In Humanities, students worked on story writing, word work and their research project about First Nations. Based on student feedback Mr. Brewer created a rubric for the project work:
The highlighted areas in the rubric above were the focus for this week's work. Students collaborated with others in their group to achieve the group goal of designing posters featuring their research about First Nations. They began by producing rough plans of how they thought the posters ought to look (i.e. layout). They used brainstorming, to organize and carry out this aspect of the project work. They based their plans at least in part on posters they had seen made by students in previous years that were used as exemplars. The rubric allowed them to use established criteria to determine their progress and the areas where they could improve (e.g. make the title larger and more colourful so it can be seen more easily). Next week students will evaluate usefulness, relevance and completeness of their gathered information. They will address information gaps (e.g. if the research told a lot of information about clothing, but neglected to explain about shelter) As we progress through this work, we will focus more and more on presentation techniques. A more detailed version of this rubric, that Mr. Brewer will using when evaluating the work appears below:
Students continued to write their legendary stories too. They agreed that stories ought to have a beginning, middle and end and that there should be a climax in action. They thought mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) ought to be important as well. Setting, use of interesting words, and longer sentences that include red flag words and phrases were likewise features of the story that students agreed mattered for the legend to be of very good quality. To avoid repeating the same words over and over again it was agreed that students should use 'word referents' as well. Mr. Brewer will use this student feedback to create a rubric such as the one for the First Nations project.
The focus of word work this week was on the use of suffixes. One of our reading goals is to expand vocabulary. A strategy that we identified for doing this is to determine the meaning of words using prefixes and suffixes. Students used the words in context by writing their definitions and finding synonyms. They alphabetized the words and wrote sentences using these words:
Homework: Reading paragraphs. Assigned on March 2, 2018. Due March 5, 2018.
Spelling test: Mon. March 5.