Upcoming Activities

Oct 31: No School Fall Break

Nov 2: Fall Back; Time Changes!

Nov 3: Volleyball Subdistricts in Ord, South Loup v. Central Valley at 6:00; second game for winner to follow immediately

Nov 6: Conference Quiz Bowl has been Moved to March 9!!!

Nov 7: JH Wrestling @ Sutherland; 3:00

Nov 11: Veteran's Day program in Gym, 10:00

Nov 12: CAPABLE Career Day: Healthcare

Nov 13: JH Wrestling SL Invite @ Arnold, 2:00

Nov 14: One Act Play school matinee, 2:00; Public Performance with Callaway @ Arnold, 7:00

Nov 17: Winter Sports Practice Begins; OCC Packing party in HS Gym; Pubic Performance One-Act Play in Callaway (7:00)

Nov 21: JH Wrestling @ Med Valley, 1:00

Nov 24: Conference Play Production in Callaway, 2:00 Performance

Nov 26: Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving; 2:40 Friday Schedule

Nov 27-28: No School; Thanksgiving Break

Reading Journals

Project Title:  Literary Reading Journals

Software Used:
Centerpoint, angel, myelearning, or Blackboard system
Word documents passed back and forth through the server with comments
a blog in which readers can comment about the reading journal
there are many options depending on if you want to get feedback from the reader of the journal or not.
(I usually have a template that students put on their computer and then they highlight the lines and type their journal entry and submit electronically.)

Subject and Grade Level: Any grade level

Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered: any subject area related to their reading

Standards:  12.1.1, 12.1.3, 12.1.4, 12.2.1, 12.2.5

Example:
“Reading Journals”
“Epilogue Copy”
“Hyperbole Journal”
“Idiom”
“Imagery Journal”
“Pun”
“Stereotype Journal”

Suggestions:  I use the reading journals in conjunction with AR because it seemed like either parents were signing the logs without making sure the students read the assigned minutes or a student would lose points because his or her parent was too busy to sign the log even though the student read.  Rather than having the parent verify reading, the student writes a summary once a week that shows what’s happening in his or her book.  I have the assignment broken down into sections so students can develop interactive reading skills.

Materials needed:  computer

Lesson Plans/Directions:  Once a week students write a journal entry over their personal reading.  Most students use their AR novels so there is a variety of literary works, but the format is basically the same.  I have students write the date they do the journal, the title and reading level of the novel, page number, define a literary term and give an example (if there’s not an example in their book they may refer to another book or movie, I just want to make sure they can apply the knowledge), plot summary, and reader reaction.  My students know that I want the thoughts to be first priority, but writing conventions and length also play a part in their grade.  Students are able to get consistent writing practice without the stress of a major assignment.  I also motivate students to get their goal by excluding the assignment after they achieve their goal.  It’s amazing how much more time students find to read if they know that they will not have to do assignments after they earn my maximum points per quarter.  The most I assign a student is 50 points a quarter because I want them to have time to enjoy their activities.  Even though they only have to have 50 points, students have to keep using their AR time wisely.  Since I implimented my mpq, the number of points that students get has actually increased.