This post will be your go-to place for resources about our informational writing project, and as such, it has a very limited audience. Some of the Taco's other readers may find some of this information useful in their own writing classes or projects. If so, I'm glad it could help you. For my students this … Continue reading Informational Writing: Plagues and Pandemics
We've reviewed phrases and clauses over the last couple of days, and I want to make sure you have the differences between them clear in your mind before we proceed. The following video sums things up pretty well, so watch it and take notes while you do. Write down 10 facts that you learned from … Continue reading Phrases and Clauses Assignment
I'm sure all of my students are aware by now that last Monday marked the end of digital learning at FSMS. To be perfectly clear, there is no lesson for today, nor will there be one for next Monday. The time is yours to catch up on any missing work. You must have all assignments … Continue reading Nothing Gets Done Without the Last Minute
Analyze a WHAT?! Agonizing over paragraph structure? Finding nothing worth smiling about regarding similies? Worrying that you won't sound like you know what you're talking about? Counting the words and writing line totals in the margins? Don't worry about poetry analysis - SLAM it! SLAM, in this case, isn't like a poetry slam. A poetry … Continue reading Don’t Analyze a Poem – SLAM IT!
As you continue to work on your original poem (see last week's assignment) and prepare to video the presentation, take time to really think about what you want your work to say, how you want it to make your reader feel, and what impressions you want to leave your reader with. Hopefully, you haven't rushed … Continue reading What Makes a Poem Good?
Today's video introduces our next lesson, and I hope you'll become as excited about it as I am about it! Yeah, it's about writing a poem, but I'm going to leave the technical stuff for the lesson video. To get you into the spirit of things, watch Nova Venerable deliver her poem, "Apartment on Austin." … Continue reading Poetry Slam!
DirectionsUse the following procedure for each poem on the list. Links to the poems you will use for this assignment are at the bottom of this post. Type your answers in Classroom and turn it in. This assignment is due Saturday, April 18. Make sure you're seated in a quiet spot. Turn off all distractions. … Continue reading Poetry: Terms and Applications
I've noticed that some of my students are having difficulty submitting their work through the Google Classroom platform. I'm no expert, but I know someone who is: our Media Specialist, Ms. Mathews! She has graciously stepped in to save the day by suggesting this video. Watch it, and if you're still confused, email me or … Continue reading How to Submit Google Classroom Assignments
Your assignment for Friday is another three-day assignment that takes place over days 10, 11, and 12. You should spend 20-30 minutes per day working on it. That said, if you are really behind in other subjects, you can use the day to catch up in those areas and tackle this one on Monday. That's … Continue reading Assignment For Days 10 – 12
What Is an Extended-Constructed Response? When I first began my teaching career, the language used among educators was the same as what I'd heard teachers use when I was in school. For example, a test where you picked A, B, C, or D was a multiple choice test. A response that required a paragraph or … Continue reading Day 9: Extended-Constructed Response