Monday, October 3, 2016

Centennial Research Project

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Salt Creek School.  This month we will be researching the changes that have taken place in our community and our world since 1916.  We will be utilizing the results of this research in the creation and production of an informational report on our topic as well as a visual display to help represent our findings.

With this project you will work in small groups to investigate areas of interest in which to become a resident expert.  The students will have the opportunity to participate in  preliminary research to narrow down their topics of interest before deciding on a final area in which to become an expert.  We are lucky enough to have a wide variety of source materials from members of the Salt Creek Alumni group.  These materials include: photographs, newspaper articles, yearbooks, Pickaway County information as well as information about Tarlton and the surrounding towns.  If you know of anyone who has stories, photos or other materials to share please let us know.

I hope that this project will help you develop a greater appreciation for our school, our community as well as our world.  We will also give us the opportunity to hone our research, report writing and presenting skills in a real world situation with the results being shared in a real world setting.  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Character Traits

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When we talk about a literary character, we often describe that character in terms of character traits: descriptive adjectives like happy or sad that tell us the specific qualities of the character.  They're the same kinds of words that we might use to describe ourselves or others, but we're using them to describe fictional characters in something we've read. 

The author may tell us these traits directly, but more often the author will show us these traits in action. Our job as readers is to draw a conclusion about the character's traits (to infer them) from what the character says, thinks, and does. We might infer a character trait from something a character does only once, or we might draw our conclusions from a series of things the character says and does.

This week, in your blog, I want you to write about some of the characters that are in your story.  You will do this by describing the character traits of at least two (and no more than four) characters from your story.  You will need to support your character trait claims with evidence from the text.  Cite specific examples where a crucial character trait shines through.  To begin your blog entry you will also need to include an explanation of exactly what a character trait is and what the purpose is of character traits.  In this section, you must state what you know in your own words.
This blog entry will be posted to your blog and submitted to me on Jupiter Grades by the end of class on Thursday, September  29.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tomahawk Tribune Plan

In your blog this week I want you to write about our school newspaper: the Tomahawk Tribune.  In this blog entry, I want you to write about what purpose you see our newspaper fulfilling.  Tell your readers what you want to contribute to the newspaper and what you want from the newspaper.  Let your readers know what role you see yourself playing in the newspaper (writer, photographer, editor, etc.).  Be sure to keep your audience in mind when you are writing this entry.  Make sure you explain what the Tomahawk Tribune has been in the past and what you would like it to be for us this year.  

Please have your post be a minimum of three, well formed, paragraphs with an image.  

This blog entry is should be posted to Jupiter grades by the beginning of the day on Friday, 9/09/16

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Monday, August 29, 2016

What Kind of Year Will You Have?

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Having a goal to strive for will help you grow to be a better person.  Each step you make towards that goal is an accomplishment of which you can be proud.  With these goals we can measure our growth and keep in mind who we want to be and what kind of school year we plan to have.

Each quarter this year, we will be setting goals for ourselves.  We will set these goals in three areas: Academic, Behavioral/Social and Personal.

Today, complete your goal survey to help you consider the three areas of growth and what you want to focus on in each of these three areas.  These goals will be for the first quarter.

Once you have completed the survey write about your thought for the kind of year you plan to have.  Take time to consider the growth you hope to see in yourself by the end of the school year.  Each goal we set is a step along that road.

This week, you will write a blog entry about what kind of year you want to have.  Tell us what you want to accomplish, how you want to grow and how these goals will help you become the person you want to be.  Be sure to tell us why these goals are important to you.  Try to include steps you will take to make sure you reach your goals.  Be as specific as you can.
*Remember to include an image to make your post more interesting.

The blog post is due Friday, September 2.
Set those goals and never give-up!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Currently Reading

Now, for our weekly (usually) reading check-in assignment.  

Each week you will be asked to write a blog post about what you are currently reading. This will be part of your reading log.  This first week you will write a blog post about your favorite book.  Let us know the title, author, characters, and a brief summary of the book (no spoilers).  Please tell us why this is your favorite book.  Don't forget to include an image from your book and credit from where you found the image.  
These will be due by the end of class each Thursday's unless I tell you otherwise.
This blog post is due Thursday, 9/2/16.

Remember, you also need to log in information about your weeks' reading on the blog "reading log" link.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Now The Fun Begins!

Now that we have completed our initial MAP testing for the year and completed most of the "housekeeping" activities, we can get down to business!  

By this point most of you have created your blog and have made the first entry of many for the year.  I look forward to reading these.  To do so, I need you to send me your blog site's address.  In the comment section of this post, I want you to cut and paste the address from your blog.  I will then post it in the column on the right so that others can have access to your amazing blog.

I also hope that you are excited and proud of your blog!  If you are, I know that you will carefully craft and edit your blog entries for others to see.  Once you have completed your initial blog entry, as it was assigned last week, take some time to read over the blogs of your friends and classmates.  Also, take the opportunity to comment on blog's.  Remember to be positive and to the point with your comments.

Happy Blogging!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

I'm So Excited!

School is starting soon and we have so many wonderful things to look forward to this year.  I can't wait to share them all with you!

See You Soon!

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