Today in class we read Cynthia Rylant's short story "Stray". Do you think Doris is strong or weak? In the comment section hare your opinion and evidence or reasons to support your thinking.
Time and Intensity Matter
A researcher named Malcolm Gladwell has studied what makes people achieve in whatever they are doing—like he studied the Beatles—and he said the one magic ingredient that makes people better is time spent working on something. People who are only so-so just put in half an hour of work. People who become excellent put in tons of time. They know how to turn off the TV and the computer games, and get to work.
Tonight and for the whole of this week, we’re expecting that you will not just put in your dutiful homework time. The research you are doing is for real, and you only have a little more than a week to do something significant. So tonight you’ll find your own sources. You can read or you can watch videos. But either way, collect.
Use every technique in the book to not only take notes, but to take note. Turn your mind on so that as you read and take notes, you make connections, ask questions, notice contradictions. Tomorrow we’ll talk about the thinking that you did as you researched.
For homework tonight find 5 sources to support your claim. Please print them out or email them to yourself so you can dive into them tomorrow in class.
Writers, today we talked about choosing the kind of thinker you want to be. Remember we said that when someone with a view that is different than yours approaches you, you can be the kind of person who stands with your arms crossed, your face stern, you back up? We all have people in our lives who listen to our ideas like that, and I think non of us like it very much when we feel as if our listener's mind is already made up before we open our mouths. Tonight your homework is to ready an article about chocolate milk that argues the opposite of what you believe, and I'm going to ask you to be a respectful, open-mined listener (and reader). Even if you really can't for the life of you imagine any view about chocolate milk other than your own, try your very hardest to be an open-minded listener. Make yourself say things back to the author like, "Good point!" and "That makes sense," or "I see what you mean."
This will mean that you end up taking notes on the side of this argument that will probably not be the side you argue. Though who knows, you might even end up finding your thinking gets changed. Tonight you can read through the articles you started today, or others you find online. I have put a link to a video you could watch as well.
Use the Aurasma app (directions in previous post) and scan the pictures to be taken each student's video and book. Let us know how you like our work in the comment section!
The videos below explain how to save your published writing as a PDF in order to upload it as a digital book onto flipsnack.com AND how to create your aura to share your story in our writers' museum. Pause and work alongside the video.
First video : How to upload your writing
second step: creating your Aura
Due to the school calendar Unit 5 is stretched out for a long time. To ensure you continue to practice the skills we learned in the earlier lessons practice on IXL. Here is a list of the skills to work on:
Workshop on the safe use of internet
Elementary school parents are invited to join us on November 18th for a workshop where we will be revisiting what parents can do to help their children safely use the internet and avoid the social network traps.
Workshops sobre o uso seguro da internet
Convidamos os pais do Elementary School para participarem do workshop em que revisaremos estratégias para ajudar seus filhos a utilizar a internet de forma segura, evitando as armadilhas das redes sociais.
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