Ms. Ellis’ Literary Duel: How Bookish Are You Really?

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I officially challenge you to a duel of literary proportions! Each quarter you will compete against your teacher to see who can read the most books (nonfiction or fiction). If you beat me, you will receive an automatic “A” to use on any project (that same quarter) of your choosing. If you read at least ten (10) books each quarter, I will give you extra credit for the quarter.

Note: It is possible to receive the automatic “A” AND the extra credit. 

Here are the rules:

  1. Your book must be within the Lexile range for your grade level.

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    • The “Stretch” Lexile Band is for those readers who want to challenge themselves.

  2. Check Lexile levels here by typing the title of your text in the right-hand corner.

  3. You must submit a book review on Goodreads for every book you read. Follow Ms. Ellis on Goodreads so she can see your progress. Your book review must contain the following information:

    • Write a summary of the book including its central idea.

    • Discuss the book’s strengths and weaknesses.

    • Tell whether or not you would recommend the text to other readers.

  4. Keep a hard copy of your reading log posted in the classroom: Ms. Ellis’ Literary Duel Log 

All About the FSA

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Don’t fret parents and colleagues. Everything you need to know about the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) can be found here. Please message me if you have any questions or new documents to share! 🙂

Official FSA Website

FSA Online Portal

 

 

 

 

Below you will see PDF files will additional information. 

Information for all grades is included. I have extracted some of the high school information so the parents of my tenth graders can easily see the test dates.

FSA 2014-2015 testing schedule -updated

High School Dates:

FSA Writing= March 2, 2015

FSA Reading= April 13, 2015

*Don’t forget that the district will average the students Writing and Reading scores to make one (1) score. That one (1) score will be added to the student’s FCAT scores from the previous year (if they are in 10th grade), and that will make up the student’s final score.

*10th grade’s score counts for graduation.

Florida Family Brochure

2014-2015 Assessment Accommodations FAQ

Writing:

Presentation handed down by the state of Florida. It includes the key aspects of the test that teachers should be focusing on.

FSA Updates Presentation

FSA Writing Planning Template

K-12 Argument-Opinion Writing Common Core Sample Essays

Instructional Implications for the New Writing Assessment

Reading:

Grades-9-11 FSA ELA Reading Paper-Based Training Test

Test Administrators:

Spring 2015 FSA ELA Writing Training Materials Final

 

 

*As many of the documents included in this post have been passed back and forth via colleagues, this page is updated weekly. Check back frequently for new resources.

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!