Happy October Break

Dear Parents and Students,

Happy October Break!

The Personal Narrative will be the first major summative assessment we will enter in Powerschool. We are in the process of developing this piece of writing in class. In addition, each student is encouraged to draft and revise his/her writing at home. A major summative assessment for Trimester I, this grade will be entered in the “Project Category;” this category equates to 50% of each student’s final grade. The Personal Narrative will be due after October Break.

Draft Due: October 10th
Final Draft Due: October 17th

Use the checklist below to see if you are on track. You should be able to answer YES to all of these questions before Monday. You will find Pre-writing and drafting support in Write Source Pgs. 96 – 106.

◊I can answer the 5 W and H questions (Who, what, when, where, why, and how) about my narrative
◊My narrative shows the lesson I learned
◊I have put the events in my narrative in order (chronological “time” order)
◊I have a clear beginning, middle and end
◊I have many sensory details in my narrative (what I see, hear, smell, taste, and feel)
◊I have dialogue that helps bring my characters to life
◊My Rough draft is complete

Reading / Accelerated Reader – Over the next few weeks, you will notice a grade in this category. Reading counts for 15% of a student’s overall grade. The score in Powerschool shows how far students have progressed towards their Accelerated Reading goal, and represents the percentage completed to date, not total number of points earned.

Students have individualized goals for reading this trimester. Students should have reached half of their goal by 9/30/11. Students will be responsible for the entire goal by 11/18/11. Please note that students have until November 16 to complete AR assignments and until November 18 to take quizzes.

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