The reason I'm only assigning 100 points is because I'm going to spend today talking.
By the end of this week, you need a total of 2,750 points.
New Expectations Regarding Writing Portfolios!
First, I'm changing the way I use certain terms:
When I say "Writing Portfolio", I'm referring to the one place where you're going to keep all your written work.
Every student should have a writing portfolio. It can either be a Weebly, or it can be a Google Doc.
If you currently have a Google-Doc Portfolio, and you want to change it to a Weebly Portfolio, let me know.
If I use the term "blog" or "blog post", I'm referring to a short piece of personal writing, typically about two paragraphs long. And we're going to call it a blog post, regardless of whether you post it on your Weebly or you put it into your Google-Doc Portfolio.
Tweaks to the System
Before, all the units could be found on the Belt Levels page.
Now, I have separated out the "Writing Units" from the other units, and I have put the "Writing Units" on a separate page called Writing Portfolios. (By "Writing Units", I mean units which culminate in a writing assignment).
To be clear: From now on, some units (Grammar, Reading, Writing Skills, Vocabulary, etc.) will still be found on the Belt Levels page, but other units (Blog, Short Story, Essay Writing, etc.) can now be found on the Writing Portfolios page.
The units on the Belt Levels page should be done in order.
The units on the Writing Levels page can be done in any order.
To "graduate" from one belt level to another, you need to meet the writing requirements. In other words, your Writing Portfolio should have the required number of words.
This means that some of you may have to spend more time on your Writing Portfolio. For example, if you're working on purple lessons, but your Writing Portfolio has only 100 words in it, then obviously, you're not getting a good "balance" of skills. To fix this problem—to get back in balance—you should spend some time beefing up your Writing Portfolio, before you continue with the sequence of purple level lessons.
Think about Your Goals for This Year
In an ideal world, you would get to June 2nd, and you would have:
Black Belt in English
A Writing Portfolio with at least 3,000 Words
Your Writing Portfolio would have at least "one of everything."
In a "pretty darn good" world, you will get to the end of the year and you will have:
A Black Belt in English.
A Writing Portfolio with at least 3,000 words—of something (anything) that you're proud of.
In a "good enough" world, you will get to the end of the year, and
You won't have a Black Belt.
Your portfolio will have less than 3,000 words.
But you will be a darn good typist.
In a horrible world, you'll get to the end of the year, and
You will still be typing with just a few fingers, looking down at the keyboard while you type, with all your same old bad habits.
That would be a tragedy!
My goal is to help you stay on track.
When I meet with you, I'll be asking you these questions:
How is your typing going? Can you type basic sentences without looking at the keyboard?
What's your grade? Are you keeping up with your points?
Let's look at your Writing Portfolio. I want to help you clean it up.
If you're not keeping up with your points, or if you want extra help—it's your job to contact me. Send me an email.
If I don't hear from you, I'm going to assume that you're meeting your goals for this year.
If you're at the "end of the alphabet", remember that you can jump the line by coming to office hours.