We then discussed how people learn from books - fiction and nonfiction. We read and discussed the first paragraph on the "Reading and Writing Philosophy" page of this Weebly, and gave examples from Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie or the picture books we've been reading aloud. We then finished our paper blogging exercise, so that we can share our passions once again. Who are the experts in the room? ALL of the students.
Wednesday and Thursday we talked about how grading looks like for reading. Since we won't have typical tests in reading, students will need to show what they know by answering close-reading questions. We re-read "A View from the Bridge," and looked at sample responses. Students were then given time to discuss and re-write an answer to turn in. We will be using the rubric shown at the top of this page.
We also had a fun period of "book speed dating!" All the 7th grade ELA teachers pulled their favorite books off the shelves of the library the night prior, and then got together with another class during the day to quickly check over great recommended books. What fun seeing students get excited about oldies but goodies, and new books that are popular!
On Friday, we designed and began our blogs. We will use these blogs for Genius Hour posts, creative writing, asking questions, and reflecting on what we've done in class. Mr. Aho came in to teach us how to set them up, and then we went to Mr. Slowinski's class to discuss digital citizenship.