Scoring Breakdown: Published Versions of Mid-Year Informational Interim

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Publication of Your Mid-Year Informational Interims

Throughout the second quarter, we reviewed how to correctly write informational essays and practiced the steps of the writing process. You published your final drafts and identified specific elements of your essay with a distinct legend.

If you’re wondering how you received your final grade, review the specifics on your informational writing assignment page as well as the items regarding formatting.

Inform and Explain

PFO, EE, CSE are the categories that comprised the majority of your score.

PFO= Purpose, Focus, Organization (4-1 points possible)

EE= Evidence and Elaboration (4-1 points possible)

CSE= Conventions of Standard English (2-0 points possible)

Forgot what the rubric looks like? Click here..


What do the + and – at the top of my paper mean?

+ stands for positive. I left at least one (1) positive comment about your paper.

– stands for negative. I left at lease one (1) piece of constructive criticism on your paper. Please read this comment and use it to help you improve your writing.

A Letter Grade Off for No Legend

On the top right hand of your paper, you should have included a specific legend that corresponds to the following elements:


If you did not include a legend, or if items on the legend are missing/ incorrectly labeled, I will deduct points.


''C-minus'? ??" Do you know how long it took me to find and download this term paper?'

Scoring System:

10-9= A

8-7= B

6-5= C

4-3= D





Last Minute Reminders for the FSA- Reading

Forgot what we reviewed the week before the test? Look below for a student- generated list of stuff you should know prior to taking your assessment.

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  1. Bring headphones to the FSA Reading test.
  2. Set up your scrap sheet of paper as soon as you get it. ( At least 4 sections, write “T.E.” on the left side and “?s” on the right side)
  3. Read ALL of the directions FULLY!
  4. Read the questions prior to reading the passage.
  5. Shorthand all notes. (Use your CBT worksheet instead of the computer’s notepad)
  6. Never highlight full sentences or paragraphs.
  7. Short answer responses should be clear and concise.
  8. Write in COMPLETE sentences.
  9. Constantly manually save your work.
  10. Maintain same morning routine! (Do not overeat!) / Get a good night’s sleep.
  11. Grammar section: Be sure to rewrite answers even if you deem them correct! If you do not interact with the highlighted portion, the computer will mark your response incorrect.
  12. Do not take more than seven (7) minutes reading the passages.
  13. Do NOT discuss the test during or after taking it.
  14. Don’t leave the testing session early.
  15. Make sure all electronic devices are turned off or leave them at home.
  16. For the audio portion of the test, do not pass the introduction screen if  you cannot hear the “test” sound.
  17. Remember to take notes during the audio section.
  18. Notes should be written in your own words (PARAPHRASE)
  19. Do not copy answers! Your test and your teacher’s educator’s certificate are on the line.
  20. Maintain an appropriate pace during the test.
  21. Complete all questions! Use process of elimination.
  22. The strongest answer has the clearest connection to the question! Do not be fooled by the distractor.
  23. The test is two 90 minute sessions on two different days. Know your testing dates and be on time!
  24. Don’t alter the test’s background color unless you are sure!
  25. Use the line reader to focus on one sentence at a time.

How to: Locate and Utilize Textual Evidence

During our 10th Grade Rotations at Robert Morgan Educational Center, each teacher selected a standard in need of review. I retaught how to find and utilize the strongest evidence possible. In the screen shots below, you will see some brief notes from my lecture. The notes I modeled on our dry erase board were not saved as images.

Students: during your review, look back at the notes you wrote on your scrap piece of paper. 

TE 1 TE 2 TE 3 TE 4 TE 5 TE 6 TE 7 TE 8 TE 9

Students Around the Globe Project

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, several of my students participated in the Students Around the Globe project. The Students Around the Globe project works to connect various countries to exchange ideas while learning the English language. My students had a unique opportunity to participate. Since we worked with a small all-girls school, there were several requirements:



  1. Fluent English Speaker
  2. Female
  3. Willing to share information about your culture and environment
  4. Able to avoid inappropriate topics
  5. Desire to help others learn English
  6. Develop life-long connections
  7. Have an Edmodo account

Students received extra credit in my class for participating in this thrilling project! All e-pal communication occurred on Edmodo to protect the safety of all students involved. I received many positive responses, and I hope to continue working with Students Around the Globe to enrich the lives of each one of my future students.

Audio Books

audiobooks imageThere are moments when you simply want to listen to a beautiful story instead of reading each word the old fashioned way. If you find yourself in one of these moods, try to find an intriguing text via audiobook. There are many sites to choose from, but here are a few suggested sites.

If you try one out, tell me about your experience in the comment section. Happy Listening!