The Week Ahead: 9/18/17 to 9/22/17

Welcome back!

This week we will be starting where we left off!

Today, Monday, in class students reflected on their experience of Hurricane Irma by writing six word memoirs. I anticipated there being absences…but ALL students were present! WooHoo! If students did not finish their memoir in class, they must finish it for homework! 

Tuesday students will be finishing their summer reading presentations…this will be the final day of presentations! Students will also take home their progress reports which will need to be signed and returned to Miss K by Friday September 22, 2017.  

On Wednesday, students will complete their first Palm Beach Performance Assessment which is a practice FSA type essay. This will be expository and completed in class.

On Thursday there will be no class because school will be closed.

On Friday, students will be introduce to RAVEN, a way to analyze an article/source for reliability! This will be the first major research lesson of the year! The homework for this lesson will be to choose an article from the world wide web, summarize it, and analyze it using the RAVEN acronym.

Please keep watching the news! There is so much happening in the world and there is no way that we can talk about all of it in class. As your family about it and start a nice dinner time discussion! Learn about their perspectives of the topic!


 

RReputation: What do you know about the reputation of the author, the sources, and/or the publication?

AAbility to observe: Is the author in a position that allows access to reliable evidence? If the article is about an event, did the author actually observe the event?

VVested Interest: Does the author have a personal stake in the topic or event? Would the author gain anything by lying? Would the author gain anything by telling the truth?

EExpertise: Does the author have specialized knowledge on the topic or event? Is the author considered an expert in the field? Does the evidence come from a source that has expertise on the topic or event?

NNeutrality: Is the author neutral about the issue or is bias evident? Is the source of the evidence neutral or biased?