Thursday, November 8, 2012

News Paper Summary Rubric

During a recent professional development session at my school it was impressed upon me that I should began to utilize rubrics more often in my classroom.  At first I was like oh no more work.  I thought I am sure that it is better for the students but it will take me forever to create a rubric.  I was wrong!!!

Once you decide what a level 4 will look like for the project your baseline is set and the other requirements will just be modified from the that level 4.  I took a stab at creating a rubric for a news article summary.  If the students meet a level 3 or above for this assignment they will be showing proficiency with common core standards 4.W.2, 4.W.1, 4.W.9, and 4.RI.2

As a child doing weekly newspaper article summaries is one of the assignments that I remember.  If I remember it now at the ripe old age of 18 :)  then it must have been a fruitful activity that my class might also enjoy.

Use the link below to have your students do this assignment as well!

News Article Summary Rubric
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Persuasive Writing Grapic Organizer

I am beginning a new writing unit with my fourth graders this week.  They love the idea of writing about their opinions and trying to persuade others to believe what they believe.  I started the unit out by doing some modeled writing where I completed this graphic organizer about why fourth graders should have cell phones.  It was really fun to listen to their reasons for why they needed a new android or IPhone device.  They have some very viable arguments.  They convinced me!! 

Please feel free to use this document with your students. :)

Persuasive Writing Graphic Organizer