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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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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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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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6th Grade (Week #6 – 10/12 to 10/18)

October 12, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 30 Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th)

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!

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 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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6th Grade (Week #5 – 9/28 to 10/11)

September 28, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 24 Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th), Books

Wow! I can’t believe that it’s almost Fall Break! My biggest problem at the moment is trying to decide what I’m going to read during my free time! :) Anyway, you may have noticed that this is an extra-long “week” for posting. I thought that it was only fair to give you plenty of time to get your assignment done even with the time off. You’re welcome, students!

With a week off, I’m hoping to see A LOT more people getting closer to having at least 2 project books read when we come back. Make sure that you take advantage of checkout day on Friday! You can access this blog, the library catalog, and Glogster from anywhere there is an internet connection, so no excuses! You are welcome to begin writing your video scripts anytime. You absolutely need to have that finished before storyboarding and using the multimedia production software. You can find materials to help you with the video on the “Reading Projects” page at the top of this blog!

And now, your prompt! As always, you can click on the following link to assess yourself – Prompt #5 – Scoring Guide

  • Pretend that you are in a situation where you could give advice to one of the characters in the ERP book that you are reading/have read most recently.
  • List the title of your chosen ERP book and the name of the character you have chosen to advise.
  • Identify a problem that the character has in the book and describe what they could do to improve their situation.

Have a great break! Make time for blogging and reading because I’ll be approving posts every day!

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6th Grade (Week #4 – 9/21 to 9/28)

September 22, 2010 by Mrs. Northcutt · 34 Comments · 2010 ERP, 6th Grade (plus 5th)

Hey kids! We’re getting close to the mid-way point with the ERP, so I just want to check in with you on a few topics.

Some things to consider:

  • Most likely, you should have finished at least one book by now. Keep in mind that you need to read 3.
  • After you read each book, you need to take the AR test on it and write a review for it in our library catalog.

Otherwise, let’s get to this week’s hot topic!

  • Explain a connection that you made with the ERP book that you are currently reading.
  • Remember – connections include text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world. You can click on each of the previous links to get prompts that will help you compose your answer.
  • Please include the title of your book in your comment!

Click on the following link for information on how this week’s prompt will be scored! – Prompt #4 – Scoring Guide

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