Good evening all,
Please read the following email to its entirety as it contains critical information for you and your student to know! Thank you!
Unit 4 Online Test
Thank you for attending class today. Today, we wrapped up Unit 4: Vocabulary and Usage, which is the largest unit of the spring semester. Tonight would be the perfect time to take the Unit 4 Online Test in TeacherEase since we are moving into more application based topics starting tomorrow! Hopefully your student has learned a good amount by now since a bulk of this class's curriculum lies in Units 1-4. Units 5 and 6 are usually optional, but we are doing them this year since we have time!
Unit 5 Plan
Tomorrow, we will be working on Unit 5: Writing. Several students have already been turning in the pages for that unit, which is great! When we do Unit 5 in class starting tomorrow, I will be doing something called "Writer's Workshop." This is when I teach how to write, students practice writing, then students present their writing to the class. The next two classes will be in this format. Tomorrow will be a practice round and then next Saturday will be an official graded one. You will notice that there are assignments in TeacherEase with the name Writer's Workshop in them. Do not worry about them. We will be doing those assignments in the next two classes so it is not homework.
If I have time tomorrow, I will also be going over the synonyms/antonyms portion of the Mid-Term Exam.
There is a Unit 5 Assessment in TeacherEase, so be sure to take it when your student is ready!
Unit 6 Plan
I originally proposed for us not to do Unit 6: Research Skills this semester, but given us being very well on schedule, we will be doing it. Unit 6 will take up the last two classes of the semester.
There is a Unit 6 Assessment in TeacherEase, so be sure to take it when your student is ready!
Given the circumstances of a majority of students already meeting the 60% passing threshold in TeacherEase, I felt that it was necessary to add a few more essential assignments and assessments like the ones discussed above. I will also be adding more assignments in the next few days, so please keep an eye out for those. This will raise the total amount of points in this class, therefore decreasing student grades, but as long as your student is staying engaged, the assignments I add will have little to no impact to their current standing in the end or higher. I will make sure of it. I currently do not know how many points total this class will have in the end, but I suspect around 700-800 instead of the original 500.
I am also thinking about the possibility of adding a final online test that covers all units taught in this school year, which is 6 units total. It would be a comprehensive test that has questions about all units. I am planning on roughy 50 questions. This would be a good indicator for how much students learned in this school year instead of just one unit or one term. Let me know if you have any objections to this idea.
Classes 11-14 Plan Summary
Classes 11 & 12: Writer's Workshop
Classes 13 & 14: Unit 6: Research Skills
Enjoy the sunshine and see you all tomorrow! Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there!