Tuesday, September 7, 2010

This week's homework

Due on Friday, September 10th:

Students must write a letter to Mrs. Wald.  The letter must be 200 words, and follow correct business letter format as reviewed in class and illustrated on page 7 of the assignment book provided by the school.  The letter may be either typed or neatly hand written.  The content of the letter is a summary and response  to the first third of the book being read outside of class (an adventure book).  The letter will be assessed on a variety of factors, including grammar, spelling, format, organization, details, et cetera. 

The students had an extensive explanation of this in class today.  A two-sided handout was given to all, and placed in their binders.  The handout includes the rubric that will be used to assess the letters and a sample letter written last year by a student of mine.  Time was given in class today to begin the letter, and time will be given at least one more day this week, allowing for a check in to make sure students are on the right track; however, the majority of the work will need to be done at home. 

As the marking period continues, students will continue this "outside reading project."  They will need to read to the two-thirds mark, write a second letter, read to the end of the book, write a third (final) letter, and prepare and present a short "book talk" in front of the class.  All of this will need to be completed before the end of the marking period.  Due dates are not yet set for these pieces, but students may keep working, and may turn in their letters early if ready to do so.