Five paragraph essays, tolerance projects, social network profiles & interviews, Flocabulary and blogs. There are a lot of zeroes in the books at the moment. Let’s get this work done and end the year strong.
1. Five Paragraph Essay: Place of Significance (Same rubric as Person of Significance; Write about a place or places this time)
Due: Wednesday, May 29th. We will have a workshop time available on today and Friday for those who would like to take advantage.
2. Social Network Profiles & Interviews
Past Due: Monday, May 17th.
Parts of that project you need to make sure you complete:
- STEAL interview organizers (Interview subjects and consider what you learn about them from their speech, their thoughts, the effect they seem to have on others, their actions, and their looks)
- Practicum student profile pages (Take those interviews and create social network profile pages based on that information; do your best to create those pages from their points of view rather than your own — it should feel like they are the ones that made it — very personal, very specific; the elements of your class’ social network are in your inboxes)
- Final profile page (of someone you see everyday but do not know well) (Same as practicum pages, but for that one other interview and an example of your best possible work)
When most folks have this in, I have another piece of the work that needs to be completed. Without the profiles, done, though it won’t mean much to do that final piece of work.
3. Flocabulary Exercises & Retakes
Past Due: May 20th & May 2nd (and April 9 for Roots 11)
Remember: You can retake any vocabulary quiz as long as you study and show me evidence of that studying
Today’s magic number? Zero. That number is the number of people who have chosen to retake a vocab quiz this year.
4. Tolerance Project
Past Due: April 24
Some folks have gotten parts and pieces of this project done. Missing self assessments from many folks.
This is the last week of blogging. That gives you a couple of weeks to get caught up. Use your blog to help you get your other work done. Post drafts of your essay. Self assess your tolerance project in a blog post. Try using your Flocabulary words in a post. So many ways to keep your blogging relevant and avoid making it feel like added “busy” work. (If it feels like busy work, it is because you have made the choice to treat it as such.)
The final will have four equally weighted components:
1) Read and respond – text connections and double entry journals
You will receive a reading the week before the final. Come to class having read it and be prepared to make text connections and complete double entry journals over it.
2) Graded class discussion – we will discuss the year in review; to meet the standard you must make two meaningful contributions to the conversation; to exceed you must make three. You will also be sharing your final PBL products during this time.
3) Five paragraph essay – In a five paragraph essay, discuss what you learned about yourself, others, and English this year. You do not have to limit yourself to what you learned about others in this class or about yourself in this class. Think about yourself as a freshman. The rubric will be the same as for the Person and Place of Significance essays.
Write this before you come to class. You will not have time in class to write a meaningful, powerful essay that meets or exceeds the standards.
4) Project Based Project of Your Choice
Just like in the fall, choose a topic of interest to you, develop an essential question, and create a product that demonstrates the answer to that essential question.