Upcoming Activities

April 15-16: 11th Grade NeSA Math

April 16: JH Track @ Hershey (St. Pat's Invite)

April 16: HS Track @ Burwell; HS Golf @ Sutherland (Hershey Invite)

April 16-17: 3rd Grade NeSA (Reading and Math); 4th Grade NeSA Reading

April 17: Kindergarten Round-Up 10:00-12:30

April 18-21: No School Easter Vacation

April 22: JH Track @ Broken Bow

April 22: Senior Tea VFW, 2:30

April 22-23: 5th Grade NeSA Reading

April 24: Golf @ Sandhills/Thedford

April 24: DARE Graduation 2:00

April 24-25: 5th Grade NeSA Science and Math

April 25: Community Clean-Up 6-12 Students w/ Chamber of Commerce (All Day)

April 25: LVC Music @ Broken Bow

April 26: HS Track @ Hershey

April 28-29: 4th Grade Trip to Halsey

April 28: NHS/NJHS Induction Ceremony

April 28/30: 8th and 11th NeSA Science

April 29: JH Track South Loup Invite; Arnold

April 30-May 1: 4th NeSA Math

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.