Sunday, January 31, 2016

Presidents Day Writing Contest

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Guess What?

Mrs Armstrong-Montes is sponsoring a writing contest for Presidents Day.  

A writing contest!  [click for larger image]

Due: Tuesday, February 16th, 3 PM

Who: Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Resource Room

Winners in each grade:  $10 Gift Certificate to the School store for one composition from each grade
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Just choose a theme:
Either 


My Hero,  President _____________      
 or          
A Historic Leader,  President __________________

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For grades 5 6 7 8, the prompts will be:



Which president is a hero? 
or  

Which President is an historical leader?
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Students in grades 5 6 7 and 8 look here for more expectations, directions, and resources. You'll want to make a copy of that document to help guide you in creating your notes and final essay. 

Resources for planning and documenting your process and skills:

Lessons





Create a document called “President Notes Code Name” for your research.
Begin your task with these directions: Presidents Day Directions [make a copy; includes resource sites]

Document your investigation and skills using our Essential Questions with this Progress Tracker: 

Here is an example of the tracker: Process Example

Here is an example of organized notes and essay drafts: President Notes Example

Here is an example of my planning Presidents Day Directions sheet: Presidents Day Shee

Here is an example of a final essay:  President Jimmy Carter, Hero by Shee

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Add a comment below with a link to your essay !

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MODEL ESSAY

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President Jimmy Carter, Hero


by Sheri Edwards


We can choose to alleviate suffering.

We can choose to work together for peace.

We can make these changes — and we must.   

Jimmy Carter, Nobel Lecture

These words are life words, words lived by and promoted by former president, James Carter. Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize helping people’s human rights, promoting democracy and social programs, and finding peaceful solutions to conflicts. A hero is, according to the dictionary, a  “person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.” As a man of ideals and a role model for the possibilities that can happen when we say and act on these words, “We must make these changes, ” Jimmy Carter is a model for all of us. As a man of peace and champion of human rights, President Jimmy Carter is a Presidential Hero.
The Presidency

As President, Jimmy Carter promoted peace, programs for people, and protected our lands. Even as Governor of Georgia, he was known for “emphasizing ecology, efficiency in government, and the removal of racial barriers” And as President, he wanted to continue this; he said he wanted government to be “competent and compassionate.” He continued fighting the racial barriers being both compassionate and competent by adding eight million jobs, especially for women, blacks, and Hispanics. He protected millions of acres of lands in Alaska. He promoted peace because he kept the United States from wars and negotiated treaties and diplomacy.Today, Obama benefits from Carter with his energy policies because Carter started the Department of Energy to help stop the use of polluting oil fuels. A good president develops programs and policies that help the country’s people and its land and resources. As President, Jimmy Carter’s actions did just that.

Social and Health Programs
As Post-President, Jimmy Carter continued to develop social and health programs for people around the world. He worked to help people all over the world to get homes through Habitat for Humanity. He started The Carter Center, which has eradicated river blindness, caused by parasite larvae in the human body, by providing 200 million treatments of Mectizan, which was donated by Merck. Columbia, Ecuador and Mexico are now free of river blindness. To promote continued social and health programs for people in other countries, he and The Carter Center observe elections to make sure they are fair. Jimmy Carter’s work has helped keep fair elections in 101 countries. A hero acts to help people. Jimmy Carter has helped people keep their rights through fair elections and has helped people obtain health and homes through his service in promoting social programs.

Peace Negotiator
Key to his legacy, Jimmy Carter continued to promote peaceful solutions. Carter has been an ambassador to stop disputes between countries. For example, as President, he brought Egypt and Israel closer together, helped to get treaties made for the Panama Canal, opened diplomacy with China, and limited the use of nuclear arms. In addition, after his presidency, he helped the United States deal with leaders like Kim Il Sung of North Korea and Muammar Qaddaffi of Libya. A hero is a model; a hero keeps people safe, and these show that was always one of his main objectives by remaining a peace-keeping ambassador.

Conclusion

As the facts demonstrates, President Jimmy [James] Carter chose to alleviate suffering, chose to work together for peace, and chose to continue his quest even after he was President of the United States. A hero is model, and this model, Jimmy Carter, helped people, kept them safe, and maintained peace. As the Carter Center motto indicates, Jimmy Carter is “Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.“ This is a life worth modeling after. President Jimmy Carter is a Presidential Hero.








