RIGHT NOW, I am stressing about writing. ~~~~~ Our Progress Reports are due this Friday (didn't school JUST start???) and I can honestly say that I have no idea where my kids are (academically) in writing. Beats me. Insert blank face and empty hands here. HUH. I guess my two and a half hour language arts block is more about . . . tends to focus on . . . um . . . anyways! I have been incorporating our Step Up to Writing program with the Houghton Mifflin curriculum and I'm wondering what all of these writing samples are actually showing me. So much of it right now is guided and shared pen and all of that stuff. All good stuff but still . . . I repeat, I have no idea where my kids are in writing. Are they on grade level, below grade level, above grade level . . .
I came up with this to help me:
First page: label the dog. I already told you that rule number two in my class is Must Love Dogs. Now students Must Write Labels. I'm checking to see if my kiddos can sound out words. Fingers crossed.
Back page (or next page): Correct the sentence. I'm looking to see if my friends will remember to begin the sentence with a capital and end it with a period. You know - since we've been practicing that over and over and over and over . . . Oh, who am I kidding?
Also, students have to write their OWN SENTENCE about the pictures. Yikes. I don't know how this will go but I really want to see who my writers are . . . because like I said, still not sure. As you can see, I put pictures of the playground. That's because 1) I wanted to remind them what it looked like since we haven't seen it in so long and 2) every child has seen, done, been near this equipment, regardless of their background because it's on our playground.
Click the pic to grab it if you want it. Although I know that all of you have been shaking your heads at me and judging me for not knowing where my kids are. I mean, I hope they're at home in their houses with their families, but it's true - I don't know where they are in writing. I just don't. At least I'm trying to get to the bottom of it.
Bachelor Pad (the live part) was CUH-RAZY! I loved it all except I felt so sad for Michael. Love hurts, man!!!! I'm
dying counting the minutes on pins and needles looking forward to the Season Finale of Big Brother tomorrow, as well as the Season Premiere of Survivor. :) :) :)
PS I've been having trouble with google docs. I'm trying scribd. Hope it works!!!!