It’s possible that Mrs. Sparhawk took grades on the D.O.L. (grammar assignment) today. Please ask her if she did. If so, you need to go to a box in the make-up work center that says “extra D.O.L.” and get a worksheet from this box. You can take this home and do it as homework, but don’t forget to turn it in when you return to school.
We were given a new spelling/vocabulary list this week, and we need to continue bringing these home to study. Our next spelling/vocabulary list will be over Letter-Writing Vocabulary List 10C. (Click the link to see the full list.) Our test was scheduled for October 28th, but that date got changed, due to the upcoming parent/teacher conferences and related obligations.
On Tuesday, Mrs. Sparhawk gave everyone a grade for completing their letter to a parent. Now we’re self-evaluating our letters. The purpose behind this assignment is three-fold:
- This week’s spelling words appear in the letter, so by writing the letter, students are practicing their spelling words
- Self-scoring will teach the students more about the teacher’s scoring method (the state-wide method, which uses the six traits of writing)
- On parent-teacher conference night, this letter will open up discussions between the student and parent, as the parent and student go through the student’s writing folder to discover the student’s strengths and weak points as a writer (including penmanship)
At the end of this activity, the student will set goals for improving his/her writing.
If you are gone for one of the three days we’ll be doing these letter evaluations, you will simply be excused from the activity, as there’s really no way to make up the work. Guided self-evaluation is a tough one to make up (sorry)! Everyone must turn in a parent letter, though. It will be a required grade. Remember to put make-up work in Mrs. Sparhawk’s hand, not on her cluttered desk!