Sunday, February 24, 2008

Biography Speech Rubric


Students read a novel and researched the life of a famous person. They also wrote a poem and created a timeline of a famous person’s life. To meet the Oral Language SOL 7.2, students are asked to dress up as the famous person and talk to the class about interesting details of his/her life and the person’s major contributions to society.

Scoring Guide

Ideas & Content (Score 4) _____

The speaker’s message is clear,
focused, and appropriate to the
audience & purpose. The speaker:

has clear main ideas and purpose.

has supporting details that go with the
topic, but they may not be consistent or

makes adequate connections or
conclusions but may consider only one

uses resources, when appropriate, to
provide accurate support.

is successful in fitting ideas and details to the audience and purpose.

Organization (Score 4) _____

The organization is easy to follow but may seem stilted, overly obvious, or not consistently effective. The communication has:

• an effective introduction that brings the
audience to the topic.

• a clear organizational structure that is relatively easy to follow.

• transitions that work, but that may be
formulaic or predictable.

• details that fit within a planned structure.

• a planned conclusion that may lack
subtlety, but still matches the content
and purpose of the speech.

Language (Score 4) _____

The language is original, functional and appropriate to audience and purpose. The intended message is conveyed clearly, but word choice may be somewhat lacking in vividness, precision, or interest. The communication is characterized by:

• words that work but do not create a strong impact.

• attempts at colorful language that
occasionally evoke an appropriate
emotional response from the audience, but at times may seem awkward or overdone.

• slang or jargon that, if used, does not
detract from the message or purpose.

• competent, practiced use of the technical language necessary to make the content of the speech clear.

• grammar and usage that are usually correct

Delivery (Score 4) _____

The speaker demonstrates control of technique. Minor weaknesses, while perhaps noticeable, do not detract from the message and purpose. The communication is characterized by:

• eye contact that is present but may not be made consistently with all members of the audience.

• mostly clear enunciation and correct

• effective rate, volume, tone, and voice
inflection that are appropriate to audience and purpose.

• generally fluent delivery.

• appropriate use of nonverbal techniques (i.e., facial expressions, gestures, body movements, stage presence) that helps convey the message.

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February 29, 2008

None, but you can always read...
February 28, 2008

Journal: February is Snack Food month. Write an expository essay (five paragraphs -5) telling how to make your favorite after-school snack.

*Expository writing = An expository writing is meant to inform the reader. These are examples of expository writing:
  • Tell what happened when...
  • Write a report on...
  • Explain how to...
  • Describe how to (for)...
Link to expository writing:

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February 27, 2008

Lesson 21: Spelling Sentences - Nice long, elaborate sentences. Level up: Xbox 360/Wii

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February 26, 2008

Journal: As you were erasing a misspelled word in your journal, you made a starling discovery: If you rub the eraser on your skin, your skin disappears. What would you do next?

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February 25, 2008

Lesson 21 - Unstressed Endings

Definitions and Parts of Speech:


*Block 1/2 - You are striving for a Pre-test score of 100%

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Monday, February 18, 2008

February 22, 2008

It's Friday Read all of those wonderful books!

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February 21, 2008

DumbDIRECTIONS: Sentence Combining

Combine each pair of sentences by inserting a word or phrase
from one sentence into the other. You may need to add
commas or change the forms of words.

Write your answers on your paper.

1 Hank fixed his brother’s bicycle. He fixed it yesterday.
2 Have you seen my jacket? The jacket is green.
3 We hid Mom’s presents. We hid them in the garage.
4 My friend sent me an e-mail. She lives in San Francisco.
5 The tulips are beautiful this year. They are around the


Two Sentences: Gladi and I shared a pizza. The pizza was large.

Sample Solution: Gladi and I shared a large pizza.

Two Sentences: Jason posted the notice. He posted it on the
bulletin board.

Sample Solution: Jason posted the notice on the bulletin

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February 20, 2008

Journal: The first American paper money was issued by Massachusetts in February 1690. If you had to name ten things that money CAN'T buy, what would you list? Write your list in the order of importance to you, with number one being the most important item.
February 19, 2008

Journal: Pretend that you have just received a mysterious package in the mail. The box contains $100 and a bag of your favorite candy. Who do you think sent the package? Why?

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February 18th

Happy Presidents Day - No School

Sunday, February 10, 2008

February 15, 2008

None, but you can always READ!

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February 14, 2008

Chocolate ValentineHappy Valentine's Day!

No Homework....Perfect Biography Project which is due tomorrow.

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February 13, 2008

Spelling Sentences - Elaborate! Writing

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February 12, 2008


Today is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday! His nickname is Honest Abe. Write an essay, giving three reasons telling why honesty is important.

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February 11, 2008

Spelling Definitions and Parts of Speech

Lesson 20 – More Latin Roots

















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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

February 8, 2008

None, but you can always read!

Biography projects due: February 15th.

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February 7, 2008

Worksheet: Personification

Lesson 18: 3x each


Personification is the technique of giving a non-human thing human qualities such as hearing, feeling, talking, or making decisions. Writers use personification to emphasize something or make it stand out. Personification makes the material more interesting and creates a new way to look at every day things.

Read the poem "Summer Grass" by Carl Sandburg and think about how personification is used to make the poem more descriptive.

"Summer Grass" by Carl Sandburg

Summer grass aches and whispers

It wants something: it calls and sings; it pours

out wishes to the overhead stars.

The rain hears; the rain answers; the rain is slow

coming; the rain wets the face of the grass.

On a separate sheet of paper, write each sentence and underline the non-human thing and circle the human quality.

1. The winter wrapped its icy claws around Northeast Pennsylvania.

2. The alarm clock screeched that it was time to get up.

3. Fear grabbed me as I heard footsteps behind me.

4. The washer sputtered and groaned as it removed the mud

from the knees of my old jeans.

5. The printer spit out more copies than I needed.

6. The branches of the tree pointed to the old dirt road.

7. The flood waters swallowed the trees in one big gulp.

8. The stars winked at us from the night sky.

9. Listening to the piano sing its happy tune made me want to


10. That carrot cake with the cream cheese icing is calling my name.

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February 6, 2008

Spelling Sentences - Elaborate! Magic Wand

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February 5, 2008


Journal: Congratulations! You have won the opportunity to direct a scene in a movie featuring your favorite celebrity. Whom would you choose? Describe the scene.Director

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February 4, 2008

Definitions & Parts of Speech

Lesson 18 – Verb Suffixes

















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Screen Cleaner

Very clever way of cleaning your monitor screen!

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