December 8

Finishing Strong After Nanowrimo!

Although National Novel Writing Month has ended, we have not.  Students are still making the final touches to their stories, and we have projects that go along with our novels to complete next week.  Our students have worked hard on their stories, and I am so proud of their efforts!  To finish up the nine weeks/semester, we have some important dates to remember:

Friday, December 8                    Last day to turn in all binder assignments

Wednesday, December 13           Novel projects are due–click here for instructions.

Thursday, December 14             Finishing touches

Friday, December 15                 Evidence of Skills Applied document due–click here for a copy

Monday, December 18 – Wednesday, December 20          Click here for Semester Exam schedule

While we are so close to Christmas that we can taste it, we must finish strong, the Roughneck way!

October 29

NaNoWriMo Begins!

Students and Parents,

November is National Novel Writing Month, so in order to participate, beginning November 1, every student in White Oak Middle School will be writing his/her own novel in thirty days.  Last week, students were given a letter to take home that explains the program, and on that letter, we asked for all students to bring a 1 inch 3-ring binder.  We will be handing out a workbook, and students will need a binder in which to keep their materials.  While this project will be fun and creative, it will also support and fulfill several standards for Reading and English:

(6)  Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.

(8)  Comprehension of Literary Text/Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author’s sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. 

(14)  Writing/Writing Process. Students use elements of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing) to compose text. 

(15)  Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. 

(20)  Writing/Conventions of Language/Handwriting. Students write legibly and use appropriate capitalization and punctuation conventions in their compositions.

(21)  Oral and Written Conventions/Spelling. Students spell correctly. Students are expected to spell correctly, including using various resources to determine and check correct spellings.

Students will choose their own topics and set their own word count goals for their novels, and if they reach their goals by November 30 at 11:59 pm, they will be awarded some freebies from the NaNoWriMo Youth Writers Program.  As a culminating product, students will publish their novels and facilitate an author’s chair event in December (more details later).

We are so excited to be involved in this program!  Feel free to follow your child through the entire process!

A copy of the letter we sent home is linked below:

NaNoWriMo Letter

You can also visit the following link for more information:

NaNoWriMo Parent Map

How NaNoWriMo Works for Young Writers

How NaNoWriMo Works for Families

Keep calm and write on!