Sources



Our Nation’s Leaders website:

Miller Center:

socialstudiesforkids:


The Carter Center

Images are Creative Commons or Public Domain:
Relations with China [Deng Xiaoping and Carter]: https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/184/441502971_80c53ea982.jpg
Portrait of Jimmy Carter by Robert Templeton <https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3007/2871192373_1d55a8f1d9_o_d.jpg>




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Friday, January 29, 2016

Bounce


I'm standing at the free throw line. Bounce to compose myself. Bounce to focus on the score. That got me thinking about composure and focus in the classroom.

A basketball player doesn't just run up and down the court. No. They've got a plan, a focus, an understanding of what the other players are doing or will do. And they're ready to act on those moves and their plan.

A basketball player as a reader and writer wouldn't just run up and down the court  page -- they'd have a plan, they'd compose themselves to focus on what to do, what the goal is, what to do to meet that goal.  They'd compose themselves, slow down and focus their minds on what ways to win this game.

In reading, I'd be thinking---

  • Bounce: What did I just read? What does the author want me to learn?
  • Bounce: What surprises me in this text?
  • Bounce: What's the main idea?
  • Bounce: How does this key detail [and this one, and this one] support the main idea?
  • Bounce: What's significant about this text?
  • Bounce: What's my next step - goal/plan -- what am I to do with this information?
In writing, I'd be thinking--


  • Bounce: What's my message? What do I want the reader to learn?
  • Bounce: Who am I writing this for? What do they need to know and how will I make it clear?
  • Bounce: Did I stay on topic?
  • Bounce: Did I add enough interesting and relevant ideas for my reader to understand?
  • Bounce: Did I include my voice, my personality, to make it my own writing?
  • Bounce: Did I convince the reader with a claim, relevant evidence, and warrants to build my claim so the reader would believe it?
  • Bounce: Did I include media to add relevant evidence, a visual summary of the main ideas, or quote to remember?
  • Bounce: How's my design? Is it professional: a thorough, relevant analysis with my sources cited?
That's right: I'd be the player with the plan, and I'd be passing the ball -- the strategies of readers and writers ---  to encourage and support my team to win as a learning community.  That's a slam dunk.

How do you compose and compete in reading and writing? How do build your learning community, and what projects have you created -- those slam dunks that demonstrate your power as a player in reading and writing?

  • Bounce.  Think about it.
  • Pass.  Collaborate.
  • Slam dunk.  Projects done.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Literacy Night



















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Friday, January 8, 2016

January: New Beginnings

About Our Class
Wordsmiths

Welcome LA NSDEdwards from Sheri Edwards on Vimeo.

January is a fresh start, and we're starting with fresh writing skills. We're learning the skill of argument through it's elements: claim, evidence, warrant.  [ practice template]



An argument isn’t just a disagreement with your best friend about what to do on Saturday afternoon.

In writing, an argument is a text
that expresses the author’s position
about a topic and why that topic is correct.

As a reader, it’s your job to evaluate
the strength of the author’s argument
and decide whether you agree with it.



Parts of an Argument
An argument includes:

Claim: A claim is a statement that is arguable. What do I think?

Reason: A reason is a statement that supports the claim. It's a rule most people would agree with. Why do you say that?

Evidence: Evidence supports the reason and gives proof to the claim. How do I know this is true?


CLAIM
Claim: A claim is a statement that is arguable.
Examples might be a solution to a problem, an opinion about a social issue, or something the author believes to be true.
A claim often answers the question that starts with the word what.
What do I think?
What is the problem that needs to be solved?
The claim typically answers the question: “What do I think?”


WARRANT [REASON]
Warrant/Reason: A reason is a statement that supports the claim. It's a rule most people would agree with -- a reason that adds the zing to your evidence. It connects your evidence to your claim. Reasons often answer the question why. Why do you say that?

If you can answer the question why with the word because in the sentence, you have a reason.

The reasons typically answer the question: “Why do I think this?” Warrant Examples


EVIDENCE
Evidence:
Evidence supports the reason and gives proof to the claim. Evidence can include examples, case studies, testimonials, and statistics.
Evidence often answers the question how.  How do I know this is true?

The evidence typically answers the question:  “How do I know this is the case?





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