This week we are working on a paragraph of introduction -- the students were prompted to consider what facts about themselves they think I need to know in order to be their teacher this year.
We started by looking at a model paragraph I'd written about myself. From there, we collaboratively built a rubric that can be used to grade their paragraphs, when they're finished later this week.
Finally, they got rolling on their own writing by filling in the graphic organizer for the assignment.
This is our second paragraph writing project of the year, so we will also be working to incorporate the feedback given on their first paragraphs. While they are writing later on in the week, I will be meeting with the students to review their first paragraphs and review the notes and feedback.
This was a LOT of writing focus during our double period today ... so we took a brain break midway through to play a vocabulary root matching game. Students worked with their table teams to match up the six roots they learned at the end of last year with their translations. Then, each student was given their own set of cards to use as a study aide ... because you never know when that information might be handy in class (nudge, nudge, hint, hint, wink, wink!).
A final note for today -- tomorrow night's homework is to complete a plot map for a short story which we'll be reading in class together on Tuesday. Students were given a copy of a plot map, complete with NOTES about the kind of information that should be included when they do their homework. It looks like this: