Wednesday, October 4, 2017

College Is In Your Future


College Awareness Month In honor of College Awareness Month, let's learn about two of the universities that Mr. McGinty attended. 







Monday, October 2, 2017

Writing Nonfiction Narratives with Descriptive Language



Student Samples: Nonfiction Narrative Writing with Descriptive Language One element to focus on when writing a nonfiction narrative is including descriptive language. You should try to use precise words, descriptive details, and sensory language that show what settings are people are like and allow your readers to visualize what is taking place in your story in their minds. 

Here are few excerpts of descriptive writing from the nonfiction narratives of students in our classes: 

It was a typical, not sunny, not warm, just right kind of day. I was trying to get my pillow, which was a little bit in a country design, and pink with a yellow newborn chick on it with my date and time of birth on it.

“Nooooooo!” I screamed  from the hallway. I heard “I'm sorry” from the door, then I heard the door close, and then I heard silence and nothing else and I tasted something bitter. Something I never tasted before that fateful day.



I waited and waited but still no luck. I started to wonder if there were any fish in the ocean today. But then my older brother got a tug, so with excitement I went with my fishing rod and ran to my older brother. I helped my brother to reel it in. Once we reeled it in, we saw what it was. A giant crab.

We were having a campfire in the front yard and I could see the red and orange flames rising and rising, as they get larger. I felt warm and excited.

I had just remembered that I didn't know how to push myself on the swing. So I yelled to my sister to come and push me. Then she pushed me high in the air and I felt the breeze passing through my hair. But when I would come back down I felt like I was falling and I would never go back up. But then she pushed me again up high, over and over. One time she pushed me so high I felt like I was way past the clouds.

"Bye, I love you," I say to my parents. I slam the blue car door. I discover so many people in my sight so nervous. I discover one of my friends, so I walk over but stop at the large gate and discover a dandelion growing in between a crack. I pick it and whisper, "Please let these years be great and don’t let me get distracted by other things around me. Let me get the grades I want." Then I gently blow.

I felt the sunny breeze passing by my face while I was walking home from school. When I got home my sister let our family dog in our house. I chuckled while she let her in.

It was a hot day in Tamasopo, Mexico. I planed to be in the pool all day to escape the scorching heat. I got all my equipment for swimming which was only some shorts. I got to the pool with my feet boiling from the hot tile. I jumped in the pool. The water was refreshing.

It all began on a cloudy warm overcast morning. I was packing my stuff to go to my grandma's house in San Jose. My mom, my three sisters, and I got in my dad's old Honda minivan. While my sisters were raging for the tablet in the backseat, I heard the movement of the suitcases as they are thudding in the back.

The next day I remained homesick. I felt dizzy and bored and then all of a sudden my head hurt more, and I felt like my head was spinning in circles and that I had a really bad fever.

The last thing I saw was the faces of my brothers and the screams from my parents. Everything was fading until it was pitch black. My parents sped all the way to the hospital. My eyes finally opened, and I saw a bright light. I was in the emergency room. I looked across and I saw four doctors.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Writing a Nonfiction Narrative



Nonfiction Narrative Assignment  Write a nonfiction narrative in which tell about a real-life experience that answers this question: 

When did a challenge lead to a triumph?

Begin by giving your reader background about the experience. Then, present a natural, logical series of events that shows how a challenge led to a triumph. Conclude by reflecting on the importance of the experience. 

Elements of Nonfiction Narrative  To learn more about the various elements of a nonfiction narrative, we will first watch the video and graphic below. We will then examine a model text to see if it has these elements. 



Thursday, September 7, 2017

Independent Reading and Launching New Perspectives Unit

CHILDHOOD is the theme of our first My Perspectives unit. The Essential Question: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up? 
























Warm-Up: Independent Literacy Activities  Please enjoy about 15 minutes of "Independent Literacy" time. During this time you may quietly read from your library book, take an AR quiz, or read an article from Newsela. Happy reading! 

Unit Introduction: Childhood Today we are going to be a launching our New Perspectives unit on "Childhood." We will begin by thinking about what it means to grow up - both the challenges and triumphs. We will discuss what we look forward to in adulthood, as well as what we will miss about childhood. We will watch a few videos (including those featured below) to start answering the unit's essential question: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up? 




Today we will also explore some of the texts we will be exploring during this unit, make some unit goals, and preview some of the unit's academic vocabulary. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Accelerated Reader Goal-Setting and Newsela


Accelerated Reader Goal-Setting  Once you know what your reading level is, you will have a better idea of what level books you should be reading and what an appropriate reading goal would be for you for the quarter. I will be meeting with you during this time to discuss your reading level, "just right" books levels, and to decide on your A.R. goal. We will use a charts like the ones below to help us in the process. 



You will then record your personalized reading data and A.R. goal on the document Reading Data and Goal-Setting Chart located in your Language Arts Google Classroom. If I don't have time meet with you today, we will make time tomorrow. 

While I am meeting with students you will be working on the independent activities below.

Newsela Independent Reading  If you choose not to read an A.R. book today, head on over to Newsela. Remember to 'Sign in with Google.' Today you may select the article or articles of your choice, choose your preferred reading level, and take the associated quiz or quizzes. Good luck and happy reading! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Star Reading Test and Introducing Accelerated Reader



Star Reading Test  Today we are going to take the Star Reading Test which is going to help provide a sense of what your current reading level is. Once we determine your reading level we will better be able to match you up with engaging books that are just right for you. Make sure you do your very best. Read carefully and use your new context clues strategy. Good luck! You can find a link to the test here.  

Introducing Accelerated Reading and Taking Your First Quiz  Watch the video below to get a basic introduction of how the Accelerated Reader program works.

 

Next week I will provide you with the results of your Star Reading Test, we'll work together to determine your A.R. reading goal for the quarter, and we'll head to the library to pick out awesome books that are just right for you. In the meantime, feel free to take your first quiz on the read-aloud Thank You, Mr. Falker at the Accelerated Reader website

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Introducing Google Classroom and Kahoot!


Welcome to Google Classroom  Here at Lakeview Middle School technology is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Google Classroom will be one of the important tools we use this year. Watch the video below to learn a little bit about how Google Classroom works.


Now head on over to Google Classroom and explore! Notice that I have posted a question for each of you to answer. 

Introducing Kahoot!  Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, which is "all about coming together and making learning awesome." To see how it works check out the video below.



Kahoot! Activity: Subjects, Predicates, and Fragments Review  Now let's have fun together reviewing the basic components of a sentence, subjects and fragments, and identifying fragments, all while trying out Kahoot! for the first time. Report to Kahoot! and I will provide you with the necessary code to get started.