, appropriateness, and significance of print and nonprint texts
    • appreciate the effectiveness and artistry of print and nonprint texts
  • construct meaning form text and context
    • discern and analyze context
    • understand and interpret content
    • engage prior knowledge
    • use reference strategies and reference technologies
  • understand and appreciate textual forms, elements, and techniques
    • relate form, structure, and medium to purpose, audience, and content
    • relate elements, devices, and techniques to created effects

3. Manage ideas and information

  • determine inquiry or research requirements
    • focus on purpose and presentation form
    • plan inquiry or research, and identify information needs and sources
  • follow a plan of inquiry
    • select, record, and organize information
    • evaluate sources, and assess information
    • form generalizations and conclusions
    • review inquiry or research process and findings

4. Create oral, print, visual, and multimedia texts, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication

  • develop and present a variety of print and nonprint texts
    • assess text creation content
    • consider and address form, structure, and medium
    • develop content
    • use production, publication, and presentation strategies and technologies consistent with context
  • improve thoughtfulness, effectiveness, and enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
    • enhance thought and understanding and support and detail
    • enhance organization
    • consider and address matters of choice
    • edit text for matters of correctness

5. Respect, support, and collaborate with others

  • respect others and strengthen community
    • use language and image to show respect and consideration
    • appreciate diversity of expression, opinion, and perspective
    • recognize accomplishments and events
  • work within a group
    • cooperate with others and contribute to group processes
    • understand and evaluate group processes

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View English Language Arts Curriculum PDF(ELA10-1, ELA10-2, ELA20-1, ELA20-2, ELA30-1, ELA30-2)