Wow! I did not realize how long it has been since I updated this website! I am so sorry! I am keeping the kids updated in class, but I know this is a great tool.
This last test over Old English was apparently tough. I have gone over the test with the students. We discussed the essay portion quite a bit. It was a compare/contrast essay, but the majority of the students gave me plot summary and did not prove the thesis they wrote. Some did not write a proper thesis.
Therefore, tomorrow (Friday, 10 October) the students will be rewriting the essay from the test. This will count as a separate test grade (not added to the test), but it should help their test averages. I went over different strategies for writing such an essay, and we practiced writing a thesis sentence together today.
The students should review Beowulf and the compare/contrast graphic organizer I gave them prior to the test.
Many students have not completed even their first Book Talk. I am available after school for Book Talks, and Tuesday we will have Independent Reading and Book Talk day in class.
We have a DGP test on Monday, 13 October.