Greetings Students and Parents!
Wow! Lots of learning this past week.
In social studies, our learning activities have focused around the constitution, the bill of rights, structure of state and federal government, how a bill is passed and more! We have been writing several short essays as a way to help students process, apply, and demonstrate their learning. We have started using some online educational games (quizlet.com) as a way to study and interact with learning objectives.
Last week’s quizzes were generally lower than I was hoping, so I gave students an opportunity to complete a Reflection and Correction Activity in order to improve on their quiz score. Students found out what they got wrong, researched to find the right answer, reflected on why they thought they missed it, and then wrote 50-75 word short essay on that topic. Most students found this activity to be educationally fruitful and a helpful grade boost.
In language arts, we are finishing our unit on journalism and narrative writing with our constitutional issue paper. This is a cross over assignment and will be graded in both social studies and language arts using two different rubrics. Students are writing about a contemporary, constitutional issue than deals with both individuals’ rights versus the common good. During this writing process, students are sharpening their researching and formatting skills, going even more in-depth in their journalistic approach, and are working toward building logical, elaborate, and stylistic essays that not only inform the reader, but enlighten!
During week 7, we will be finishing this writing unit with our constituti0onal issue essay and then a narrative free write. Then, starting in week 8, we will be moving to persuasive writing, wherein we will be learning the art of writing thematic, literary essays.