Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MAPs scores

Use the link below to find your student's MAPs Reading Scores.
Look for their period and student ID #

MAPs Reading Scores

Beginning of the Year-Average
Middle of the Year--Average
End of the Year--Average
3rd grade
4th grade
5th grade
6th grade
7th grade
8th grade
9th grade
Your student took the MAPs reading test a couple of weeks ago.  We use this test to find out what grade level your child is reading at.  Look at the chart above to see what grade level your student is at.  It’s normal for a student who is in ELD to be reading below grade level.  However, we also look to see if your student is making growth (For middle school,1 year = 4 points). So making 6 points of growth is cause for celebration!!  After finishing MAPs testing, I saw a lot of students who made 3 years of growth just in this school year alone.  However, I also saw students who did not make much growth or whose scores dropped.  Please contact me to discuss your student’s scores further.  Also, remember that going to the library and making sure that your student is reading at least 2 hours per week is critical for continued learning. I will be available by email for the next few days, or at school until Thursday (720 972-2253).

Usamos el examen de lectoescritura MAPs a medir el nivel de leer de su hijo. Mira al grafico arriba a determinar el nivel de su hijo. Es normal para un estudiante en el programa de Ingles como un idioma segundo a leer abajo el nivel grade. Aunque, miramos a determinar si un estudiante esta haciendo progreso (1 ano= 4 puntos). Despues dando el examen de MAPs, yo vi que muchos estudiantes hicieron 3 anos de progreso. Pero, habra estudiantes que no hicieron progreso o con calificaciones con progreso negativo. Favor a contactarme si quieres platicar mas sobre los calificaciones de su hijo. Recuerdo que los estudiantes deben leer a menos de 2 horas cada semana para continuar aprender durante el verano. Soy disponible por email: olivia.j.doll@adams12.org hasta este fin de la semana o estare aqui hasta jueves (720 972-2253)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Peer editing and Revising

After you finish your rough draft you still need to:

  1. Self-edit using the editing checklist (click here)--make a note of what you need to work on
  2. Peer-edit--your partner should read your essay out loud, then fill out the checklist (click here) and make notes of what you need to work on
  3. Revise
Here's the revising process:

  • Read each sentence out loud
  • Ask, "How can I make this sentence even better?"
  • Fix your sentence
  • Go to the next sentence and repeat the process

Before you turn in your essay make sure that you:
  • Take off any color coding
  • Use transition words (Friday's blog)
  • Go through the editing/ revising checklist 
  • Go through the rubric and make sure that you have followed it
  • Have a title for your essay, followed with "by Your Name"

This essay MUST be turned in my the end of class TODAY.  I am at home and will start grading as soon as your class end.  I will not be able to grade any late essays tomorrow.  If you do not turn it in (attach to GC assignment) then you will get a 1.

Monday, May 15, 2017

End of the Year Celebration

      Here's the link to sign up for our class celebration (Thursday, 5/18).  If bringing paper/plastic products, we only need cups and plates or bowls, we don't need napkins.  Everyone should sign up if they're able and bring enough for at least 5 people to share (our largest class size is 11 students).  If you're bringing soda or drinks, drop it off in my room at the beginning of school with a note that states what period it's for--I will put drinks in the fridge/freezer so they're cold.
           Thanks, guys, for making this a great year for me, so let's make it a great party!!

Intro and Conclusion

We have previously spend spent time on how to write an introduction and conclusion, so I will not do a full mini-lesson on them again.    Watch the videos below and follow the outline that I provide.  Note:  although the assignment description says to write a four paragraph essay, this will actually be a five paragraph essay because the counter-argument/rebuttal will have its own paragraph.
Here's a link to my example argumentative essay: "Why Winter is Better Than Summer"

How to write an introduction:
 Youtube video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clPtbFT23Bs
1. Hook
2.  Sentence that links the hook and your thesis.
3.  Your thesis/big argument (make sure that it answer our big question"

How to write a conclusion
1.  Your thesis/argument
2.  A summary of your main points
3.  The Super So What?  What have we learned, what do you want your reader to take away from this?

