Today our Mapping Maycomb assignment was due. Then, we transitioned into our Teacher for the Day discussions. We are putting this assignment on pause for the time being as we need to change our schedule for Smarter Balance Testing.
Our next assessment will be for students to create a Character Sketch (Profile) of a character of their choice from the novel. The guidelines, rubric, and an example can be found in the links below:
Character Sketch Guidelines, Character Sketch Rubric, Character Sketch Example
The next task was a group activity to practice analyzing characters. Each group was randomly assigned a character from the novel. Groups were asked to create a profile for their character, on a poster. Information needed to include: picture, quotes, personality traits, and potential hobbies and interests (kind of like a “Facebook” page).
Each group will share their poster on Wednesday.
- Read Chapters 16, 17,18
- Day Six Guided Reading Question
- Chapter 12-15 Journal Question
- Character Sketch Due April 21
On Wednesday, I will be teaching a lesson that is a precursor to the Performance Task (Grade 08 Writing). Our class will begin the Performance Task starting Friday (04.17) and will take the next two class period after that (04. 21, 04.23).
Then, on the week of May 4-7, we will take the second English portion (Literacy Assessment).
Obviously this disrupts our schedule for the novel. I will update the site frequently and remind students in class to take note of the adjustments.
NOTE: I encourage students and families to go onto the OAKS portal, and take the practice tests and check out the additional resources. Eighth grade students will get a “nuts and bolts” tutorial in their Technology or Math class. This is just additional exposure as we head into teasing.
The site: http://oaksportal.org/students/
Please let me know if you have any questions.
– William Milburn