Some students have asked about online reading and if it can be included in their reading journals. The answer, of course, is “yes, but”. Yes, but it needs to follow a formula to be legitimate. Below you will see an example shown in class.
If a student is say, reading online fan fiction on a site such as Wattpad they can apply a formula to tabulate how many “pages” they have read. But first, the student needs to establish their reading rate. To do this, look at the example below. In this example Suzy read for 30 in one sitting and found that she was reading 25 pages in that 30 min. block of time. So she follows the steps below…
Take the amount of pages you read divided by the time it took to read them.
In this case that is 25/30
Then take the quotient as your reading rate.
In this case the number was 0.83…
This means that Suzy reads about 0.83 pages per min.
Then take the amount of time you were reading on Wattpad
Let’s say Suzy reads for 40 min on Wattpad tonight
Take the time you read times your reading rate.
In this case Suzy then takes 40 X 0.83 = 33.2
This means Suzy read the equivalent of 33.2 pages online tonight (or 33 pages)
Now record that in your reading journal
However, reading novels and other actual “books” MUST be the key focus in your reading journal. Your goal is to read 20 books this year. Also, please note that online reading such as Facebook, Snapchat etc. is not “reading time” as it much of it is scrolling, looking at pictures, and does not relate to the focus of reading and understanding literature. “Reading time” is time spent sitting with fiction or non-fiction books, focusing on the craft of written language.
Today we discussed symbols in literature. For an example we took the Grinch who stole Christmas movie because many of the students have seen it. The first picture shows five objects from the story. Then we recorded where and when in the story those objects came into play. we then underlined the actions in each of those sentences. Then we recorded the reactions of characters to those events in the story. Once we had all this done students made a statement for each object. The statement is based on the reactions of the characters in that object is used. For example, if you look at the Grinch Christmas tree in the picture below you may say that the Christmas tree maybe a symbol of love and togetherness in the story.
Students are assigned to take five objects from The Hobbit and to draw each of them in the different colour. Then they are too right where and when the objects are in the story, underline the actions, record the emotional reactions of the characters in the story. and finally, make a statement for each object saying what they may be a symbol of.
Here is a video of this type of lesson if you have any additional questions.
Today we are going out and visiting other Edublogger classrooms around the world. Click on the link below to find new classrooms of students that have been online just like you. Be sure to leave comments on blogs that you have read to let them know they have been read.
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Today students are studying a short story by Ray Bradbury called “A Sound of Thunder”. We read the short story and observed some vocabulary and questions related to the story. Then we watched the classic television production of this story as represented in “Ray Bradbury Theatre”.
Today you will learn the online automatic way to generate a bibliography for your research paper. Whenever submitting work of your own that uses the ideas of other people you MUST cite your sources to give credit to the original people who did the work first. Also, by citing direct evidence and quotations of people in your research you are also borrowing from their credibility. For example: if I said that there are estimated to be more than 200,000 galaxies, each with over 200,000 stars on average that sounds like a pretty big claim for a teacher from Arborg that doesn’t even own a telescope. But if I quoted this fact from Dr. Stephen Hawking as stated in his book A Brief History of the Universe, then it would sound pretty believable. I have borrowed his credibility to support my own research!
Here is a link to a great free bibliography website and a video on how to use it.
here are some more cites that should work too. Sometimes after the first bibliography the website asks you to turn off the ad blocker. If this happens then just use another site for your next citation.
Today we are starting work on our presentations of Olympians to Watch – Team Canada. Each student will choose one member of team Canada to present to the class, and some, to the school during the opening ceremonies next Fri. in the gym.