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Giving Thanks…

November 23, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · No Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th), 7th-8th Grade, Books

Hey gang! I just was feeling thankful that I get to work with so many awesome students and teachers every day – both inside my school building AND beyond it.  :)  The internet is a wonderful thing, my friends.

As an expression of that feeling, I thought I’d embed my first Glogster presentation featuring the work of LeGrande students who chose to “Go Beyond” the requirements of our ERP video project. They used their Glogster EDU accounts to create online interactive posters that are housing their book videos! You can also find most of these book videos and more at LeGrande’s Schooltube channel, but these are pretty neat. The students used a template that I created as the basis for their work, but they definitely made these projects their own!

Check these out! Maybe you’ll be thankful that we’ve led you to your new favorite book!

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6th, 7th & 8th Grade (Week #9 – 11/8 to 11/12)

November 9, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 70 Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th), 7th-8th Grade

Hello out there! Since this is the final post for you to respond to during this ERP session, I thought that I would combine all of our responses into one place. I hope that you have enjoyed the books that you have read over the last nine-ish weeks and that you can use the ERP lists for the rest of the year whenever you’re having that “gosh, what should I read next?” feeling. Feel free to keep checking back here on the blog for nifty book info. I do plan to do a better job this school year of posting every week or so. If you would like to write a guest post for the blog, please feel free to contact me about that. I think it would be really cool to have some student writers share with the world!

And now (drumroll, please!), your prompt!

  • Was there a book on the ERP list that you really wanted to read but didn’t for this project? If so, what was it? (HINT: You can look at the lists under the “Reading Projects” section at the top of the blog page if you need reminding.)
  • Why did you want to read that book?
  • Will you read it in the future? Why or why not?

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7th & 8th Grade (Week #8 – 10/26 to 11/2)

October 27, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 79 Comments · 2010 ERP, 7th-8th Grade

Happy Halloween, my friends! Sorry that this post has been delayed, but Halloween week tends to be one of the busiest ones of the year for me. Many of my LeGrande students are participating in our annual Thriller dance project and they know that I’ve been spending almost the same amount of time in the gym as I have in the library! JCMS students, I know that Mrs. Martin loves Halloween as much as I do, so I bet you’re getting to do something fun in her class, too!

Anyway, let’s get down to business. This week we are going to tackle the topic of genre – a fancy word for “type” or “kind”. Remember, since the ERP focuses on fiction we are really dealing with its sub-genres. Your booklist was divided into five genres: Realistic Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Mystery Fiction. If you need some help remembering the specifics of these, you can find a quick list by clicking HERE.

And now. your prompt!

  • Identify the title of one of your ERP books and its genre.
  • List three examples from your book of details that make you think that your chosen book is an example of that genre.
  • Do you typically read books in this genre? Why or why not?

AND AS A BONUS DISCUSSION TOPIC (answer only if you WANT to)…

  • In honor of Halloween, what is your favorite scary story or book? Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?

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6th Grade (Week #8 – 10/26 to 11/2)

October 27, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 22 Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th)

Happy Halloween, my friends! Sorry that this post has been delayed, but Halloween week tends to be one of the busiest ones of the year for me. Many of you are participating in our annual Thriller dance project and you know that I’ve been spending almost the same amount of time in the gym as I have in the library!

Anyway, let’s get down to business. This week we are going to tackle the topic of genre – a fancy word for “type” or “kind”. Remember, since the ERP focuses on fiction we are really dealing with its sub-genres. Your booklist was divided into five genres: Realistic Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Mystery Fiction. If you need some help remembering the specifics of these, you can find a quick list by clicking HERE.

And now. your prompt!

  • Identify the title of one of your ERP books and its genre.
  • List three examples from your book of details that make you think that your chosen book is an example of that genre.
  • Do you typically read books in this genre? Why or why not?

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7th & 8th Grade (Week #7 – 10/19 to 10/25)

October 19, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 104 Comments · 2010 ERP, 7th-8th Grade

It’s getting close to time for us to wrap this project up with our book videos! Be aware that LeGrande students need to be reading, blogging, quizzing, reviewing and working on video production all at the same time! JCMS students, I’m sure Mrs. Martin has a project in mind for you, too!

Enough chit-chat though, let’s take a look at this week’s prompt!

  • Identify a significant conflict (AKA problem) contained in one of the books that you have read for the ERP. You may choose from the following types of conflict:
    • Man vs. Man
    • Man vs. Self
    • Man vs. Nature/Supernatural
    • Man vs. Society
  • Identify the title of the book that you have chosen to use for this response and describe the specifics of the conflict including the characters who are involved and their situation.

Check this space later for the Scoring Guide so that you can self-assess!

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6th Grade (Week #7 – 10/19 to 10/25)

October 19, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 32 Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th)

It’s getting close to time for us to wrap this project up with our book videos, gang! Be aware that you need to be reading, blogging, quizzing, reviewing and working all at the same time!

Enough chit-chat though, let’s take a look at this week’s prompt!

  • Identify a significant conflict (AKA problem) contained in one of the books that you have read for the ERP. You may choose from the following types of conflict:
    • Man vs. Man
    • Man vs. Self
    • Man vs. Nature/Supernatural
    • Man vs. Society
  • Identify the title of the book that you have chosen to use for this response and describe the specifics of the conflict including the characters who are involved and their situation.

Check this space later for the Scoring Guide so that you can self-assess!

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7th & 8th Grade (Week #6 – 10/12 to 10/18)

October 12, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 88 Comments · 2010 ERP, 7th-8th Grade

Welcome back from Fall Break, my friends! I hope you worked in some extra reading time while we weren’t in school. I certainly did! I even took my AR tests on the books that I read while we were off so that I’d have them fresh in my mind when the computer threw those questions at me!

If you’re wondering, I read The Knife of Never Letting Go (an ERP book!) and its sequel, The Ask and the Answer which were strongly recommended to me by 8th graders, Simon T. and Aaron L. I’m almost done with the third book, Monsters of Men and I can’t wait to see how it all ends! I promise to hurry so you can read it next, guys! If you’re a fan of dystopian science fiction (i.e. The Hunger Games) the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness is one to check out ASAP!

Since we are now in Week #6 of the ERP, you are going to need to discuss TWO of your project books this week. Starting next week I will be providing some extended library hours to assist you with working on your book videos. Remember, you can click on the “Book Videos” page at the top to get inspired!

And now with your prompt:

  • Compare and contrast two characters from two different books that you have read for the ERP. Include the characters’ names and the book titles in your response.
  • Please choose either two main characters or two minor characters for this assignment. And remember that you will need to describe how the characters are alike and how they are different!

For the purposes of self-assessment, you may refer to the Prompt #6 – Scoring Guide.

Let the posting commence!

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