We will be doing a mini-unit on cell phone usage in school. This will take us several days. watch the homework calendar as due dates get posted.
Here are the parts of the unit:
1) Pre-reading Vocabulary - finding definitions and understanding terminology
2) Reading the article
3) Finding more information about cell phone usage in schools (see post below called BYOD)
4) Recording the pros and cons of cell phone usage
5) Writing an opinion paragraph about cell phone usage in school.
The article will be handed out in class. Because of copyright, I am not able to post a copy of it here. It is in your green Reading folder.
A copy of the Vocabulary/Pros and Cons worksheet is attached below.
You need YELLOW, RED and GREEN pencil crayons.
Complete answers have three parts:
Part of the question written in the answer (YELLOW/ORANGE)
Information or facts from the text, quotes from the text (RED)
Your opinions, inferences, connections or predictions (GREEN)
Look at the examples below for some answers that have exceed expectations - these are LEVEL 4 answers.
Question – In your opinion, what will happen next between North Korea and the United States?
In my opinion, I think that the US and NK will continue to threaten each other. But China is NK’s important ally, so if China continues to support NK, the US and NK fight may continue. If China refuses to provide resources to NK, NK will probably feel helpless and stop threatening the US. I think that China will refuse to trade because China has urged the two countries to reduce tensions. (Lindsey L.)
In my opinion, North Korea will eventually back down from their missile threats. Due to the harsh sanctions, NK will have to consider their options. If they provoke the US further and start a war, SK could easily send in troops and gather information for the US. The US military arsenal is probably as strong if not stronger than NK’s. Because of this and China refusing to trade, cutting most of NK’s food, even for high ranking officers, I believe NK will choose to back down from war and take back their threats. (Daniel)
In my opinion, I think China will stop selling supplies to NK and I think NK will realize that they can’t survive without their “greatest ally China”. Then the US and NK will stop their “war of words” and listen to China “calling for calm”. (Ella)
Starting Thursday September 21st, we will be reading an article about the pros and cons of using cellphones in the classroom.
Working by yourself or with one partner -
1) Find an article or video or website about BYOD or cellphones in schools.
2) Email me a link to the article or video. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Print a copy of the article at home and bring it in to school.
Due Date: - TBD
The first unit we are working on is form a current events magazine called "What in the World? Issue 1. Because I have only purchased a license for the class, I cannot post the document on the website. Students have all the worksheets they need in their GREEN Reading duo-tangs.
We will be completing the following in this issue:
1) What's News? One Question Interview and "Where does my news come from?" family survey
2) Read article "North Korea takes the spotlight". Answer comprehension questions, complete the map.
3) Read the article "Do cellphones belong in schools?", answer comprehension questions, create cellphone guidelines, read related articles.
Our first non-fiction reading is about the recent events in North Korea. I've uploaded our current events magazine (as a PDF) with the article about North Korea and the accompanying map assignment. Also in this PDF is the article about cellphone use in school which we will be reading into two weeks.