Essay outline:
First body paragraph (you make claims and support with evidence)
Second body paragraph (you make more claims and support with evidence)

Steps to writing your counter-argument and rebuttal:

  1. Use on of the sentence stems + state one of the opposing side's arguments (a strong one) (1 sentence)
    • The opposing view is that . . 
    • Some people think. . .
    • Some people might say that. . .
    • Some might object that. . .
    • It is true that. . .
    • Admittedly, . . .
  2. knock down their argument (2-3 sentences)
  3. Restate again the benefits of your argument/ or why you are more right than your opponent  (1_-2 sentences)

Weak and Strong counter-arguments

Here are some examples of weak and strong counter arguments:

Strong (would get a 3 or a 4)

It is true that social media is a real problem in our lifetime. Some people might say that social media is use to hurt one another, send nude and even push someone to the limit that they attempt suicide. But for my point of view, social media is a way to feel free for kids. Some kids might use social media contents with their friends, even families. Studies show that cell phone brought their families closer, even save someone's life. I think that we can do some change in social media. Parent can check their kids phone every night, to see that they are up to. Also kids should know when they do something that is not allowed. Social media can block people that puts something that is not inappropriate.
There are some grammar errors here, but all in all, a very good counter-argument and rebuttal. She acknowledges the opposing side's counter-argument, then she restates her claims and gives a possible solution/rebuttal to the counter-argument.

It is true that  social media and cell phones can be harmful, but they can also be helpful. For example we can communicate with friends and family that are far away.  Also if you think that kids are on phones too much  then you  should discipline them more. Phones and social media are not the problem, the problem is the kids that use it.
With a little bit of work, this would be a 3. In the first sentence, the author needs to be more specific. But she states counter-argument, then gives a rebuttal to it.

Weak (would get a 2)

Some people think that social media is bad for kids because of sexting and cyberbullying. But i think that most kids are more responsible than the other kids. Social media is good for our society and i think that teenagers should be allowed to use social media for only good reasons or watched by a guardian. Other people might think that most kids are irresponsible and won't use their phones like they should and cyberbully or even sext each other.
This student is on the right track. The first sentence gives a counter-argument but needs to be more specific. The second sentence doesn't make a lot of sense. The biggest problem is that the last sentence is the counter-argument and leaves us with the feeling that maybe the student who wrote this really agrees with the opposing side.

It is true that kids could use their phone to cyber bully other people on social media  or use it for sexting and send explicit messages, but using phones and being on social media can help a person in many other ways. it  can also help people communicate with loved ones or maybe help communicate with family that are from a different countries. Using a phone can help kids with school purposes as well, it can be used as a good education tool for many of the subjects that kids learn in school.
This student's first sentence is a really good counter-argument. However, the rest of the paragraph isn't really a rebuttal--it belongs in the first or second body paragraph. Where is the possible solution, how does this student knock down the opposing side's argument?

Friday, May 12, 2017


Obj:  Transition words and counter arguments/rebuttals

  1. Finish Star Seminar
  2. Transition words and what makes counter arguments weak or strong
  3. Work time--work on your essay

Transition words to use in your essay:

Giving examples
In addition to
Equally      important
In the same        way    
On the contrary
On the other hand
Even though
In order to
As a result
In fact
For example
For instance
To illustrate
This reveals that

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Organizing your argument

STUDENTS:  Read my "Winter" arg essay when you come into class.  The link is here (it's on page 4)

Obj:  Students can organize their arguments to form a coherent whole

1.   Introduction:  Hook; Link; Thesis (your central idea)
2. First body paragraph:

  •  Topic sentence that previews the paragraph's arguments
  • First claim followed by one or two pieces of evidence that follow the IQE method
  • Second claim, followed by one or two pieces of evidence that follow the IQE method
3. Second body paragraph:

  • Topic sentence that previews the paragraph's arguments
  • First claim, followed by one or two pieces of evidence that follow the IQE method
  • Second claim, followed by one or two pieces of evidence that follow the IQE method
4. Conclusion:  Counter Argument and Rebuttal; Thesis; Summary; Super So What?

Obj:  Students will engage in a Star Seminar Debate in order to verbalize, organize, and clarify their arguments and counter arguments

  1. Star Seminar (Listening, Speaking, Research and Reasoning) Assessment